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Students are Commended in 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Fairfield Prep proudly announces National Merit Commended Scholars

Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of eight seniors who are Commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program. 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: Kevin Wilemski, Ignacio Altamiranda, Andrew Crane. Back row from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Brendan Rooney, Thomas McDevitt, Grant Stone, Zachary Hamar, Jack O'Connor and President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.

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First installment of Senior-Alumni lunch program strengthens Prep network!

Bill Pappa '04 returns for first Senior-Alumni lunch


Participating in the new program launched this year by the Alumni & Development Office, Bill Pappa '04 joined seniors Michael Toohey, William Newbauer, Connor Lynch, Aedan Ayer, and Gavin Doran for lunch on Friday, September 18.

William “Bill” Pappa is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Dartcor Food Service, with responsibility for new business development, transition and onboarding, customer retention, and creative input for new initiatives and services. These seniors were matched up with Bill because of their interest in pursuing a career in business after Prep. Bill counseled them on the significance of their last year at Prep, college, the professional world, and the benefits of the Prep network.

Gavin Doran '15 offered his reflection on the experience: "I thought I learned a lot during the lunch with Bill Pappa. Specifically, I learned a lot about the field of business I want to pursue in and outside of college as I came into the lunch unsure of what I wanted to do. I also think this lunch was beneficial in the way I learned just how important connections through Prep can be outside of high school. Overall I would say Bill Pappa did a great job and provided a great contact if I ever have any questions. I would say the lunch was very beneficial to me."

Aedan Ayer '15 added, "I personally enjoyed the lunch. It enabled me to meet a fellow Prepster who is ahead in life of where I am, but still close enough in age that we can relate. To see a young alum who has had success and enjoys what he does excites me because it shows the opportunities that this school can give to students who want to take advantage of them. Mr. Pappa gave us some good advice about both the future and what our goals should be in our careers. All in all, I enjoyed the lunch, want to talk to Mr. Pappa again, and would be willing to participate in another scenario like this if it was available."

Going forward, the Alumni Office is looking for more volunteers to participate in this program. Those alumni interested in participating in this program may contact Austin M. Ryan '06, Director of Alumni Relations.


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Watch aerial video highlights!

Fairfield Prep Crew Invitational hosts Top Regional Schools

Flat water and sunny skies greeted the 26 Eights that competed in the 2015 FP Invitational on September 19. The day started with the novices rowing 1.4 miles down the Housatonic to the finish line just off the reception tents at Beacon Point marine. Next a broad field of 16 crews raced 2.1 miles for the 2V, 3V 4V plus race. The final race of the day was the 1V race, over a 2.9 mile course. Like the two prior, the race was against the clock with staggered start times.  

Thank you Brunswick School, Chaminade, Fordham Prep, St. Peter's Prep and Xavier for a great day of racing!

Watch YouTube highlights. SEE 1V Photo Slideshow.


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Follow the student blog of the trip to Philly!

2 Philly 4 Francis: Ignatian Pilgrims on the Journey

Shown from left: Rev. Bret Stockdale, S.J., Alex Capozziello ’17, George Seyfried ’18, Andrew Crane ’16, Ryan McMullin ’16, James (JD) Shannon ’16, and Elliott Gualtiere. Not pictured but part of the contingent is Matt Corcoran ’17.

On Thursday, September 24, a small contingent from Fairfield Prep will be traveling to Philadelphia for the Papal visit. Our group will be staying at our brother Jesuit high school, St. Joe’s Prep. This contingent will join with 42 Jesuit high schools from around the country, Canada and Puerto Rico to participate in a high school conference centered on three themes: Joy, Mercy, and Encounter. Additionally, our group will participate in the Papal events on Saturday afternoon on Independence Mall and then the Papal Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sunday afternoon. Please pray for us and we will be praying for all of you. 

Keep up to date on the group’s activities through social media and a blog started by George Seyfried ‘18:

Listen to George Seyfried '18 on Vatican Radio:

Listen to Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J. on Vatican Radio:’s_qualities/1173686



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Join the Pink Pledge! Order by September 25!

