Student Recognition & Achievements

Fairfield Prep students are recognized for many achievements, both in and out of the classroom.

Bobby Haskins '17 is News12 Scholar-Athlete

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Fairfield Prep senior Robert "Bobby" Haskins has been named News12 Scholar Athlete for his contributions in the classroom and on the playing field. Haskins is a two sport standout in football and basketball. A four-year member of the football team, Haskins is a two-year starter at tight end and defensive end and was named ALL-SCC this past season at tight end. He led his team with 29 catches for 354 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season. On the basketball court Haskins plays power forward and center, and is also a four-year member and two-year starter for the basketball team which won the SCC title and advanced to the state semi-finals last year. Haskins is known to his coaches and teammates as an experienced leader and great teammate.

On campus, Haskins has maintained a 3.85 GPA, which is a Magna Cum Laude scholar. He has consistently taken the most rigorous and challenging courses offered. Bobby is a member of the National Honor Society, a Peer Tutor, and received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award at the NHS Honors Ceremony. He gives back by coaching basketball at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. Bobby is vice president of Student Government, and has been elected to lead his peers all four of his years at Fairfield Prep.

Joseph Hopkins '18, BrainDance Award Winner, presents at State Conference

On October 14, 2016, Joseph Hopkins '18, former student of Prep science teacher Jane O'Reilly and winner of the 2016 BrainDance awards contest, presented along with Dr. Jeffrey Pearlson, founding Director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living, Hartford CT. Joseph was invited to present along with Dr. Pearlson at the NAMI Connecticut State Conference 2016 at the Army Reserve Center in Middletown.

This workshop detailed the importance of the BrainDance competition which teaches Connecticut high school students about mental health issues through a creative arts project. The project allows students a chance to express their thoughts about mental health issues and the stigma that often surrounds mental disorders. Joseph was a winner in last year's contest for his short story, "Eyes," which dealt with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

For more information about Braindance go to www.nrc-iol.org.


National Honor Society inducts new members,
Seniors receive Book Awards



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Fairfield Prep students were honored for their high academic achievement at the annual National Honor Society Awards Mass which was held on September 28, 2016, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. New members were inducted in the National Honor Society and Seniors received special Book Awards, recognizing their outstanding school performance and leadership in key subject areas. Additionally, students were recognized for honors awards for the 2015-16 school year. 

NHS Inductees 2016

Book Award Recipients 2016

Fairfield Prep proudly announces National Merit Semifinalist and Commended Scholars

Front row from left: President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J., Semifinalist - Jonathan Siveyer, Commended seniors Grant Ballesteros, Junlin Mo with Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta. Back row from left: Brendan Flynn, Tom Paul and Ben Martinez

Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of six seniors who are honored in the National Merit Scholarship Program, including Semifinalist Jonathan Siveyer and five Commended honorees. The seniors are recognized based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over 1.5 million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on placement in the top five percent in the highly competitive state of Connecticut.

A spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Program commented, "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

 

Julio Palencia '16 awarded Town of Fairfield & Kiwanis Scholarships

For his solid citizenship and academic record, and for his contribution to the lives of others, Julio Palencia has been recognized by both the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield and by the Fairfield Recreation Department. Julio’s achievements in service to the community and his leadership on and off campus led to his being awarded the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award sponsored the Fairfield Recreation Department. For his outstanding academic record and excellent record of service to the community Julio was granted a scholarship award by the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield.

In the classroom Julio has met the challenge of honors and Advanced Placement courses in every academic discipline and has graduated with magna cum laude honors. His academic performance qualified him for National Honor Society induction in his junior year which led to further levels of service as a peer tutor on the Prep campus. Julio has shared his talents with the international community traveling to Appalachia for a week long service mission and to Ecuador with Prep’s Global Mission, and he has served the local community by his participation in Prep’s Urban Plunge and by his strong and steady contribution to the program at the Pilot House where he has assisted special needs children since he was in the sixth grade. On campus Julio has sought growth in the Arts through his founding of the Art Club and he has served in a leadership role in Prep’s ASPIRA organization through which he honors his Hispanic heritage as a young man of Guatemalan background. Julio will continue his quest at Bowdoin College where he begins the next stage of his growth in the fall of 2016. 

 

Fairfield Prep recognizes Scholar Athletes committed to play College Football

Pictured in front row, L to R: Aedan Ayer - Hamden (Case Western Reserve University); Thomas Moore - Fairfield (Lafayette College); Samuel Opont-Durogene - Bridgeport (Trinity-Pawling PG); Calvin Reed - New Haven (Renssaelaer Polytechnic Institute). Second row, L to R: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta; Coach Keith Hellstern; Asst. Athletic Director Jay Turiano; and Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

Fairfield Prep is pleased to recognize four scholar athletes from the Class of 2016 who will continue their athletic careers, having committed to play football at the college level. Head Coach Keith Hellstern expressed pride in the talent, growth and motivation of these athletes. Hellstern acknowledged the role of these athletes in guiding the program this year and expressed optimism for continued success for Prep in the upcoming season.

Aedan Ayer

Aedan Ayer is an excellent example of a Fairfield Prep Student-Athlete. For the past two years he has been a starting offensive lineman on the Varsity Football team. His steady presence has helped lead the Jesuits to a 12-9 record over the past two seasons. He is also a member of Prep Gaelic Football team. Aedan is a Cum Laude honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. Outside the playing field and classroom, Aedan is an exemplary citizen and active member of his school and local community. For the past year he has volunteered at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven. He is an elected class representative in Student Government and also serves on the Senior Class Alumni Giving Committee. An avid Boy Scout, Aedan earned his Eagle Scout Award this past year. He looks forward to continuing his studies and playing football at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore’s outstanding achievements in the classrooms of Fairfield Prep along with his strong and steady contributions to Prep’s Football and Track programs have paved the way for him to continue his intellectual growth and athletic career at Lafayette College. Going beyond the call is a theme in all that Thomas has achieved and engaged in during his Prep years. In addition to service at the Kennedy Center, he took on the challenge of going on Prep’s Global Mission to Ecuador, a one week service immersion. Recognition for his achievements in the classroom include achieving Summa Cum Laude honors for all of his Prep years, entrance into the National Honor Society and his being awarded the Cornell Book Award at Prep’s Academic Awards program in his senior year. For his football accomplishments Thomas is well known for his strong sense of team, consistent effort and focus. As the ultimate teammate, Thomas filled in as quarterback due to injury during his senior season. His accomplishments represent leadership through action as his dedication to excellence on the football field and in the classroom earned Thomas the recognition as National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award this year. Thomas will continue his studies and football career at Lafayette College in the fall of 2016.

Samuel Opont-Durogene

As a two time letterman and team captain in his senior year Sam Opont-Durogene has certainly stood out in his football career at Fairfield Prep. Along with his progress on the football field Sam has shown steady improvement in his academic life over his Prep years as well. His accomplishments as a student and football athlete now lead Sam to continue that growth as a post graduate student at Trinity-Pawling before moving on to college. In addition to his leadership experiences in the Prep football program Sam has stood out in service to the community, offering his efforts to the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport where he assists with recreation activities, at Thurgood Marshall School where he has assisted with the after-school program and at Cambridge Manor nursing home. Sam has shown an openness to growth and challenges in his Prep years which will hold him up well in his post graduate experience as he looks to gain added collegiate opportunities as a student athlete.

Calvin Reed

Consistent hard work and steady progress in the classroom and on the football field have paved the way for Calvin Reed to continue his football and academic careers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute beginning in the fall of 2016.  A two year varsity letterman in the Prep program, Calvin was recognized as 1st team all SCC, an all LL Connecticut High School Coaches Association selection and a 2nd team New Haven Register selection. Calvin capped off his career at Prep being recognized as Prep’s defensive MVP for the 2015 season. Calvin’s steady progress in the classroom during his Prep career is a further tribute to his strong work ethic, reflected further in his commitment to the wider community. Calvin traveled to Appalachia with Prep’s Mission group during his sophomore-junior summer and has made a significant contribution to the New Haven Reads program as a volunteer tutor. He has also assisted at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven. Calvin has distinguished himself well as a young man of character in his Prep years rising well through challenges, fully ready to begin his career at RPI in the fall of 2016.

 

Jack O'Connor '16 is News12 Scholar Athlete

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An outstanding student and talented athlete, accomplished in both Cross Country and Lacrosse, Jack O'Connor will continue his lacrosse career and intellectual growth at Bowdoin College in the fall of 2016. As a standout lacrosse athlete Jack has earned All State selection and is a two time All-SCC lacrosse honoree. He also earned All-SCC Cross Country honors. Jack has been a Summa Cum Laude scholar and has achieved membership in the National Honor Society. For his talents in the classroom and achievements in athletics Jack was recognized with the United States Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award at Prep’s NHS academic awards mass this past fall. He was also recognized for scholarship as a National Merit Commended Scholar and for leadership as both a semi-finalist in the Connecticut Governor’s Scholars Awards Program and as an SCC Scholar Leader in junior year. Jack shares his talents on campus as a peer tutor and as a leader of Prep’s Freshman Retreat and Sophomore Retreat; and is a member of Prep’s Mock Trial team. Jack has served the wider community through his support of the Stamford Boys and Girls Club and by his involvement in the Kennedy Center Bowling program.


Alejandro Castillo '16 wins Rugby Scholarship to Loyola University Maryland

From left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Prep Rugby Head Coach Frank Decker, Alejandro Castillo '16 and Mark Giordano '04.  

Alejandro Castillo '16 has been named recipient of a $2,500 Loyola Rugby scholarship. The scholarship is for an incoming freshman that played rugby in high school and is committed to playing and upholding the Jesuit values of the Loyola University Maryland Rugby Team. The scholarship selection was aided by Mark Giordano, Prep Class of ’04 and Loyola Class of ’08, who volunteered to be Prep’s scholarship representative for the Loyola Rugby Alumni Group. Alejandro is receiving the inaugural scholarship award sponsored by the group, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the rugby club.

