Prep remembers Martin Luther King Jr. at Assembly
Pictured from left: Guest Speaker Andrew Mitchell Davenport '08; Musical Artist Neddy Jean; Director of Diversity 7 Academic Support Services Mrs. Alecia Thomas; and President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J.
The Prep SEED Program (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) sponsored a student assembly commemorating Martin Luther King Jr on January 21 at the Quick Center for the Arts. The theme of the program was "Hate Me Not." Through presentations of song, speech, drama and video, the students and guests delivered a multi-media message about tolerance and respect for humankind. Alumnus Andrew Mitchell Davenport '08, a teacher at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, returned to Prep and gave an inpiring address to the students about taking action in their lives on behalf of social justice. Music artist Neddy Jean performed gospel-spirited song in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., invoking the attendees to sing along with him. Finally, students from the Prep Players recreated a scene from the recent school production, The Laramie Project, which exposed the reality of violence and intolerance toward homosexuals. The program ended with a video/slideshow depicting historical video and photos of current Prep life with the background of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Watch video highlights of the full assembly and Davenport's full speech.
Souper Bowl of Caring Drive
Dear Prep Community,
For the next week or so, Fairfield Prep’s Squires club, with the help of the Prep Fathers' Club, will be running the annual Souper Bowl of Caring Drive. While Christian charity calls us all to serve those less fortunate than us, it is especially during this time of the year that people are most in need of the essentials of life. It is with this mission in mind and heart that the Squires work to ease the burden of the poor throughout the area. In the days leading up to Super Bowl weekend, Fairfield Prep students are enouraged to donate at least five non-perishable food items to this noble and worthy cause. We stress that five items are only the minimum recommendation, as one can never help too much when it comes to “the least of these…” (Matthew 25:45). All non-perishable donations should be left in the Arrupe Foyer of Fairfield Prep during the week of January 26.
The Squires and the Prep Fathers' Club thank you, in advance, for your support of their mission to alleviate the suffering of the poor. With generous hearts, we can work together to serve as lights of God’s love in a world of darkness.
Director of Student Activities & Christian Service
Winter Music Concert showcases talent!
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The Winter Concert was presented on January 14 in the Kelley Theater at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts. The audience enjoyed performances by the Select Choir, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Jazzuits, and Encords. The performers played to a full house of appreciative fans! Watch Prep You Tube Highlights! The program was produced by Music Director Mrs. Christine Evans, with assisstance by Mr. Zwart.
Kevin Stone '15 and Simon Whiteman '15 commit to play College Baseball at Harvard and Yale
Pictured front from left: Simon Whiteman and Kevin Stone. Back row from left: Marian Whiteman, Jamie Whiteman, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Varsity Baseball Coach/Teacher Rudy Mauritz, Asst. Athletic Director James Turiano, Kevin Stone and Christine Stone.
Fairfield Prep proudly announces that by their strong character, academic success, and athletic efforts, seniors Kevin Stone and Simon Whiteman have earned the opportunity to compete in the sport of baseball while achieving their college degrees.
Kevin W. Stone
As Kevin Stone prepares for his upcoming varsity season he will be the first baseball athlete to letter for all four years in more than a decade. Kevin became the first non-senior in Prep baseball history to be named to the Connecticut High School Coaches' Association (CHSCA) All State Team. He represented Prep in the CHSCA Junior All Star game, and was named CT MVP. Kevin was also selected for the New Haven Register's All Area Baseball Team. He achieved All SCC Quinnipiac selection in sophomore and junior years and was an All-State selection in his junior year. An outstanding student athlete with a desire for excellence in all areas, Kevin has risen to challenges in the classroom and on the field at Prep, consistently bettering his performance in both fields of endeavor each year. Excelling on the mound, in the outfield and at bat has drawn much attention to Kevin as an outstanding baseball athlete, however, his most powerful contribution, in the words of Coach Mauritz is that, “Kevin makes those around him better.” Kevin has qualified for the strongest course of studies available at Prep and is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to his baseball accomplishments Kevin has contributed to the Prep community as a Peer Tutor and to the wider community, working with children at a local community center. His achievements have led to outstanding college opportunities and Kevin is fully prepared to meet his next set of challenges at Harvard University where he will begin his collegiate academic rise and baseball career beginning in the fall of 2015.
