Drew Thompson '18 is SCC Cross Country Runner of the Year
Drew Thompson pictured with, from left: Athletic Director Tom Curran, Cross Country Coach Bob Ford Jr. and SCC Commissioner Al Carbone
For the second year in a row Fairfield Prep junior Drew Thompson was named SCC-Runner of the year. After a very impressive sophomore year as the top runner in the SCC, Thompson took it to another level this year, finishing first in the SCC Championship meet and finishing second in both the CIAC Class LL championship meet and the State Open meet. In addition, Thompson finished first in the prestigious Thetford Invitational and first in the Wilton Invitational. At the end of the season Thompson won the Jesuit High School Championship and also finished 10th in the Foot Locker Regional Race which earned him a spot in the Foot Locker National Championship race. His outstanding resume has earned Thompson recognition as SCC runner of the year, ALL-SCC and ALL-State, as well as being named as a finalist for the CT Gatorade Runner of the Year. Thompson will now focus his efforts on the upcoming National Championship race in San Diego as well as competing with the Fairfield Prep Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams.
Drew’s pursuit of excellence in his running life is a mirror of his outstanding academic record at Fairfield Prep. He has taken the strongest course of study available in each of his Prep years, achieving magna cum laude honors by earning a 3.9 GPA and qualifying for induction into Prep’s National Honor Society. Drew is well known for his determination and hard work in and out of the classroom and shares his positive energies with the community each week through his dedication to service as a volunteer at the Kennedy Center.
Prep announces Athletic Hall of Fame - Nominations NOW OPEN!
After 75 historic years of athletics at Fairfield Prep, the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Friday evening, June 2, 2017, in the Prep Quad. Here’s your chance to be a part of history and nominate your favorite coach, player or championship team.
Submit a nomination: Eligibility rules and nomination form
NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2017. The 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class of inductees will be announced in February.
LET’S GO PREP!
Ryan Marusi '17 and Julio Ojea Quintana '17 recognized as SCC Scholar Athletes
From left: Julio Ojea Quintana '17; Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta;and Ryan Marusi '17.
Seniors Julio Ojea Quintana (Soccer) and Ryan Marusi (Football) were both recognized for their sport leadership and athleticism, and have been named Blanchette Sporting Goods/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.
Julio Ojea Quintana '17
For his outstanding achievements on the field and in the classroom, Julio Ojea Quintana has been named by the SCC as a Scholar Athlete for fall of 2016, representing Fairfield Prep’s soccer team. Julio is the captain and two-year starter for the Jesuits who reached the Class LL quarterfinals last year and this year reached the SCC final and Class LL semi-finals. As a student, Julio has excelled in the classroom in achieving a 3.8 GPA and for his scholarship has been recognized as a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He has contributed to life on the Prep campus as a Peer Tutor and as a Freshman Retreat leader. In the community he is a member of the Fairfield Connection club through which he supports recreational activities for children with disabilities. During his junior year Julio participated in Prep’s mission trip to Los Angeles focusing on homelessness in the area. In recognition of his soccer talents Julio was named ALL-SCC Quinnipiac conference as a junior and All-SCC Hammonasett conference as a senior. In addition to his outstanding soccer career at Fairfield Prep, Julio plays club soccer for the Shoreline FC.
Ryan Marusi '17
For his outstanding achievements on the field and in the classroom Ryan Marusi has been named an SCC Scholar Athlete for the fall of 2016, representing Fairfield Prep’s football team. This fall Ryan provided great senior leadership during a successful season for the Jesuits that saw them finish 6-4. He will continue his athletic career at Prep in the spring as Ryan is a member of Fairfield Prep’s varsity lacrosse team. In the classroom Ryan has taken on the strongest course of study offered at Prep and has achieved a 4.0 GPA. As a summa cum laude scholar Ryan has achieved membership in the National Honor Society and shared his academic talents with the community as a Peer Tutor. On campus Ryan is a Student Representative to Prep’s Board of Governors. In the community Ryan has volunteered his time at the Cardinal Shehan Center where he assists with recreational programs, and with Giant Steps, where he mentors children and young adults with disabilities. During his junior year Ryan chose to participate in Prep’s Urban Plunge, a three-day urban immersion program through which participants live in solidarity with, and in service to the urban poor. Outside of Fairfield Prep athletics Ryan plays lacrosse with the Bulldogs Club.
