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Fairfield Prep rebounds, beats Notre Dame-West Haven

Fairfield Prep rebounds, beats Notre Dame-West Haven

Source: GameTimeCT See Prep YouTube highlights and Slideshow

FAIRFIELD >> After Fairfield Prep had allowed a combined 88 points in its first two games of the season, let’s just say that defense was a bit of an emphasis in practice over the past week.

“We tried to work on generating a little more of a pass rush,” head coach Tom Shea explained. “We did a terrible job with that in the first two weeks. They did a better job tonight.”

Indeed, the Jesuits (2-1) sacked Notre Dame-West Haven quarterback Christian Lupoli four times and held the Green Knights’ offense relatively in check en route to a 35-18 victory Friday night at Taft Field.

Prep quarterback Colton Smith rushed for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 11 carries, including an 80-yard scoring scamper on the game’s third play from scrimmage. Smith only completed five of his 12 pass attempts, but two of them were for scores, including a 33-yard hook-up with Brendan Beiser late in the first half and a 71-yard bubble screen pass to John Dellisanti on the final play of the third quarter.

That touchdown was particularly big, as Notre Dame (1-2) had just edged to within 28-12 the play before — a four-yard keeper by Lupoli.

“They started to stack the box,” Smith said. “That bubble screen to John is built into the plays. The guy on him came up to blitz, and I just threw it to him and let him do the rest of it.”

Senior running back Joe Ganim rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries as the Jesuits wound up with 322 rushing yards for the game. Smith attempted just two passes in the second half, completing both.

“We were gonna come out and pass,” the senior signal-caller said, “but then we realized we could just run it. Our line did an unbelievable job blocking. We just ran them out of the stadium.”

More important, as far as Shea was concerned, was his team’s defensive effort. Lupoli completed 15 of 25 passes for 256 yards, but he was also picked off once to go with those four sacks (two by Logan Clair). The interception by Brett Stevenson midway through the second quarter was returned 35 yards to the end zone, but the touchdown was nullified by an illegal blocking penalty. Three plays later, Ganim charged in from a yard out to put Prep up 14-6.

The Jesuits also forced Green Knights running back Prince Brooks to fumble the ball away at the Prep 1-yard line midway through the first quarter. Anthony Palazzolo recovered the fumble for Prep.

“We worked on a few things, and they got better this week,” said Shea. “It’s not gonna happen overnight, but we always emphasize the process. We had a better week of preparation. We have a lot of young guys on defense. I think they’re starting to learn and understand what varsity football is like, and the level of competition we play. They got better this week, and I’m pleased with that.”

Ffld Prep 35, NDWH 18 1 2 3 4 F
NOTRE DAME-WH 6 0 6 6 – 18
FAIRFIELD PREP 7 14 14 0 – 35
First quarter
F—Colton Smith 80 run (Hank Healey kick)
N—Prince Brooks 1 run (kick failed)
Second quarter
F—Joe Ganim 1 run (Healey kick)
F—Brendan Besier 33 pass from Colton Smith (Healey kick)
Third quarter
F—Colton Smith 13 run (Healey kick)
N—Christian Lupoli 4 run (run failed)
F—John Dellisanti 71 pass from Colton Smith (Healey kick)
Fourth quarter
N—Nico Ragaini 80 pass from Christian Lupoli (pass failed)
Team records: Fairfield Prep 2-1; Notre Dame-West Haven 1-2

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Students honored for NHS and Academic Achievement

National Honor Society inducts new members,
Seniors receive Book Awards



CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW. Additional Honors photos may be seen, plus photo prints may be ordered at http://www.seidlerphotography.com/ Click: Online previews - Sessions Name: nhs14

Fairfield Prep students were honored for their high academic achievement at the annual National Honor Society Awards Mass which was held on September 24 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. New members were inducted in the National Honor Society and Seniors received special Book Awards, recognizing their outstanding school performance and leadership in key subject areas. Additionally, students were recognized for honors awards for the 2013-14 school year. 