Simon T. Whiteman
Personal excellence has been Simon Whiteman's mission during his Prep years where he has achieved with the best academically while excelling in three sports (soccer, indoor track, and baseball) as a Prep athlete. Simon earned All SCC Quinnipiac selection in his junior year. His maturity, determination and effort have led to a number of leadership opportunities on and off the fields at Prep while his desire to grow in all areas of his life have defined him. Simon has been described as hardworking and dedicated on the baseball field by Coach Mauritz and has been characterized as a student with “excellent natural abilities coupled with an unparalleled work ethic.” Simon was recognized as a National Merit Commended student and has consistently taken the strongest course of studies offered at Prep while achieving at the summa cum laude level each year. He is a member of the National Honor Society and received the Harvard Club Book Award. He has served in student government and in Prep’s Campus Ministry program as well as sharing his academic talents with the Prep students as a Peer Tutor. Simon’s energy has impacted the wider community as he is involved in the life of his parish and as a volunteer in the Top Soccer program. In addition Simon chose to participate in Prep’s Urban Plunge immersion during his junior year. Simon is well prepared to take up the challenges his academic and athletic achievements have earned him as he sets his sights on excellence in the classrooms and baseball fields at Yale University in the fall of 2015.
Prep Spirit & Diversity Week is January 20-23
Student Government and the SEED Diversity Program are sponsoring a Prep Spirit & Diversity Week from Tuesday, January 20 through Friday, January 23. The schedule for the week is as follows:
Tuesday 1/20 USA Day: Students are encouraged to show their patriotism and dress up
with a red, white and blue theme.
Wednesday 1/21 Cultural Diversity Day: Students are encouraged to dress in the colors that
celebrate their ethnic heritage. MLK Assembly at 10 AM, Quick Center for the Arts
Thursday 1/22 Jersey Day: Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite sports
jersey or other apparel from their favorite sports team.
Ethnic pride celebration of cultures in the cafeteria after school from 3-5PM
Home Hockey Game at the Yale Whale in New Haven against Delbarton
Friday 1/23 School Pride/Religious Diversity Day: Students are encouraged to dress
up in Prep spirit wear to show pride in their school.
During the morning prayer, we will conduct a Buddist meditation.
Throughout the day, teachers will open class with selected prayers from
various religious traditions.
Home basketball game against Daniel Hand
Rules for dress down days: Students must be in dress pants, shoes, and socks. The dress shirt and tie rule is suspended for these days. Students must be dressed neatly and cleanly.
No. 1 Fairfield Prep skates past No. 7 West Haven
By Mike Madera, GameTimeCT, January 14, 2015
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WEST HAVEN >> Through nine games this season, it would be safe to say, Fairfield Prep senior goaltender Jack Taubl has been the team’s most consistent player. For 45 minutes Wednesday evening, Taubl showed why.
Stopping three West Haven breakaways and finishing the game with 24 saves, Taubl helped lead Fairfield Prep, the No. 1 team in the New Haven Register/GameTimeCt Top 10 poll, to a 4-1 victory over West Haven at the Edward L. Bennett Rink.
“The difference in the game has been our goalie all season,” Fairfield Prep coach Matt Sather said of Taubl after the Jesuits improved to 6-3 overall and 4-1 against state competition. “It has been like that all season. We are asking too much of him. We need to play better if we want to be competitive. I thought West Haven was the better team tonight.”
Taubl came through for the Jesuits in several key spots, denying Jeremy Borelli’s breakaway with a pad save in the middle period with the Jesuits up 2-0, and stopping a rocket from Jake Lynch in the slot with Prep up 2-1 in the third.
The Westies (4-3-1), ranked seventh in the Register/GameTimeCT poll, carried the play for a better part of the game, including a first period which saw West Haven hold a 12-11 shot advantage. The difference was Taubl.
