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Prep Players' production communicates tolerance

The Laramie Project delivers powerful message

On November 12-14, the Prep Players presented The Laramie Project, a play about Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming. Matthew was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left to die tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, because his attackers suspected he was gay. Before writing this play, the authors made six trips to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. Seventeen young men and women from Prep and Lauralton Hall  worked together as an ensemble to bring the real life reactions of nearly 70 different people who were, in some way, touched by this event. The play left a powerful message, speaking to the issues of justice and tolerance that Jesuit education strives to promote. The play was directed by Mrs. Megan Hoover, Arts Chair, and was performed in the Wien Experimental Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

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Zeitgeist newspaper online!

Political Awareness Society publishes latest issue of Zeitgeist newspaper

The Political Awareness Society is dedicated to furthering an interest in politics, government, and current events on local, state, national and international levels through discussion, debate and various other activities. Over the years the club has sponsored many guest speakers from the world of politics. It has also organized debates involving representatives from various political parties and it has conducted mock elections involving the entire student body. Club members also produce Prep's only political newspaper, the Zeitgeist, which is a forum for students to state their views on various political issues. Please note: These are the opinions of students, and do not represent school policy/views on political subject matter.

Any interested students are invited to join. The Political Awareness Club welcomes new members and meets every Thursday in B 407. To learn more about the club, click here.

Read/print a pdf of the Zeitgeist Newspaper. Open a virtual electronic version.

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Seniors announce commitments to basketball, swimming and lacrosse

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.


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Alumni and parents network at event

Steve Schwartz P '14 speaks at Stamford Business Breakfast

CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW. Watch Prep You Tube video of Steve's presentation.

Stephen M. Schwartz P’14 recounted his experiences with Kenbelle Capital and hedge funds with Prep alumni, parents, and friends, over breakfast on November 13 at UBS in Stamford. Schwartz, co-founder of Kenbelle, enlightened attendees on his career’s efforts in hedge funds, particularly those pertaining to energy equity investments. From his experiences in long-only hedge funds to long-short equity funds, Steve commented on investing at the state level, and elaborated on the origin, growth, and future of hedge funds. Following his address, Schwartz answered questions ranging from personal advice to those considering a career in this field, to his predictions for future success of hedge funds in the US.

Special thanks to Matt Terry '82, P'11, '12, '15, '17, SVP Investments, UBS Private Wealth Management, for hosting the meeting at UBS.

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Prep collects food to feed needy families

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collects food for needy families

Representatives of Student Government with the food collection in Arrupe Hall. Front row from left: Kevin Gallagher '17, James Ruddy '15, Ryan McMullin '16, Vito Ciambriello '16, James Mangan '15, Matt Pompa '16. Back row from left: Aidan Coyle '16, Jack Thornton '15, George Crist '16, Ryan Matera '15, AJ Mansolillo '15, Jemuel Saint Jean '17 and Bobby Haskins '17.

Prep's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive successfully collected hundreds of bags of much-needed food for Bridgeport area families, filling Arrupe Hall! Students filled two large transport vans with bags of food for Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. The staff members from ABCD were grateful to receive the large amount of food. ABCD works to provide Thanksgiving dinner for 2,000 families. Thank you to the Prep Community for your generous support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your donations will undoubtedly make someone's holiday season that much better this year.

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Champion for underage drinking prevention

John Brennan receives MADD Youth Leadership Award

John Brennan, retired Prep Housemaster and Dean of Students, was honored at the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Recognition Ceremony held on November 12 at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. John received the Youth Leadership Award for his 35 years of direction and guidance to educate and protect young people. MADD's volunteer program offers services including standardized evidence-based programs, education and awareness activities, support for victims of drunk driving, and underage drinking prevention.

Prep alumni and staff at the event included: (pictured from left) MADD Program Specialist Kevin Dougherty '09; State Representative Dan Fox '95 (honored with a Public Policy Award); John Brennan (Youth Leadership Award); Director of Major Gifts J. Dillon Collins '98; Dean of Enrollment & Marketing Greg Marshall '73; and Dean of Guidance & College Advising John Hanrahan.