NHS Inductees 2014

Book Award Recipients 2014

Mass Program including all Final Honors 2014

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Award for college and Wakeman Boys & Girls Club

Billy Narvaez '14 wins Maytag Leader Scholarship

Fairfield Prep congratulates Billy Narvaez '14, winner of the 2014 Maytag Dependable Leader Award, which includes a college scholarship and award for the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Black Rock.

As a high school senior, Billy juggled his studies and caring for his two younger sisters. Billy was also a Junior Staff member and youth program volunteer at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse.

Billy ran both the Saturday Film School and Future Engineers Club and funded these programs out of his own pocket, illustrating to younger Club members another way of giving back to the community.

Elected as President of the Keystone Club, a unique leadership development experience provided by the Boys and Girls Club, Billy helped to lead the Club in community service projects including a toy drive for the local children’s hospital and fundraisers to help members attend conferences.

Billy will be the first in his family to attend college where he began at Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall. His success is a tremendous example to every member at the Club, including his younger siblings, that they can achieve their dreams and goals if they stay focused and work hard.

In addition, Billy was also selected as both Teen Member of the Month and Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse “Boy of the Year” in 2014.

Billy constantly looks beyond his own needs for opportunities to serve other Club members and his community, all with an unfailingly positive attitude.

See video about Billy's nomination.

 

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Prep loses to St. Joe's, Halas '74 Hall of Fame

Halas '74 inducted in Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame

Bernstein '15 receives student-athlete scholarship

Watch Video of Paul's honor on the field at half-time.

Paul Halas '74 was inducted into the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame at the Prep football game vs. St. Joseph High School on September 20 during halftime. Additionally, varsity letterman Joshua Bernstein '15 received a student-athlete scholarship in a ceremony before the national anthem, recognizing his high academic and athletic achievements. The Great American Rivalry Series was created to recognize both present and past players in top rivalry games across the country. The gridiron heroes from years past have helped make the game what it is today, exemplifying all that is good about these contests and why they are embraced by communities.

Prep Football has tough loss to St. Joseph High School 33-48

Watch Prep YouTube Video, GameTime Video, and MSGVarsity Video highlights.

Source: GameTime CT

Trumbull - This time around, there was no need for a last-second play to beat Fairfield Prep. The St. Joseph football team made sure this thing was wrapped up way before the last seconds ticked away. Behind a sensational offensive performance from senior running back Mufasha Abdul Basir, the Cadets defeated Prep 48-33 Saturday afternoon to improve to 2-0 on the season.

“This is a big win for us,” Abdul Basir said. “Last year wasn’t my best year when I played them (Prep), and I came out today with a chip on my own shoulder and I had a lot of expectations about myself.” Last year against the Jesuits, in a game the Cadets won on a Hail Mary pass (36-34) Abdul Basir recorded just nine carries for 18 yards.

It’s safe to say Abdul Basir more than made up for that game on Saturday. The senior ran for two scores on 27 carries and finished with an impressive 281 yards on the ground. “He had a great day, our entire offense had a great day,” head coach Joe DellaVecchia said. “The kids got great vision, great balance; he’s so competitive.”

After building a 26-7 lead at the half, Fairfield Prep did its best to come back, almost reminiscent of last year’s game. Senior quarterback Colton Smith started the second half for the Jesuits with a nifty 21-yard score on fourth down to make it 26-14.

With some momentum, the Jesuits defense came up with a huge fumble recovery by Nick Franchuk near midfield and the offense took over. Allen Gibson capped off a nine-play drive finding the end zone to bring Prep within 26-21.

With the Jesuits pressing, Abdul Basir responded as he broke free for a 68-yard touchdown late in the third and pushed the Cadets lead to 33-21.

“A wise man once told me, ‘Big time players make big time plays in big time games,’ and I wanted to be a big time player,” Abdul Basir said.

Fairfield Prep coach Tom Shea on the Cadets running game: “It was dominant. We did a terrible job against it. We did a poor job tackling; he’s a terrific back, I’ll give credit where credits due. But we did a very poor job tackling. If we stopped them where we hit them the first time…but we didn’t wrap him up and that’s why he’s good. We didn’t do the job against him.”