“Part of my game is getting to the top of the crease,” Taubl said. “I see the puck. The defense is there to help out. There is good mutual trust with the defense.”
After denying Borelli twice in front in the opening minute of the game, the Prep goaltender watched as his team took a 1-0 lead off a fluke bounce off the boards from a shot by Vincent D’Amore off the pads of West Haven goaltender Mike Savino into the net just four minutes in.
The Jesuits increased the lead to 2-0 when a point shot by junior Jack McGowen went through traffic and beat Savino under the blocker with 5:32 left in the opening period.
“I thought we got outplayed,” Sather said. “The first goal was a lucky bounce off the boards. They had several breakaway opportunities.”
Taubl was the difference in the opening period, as he denied Tyler Paine in front with a great pad save 6:50 in, then stopped a partial breakaway by Wyatt Condon with a pad save 43 seconds prior to McGowen’s goal.
“We did not take advantage of some opportunities,” West Haven coach Joe Morrell said after his team’s unbeaten streak was stopped at five. “Their goalie made some good saves. The kids played hard. We played well. All three lines played well, the defense played well and so did Mike (Savino). We were down 2-0, but I was really happy with the first period. We had a lot of opportunities to score.”
The chances continued for West Haven in the second period, but Taubl made a pair of great saves early, robbing Tyler Salkins in front, then the rebound by Paine 2:30 in.
Borelli finally got the Westies on the scoreboard as a perfect passing play of Kevin Coyle to Paine to Borelli beat Taubl to cut the deficit in half.
“I was happy with our effort,” Morrell said. “We had opportunities.”
Taubl was strong to start the third period as well, denying a point shot by Donny Froehlich less than a minute in and a shot from the slot by freshman E.J. Pacapelli with 7:01 to go.
The Jesuits iced the game with two goals in the final 5:21. Ryan Deering set up Justin Blanchette in front for a 3-1 lead, then Christopher Brown added an empty-net goal with 13.1 seconds remaining.
“We have a lot of new guys,” Sather said. “We have to figure out what it takes to be consistent day to day in this league.”
Savino finished with 20 saves in the loss for West Haven.
Prep announces Early College Acceptances for the Class of 2015
Mr. John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance & College Advising, is pleased to release a list of early college acceptances for the Class of 2015. Note: This is a snapshot in time as new information is released daily.
The Prep Community is proud of the impressive college opportunities for our students!
$25,000 Tuition Raffle is back!
The winner of the $25,000 Tuition Raffle in 2014 was Suzanne Whelan, P '12, '14 of Fairfield, CT. Suzie purchased the first ticket of the 2015 raffle, which will take place at the Fairfield Prep Spring Auction on May 2, 2015, at Alumni Hall on the Fairfield University campus. Suzie is pictured with (from left, sons Brian '14, Michael '12 and husband Mike)
Win $25,000 tuition for the school(s) of your choice!
Fairfield College Preparatory School announces a $25,000 Tuition Raffle. The prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities, located and accredited in the U.S. 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. PLEASE NOTE THE ADDITION TO OUR SPECIAL TUITION RAFFLE - YOU CAN USE YOUR WINNINGS TO PAY BACK SCHOOL LOANS! The drawing will be held at the Spring Auction on Saturday, May 2, 2015, 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, you may come to Fairfield Prep's Development Office Xavier 112, Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. or for more information, please contact the Development Office at (203) 254-4237 or email email@example.com.
Shea passes the torch, Hellstern named new Football Head Coach
Longtime assistant coach, alumnus and Head Varsity Football Coach for the past five seasons, Tom Shea '73 will step down as head coach after compiling a record of 32-23 in five years. Shea finished his career with three straight winning seasons and a Class LL championship game appearance in 2013. Shea will remain on the coaching staff going forward, and will continue to teach English at Prep. See Connecticut Post, Fairfield Patch, and Channel 8 video summaries.