During the course of his high school career, Alejandro has excelled in academics, athletics and in service to others. He has been a three year varsity letter earner in Rugby. As a scrum half, he helped lead the Jesuits to a first place finish in the Northeast Jesuit Rugby Tournament this spring and a Runner-Up finish in the Connecticut State Championship in 2015.  He was elected Captain of the Rugby team his senior year. Alejandro has been a Cum Laude student for four years as well as a member of the National Honor Society, where he serves as a peer tutor. Outside of school Alejandro has offered his time and talents to underserved communities both locally and internationally. In senior year he has served as a mentor at the McKinley school after school program. His interest in medicine has also led to summer volunteer work at Bridgeport Hospital. In the fall of junior and senior year, Alejandro spent a week in Columbia as part of Healing the Children. Fluent in Spanish, he served as a translator and assisted ear, nose and throat doctors in surgeries for children with cleft palates. Alejandro envisions a career in medicine and will pursue a pre-med program as he continues his education at Loyola University Maryland.

 

Language Students Receive Awards

On May 11, the Foreign Language Department held its annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding student achievement. President Fr. Tom Simisky, S.J., blessed the awards. Ms. Billie Brooks, Ms. Koren Mumma and Mrs. Jenn Mauritz presented awards to Prep’s finest students of Spanish, Latin, and French. See honors and awards listed below.

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Ms. Billie Brooks with Alex McMullen '18, recipient of the National Spanish Gold Award

Latin Awards (Based on results on the 2016 National Latin Exam)

Latin 1 Test:
cum laude: James Brady, Adam Julio, Ethan Keyes, Francis Ohe, Drew Thompson
magna cum laude: Sam Arcamone, Drew Newcomb, Michael Rizzitelli
silver maxima cum laude: Jack Fortin, Peter Kavanaugh, John Markow, Pablo Zarama
gold summa cum laude: Liam Colleran, Robert Dolcetti, Aidan Feliciano, Charles Flynn, Liam Woods
Latin 2 Test:

cum laude: Vincent Bartiromo, Dustin Duffy, Danny Hua, Maxwell Mai, Matthew Pinho, Stanislav Yarmoussik
magna cum laude: Brian Helfrich, John Mancini, Brendan Wilemski

Latin 3 Test:

magna cum laude: Karl Johnson

Latin 3 Prose Test:

cum laude: Nicholas Allen, Zachary Arumugam, Ryan Dunn, Alfred Kelly, Mark Sheffer

silver maxima cum laude: Brendan Flynn

Latin 4 Poetry Test:

cum laude: Alexander Norton, Grant Stone
magna cum laude: Michael O’Keefe, Sohail Patel
silver maxima cum laude: Connor Bercik, Andrew Crane
gold summa cum laude: Zachary Hamar

French Awards

La société honoraire de français (French Honor Society)

Jack Donovan
Max Moeser
Sean Lynch
Chandler Douglas
Harrison Graham
John Haley
Matt Howard
Eric Mengel
Andres Narvaez
Destin Piagentini
Alex Wagner
Jorge Aguilar
Kyle Bakonyi
Nicholas Hubbard
Patrick Piekarski
Jason Taweh
Robbert van Batenburg

Spanish Awards (Based on results on the 2016 National Spanish Exam)

PLATA (SILVER)

Alexander McMullen

BRONCE (BRONZE)

Brian Donahue
John Siveyer

HONOR (HONORABLE MENTION)

Matthew Cesare
Ryan Eckert
Everett Lyons
Tristan Sotil
Spencer Vlandis

Stanislav Yarmoussik '18 and Joseph Hopkins '18 win Connecticut BrainDance Award

From left: Joseph Hopkins '18, Biology teacher Mrs. Jane O'Reilly and Stanislav Yarmoussik '18

Stanislav Yarmoussik '18 and Joseph Hopkins '18 received awards in the 13th Annual BrainDance Awards Competition held in Hartford on April 21, 2016. They are biology students of Mrs. Jane O'Reilly. The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital sponsors the BrainDance academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This contest allows students to enter an art project, a research project, or a media project. Stanley placed 2nd in the arts category with his painting titled, "How do you see me?" (See below). Joe placed third in the same category with his story titled "Eyes."

As a biology teacher and nurse, Mrs. O'Reilly works to teach her students to be more empathetic towards others, especially with mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care.

Avallone '19, Haranzo '19 and Kavanaugh '19 earn awards at Donate Life Connecticut

Pictured from left: Cole Avallone '19 and Christian Haranzo '19 (Peter Kavanaugh '19 not pictured)

Donate Life Connecticut celebrated the 26th Annual High School Visual Art Contest on April 1, 2016. Cole Avallone '19, Christian Haranzo '19 and Peter Kavanaugh '19 were among the winners. They joined their Biology teacher Mrs. Jane Novia O’Reilly at the state capitol for the awards ceremony.

Since 1990, thousands of Connecticut high school students have participated in the Donate Life Connecticut Annual Visual Art Contest. Each year, students are encouraged to create unique artwork to be used for raising awareness about organ and tissue donation and the importance of becoming a registered donor.

Cole Avallone was the 3rd Place winner, and Christian Haranzo received an Honorable Mention. Peter Kavanaugh was awarded “Best Video.” 

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Cole and Christian with Science Teacher Jane O'Reilly

Joe Daccache '16 & Brendan Rooney '16 are SCC Scholar Leaders

The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) hosted its 22nd Annual Scholar Leader Banquet on March 28 at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. Forty-six scholar leaders, chosen by their respective school principals, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools and external communities. 

Pictured from left: Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., Joseph Daccache '16, Brendan Rooney '16 and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta.

Joseph Daccache '16

Joe is a Summa Cum Laude student who is a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar. He is captain of the Varsity Crew Team and President of the Spanish Honor Society. Joe received the Regis College Book Award at the annual academic Awards Mass, and serves as a Peer Tutor at Prep. He participated in an Appalachia Immersion trip, volunteers on a regular basis at the Dorothy Day Hospitality Center for the Homeless, and tutors inner city children at the McGivney Community Center in Bridgeport. He is integrally involved in the extracurricular life of the school and readily and deftly represents the school in a variety of events.

Brendan Rooney '16

Brendan is a Summa Cum Laude student who has excelled as an AP Scholar in Prep’s demanding AP curriculum. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and is a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program. He received the Bryant University Book Award at the annual academic Awards Mass. He is captain of the Varsity Crew Team and integrally involved in Prep’s Campus Ministry and Peer Tutor programs. Brendan is truly committed to the service of others through numerous volunteer projects which include volunteering at a local aquarium, tutoring in an inner city parish and at the Boys and Girls Club, serving his local church, and acting as student leader on a mission immersion trip to Appalachia.

Junlin Mo '17, Hanson Mo '17 and Jonathan Siveyer '17 awarded Science Fair Honors at 2016 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair



Fairfield Prep congratulates three juniors, Junlin Mo (left), Hanson Mo (center) and Jonathan Siveyer (right) who achieved honors at the recent Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair held at Quinnipiac University. 

This year was another successful year for the three Prep students that attended the CT Science & Engineering Fair held March 15-19 at Quinnipiac University. All three made it into the finals. The award ceremony was attended by Senator Blumenthal who was the key speaker.

Hanson Mo '17 whose project was "Application of Computer Vision in Pupil and Eye Center Tracking" earned a 2nd honors, and numerous awards including: 1st Place People’s United Bank Mathematics Awards, 1st place Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards, 1st place Xerox Computer Science Awards Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award , IEEE, Connecticut Section Honors Award, EDUCATION CONNECTION award for innovative use of technology to advance science or engineering,  Zepke Award - For the Best Use of Electronic Circuitry, University of New Haven High School Awards in Engineering & Science and Maplesoft Awards for Applied Mathematics and Modeling 

Junlin Mo '17 earned 3rd honors for his project "On Analyzing Modern Quantum Computation" and was also awarded 3rd place in the People’s United Bank Mathematics Awards. Junlin was recognized for his 4th year in the science fair

Jonathan Siveyer '17 earned a 1st honors for his project "Examining the effectiveness of phytoremediation of heavy metals in water using Elodea Canadensis and Brassia Junce," and was a medalist in the main fair Pfizer Life Sciences Award. He also won the Air and Waste Management Association Environmental Research award. This is Jonathan's 5th year in the Science Fair.

Jonathan and Junlin are Co-Presidents of the Science Fair Club which runs from the fall to the commencement of the competition.

The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is a yearly, statewide science and engineering fair open to all 7th through 12th grade students residing, or enrolled, in Connecticut schools. An important objective of the program is to attract young people to careers in science and engineering while developing skills essential to critical thinking. Through science fair participation, students are encouraged to pursue independent work using proper research methods.

Connor Bercik '16 is News12 Scholar Athlete

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On the athletic field and in the classroom, Connor Bercik has been a model student athlete at Fairfield Prep. While maintaining his status as a Summa Cum Laude student, Connor has been a three year letterman on the varsity football team, where he serves as Captain in his senior year. Connor is also passionate about Rugby and looks to continue his playing career in college. In school he is a member of the National Honor Society where he serves as peer tutor to underclassmen. In the Jesuit tradition of service to the community, Connor has volunteered with the KEYS music program in Bridgeport. At KEYS he teaches children whose schools have no music education program to play percussion and read music. He also participated in a Christian Immersion Mission Trip to El Salvador, and has volunteered at the Fairview of Fairfield Rehabilitation & Health Center. Connor would like to study biomedical engineering in college.

Luke Clair '16 and Andrew Crane '16 recognized as SCC Scholar Athletes


From left: Varsity Football Coach Keith Hellstern; Luke Clair '16, Andrew Crane '16, and Varsity Cross Country Coach Bob Ford Jr.

Seniors Luke Clair (Football) and Andrew Crane (Cross Country) were both recognized for their sport leadership and athleticism, and have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letter winner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities such as: being a positive role model; helping teammates overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; or putting the needs of the team before themselves. Recipients receive a certificate and SportsCenter of CT pass.