Prep didn’t back down though as Joe Ganim scored on an 8-yard TD to make it 33-27. But as the game played out all afternoon, the St. Joseph offense seemed to have an answer. On fourth down with seven minutes remaining, quarterback Kevin Trefz connected with Lars Pedersen for a 23-yard score to put them up 41-27.

Trefz finished the afternoon with two touchdowns and 165 yards.

“I thought Kevin played very well, a lot of kids grew up today,” DellaVecchia said. “It was a great day for us.”

As good as the offense looked, the defense did its part too.

Aside from the third quarter, the Cadets limited dual-threat quarterback Smith to just one score and kept him in check for most of the afternoon.

“I thought we did a great job in the first half, the third quarter wasn’t so good,” DellaVecchia said.  “They figured out what we were trying to do. The kids played a heck of a game, he’s a heck of a QB…he’s tough to stop. I thought we did a great job containing him.”

Abdul Basir started the Cadets opening drive with an early statement of a run, going 54 yards. He capped off the drive with a 1-yard score to give his team the 6-0 lead.

Pedersen added to the total with a near 60-yard punt return for the 12-0 lead.

Ganim scored Prep’s lone TD of the first half on a 1-yard score to cut the Cadets lead to 12-7.

St. Joes two other scores of the first half came a nice reverse play as Pedersen threw to an open Seamus Keating to go up 19-7, and then Trefz found Keating late in the second quarter for an 18-yard touchdown.

While St. Joes improves to 2-0, Prep falls to 1-1 and will host 1-1 Notre Dame-West Haven at Ludlowe on Friday night.

“We’ve got work to do,” Shea said. “We need some leadership from our kids and its gut-check time. We’ve been here before. We’ll see what we’re made of.” 

St. Joseph 48, Ffld Prep 33 1234 F
No. 2 FAIRFIELD PREP 0 7 14 12 33
No. 8 ST. JOSEPH 6 20 7 15 48

First quarter 
SJ — Mufasha Abdul Basir 1 run (kick failed)
Second quarter
SJ — Lars Pedersen 55 punt return (kick failed)
FP — Joe Ganim 1 run (Henry Healey kick)
SJ — Seamus Keating 22 pass from Pedersen (Marc Mrozek kick)
SJ — Keating 18 pass from Kevin Trefz (Mrozek kick)
Third quarter
FP — Colton Smith 21 run (Healey kick)
FP — Allen Gibson 9 run (Healey kick)
SJ — Abdul Basir 69 run (Mrozek kick)
Fourth quarter
FP — Ganim 9 run (pass failed)
SJ — Pedersen 23 pass Trefz (Pedersen pass from Trefz)
SJ — Trefz 8 run (Mrozek kick)
FP — Brendan Beiser 14 pass from Smith (kick failed)
Team Records: Fairfield Prep 1-1; St. Joseph 2-0



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Prep races at Home vs. Brunswick, Fordham Prep, St. Peter's and Xavier!

Prep races at Home vs. Brunswick, Fordham Prep, St. Peter's and Xavier!

Watch Prep YouTube video!

September 20th was the largest regatta Prep has ever held at Beacon Point with nearly 30 boats racing in three events. All of Prep's crews raced well and gave the athletes and coaches a much needed metric for the work ahead.  Brunswick Crew had the strongest showing winning all three events, followed by Fordham and then Prep with Xavier and St. Peter's trailing  in each race. In neone shirts, Varsity 1 team: John Pacelli '17, Kevin Lichtenfels '16, MJ Duffy '17, Zach Hamar '16, Bobby Silver '15, Pat Dolan '17, Robert Anderson '16, Jim Toner '16, and Peter Christakos '16 

The next race will be in Hartford on October 5th and the crews will be working hard to get up to speed for 2.5 mile race on the Connecticut River. 

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The Freshman and Transfer Student Parent Reception took place on September 17 in the Brissette Gym at Fairfield Prep.

