Honors and Awards
2015-2016 School Year
On May 19, nine RHS students participated in the Orlando Saa Foreign Language Poetry Contest, along with 48 different high schools. RHS had three winners: Jenna Casey, 2nd Place for French; Yihan Wang, Honorable Mention for Chinese; and Jeff Zachem, 3rd place in Latin .
Ridgewood Crew sent 50 rowers to the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia. The two-day event takes place on the Schuylkill River, and over 5,000 high school athletes from all parts of the United States and Canada compete.Twelve of the fifteen Ridgewood boats qualified for finals, with three bringing in Bronze Medals, the Boys Senior Single, the Girls Senior Double, and the Girls Freshman Quads.
5.17.16: RHS Junior is Finalist
RHS junior Jamie Lim, has recently been named a finalist in the Facing History Together student essay contest Titled, Jam in a Jar, her essay was picked out of nearly 4,000 other student entries. The contest was based around the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, and sponsored by the organization, Facing Our History and Ourselves.
5.17.16: Four Teachers are Named Outstanding Educators
Four RHS teachers have been selected by North Jersey Media Group as “Outstanding Educators” in different categories. Winning teachers from Ridgewood are: Jeffrey Haas for Art, Craig Bunzey for Physical Education/Coaching, Jessica Leigh for English and Lillian Labowsky for Science. The teachers, nominated by high school students throughout Bergen and Passaic counties, were recognized as having most impacting and making a significant difference in their students’ lives. They will be honored in a special section in The Record on Sunday, June 12, and at a celebratory breakfast on June 13 at Ramapo College of NJ in Mahwah.
5.03.16: DECA Goes to International Competition
RHS Deca students excelled at the International Career Development Conference in Nashville this April. They competed in role-play and presentation events against students from other states as well as Canada, Guam, Spain, Mexico and China. Kathryn Zhou placed in the top 10 of her event. Additionally, the stock market team and solo stock market competitor, Justin Choy, made it to the finals of their competition.
5.03.16: Latin Team Takes First
The RHS Latin Team took first place at Classics Day at Montclair State University on April 19. The students participated in lectures and workshops. In the afternoon, the team answered questions on mythology and Roman history.
4.26.16:Teacher Recognition Award Winners are Named
The Board approved the nominees for the 2015-2016 Teacher Recognition Program, listed below. Each of the award recipients receives a stipend $500 ($250 awarded by the individual Home and School Association and $250 awarded by the Board).
4.26.16: RHS Takes Third in the Fed Challenge
The RHS Federal Challenge team took Third place in the final round of the competition that is run by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on behalf of the United States Federal Reserve system. The competition asks groups of high school students to research the domestic/global economy, develop a mathematical model for forecasting the domestic economy, present their research to a panel of high-ranking economists working at the FRBNY, and answer complex questions about both the team's research and the economy.
4.26.16: Ridgewood Crew Starts Strong
The Ridgewood Crew team kicked off its season on April 10. The team raced the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Overall the team took in seven First place victories, five Second place finishes, and two Third place wins.
4.25.16: RHS Latin Team Wins State Championship
The RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team defeated the Central and Southern Regional champions, Ridge High School and Clearview Regional High School, respectively, in a fiercely contested showdown on April 23, earning them the title the team has worked so hard to achieve: New Jersey State Certamen champions. These RHS students were best in state, or runners-up, in all the academic tests and took first-place ribbons in athletic competitions as well.
1st place, Mythology: Peter Psathas
1st place, Latin Grammar, Peter Psathas
1st place, Latin Vocabulary and English Derivatives
1st place, Roman Life and Culture, Charlotte Kahan/Anthony Tokarz (tied)
1st place, Latin Oratory (memorize and recite), Anthony Tokarz
2nd place, Latin Vocabulary and English Derivatives, Charlotte Kahan
2nd place, Roman History, Anthony Tokarz
1st place, Softball Throw: Charlotte Kahan
1st place, Boys' 100 Meter: James Psathas
Catherine Venturini is Latin Club, Latin Honor Society and Latin Academic Team Advisor; Stefanie Giganti is Latin Teacher.
Ridgewood High School ranks #25 in the state, according to the U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were published on April 19. Click here to go to the RHS write-up.
The Maroon Award recipients have been announced. Those with media permission to be named are Coleman Clauss, Aaqib Hassan, Reid Bushnell, Bridgette Parratt and Camryn Muller.