Luke Clair '16

Luke Clair is an excellent example of a Scholar Athlete at Fairfield Prep. He has been a Summa Cum Laude student, starter on the Varsity football team and an Eagle Scout. This past fall he was recognized with the Sikorsky Aircraft Excellence in Math & Science Award from Fairfield University. As a member of the National Honor Society he also serves as peer tutor in school. Luke also has many interests outside of football. In addition to his work with the Boy Scouts, he has been in the Criminology Club and Trig*Star Club. Luke’s Christian Service hours have been spent working in afterschool programs at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport and bowling with Kennedy Center residents.  

Andrew Crane '16

Cross Country, Summa Cum Laude, National Merit Commended; Andrew Crane is an ideal recipient for the SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month. Andrew is a top student in his class, maintaining a 4.09 GPA while also serving as a Peer Tutor through the National Honor Society. A leader in Fairfield Prep’s music program, Andrew plays the trumpet in the Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. He has also been active in Campus Ministry events serving as a Freshman Retreat Leader and attending a Kairos Retreat. Andrew has volunteered Christian service at Feed my Starving Children and the Stamford Boys & Girls Club.

Gallagher '17 & Imery '17 attend Future Science & Technology Leaders Congress

From left: Science Chair Mrs. Deborah Kiel, Kevin Gallagher '17, Ian Imery '17 and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta

Kevin Gallagher '17 and Ian Imery '17, both Summa Cum Laude students, received certificates for representing Fairfield Prep at a conference held in Massachusetts this past summer. The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders included speakers and presentations by "Giants" in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), including Nobel Prize winners and top prodigies in their fields.

Both students found the multi-day conference fascinating and enlightening, and were pleased to have the opportunity to participate. They were invited to attend the program based on qualifying as honor students, and their interest in becoming physicians, scientists or technologists (including biomedical scientists, software and hardware technologists, engineers and mathematicians).

Brendan Wisniewski ’18 earns Eagle Scout honor

Brendan Wisniewski ’18, a member of Troop 39 on Westport, earned his Eagle Scout rank on February 26, 2015. Eagle Scouts must earn a minimum of 21 Merit badges and serve in various Troop and community leadership positions to earn the distinction. Candidates are also required to complete a community service project, that benefits a local organization.

Brendan’s Eagle Scout Project benefited the Westport Community Gardens, where he planned, designed, organized and led the building of a 16x14x12 foot pergola. The pergola was designed to provide a shaded area for the members as well as a support for their organic grapes. His project consisted of over 200 man hours and now proudly stands as the centerpiece of the Gardens.

Kevin Stone '15 and Matt Rusin '15 recognized as SCC Scholar Athletes


From left: Pres. Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J.; Kevin Stone '15, Matt Rusin '15, and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta

Seniors Kevin Stone (Baseball) and Matt Russin (Track) were both recognized for their sport leadership and athleticism, and have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letter winner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities such as: being a positive role model; helping teammates overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; or putting the needs of the team before themselves. Recipients receive a certificate and commemorative tee-shirt.

Kevin Stone '15

Kevin’s baseball achievements over the past four years at Fairfield Prep have been outstanding, however his leadership and personal excellence have extended well beyond the baseball diamond during his Prep years. Over his baseball career Kevin has distinguished himself in being the first non-senior in Prep history to have been named to the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association All State Team. He has achieved All-SCC Quinnipiac selection in his sophomore and junior years and All-State selection in his junior year. As a senior Kevin was honored as Prep’s CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete and as a tribute to his leadership he will be recognized in June for his leadership by the Western Connecticut Military Officers Association as Prep’s recipient of the Young American Award. Kevin is an outstanding student having achieved a 3.8 GPA and in doing so has earned induction into Prep’s National Honor Society. Significantly Kevin’s upward trajectory in the classroom and on the baseball field parallel one another indicating a young man of great focus and desire to excel. Through Campus Ministry, Kevin served junior and senior years as a Freshman Retreat leader, and participated in a Kairos retreat. Additionally, he has contributed to the Prep community as a Peer Tutor and to the wider community through his volunteer efforts at a local community center. As a true scholar athlete, Kevin is fully prepared to meet his next set of challenges at Harvard University where he will begin his collegiate athletic career and continue his academic rise beginning in the fall of 2015.

Matthew Rusin '15

Matt is known well for his determination and for his dedication to Prep’s running program as a member of our Cross Country and Track teams for the past four years. His commitment to personal excellence has led to a strong contribution to these programs and offers insight into Matt’s person as a high achieving young man of principle. Largely because of his dedication to Cross Country and Track and because of the example he sets for others Matt was chosen a Cross Country captain for his senior year. In his academic life Matt is an outstanding student who has grown strong in his academic life through the rising challenges of each year. His 4.0 GPA has qualified Matt for induction into Prep’s National Honor Society and has gained him Summa Cum Laude honors for all of his Prep years. Matt has made room in his busy life for growth in many areas on and off campus having made an outstanding contribution to Prep’s Campus Ministry program as an altar server, eucharistic minister and leader of Prep’s Freshman Retreat. He also participated in Notre Dame Vision and attended a Kairos retreat. He has been a four year member of the Select Choir and a participant in Prep’s Mock Trial program. Matt has served the Prep community as a Peer Tutor and has served the area community as both a participant and leader of Prep’s Urban Plunge, helped support the organization Feed My Starving Children, and volunteered with inner city children at Norwalk Grassroots Tennis. Matt is a true scholar athlete who will continue his academic and personal growth at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2015.

Colin Flynn '15 honored as Kennedy Center Volunteer Youth of the Year

Colin Flynn '15 (center) receives award from Kennedy Center representatives

Colin Flynn '15 was honored as Kennedy Center Youth of the the Year at the recent annual awards dinner. Colin has volunteered for the Kennedy Center for the last three years at Black Rock School in Bridgeport, as part of the Lighthouse Program. The Kennedy Center supports people with disabilities by offering a broad range of programs and services for children, adults, and the elderly with diverse disabilities. The Bridgeport Lighthouse program works with children with special needs, such as autism, to help them be more successful in an after school program. Colin's brother Brendan '17 also volunteers through the Kennedy Center, and both boys were featured as News 12 "Hometown Heroes" in December.

At Fairfield Prep, Colin has been a Magna Cum Laude student and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has taken an active part in many facets of the school community. Colin has been a Peer Tutor as well a Leader on the annual Freshman Retreat. For the past two years he served as a Manager on the Varsity Baseball Team. This past year Colin designed a website for Prep’s new White Ribbon Club, an organization that works to bring awareness of violence toward women. Colin will attend Villanova University in the fall.

Jonathan Siveyer '17 & Junlin Mo '17 awarded Science Fair Honors at 2015 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair



Fairfield Prep congratulates two sophomores, Jonathan Siveyer (left) and Junlin Mo (right), who achieved honors at the recent Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair held at Quinnipiac University. 

Jonathan Siveyer earned a First Honors and was a finalist in the Pfizer Life Science Award. He also won the Stockholm Junior Water prize and has been invited to advance in the competition. Additionally, he received the four-year participation award.

Junlin Mo earned a Third Honors and was a finalist in the Peoples United Bank Mathematics award.

The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is a yearly, statewide science and engineering fair open to all 7th through 12th grade students residing, or enrolled, in Connecticut schools. An important objective of the program is to attract young people to careers in science and engineering while developing skills essential to critical thinking. Through science fair participation, students are encouraged to pursue independent work using proper research methods.

Prep Engineers Score Highly in TEAMS Nationwide Competition

Pictured from left: Science teacher/moderator Anthony Dotolo; Charles Paul '15; Patrick Piekarski '18; Kyle Foster '15; Michael Lagrange '15; Griffin Roth '15; Christopher Calo '15; and Gavin Granath ‘15. Missing from photo: Dylan Hawkes '15.

Members of Fairfield Prep’s engineering club, the Lewis Engineering Society (LENSO), traveled to the University of New Haven this past March to compete in a nationally orchestrated contest known as TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science). This year’s competition focused on the relationship between energy and engineering, with topics ranging from biofuels and solar power to electricity and nuclear energy.

The Prep team was awarded second place in their state division, and finished in 7th place overall in Connecticut. The CT contest proved to be highly competitive, and although Prep did not advance beyond the state level, the club tied for 19th in the nation among 660 teams.

Though Prep students have participated in TEAMS competitions in years past, 2015 marks the first time the students have competed as the Lewis Engineering Society (LENSO). In September, these and other members of the Engineering Society voted to recognize the contributions of the late Dr. Brian Lewis (inspirational Prep science faculty member and Engineering Society moderator) by renaming the club in his honor. The plaque that now hangs in the Prep trophy case stands as a testament both to the hard work of our students and to our warm memories of “Doc.”

Students interested in joining LENSO in the 2015-16 academic year should contact Mr. Dotolo for more details. adotolo@fairfieldprep.org

Learn more about the competition at TEAMS.

A.J. Mansolillo '15 named National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete

A.J. pictured with parents Scott and Marie

The 55th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner was held on April 10. A.J. Mansolillo '15 was one of 27 high school and prep school scholar athletes honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. “We have another outstanding group of young men the we are honoring this year”, said Bill O’Brien chapter president. “All they have achieved on the field and in the classroom should make their family, school and community very proud.”

A.J. is a Magna Cum Laude student and a member of Prep’s National Honor Society, as well as a Peer Tutor. He has been a member of Student Government each year, and is Student Government Director of Communications in senior year. In addition to being a captain of the football team, A.J. earned many achievements: SCC All-Conference 2014, offensive line; MSG Varsity All-Connecticut team offensive line-2nd team 2014;New Haven Register All-State honorable mention; and New Haven Register All-Area-2nd team 2014.

In living the Jesuit mission, A.J. served as Rector on the most recent Kairos Retreat. He volunteers in the community at the Jewish Home for the Elderly and at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. He also participated in Prep’s Urban Plunge program. A.J. will attend Bowdoin College in the fall.

