Prep Teacher John Szablewicz is voted Most Inspirational Teacher
John Szablewicz with Senior Class officers, from left: James Mangan, James Ruddy, Ryan Matera, Jack Thornton and A.J. Mansolillo
Mr. John Szablewicz "Szabs" was presented with an award from the Class of 2014 as the Most Inspirational Teacher at the Senior Send-Off program held at the Barone Campus Center on May 22. Earlier in the program, Szabs spoke to the seniors, sharing advice and words of wisdom for their journey ahead. Additionally, alumni A.J. Coppotelli '14 and Conor Carey '14 spoke about their experiences as college freshmen, and Theology teacher Christian Cashman gave the pending graduates thoughtful advice about their life ahead. Earlier, Fairfield University Dean of Students Karen Donoghue spoke about transitioning to college.
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Prep Community raises funds for Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl!
The Fairfield Prep school community participated yet again this past Lenten Season in Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Operation Rice Bowl Program. Operation Rice Bowl raises money in support of CRS’ programs to alleviate hunger and poverty amidst the most distressed communities in our nation and in our world. This year was the seventh year in a row that Fairfield Prep has participated in the program, which encourages participants to “Pray, Fast and Give.”
Mr. Griffin Reidy’s Theology classes took this program to a new level by engaging in some friendly competition for this good cause. Mr. Reidy’s classes raised nearly $1000, and his top class alone raised over $300. As a school, Fairfield Prep collected a total of nearly $2500 for CRS. Way to Go Prep!
To learn more about Operation Rice Bowl visit- http://www.crsricebowl.org/
Sophomore Retreat builds Brotherhood
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Prep's 7th annual sophomore retreat was held at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT, April 23-25. Nineteen sophomores were accompanied by nine team members made up of juniors (who participated last year) and select faculty. This group spent the two days of the retreat engaging in group activities, prayer and discussion. A big thank you goes to the junior leaders: John Kenny, Vinny Nguyen, Alex Norton and Austin Prusak. Also thank you to the faculty who gave of their time and energy to make this retreat so successful: Lynne Chesbro, Anna and Charlie Dicenso, Linda Kaye, and Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J. The following is a reflection of one of the sophomores who attended this year’s retreat.
My friend and I signed up through the encouragement of Campus Ministry. We figured, why not, we miss school, and we both will have a buddy going through the process with us. What I expected was prayer services, experiments, stories, and talks to make us either believe in God, or strengthen our belief in God… but when we started talking openly as a group, I came to find a sense of trust, brotherhood, and confidentiality that I had not experienced with many of my friends, and classmates ever before. The retreat and its leaders provided four main topics for us to talk about in small groups, and in the large group. Each topic could relate to every single person in their own way. Hearing others with similar problems as myself, and hearing problems I've been fortunate to never have makes you appreciate a group of trust and openness. I rarely before the retreat had “real” conversations with my friends. The retreat allowed us to do so. The retreat won't ever seem cool to the people who did not attend, but it is not meant to be cool, it's meant to show us true brotherhood. My classmates and group leaders became brothers to me because they were honest with me; helped me think and work things out; showed support for my decisions, and showed love and compassion which is what we are called to be.
Prep Students triumph at Connecticut Latin Day
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On May 1, thirty-four Latin scholars, accompanied by Ms. Koren Mumma and Mr. Robert Bernier, attended the annual Connecticut State Latin Day at Holiday Hill. Clad in tunics of their own design, students fueled up with breakfast nachos and donuts before taking advantage of the day’s wide range of activities. Those hungry for knowledge attended various workshops and presentations, such as “Ancient Astronomy,” “Legal Latin,” “Roman Soldierly,” “Botany,” “Women in Ancient Rome,” “Calligraphy,” and “Bees and Honey.” Many enjoyed meeting Latin scholars from other schools and playing soccer, basketball, badminton, horseshoes, miniature golf, and the ever-popular Ga-ga. Our own Paul Cashman ’15 took on countless competitors and emerged victorious, albeit slightly battered, from the Ga-ga pit. Zach Hamar ’16, Kevin Lichtenfels ’16, Dan Krischlunas ’16, Gianni Leito ’16, Calvin Reed ’16, Tony Fidaleo ’16, Michael Antonico ’17, Matt Dilks-Anderson ’17, Shawn Matthews ’17, Will Marshall ’17, and Jack Llewellyn ’18 ably coached by Ryan Conway ’16 dominated on the soccer field, representing Prep and any schools that failed to show up for their time slots. Students also spent time canoeing, kayaking, and avoiding swimming in the lake. Of course, all activities halted upon the arrival of the ice cream trucks, whereupon students relaxed with frozen treats before boarding the bus for the journey home.