The Maroon Award is a recognition bestowed on students nominated by their teachers for working hard towards extraordinary positive changes in behavior/grades, committing a random act of kindness without expecting any recognition, and/or doing the right thing when “nobody” was looking.
4.04.16: German Students Excel
The American Association of Teachers of German’s National German Exam is administered every year to 22,000 high school students. The results have recently been published, and Ridgewood High School would like to congratulate the following students: Gold Medal Winners: Olivia Rau (level 2), Max Horkenbach (level 2) and Emily Kopec (level 3) Silver Medal Winners: Kenneth Marshall (level 4), Gayeong Song (level 3) and DJ Pfeiffer (level 2) Bronze Medal Winner: Michael Muldoon (level 2) Achievement Medals: Calder Martin, Matt Rhee, Dan Christie, Kevin Moran (level 2), Tara Moore (level 3), Amaya Del Castillo (level 4) and Santiago Del Castillo (level 4).
4.04.16: RHS Ice Hockey Team Wins TournamentRHS Ice Hockey Team Wins Tournament
The RHS Ice Hockey Team won the Big North Patriot Cup for the third year in a row. On February 19, the team once again skated to victory with a 3-0 win over the third-seeded team in the tournament, Riverdell/Westwood.
3.22.16: National Merit Finalists are AnnouncedTwo RHS students, Maximilian Jerdee (center) and Kristen Schretter (left), have been designated National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
Photo: They are pictured here with Principal Dr. Thomas Gorman.
3.17.16: RHS Marching Band Director Wins National AwardRHS Marching Band Director Wins National Award
RHS Marching Band Director John LuckenbillLuckenbill is one of 50 national recipients of Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award, presented to coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. Mr. Luckenbill leads the Luckenbill leads the RHS Marching Band program using five principles or “stars,” as reflected on the long-standing adornments of the band’s uniforms: Trust, Pride, Leadership, Respect and Unity. He has taught at RHS and directed the Marching Band for five years. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. RHS Marching Band program using five principles or “stars,” as reflected on the long-standing adornments of the band’s uniforms: Trust, Pride, Leadership, Respect and Unity. He has taught at RHS and directed the Marching Band for five years. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. RHS Marching Band program using five principles or “stars,” as reflected on the long-standing adornments of the band’s uniforms: Trust, Pride, Leadership, Respect and Unity. He has taught at RHS and directed the Marching Band for five years. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. RHS Marching Band program using five principles or “stars,” as reflected on the long-standing adornments of the band’s uniforms: Trust, Pride, Leadership, Respect and Unity. He has taught at RHS and directed the Marching Band for five years. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. Luckenbill is now finishing his Master's Degree in Music Education at Kent State University. He was nominated for the PCA award by a band parent who spearheaded the effort, gathering letters of recommendation and other required documentation. Click here for more information.
3.16.16: RHS Latin Team takes Championship
The RHS Advanced Latin Academic Team won the Northern Regional championship competition at Princeton on March 15 and will advance to State finals against the Central and Southern regions in April. RHS racked up 935 out of a possible 1200 points, the highest score seen by the club advisor Catherine Venturini in her 16 years of coaching in New Jersey. The superb players and their areas of expertise were: Peter PsathasPsathas, Team Captain: Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary; James Psathas, Greco-Roman history; Charlotte KahanKahan, Greco-Roman civilization; Anthony TokarzTokarz, Greco-Roman literature; and Sophie Simpson, Greco-Roman mythology. Team support was provided by Poyani Bavishi and Desiree Bottigliero.
3.14.16: RHS Wrestling Takes Districts
The RHS Wrestling Team won its fourth straight district tournament, the longest standing district record in Ridgewood wrestling history. Nine varsity wrestlers medaled. Those medalists with media permission are Bryan Calton, Jimmy Probert, Jack Trevisan, Kiel Pechko, Matt Binstock and Julian Bangash. RHS Wrestling Team won the district tournament for the fourth year in a row, which is the longest standing district record in Ridgewood wrestling history.
3.14.15 DECA Excels at States
In February, 106 RHS students attended the DECA State Career Development Conference, at which students completed in role play events and presented papers and various projects. Over 30 RHS students qualified to move on to the International Career Development Conference in Nashville. Also, Julia Tze and Will Roberts both won their campaigns for Northern Region Vice President and Recording Secretary, respectively.