Berry '18, Lyons '18 and Mannella '17 earn awards at Donate Life Connecticut

Pictured from left: Mac Berry '18, Everett Lyons '18 and Michael Mannella '17

Donate Life Connecticut celebrated the 25th Annual High School Visual Art Contest on April 10, 2015. Mac Berry '18, Everett Lyons '18 and Michael Mannella '17 were among the winners. They joined their Biology teacher Mrs. Jane Novia O’Reilly at the state capitol for the awards ceremony.

Since 1990, thousands of Connecticut high school students have participated in the Donate Life Connecticut Annual Visual Art Contest. Each year, students are encouraged to create unique artwork to be used for raising awareness about organ and tissue donation and the importance of becoming a registered donor.

Mac Berry was the 2nd Place recipient, and Everett Lyons received an honorable mention for his video. Michael Mannella was presented with the “Tony Award,” an award chosen by the parents of a young man who passed away while awaiting an organ. Each year they choose the project that speaks to them. The teacher award was presented to Mrs. O’Reilly.

Learn more about Donate Life Connecticut.

Mac Berry '18 won the 2nd Place Award

Brendan Blees '15 wins Wakeman Club "Boy of the Year" Award

Brendan Blees '15 has been named Wakeman Boys & Girls Club - 2015 Hoyt O. Perry "Boy of the Year" winner for the Southport clubhouse. The Boy of the Year Award recognizes superior leadership skills, academic achievement and outstanding service to Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and the community. Each nominee submitted a detailed resume that included not only extracurricular activities, but life goals, obstacles overcome, and family values; plus the candidate participated in an interview process where he was judged on his public speaking skills.

Brendan has been an active member of Wakeman for 12 years and has participated in numerous athletic and education programs. A four year member of the Keystone Club, Brendan earned the Presidential Service Gold Award for his volunteer commitments to the club each year he participated. Brendan has also been the top youth fundraiser for Wakeman’s "Freezin’ for a Reason Plunge" with close to $5,000 in donations secured. As part of being a Mentor for McKinley Elementary students, Brendan provides homework, reading and social skills support to his two mentees. This is his second year involved in the program. Brendan is a true ambassador for Wakeman and the values it embodies.

At Fairfield Prep, Brendan has been a standout student and school leader. For the past three years he earned Cum Laude honors distinction in the classroom and has been a member of the National Honor Society where he serves as a Peer Mentor. This past year Brendan was Co-Director of Prep’s annual Freshman Retreat. It was yearlong position that required planning a two day overnight event for 240 freshmen as well as supervising 70 upperclassmen leaders. A commitment to Jesuit mission is evident in Brendan’s volunteer and fundraising work for Wakeman, as well as his attendance on an Appalachia Mission trip and the Notre Dame Vision Retreat. An active member of the Prep community throughout his four years, Brendan has participated in the business club, played intramurals sports, rowed crew and been an enthusiastic supporter of classmates at school sporting and performing arts events. Brendan will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall.

Tyler Bernier '15 and Quinn Pollard '15 named Evans Scholars

Pictured from left: (Front) Quinn Pollard '15 and Tyler Bernier '15; (Back) Dean of Guidance & College Advising Mr. John Hanrahan, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, President Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., and Guidance Counselor Mr. Rick Hutchinson '87. 

Tyler Bernier and Quinn Pollard recently were awarded the prestigious Charles “Chick” Evans Scholarship, a full four-year tuition and housing scholarship awarded to golf caddies. Tyler and Quinn both have caddied at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield for several years, and are the second and third Brooklawn caddies to receive this award, and the first ever from Fairfield Prep.

Tyler and Quinn were selected from over 750 applicants this year, following a formal interview in New York City with many representatives of the Western Golf Association. Selected recipients of the Evans Scholarship must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need. Currently, 870 caddies are enrolled at 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,000 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

In addition to their outstanding citizenship and success in the classroom, Quinn and Tyler have each made meaningful contributions to the Prep community: 

In his Prep years Quinn has explored his interests and talents in initiating the MSG Varsity High School Cube program which presents live broadcasts of Prep sporting events to the community. He has further served the Prep community through the Cardinal Key Society, attended the Notre Dame Vision Christian Leadership program, participated in Prep’s Appalachia Mission trip, and served in junior year as a group leader for the Freshman Retreat. Quinn has reached out to the local community through service at the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club through the Keystone Club and coaching basketball, and currently volunteers in the after-school program at Riverfield Elementary School.

Tyler is a Magna Cum Laude honor student, member of the National Honor Society, and has served the Prep community as both a Peer Tutor and as a member of the Cardinal Key Society. Tyler participated in Prep’s Appalachia Mission trip. In junior year he was a group leader for the Freshman Retreat and in senior year he led a Kairos Retreat. Tyler is a four-year member of the golf team, elected captain for his senior season. He also played hockey while at Prep. He has volunteered with the Connecticut Storm Hockey program which assists special needs children and adults, and currently volunteers at Achievement First Academy in Bridgeport where he tutors children after school.

Congratulations to both Quinn and Tyler who will attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, this fall.

Christopher Specht '15 named Fairfield Prep’s DAR Good Citizen

Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution recognize one outstanding young person from each area high school. To be considered for DAR Good Citizen recognition a student must exhibit the qualities of dependability (defined as truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality), service (cooperation, courtesy and consideration for others), leadership (personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility) and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) – all to an outstanding degree. From Fairfield Prep, Chris Specht is this year’s DAR Good Citizen and he was recognized in a ceremony held on March 9 in Fairfield.

On campus Chris is an outstanding student, among the very strongest in the Prep Class of 2015. Chris is a Summa Cum Laude Scholar, a National Merit Commended Student, an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Chris has dedicated his energies to furthering his interests in politics, government and current issues on a local, state, national and international level. In pursuit of this passion, he is founder and current President of Prep’s Model United Nations Club and Editor in Chief of Zeitgeist, the political newspaper of Prep’s Political Awareness Club. Chris shares his academic gifts on campus as a Peer Tutor and offers his energies to the community through service at the Kennedy Center and Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. He has chosen to explore and deepen his faith by both experiencing and leading Kairos and through his role as a Freshman Retreat leader. In all areas of his life Chris serves as a fine example of the values and activities which epitomize a DAR Good Citizen.

Jack O’Connor '16 & Grant Stone '16 are SCC Scholar Leaders

The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) hosted its 21st annual Scholar Leader Banquet on March 23 at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. Forty-six scholar leaders, chosen by their respective school principals, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools and external communities. Pictured from left: Grant Stone '16, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, and Jack O’Connor '16

John P. O’Connor '16

Jack is a dedicated student and athlete who is a true school leader. He is a Summa Cum laude student who was nominated as a Governor’s Scholar. Jack spends time as a tutor and mentor at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford in addition to coaching a youth lacrosse team. He was leader of the Freshman Retreat and the Kairos program. He also received All-State and All-SCC honors on the lacrosse field.

Grant H. Stone '16

Grant is a summa cum laude student in Prep’s most demanding curriculum. He is a varsity letterman in baseball, and co-chair of the Fantasy Sports Club. He peer tutors his fellow students at Prep, and serves as a tutor and mentor at the Stamford Boys and Girls Club, plus volunteers as a coach to middle schoolers in the Stamford Peace Basketball League. Grant is also a Freshman Retreat Leader.

Liam Hullihan '16 wins Home Design Award

For the second year in a row, Liam Hullihan '16 received an award in the statewide Student Design Competition sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut (HBRA) at the Connecticut Home Show in Hartford on February 26. Liam won the award for Best Green Building and received $500 designated for Prep’s Art Department. This award was given to Liam at a ceremony which took place at the Governor’s Mansion on March 24. Liam entered the contest with the guidance of his art teacher Mrs. Dolores Tema.

The Home Design Contest was open to students in grades 10 through 12 that are enrolled in design or drafting courses in high schools across the state. Each student is required to include a scale model home with presentation drawings that met specific criteria. This year’s criteria were to design a three bedroom home not to exceed 2,000 square feet of floor space and the students were required to include three National Association of Home Builders Model Green Building Guidelines.

Ryan Foley '15 and Bryce Keblish '15 recognized as SCC Scholar Athletes


From left: Ryan Foley '15, Bryce Keblish '15, and Asst. Athletic Dir. Jay Turiano.

Seniors Ryan Foley (Basketball) and Bryce Keblish (Swimming) were both recognized for their sport leadership and athleticism, and have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letter winner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities such as: being a positive role model; helping teammates overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; or putting the needs of the team before themselves. Recipients receive a certificate and commemorative tee-shirt.

Ryan Foley '15

Ryan Foley has proven that it is possible to be a high level athlete on a state championship finalist team and still be an active and energetic member of the community. Ryan has been a three year varsity letter winner in basketball. He was recently named All-SCC Quinnipiac Division for the 2014-15 season, while leading the Jesuits to a 22-2 record and averaging 16 points per game. But Ryan does not limit his efforts to just sports, as he has also been a four year member of the school Select Choir. This past year he served as a leader on both the Freshman Retreat and the Kairos Spiritual Retreat. Last summer, after having spent the previous summer on the Mustard Seed Jamaican mission trip, he was selected to return as an upperclassman leader. He also volunteers weekly for the Kennedy Center bowling program helping the disadvantaged. In school, Ryan is a Cum Laude student, National Honor Society member and peer tutor.

Bryce Keblish '15

Bryce is one of the top swimmers in Prep history setting multiple team, league and state records. In 2014, Bryce had one of the best individual swimming seasons in Prep history achieving ALL-SCC and All-State honors for the third consecutive year, was an All-American in two individual events (200 IM, 100 Butterfly) and two relays (200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle), won the State Open Title in the 100 butterfly, set a LL state record in the 200 IM and swam the third leg of the State Open winning 200 Freestyle Relay that set a CIAC record and was ranked 6th in the country. In 2015 he won two events at the SCC Championships and was named Championship Meet MVP. Bryce is a Magna Cum Laude student, member of the National Honor Society and serves as a peer tutor on campus and at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport. He has also volunteered at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and was a founding member of the Fairfield Chapter of Scholars & Athletes serving others. Next year Bryce looks forward to continuing his athletic and academic career at the University of Virginia.

