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We must let God in!

Prep celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass to begin Lenten Season

On February 10, the Fairfield Prep community marked the beginning of the holy season of Lent with a Mass to celebrate Ash Wednesday. Fr. Simisky, S.J., was the presider and Fr. Stockdale, S.J., student chaplain, delivered an inspiring and challenging homily. In his homily, Fr. Stockdale talked about how the readings of the day were an invitation to an intimacy with God. He said we must let God in so God can know who we truly are. We should use the Lenten season to get rid of what blocks us from God and prevents us from having that intimate relationship with Him. Amen!

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Mascolo, Stone and Lopez earn excellent college opportunities

Prep Seniors commit to College Baseball

Pictured front from left: Chase Mascolo (Wake Forest University) and Grant Stone (Harvard University). Back row from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Athletic Director Tom Curran, Varsity Baseball Coach Rudy Mauritz, and Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J. See JR Lopez in photo below.


Fairfield Prep proudly announces that by their strong character, academic success, and athletic efforts, seniors Chase Mascolo, Grant Stone, and JR Lopez have earned the opportunity to compete in the sport of baseball while achieving their college degrees.

Chase Mascolo - Wake Forest University

Chase Mascolo played as infielder and relief pitcher for the Jesuits since his sophomore year, and was a starting shortstop during his junior year. The Varsity Baseball team has compiled a historic record of 38-10 in Chase’s two years on the team; the 38 wins are the program’s most wins in a two year period since the 1984 and 1985 seasons. A true student-athlete, Chase is a Cum Laude honor student, member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, a Peer Tutor, and is taking all honors and AP classes his senior year. He embraces the Jesuit tradition and is a true "man for others," volunteering his time at Operation Hope in Fairfield, which helps the homeless and hungry, and the Community Kitchen. Chase is looking forward to continuing his baseball academic careers at Wake Forest University. He is a resident of Fairfield.

Grant Stone - Harvard University

A Summa Cum Laude honor student for all of his Prep years and a standout pitcher in the Prep baseball program, Grant Stone will begin his college academic and baseball careers at Harvard University in the fall of 2016. The 6’6” right-hander has been a Varsity baseball player since his sophomore year. Grant’s contribution has come on the mound where he has pitched in both starting and relieving roles; and during the 2015 season Grant, along with his brother Kevin ’15, formed one of the toughest 1-2 pitching tandems in the state of Connecticut. Grant earned All SCC Quinnipiac recognition in junior year. Grant has served the Prep community as a leader in and out of the classroom and was selected as an SCC Scholar Leader in his junior year. He has earned recognition as a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a Peer Tutor. Grant was recognized with the Harvard College Book Award at this year’s academic awards mass. He has engaged personal and spiritual growth opportunities through Prep’s retreat programs and has led both the Freshman Retreat and Kairos Retreat. Grant has enjoyed his involvement in Prep’s Fantasy Sports Club and supports Prep’s Bellarmine Review literary magazine, taking on a leadership role in senior year. He reaches out to the wider community through volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford and by his involvement in Prep’s White Ribbon Campaign. Grant is a resident of Stamford.

Pictured front from left: JR Lopez (Union College) with, back row from left: Athletic Director Tom Curran, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta,  Varsity Lacrosse Coach Rudy Mauritz, and Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

 JR Lopez - Union College

Juan, affectionately known as JR, is passionate about baseball. A "sweet swinging" left-handed hitter with line-drive power, JR has been a starting outfielder for the Jesuits since his sophomore year. The Varsity Baseball team has compiled a record of 38-10 in JR’s two years on the team; the 38 wins are the program’s most wins in a two year period since the 1984 and 1985 seasons. JR is a Cum Laude honor student. He is also involved with the community, and enjoys working with children. He has volunteered his time at the Fairfield YMCA, St. James School in Stratford, and the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport helping to mentor elementary school children after school. In the Prep community, JR has developed personally and spiritually as a leader on both the Freshman Retreat as well as the Kairos Retreat. JR will continue his baseball and academic careers at Union College. He is a resident of Stratford.

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Honoring Bob Skoronski '51 of the Green Bay Packers

Fairfield Prep joins the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll

Fairfield Prep is proud to be inducted into the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll in recognition of our alumnus Bob Skoronski '51, who played football for Prep, Indiana University, and ultimately enjoyed an 11-year National Football League career with the Green Bay Packers. This week the school received a commemorative Golden Football with Skoronski's name and "Fairfield College Preparatory School" imprinted on it.