Kevin Stone '15 and Matt Rusin '15 recognized as SCC Scholar Athletes
From left: Pres. Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J.; Kevin Stone '15, Matt Rusin '15, and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta
Seniors Kevin Stone (Baseball) and Matt Russin (Track) were both recognized for their sport leadership and athleticism, and have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/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. Recipients receive a certificate and commemorative tee-shirt.
Kevin Stone '15Kevin’s baseball achievements over the past four years at Fairfield Prep have been outstanding, however his leadership and personal excellence have extended well beyond the baseball diamond during his Prep years. Over his baseball career Kevin has distinguished himself in being the first non-senior in Prep history to have been named to the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association All State Team. He has achieved All-SCC Quinnipiac selection in his sophomore and junior years and All-State selection in his junior year. As a senior Kevin was honored as Prep’s CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete and as a tribute to his leadership he will be recognized in June for his leadership by the Western Connecticut Military Officers Association as Prep’s recipient of the Young American Award. Kevin is an outstanding student having achieved a 3.8 GPA and in doing so has earned induction into Prep’s National Honor Society. Significantly Kevin’s upward trajectory in the classroom and on the baseball field parallel one another indicating a young man of great focus and desire to excel. Through Campus Ministry, Kevin served junior and senior years as a Freshman Retreat leader, and participated in a Kairos retreat. Additionally, he has contributed to the Prep community as a Peer Tutor and to the wider community through his volunteer efforts at a local community center. As a true scholar athlete, Kevin is fully prepared to meet his next set of challenges at Harvard University where he will begin his collegiate athletic career and continue his academic rise beginning in the fall of 2015.
Matthew Rusin '15
Matt is known well for his determination and for his dedication to Prep’s running program as a member of our Cross Country and Track teams for the past four years. His commitment to personal excellence has led to a strong contribution to these programs and offers insight into Matt’s person as a high achieving young man of principle. Largely because of his dedication to Cross Country and Track and because of the example he sets for others Matt was chosen a Cross Country captain for his senior year. In his academic life Matt is an outstanding student who has grown strong in his academic life through the rising challenges of each year. His 4.0 GPA has qualified Matt for induction into Prep’s National Honor Society and has gained him Summa Cum Laude honors for all of his Prep years. Matt has made room in his busy life for growth in many areas on and off campus having made an outstanding contribution to Prep’s Campus Ministry program as an altar server, eucharistic minister and leader of Prep’s Freshman Retreat. He also participated in Notre Dame Vision and attended a Kairos retreat. He has been a four year member of the Select Choir and a participant in Prep’s Mock Trial program. Matt has served the Prep community as a Peer Tutor and has served the area community as both a participant and leader of Prep’s Urban Plunge, helped support the organization Feed My Starving Children, and volunteered with inner city children at Norwalk Grassroots Tennis. Matt is a true scholar athlete who will continue his academic and personal growth at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2015.
Spring Concert showcases Prep Musical Talent!
The Fairfield Prep Annual Spring Concert was held on May 13, 2015, at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University. Performances included the Jazzuits, Encords, Select Choir, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Music was directed by Mrs. Christine Evans. The full house enjoyed the showcase of multiple performances, including modern and traditional pieces. Watch YouTube highlights: Full Concert Highlights, Seniors Uptown Funk, and William Tell Overture. Bravo!!!
Political Awareness Society publishes latest issue of Zeitgeist newspaper
The Political Awareness Society is dedicated to furthering an interest in politics, government, and current events on local, state, national and international levels through discussion, debate and various other activities. Over the years the club has sponsored many guest speakers from the world of politics. It has also organized debates involving representatives from various political parties and it has conducted mock elections involving the entire student body. Club members also produce Prep's only political newspaper, the Zeitgeist, which is a forum for students to state their views on various political issues. Please note: These are the opinions of students, and do not represent school policy/views on political subject matter.
Any interested students are invited to join. The Political Awareness Club welcomes new members and meets every Thursday in B 407. To learn more about the club, click here.
Building the Hallways to Success!
