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Jesuits finish with State Championship and 25-2 record

Coach Redgate '86 named MSG Varsity All-Metro Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

Coach Leo Redgate '86 has been named MSG Varsity All-Metro Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. In his five years at Prep, Redgate has coached the team with a career record of 120-17, competing in the Class LL State Championship for four out of the last five years. The Jesuits finished the 2014-15 season with a record of 25-2, winning the Connecticut Class LL State Championship. They also ranked #20 in the MSGV Top 20. Coach Redgate said he was "humbled" by the honor, and commented, "To me, this is the school's award. The school gave me an opportunity to coach at a place I love, and to coach students that I love." 

Watch MSG Varsity Video (second half) with his interview as the honoree.

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A Musical within a Comedy!

Prep Players present The Drowsy Chaperone May 7 & 8

The champagne flows, the caviar is chilled and all the world is a party in Fairfield Prep’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.  This tightly knit ensemble offers you an opportunity to disappear for a while into the decadent world of the 1920’s. 

The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.  With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Megan Hoover, director of the Prep Players, works hard to highlight the strengths of the cast and give them a positive experience of artistic expression. “I want to impart on them the importance of dedication to the process and to each other.  Our focus is always on developing the group as a tight ensemble in which the students work well together, trust each other, and positively feed off of one another’s energy.  This cast understands that, and feed off of one another’s energy.”

As an all-boys school, Prep Players shy away from shows which require a background in dance.  This year though, armed with an exceptional choreographer, Darcie Mann, and a uniquely willing ensemble, it was time to give the guys a crack at something well outside their comfort zone.  Every member of the cast has stepped up to the challenge with tremendous enthusiasm in an extraordinary way, with extra rehearsal, incredible commitment to the moment, and big energy.  This will truly be a show you will not want to miss. 

Performances will be held on May 7 and 8 at 8pm in the Kelley Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of Fairfield University.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and may be purchased through the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010.

May 7 and 8, 8 PM

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University

Tickets: $5 students, $10 adults
Call 203-254-4010

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Honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship

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.


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Online enrollment due immediately for all 2015-16 students

Reminder: 2015-16 Enrollment & Re-Enrollment due immediately

Monday, April 20, was the due date for online submission of requirements for 2015-16 freshmen enrollment completion and returning student re-enrollment.  An informational email regarding the use of My BackPack for online completion of enrollment & re-enrollment was sent to the “billing email” of Prep parents on Monday, March 30.  If you did not receive this email, please contact Prep’s Business Office at: .

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Annual contest to raise awareness about organ/tissue donation

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

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Alumni attend Business Breakfast & College Lunch

Alumni attend Boston Business Breakfast & College Lunch 


In early April, several alumni and friends of Fairfield Prep gathered at the Boston College Club for breakfast and networking opportunities. Hosted by Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., President of Fairfield Prep, and the Development and Alumni Office, Fr. Hanwell informed attendees of current happenings at Prep and what the future holds. On a bitter-sweet note, this was Fr. Hanwell's final trip to Boston representing Prep, as he will assume the mantle of Socius for the USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits in July.

Attendees were alumni from Prep classes ranging from the 1960s through the early 2000s with various careers. Brian Ferguson '86 spoke about his experiences at The Boston Company Asset Management, LLC, where he is Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Large Cap Value for the company. His firm focuses primarily with equity in financials and health care. Brian gave a well-constructed and extremely informative presentation on the intricacies of Boston Asset as well as domestic and foreign financial trends and predictions. He noted how affordable energy stock is currently valued, the rising employment in the United States, the strengthening US dollar, and the confidence lower gas pricing is inspiring. A copy of Brian's presentation is available per request to

Prep hosts lunch at Boston College for young alumni

As part of the Boston trip, Fr. Hanwell and Austin Ryan '06, Director of Alumni Relations, hosted a lunch for Prep alumni at Boston College. Pictured with Fr. Hanwell above, from left: Andrew Muntean '12, Quinn Ward '12, Christian Backe '14, Austin Hughes ‘12 and Steven Bayles ‘14. 

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Tickets and Sponsorships ONLINE!

Spring Auction 2015 is May 2! All are invited!

May 2, 2015
6:00 PM 
Alumni Hall, Fairfield University

Tickets & Sponsorships Online here
For information, please call the Development Office 203-254-4237.

Join us for cocktails and gourmet food offerings, followed by live and silent auctions, music, and the $25,000 Tuition Raffle. Featuring Emcee and Auctioneer David Smith

If you would like to donate an auction package or item, or have any questions please contact the Prep Development office at 203-254-4237.

2015 Sponsor

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One of the top swimmers in Prep history!

Bryce Keblish '15 is SCC Swimmer of the Year

Bryce Keblish '15 pictured with SCC Commissioner Al Carbone (left) and Varsity Head Swim Coach Rick Hutchinson '87 (right).

The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) has named Bryce Keblish '15 as Swimmer of the Year. 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. He was also named SCC Athlete of the Month. 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.

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Students learn through interactive activities!

