Prep celebrates diversity at Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly
Pictured are guest speaker Ed. Gormbley '95 and presenters and performers at the MLK Assembly
The Prep SEED Program (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) sponsored a student assembly commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. on January 11 in Alumni Hall. The theme of the program was "Diversity within Us." Through presentations of song and speech, the students, faculty, administrators and guests delivered a message about respect for diversity of all kinds. Guest speaker Ed Gormbley '95 spoke about his Prep experience, the support he received from Prep as a student, and how it laid the groundwork for his personal success in life. Guest singer Christian Jordan performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "Amazing Grace." Social studies chair Rudy Mauritz '94 shared the historical perspective about the expansion of equal rights in the United States. English chair Elaine Clark closed with a prayer.
Director of Diversity & Academic Support Services Alecia Thomas coordinated and emceed the event. She commented, "Embedded in one of the six characteristics of Ignatian Spirituality is the notion that we, “seek to find God in all things - in all peoples and cultures, in all areas of learning, in all human experience, and especially (for the Christian) in the person of Jesus” (St. Ignatius Loyola). The assembly strives to promote unity within our own community."
Watch Ed Gormbley '95 on Prep YouTube video highlights.
See video clip of Christian Jordan's "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
2018 Athletic Hall of Fame: Get your nominations in by Jan. 15
There's still time to nominate your favorite coach, player or championship team for Fairfield Prep's 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame.
Prep is accepting nominations until Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, and the nomination process will close after that date.
Visit fairfieldprep.org/ahof for the nomination form and eligibility rules.
Be a part of history and nominate your picks today!
Prep will announce the inductees in the coming months. The 2nd Annual Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the start of Reunion Weekend on Friday, June 1, 2018.
The Fairfield Prep Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honor those alumni who achieved excellence and distinguished themselves in Prep's athletic programs while also living Prep's mission throughout their lives as "Men for Others."
Prep honored four individuals and one team in its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. Enjoy these video tributes for each of them.
LET'S GO PREP!
Due to the ongoing winter weather, classes at Fairfield Prep are cancelled tomorrow, Friday, January 5, 2018.
Offices are closed. Tomorrow night's basketball game against Notre Dame is cancelled as well as all practices and non-athletic events.
Dr. Thomas de Quesada is named new Fairfield Prep Principal
Dear Fairfield Prep Community,
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas de Quesada will become the next Principal of Fairfield Prep on July 1, 2018. Dr. de Quesada is currently the Dean of Men at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, FL. In addition to this role, he teaches Latin American History, annually guides a student group to Peru, chairs the committee for school branding, and directs the campus store. He also served as Director of Development and Alumni Relations, coordinated the Overseas Study Program, taught World History, coached basketball, and moderated the Student Council and Model UN.
Dr. de Quesada brings many talents and is a proven leader with respect to global perspectives, innovative teaching, student affairs, and cura personalis (care for the whole person). After graduating from Belen Jesuit, he went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from Florida International University. He later completed an M.S. in Management and Administration of Educational Programs, followed by an Ed.D. degree in Educational Technology from Nova Southeastern University.
With 20 years of educational experience at Belen Jesuit, his goal is to lead in a new capacity. Dr. de Quesada is excited to offer Fairfield Prep a vision of leadership driven by his three strengths: the abilities to motivate, communicate, and implement. A passion for Jesuit education has inspired him to serve others. He now considers it an honor to serve the Prep community.
I profoundly appreciate the hard work and prayerful discernment of the Principal Search Committee, chaired by Mr. Gregory Marshall ’73, Special Assistant to the President. In Mr. Marshall’s own words, “The Committee labored diligently to give careful consideration to every one of the many applications that we received from throughout the United States. We were humbled and gratified by the depth of experience, passion, and commitment shown by the candidates who applied. It is a tribute to Dr. de Quesada that he was chosen for this vital role, and it is to Fairfield Prep’s benefit that he has accepted.”
Let me also take this opportunity to thank Dr. Robert Perrotta for his 49 years of service at Fairfield Prep. Dr. Perrotta has been a leader in the Jesuit Schools Network and has worked tirelessly to leave Prep well positioned for the future. We are so grateful for all he has done and for generously assisting in Dr. de Quesada’s transition.
Please help me in welcoming the de Quesada family to our area. Tommy, his wife Margie, and their two children eagerly await the chance to join our community this summer. I have confidently assured them that the Fairfield beaches rival anything that Miami might offer.
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, S.J.