Below, John receives the Youth Leadership Award with Waterford Police Officer Gilbert Maffeo and Juvenile Probation Supervisor Mark Irons.

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Noted Jesuit activist speaks at Prep

Fr. Fernando Cardenal, S.J., noted liberation theologian, inspires students

Fr. Fernando Cardenal, S.J., of Nicaragua visited Fairfield Prep on November 10 to talk about his work with the Fe Y Alegria educational movement, as well as his historic involvement with the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. Fr. Cardenal, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was minister of education in Nicaragua and has dedicated his life to serving the poor through education. He gave impassioned talks to Prep students about the importance of committing themselves to lives of service. He emphasized that young people in this country must use their freedom to work for a just world. One presentation took place in the Arrupe Media Room through a translator. Another was conducted entirely in Spanish to the Honors Spanish III class of Fr. Simisky, S.J. The following day Fr. Cardenal spoke at the University in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador.

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Show your support for Fairfield Prep on December 2

Ever thought one day of giving thanks isn't enough? Get ready for Fairfield Prep Giving Tuesday (#FPGT). Coming Tuesday, Dec 2!  

Fairfield Prep Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Spending With A Purpose.

This year, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season. Last year, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out the give this December 2!

Fairfield Prep has joined #GivingTuesday to encourage our alumni, parents, families and friends to support important programs at Fairfield Prep, as well as build our scholarship fund which provides financial aid for worthy Prep students. We will be actively building awareness about #FPGT. Please tell a friend! Share your involvement on social media! Encourage others to give! We will promote sharing #unselfie photos as the day approaches.

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Football advances with win. Season 7-2.

Fairfield Prep blanks Hamden 42-0

By Chris Elsberry, CT Post, November 7, 2014 Watch Prep YouTube highlights!

FAIRFIELD -- Colton Smith got the start and then got the final three quarters off. Smith, who sat out last week's win at Amity, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the first quarter as the Jesuits opened a 21-0 lead and then coasted to a 42-0 win over Hamden Friday night at Warde's Tetreau-Davis field.

Standing with just a 3-2 record after a tough loss to Shelton, Prep (7-2) knew it had to run the table over the final six games to have a chance to return to the Class LL playoffs. After four straight wins, now just Xavier and West Haven -- both on the road -- stand in the way of the Jesuits likely getting back into the CIAC tournament.

"They get it," Shea said. "They've been there before and they understand what they have to do and they did a very good job tonight. Hamden's a tough team. They're a little down right now but they played tough until the very last play."

Despite having a week off and playing just the first quarter against the Green Dragons, Smith looked like he didn't miss a beat. He scored on a 40-yard touchdown run and threw TD passes of 30 yards to John Dellisanti and 6 yards to John Snopkowski as the Jesuits roared out of the gates and never looked back. Smith was 5-for-5 passing for 102 yards in the quarter.

Prep's Pat Conte was 4-of-8 for 100 yards while the Prep ground game rolled up 225 yards, led by Joe Ganim's 49 yards. Allen Gibson was right behind with 47.

"We've been running the ball well," said Gibson, who went over 400 yards rushing for the season. "The offensive line has been doing a great job and that's really helping us control games."

"We got a lot of different guys work running the ball and that's good," Shea said.

Conte, who started last week in place of Smith and threw for 191 yards, played into the fourth quarter, leading two touchdown drives before giving way to another sophomore, Harrison Houghton, midway in the fourth.

"Pat, who's gotten some experience, was very comfortable stepping back in and did a good job," Shea said. "He made some big plays himself and that's good to see."

Ganim and Gibson added touchdown runs of 2 and 5 yards, respectively, as the lead jumped to 35-0. Prep iced it with 9:43 left when linebacker Luke Clair forced a fumble and linebacker Calvin Reed recovered the ball and went 34 yards to score and make it 42-0.

