State of School
- Faculty Highlights
- Caseys Achieve
- Experiential Learning
- Caseys Put Their Faith in Action
- Casey Athletics
- Caseys on Stage
- Caseys Reunite
- Caseys Give
- Financial Snapshot
As I begin my third year as president and 30th year overall at Red Bank Catholic, my love and admiration for this school has only grown. RBC’s foundation is solidly rooted in a mission of service, originally built and nurtured by the Sisters of Mercy and fostered by generations of students and faculty. They, along with supportive pastors, have all demonstrated a commitment to a strong Catholic education. As I watch Caseys past and present continue to serve our school and the wider community, I know our future remains bright.
RBC has succeeded for over 100 years in no small part because for the first 70 years it had a healthy endowment - the marvelous human endowment of the Sisters of the Mercy. Their gift of educating Caseys for generations helped build our great school. Now we must continue the work of our founders, building traditions and creating a legacy of excellence and service now and into the future.
In this State of the School, I am excited to share with you some of the ways we have been investing in RBC this year. Through key administration and staff appointments, exciting enhancements to our curriculum offerings, and successfully supporting our students as they need us, we strive to make Red Bank Catholic an institution of distinction and ensure its continued success.
I invite you to explore and familiarize yourself with our financial profile. As always, we continue to be responsible stewards of the tuition and gifts entrusted to us. This fiscal snapshot reflects our commitment to allocate resources in a way that ensures RBC stays competitive and innovative. In this report you will also see our commitment rooted in the Sisters of Mercy, to give students the opportunity to have a Catholic education who do not have the financial means.
Long a pillar of our community, Red Bank Catholic has been able to grow and adapt in an ever-changing world. We look forward with excitement and confidence that RBC will continue to flourish and lead for years to come. With your support and prayers, we are proud to say, as ever, once a Casey, always a Casey.
With Casey pride,
Mr. Robert Abatemarco, President
monsignor Joseph Rosie
Mr. Robert Abatemarco
Mrs. Karen Falco
Mr. Michael Ientile
Mr. JOseph Montano
Mrs. Kathleen Daly
Our faculty and staff are the spirit of this school and their dedication to their students’ educational, spiritual, and personal success is unparalleled. As we continue to invest in and improve the Red Bank Catholic experience, we have made some exciting changes and enhancements within departments.
Long time Athletic Director, Joe Montano ‘80, has taken a new leadership role as the Vice President of Operations and Finance for the school, overseeing budgeting, capital improvement projects and campus partnerships, as well as enrollment management which includes financial aid and tuition. Joe will also remain the girls Varsity basketball coach. We look forward to Joe bringing his unparalleled experience at RBC to this new position.
Buddy Hausmann ‘98 will now lead the Athletic Department as RBC’s new Athletic Director. Having been a teacher, coach, and most recently Assistant Athletic Director, Buddy is well-positioned for this role. Buddy will continue as the boys Varsity baseball coach.
Michael Ientile has assumed the new post of Vice Principal for the 2023-24 school year. Since coming to Red Bank Catholic in 2013, Michael has been a higher level Math teacher and most recently Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction. His leadership skills and background in the classroom as teacher and observer positions him for great success in the job.
With the retirement of Pat Hendricks, Cathy Scaramuzzino was named the new Director of Guidance. Cathy has been a part of the RBC community since 2008, first as a teacher in the English Department before transitioning to the Guidance office. Her experience as both a teacher and counselor means all students will have the benefit of her well-rounded knowledge and perspective.
This past year we also invested in key personnel in the Advancement office. With the largest incoming Freshman class in years and the growth in fundraising, building the staff in this important area will ensure our ability to connect with Caseys, both current and alumni. This team will enhance our ability to attract new students, fundraise and continue to strengthen RBC’s future. We welcome the new Director of Admissions, Kristen Amnott, and Dakota Canta ‘13, Advancement Coordinator.
The Red Bank Catholic Class of 2023 was an exceptional group of students that excelled academically, on stage, on the fields and courts of competition, and through exercising their faith in service to the community. Their achievements garnered numerous scholarships and secured admissions to prestigious colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and Ireland, showcasing their remarkable potential and dedication.
Out of the 162 graduates, an impressive 119 students were awarded scholarships, amounting to a total of $38,387,602. This remarkable feat is a testament to the students' hard work, talent, and commitment to their academic pursuits.
The Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated on May 30, 2023 by Bishop David M. O’Connell C.M at St. Mary Church, Middletown. Commencement followed on May 31, 2023 at Monmouth University OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch. The Class of 2023 Valedictorian was Alyssa Nicole DiMarco and Salutatorian Veronika Baksht.
This year the senior class welcomed a number of new Caseys due to a closing of another parish high school. To be inclusive of these new students, RBC recognized the top 10 percent of the graduating class with a special commencement award. Additionally RBC was the only school to be granted two Religion Awards by the Diocese of Trenton. The awards were given to Emma DiBiase and Sabino Portella.
Congratulations Class of 2023 and best wishes as you forge ahead and achieve success! We are very proud of what you have accomplished with us and know you will do great things in the years to come.
“At RBC, immersion and hands-on learning are powerful educational approaches that provide students with practical experiences to connect theoretical knowledge with real-life applications. Students benefit as they see how these concepts are relevant and applicable in real-world scenarios. This ultimately leads to deeper understanding and hopefully better retention and mastery of the subject matter for our Caseys.” Karen Falco, Principal
RBC Graduates First Group of Academic Pathway Students
The first full school year of the Red Bank Catholic Academic Pathways Program was a success, graduating twenty-five seniors who completed the requirements in their representative area of interest. Through their coursework and experiential opportunities, these students have begun to forge a career path with an advantage that makes them unique amongst their peers at other schools.