Fairfield Prep falls to ND-Fairfield in Holiday Classic basketball tournament
“If people see us, our goal is to keep getting better every day and if I were playing us later in the year I wouldn’t want to play us,” Prep basketball coach Leo Redgate told the Connecticut Post.
The Holiday Classic is a two-day basketball tournament pitting the four Fairfield high schools against each other. On Dec. 27, the first night of the tournament, Prep toppled Warde and Notre Dame beat Ludlowe.
Following the game, Notre Dame was awarded medals and the Holiday Classic trophy at Alumni Hall.
The All-Star team - made up of the top players from each school - was also crowned. The team included the following players: (left to right) Brian Noone '18, Sean Conway, Ty Stapleton, Avery Brown '21, Tyler Bourne and Josh Reaves.
Fairfield Prep and ND-Fairfield advance to Basketball Championship
Come out to cheer for the Jesuits 12/28, 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall
CT Post: By Mike Cardillo, December 27, 2017
FAIRFIELD — The participants in the Fairfield Prep Holiday Classic championship game took decidedly different routes to book their spots in the final.
Wednesday night Notre Dame-Fairfield strolled past Fairfield Ludlowe 61-30 in the tournament opener while host Fairfield Prep outlasted Fairfield Warde in overtime despite a 40-point effort from Mustangs senior Sean Conway.
The Lancers (3-0) and Jesuits (1-2) will meet Thursday night in the final at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall.
“We just want to go have fun (tomorrow),” Fairfield Prep coach Leo Redgate said after the Jesuits won an 87-86 thriller.
The nightcap proved to be a lively, back-and-forth affair from the opening tip. Prep built up a 10-point lead in the third quarter, but Conway pulled Warde back into it with 16 points in the period including 14 straight points for the Mustangs at one point.
Warde forced overtime on Daniel Fitzpatrick’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, which tied it at 78-78.
A free throw by John Scholl with under three seconds remaining in overtime was the difference, as Conway’s long-range attempt at buzzer hit off the back rim.
“They controlled the game,” Warde coach Ryan Swaller said. “We didn’t want them to dictate the pace.”
Conway is off to a high-scoring start to the season with point totals of 34, 35 and 40 points in his first three games.
“He’s been doing it night-in, night-out,” Swaller said. “He was getting fouled the whole way up the floor. I think we could have gone to the line 10 more times, but as good players you usually don’t get those calls. The refs expect you to be able to play through it.”
Freshman guard Avery Brown paced Prep with 31 points. Finn Duran added 24 for the Jesuits including six 3-pointers.
“We fought,” Redgate said. “We didn’t make the best decisions all the time, but we fought all the time. We played really hard. I was proud of our effort.”
With four starters back from a team that made it to the Class L final last season, Notre Dame knows it will be getting extra attention from opponents all year.
“The kids are focused on not looking past anybody because we understand every night we’ll get everybody’s best,” Notre Dame coach Chris Watts said. “We’ve been having some ups and downs since the start of the season getting five guys together. We’ve had two guys, we’ve had three guys. We had five play together (tonight). It was promising.”
Promising might sell the Notre Dame’s effort short. The Lancers controlled all facets, using their defense to keep a young Falcons team in check.
Senior Noreaga Davis led a balanced Lancers (3-0) offense with 14 points.
“Everybody wants to beat us,” Notre Dame junior Josh Reaves said. “They want to come after us, but we don’t mind it. It pushes us everyday in practice. It keeps us humble.”
Notre Dame used its defense to to build a quick double-digit lead and the never Lancers never looked back. The Lancers closed the first half on a 20-0 run— sparked by Woodley Monnexant — to lead by 30 at the break.
“They’ve got a lot of players,” Falcons coach John Dailey said. “They come at you in different ways. Their defense was much better than we anticipated tonight.”