2.25.16: RHS Girls Soccer Stars are Honored
RHS varsity soccer players Hailey and Riley Ricciardi Ricciardi and Emma LaFrance LaFrance were named to various All State teams by the New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association (NJGSCA). The selections were made by a state-wide coaches vote.NJGSCA). The selections were made by a state-wide coaches vote.
Junior Riley Ricciardi was selected to the All North 1 Regional Team. She was Ridgewood's leading goal scorer the last two seasons.
Junior Emma LaFrance was recognized as a North 1 All State "Top 20" player in the North 1 section for 2015. Emma has been a work horse for the Maroons as an all-purpose player since she made her varsity debut as a freshman during the 2013 season.
Junior Co-Captain Hailey Ricciardi was named to the North 1 All State "Top 20" team and was also recognized by the NJGSCA as an All Region All-State (North 1, North2, Central and South) "Top 20" pick as one of the top 20 players in the entire state. Hailey was also voted to the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association Of America) Regional All American Team ( All East ). This is the second consecutive year that she has been accorded these honors as well as being named to the Bergen County Womens Coaches Association All County First team for the 2014 and 15 seasons.
2.18.16: BFMS String Players Make Region I Orchestra
Ms. Carol Sharar, Director of Orchestras, reports that the following Benjamin Franklin Middle School string players were accepted into the 2016 Region I Orchestra: Christy Chang (Violin), Daniel Son (Violin), Ryan RhewRhew (Violin), Eugene Park (Cello) and William Stewart (Bass).
2.08.16: RHS A Capella Groups Score
The Maroon Men and the AcaBellas recently competed in the International Competition of High School A Cappella. In the Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals, where the groups won the following titles:
2.08.16: RHS Maroon Awards are Announced
On January 26, six RHS students received the Maroon Award at a breakfast ceremony. The six award recipients for 2016 are Jack Simpson, Maggie Rapaport, Kathryn Kearney, Olivia Sullivan, Thomas Carmona and Aiden Gibney. Students are nominated for this award by teachers who know them best and observe the little things that they do every day to help out the school community or their fellow students. The Maroon Award was created to recognize students who do the little things right when no one is looking and help make RHS a better place.
2.04.16: RHS Wrestling Team Takes Four
Four RHS Wrestling Team members medaled at the Bergen County Coaches Association Tournament over December Recess. Those with media permission to be named are Kiel Pechko and Kyle InlanderInlander.
2.03.16: Robotics Club Wins
The fledgling Ridgewood High School Robotics Team surpassed all expectations and won the Westfield Wrangle II competition on January 10. The rookie team used their robot to complete a series of tasks quicker than their opponents. Congratulations to team members, Caroline Elliott, Will Baginski, Alvin Chen, Christina d'Ecclesiis, John Gaidimas, Drew Johnson, Ishan Prabhu, Zach Rubenstein, Molly Sokota and Nick Mattson.Mattson.
1.28.16: RHS English Students Excel in NYT Contest
This past fall, RHS juniors Catherine Keating and Emily Holmquist received honorable mentions in the New York Times Learning Network’s Review Contest.All students of Lynn Moore and Colleen Contreras’ English 11 class participated in the contest, which asked them to write about experiencing works of culture new to their daily life. Out of over 1600 entries, there were only nine winners, nine runners-up, and 23 honorable mentions.
1.25.16: RHS DECA Advances
On January 6, 192 RHS students attended the NJ DECA Regional Competition at Ramapo College. The students either completed one or two impromptu role plays or presented a prepared presentation. RHS students attended the NJ DECA Regional Competition at Ramapo College. The students either completed one or two impromptu role plays or presented a prepared presentation. RHS DECA had another successful year bringing home a “truck of trophies and medals.” This includes 27 team event trophies, 33 individual event trophies, 91 medals, and 30 overall trophies (including individual and teams). All awards are presented to the top 3 in each competition. Karen Mendez and Sean KaseKase are extremely proud of their students’ hard work. 106 will be moving onto the state level DECA competition that will be held this year in Cherry Hill, in February.
1.25.16: Brian Quirk is Coach of the Year
The National Federation of High School Athletics recently announced that it has selected Ridgewood High School’s own Brian Quirk as the 2015 New Jersey Girls Golf Coach of the Year. Under Quirk’s direction, the RHS girls golf team has been ranked among the top team in New Jersey over the past six years. Last year the team won several major tournaments. Brian Quirk is also a physical education teacher at Ridgewood High School.