The Pathways Program offers students the opportunity to create, customize, and enhance their high school learning experience in the areas of Fine and Performing Arts, Criminal Justice and Law, Medical Science and Health, Engineering and Design, Entrepreneurship and Design, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Declaring a Pathway is an additional option for students who want to pursue a career path or passion. This option will provide students with a professional framework that will prepare them for college and later careers.
Faith and service have always been at the core of a Red Bank Catholic education. Throughout the year, Caseys participate in class level retreats, stations of the cross, prayer services, and school masses. They also put their faith in action through the countless service projects and by raising funds for those most in need.
You see Caseys at nursing homes, raising spirits with music or by giving manicures to elderly residents. You will see Caseys working with other local high schools on the annual Ridge Road Run to promote suicide prevention. Caseys continue the tradition of the L.I.F.E Club Thanksgiving food drive and Birthright Baby Shower. Our community is an important lifeline for many food banks in the community. And this past year, students raised funds for causes such as the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Team Jack, the people of Ukraine, and many more. When there is a need, Caseys always take action.
"I have witnessed many of the wonderful achievements of RBC students these past four decades in the classroom, on the playing fields and on the stage. But my most treasured memory will be how so many students serve the needs of the hungry, homeless, lonely and ill; this is truly following the footsteps of Christ!" - Sister Regina Callahan
2022-2023 Athletic Titles Include:
Football won the American Division
Girls soccer won the A Central Division
Girls basketball won the B North Division and the WOBM Christmas Tournament
Softball won the A Central Division
Baseball won Parochial A South, Shore Conference and A Central Division
Numerous individual titles and recognition
RBC Names Buddy Hausmann '98 Athletic Director
White Road Field Renovated and Named After Coach Lou Montanaro
Red Bank Catholic’s White Road field renovation and upgrade was completed in March 2023. What had previously been a grass field for football, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey team practices is now a full turf field. The field was renamed the Coach Lou Montanaro Field, in honor and in memory of Coach Lou Montanaro who both taught and coached at RBC for 44 years. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, October 6th at 5PM.
Caseys Take the Stage
The Casey Players opened the year with an outstanding performance of the sold-out drama CLUE. Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, the "whodunit" mystery was full of intrigue and laughter. The season continued with the annual Christmas shows, Readings and Carols and the Christmas Cabaret, highlighting the talents of the choir, chamber band, and the RBC Dance Department while getting the entire community in the spirit of the holidays.
The spring brought the beloved musical, Anything Goes, back to the BSA. The show, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is a classic comedy that takes place on a cruise ship bound from New York to London and has been performed by Caseys many times over the years. Sold-out performances once again left audiences impressed with this group of exceptionally talented students and what they accomplished.
Through the year, the Performing Arts groups took trips to showcase and enhance their talents. In the winter, students went to Radio City Music Hall in NYC where the dancers participated in a workshop with the Rockettes and the choir sang on the great stage before the show. In January, the dance team performed on the Promenade before a Devils hockey game at the Prudential Center in Newark. In the spring, the band and choir went to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia and the Casey Dance Company and Dance Team went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Traditionally an annual experience for students, these trips were sidelined the last few years due to COVID. It was wonderful to see our students able to travel and perform again, representing RBC wherever they went!
Kelly Gemellaro - RBC Head of Performing Arts and Dance Director
"It’s been an absolute pleasure working with these talented and enthusiastic performing arts students. The Casey community has been so supportive of these programs, and I am grateful to share my passion for the arts each year. This is truly a special place, with a nurturing environment deeply rooted in traditions. I could never have achieved the level of excellence this program has matured to without my amazing production team that work tirelessly alongside me. I’m so excited to continue these traditions, events, and performances for many more years to come.”
Alumni Football Game:
Last October, alumni gathered to cheer on our Caseys and reconnect under the alumni tent at Count Basie Field. Among those registered, over 70 years of Casey graduates were represented! Stories from the Class of 1950 all the way to 2021 were told. The annual alumni football game will be held this year on October 6th, 2023 when the Caseys play the Middletown South Eagles.
Hall of Fame:
On June 10th a special event was held in the Vincent J. Eck Student Center to honor the 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Family, friends, and teammates gathered to honor Red Bank Catholic greatness. The celebration began on Friday evening with a cocktail party to recognize the inductees and RBC donors in Tradition Hall. On Saturday, proud Caseys from many generations attended the sold-out Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the gymnasium.
Congratulations to the 2023 Red Bank Catholic Hall of Fame Inductees!
It was an honor to bring back classes across the decades of the 3’s and 8’s this year, as well as some postponed reunions! Memories were shared while touring RBC and at reunion events. Departed classmates were remembered during special class masses. The impact RBC had on each of the Caseys in attendance was undeniable. Once a Casey Always a Casey.
Are you interested in planning a reunion but don't know where to start? Have you planned a reunion before but are curious on how RBC can help you? Do you want to know how you can get involved as an alumni? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, this call is for you!
Join us for an upcoming event:
Inaugural Casey Impact Day
In April, we celebrated the first annual Casey Impact Day, a special day that recognized the enormous impact RBC has on alumni, parents and friends. Current Caseys and Alumni submitted their Casey Impact Stories to share on social media. Then our community came together and made an impact on Caseys today with donations to support the Casey Annual Fund.
We invite you to continue to share your Casey Impact Stories here throughout the upcoming year, and we will share them on Impact Wednesdays through Facebook and Instagram. Please save the date for Casey Impact Day 2024 on April 17th.