ND-FAIRFIELD 61, LUDLOWE 30
Damian Medwinter 3 2-3 8 Woodley Monnexant 3 4-4 11 Xavier Giddens 1 0-0 2 Mubi Soulemane 0 0-0 0 Micah Brantley 0 0-0 0 Nore Davis 5 3-6 14 Rodney Medor 3 0-0 8 Josh Reaves 4 2-4 11 Stone Appleberg 0 0-0 0 Tyler Bourne 3 0-0 7 Phil Conors 0 0-0 Totals: 22 11-17 61
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE (0-4)
Jadyn Jubois 2 2-2 6 Ty Stapleton 3 0-2 8 James Bourque 3 0-0 6 Christian Peterson 1 0-0 2 Justin Schiller 0 0-0 0 Jake Northrop 0 0-0 0 Cooper Nielsen 0 3-4 3 Patrick Killbride 0 0-0 0 Ian Bentley 0 0-0 0 Mikey Bourque 0 0-0 0 Josh Evans 0 0-0 0 Rowan Keesser 3 0-0 7 Totals: 12 6-9 30
ND-FAIRFIELD 16 25 20 0—61
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 7 4 10 9—30
3-pointers: ND—Monnexant, Davis, Medor 2, Reaves, Bourne
FAIRFIELD PREP 87, WARDE 86 (OT)
FAIRFIELD WARDE (1-2)
Dan Fitzpatrick 4 1-3 11 Jeff Seganos 2 6-6 10 Joey Gulbin 1 0-0 2 Matt Becker 4 4-4 12 Sean Conway 12 14-17 40 Matt Houghton 1 0-1 2 Christopher Bogan 3 0-0 6 Nick Crescione 1 0-0 3 Totals: 28 25-28 86
FAIRFIELD PREP (1-2)
Brian Noone 6 6-7 18 Avery Brown 9 8-10 31 Finn Duran 8 2-4 24 John Scholl 1 3-6 5 Gabriel Andrews 0 2-2 2 Jacob McCarthy 1 1-2 3 Max McGillicuddy 0 0-0 0 Sam Davenport 1 3-4 5 Totals: 26 25-35 87
FAIRFIELD WARDE 18 17 23 20 8—86
FAIRFIELD PREP 16 20 24 18 9— 87
3-pointers: FW—Crescione, Conway 2, Fitzpatrick 2; FP—Brown 4, Duran 6
Fouled out: FW—Becker, Bogan; FP—McGillicuddy, McCarthy
Everett Lyons commits to play soccer at Trinity College
Pictured with Everett Lyons '18: Athletic Director Tom Curran, Academic Dean Tim Dee, Principal Robert Perrotta, Head Soccer Coach Ryan Lyddy, President Tom Simisky S.J.
Fairfield Prep senior Everett Lyons has committed to play soccer at Trinity College next year. Lyons played goalkeeper for the Jesuits and was a team captain. This past fall, Lyons helped lead the Jesuits to an SCC Hammonasset Divisional title and an SCC Tournament Championship game appearance. Lyons was named All-SCC Hammonasset division for his efforts. Lyons is also the goalkeeper for the Revolution United FC soccer team that won a club state championship in 2015. In the classroom Everett is a Magna Cum Laude student, peer tutor and a member of the National Honor Society. He was recently awarded the Spanish Language Honor and the Donate Life Visual Arts Award. Lyons is also a violinist and a four year member of the Fairfield Prep Symphonic Orchestra. For his service work, Lyons volunteers at the Bridgeport KEYS program where he teaches youth how to play string instruments.
Robert Haskins '17 signs NLI to University of Virginia
Pictured with Bobby Haskins '17: Assistant Coach Mark Cirilli, Head Football Coach Keith Hellstern, Assistant Football Coach Tom Shea
Fairfield Prep alumnus Robert Haskins has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football and academic career at the University of Virginia. Haskins will enroll at Virginia in January 2018. Haskins graduated from Fairfield Prep this past spring as a decorated student athlete. Haskins was named All-SCC Tier 1 at the tight end position his senior year. During his time at Prep, Haskins received the News 12 Scholar Athlete Award, CIAC Scholar Athlete Award and National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award for the New Haven County Chapter. Haskins was also awarded the Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Leadership Award. During his senior year Haskins caught 29 passes for 354 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 29 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 blocked punts on defense for the Prep football team. Haskins was also a key member of the Fairfield Prep basketball team that won the CIAC Class LL State Championship his sophomore season. Playing power forward and center, Haskins then helped his team to an SCC Tournament Championship and CIAC tournament semifinal appearance his junior year. In the classroom, Haskins was a Magna Cum Laude student and a member of the National Honor Society. Haskins was also involved in Student Government and was the class Vice President his senior year. Haskins completed his service work at the Cardinal Shehan Center coaching youth basketball.
Prep Helps Bring Christmas to Children in Need!
In support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Prep collected new toys for families in the Bridgeport area. Hundreds of toys plus packages of much-needed diapers filled Arrupe Hall. Prep students volunteered to load the toys into vehicles. Shown from left: Aidan Feliciano '18, Liam Woods '19, Chris Stich '18, Liam Colleran '19, Sean Hurley '18, and Brendan Wilemski '18.
Fairfield Prep Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament is Dec. 27 & 28
Come out for the Holiday Basketball Classic on December 27 and 28, beginning at 6PM, to see local teams Fairfield Prep, Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Ludlowe and Notre Dame Fairfield battle for town dominance.