Attention Prep Community!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Fairfield Prep is part of a town-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. Prep will be joining all of the local schools, businesses and town residents in Fairfield, and has taken the Pink Pledge to support The Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center.  The local police and firemen will be wearing pink ties, the street lights will be pink on the Post Road, and local businesses will be decorating their windows and donating portions of their sales to raise awareness. Every school in Fairfield will be participating in some way, and we are proud to say that Fairfield Prep will be among them! Some details…

  • On September 22-23 an educator from Norma Pfriem will be talking to our students to educate them on breast and testicular cancer, so they understand what we are raising awareness for. 
  • On October 1, the Prep soccer team will be participating in a walk called the Stroll of Strength, and we welcome any Prep team or club or friend’s group to join in the walk. All are welcome and there is no charge!
    • 111 Beach Road to Sherman Green (Gazebo by Centro)
    • 5:30-6:30
    • Wear anything Prep! (and pink)
  • On October 2 wear your shirt (pictured below) to the home football game! T-shirts are available for purchase and students have been given permission by Dr. Perrotta to wear the shirts to school on Friday, October 2.
  • Here is the link to purchase the $10 shirt: Please order by September 25. T-Shirts can be picked up at the Prep Pride store beginning September 29. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Pink Pledge.

 GO PREP!!!!

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New multi-purpose facility christened!

Prep Community attends Dedication & Blessing of Student Life Center

CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW. Shown from left: Board Chairman Tim Murphy '85, President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.,and Past President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J.

Over 125 guests attend the Dedication and Blessing of the new Student Life Center, which is part of the Foundations for the Future: 75th Anniversary Campaign for Fairfield Prep. The Prep Community gathered in the new Student Life Center for a dedication on September 20, 2015. Presentations and blessings were made by Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Chaplain Rev. Bret Stockdale, S.J., Board Chairman Tim Murphy '85, past Prep President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J., and President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J. Music was led by Director Christine Evans.

Watch YouTube highlights.


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Parents welcomed on September 15 in the Student Life Center.

Freshman/Transfer Parent Reception

The Freshman and Transfer Student Parent Reception took place on September 15 in the Student Life Center at Fairfield Prep. All enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with staff and administrators, and meet new friends. Grant Stone '16 spoke to the parents about his Prep experience.

See photo slideshow.

Watch senior Grant Stone's speech on Prep YouTube.

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Prep alumni, students, parents and friends serve throughout U.S. and Caribbean.

Prep Weekend of Service Fulfills Jesuit Mission


On September 10-13, alumni, students, parents, and friends of Fairfield Prep participated in community service efforts throughout the country, and in the Caribbean! Evolving from the traditional Day of Service, this weekend was designed to offer members of the Prep community - local, nationally and internationally - a chance to live out the Jesuit motto of being for others

This service effort began Thursday as Matt Camus '06, Math teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., served lunch at the Father McKenna Center, Inc. Along with several Gonzaga High students, they and Matt fed those in the DC area who are homeless or of extremely low income.

Saturday saw multiple efforts on the day. St. Ignatius Alumni Award winner Ed Krygier '60 coordinated his annual serving of breakfast at the Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport, CT. Joining Ed were Dave Mazzei '61, Dave Carroll '76, Kevin McQuade '73, Lou Pintek '72, Aris Crist '73, George Pulley '76, Ken Sneider '73, Chris Cunningham '86, Luca Cardozo '72, Bob Donahue '87, Director of Development, Dennis Brown '85, and his son J.B. Brown '19. From 9-10am, these Prepsters served breakfast to approximately 150 clients.

Up north in New Haven, CT, John Leary '64 coordinated cleaning and maintenance for the Hillside Family Shelter, an affiliate of Christian Community Action, Inc. John was joined by Stephen Gniadek '18, Brendan Wisniewski '18, Matthew Torres '19, and Larry Carroll '63, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

In Brooklyn, NY, Andrew Davenport '08Austin Ryan '06, Director of Alumni Relations, Thomas Kelly '16, Andrew Kelly '18, and their father John Kelly tutored students in grades 6-8 at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep in conjunction with its Saturday program. Joining them was Fr. James Hederman, S.J., former faculty member of Prep and currently at Xavier High in New York.

South in the Caribbean, Jeff Sochrin '85 and the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, joined the local Little Leaguers in painting a shipping container the Rotary Club donated and converted into a science lab, from 10am to noon. The lab is part of a player development program, which fosters academic growth alongside players' athletic growth.

Sunday concluded the weekend of service as Pete Loncto '90Chris Walsh '91Stefan Tropsa '06 and Austin Ryan '06 served lunch to over 800 clients at the St. Francis House on Boylston St in Downtown Boston, MA. Across the country in Los Angeles, CA, Matthew Connelly '12, joined by Steve Demakos '15 and Andy Spangenberg '15, served breakfast at Midnight Mission, an organization that helps clients get back to self-sufficiency through a multi-step process. Also, Todd Ulman '96 donated items to the organization, which they request from their "wish list".

