Yesterday the top two River Dell teams competed in the JV Bergen County Debate League’s Tournament of Champions. Thirteen schools competed in two rounds of debate. Amy Xiao and Emily Hsiao went 2-0 and competed in the final showcase round, debating in front of all participating debaters, judges, and coaches. They lost to a very strong Bergen Academy team and took home a second place trophy for the tournament. We are so proud of Amy and Emily and all the JV debaters and judges.
Congratulations to the River Dell High School Select Choir for their outstanding performances on Saturday at the 27th Annual Roxbury Concert, Show, and Jazz Choir Invitational. The invitational was held at Roxbury High School where 25 elite choirs from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware came together to perform for adjudication. In addition to our Concert Choir performance four of our Select Choir students (Jordan Auriemma, Mark Edelstein, Shannon Lombardi, and Sophia Lukac) were entered into the Solo Division Competition where they sang individually for adjudication and received feedback from the judges in front of a live audience. All four soloists were praised for their exceptional performances representing River Dell’s tradition of excellence.
In the Solo Division Competition two students were selected for classical and two were selected for show/pop/jazz performances. I am proud to announce that Jordan Auriemma was one of the two students selected in the show/pop category. She performed her solo at the evening Showcase event for all of the participating choirs and was awarded first runner up! There were also special achievement awards presented to individual students for their excellent performances. Shannon Lombardi received an achievement award for her fine solo performance in the show /pop category for the Solo Division!
The Select Choir not only received a Gold Rating for their performance but they were selected as one of the top three concert choirs to perform in the adjudicated Evening Showcase. I cannot say enough about their evening performance which did not take place until close to 10:00 at night! They were extraordinary! The Select Choir placed second overall in the Concert Choir category!!! Needless to say I am overwhelmed with pride and emotion. Just goes to show you what kids can do when they really want something!!!
At yesterday’s championship debate tournament, the top team and judges from each of 14 league schools competed in the league’s “post-season.” Emily DiMaulo-Milk and Jeein Youn were the only team to go undefeated in the main portion of the tournament. They then participated in a nerve-racking showcase final round in front of all of the participating debaters, judges and coaches in attendance. Although they lost a split decision to the team from Bergen Academy, we are incredibly proud of their second place finish at this competitive event. Jasmine Song was named top judge, continuing River Dell’s tradition of outstanding judges.
Emily finished the season as the top speaker in the league – accruing more points throughout the season than any of the other 174 competitors. Lauren Chen and Jasmine Song were among the most awarded judges in the league, as well.
Our seniors this years are truly outstanding debaters, judges and people. Congratulations to Emily, Jeein, Lauren, Jasmine, Joe Choi, Jake Campbell, Kevin Lee and AJ Perlowin for completing fantastic high school debate careers!
The River Dell Debate Team closed out our regular varsity season on a high note, with seniors Joe Choi and Jake Campbell taking the second place team award and senior Jasmine Song being named best judge of the tournament. The tournament was held at Wood-Ridge High School, with Bergen Academies, Cresskill and Emerson High Schools also competing. We are so proud of all of our debaters and judges, and particularly our wonderful seniors. We look forward to the championship debate later this month! Ms. Rachel Wolczak and Ms. Barbara Connolly advise the team
Senior vocalist, Mark Edelstein, has been accepted into the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All Eastern Choir. Only students with the highest All State Chorus audition scores were eligible to apply. Mark will perform in Atlantic City for the NAfME 2017 Biennial Eastern Division Conference April 5-8, 2017. His teacher is Mrs.Kathy Zintel.
River Dell did outstanding in their home debate tournament yesterday. Lauren Chen once again took home the Best Judge award. Jeein Youn won the 3rd Place Speaker award. Emily DiMaulo-Milk won the 1st Place Speaker award. Jeein and Emily went 4-0 in their debates as did Joe Choi and Jake Campbell but Jeein and Emily edged out Joe and Jake by only one point to win 1st Place team. The other high schools that participated were Ridgefield Park, Dumont, Wood-Ridge, Bergenfield, and Northen Valley Demarest. The team's advisors are Barbara Connolley and Rachel Wolczak.
Congratulations to Coach Nimphius and the members of the 2016 Varsity Football Team that won their state division title on December 3rd at Metlife Stadium. Many students, past and present, were there to enjoy this exciting game.
Congratulations to Aidan McGinty, Mary Akdemir, and Olivia Stewart; their films, made in media class, The Man From Yesterday and A Dancer's Life, have been selected to be shown at Ramapo College's High School Film Festival. The festival will be held on Sunday, December 4th from #:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Their teachers is Ms. Stephanie Griffin.
River Dell Debate continued our excellent season, with seniors Emily DiMaulo-Milk and Jeein Youn going 4-0 and capturing the second place team award. Emily also earned the second place overall speaker award. Senior Lauren Chen once again was named the best judge of the tournament. The tournament was held at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, with Bergen Academy, Cresskill and Bergenfield High Schools also competing. Barbara Connolly and Rachel Wolczak are the team advisors. Go Hawks!