Fairfield Prep Thanks YOU!
Dear Friends of Prep,
Thank you for making our Day of Giving a huge success! We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of alumni, parents, friends, students and teachers who helped celebrate Prep with gifts to our many mission-advancing programs. Beyond the gifts, the real impact of the day was felt by raising awareness of what your support means to our students and the understanding our students gained about the importance of giving back to their community. While we often act individually, it is our collective effort that makes a significant difference. Thank you!
Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky,S.J., makes announcement about Day of Giving
Dear Friends of Prep,
On Tuesday, November 29, Fairfield Prep will celebrate its third annual Day of Giving. Please mark your calendar and plan to join thousands of alumni, parents and friends on this day dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our Prep students!
In the short video below, Prep's President, Fr. Tom Simisky,S.J., talks about the impact your support has on Prep's many student-centered, mission-advancing programs.
On Nov. 29, please be generous and...
The Soundings student newspaper releases weekly report
After a many year hiatus, The Soundings student newspaper has returned. With a new staff under the moderation of Mrs. Elaine Clark, the goal is to deliver a newspaper written and produced by student contributors. Co-Editor Evan Bean '19 stated, "We all hope you enjoy it! Hopefully this will give a louder voice to all of our amazing organizations and events at Prep." Students interested in joining the club staff should contact Mrs. Clark, or Co-Editors in Chief Evan Bean '19 or Jamie Paul '19. Learn more about The Soundings extracurricular club.
Thanksgiving Football Game to be live broadcast on CPTV
CPTV Sports is available on your cable system:
Comcast cable – Channel 966 (with Comcast Bethel, Danbury and Ridgefield on Channel 256),
Cox Communications – Cable channel 805,
Cablevision – Channel 139,
Charter – Channel 180,
Frontier – Channel 65
Thames Valley – Channel 87,
MetroCast – Channel 418,
CPTV Sports on satellite:
Dish Network – Channel 6
Thanksgiving Service focuses on Generosity, honors Szabs and Sacerdote
Fairfield Prep’s annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service took place on Tuesday, November 22, in Alumni Hall. The prayer service focused on generosity of spirit - “the true gift of generosity…is giving of who you are.” This years’ service included prayers from various faith traditions, a moving reflection from Kevin Lydon ’17, and beautiful music by the FP liturgical choir. Fr. Simisky, S.J., also honored faculty members Tom Sacerdote (30 years) and John Szablewicz (45 years) of dedicated service to Fairfield Prep.
Watch videos on Prep YouTube!
Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive runs through November 21
Dear Fairfield Prep Community,
It is time for Prep's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! The drive will begin on Monday, November 14 and conclude on Monday, November 21. 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!
Fairfield Prep beats Simsbury, reaches Class LL boys soccer semis
By Michael Fornabaio, November 12, 2016, CT Post
FAIRFIELD — This Fairfield Prep class had accomplished some great things, but getting out of the first week of the CIAC boys soccer tournament had eluded them until Saturday. The Jesuits contained Simsbury for about 78 of 80 minutes, struck for two quick goals to open the second half and won 2-1 at Rafferty Stadium, moving on to the Class LL semifinals.
“It’s very special for the whole team,” co-captain Julito Ojea Quintana said. “We’ve worked for it the whole season.”
The 16th-seeded Jesuits (14-4-4) will meet fourth-seeded Farmington (16-2-1) in the semifinals at a site and time to be announced.
“We’re looking forward to it,” co-captain Biagio Paoletta said. “We’re amped up.” The Jesuits last reached the semifinals in 2012, when they went on to their only state final, runner-up to Class LL champion Norwalk. That was a year before this year’s seniors, who won the SCC tournament as sophomores and returned to the final this year, arrived.
“We talked about that right at the end of the game,” coach Ryan Lyddy said. “One kid said we’ve played in SCC finals, in quarterfinals, but this group never made a state semifinal. I think we’ll enjoy it for the afternoon and get back tomorrow for practice.”