This massive effort is a testament to the reach of the Fairfield Prep network, as well as its community's commitment to the Jesuit mission of showing others compassion in service of God's will. We look forward to including more cities across the U.S., and potentially more countries throughout the world next year. Thank you to those who volunteered to coordinate these sites, and to those who participated in the efforts. AMDG.


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Summer 2015 online and in the mail!

Prep Today Magazine is on newstands now!

The latest issue of the Prep Today magazine is online.
Download and/or read pdf copy.
View virtually here or below. Hover mouse over center and "Click to read."

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Prep Community fills Alumni Hall for Missioning Mass

Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J., installed as Fairfield Prep President


At the schoolwide Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 11, Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J., was installed and commissioned as Fairfield Prep president. The principal celebrant was the Very Rev. John Cecero, S.J., Provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. Concelebrants were Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., Jesuit Community Rector Rev. Paul Holland, S.J., and Rev. Simisky. Many members of the Jesuit Community, clergy from the Diocese of Bridgeport, members of the Board of Governors, and special guests attended. Rev. Simisky received a standing ovation as he received the mace representing his new leadership position.

Watch You Tube highlights! To watch the full Mass video recording click here. See SLIDESHOW!

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Sign up for Clubs and Extracurriculars!

Student Activities Fair draws crowd!

Over 25 clubs participated in the Prep Student Activities Fair on September 10 in the Student Life Center. The school encourages its students to participate in the various extracurricular activities offered, which enable them to discover new talents and make new friends. See Photo Slideshow. Download Activities and Clubs booklet.

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Come meet students and teachers!

Fairfield Prep invites you to Open House!

Prospective students and families are invited to attend our annual Open House on Sunday, October 4, 2-4 P.M. Meet faculty and students, tour the campus, and learn about our many programs and extracurricular activities.

Create your Online Admissions Account Today! Sign up for Entrance Exams (October 17 or November 14) as well as Shadow Day visits. 

Fairfield College Preparatory School offers a rigorous academic program in the Jesuit educational tradition, with an outstanding record of college acceptances and an emphasis on mission in program as well as a full slate of sports and activities. 

Watch Prep You Tube video!

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Prepsters deliver weekly broadcast with a comic twist!

"The Monday Preport" is back! Prepsters broadcast news with a fresh perspective!

Coming off a great inaugural 2014-15 year of "The Monday Preport," juniors Patrick Godino and Gabe Aponte serve up the latest Prep news weekly with a comic twist and fresh perspective. The Monday Preport was started by Ryan Matera '15 and Andy Spangenberg '15, with the support of Social Studies Teacher Jason Mis '98 and Video Editor Patrick Godino.

See latest episodes: August 31, 2015 and September 8, 2015

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New practice field offers great benefits!

Barlow Turf Field and Football Players receives Blessing

To kick off the football season scrimmage with Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., offered a blessing, recited a prayer for athletes, and christened the newly constructed Barlow Turf Field on August 29. Fr. Simisky was accompanied by Fairfield University Pres. Rev. Jeffrey von Arx (right) and Prep Student Chaplain Rev. Bret Stockdale, S.J., (left).

Fairfield Prep continues to accept donations to finish funding the field. Support this important project and make a GIFT ONLINE.

See scrimmage slideshow and You Tube highlights!

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Nominations open September 1 through 30

Nominations for St. Ignatius of Loyola Alumni Award are open during September

Fairfield Prep opens nominations for the annual St. Ignatius of Loyola Alumni Award on September 1, 2015. The award will be given to recognize those alumni of Fairfield Prep who exemplify the characteristics that Prep seeks to instill in its graduates. Last year, the Prep Community recognized Mr. John Altieri '64, the late Mr. Dick McCarthy '64, and Monsignor Joseph Potter '46 for their extraordinary dedication to their faith and service to others.

Prep is now accepting nominations for the 2015 recipient of this award. Information on the award, including criteria for determining eligibility, is available on Prep’s website under the Alumni tab. Nominations are submitted online by means of an easy-to-use online form; filling out the form should take five to ten minutes. All members of the Prep community are encouraged to read the information on this award and to consider nominating a worthy Prep alumnus to be the award’s recipient. If you submitted a nomination last year, you will have to resubmit the candidate's nomination this year.

The ONLINE NOMINATION FORM is available now. Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2015. The recipient will be notified in the fall and will receive the award at a ceremony that will be held in the presence of the entire student body during the annual Immaculate Conception Mass in December.

Please take the time to consider submitting a nomination for a worthy alumnus. Any questions, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations Austin Ryan '06 at or 203-254-4237. 

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