1.05.16: RHS Math Team Takes FourthRHS Math Team Takes Fourth
Nineteen members of the RHS Math Team competed in the thirtieth Joseph W. Andrushkiw Mathematics Competition at Seton Hall University. The team placed fourth out of 23 schools and one RHS senior placed fourth overall out of more than 200 students.
12.21.15: RHS Robotics Team Takes Top Prize
The RHS Robotics’ team competed in the FIRST Technology Challenge at Englewood as part of the FIRST Robotics league. The RHS team came in first place in their competition in conjunction with their alliance team. Aside from building a robot meant to complete a set of tasks in the fastest time, the RHS team was also honored for their professionalism and sense of community by receiving the Connect Award. The group had to submit an engineering notebook along with goals for sustaining the program and recruiting new students to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They also had to engage with the engineering community at large. RHS team came in first place in their competition in conjunction with their alliance team. Aside from building a robot meant to complete a set of tasks in the fastest time, the RHS team was also honored for their professionalism and sense of community by receiving the Connect Award. The group had to submit an engineering notebook along with goals for sustaining the program and recruiting new students to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They also had to engage with the engineering community at large.
12.17.15: Karen Mendez is Coach of the Year
Karen Mendez was named High School Girls Gymnastics Coach of the Year by The Record. This is the second straight season Mendez is The Record Gymnastics Coach of the Year. In eight seasons leading her alma mater, Mendez is 65-14.
12.17.15: Medha Kirtane is Coach of the Year
Medha Kirtane was named The Record’s High School Girls Tennis Coach of the Year. The Maroons have won three consecutive state sectional championships, including this year’s North 1, Group 4 crown. Medha starred for Coach Debbie Paul before graduating RHS in 1996.
12.15.15: RHS Student Musicians Achieve States
Choral teacher Steven Bourque reports that Ridgewood High School senior Morgan Mastrangelo was recently the highest scored singer for the NJ All-State Opera Festival auditions. Morgan was awarded the C. Scripps Beebee Scholarship and the NJ Governor's Award. Other Ridgewood High School students participating in the NJ All-State Opera Festival at Paramus High School were senior Sophia Gao (selected soloist), senior Kenny Crane-Moscowitz (selected soloist), junior Spencer Gonzalez, and sophomore Cindy Lee.
Morgan Mastrangelo was also ranked the highest tenor in the state in the NJ All-State Choir. The four other RHS students selected to participate in the NJ All-State Mixed Chorus. are senior Caitlin Crane-Moscowitz, senior Kenny Crane-MoscowitzCrane-Moscowitz, junior Aria Berryman and sophomore Isaac Peabody. Junior Katie Van Buskirk was selected for the NJ All-State Treble Chorus and will sing with the ensemble in February.
12.15.15: BFMS Students are Named to County BandBFMS Students are Named to County Band
Jason Curcio, Benjamin Franklin Middle School's Director of Bands and the Jazz Machine, reports that many BF students were selected to this year's Bergen County Honor Band. They competed against many other seventh and eighth grade students in other Bergen County school districts. These students are part of Band 7 and Band 8 at BF: Tony An - Clarinet (8); Eunice Cha - Clarinet (7); Jiwon Park - Flute (7); Chloe Nam - Flute (7); Janice Yoon - French Horn (7); Teddy Moll - French Horn (8); Andrew Kim - Tenor Sax (8); Stefanie Haas - Trombone (8); Emma Matthews - Trumpet (8); Andrew Song - Mallets (8); and Decklan Spencer - Euphonium (7).
12.15.15: Nine RHS student musicians were selected to participate in the 2016 All Bergen County High School Band that will perform on January 17 at Paramus High School. Selected RHS students with media permission granted are Stephanie Pizza, Kari Wong, Halina Maas, Helen Cho, Joshua Yang, Jonathan Negron, Teddy Trent and Darius Karoon.
11.12.15 Super Science Saturday Receives Prestigious Award
Super Science Saturday, founded by former RPS science teacher Jim Wallace in 1988 and continued by RHS 2001 graduate MichaelAaron Flicker, received the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Advancement of Invention & Process Award at a banquet held in Hoboken in October. The award was presented to Jim and Michael Aaron for creating and sustaining the "Super Science Saturday" extravaganza that exposes children to the marvels of science. The two honorees received the honor on behalf of the Super Science Saturday all-volunteer Executive Committee.