Freshman/Transfer Parent Reception

The Freshman and Transfer Student Parent Reception took place on September 17 in the Brissette Gym at Fairfield Prep. All enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with staff and administrators, and meet new friends. Kevin Stone '15 spoke to the parents about his Prep experience.

See photo slideshow.

Watch senior Kevin Stone's speech on Prep YouTube.

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Prep Football outlasts Stamford 59-40

Prep outlasts Stamford 59-40

By Scott Ericon, CT Post, September 11, 2014 - See Prep You Tube highlights! See Photo Slideshow.

FAIRFIELD -- Stamford's Jalen Brown and Fairfield Prep's Colton Smith both trained with state quarterback guru Travis Meyer in the offseason, and based on the results Thursday night, more QBs will be signing up next summer.

Smith and Brown put on a show with their arms and their legs at Ludlowe High's Taft Field, with Prep pulling away in the second half for a wild 59-40 win over the Black Knights.

Smith said he and Brown are friends from working with Meyer, and going head-to-head in the opening game of the season was fun, though he wished Brown had not had such a good night.

"It was nice knowing who you are going up against. We know each other and we are very friendly with each other. It's just fun," Smith said. "Obviously, we'd rather not give up 40 points, but they played a hell of a game. Our receivers were running great routes and getting open, coming back to the ball when I was scrambling, but it all started with our line."

The Jesuits came into the game ranked third in the state media poll, but Stamford stood toe-to-toe with them, trading touchdowns the entire first half.

Smith threw for touchdowns of 63 and 19 yards and ran for scores of 65, 1 and 38 yards.

Prep coach Tom Shea said Smith is a unique player and the Jesuits were lucky to have him under center for this game.

"He's a special player," Shea said. "We think we have a lot of good players on offense, but we expect he is going to make some plays for us and he did tonight and we are happy with that."

Brown threw five touchdown passes -- 36, 13, 87, 51 and 32 yards. Billy DeVito was on the receiving end of three of those TD passes for the Black Knights.

Two interceptions by the Jesuits -- one a 75-yard pick-six by Prep's Jack Snopkowski for the game's first score and one at the end of the first half -- were the only blemishes on Brown's evening.

Smith did not turn the ball over and ultimately was just a little better than Brown, but there is no doubt wherever Meyer was, he was bursting with pride at the performance of both players.

Stamford coach Jamar Greene has been touting Brown and his skill players all preseason and they did not disappoint in game No. 1.

"They were highly impressive. This was not a slouch team we played, they are the No. 3 team in the state and we put up 40 points against them," Greene said. "We hung with them, but had a couple of things here and there and I look back and I can almost see where we screwed up a little bit and it could have gone the other way."

Greene said his players would walk out of Taft Field with their heads high and if they can continue to have offensive production as they did Thursday, the Knights can beat anyone in the FCIAC.

On the other side, Shea said despite the victory his Jesuits have some work to do if they want to get back to the Class LL championship game.

"We have some work to do on both sides," Shea said. "Listen, (Brown) is a heck of a quarterback and their skill guys are good and their offensive line did a good job against us. I don't care who we are playing, we are not happy when we give up 40 points."

Prep led 35-26 at the half.

Fairfield Prep 59, Stamford 40

STAMFORD 7 19 8 6--40

FAIRFIELD PREP 14 21 14 10--59
First quarter
FP--Jack Snopkowski 75 interception return (Hank Healy kick)
S-- Billy DeVito 36 pass Jalen Brown (Ryan Sexton kick)
FP--Jake Buckley 63 pass Colton Smith (Healy kick)

Second quarter
S--Guyeens Antoine 13 pass Brown (Sexton kick)
FP--Smith 65 run (Healy kick)
S--JonMichael Bivona 19 run (kick fail)
FP--Allen Gibson 8 run (Healy kick)
S--Antoine 87 pass Brown (pass fail)
FP--John Delisanti 19 pass Smith (Healy kick)

Third quarter
FP--Smith 1 run (Healy kick)
S--DeVito 51 pass Brown (Brown run)
FP--Smith 38 run (Healy kick)

Fourth quarter
FP --Healy 20 field goal
S--DeVito 32 pass Brown (run fail)
FP--Joe Ganim 29 run (Healy kick)

Records: S--0-1, FP 1-0

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Student Activities Fair draws crowd!

