Seniors enjoy BBQ & Capture the Flag
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Over 80 Fairfield Prep Seniors gathered on April 28 for a cook-out in the senior parking lot, followed by a game of Capture the Flag on Grauert Field. This event was planned by a committee of students. The food for the cook-out was graciously donated by senior families, and the event was hosted by the Prep Guidance Department. Special thanks to parents Eileen Blees and Sue Connelly who helped pull the event together!
Mary Corcoran P '09, '17 wins $25,000 Tuition Raffle
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Corcoran who won the $25,000 Tuition Raffle! The winning ticket was pulled at 10:30 PM at the Spring Auction, held on Saturday, May 2, at Alumni Hall. Mary and husband Chris are parents of Jack '09, Matthew '17, and daughter Ellie.
Fairfield Prep sold 707 tickets for the annual raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the scholarship and student enrichment programs at Fairfield Prep.
Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., is 2015 Commencement Speaker
Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce the 2015 Commencement Speaker will be Rev. Joseph O'Keefe, S.J., accomplished expert on Catholic education and education leadership. The Commencement Exercises will take place on Sunday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Alumni Hall on campus.
Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J. serves as director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College in addition to his role as tenured professor at the Lynch School of Education, where he served as associate dean for two years and dean for eight years. He taught French and Spanish at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, Boston College High School, and Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine. He has held visiting faculty positions at the Australian Catholic University, the Catholic University of America, and Georgetown University. An internationally recognized expert on Catholic education, Father O’Keefe is the editor or co-editor of 12 books and author or co-author of more than 40 articles and book chapters on Catholic education and educational leadership. He has been a keynote speaker and consultant for educators in the United States, the United Kingdom. Australia, Ireland, Canada, France, Italy, and Chile.
In 2012 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed him to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He has been a trustee at five Jesuit universities, along with several high schools, middle schools, and a health care facility for children with special needs. Fr. O’Keefe entered the Society of Jesus in 1976 and was ordained in 1986. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Arts degree in French from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity degree and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College). In addition, Fr. O’Keefe received his doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
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. email@example.com
Learn more about the competition at TEAMS.
Fairfield Prep recognizes Scholar Athletes committed to play College Football
Fairfield Prep is pleased to recognize nine scholar athletes from the Class of 2015 who will continue their football careers, having committed to play football in their respective colleges. Past Varsity Head Coach Tom Shea and new Head Coach Keith Hellstern expressed pride in the talent, growth and motivation of these athletes. Coaches Shea and 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.
Pictured in front row, L to R: Coach Tom Shea '73; Jake Buckley - Bethel (Curry College); A.J. Mansolillo - Fairfield (Bowdoin College); Colin Ihlefeld - Fairfield (Merchant Marine Academy); Coach Keith Hellstern. Second row, L to R: President Rev. John Hanwell, S.J.; Allen Gibson - Seymour (Endicott College); Connor Roche - Newtown (Middlebury College); Brendan DeMartine - Weston (Bryant College); Anthony Palazollo - Fairfield (Boston College); John Dellisanti - Wilton (University of New Hampshire); Colton Smith - Newtown (Fordham University); Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta
Summer Course Registration for Class of 2019 (Entering Freshmen)
Summer Course registration for Class of 2019 (entering freshmen) is currently ONLINE. Please follow the directions noted on the registration page. Any questions, please contact Registrar Madeline Namin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Tickets: $5 students, $10 adults
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.
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: email@example.com .
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
Alumni attend Boston Business Breakfast & College Lunch
CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOWIn 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Spring Auction 2015 is May 2! All are invited!
May 2, 2015
Alumni Hall, Fairfield University
Tickets & Sponsorships Online here!
For information, please call the Development Office 203-254-4237.
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.
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.
Promoting Wellness at Fairfield Prep
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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.