Accompanying the football trophy, a letter from Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, states: "As we mark our 50th Super Bowl this season, we are celebrating the players and coaches of the past 49 Super Bowl and their highs schools and communities that have positively impacted our great game. Nearly 3,000 players and head coaches, and more than 2,000 high schools, will be recognized this season...Football has always been about more than wins and losses. The game teaches lessons that last a lifetime. High school football programs from coast to coast have consistently developed citizens of high character by instilling the values of football in their student athletes. The NFL is grateful to you and your community, and honored to team with you in developing champions on and off the field." 

We are extremely grateful to our esteemed alumnus Bob Skoronski for this special honor in light of his life's accomplishments. His Fairfield Prep high school jersey was retired and is framed and hangs in the lobby of Brissette Gymnasium.

Read an article about Skoronski in the Hartford Courant.

 

 

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Top scholar-athletes earn college opportunities

Prep Seniors commit to play College Lacrosse

Pictured front from left: Jack O'Connor (Bowdoin); Brendan Hoffman (Williams); Colin Smalkais (Union) and Nick Franchuk (U.S. Naval Academy). Back row from left: Athletic Director Tom Curran, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Varsity Lacrosse Coach Chris Smalkais, Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.


Fairfield Prep proudly announces that by their strong character, academic success, and athletic efforts, seniors Jack O'Connor, Brendan Hoffman, Colin Smalkais and Nick Franchuk have earned the opportunity to compete in the sport of lacrosse while achieving their college degrees.

Jack O’Connor

An outstanding student and talented athlete, accomplished in both Cross Country and Lacrosse, Jack will continue his lacrosse career and intellectual growth at Bowdoin College in the fall of 2016. As a standout lacrosse athlete Jack has earned All State selection and is a two time All-SCC lacrosse honoree. He also earned All-SCC Cross Country honors. Jack has been a Summa Cum Laude scholar and has achieved membership in the National Honor Society. For his talents in the classroom and achievements in athletics Jack was recognized with the United States Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award at Prep’s academic awards mass this past fall. He was also recognized for scholarship as a National Merit Commended Scholar and for leadership as both a semi-finalist in the Connecticut Governor’s Scholars Awards Program and as an SCC Scholar Leader in junior year. Jack shares his talents on campus as a peer tutor and as a leader of Prep’s Freshman Retreat and Sophomore Retreat; and is a member of Prep’s Mock Trial team. Jack has served the wider community through his support of the Stamford Boys and Girls Club and by his involvement in the Kennedy Center Bowling program.    

Brendan Hoffman

As a young man who appreciates challenges Brendan has risen well to challenges on and off of the field in his Prep years. As an accomplished student Brendan was recognized as a Magna Cum Laude honors scholar at Prep’s academic awards mass this past fall. Brendan's academic accomplishments and his strong lacrosse career in Prep’s competitive program have opened the door for Brendan with the opportunity for continued growth in both areas of talent at Williams College, where he will begin his college years in the fall of 2016. In his Prep years Brendan has explored his interests and talents by his four year involvement in both lacrosse and in Prep’s Debate Club where he enjoys weekly exchanges on current topics with classmates. Brendan has also taken the opportunity to participate in Prep’s Kairos Retreat, and has reached out to the local community through the mentoring program at the Stamford Boys and Girls Club. 

Colin Smalkais

Accomplished in both academics and athletics, Fairfield Prep has provided Colin Smalkais the opportunity to continue his lacrosse career and intellectual development at Union College where he will begin as a student athlete in the fall of 2016. Colin is a four year athlete in both Ice Hockey and Lacrosse and a Magna Cum Laude honor student. Last season he was named All-State Class L 2nd team attack; All-SCC Midfield 1st Team; and New Haven Register All-Area. The challenge of competitive athletics and rigorous academics have led to his personal, academic and athletic growth. Colin reached out to the wider community by his involvement as a coach in youth hockey programs and in youth lacrosse programs. In particular his involvement in Bridgeport Youth Lacrosse offered Colin the opportunity to serve as a mentor as well as a coach. The focus and determination gained from his athletic experiences, along with his strong academic foundation will serve Colin well at Union College.

Nick Franchuk

Nick Franchuk is an excellent example of a student-athlete who embraces Fairfield Prep’s Jesuit mission of service to others. He has been a Magna Cum Laude student for two years, Summa Cum Laude for junior year, and is a member of the National Honor Society where he serves as a peer tutor. Nick’s athletic ability and leadership skills have been on display on the playing field where he has been a captain of both the Varsity Football and Lacrosse teams. This past fall, Nick was an All-SCC starting running back in football. On the lacrosse field Nick has been a varsity defenseman for three years. In the spring of 2015 he was voted both All-State 1st team and All-SCC 1st team in lacrosse. In the community he is an active volunteer with KEYS in Bridgeport, an organization that provides music instruction to children who attend schools that lack funding for the performing arts. Last year he attended a Christian service mission trip to El Salvador. This spring he will serve as a Student Leader on Prep’s inaugural mission trip to the Center for Student Missions in Los Angeles, where he will work with the homeless and at-risk youth. Nick is committed to playing lacrosse for the United States Naval Academy following a post-graduate year.   