Student Activities Fair draws crowd!

Over 35 clubs participated in the Prep Student Activities Fair on September 11 in Brissette Gym. The school encourages its students to participate in the various extracurricular activities offered, which enable them to discover new talents and make new friends. See Photo Slideshow. Download Activities and Clubs booklet.


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Prep remembers September 11

Prep remembers September 11

See YouTube highlights of Retiring Faculty & Staff remembering 9/11.

Fairfield Prep started the day with a prayer over the PA system, followed by the singing of "God Bless America" by Kelvin Alvarez '15 and lighting of candles by Prep student representatives. At the end of the day, Cross Country Coach Bob Ford Jr. gathered his team at practice to commemorate the great loss of September 11. Elliott Gualtiere, Director of Campus Ministry, led the team in prayer in front of the a monument on Fairfield University's campus with a steel piece of the fallen World Trade Center. Prep remembers alumni lost: Michael Jacobs '64, Gary Edward Lasko '69 and Seth Allan Morris '83 Watch Prep You Tube highlights.

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Come meet students and teachers!

Fairfield Prep invites you to Open House!

Prospective students and families are invited to attend our annual Open House on Sunday, October 5, 2-4 P.M. Meet faculty and students, tour the campus, and learn about our many programs and extracurricular activities.

Create your Online Admissions Account Today! Sign up for Entrance Exams (October 18 or November 15) as well as Shadow Day visits. 

Fairfield College Preparatory School offers a rigorous academic program in the Jesuit educational tradition, with an outstanding record of college acceptances and an emphasis on mission in program as well as a full slate of sports and activities.

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Halas '74 to be inducted in Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame

Bernstein '15 to receive student-athlete scholarship

Recognition at Fairfield Prep vs. St. Joe's football game on September 20, 1PM, at St. Joseph High School

Pre- sale tickets available at Prep front desk ($5 adults, $3 students). St Joe’s will be running three shuttle buses from the Route 8 Park and Ride at Penny and Nichols Ave on Saturday from 10am-4pm or when last group leaves for a shuttle service. Limited parking -  carpool if possible.

Paul Halas '74 will be inducted into the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame at the Prep football game vs. St. Joseph High School on September 20 during halftime. Additionally, varsity letterman Joshua Bernstein '15 will receive a student-athlete scholarship in a ceremony before the national anthem, recognizing his high academic and athletic achievements. The Great American Rivalry Series was created to recognize both present and past players in top rivalry games across the country. The gridiron heroes from years past have helped make the game what it is today, exemplifying all that is good about these contests and why they are embraced by communities.

Paul Halas '74 played for Fairfield Prep in the two games that marked the beginning of this fierce rivalry October 7, 1972, at St Joe’s and October 6, 1973, at Prep’s Alumni Field. As a senior and co-captain in the 1973 contest, Paul led the Jesuits to a convincing 26-0 victory over the Cadets; this win would later cement itself as a building block for Prep’s historic and illustrious 11-0 championship season. Individually, Paul accounted for 20 of the 26 points: knotting one passing and two rushing TD’s, 200 offensive yards, and two extra-point conversions. Thanks to Halas’s aerial skills, three of these scoring drives totaled 80 yards or more.  aul made first team all state that year and went on to play at Harvard University as an All-Ivy Defensive Back and Punt Returner as well as captain of Harvard’s championship Baseball team; he studied Economics and Law and was named Harvard’s top Scholar Athlete in 1978, and currently serves as General Counsel of GE Energy  Financial Services.