Spring Auction raises funds to benefit Prep
Over 300 guests enjoyed Prep's annual Spring Auction "Building the Hallways to Success" held on May 2, 2015, at Alumni Hall. Thanks to all who supported the silent and live auctions to raise money to help support tuition assistance, faculty enrichment, student service projects, athletics and more. Additionally, the winning ticket of the $25,000 Tuition Raffle was pulled at 10:30 PM. The Prep Community thanks Chairman Jane Pompa, the Auction and Raffle chairs Eileen Blees, Mary Ellen Connelly and Beth Kelly, plus the many committee members and volunteers who worked to make this event possible. We also offer special gratitude to all of our generous sponsors who helped to underwrite the evening.
At the auction, the Prep Community honored President Fr. Jack Hanwell, S.J., as he prepares to move to his next assignment as Socius of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. A scholarship in Fr. Hanwell's name was established and announced by the Board of Governors, and auction guests responded with donations to "Fund a Future." Donations to the Hanwell Scholarship may be made as an ONLINE GIFT, designating "Hanwell scholarship" in the note field.
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Special Thanks to our Volunteer Committee
Trudy Anderson, Eileen Baird, Alison Barry, Suzy Bernstein, Barbara Carr, Amparo Castillo, Cathy Chelstowski, Lynn Chiota, Angela Colarossi, Jeanne-Marie Conaway, Sue Connelly, Karen Coyle, Mary Crist, Stephanie Cullimore, Mary DeRosa, Kathy Flynn, Jeannine Gallagher, Cecilia Hatton, Laura Imrie, Beth Kells, Susan Krushinsky, Lara Linsenmeyer, Dawn Llewellyn, Nancy Lyons, Gretchen Magel, Maria McGowen, Maureen McLaughlin, Ambi Moore, Mary Alice Noone, Kerri O’Brien, Sima Patel, Julie Pollard, Lana Quincy, Cindy Rio, Terry Roberts, Maureen Sawyer, Maria Stich, Madeleine Stuart, Maureen Stuhlman, Sandra Trotta, Alexa van Batenburg, Tiffany Vlandis, Nancy Wiig, Patti Wilemski, and Pamela Wilson
Thank you to our sponsors, special benefactors and gift donors
Diamond Sponsor - Anonymous, EMCOR Group, Inc.
Gold Sponsors - Mr. & Mrs. Robert McHugh
Silver Sponsors - Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Guzzi, SegMark Solutions LLC, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Vanderslice
Table Sponsors - Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ahlers
Adam Broderick Salon
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ahlers
Mr. Mark Arcobello
Ms. Roberta Barbieri P'17
Mr. & Mrs. Carmine Battimelli
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Black P'17
Mr. & Mrs. George Blees P'15
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Bosken P'16
Boston Red Sox
Mr. & Mrs. John P Brennan P'02
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Carr P'18
Mr. & Mrs. Sean M. Carroll P'17
Mr. & Mrs. Albert J. Cass III '84
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Citrone
Clarity Wellness Spa
Mrs. Elaine J. Clark P'14
Coca Cola Company
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn V. Colarossi P'17
Columbus Park Trattoria
Mr. & Mrs. J. Christopher Connelly P'15
Ms. Susan P. Connelly P'15
Dash N Drizzle LLC
Jill DeBiasi, DDS P'18
Dr. & Mrs. Phillip J. DeJesus Sr. P'18
Mr. Corey Dennis
Mr. Michael P. Donahue '98
Mr. Kevin M. Donohue '80
Dooney & Bourke
Ms. Patricia Doyle
Drs. Charles and Janice Duffy P'12, '16, '18
Mr. & Mrs. Brian J Edmonds P'13, '15, '17
Fairfield Prep Baseball Team
Fairfield Prep Basketball Team
Fairfield Prep Cross Country Team
Fairfield Prep Football Team
Fairfield Prep JV Hockey
Fairfield Prep Varsity Hockey
Fairfield Prep Lacrosse Team
Fairfield Prep Sailing Team
Fairfield Prep Swim/Dive Team
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Fallacaro P'18
Mr. & Mrs. William T. Gardella Jr. '79, P'08, '11, '15
Garelick & Herbs
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Garofalo Sr. P'17
Mr & Mrs. John C. Gfeller of Fairfield, CT
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Grabe P'18
Rev. John J Hanwell, S.J.