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Working to do the greater good (Magis)

Squires Club sponsors PB & J Drive

Members of the Squires Club finished their second Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive, with all sandwiches/proceeds going to Operation Hope in Fairfield. The Knights of Columbus Squires Circle at Prep is committed to giving back to the community through service. In the current academic year, the Squires have already carried out two Peanut Butter Drives, two canned food drives, and the Christmas Toy Drive for the less fortunate. In the coming months, the Squires will be coordinating and operating a Red Cross Blood Drive at Prep, which will bring blood to over 120 patients from over 40 donors here at the school. As men for others, members of Prep's Squires Club are always looking to do the greater good (Magis) for the community, and will continue to do so for years to come. The club meets Tuesdays afterschool in Mr. Dennis' room.

- Alex Capozziello ‘17, Chief Squire

 

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Raising awareness of international issues

Model United Nations delegates attend Yale conference

From left: Siwon Yoo '18, Teddy Bobroske '19, Max Mai '18, Mark Sheffer '17, Liam Woods '19, Dongxu Zhang '18 and Jack Hickey '16.

Seven representatives from the Fairfield Prep Model United Nations Club and faculty moderator Paul Denby traveled to Yale University in January to participate in the 42nd Annual Yale Model United Nations Conference. The event drew nearly 1,600 students from over 40 countries to take on the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies, and learn about the inner workings of international politics. The Prep delegation represented the Federal Republic of Somalia and discussed a variety of topics such as the development of nutrition initiatives, extremism in North Africa, and the question of restitution in Cuba. Fairfield Prep Model United Nations is a club dedicated to raising an awareness of international issues and teaching negotiation and public-speaking skills. It meets every Tuesday. Students interested in joining should email Mark Sheffer at p17msheffer@fairfieldprep.org.

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Congratulations to our students!

2015-16 First Semester Honors announced

Fairfield Prep is pleased to release the First Semester Honors list. Congratulations to all students recognized for their excellent academic performance and high achievement.

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Show your School Spirit!

Prep Spirit Week is January 26-29. Show your School Spirit!

During the week of January 26-29, the Student Government is inviting all students to partake in Spirit Week! This week's dress-down schedule will allow the students to show school spirit and have fun while doing it! 

Below is the schedule for what students may wear each day. At all times students must be in dress code from the waist down. Non-compliance with each themed day is against the approved dress code. Hats are not part permitted on any of the days.

Tuesday (flannels and Hawaiian shirts): Time to don either a cozy flannel or tropical Hawaiian shirt for the day. Ties must be worn along with the shirt.

Wednesday (Jersey day): Students may wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, or jerseys in appreciation of a favorite team. Apparel must be specific to a team, not just generic college shirts. Dress code waist down.

Thursday (U.S.A. day): Students are encouraged to wear apparel displaying some national pride. Wearing red, white, and blue U.S.A themed shirts. Dress code waist down.

Friday (Prep day): Show some school spirit! Students may replace the old shirt and tie for any upper body Prep apparel. Dress code waist down

On Friday, January 29, the basketball team plays at home vs. Hillhouse at 7:00 PM. Come out and keep the spirit going and cheer for your Fairfield Prep Jesuits!

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Promoting tolerance, justice and peace

Prep honors Martin Luther King Jr. at Assembly

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Pictured from left: Social Studies Teacher John Szablewicz; Guest Speaker Daryl Avery '75; President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.; and Director of Diversity & Academic Support Services Mrs. Alecia Thomas.

The Prep SEED Program (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) sponsored a student assembly commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. on January 20 at the Quick Center for the Arts. The theme of the program was "Bridging the Gap." Through presentations of song, speech, and photos, the students and guests delivered a multi-media message about tolerance and respect for humankind. Alumnus Daryl Avery '75, an accomplished attorney with extensive experience in Washington D.C., returned to Prep and gave an inspiring address to the students about taking action in their lives on behalf of social justice. Prep's men's choir sang the national anthem and alumnus Markus Santiago '13 sang the Negro National Anthem. Prep's own "Jam Band" played, and guest music artists Night Market Band performed inspirational rock music in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., invoking the attendees to sing along. The program ended with a video/slideshow depicting historical photos combined with those of current Prep life to underscore the message of tolerance, togetherness, and brotherhood. Watch video highlights of the full assembly.