Photo: (L) MichaelAaron Flicker and Jim Wallace accepted the award for the SSS Executive Committee.
11.12.15: YMCA Honors Two RHS Standouts
Retired Physical Educator and Soccer Coach Jeff Yearing and RHS senior Charlotte Samuels will receive prestigious awards at the 50th Annual Sports Award Banquet of the YMCA of Greater Bergen County. Jeff will be awarded the Special Achievement Award for his 40-plus years of contributions to Bergen County Athletics. Charlotte will be recognized with the Walter E. Goepel Amateur Athlete for her swimming accomplishments.
11.12.15: RHS Marching Band Takes Top Prizes all Season
The Ridgewood High School Marching Band finished its competitive season on November 9 with a third place win out of 16 at USBands National Championships. The band was also awarded caption awards for Best Music and Best Visual Performance.
Earlier, the Band placed First at competitions for three straight weekends. At Ridge High School the band was awarded best music, best percussion, best color guard, best visual performance, and best overall effect.
The band also won first place and captured awards for Best Music, Best Percussion, Best Visual Performance, and Best Overall Effect at the USBands competition at Pequannock High School on October 10.
11.03.15: RHS Boys’ and Girls Soccer Teams are 2014-15 NSCAA High School Team Academic Award Recipients
The RHS Boys’ and Girls’ varsity soccer teams were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the 2014-15 High School Team Academic Award. To qualify for this award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players. The Maroons soccer teams were among 398 teams nationwide to be recognized for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year. RHS is among 51 schools receiving honors for both their boys’ and girls’ teams. The RHS girl’s soccer team has been recognized 16 times for this achievement.
10.12.15: College Board Names 134 RHS AP Scholars
One hundred thirty-four students at Ridgewood High School have been named AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college level Advanced Placement Examinations.
Nine students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4.0 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
These students are Benjamin Bechtold, Akash Chaurasia, Yunseok Choi, Caroline Gonzalez, Maximilian Jerdee, Warren Li, Nikhil Mendiratta, Jaesung Son and Donald Zheng.
Fifty-two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Thirty-five students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Forty-seven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher.
About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million high school students worldwide who took AP Examinations in May 2015 performed at a sufficiently high level to merit such recognition.
9.30.15: RHS Class of 2016 National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students are Announced
The district has received the results of the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Two Ridgewood High School students have been designated semifinalists and 39 students have been named Commended Students.
Kristen Schretter (L) and Maximilian Jerdee (center) have been designated semifinalists, based on their performance on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken last October.
Commended Students with permission for media release are: Minha An, Poyani Bavishi, Brendan Caltavuturo, Albert Chiu, Helen Cho, Seo Yeon Choi, Nicolas Cobb, Madeleine Gaidimas, Sophia Gao, Sara Golnabi, Jack Hadfield, Jeongmin (Grace) Hyun, Jordan Iannone, Charlotte Kahan, Callista Kim, Lindsay Kim, Caroline Kotch, Simon Lee, Sueryun Lee, Abigail McKenna, Elizabeth O’Keefe, James Psathas, Peter Psathas, Sophie Simpson, Ashley Sohn, Olivia Sullivan, Olivia Szymanski, Anthony Tokarz and Vlad Vandalovsky.
8.31.15: Ashby, Tradition of Excellence Awards are Presented at Convocation
The 2015 winner of the coveted Ashby Award is Ann Brown, George Washington Middle School Library Media Specialist. Ann, who has been the Library Media Specialist since 2001,holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University.
The Ashby Award was established in 1966 to honor former Superintendent Lloyd Ashby and his wife, Lois, for their distinguished service to the community. The recipient is selected from nominees submitted by staff members and is someone who, in the opinion of his or her peers, has upheld the Ashby tradition of service and contribution. This is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Ridgewood staff member.
The 2015 Tradition of Excellence Award for Support Staff was presented to Pat Kowalczyk, Administrative Assistant in the Office of Special Programs.
The Ridgewood Board of Education established the Tradition of Excellence Award in 2014 to honor a member of the support staff, who in the opinion of their peers has made an outstanding contribution to the excellence of the Ridgewood Public Schools.
Click here to read Dr. Daniel Fishbein's awards announcement at Convocation.
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