Dylan Hawkes '15 is National Merit Finalist

From left: President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J., Dylan Hawkes '15, and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta

Fairfield Prep is proud to announce that Dylan Hawkes has been named as a National Merit Finalist for the 2014–15 academic year. Of the 1.5 million entrants in the nation, Dylan was initially recognized among the top 16,000 semifinalists, and continuing on in the competition he has now been recognized as one of 15,000 finalists. This outstanding achievement is highly consistent with Dylan’s academic journey at Prep during which time he has taken the strongest course of study available and in fact has gone beyond Prep’s offerings in preparing for and taking the Advanced Placement exam in Computer Science and achieving a top score. He is currently enrolled in AP Physics, AP English Language, AP European History, AP Government and Honors Calculus 3/Honors Calculus 4. Dylan is a member of the National Honor Society having achieved Summa Cum Laude honors each year; he received the Cornell University Book Award; and is an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Dylan is passionate about science, and founded the Science and Engineering Fair Club at Fairfield Prep. The goal of the club is to encourage involvement in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. Dylan has developed a program capable of predicting solar energy potential through artificial neural networks, and placed first in the Computer Science and Math categories at the Science Fair. He is a four year member of the Crew team at Prep (honored as an SCC Scholar Athlete), and participates in the Robotics Club and the Symphonic Orchestra and Concert Band. He has made a solid contribution to the Prep community by his involvement in the Peer Tutor program and to the local community through service at the Cardinal Shehan Center for economically disadvantaged children. Dylan is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and has qualified for and will soon be awarded his Eagle Badge. An outstanding student and young man, Dylan’s recognition as National Merit Finalist is a powerful validation of his desire for excellence in all areas of his life.

Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo commit to play College Football


Front row from left: Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo. Back row from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta; Asst. Coach Keith Hellstern; Head Coach Tom Shea '73; and Athletic Director Tom Curran '05. 

Fairfield Prep proudly announces that by their strong character, academic success, and athletic efforts, seniors Colton Smith and Anthony Palazzolo have earned the opportunity to compete in the sport of football while achieving their college degrees. the two scholar athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at Fairfield Prep on February 4, 2015.

Colton Smith – Football – Fordham University

Dedicated to personal excellence on and off the field, Colton Smith has committed to continue his football career and growth as a student in signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Fordham University beginning in the fall of 2015. Colton has balanced his commitment to academics, service and football well in his Prep years, maintaining a solid academic record with a commitment to community service along with his year round commitment to the Prep football program. His contributions to the community include service with Ability Beyond Disability where Colton works with Special Olympians and participation in Prep’s Urban Plunge. Colton also volunteers in the after school program at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT. As a football athlete, Colton experienced strong brotherhood in the Prep program while achieving an outstanding career as a three year starter on both offense and defense. This past season as Prep’s quarterback, Colton rushed for 953 yards and 15 touchdowns, and threw for 1547 yards and 16 TDs. Over the past two seasons as quarterback Colton generated over 6,000 yards of total offense and accounted for 70 TDs. He was a team co-captain in 2014. In recognition of his outstanding football achievements Colton was named All Southern Connecticut Conference, as well as being named to the CHSCA Class LL All-State team, the New Haven Register All-Area team, the Connecticut Post Hearst 33 All-Star Team and the MSG All-Connecticut Team. Coach Tom Shea said of Colton, “He was one of the most dominant and exciting players in Connecticut high school football over the past two years.”

 

Anthony Palazzolo - Football - Boston College

Anthony Palazzolo has grown personally, academically and athletically in his Prep years exercising leadership on and off the field while committing his energies to a number of community service activities. Anthony will continue his football career, intellectual and personal growth at Boston College, having signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play at BC beginning in the fall of 2015. In addition to his year round commitment to Prep football, Anthony has progressed well in his studies while serving in Prep’s student government and making a strong commitment to service. In addition to assisting in the after school program at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT, Anthony traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to participate in a service mission at an orphanage for special needs children. As a standout in the Prep football program, Anthony found a “Band of Brothers” in his teammates where he has been a three year starter on both offense and defense. In three years on defense he had nearly 100 tackles, 25 for loss, 10 quarterback sacks, one interception and 6 blocked kicks despite being regularly double and triple teamed. On the offensive side he helped his team average 37 points a game for the last 25 games. Anthony was a team co-captain in 2014. For his standout achievements on the field Anthony was named All Southern Connecticut Conference as well as to the CHSCA All Class LL All-State team, the New Haven Register All State and All-Area teams, and the Connecticut Post Hearst 33 All-Star Team. Coach Shea said, “Anthony has great physical gifts and a superb work ethic that will serve him well in the Boston College program.”

Dylan Hawkes '15 is SCC Scholar Athlete



Dylan pictured with Asst. Athletic Director Jay Turiano.

Dylan Hawkes (Crew) was  recognized for his sport leadership and athleticism, and was named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letter winner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities such as: being a positive role model; helping teammates overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; or putting the needs of the team before themselves. Recipients receive a certificate and commemorative tee-shirt.


Dylan has established himself as a true scholar athlete at Fairfield Prep. A National Merit Semi-Finalist, Dylan has achieved am impressive scholastic record at Prep, and seeks out the most demanding honors and AP classes offered. He is currently enrolled in AP Physics, AP English Language, AP European History, and AP Government. He is a member of the National Honor Society with Summa Cum Laude honors, received the Cornell University Book Award, and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. Dylan is passionate about science, and founded the Science and Engineering Fair Club at Fairfield Prep. The goal of the club is to encourage involvement in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. Dylan has developed a program capable of predicting solar energy potential through artificial neural networks, and placed first in the Computer Science and Math categories at the Science Fair. He is a four year member of the Crew team at Prep, and participates in the Robotics Club and the Symphonic Orchestra and Concert Band. He has made a solid contribution to the Prep community by his involvement in the Peer Tutor program and to the local community through service at the Cardinal Shehan Center for economically disadvantaged children. Dylan is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, and anticipates earning his Eagle Scout Award in January 2015.

Seniors Thomas Nolan, Bryce Keblish and Cam Harris commit to College Athletics

Fairfield Prep is proud to announce the athletic commitments of three seniors, pictured from left with their varsity coaches: Thomas Nolan (Fairfield University basketball) with Leo Redgate; Bryce Keblish (University of Virginia swimming NLI) with Rick Hutchinson; and Cam Harris (Drexel University lacrosse NLI) with Chris Smalkais.

Thomas Nolan

Thomas Nolan takes special joy in his service commitment to the Shehan Center in Bridgeport, having spent much of his young life playing basketball in Shehan Center programs. As a volunteer, Thomas mentors children in whom he sees himself. Thomas’s formation brought him to Fairfield Prep where he has balanced his studies and basketball career well, a significant challenge as he has started at the varsity level since his first game in freshman year. He was a key player on the Prep team that advanced to the Class LL State Championship and earned Runner-Up in 2013 and 2014, as well as part of the first Prep team to win the SCC title. A standout in the Prep basketball program, Thomas was named MVP of the SCC Tournament last year as well as being named to the Connecticut Post and New Haven Register All-Star Teams. He was also named to the CHSCA All-State Team. Thomas has developed well personally in the close community at Prep, and Prep’s basketball program has benefited from his intensity and dedication to excellence on the court. Thomas has decided to continue his education in Jesuit tradition in committing to Fairfield University where he will begin his academic and basketball careers beginning in the fall of 2015.

Bryce Keblish

Since his freshman year, Bryce Keblish has had a profound impact on the Fairfield Prep Swimming & Diving team. A standout athlete and leader, Bryce has emerged as one of the top swimmers in Prep’s history setting multiple team, league and state records. In 2012 he was an instrumental member of the Prep team that would claim the SCC, LL and State Open titles. In 2013, Bryce achieved All- American status as a member of the 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle relays. In 2014, Bryce had one of the best individual seasons in Prep history achieving ALL-SCC and All-State honors for the third consecutive year, was an All-American in two Individual events (200 IM, 100 Butterfly) and two Relays (200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle), won the State Open Title in the 100 butterfly, set a LL state record in the 200 IM and swam the third leg of the State Open winning 200 Freestyle Relay that set a CIAC record and was ranked 6th in the country. Bryce also competes for the Westport YMCA Water Rats Swimming Team where he is a Junior National Qualifier and a 7-time Finalist at the YMCA National Championships. In 2012 Bryce was on the Prep Varsity Soccer team that was Runner-Up at the LL State Championship. Bryce is in the National Honor Society and serves as a peer tutor on campus and at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport. He has also volunteered at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and was a founding member of the Fairfield Chapter of Scholars & Athletes serving others. Bryce looks forward to continuing his athletic and academic career at the University of Virginia.

Cam Harris

Cam is an outstanding student as well as a three-year starter on the varsity lacrosse team at Prep, who were Class L State Champions in 2013 and 2012, and won the SCC championship for the past four years. In 2014 he was a CIAC All-State Award winner and earned All SCC 1st Team honors. Lacrosse has been a big part of Cam’s life for many years, and he also plays in the off-season for the Eclipse and Bull Dog Lacrosse Clubs. Cam pushes himself in the classroom while taking many Honors and AP courses, and has also been a big contributor to Prep’s football team for the last two years as a wide receiver/defensive back. Cam has dedicated many hours in community service to the “Breakthrough Options for Families” in Norwalk, which provides advocacy and mentoring services for single-parent low income families. He tutors and mentors a young man who is growing up in a single parent home, and enjoys going to the movies, getting something to eat and playing recreational activities with him. An avid fisherman and skier, Cam is also an accomplished acoustic guitar player. Drexel University is a nationally ranked Division I lacrosse team, and Cam is thrilled to continue playing lacrosse for Coach Brian Voelker.

Alvarez '15 to compete for National Music Honors

Kevin Alvarez '15 has qualified to sing at the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles competition at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29. Kelvin has qualified for this great honor based on his performances at regional and state competitions.