Joshua Bernstein '15
 is a two-year letterman in both varsity football and baseball. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a Peer Tutor to students at Prep. He has provided service to the community though Urban Plunge, an urban immersion mission, and volunteered at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT. Joshua plans to study classical languages in college, and is considering a career in business management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the end of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which was celebrated by Fr. Jack Hanwell, S.J., the St. Ignatius of Loyola Alumni Award was bestowed upon three distinguished alumni: Mr. John Altieri, class of '64; the late Mr. J. Richard McCarthy, class of '64; and Reverend Monsignor Joseph Potter, class of '46.

Fairfield Prep honors alumni with St. Ignatius of Loyola Award

On Friday, September 5, Fairfield Prep celebrated its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit which marks the beginning of the academic year. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition at Jesuit schools and universities throughout the world dating back to 1548, when the initial Mass was celebrated at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily. At the end of the Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Jack Hanwell, S.J., the St. Ignatius of Loyola Alumni Award was bestowed upon three distinguished alumni: Mr. John Altieri, class of ’64; the late Mr. J. Richard McCarthy, class of ’64; and Reverend Monsignor Joseph Potter, class of ’46. Fr. Tom Simisky, S.J., delivered the homily in which he spoke about the themes of time and change. (Mrs. Mary McCarthy received the award for her late husband Dick.)

See You Tube highlights, and Photo Slideshow of honored winners and guests.


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Coffee and tours well-attended

Bellarmine Guild welcomes Moms

The Bellarmine Guild, Fairfield Prep's club for mothers/guardians of students, sponsored a Welcome Back Coffee on August 25 in Brissette Gym. Mothers had the opportunity to learn about and sign up for many of the club events throughout the school year. They also were welcomed by the new co-chairs Colleen Murphy P'15 and Trish Donelan P'15, as well as Prep President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J., and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta.

Additionally, the Guild conducted school tours for freshman/transfer parents on August 20. See slideshows of Welcome Back Coffee and Parent Tours.


CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW

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Prep boasts 54 AP Scholars in the Advanced Placement Scholar Program of 2014

Fairfield Prep is pleased to recognize 54 students who received AP Scholar Awards, which honor high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through Advanced Placement courses and exams. Unless noted, students were graduating seniors in the Class of 2014.


AP Scholar with Distinction

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams:

Clark, John N.
Dodge, Wade R.
Donofrio, Jeffrey R.
Hamar, Daniel C.
Hawkes, Dylan T. '15
Martens, David B.
Martinez, Jairo E.
Polley, Patrick P.


AP Scholar with Honor

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams:


Abbazia, Anthony M.
Barrett, Austin W.
Brickner, Ryan P.
Crane, Austin T.
Cruz, Sergio L.
Garzillo, Thomas J.
Kasper, Connor W.
Kee, Ethan C.
O'Connell, John H.
Paul, Charles L. '15
Wood, Matthew R.


AP Scholar

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams:

Alvarez, Kelvin A. '15
Antonicelli, Peter J. '15
Aquino, John  
Bernard, Brendan D.
Cafero, Robert  
Campbell, Peter V. '15
Cardona, Kevin '15
Demoura, Steven J. '15 
Evans, David B.
Foster, Kyle F. '15
Gerard, Patric A.
Grundt, Alexander M.
Hennessey, Michael P.
Kelly, Darragh C.
Kiel, Ryan M. '15
Kiernan, Timothy R.
Lacobelle, Brendan J.
Lee, Dongju '15 
Maloney, Kevin C. '15
Mangan, James M. '15
Mulliken, James P.
O'Brien, Aidan F.
Roth, Griffen M. '15
Rusin, Matthew G. '15  
Sappo, Stephen J.
Specht, Christopher D. '15
Stanco, Adam C.  
Stone, William E. '15  
Sullivan, Brendan C.
Swanson, Jeffrey E. '15
Tasker, Rahul '15
Vontell, Jon Paul
Whiteman, Simon T. '15
Wiig, Thomas P '15
Zielinski, David F.

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Prep Today Magazine is on newstands now!

The latest issue of the Prep Today magazine is online. Download and/or read full magazine pdf copy.
 
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