As they walked off the field to enjoy it, the Jesuits didn’t yet know their opponent. Farmington started an hour behind them and scored late to beat 21st-seeded Staples 1-0. As that game was beginning, the Jesuits were grabbing a lead. They rearranged some players at halftime, moving Paoletta up, trying to be aggressive after a first half they controlled.
It happened quickly. Paoletta fed the ball ahead to Axel Whamond, who returned it to Paoletta with a step on the defense from about 40 yards out. “Everyone knows (Paoletta) is our go-to guy,” Lyddy said. “He’s the heart of the team.” He dribbled ahead and fired into the left side of the net 3:29 into the second half.
“We do that in practice all the time,” Paoletta said. “One, two: give it back. We know where we’re going to be. He saw me make that run.”
Not two minutes later, a bounding shot went over the head of Simsbury goalkeeper Jack Medve. Whamond ran down the ball in the box to put it away for a 2-0 lead.
Fairfield Prep keeper Dan Szabo, who’d made a tough save on Simsbury’s one real first-half chance to keep it scoreless, nearly scored himself on a midfield free kick with 27 minutes to go. Simsbury came back upfield and, after Szabo knocked one try away, scored. They threatened again moments later.
Take away those couple of minutes, though, and the Jesuits didn’t often let the 25th-seeded Trojans (11-8), who’d upset Cheshire and Glastonbury in the first two rounds, close to the net.
“We knew we had to be defensively very disciplined,” Ojea Quintana said. “With Biagio, Timmy (Lyons), Szabo, we have a very solid defense.”
FAIRFIELD PREP 2, SIMSBURY 1
FAIRFIELD PREP0 2—2
Records: Simsbury 11-8; Fairfield Prep 14-4-4
Goals: S—Dylan Smith; FP—Biagio Paoletta, Axel Whamond; Assists: FP—Whamond; Goalies: S—Jack Medve (6 saves); FP—Dan Szabo (3); Shots: S—7; FP—21
Fairfield Prep scores late, beats North Haven
Prep Football Seniors on Senior Night 2016
FAIRFIELD — The win salvaged a back-and-forth game Friday night at Rafferty Stadium,kept Fairfield Prep’s Class LL playoff hopes in play, and, heck, it was just an enjoyable 43-42 win over North Haven.
But after completing the last-minute touchdown to Chris Duffy and the two-point conversion to Bobby Haskins that put the Jesuits ahead, then watching as North Haven’s last-second field goal fell short, quarterback Patrick Conte had coach Keith Hellstern on his mind after the game.
“He’s been really strong for us all year,” Conte said. “This week was for him.”
Hellstern lost his future father-in-law, Joseph Rocca, this week.
“A good man. A football fan,” Hellstern said. “He finally has some peace; he’d been suffering. The kids picked me up.”
The win moved Fairfield Prep to 6-3, 3-3 in the unendingly tough SCC Tier I, with just unbeaten West Haven remaining on Thanksgiving.
North Haven dropped to 3-6, 1-6, a record that belies their competitiveness. The Indians came from 14 points down in the second quarter to take their first lead, 42-35, with 4:11 left on Mark Montano’s third touchdown.
What did pulling out a game like this mean to the Jesuits at this point in the season?
“Everything,” sophomore running back Doug Harrison said. “It’s what we’ve been working for.”
The words stopped coming right about there for a moment. He took a deep breath and exhaled just as hard.
“It means we’ve grown a lot,” Hellstern said a few minutes later. “We’ve had some growing pains like everybody else, some soul-searching. We had some soul-searching tonight.”
Harrison, who ran for over 300 yards last week in a win over Shelton, had 144 yards on 12 carries midway through the second quarter, when an ankle injury from earlier in the season was aggravated.
Dillon Mirabile came in and ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 17 rushes, and Ryan Marusi got four carries as well. Harrison came back in to split time in the second half, finishing with 20 carries for 187 yards.
But trailing late, the Jesuits had to go to the air. Conte found Haskins to convert on fourth down near midfield. Two completed passes around a North Haven roughing-the-passer penalty got the ball to the 11.