Mrs. Christine Evans, music director, mentored Kelvin throughout the full process. First, he auditioned for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Regional Music Festival, competing against other high school musicians throughout the western region of Connecticut. Kelvin auditioned for voice, singing a song in Italian that Mrs. Evans helped him learn, and performed it at New Fairfield High School in front of a panel of judges. Along with the song, Kelvin was required to sing two scales and sight-sing a piece of music he had never seen before. Soon after the audition, Kelvin learned that he had qualified for Western Regionals, performing with the other high school students who qualified at Trumbull High School. Following that music festival, he auditioned for the CMEA All-State Music Festival. Only the people who qualified for Regionals were eligible to audition for All-States, where Kelvin had to compete with the three other regions (East, North, and South). The audition was the same style as the Regional audition, where he prepared a song, sang scales, and sight-sang, ultimately earning a very high score. The All-State Festival took place in Hartford. In order to audition for Nationals (or the formal name All-National Honor Ensembles), Kelvin was required to apply through the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) where he had to submit an application and recorded video of the song that he auditioned with for All-States. Mrs. Evans completed the application as his sponsoring teacher. In August. Kelvin was overjoyed to learn he qualified for the national competition! The festival will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29. Excited for the upcoming competition, Kelvin commented, "In the end, I really have to thank Mrs. Evans for everything. She helped me with every application, with every audition piece, and with boosting my moral. I attribute all of my success to her!"

Kelvin performs in the Prep Symphonic Orchestra, Select Choir, and Encords, and well as the Fairfield County Children's Choir. He is a member of the Prep Players and sings with the Prep Liturgical Ensemble. Kelvin is a member of the National Honor Society and is a Peer Tutor. He has participated in a Prep immersion trip to El Salvador and volunteered at YouthWorks sites in the Adirondacks, Philadelphia and Boston. This year, he is co-director of the Freshman Retreat. Finally, you may hear Kelvin sing the national anthem at one of the next Prep football or basketball games!

Prep congratulates Kevin and wishes him good luck at Nationals!

Fairfield Prep proudly announces National Merit Scholars


Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of nine seniors who are Commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program, as well as senior Dylan Hawkes who is honored as a National Merit Semi-finalist. The seniors are recognized based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over 1.5 million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on placement in the top five percent in the highly competitive state of Connecticut.

A spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Program commented, "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Front row seated from left: Robert Barrett, Thomas Wiig and Simon Whiteman. Back row from left: Dylan Hawkes (National Semi-finalist), President Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., Charles Paul, Christopher Specht, Gavin Granath, Dongju Lee, Griffin Roth, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta and Sean Geercken.

Tyrone Fleurizard ‘14 Places 2nd in Rotary Club Speech Contest

Tyrone receives award from State Rotary representatives

On March 11, Tyrone Fleurizard ‘14 represented Fairfield Prep at the Fairfield Rotary Club’s annual Four Way Test Speech Contest, which was held at the Gaelic American Club. Tyrone won 1st place and earned himself a spot in the semi-final round on April 6. In the semi-final round Tyrone placed 2nd and moved on to compete in the finals on April 27. The finals were held in Mystic, CT, in front of 300 Rotarians and their District Assembly guests. Tyrone placed 2nd once again and collected a total of $900 in prize money throughout the entire contest. Tyrone’s speech applied the Four Way Test to judging lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people. Fleurizard dealt with what may be a touchy subject to many who do not live in the teenagers’ world, but for many of them is reality - in their schools and in their larger worlds.

Jerome Larracuente '17 and Justin Consoli '16 receive awards by Donate Life CT

Pictured from left: Jerome Larracuente '17 and Justin Consoli '16

Every day during the month of April, people across the United States make a special effort to recognize the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ and tissue donors and to celebrate the lives of those that were saved by a transplant.

In celebration of National Donate Life Month, Donate Life Connecticut joins together with State Legislators, State Officials, Mayors and First Selectmen, donor families, living donors, transplant recipients and health professionals to increase the number of registered organ and tissue donors in the Connecticut Donor Registry.

On April 4, 2014, the 24th Annual Visual Arts Contest Awards was held at the State Capitol. Among the winners were Jerome Larracuente '17 who was the 2nd place recipient, and Justin Consoli '16 who received an Honorable Mention. Both are students of Mrs. Jane O'Reilly, biology teacher.

Congratulations to both!

Justin Consoli '16 wins Connecticut BrainDance Award

Justin Consoli '16, biology student of Mrs. Jane O'Reilly, won third place in the 11th Annual BrainDance contest. The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital sponsors the BrainDance academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This contest allows students to enter an art project, a research project, or a media project. Justin received third place in the media category. Congratulations Justin!

As a biology teacher and nurse, Mrs. O'Reilly wants to teach her students to be more empathetic towards others, especially with mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care.

Jairo Martinez '14 presented with DAR Good Citizen Award

The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, NSDAR, presented the prestigious Good Citizen Award to four high school seniors on March 9 at the Old Fairfield Academy. The recipients were chosen by their counselors for outstanding service to their school and community as well as for their academic standing. Jairo Martinez '14 was honored with the award, and independent judges selected Jairo's essay as the chapter winner. Jairo read his winning essay at the event.

Certificates and pins were presented by Dr. Linda Paslov and Lena Paslov, Co-Chairs of the program, who wished the students well in their future schools and community endeavors. Regent Cathy Tymniak spoke about the history of the Old Academy built in 1804. Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Selectman of Fairfield, offered town certificates and congratulations from the Town of Fairfield.

The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is a women’s volunteer service organization that promotes education, historic preservation, and patriotism. For information: www.EuniceDennieBurrDar.org.

Liam Hullihan '16 wins Home Design Award

Liam Hullihan '16 received the Best First Time School Entry Award in the statewide Student Design Competition sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut (HBRA) at the Connecticut Home Show in Hartford on February 28, 2014. The Home Design Contest was open to students in grades 10 through 12 that are enrolled in design or drafting courses in high schools across the state. Each student was required to include a scale model home with presentation drawings that met specific criteria. This year’s criteria were to design a three bedroom home not to exceed 2,000 square feet of floor space and the students were required to include three National Association of Home Builders Model Green Building Guidelines.

Liam was honored with other award winners and recognized by U.S. Senator Blumenthal's office with a United States Senate Certificate recognizing his achievement, plus received a $500 award for Fairfield Prep's art program.

Abbazia ’14 Places Top 10 in National Trig*Star Exam

(From L-R): Mr. Matthew Jaques; Tony Abbazia, ’14; and Mr. Jorge Pereira, Redniss & Mead.

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) recently announced that Tony Abbazia ’14 placed 9th overall in the 2013 National Trig*Star Exam. The National Trig*Star Exam is limited to all of the State Championship winners from the previous school year. For the second year in a row, Tony qualified to take the National Trig*Star Exam by finishing 1st overall in the State of Connecticut’s Local Trig*Star Exam. Tony’s 9th place finish in the nation is a twenty-one place improvement over last year, in the Fairfield Prep Trig*Star Club’s second year of existence. Congratulations to Tony on this terrific achievement!

The Trig*Star team is moderated by Mr. Matthew Jaques and meets monthly to practice trigonometry problems and prepare for the Trig*Star State Exam. The Trig*Star State Exam is an annual high school mathematics competition based on the practical application of Trigonometry. Students that participate are not only provided with an opportunity to earn awards, but also leave with a better understanding of the technical profession of Geomatics, which includes Land Surveying, Mapping and Planning.

Meetings are open to all Prep students and are held on the second Thursday of every month in Mr. Jaques’ room, X305. The next meeting is November 14.

Matthew Freed '15 & Victor Riccio '15 receive BrainDance Awards 

Two students received awards at the 10th annual BrainDance Award ceremony on May 30. Students of Jane O'Reilly's biology class submitted several entries. Matthew Freed '15 (photo left) received a second-place award in the mixed-media category, and Victor Riccio '15 (photo right) received the third-place award in the mixed-media category. The BrainDance Awards is sponsored by the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital. The contest is designed to increase the awareness of mental illness and to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness.

 

Prep Seniors commit to play College Football

Pictured from left: Keith Hellstern, Asst. Football Coach; Liam Coyle '13; Chris Golger '13; and Tom Shea '73, Head Football Coach

Fairfield Prep seniors Christopher Golger, of Fairfield, and Liam Coyle, of Trumbull, have announced their plans to play college football next year. Golger will attend and play at Tufts University in Medford, MA and Coyle will attend and play at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Golger is the son of Kevin and Peggie Golger and played fullback and linebacker for the Jesuits. He will compete against his brother Brian, Prep Class of 2011, who is a junior defensive end for Bowdoin College. Liam is the son of Patrick and Tamara Coyle. He played linebacker and was responsible for scoring kicks and kick-offs for Prep. He will be a kicker at Rhodes.

Colin Morris '12, a resident of Stratford, played as a defensive back for Prep during the 2011 season. He has completed a year of post-graduate study and has announced he will attend and play football at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

Mark Giannini '13 is Gates Millennium Scholar

For his leadership, community service and academic achievement, Mark H. Giannini ‘13 has been chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar for 2013. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is the nation’s largest minority scholarship program and is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history, Mark was one of 1,000 chosen from a nationwide pool of 54,000 applicants. GMS scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students of diversity across the country who demonstrate academic excellence and strong leadership skills. Scholarships assist students in meeting the cost of attendance at the college or university of their choice. GMS scholars who choose to pursue graduate studies in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and science are eligible to receive continued funding. The program also provides leadership development opportunities to ensure that scholars graduate prepared to become strong leaders in their professions and in their communities. Mark plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and pursue studies in applied mathematics and chemistry.

Mark has explored his talents and interests through academics, service, campus ministry and by his involvement in a number and variety of clubs and organizations. He has been involved in Prep's Kairos program, Campus Ministry Student Board, Debate Society and Political Awareness Club. Mark has embraced diversity at Prep by his involvement in the SEED program (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity). Academically he achieves with the best in his class while taking on the strongest course of studies offered and has shared his academic success through involvement in the Peer Tutor program. Mark has also shared his energies in building the Prep community by his commitment to the Cardinal Key Society. His involvement in service goes beyond the Prep campus as Mark has both experienced "Urban Plunge" and served as a leader of the urban immersion service program. Stepping outside the region, Mark traveled to Tierra Blanca, El Salvador, to participate in Prep’s service mission there. Mark understands the life changing potential of being selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar. He has explored his talents and interests well at Prep and looks forward to exercising his leadership and continuing his journey of growth at the University of Notre Dame. Mark is the son of Mark and Valerie Giannini of Monroe, CT.

