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CLUB NEWS Habitat for

CLUB NEWS Habitat for Humanity The Ridge Habitat for Humanity Club is off to a very successful start in 2011. With the 216 students who showed for the first meeting, there is no doubt that Habitat for Humanity will be one of the largest and most exciting clubs at Ridge this year. After a successful and profitable 2010-2011, this year’s new leadership team is striving to raise even more than last year’s proceeds, which were balanced out at around $6,000. They are looking to do this by continuing many of last year’s fundraisers and by creating new ones from ideas from club members. Many students are thrilled to be participating in the upcoming 5K race on Sunday, Oct. 9, the first fundraiser for this year. This event is open to all ages and will raise money by requiring walkers and runners to pay a registration fee and through sponsor donations. Whether you are in the club or not, we encourage you to join us at this event and to walk, run, or sponsor those who do--all for a great cause. For extra incentive, participants get a free t-shirt! On Oct. 29, 12 students from the club will go to a housing project in nearby Bridgewater and help build an actual house with the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, an event we call the “Build Day.” This event is one that the students enjoy the most because it is truly a “hands on” experience and is very interactive and enjoyable. From this event, students are able to see the impact they are making on the future owner of that home. In addition to the Build Day, Ridge Habitat will be staffing an event at the Bridgewater Mall on Oct. 29 as well. This event will be run by students and will include games, face painting, etc., for all of the little ones strolling around the mall! If you would like to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, stop by room 408 and talk to the club advisor, Mrs. Illian, or email for more information to We look forward to a very successful year! - submitted by leadership member Alex Wilke Drama Club News, from p. 1 The Ridge Drama Club is pleased to announce the fall play which will be held at the Ridge PAC on Nov. 18 and 19 at 7pm. This year’s production will be the comedy “My Sister Eileen” by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov, based on the autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney. It has a medium- to large-size cast and focuses on two sisters from Ohio who relocate to New York City in search of fame and fortune. Witty Ruth aspires to be a published writer, while pretty Eileen dreams of success as an actress. Their financial circumstances force them to rent a dingy basement studio apartment in a Greenwich Village building owned by Mr. Appopolous, one of many colorful characters who cross their path. This play is the basis for the Broadway Musical “Wonderful Town” which starred Brooke Shields in the last revival. Auditions were held last week, and the production will be directed by Ridge Drama teacher, Mrs. Megan Kern. Mr. Jason Stewart, Ridge Art teacher will design the scenery. Tickets will be available through the Ridge PAC box office - $10 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. [click here to go back to page 1] - submitted by Megan Kern Forensics, from p. 1 Five Ridge High School students advanced into the final rounds at the 2011 National Forensics League National Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Senior Peter Vogel advanced to the national final round in United States Extemporaneous Speaking; Vogel bested hundreds of other competitors in the event to earn a chance to perform on the final day of the competition. Vogel was recognized as a national finalist during the national awards assembly on Saturday evening where he took fourth place honors. In addition, the Public Forum Debate team of Brian Moore and Tejus Pradeep was one of the last three of 255 teams competing and was awarded the third place award. Their teammates Christopher Winter and Adam Badrawi took seventh place honors. Both teams were awarded scholarships provided by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, the event sponsor. The Ridge team was also awarded a “Team of Excellence.” In addition to the finalists, several other Ridge students advanced. Jay Patel advanced to the semi-finals in Impromptu Speaking, and Saniya Waghray was recognized as a semifinalist in Expository Speaking. Lincoln-Douglas debaters Allison Douglis and Liz Pires advanced into the ‘award’ rounds of the tournament, and George Philipose was named a semifinalist in Student Congress. Caitlin Murphy, JiLon Li, and Zoe Petitt also qualified for and attended the national championship event. More than 3,200 students participated in the 2011 NFL National Tournament, one of the world’s largest academic contests. The event drew visitors from across the country and as far away as China. Top performers take home more than $200,000 in college scholarships. To attend, students must qualify at one of NFL’s 106 district tournaments. National competition occurs in ten main events— Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, and Humorous, Dramatic, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven consolation and supplemental events. For more information, visit the tournament website: [click here to go back to page 1] About the National Forensic League The National Forensic League (NFL) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values. More than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,900 schools nationwide, are currently building their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL. For more information, visit - submitted by David Yastremski 4

CLUB NEWS Marching Band, from p. 1 Following last year’s highly successful premiere, Ridge will host the second annual “Ridge Marching Band Competition” on Sat., Oct. 29. Seventeen high school bands with an aggregate of 1,400 students will perform and compete for championship trophies. Our own Ridge Band will perform its 2011 “Lion King” show in exhibition prior to the awards ceremony. Refreshments and souvenirs will be sold throughout the performances which will commence mid-afternoon with the National Anthem performed by the William Annin Middle School band. Support the Ridge Marching Band and enjoy an entertaining day and evening of music and marching at this local Basking Ridge event. [click here to go back to page 1] - submitted by Don Grossmann The Ridge Marching Band supports the football team at all games. 2011 Ridge Marching Band Student Leaders Majd Abousleiman Drum Major Kelsey McKeon Assistant Drum Major Christina Tobin Band Manager Briley Conder Color Guard Captain Aboli Kumthekar Color Guard Captain Ron Kieftenbeld Woodwind Captain Julia Grossmann Woodwind Captain Avinash Tamby Brass Captain Peter Woo Battery Percussion Captain Devin McGuire Pit Percussion Captain Ridge Marching Band 2011 Season Features Music From “The Lion King” The 67-member Ridge High School Marching Band’s 2011 season features performances at six major competitions, including defense of its 2010 Yamaha Cup championship at MetLife Stadium. The band will also perform at local competitions in Verona, Somerville, and Ridge’s host competition. The season concludes in November with the New Jersey State and National Championships. (See the schedule below.) The band has increased in size from last year and now competes at the III A level. Mr. Daniel Zugale, in his third year as director of the Ridge Marching Band, noted that he is “encouraged by the growth of the band, especially in the color guard.” The theme of the band’s 2011 show is “The Lion King,” featuring music from the Broadway musical composed by Elton John and Tim Rice. The four-part show includes popular songs “Circle of Life,” “The Stampede,” “Shadowland,” and “The King of Pride Rock.” Mr. Zugale commented that “the music lends itself well to the marching band idiom from a musical as well as visual perspective. We have a large and talented percussion section and this music is very rhythmic in nature.” The Ridge Marching Band and Color Guard perform their 2011 show “The Lion King.” Assistant Drum Major Kelsey McKeon leads the Ridge Marching Band. Ridge Marching Band 2011 Competition Schedule Sat., 10/1 Verona High School Sat., 10/15 Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford Sat., 10/22 Somerville High School Sat., 10/29 Ridge High School Sat., 11/5 New Jersey State Championships at Sewell, NJ Sun., 11/13 National Class A Championships at Allentown, PA The band also performs its show at all at all home and away football games and supports the team in the stands with pep music. The Ridge High School Band Association, led by Jen Kluger and supported by an active parent team, assists the band throughout the season, including several fundraising events that cover the costs of transportation and entry fees for the competitions. Additional information can be obtained from the band’s website: 5

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