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Successful event sponsored by Student Government

Knee Hockey Tournament draws crowd!

Seniors pictured front Sisso Makhraz, and back from left: Mike Toohey, Paul DeFelice, Vito Ciambriello, and Matt Cotto

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Student Government held its first ever school-wide knee hockey tournament on Friday, January 15. The tournament attracted 29 teams and almost 150 participants ranging from freshmen to seniors. After about two hours of games a team by the name Blasé ended up on top. The team was made up of seniors Sisso Makhraz, Paul DeFelice, Matt Cotto, Mike Toohey with brick wall Vito Ciambriello in net. The team was awarded a giant stuffed goat awarding them the title of the “G.O.A.T.” or the “Greatest Of All Time." 

Watch Prep YouTube highlights!

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Bravo to the performers

Winter Music Concert warms hearts!

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The Prep Music Department’s annual Winter Concert was presented on January 13 in the Kelley Theatre at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts.  The concert included all of the performing music groups that represent the music department at Fairfield Prep: Symphonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble; Select Choir; and Jazzuits and Encords. The students performed a broad variety of genres. The Encords a cappella group sang the Irish Blessing in memory of Prep student Joey Kulaga '19 who died on Dec. 29, 2015, as well as for sister Sarah, a member of the Encords, and the entire Kulaga family.

Music Director Christine Evans expressed pride with her students' performances, and wrote: "Over the past eight years, it has been the music department’s goal to improve the quality and style of music studied at Prep. This improvement incorporates the school-wide goal of encouraging our “Graduate at Graduation” mission. We strive to help each individual student become open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. It may seem like a stretch, but the reality is that the fine arts (and in this case, music) incorporate those aspects every day. An ensemble is all about being aware of one’s social and intellectual surroundings and being open to growth. It also encourages a spiritual connection to the music and to each other in order to achieve a deeper understanding of and appreciation for an individual’s gifts and contributions to the group. It is a beautiful thing when young men (ages 13-18) can come together despite social/economic/political differences and work to create something bigger than themselves.  Tonight is a testament to that daily collaboration. Regardless of the genre, era, language, message, tempo, etc., these gentlemen have created wonderfully personal moments for each piece performed. Their hope is to share their love of music with you tonight, to transcend all distractions and frivolities and, in a time of utter tragedy and loss of our beloved Prep Brother Joey Kulaga, to provide for you a few hours of peace."

Enjoy Prep You Tube concert highlights, full concert video, and Irish Blessing by the Encords.

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$25,000 prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities, plus college loans!

Prep's $25,000 Tuition Raffle is back!

The $25,000 Tuition Raffle prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities, located and accredited in the U.S. Additionally, it can be used to pay back college loans! Only 1,000 tickets are available for sale at $100 per ticket. (500 tickets must be sold, or buyers will receive a full refund.) Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the scholarship and student enrichment programs at Fairfield Prep. The drawing will be held at the Spring Auction on Saturday, May 7, promptly at 10:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall on the Fairfield University campus. Winning ticket holder does not need to be present to win.

To purchase tickets for the raffle stop by Fairfield Prep's Development Office Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m., call (203) 254-4237 or email development@fairfieldprep.org. More info available: www.fairfieldprep.org/raffle

For more information, see Tuition Raffle flyer. Find out where we will be selling Raffle Tickets. See the SALES THERMOMETER!

 

Join the Corcorans (winners of the 2015 raffle) and buy your raffle ticket today!

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Maine joins Prep's regional alumni clubs!

Alumni in Maine share breakfast

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January 14 - Maine has officially joined the alumni regional club network of Fairfield Prep with its first event this past week. Alumni of all classes gathered for breakfast and brotherhood at fellow Jesuit school Cheverus High School. Amidst the wonderful food and gorgeous view of the sunrise over the water, alumni rejoiced in the camaraderie they remembered from their Prep days; a camaraderie they are excited to continue as alumni.

Thanks to the generosity of Bill Harke '94, and the hospitality of Rev. John Fagan, S.J., of the Jesuits of Maine, they in collaboration with the Prep Alumni Office helped this event come to fruition. While many attendees noted they had no knowledge of a Jesuit presence in Maine, the morning's program reinvigorated their love for Prep and its Jesuit mission.

This club is excited about establishing itself as a member of the Prep Alumni network, and looks forward to many more events and efforts to support its alma mater! Hail Fairfield!

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