Promoting Wellness at Fairfield Prep


On April 9, Prep’s Guidance Department presented their inaugural Wellness Fair in the lobby of Arrupe Hall and in Arrupe 103. Prep’s Guidance intern Laura Silence engineered a partnership with the Fairfield University School of Nursing as well as their Health and Counseling Centers, the Norma P. Pfriem Cancer Center and The University of Bridgeport Schools of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, to assist in raising awareness of whole body health and self-care among the students.

Fairfield University Nursing students as well as representatives of the participating agencies staffed engaging stations which provided opportunities to experience interactive activities involved with hand hygiene, the physical effects of substance abuse, skin cancer awareness, nutrition, heart and cardio-vascular care, breast and testicular cancer awareness and stress management – which included a visit from a therapy dog, Seamus, who was a big hit!

Open to the entire community, the fair served more than 300 students with faculty taking part as well. We welcomed back alumni Marty Gavin ’73 as part of the Norma Pfriem team, as well as Jim Fitzpatrick ’89 from the University of Bridgeport School of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Thanks to Laura and the many participants who presented, Prep's inaugural wellness fair was enormously successful and will serve as a model for future wellness events, as the Prep Guidance Department plans to make this an annual event open to the entire community.

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Students experience "The Lord's Time"

Kairos 55 builds Spirituality and Brotherhood


Fairfield Prep’s 55th Kairos Retreat took place March 24-27, 2015, at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. Twenty eight juniors and seniors took part in the retreat. They were accompanied by twelve team members comprised of seniors and faculty/staff. The Kairos retreat provides a special time with the Lord - “The Lord’s Time.” This Christian experience focuses on prayer, reflection, friendship and community building. Student candidates gave of themselves generously and by the end of the retreat were certainly committed to the Kairos spirit. A big thank you goes out to the senior student leaders Rector AJ Mansolillo, Assistant Rector William Weishaupt, Tate Duran, Ryan Matera, Chris Mazza, and Tim Noone. Special thanks to the adult leaders Tim Dee, Jon DeRosa, Melissa Laguzza, Kristina Leonardo, Fr. Larry Ryan, S.J., and Tom Shea.

The Kairos Retreat Program began at Fairfield Prep in 1996. This retreat program has impacted thousands of students over the years. If you are a junior or senior at Prep do not miss out on this special opportunity for prayer, reflection and community. There are no more retreats scheduled for this year. The dates for next year are November 17-20, 2015; February 23-26, 2016; March 29-April 1, 2016. Applications will be available in August for the Classes of 2016 and 2017. Contact Mr. Gualtiere, Director of Campus Ministry, with questions.

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27th Anniversary Year of Success!

SEED celebrates at Diversity Dinner!

The annual SEED Diversity Dinner was held on April 8 in the Brissette Gymnasium. Approximately 400 guests attended, honoring the graduating seniors and welcoming the incoming freshmen. Families were asked to bring dishes that represented their culture or ethnic background, and with over 100 families, the food was plentiful! Speakers included seniors and freshmen, as well as parents, who gave testimony to the success of the SEED program.

SEED (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) celebrated its 27th Anniversary this year as an integral and important program in the Prep Community, promoting racial, socio-economic, and cultural diversity at Fairfield Prep. Special thanks to Mrs. Alecia Thomas, Director of the SEED program, her committee, Prep families, and Prep staff members for making this evening possible.



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Outstanding leadership, academics and service

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.

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Food provided to Mercy Learning Center

Bellarmine Guild sponsors Mother-Son Lenten Service Project


For the second year in a row, the Bellarmine Guild sponsored a Mother-Son Lenten service project. On March 26, the moms and sons made hundreds of sandwiches, which were delivered to the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. Last year, the project made and delivered sandwiches to the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport. Both of these community centers provide needed support to the homeless and jobless in the Bridgeport area. 

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Deadline is April 20, 2015

Online Re-Enrollment & Enrollment for 2015-16 is now underway

Re-enrollment for returning upperclassmen in 2015-16 and the completion of the enrollment process for rising freshmen is now being conducted ONLINE. On Monday, March 30, an email containing the enrollment/re-enrollment contract along with additional information was sent to the "Bill 1" email address of Prep parents. If you have not received this email, please contact Prep’s Business Office at

Due Date for submission of enrollment & re-enrollment requirements is April 20, 2015.

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Prep helps Bridgeport Rescue Mission

Prep Community donates bags of socks and clothing to help the homeless!

Members of the Spanish Honor Society get ready to load a SUV with bags of new socks and clothing donated for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. From left: Kelvin Alvarez '15, Alejandro Correa '15, Steven DeMoura '15, K.C. Maloney '15, Peter Campbell '15, Ignacio Altamiranda '16, Brey Jackson '15, and Emil Friis '15.

Every year the Spanish Honor Society sponsors a clothing drive to help those in need at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Those people who are fortunate to stay in a shelter for the nights are often turned out in the early morning with no place to go until the shelter allows them back in at night. They are frequently outdoors in the most frigid conditions. The drive collected hundreds of pairs of new socks, plus underwear, which will be distributed by the Mission. Ms. Billie Brooks, Spanish teacher and moderator of the club, thanks the Prep Community for your kind contributions.


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