Mr. & Mrs. James P. Hennessey P'14
Ms. Leone Hinzman
Mr. & Mrs. David S. Houghton P'17
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Jakab '84, P'16
Jet Blue Airways
Karen Morneau Photography
Mr. & Mrs. Traugott Keller '78, P'11, '17
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Kelly P'13, '16, '18
Mr. & Mrs. James Keltos
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Koulogianis
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin F. Leary P'17
Little Pub Restaurant
Mr. & Mrs. John S. Llewellyn III P'18
Dr. Michelle Loris & Ms. Victoria Ferrara-Loris P'18
Lorraine K Boutique
Mr. & Mrs. A. John P. Mancini '82, P'18
Maple Row Farm
Mr. Randy S. Maultsby '91
Mr. & Mrs. Barry K. McLaughlin P'18
Mr. & Mrs. Sean J. McManus '73
Michael Anthony's Tuscan Grill
Dr. & Mrs. Edward Molloy '58
Mr. Richard O'Brien, Fox News
National Emblematic & Scholastic Jewelry
Nestle Waters North America
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. O'Brien P'16, '18
Okemo Mountain Resort
Old School Pizza
Mr. & Mrs. Rocco J. Pacelli P'17
Dr. & Mrs. Sanjay Patel P'11, '16
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pengue '83
Dr. Robert A. Perotta
Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Pompa P'12, '16
Mr. & Mrs. Britain Price P'18
Mr. & Mrs. Scott A. Quincy '87, P'17
Red Mountain Resort & Spa
Dr. James K. Roberts & Ms. Teresa Ruducha-Roberts P'17
Dr. & Mrs. Robert D. Russo Jr. '65, P'92, '03
Mr. & Mrs. Scott D. Sawyer P'17
Mr. & Mrs. W. Thomas Shea '73, P'08, '11
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky S.J.
Senator Gayle Slossberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harold F. Smith Jr. '69
Southport Family Dental
Stamford Legion Baseball
Mr. & Mrs. James P. Starrett P'06,'18
Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J.
Mr. & Mrs. George P. Szondy '72, P'06
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew P. Terry '82, P'11,'12,'15,'17
The Canvas Patch
Mr. & Mrs. John A. Thornton P'15
Mrs. Sandra Trotta P'09, '13
Mr. Will J. Turey '65
Urban Exchange Clothing Company
Waggies Dog Grooming
Walrus & Carpenter Restaurant
Westport Wash & Wax
Mr. & Mrs. R. John Wilcox '89, P'18
You're invited to Prep's Annual Golf Outing!
Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Prep are invited to play in the annual golf outing. Please join us for a great day on the links! Men and women alike enjoy this event every year! The net proceeds from the golf outing are allocated to a financial aid award in honor of Roger Ratchford, former Prep teacher and golf coach. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Great River Golf Club, Milford, CT
11:00 Registration - Putting contest & lunch
12:30 Shotgun start- Shamble format
5:00 Cocktails, dinner, prizes & raffle prizes
Cost: $265 per Golfer or become a sponsor - REGISTER ONLINE
Any questions please contact the Prep Development office at 203-254-4237.
Jennifer Mauritz receives Ignatian Educator of the Year Award
Jennifer Mauritz with Student Government President James Mangan '15 and President Fr. Jack Hanwell, S.J.
At the Ascension Thursday Mass, Prep language teacher Jennifer Mauritz received the Rev. Martin Shaughnessy, S.J., Ignatian Educator of the Year Award. This award is presented based on nominations by fellow Prep faculty and administrators. The Mass was celebrated on May 14, 2015, at Alumni Hall, Fairfield University.
Mary Corcoran P '09, '17 wins $25,000 Tuition Raffle
From left: Jack Corcoran '17,Mary Corcoran and Chris Corcoran with Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J.
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.
Elaine Clark receives 2015 Hearthstone Yearbook Dedication
Pictured with Elaine Clark, Hearthstone yearbook editors Jihad Rogers '16 (left) and Michael Scott '16 (right)
The editors of the Fairfield Prep Hearthstone 2015 yearbook announced its dedication to Elaine Clark, beloved English teacher, at the Ascension Thursday Mass celebrated in Alumni Hall on May 14, 2015. Elaine received a standing ovation from the student body and thanked the Prep Community. Watch Prep YouTube highlights!
Fairfield Jesuit Community donates $100,000 to Jesuit Educators Academy
Fr. Paul Holland, S.J., Rector of the Fairfield Jesuit Community, awards Prep President Fr. Jack Hanwell, S.J., a $100,000 check to benefit the school.
On behalf of Fairfield Prep, President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J., received a generous $100,000 gift from the Fairfield Jesuit Community. The gift is designated to support the Jesuit Educators Academy as part of the Foundations for the Future: 75th Anniversary Campaign for Fairfield Prep. Learn more about the Jesuit Educators Academy in the video presentation and description below.