Pictured from left: Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., President; Dr. Robert Perrotta, Principal, Mark Giannini; John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance & College Advising; and Jon DeRosa, Director of Student Activities & Christian Service.

Andrew Ostrosky ’14 selected as Governor’s Scholar of Connecticut

Andrew Ostrosky '14, nominated by Jonathan DeRosa (Director of Student Activities & Christian Service) and John Hanrahan (Dean of Guidance & College Advising), was selected as one of thirty Governor’s Scholars of Connecticut for 2013. He was chosen from an entry pool of more than 150 of the top juniors in Connecticut’s high schools, and will be honored along with other designees at the Governor’s Scholars Luncheon on May 16, 2013. He will be accompanied at this luncheon by his parents, Mr. DeRosa, and Mr. Hanrahan.

Andrew’s outstanding academic achievement, commitment to the football team, and his leadership through Prep’s Student Government helped earn him Fairfield Prep’s nomination. In addition to submitting his outstanding resume, Andrew was also asked to write an essay on a topic he did not know until he sat down to write the essay. Congratulations, Andrew!

 

Trevor Berry '15 honored by Donate Life Connecticut

Trevor Berry '15 was selected as a finalist, and won an Honorable Mention in the Donate Life Connecticut 2013 Annual Visual Arts Contest to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. Donate Life Connecticut is an organization dedicated to the purpose of public education and awareness for all Connecticut residents concerning the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and increasing the number of registered donors.

Trevor designed and submitted a poster in the contest, under the support and direction of his biology teacher Mrs. Jane O'Reilly. Congratulations to Trevor!

April is National Donate Life Month - Learn more!


Chris Kelly '13 selected by Wakeman for National Keystone Conference

Chris Kelly '13 was selected to represent Wakeman Memorial Boys & Girls Club at the National Keystone Conference which took place in Atlanta, GA from March 21 through March 24. The conference is an educational experience and an opportunity to enhance leadership skills and personal development, with more than 1800 Keystoners and their advisors from throughout the country and around the globe.

At the heart of the Keystone Club experience is character and leadership development. Through Club and community service projects, Keystoners learn first-hand the importance of cultivating and exercising the virtues of compassion, tolerance, responsibility and citizenship. Chris's dedication and hard work with the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club earned him this honor. Fairfield Prep congratulates Chris on this important recognition and growth opportunity.

Mark Giannini '13 & Tim Peterson '13 are SCC Scholar Leaders

The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) hosted its 19th annual Scholar Leader Banquet on March 25 at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. Forty-four scholar leaders, chosen by their respective school principals, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective school and external communities. Mark Giannini '13 (left) & Tim Peterson '13 (right) were honored from Fairfield Prep, with Dr. Robert Perrotta, Principal.

Mark Giannini '13

Mark is a Magna Cum Laude student who is integrally involved in the extracurricular life of the school. He is President of the Debate Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Political Awareness magazine, and a member of our SEED program that is dedicated to fostering diversity through cultural, racial and social interaction. Mark has been a member of the National Honor Society and peer tutor since sophomore year. He is a key member of our Campus Ministry Program serving as leader on Freshman, Sophomore and Kairos retreats. Mark is also a leader on our Urban Plunge Community Service Programs.

Tim Peterson '13

Tim is a Magna Cum Laude student and is currently President of Student Government, where he has played an important role in the leadership of the Fairfield Prep student body. Previously, he served as student government secretary. Tim has been a member of the National Honor Society and peer tutor since sophomore year. He is captain of the Rugby Team, and has earned several scholar-athlete awards as a member of the Rugby and Football teams. Through Prep Campus Ministry, Tim has assisted in liturgies, and served as leader on the Freshman and Kairos retreats. Tim has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and volunteers on a regular basis at the Kennedy Center, a specialized organization serving individuals with disabilities and their families.

Matt Rahtelli '13 awarded R.O.T.C Scholarship

Matthew Rahtelli ’13, of Newtown CT, has formally accepted a 4-year R.O.T.C. Scholarship which will allow him to earn a degree in engineering at the college of his choice while pursuing a military career. The extensive R.O.T.C. application process began in the spring of his junior year and involved a scholarship application, academic transcript assessment, demonstration of leadership, personal interview, and physical fitness/ medical qualification tests. After a thorough evaluation by a specialized review board, Matt was awarded this highly competitive scholarship in March. Matt is an Eagle Scout whose scout project involved the redesign and refurbishing of a veterans memorial located at his parish, St. Rose of Lima in Newtown. He also currently serves as State Chief Squire of the Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. Matt co-founded the Fairfield Prep Squires Circle and reactivated the Sandy Hook Squires Circle which has grown to approximately 120 members. Matt has been a 4-year soccer player for Fairfield Prep and a part of the first Prep team in history to advance to the State Championship. He has also competed in track and field for three years, and is captain of the throwing team this year. Matt is a member of Fairfield Prep’s chapter of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish Honor Society and is a member of Prep’s service organization, the Cardinal Key Society. Matt contributes significantly to the mission of Prep by all of his activities and achievements, most particularly by his involvement in Prep’s Campus Ministry programs.

In the photo celebrating his achievement, Matt is pictured center with, from left: John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance & College Advising, U.S. Army National Guard representative Rodriguez, U. S. Army representative Beddow, and Dr. Robert Perrotta, Principal.

William Weishaupt '15 earns Eagle Scout Award

William Weishaupt '15 of Troop 1 in Milford, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers, the Eagle Scout Award. William completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review on June 6, 2012, and was presented his Eagle Award on October 9, 2012 at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  William’s Eagle Scout Leadership project consisted of the construction of two display cases for the Milford Historical Society. William, who has a love of history and realizes the importance of preserving the past, constructed the cases to provide more display space for artifacts that have been stored in the attic and hidden from public view. Congratulations to William on his honor and distinction.

 

 

Michael Connelly ’15 attains Eagle Scout honor


Michael Connelly ’15, a member of Fairfield’s Troop 199, will be promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony in January 2013. Eagle Scouts must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and serve in leadership positions to earn the distinction. Candidates also need to complete a community service project to help local organizations. Connelly’s project helped the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Bridgeport Prospect House, two organizations that serve the homeless. He gathered 668 pairs of shoes for the two centers’ residents. He also raised money to provide 200 bus tokens to the Prospect House’s residents to help them travel to job interviews. Congratulations to Michael on his honor and distinction.

 

 

 

Prep Scholar Athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce that by their strong character, academic success and athletic efforts four Prep seniors have earned the opportunity to continue to compete in the sport of lacrosse while achieving their college degree. Pictured from left, front row: James Marusi (University of Massachusetts), Andrew Hatton (University of Michigan), Kevin Brown (University of Pennsylvania), and Strecker Backe (Colgate University). Back row: Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., president; Chris Smalkais, varsity lacrosse coach; Dr. Robert Perrotta, principal; and Steve Donahue, athletic director.

James W. Marusi has been a strong student and dedicated athlete at Fairfield Prep, achieving well in the classroom and playing key roles in both football and lacrosse for all of his Prep years. He has built a strong academic record while contributing to community life by his efforts in service with his participation in Prep’s Urban Plunge and his support of Giant Steps, a program which assists children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In the fall James will attend the University of Massachusetts where he has signed a national letter of intent.

Andrew G. Hatton has built strong academic and athletic records at Fairfield Prep by his determination and consistent hard work. His strong and steady growth in the classroom, and in his hockey and lacrosse careers at Prep, has allowed Andrew to leave a distinct imprint on the Prep community. Andrew’s involvement in Prep’s Urban Plunge and in the Storm Hockey program, through which he instructs special needs children in skating, indicates a significant investment in support of the local community as well. In the fall Andrew will attend the University of Michigan where he has signed a national letter of intent.

Kevin T. Brown has been a model student-athlete at Fairfield Prep. In the classroom he has been a Magna Cum Laude student while also competing as a four year varsity letter winner in two sports. He has been on state championship winning teams in both ice hockey and lacrosse. Kevin has also volunteered at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club teaching lacrosse. In the fall he will be attending the University of Pennsylvania where he has committed to play lacrosse.

Henry (Strecker) Backe has had a distinguished academic and athletic career at Fairfield Prep. Strecker has contributed to community life at Prep through participation in lacrosse as a four year varsity team member and in football where he has been the starting quarterback in senior year. He has volunteered coaching/instructing youth football with the Fairfield Pop Warner league and volunteered with the CT Challenge, helping to run the charity bike event benefitting cancer survivorship. Strecker will be attending Colgate University in the fall where he has signed a national letter of intent.

David Maloof II '13 awarded prestigious Pax Christi N.Y. Eileen Egan Peacemaker Award

David L. Maloof II, Class of 2013, has been awarded the Eileen Egan Peacemaker Award from Pax Christi New York for his work in helping to create a basketball facility at a Palestinian Christian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon.

David worked for several years to create a basketball court and add a ping pong table to the refugee camp, whose previous recreational facilities for teens consisted only of a dirt soccer field. He also ran a basketball clinic this past summer for the children at the camp. A Darien News article highlights his work. 

Pax Christi (Latin for “the peace of Christ”) is the global Catholic peace movement, with branches in more than fifty countries.

The Eileen Egan Peacemaker Award is presented to a person or organization whose peacemaking efforts have reached people through teaching peace, making peace, and being peace, as inspired by faith. It is named after Eileen Egan, a co-founder of Pax-Christi USA. Eileen was a journalist whose 40 years of work for Catholic Relief Services took her around the world and exposed her to many forms of violence in war and poverty, hunger and disease. Eileen’s influence extended to the United Nations, as well, where she saw to it that the right to conscientious objection was added to their statuses. Eileen received PCMNY’s Peacemaker Award in 1992. Eileen traveled widely with Dorothy Day, worked with Mother Teresa and marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pax Christi Peacemaker Awards are extremely prestigious. Nationally-renowned prior winners of Pax Christi Peacemaker Awards have included:

  • the actor Martin Sheen
  • the late anti-war activist priest Father Daniel Berrigan
  • the celebrated Jesuit priest author and peace activist, John Dear, S.J., who has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Sister Helen Prejean, perhaps America’s leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty

David, along with the other winners, will be presented with their awards at a formal ceremony in the Spring.

