Collegiate Signing Ceremony Spring 2017Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 5/4/2017
River Dell High School had its collegiate signing day on May 4, 2017/
Congratulations to our senior student-athletes committed to competing in intercollegiate athletics next year.
Standing left to right;
Matthew Tina – St. Thomas Aquinas - Track
Steven Yelin – Farleigh Dickinson – Baseball
Nick Sirico – Muhlenberg – Football
Garrett deMarrais – Stockton – Baseball
Seated left to right;
Ginger Pojednic – Lehigh – Track
Grace Cepeda – Marist – Track
Kim Lewis – TCNJ – Track
Miku Okada – NJIT – Track
Lauren Brown – Cortland - Softball
All State Chorus HonoreesPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 5/3/2017
Congratulations to the following River Dell High School students who have been accepted into the New Jersey Music Educators' Association All State Chorus Ensembles for the 2017-18 school year:
Mixed Chorus-Kristin Gelber and Caroline Mui (both alto 2)
Women's Chorus-Soyoung Park (alto 1)
These students will be performing in Atlantic City and the NJPAC in November and January. Ms. Kathy Zintel is their teacher.
JV Debate WinsPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 4/7/2017
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.
The Choir Rocks RoxburyPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 3/27/2017
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!!!
This was a tremendous day/evening and I could not be more proud of our River Dell students for their professionalism, respect, and excellent performing!!! Here is a You Tube link to their daytime (first) performance on Saturday at Roxbury. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7-g5RkOxeKGv9ewqJa6_sfTglPLuBjNC
Audio recordings of both performances and the adjudicators’ comments are available on Ms. Kathy Zintel'sSchool Wires page. https://www.riverdell.org/Page/10328
Debate Season A WinPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 3/17/2017
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!
Debate Caps Season With Big WinPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 3/3/2017
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
River Dell Students Accepted into NJSMA ChorusPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 1/9/2017
Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into the 2017 North Jersey School Music Association Region 1 High School Chorus:
Soyoung Park (3rd place Alto 1)
Caroline Mui ( 6th place Alto 2)
Tori Twardzik (7th place Soprano 2)
They will participate in a series of rehearsals and will perform in a concert at Morris Knolls High School on Saturday, January 28th. Their teacher is Ms. Kathryn Zintel.
More Musical HonorsPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 12/19/2016
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.
Debate Does It AgainPosted by Lorraine Brooks at 12/8/2016
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.
We Are Number One!Posted by Lorraine Brooks at 12/5/2016
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.