Parents and students choose Fairfield Prep primarily because of its Jesuit tradition. The Jesuit approach to education is widely recognized as rigorous and deep. Although Fairfield Prep is blessed to have a few Jesuits on the faculty, this small number of priests is indicative of the gradual and inevitable decline of Jesuit presence in secondary schools in the United States.
In addition to the declining numbers of Jesuits, many of the laymen and laywomen we hire today are not only new to teaching, but they are also unfamiliar with the mission and methods of Jesuit education and its spiritual foundations. Prep’s strategic plan identified this lack of familiarity as a key challenge: “We no longer enjoy a readymade cadre of educators already formed in Jesuit spirituality and teaching pedagogy.” In response to the need to retain our Jesuit identity in the wake of these major challenges, Fairfield Prep developed the Jesuit Educators Academy (JEA), which focuses upon the professional, spiritual and personal formation of faculty and administrators in order to create an Ignatian Learning Community (ILC).
Phase I of the JEA, formation of new Ignatian educators, was launched in 2003. It consists of a five-year program that immerses new faculty and administration in the Jesuit mission and introduces teachers to Ignatian methods of teaching and learning.
Phase II of the JEA is designed for teachers beyond their first five years at Prep. This second phase will provide support for seasoned teachers to attend discipline-specific conferences or mission travel abroad during their winter, spring or summer breaks, take post-master’s coursework and workshops, design a research-based semester sabbatical, and participate in in-house workshops and other endeavors that foster the establishment of an Ignatian Learning Community.
All of these opportunities and experiences will pay dividends in the energy and enthusiasm our dedicated faculty will bring to our students in the classroom. Phase II of the JEA at Fairfield Prep will serve as a model for the professional, spiritual and personal formation of lay faculty, and will establish Prep as a national and international leader in Jesuit education.
Mrs. Jennifer Mauritz speaks to Senior Parents at Reception
Hundreds of parents of the Class of 2015 attended a social reception held on May 6 in the Brissette Athletic Center. They enjoyed connecting with fellow parents and Prep faculty and staff. Mrs. Jennifer Mauritz, recently announced as the 2015 Ignatian Educator of the Year, spoke to the parents about her teaching journey and reflected on her Prep experience. See reception slideshow and You Tube video highlight's of Jennifer's speech.
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Language Students Receive Awards
On May 8, the Foreign Language Department held its annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding student achievement. President Fr. John Hanwell, S.J., presented awards to Prep’s finest students of Latin, French and Spanish. See honors and awards listed below.
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President Rev. Jack hanwell, S.J., with Ryan Cahill '16, recipient of the National Spanish Gold Award
Latin Awards (Based on results on the 2015 National Latin Exam)
MAXIMA CUM LAUDE
Pierce Barry (Latin 1)
Vincent Bartiromo (Latin 1)
John Llewellyn (Latin 1)
Ryan Dunn (Latin 2)
Brendan Flynn (Latin 2)
Karl Johnson (Latin 2)
Nicholas Krushinsky (Latin 2)
Peter Nguyen (Latin 2)
George Richards (Latin 2)
Mark Sheffer (Latin 2)
Zachary Hamar (Latin 3 Prose)
MAGNA CUM LAUDE
Devin Blanchette (Latin 1)
Shaun Abrek (Latin 2)
Kevin Edmonds (Latin 2)
James Riffice (Latin 2)
Michael O’Keefe (Latin 3 Prose)
Sohail Patel (Latin 3 Prose)
Grant Stone (Latin 3 Prose)
Timothy Noone (Latin 4 Poetry)
Jack Auray (Latin 1)
Ben Fox (Latin 1)
Derek Grabe (Latin 1)
Darius Gordon (Latin 1)
Brian Helfrich (Latin 1)
Danny Hua (Latin 1)
Maxwell Mai (Latin 1)
John Mancini (Latin 1)
Matthew Pinho (Latin 1)
Christopher Stich (Latin 1)
Brendan Wilemski (Latin 1)
Henry Wilson (Latin 1)
Nicholas Allen (Latin 2)
Christopher Brown (Latin 2)
Alfred Kelly (Latin 2)
Kyle Riccardi (Latin 2)
Andrew Crane (Latin 3 Prose)
John Murphy (Latin 3 Prose)
Tyler Bernier (Latin 4 Poetry)
La société honoraire de français (French Honor Society)
Jemuel Saint Jean
Spanish Awards (Based on results on the 2015 National Spanish Exam)
HONOR (HONORABLE MENTION)
CERTIFICADO DE PARTICIPACION