Fairfield Prep proudly announces National Merit Scholars


Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of thirteen seniors in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Kevin Culligan was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, and twelve students were commended in the program. The thirteen seniors were honored based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over one million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on top performance in the highly competitive state of Connecticut.

Front row from left: Dr. Robert Perrotta, Principal, James V. Monroe, Christopher J. Collins, David L. Maloof, Matthew T. Kiernan, Matthew M. Noone, Carter White and Rev. John J. Hanwell, S.J., President. Back row from left: Austin M. Trotta, Owen J. Gibson, Kevin J. Culligan (semi-finalist), Evan C. Field, Christopher T. Meyer, Nicholas A. Martinez and Christopher T. Conway.

Colin Flynn '15 wins Connecticut BrainDance Award

Colin Flynn '15, biology student of Mrs. Jane O'Reilly, won first place in the 2012 BrainDance contest. The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital sponsors the BrainDance academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This contest allows students to enter an art project, a research project, or a media project. Colin entered a multi-media project and was the recipient of $500.00. 

As a biology teacher and nurse, Mrs. O'Reilly wanted to teach her students to be more empathetic towards others, especially with mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care.

Juwan Crawley '12 wins Outstanding Featured Performer

Juwan Crawley '12 was honored as Outstanding Featured Performer at the Connecticut High School Music Theatre Awards held on June 4, 2012.  He was nominated with five other performers from across the state. Juwan won in the Outstanding Featured Performer category for his performance as Paul in Kiss Me, Kate, which featured him in the huge dance number Too Darn Hot.

The awards ceremony was a black tie affair that several of the cast members attended. They had the opportunity to see performances from students all over the state and even got to walk the red carpet! 

This year Prep Players received their first nominations, as well as this first win. Prep was nominated in four categories:

Outstanding Featured Performer - Juwan Crawley '12

Outstanding Ensemble Member – Kyle Banquer '12

Outstanding Ensemble Group – Eric Hoffman and Tommy Dolan

Outstanding Performance by a Student Orchestra - Christine Dominguez, Director

Congratulations to the full ensemble and Mrs. Megan Hoover, Director, Fine Arts Chair and Drama/English teacher!

Justin Flayhan '14 wins RYASAP Graphics Competition

Delvone Davis '12 and William Hauer '12 receive Honorable Mentions

Justin (center) surrounded by Mr. and Mrs. David Flayhan, with Kathleen Griffin, Local Fairfield Prevention Council Chairperson

Justin Flayhan's entry in the annual Anti-Tobacco Graphics Competition (shown below), won first place. His entry will be used throughout a regional multi-media campaign which will include website links, bus cards, school and library based posters, bookmarks and book covers. Delvone Davis '12 and William Hauer '12 additionally received an Honorable Mention on a collaborative piece. The students prepared the entries as a class assignment by Mrs. Dolores Tema, art teacher.

The competition is sponsored by RYASAP, which is an urban/suburban collaborative for solving community problems in greater Bridgeport and throughout Connecticut. RYASAP has programs in youth and young adult leadership development; juvenile justice advocacy and diversion; health promotion; training and replication; and human services and education systems and policy reform.

Michael Whelan '12 honored as CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete

Michael Whelan '13 was recognized at the 29th Annual Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet held on May 6, 2012 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. The annual award is given to one recipient from each of the state's high schools, recognizing standout academic achievement and athletic performance.

The award is sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) whose mission is to provide exemplary programs and services that promote excellence in the education of all children. It is also sponsored by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), which believes that interscholastic athletic programs and competition are an integral part of a student's academic, social, emotional and physical development.

Michael (standing) pictured with, from left: Bob Ford, Jr., Cross Country Coach; John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance & College Advising, Harvey Mamrus, Science Chair: and Bob Ford, Sr., Asst. Cross Country Coach

Trig Star Team sweeps State Competition

The Fairfield Prep Trig*Star team recently completed a successful inaugural season with a clean sweep in the state of Connecticut’s Trig*Star State Exam. Tony Abbazia ’14 took first place overall while Gavin Granath ’15 took second place and Nick Martucci ’13 took third in the statewide competition. Tony will take the National Trig*Star Exam later in May representing the entire State of Connecticut.

The Trig*Star team is moderated by Mr. Matthew Jaques and meets monthly to practice trigonometry problems and prepare for the Trig*Star State Exam. The Trig*Star State Exam is an annual high school mathematics competition based on the practical application of Trigonometry. Students that participate are not only provided with an opportunity to earn awards, but also leave with a better understanding of the technical profession of Geomatics, which includes Land Surveying and Mapping.

Meetings are open to all Prep students and are held on the second Thursday of every month in Mr. Jaques’ room, X305. Meetings will begin again in the Fall. Many thanks to Jorge Pereira and the company of Redniss & Mead for helping moderate and sponsor this year’s team!

(From L-R): Mr. Matthew Jaques, Tony Abbazia ’14, Nicholas Siveyer ’15, Mr. Jorge Pereira, (Redniss & Mead), Justin Han ’14, Gavin Granath ’15 and Charlie Paul ’15.

Davie Bruton ’13 is Prep’s Governor’s Scholars Award Nominee


Davie Bruton '13 has been selected to represent Fairfield Prep as a nominee for the Governor’s Scholars Award. The purpose of the program is to recognize and the honor academically talented high school students in schools throughout the state, and to present thirty students for special recognition to the Governor of Connecticut. Davie was selected to represent Fairfield Prep because of his outstanding academic performance and his involvement in extracurricular activities. Davie will find out if he has been selected as a finalist by The Connecticut Association of Schools in the coming weeks.

Nic Girard '12 and Matt Connelly '12 honored as SCC Scholar Leaders


From left: Nic Girard '12, Dr. Robert Perrotta, Principal, Matt Connelly '12 and Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., President

The 2012 Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Leader recognition banquet was held on March 26 in New Haven. Seniors Nic Girard and Matt Connelly were recognized among forty-four outstanding students from the Southern Connecticut Conference who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective school and external communities.

Nicolas F. Girard 
Accomplishments: Nic is a Summa Cum Laude student with a cumulative GPA of 4.1 and a member of the National Honor Society from sophomore through senior years. He is an AP Scholar and recipient of the Dartmouth College Book Award. Nic is Editor in Chief of the Hearthstone yearbook, and a member of the Debate Club, French Honor Society, and Select Concert Choir. He has made a significant commitment to community service at The Caroline House, Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, and the Academy of Boys and Girls Club.

Matthew F. Connelly
Accomplishments: Matt has earned academic honors at Fairfield Prep. As Captain of the Swimming & Diving Team, he helped lead the team to an unprecedented perfect season, winning the championships in the SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference), Class LL, and the State Open. He is President and announcer of the MSG Varsity Club, which produces live and recorded video coverage of school sports and major events. Matt has been highly active in St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound, raising thousands of dollars yearly for providing cancer education, screening and prevention programs at low- or no-cost for the elderly and underserved. He volunteers regularly at the Bridgeport YMCA where he teaches children to swim.

Kyle Ryan ’13 achieves honors at 2012 Connecticut Science Fair



Kyle pictured with Dr. Robert Perrotta, principal, and Fr. John Hanwell, S.J., president

Congratulations to junior Kyle Ryan for his achievements at the Connecticut State Science Fair held from March 14 to March 17 at Quinnipiac University. Recently, Kyle received his award certificates (pictured with Dr. Perrotta and Fr. Hanwell, S.J.) including eight top awards, recognitions and opportunities:

  • Dominion's Millstone Power Station Physical Sciences Awards - 3rd Place- Physical Sciences Senior High Inidividual - $200 and Trophy
  • Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards - 1st Place High School - $500, Trophy, Medallion
  • Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority Alternative/Renewable Energy Awards - 2nd Place High School - $300 Cash and Trophy
  • Goodrich ISR Awards for Excellence in Engineering - $1000 Cash and Plaque
  • Alexion Biotechnology Awards - 2nd Place - Biotechnology Senior High - $400 and Trophy
  • Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc. - Certificate, Medallion, $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Yale Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society - Dinner for four with members of Yale Chapter of Sigma Xi
  • Lunch with a Patent Attorney

Congratulations to junior Kyle Ryan for his achievements at the Connecticut State Science Fair held from March 14 to March 17 at Quinnipiac University. At the fair, Kyle placed 1st in the Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology category, and earned two-2nd place finishes in the Alexion Biotechnology and Energy categories. His placement in these individual categories earned him 3rd Place in the overall Physical Sciences competition. Over 500 projects competed in the fair, and only the top 20% were chosen as finalists, including Kyle’s project.

Since September, Kyle researched dye sensitized solar cells, trying to find a way to make them more efficient. His project title was, “Novel Fiber Optic Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Aided by the Biosynthesis of Diatoms Frustules.” Kyle states, “Over 70% percent of light hitting a solar cell is reflected. This new technology enables the solar cell to absorb photons that would otherwise be reflected, and converts them into energy.”

This is Kyle’s 5th year as a Finalist, earning him special recognition from Fair Director Bob Wisner. In addition to the main Science Fair awards, Kyle was an individual winner of three Special Honors: one sponsored by the Yale Science & Engineering Association Inc., another by the Yale Chapter of Sigma Xi (the Yale Scientific Research Society), and a third “Lunch with a Patent Attorney”’ sponsored by The Travelers Insurance Company. Kyle was also given a generous award from Goodrich ISR for Excellence In Engineering. Kyle would like to acknowledge Dr. Lewis and Mr. Dotolo for the support on the project, and his fellow students who encouraged him along the way.

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