Conte looked to be nearly in the grasp of Korbin Pecora, but he got away and found Duffy in the end zone. Duffy made a nice grab to keep it off the ground and get the touchdown with 25 seconds left.
“It was called, but Patrick just made a tremendous play under pressure,” Hellstern said. “It wasn’t clean, but it was open.”
Hellstern said they talked about what to do on the conversion but decided to go to their big tight end. There was another option, Hellstern said, but they didn’t need him.
“It was an 11-man play,” Conte said. “We were running it well all night, Doug, Dill, Moose, all game. We got to the goal line: What were they expecting? Run.”
A pass got them the lead, but North Haven still had a stiff wind at its back. It got one quick completion to the 30, and another shot near the goal line fell just short of a receiver. A 47-yard field goal try fell short.
FAIRFIELD PREP 43, NORTH HAVEN 42
NORTH HAVEN7 14 7 14—42
FAIRFIELD PREP14 14 7 8 —43
FP—Philip DeJesus 44 pass Patrick Conte (run failed)
NH—Mark Montano 61 run (Colin Finkle kick)
FP—Doug Harrison 8 run (Connor Byrne pass Conte)
FP—Harrison 73 run (Andrew Hickey kick)
NH—Devan Brockamer 13 run (Finkle kick)
FP—Dillon Mirabile 19 run (Hickey kick)
NH—Brockamer 45 pass Jack Steinman (Finkle kick)
FP—Mirabile 3 run (Hickey kick)
NH—Montano 32 run (Finkle kick)
NH—Kyle Melillo 69 pass Steinman (Finkle kick)
NH—Montano 1 run (Finkle kick)
FP—Chris Duffy 11 pass Conte (Haskins pass Conte)
Records: North Haven 3-6, 1-6 SCC Tier I; Fairfield Prep 6-3, 3-3
Prep Players take the stage with The Story Pirates Project!
The Prep Players participated in a very special fall project. Prep brought in professional actors called the Story Pirates who visit elementary schools and run writing workshops. The Prep Players were trained in how to be Story Pirates, and headed to Cathedral Academy in Bridgeport to run a writing workshop with their third grade. After the writing workshop, the students from the third grade sent the Prep Story Pirates 50 stories. The players selected eight of those stories and turned them into remarkable short plays full of imagination, creativity and general silliness. The cast returned there on November 3 to perform a full show based on the stories the kids had written. The production was directed by Mrs. Megan Hoover, Fine Arts Chair, and ran additionally on November 9, 10 and 11 in the Black Box at the Quick Center for the Arts.
The Soundings student newspaper releases Quarterly Report
The Soundings student newspaper has released a Quarterly Report - Quarter 1. With a new staff under the moderation of Mrs. Elaine Clark, the goal is to deliver a newspaper/report written and produced by student contributors. Co-Editor Evan Bean '19 stated, "We all hope you enjoy it! Hopefully this will give a louder voice to all of our amazing organizations and events at Prep." Students interested in joining the club staff should contact Mrs. Clark, or Co-Editors in Chief Evan Bean '19 or Jamie Paul '19. Learn more about The Soundings extracurricular club.
Dear Friends of Prep,
On Tuesday, November 29, the Prep community will, once again, come together to celebrate our great school on our 3rd annual Day of Giving. We are asking for your participation to make a gift to the Fairfield Prep Fund in support of:
- Academic Excellence
- Student Financial Aid
- Christian Service & Campus Ministry
- Faculty Development
- Athletics and Extracurriculars
- Music, Performing & Fine Arts
This is your Prep! Learn more about the Fairfield Prep Fund with this informative video. Please join the celebration on November 29 with a gift to support our great school and Make Mission Matter. Thank you!
Prep scholars inducted into Classical Leagues' Latin Honor Society
50 Latin students have been enrolled in the National Junior Classical Leagues’ Latin Honor Society. The NJCL Latin Honor Society is a special designation given to students who are members of the Junior Classical League who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement (an A average in their Latin course) and citizenship. The 50 honors candidates are from the academic year ’15-’16 and are current Latin students. The chapter at Prep meets as the “Classics Club” and is open to all students interested in the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. The moderator is Ms. Koren Mumma.