Monday, May 20, 2013
30-year veteran teacher Barry Kostibos retires this year.
“There are a lot of good people here; it’s more of a family atmosphere,” Barry Kostibos said, as he reflected upon his 30-year teaching career at Watchung Hills Regional High School, which comes to an end this year. Kostibos, a Villanova University graduate, came to Watchung Hills in 1983 as a member of the Social Studies Department and taught such courses as American History, Introduction to Psychology, Human Relationships and a myriad of Advanced Placement and College Prep courses in history and related social studies areas. Along the way, he himself was taking courses which would lead to two master’s degrees, one in methods of teaching (Seton Hall University), and one in administration (Rutgers University). The name Kostibos has become…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Event benefited Toys for Tots program.
Held as an event combining a chance to renew (or extend) friendships with fundraising for the USMC Toys for Tots program, the Watchung Hills Regional "all years" reunion drew about 100 people to the Colorado Cafe, Saturday. The event included performances by school alums Bob Marino, Babra Lawson, Alan LeBeouf and Bob Lanza (and his Blues Band).
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Goalie makes 28 saves as Watchung Hills comeback falls short.
The Watchung Hills ice hockey team's rally fell short in a 2-1 loss to Pingry Friday night at the Union Sports Arena. 1st 2nd 3rd FINAL Pingry (13-10) 1 1 0 2 Watchung Hills (4-12-1) 0 0 1 1 IN SHORT The teams played a very even and clean game, only a single penalty was called in each of the periods, that showcased two very solid goalies. Pingry broke the ice at 11:16 of the first period when Nick Branchina took a feed from Patrick Lackey to the glove side of goalie Brett Ralli and flipped it in behind him. Lackey added another Pingry goal at 6:01 in the second period off an assist from Kyle Walker. But the Warriors came out inspired in the third period. At 8:02 of the period, Bobby Andreozzi scored off of a Ryan Charko pass to get …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Watchung Hills Regional's marching band members are looking forward to a big season.
It's a wet and rainy night at Watchung Hills Regional's Tozier Field, and after a sloppy half-game of football between the school's team and visiting Westfield, the game is tied at 0-0. The small crowd huddles under umbrellas, until a steady drum beat booms through the field and from the opposite side of the turf, the Watchung Hills Regional Marching Band and Colorguard march in formation. Once in place, the band and Colorguard begin performing and the crowd perks up—even in a drizzle, the band members march with precision, stepping this way and that, while performing their musical selections. It just goes to show: even on such a night, the sound and energy of the groups raises spirits. And to do that takes countless hours of practice, …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Older machines get reconfigured and reassigned.
As Watchung Hills Regional High School integrates new technology and updated equipment into classrooms, many older computers become redundant in those classes. So what to do with them? According to a report of a review by the school's board of education Technology Committee given by Paul Seelig at the Oct. 3 board meeting, the new computers created a rolling upgrade for nearly one-third of all classrooms. For example, the board decided to replace 52 computer workstations in the photo lab and computer graphics classrooms that were three- to six-years old—ancient technology for the high-processing needs of photo, video and graphics work. Consequently, once the new iMac computers were ready for students, the older computers were reconfigured…
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Senior class garners scholarships and other awards.
Watchung Hills Regional High School celebrated the senior class with an awards program Monday night in the school's Performing Arts Center. The event was divided into three parts, opening with PTO-affiliated awards and other financial awards, followed by academic, service and achievement awards, and closing with memorial awards. During the event, Antoinette Katakam awarded seven $1,000 scholarships on behalf of the Watchung Hills Regional High School PTO. Students receiving the awards were Carly Borinsky, Pia Vaidya, Annie Yang, Chelsea Harris, Matthew Mandel, Rosalie Minovich and Breanua Williams. Nicole DiSarno and Emily Blazak each received a $300 scholarship from the Louise Bardwell Memorial Scholarship, and Drew Vautin, Alexis Dietz …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Performances recognize hard work of music students.
Wednesday's Watchung Hills High School Instrumental Music Spring Concert featured performances by the Brass in Black, String Orchestra, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The night was a celebration of the students hard work all year long. The final concert of the year recognized the many seniors that will be graduating from the instrumental music program at Watchung Hills.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Annual community theater award notes performances by Spencer Bautista, orchestra
Monday, May 30, 2011
WHRHS’ production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Cinderella" has received accolades in the prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for 2011. Spencer Baustista received an Honorable Mention in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of the Prince and the WHRHS Pit Orchestra received an Honorable Mention in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra. These awards indicate that these performances were among the top 10 in the competition this year. The Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards were created in 1996 to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production of high school musical theatre. Now in its 16th year, the Rising Star Awards is a statewide …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
WHRHS' Bill Holmes retiring at year's end.
When a high school’s performing arts center reaches standing-room-only capacity at its semi-annual concerts, you know its conductor must be someone special. One such conductor is Bill Holmes, who has spent his entire career at Watchung Hills Regional High School teaching vocal music. Aside from some part-time teaching after leaving Rutgers University with his bachelor’s in Music Education, Holmes has spent all 31 years of his career at Hills, teaching such courses as Music History, Music Theory, Chorus and Advanced Chorus, and conducting students in concert. The skill, polish and enthusiasm evident on the stage during student performances bear witness to his success as a teacher, as a leader, and as a human being (see some of the students…
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Watchung Hills opened with win in first game.
The Watchung Hills Regional High School boys volleyball team lost to Roselle Catholic after winning the first game of the match. IN SHORT Watchung Hills was down 4-9 early in the first game before rallying to take a 13-12 lead. The Warriors wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the game, taking it from the Lions 25-19. The Warriors lost the second game 18-25. They were even with the Lions at 2-2 and then 7-7, but Roselle Catholic scored three straight points. Watchung Hills was never able to close the gap by more than four points after that. In the third game Logan Taylor served the Warriors back into it 18-19, pulling to within one point of the Lions. Watchung Hills couldn't catch up to Roselle Catholic losing 21-25. WARRIOR OF THE …