Fairfield University Alumni Hall
December 27 & December 28, 6PM & 8PM
General Admission $5
Children 10 and under are free with an adult admission.
Prep students - No charge with ID
December 27 - Fairfield Ludlowe vs. Notre Dame Fairfield at 6PM
followed by Fairfield Prep vs. Fairfield Warde at 8PM
December 28 - Consolation Game - 6PM
followed by Championship Game - 8PM
Last year's game action below!
Christmas Sale at Prep Pride!
Plus New Arrivals!
Thurs., Dec 14, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Exam Days: Mon. Dec. 18 - Thurs. Dec. 21, 8 AM - 1:30 PM
Arrupe Lower Level - Shop All Day!
Shop Early for Best Selection!
Nike and Under Armour Jackets, Shorts and T-shirts,
Women’s clothing, Gloves and Winter Hats, Vests, Sweatshirts, and Sweatpants.
Deadline for online Christmas orders is noon on 12/19
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT FAIRFIELD PREP
Prep Pride accepts Cash, Checks, Debit, Amex, MC and Visa
Prep raises nearly $2,000 for Pink Pledge Cancer Campaign
Pictured from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Guidance Counselor Suzanne Gorab, Norma Pfriem Community Education Coordinator Nancy Church, and Prep Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.
The Fairfield Prep community proudly presented the Fairfield "PINK PLEDGE" campaign with approximately $2,000 raised through the school in support of cancer awareness. October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Fairfield Prep participated in the town-wide initiative to increase knowledge and raise funds to fight cancer. Prep joined all of the local schools, businesses and town residents in Fairfield, taking the "Pink Pledge" to support The Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center.
On October 24, speakers from Norma Pfriem made presentations to Prep students to educate them about breast and testicular cancer. Additionally, students and staff purchased and wore special "Prep fights Cancer" t-shirts, which raised money for this important cause.
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Alex McMullen and Jack Llewellyn are National Merit Commended scholars
From left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Alexander McMullen, John "Jack" Llewellyn and President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.
Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of seniors Alex McMullen and Jack Llewellyn who are Commended honorees 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 3.5 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.
Alexander McMullen has had an outstanding career at Fairfield Prep, and has earned summa cum laude honors recognition every year, achieving a 4.16 GPA. He has consistently challenged himself and taken the most rigorous courses offered at Prep, and is the recipient of the prestigious Harvard Club Book Award, given at this year's National Honor Society ceremony. He is a Governor’s Scholar semi-finalist and speaks fluent Spanish. Alex has an excellent work ethic, and successfully balances academics, sports, student government, choir, community service, theater, and music. He is president of Prep's Student Government and the multicultural organization ASPIRA, sings with the Encords acappella group, is a member of the Prep Players drama group, is an accomplished musician on the piano and has been a member of Prep's swimming and tennis teams. Alex volunteers with the Bridgeport KEYS service organization, teaching children piano lessons. He has also served in the Prep Peer Tutor program. Alexander has an amazing voice, and often sings the national anthem before Prep's major sporting events. Always upbeat and positive, Alex welcomes new experiences and learning opportunities and personalizes the expression “seize the day.” A truly outstanding young man, Alexander’s recognition as a National Merit Commended student is a powerful validation of his outstanding achievement, work ethic, and pursuit of excellence in all areas of his life.
John “Jack” Llewellyn
Congratulations to John (Jack) Llewellyn, whose outstanding academic success has earned him National Merit Commended recognition. Jack is truly a young scholar and intellectual, earning summa cum laude honors every year, and recognized with the Xerox Award sponsored by the University of Rochester, given at this year's National Honor Society ceremony. Jack has taken the strongest course of study offered at Prep and has achieved a 4.03 GPA. Additionally he has taken college courses online, including Multi-variable Calculus, and experienced learning through summer internship experiences. Jack's extracurricular involvements demonstrate his love of learning, and have allowed him to extend his interests and share his talents within the school and local community. Jack is a leader on Prep's Math Team and Robotics Team, an athlete, a dedicated member of Prep's Campus Ministry program, an innovator who initiated Prep's Engineering Club this year, and a young man very much dedicated to service. Jack has volunteered in the community teaching robotics to children at both the Cardinal Shehan Center and McGivney Center in Bridgeport. He is a true team player in all that he does, sharing his abilities with others in Prep's Peer Tutor program and excelling in collaborative work through Prep’s Science Fair Club, Robotics Club and Math Team. Upon graduation Jack will continue to explore and expand his talents and interests as he moves on to his college years, with his pursuit of excellence in all that he does.