HAMDEN 0 0 0 0--0
FAIRFIELD PREP 21 7 7 7--42

FP -- John Dellisanti, 30 pass Colton Smith (Hank Healey kick)
FP -- John Snopkowski, 6 pass Smith (Healey kick)
FP -- Smith, 40 run (Healey kick)
FP -- Joe Ganim, 2 run (Healey kick)
FP -- Allen Gibson, 5 run (Healey kick)
FP -- Calvin Reed, 34 fumble return (Healey kick)

Records: Fairfield Prep 7-2, Hamden 2-7

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Prep raises $4000 to support Hall family

Prep mourns the loss of Zaire Hall, brother of Dajon Hall '16

It is with deep sorrow that Prep mourns the loss of Zaire Hall, brother of Dajon Hall '16, who died following a brave battle with cancer. Zaire passed away on November 4. Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Zaire, and pray for Dajon and his family as they cope with this difficult loss. The Prep Community raised $4,000+ with our mite box collection to help the Hall family with funeral expenses. See the link below to make contributions.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Monday, November 10

Viewing (9 - 11 AM)
Service (11 AM)
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
729 Union Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607

Watch News12 coverage about Zaire's brave battle:

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November 5-14, Arrupe Lobby

Thanksgiving Food Drive benefits local Bridgeport community


Dear Fairfield Prep Community,

It is time for Prep's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! The drive will begin on Wednesday, November 5, and conclude on Friday, November 14. Please consider filling a bag with the needed items to help the cause. All food items should be dropped off in our Arrupe Foyer.   

Food pantries all over Connecticut are painfully low on non-perishables. One of the areas in the most need is Bridgeport, where people are turned away from pantries daily because they have no food to dispense.

All of the non-perishables collected at Prep will be donated to Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. ABCD, Inc. hopes to provide Thanksgiving dinner for at least 2,000 familes this year. Your support of Prep's food drive would go a long way in making this happen!

Thank you for your generosity,

Jonathan DeRosa

Director of Student Activities & Christian Service

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Bishop Caggiano celebrates Mass with the Prep students

Bishop Caggiano celebrates Feast of All Jesuit Saints Mass at Prep

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On November 5 Fairfield Prep celebrated the Feast of All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus with a full school Mass. The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, was the Principal Celebrant and Homilist. He spoke during his homily about vocations and the distinct opportunity our students have to be great; to be like the saints. He challenged our students to remain faithful to God over and above any material success they may have. All Saints of the Society of Jesus, pray for us! +AMDG

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Jesuit colleges and universities on campus

The JET visits Prep!

On November 4, representatives from 14 Jesuit colleges and universities were available to our juniors as part of the annual Jesuit Excellence Tour. The JET offers an excellent opportunity for our juniors to spend time with college representatives here at Prep. Juniors enjoyed the event and gathered college information.


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Alumni attend US-New Zealand Rugby match

Alumni gather in the Windy City!

Chicago area Alumni and friends gathered for an international exhibition rugby match between New Zealand and the United States on November 1 at the Soldier Field, home to the NFL Chicago Bears. 61,000 attendees, the largest USA Rugby crowd in history, saw [New Zealand] the #1 world-ranked team and current world cup champion out-class the USA Eagles 74-6. Director of Alumni Relations Austin Ryan ’06 (center) attended from Prep, joined by (left to right) Tom Shaughnessy ’77, Ian Brennan ’02, Tim Bierman ’87, John Griffin ’09, Lou Benedetto ’06, Stefan Tropsa ’06, and Emmett Croker ’09.

The Alumni and Development office hopes this will springboard more events for this chapter, which has over 100 alumni in the area, to offer the opportunity for Prep grads to connect with one another and keep in touch with the school.

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Prep Players present The Laramie Project on Nov. 13 and 14.

Prep Players present The Laramie Project

Prep Players present The Laramie Project on November 13 and 14 at 8PM at the Wien Experimental Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. For tickets call 203-254-4010. Students $5, Adults $10. For more information about the play, please read the Principal's letter regarding the production.

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