Red Bank Student News - Week of 11/11/13 - Maya Ghosh & More

by David Prown

14 year old Maya Ghosh from Red Bank has been living here her entire life. Amazingly,
I barely know her and all her talents. She's a freshman at High Tech High and has 2
younger siblings. She went to Red Bank Charter School from K-8 and I don't think I met
her till summer after 6th grade when she took part in a summer Cheerleading camp with
RBR (as part of a larger summer program I was running back then).

Of Indian and Chinese decent, Maya is a remarkably intelligent, kind and at times silly
(as a freshman should be). She loved her years at RBCS and the family feel of her
classmates . In fact, this small, 20 person class, aptly called her the “Class Mom”
because she kept the family together and gave motherly advise. She was earned class
Salutatorian just behind her best friend and Valedictorian, Nora Fraser. In fact, in the
spirit of the family, they did a joint speech and specifically addressed each member of
their graduating class with remembrances and kind words.

In the spirit of kindness, Maya has donated 12” plus of hair to Locks for Love 3 times
(a public, non-profit organization providing hairpieces to financially disadvantaged
kids). Picture with this column shows Maya with her most recent donation of hair this
past summer.

She was quite involved at the Charter School, but here we are going to focus on her
secondary career where she is presently a freshman at High Technology High School
on the campus of Brookdale Community college. I'm pretty sure it is ranked #2 in the
state academically for public schools (#1 STEM school in the country). So you can
understand how difficult this school is to get into and how rigorous the workload is .
Maya is keeping up, is very positive and loving it at High-Tech High.

There are 80 students in her class from all around the county in this STEM driven school
(Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Her classes include biology, software
applications, history, introduction to engineering design, geometry and French – wow!!!
Several of the classes have group projects and they do it together “in the cloud” using
Google Drive which allows them to work on the project while simultaneously interfacing
on line about the project (way over my head but sounds cool).

I appreciate Maya's candidness of her shortcomings. I asked her about clubs and she says
the school has tons of clubs but she hasn't joined any yet (thinking of creating an Asian
Culture Club) because she knows her time management skills are a little weak. No doubt,
they will be strong shortly. However, she did decide to run for a position on Freshman
Class Council. She gave an excellent speech & she got the most votes in her freshman
class. As a result, she is the President of her freshman class – awesome. She and 7 other
freshman council members meet weekly to organize assorted fundraisers including
selling bake goods and soup every Friday so far.

Maya is a big reader and part of the curriculum is to read 40 books over the school year
(and write a few paragraphs on each) which is a thrill for her. She loves the struggle J.K.
Rowling went thru before striking it rich with the Harry Potter series. To that, she tries
to blog what is on her mind regularly at So not surprisingly,
Maya's dream career is as a successful novelist. But she's a realist and knows that often
doesn't pay the bills. Hence, that would be a side/hobby career while she explores a
career in aero-engineering. Maya adores being up in the air, especially outside. She
loves flying, but being on a rooftop outside is “an amazing feeling”. It was fascinating
watching her face absolutely “light up” when discussing this notion. Stand by world...
...Maya's coming.

With the 1st quarter and fall sports season both at its end, lots of school news. Senior
Aje Douglas is doing a dual credit program at RBR and Brookdale taking both psychology
and computers on the Lincroft campus. These courses are yielding both RBR and Brookdale

Thank you to Count Basie Cup National Anthem singers “Taylor Christian”, 6th grader
at RBCS and friend “Makayla Sestito”, RBMS 7th grader. Immediately following this
excellent rendition, these friends ran down to the field and took the field with their
respective teams.

Congrats to RBR juniors (and RBCS graduates) “Kayla Williams and Mary Kate McGuire”
for their recent selection tothe Spanish National Honor Society.

RBR '13 graduate “Marya Trapp” is playing on the high powered Brookdale basketball
team. She's listed as the second tallest player on the team at 6'0".

Speaking of RB/Brookdale connection, classmate “Raquel Rodriguez” (RBCS class of '09)
was a member of the NJCAA, Division III, National Champion soccer team this fall. They
won the final game 4-3 last weekend in upstate NY (in the snow). Wow!!

Congrats to RBR seniors from Red Bank selected for last weeks Homecoming Court -
“Sha'mere Williams, Jaz Smothers and Annie Dong”

Great to catch up recently with RBR graduate “Bruce McDonald” '05 who works for
Amtrack and volunteers forthe Shrewsbury Fire Dept. (Dad volunteers for the RBFD).
“Brother Brett”, RBR 2013, is working for Granese Drilling in Shrewsbury.

Red Bank Harriers, “Laritza Lopez” '12 and “Linda Garcia” '13 qualified for and ran in
the NJCAA National Cross Country Championships last weekend in Massachusetts. The
team did well and ended up ranked #10 in the nation.

Lastly, got to attend the Central Jersey, Group III 1st round soccer game between RBR
and powerhouse Wall. RBR lost 2-1. RBR was led by senior goalie Luis Aguirre (RBCS class
of '10) with 16 huge saves. In fact, in the Asbury Park Press the next day, the Wall Coach
was quoted as saying about Luis “Their goalie was brilliant today and really kept them

in the game. Well done Luis!

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My name is David Prown and I am the 3rd generation owner of Prown's Home Improvements here in Red Bank. I have been working in the family business since 1989. I am a 4th generation Red Bank resident (and my kids are 5th Generation). I was raised in the spirit of community service, involvement, and commitment. I spend a couple hours every day volunteering with a specific emphasis on the underdog youth of Red Bank. It is my passion, my calling, and my gift to Red Bank. I can't get enough of giving back and not giving up. This blog allows me share with fellow Red Bank enthusiasts my passion for this town.

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