Taking over as Head Coach will be Fairfield Prep Social Studies teacher, Keith Hellstern. Hellstern arrived at Prep having already served on numerous college and high school coaching staffs including: Amherst College, Columbia University, Wesleyan University, The Hotchkiss School, The Dwight School and Poly Prep Country Day School. Hellstern has been the strength and conditioning coach as well as the Defensive Coordinator for Prep Football since 2010. Hellstern a Glen Ridge, New Jersey native, played his high school football at Glen Ridge High School and went on to play collegiately at Wesleyan University as an offensive and defensive lineman.
Fairfield Prep President-Elect named
Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., announced today that following a national search, Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, S.J., has been appointed President-elect at Fairfield College Preparatory School, a division of Fairfield University. Father Simisky will assume leadership of the school on July 1, 2015, succeeding current President Rev. John J. Hanwell, S.J., who has been named Socius for the Jesuit USA Northeast Province.
Father von Arx commended Father Simisky: “I am pleased to appoint Father Simisky to lead Fairfield Prep. In his short time already at the school, his passion for and commitment to the school, the students, and Jesuit education have been evident to all. He has my full support and confidence, and I pledge to him and the Prep community the University’s continued and steadfast support of the school. I also would like to thank Father Hanwell for his service and contributions to Prep. We are going to miss him and wish him well in his new upcoming assignment helping to administer the Jesuit USA Northeast Province.”
Father Simisky, 44, currently teaches Spanish at Prep and fulfills additional administrative and pastoral roles. Since arriving in August, he also celebrates Sunday Mass in Spanish at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Bridgeport, where many Prep students volunteer in service. Commenting on the mission and his new position, he stated, "Fairfield Prep is a school committed to excellence, knowing that with opportunity comes responsibility. We form leaders who will engage the world from a core of faith and justice. Being at Fairfield Prep allows me to share my love for Ignatian spirituality and secondary education, combined with a missionary spirit that finds creative ways to express itself."
Father Hanwell added, “I’m delighted that Fr. Simisky will become my successor in leading our great school. Prep has already been blessed by his wonderful presence among us this year. He is a very fine Jesuit priest who will bring his many gifts in maintaining our important Jesuit, Catholic mission in the years to come. I can only hope that he will be as happy at Prep as I have been these last nine years.”
The Search Committee was led by Timothy H. Murphy ’85, chair of Prep’s Board of Governors, and included additional representatives from the Board of Governors, Fairfield Jesuit community, University Board of Trustees and administration, Provincial’s office, and Prep parents and alumni. The committee solicited input from the Prep community and actively considered the input provided. The committee unanimously recommended Fr. Simisky as Prep’s next leader. Mr. Murphy commented, “I am delighted by Father von Arx’s decision to appoint Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., as the next President of Fairfield Prep. Father Simisky brings many strengths to answer our community’s call: a deep commitment to Ignatian spirituality, strong leadership skills that have been tested in many settings, a powerful ability to communicate and connect, and global vision. He’ll build on the very strong foundation we’ve enjoyed under the leadership of Father Hanwell.”
Originally from Worcester, Mass., Father Simisky's life has included many journeys marked by teaching, leadership, and a global perspective. After graduating from St. John's High School and Assumption College with a degree in politics, he served as an artillery officer in the Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific. He later was a district sales manager for an industrial manufacturer before returning to school and earning a master’s degree in economics from Boston College. BC is where he first met Jesuits and experienced Ignatian spirituality.
Ordained in June 2014, Father Simisky has lived in Jamaica, Bolivia, Chile, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. He speaks Spanish and Russian. Additionally, he received a degree in philosophy from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, as well as master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Boston College. He previously worked at Cheverus High School in Maine, Boston College High School, and Catholic Memorial in Boston. He has been a member of the Cheverus High School Board of Trustees for the past five years.
Over the next several months, Father Simisky will take advantage of this time of transition in preparation for assuming leadership of the school. Fairfield Prep enjoys an outstanding reputation and history of success due to the efforts of the excellent administration, faculty, and staff, as well as the support and commitment of students, parents and alumni. The Prep community is excited to have Father Simisky, with his passion and commitment to secondary education, lead Prep into the future.
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Prep beats No. 4 Hillhouse for fifth straight time
By Joe Morelli, Dec. 30, 2014, New Haven Register/GameTime CT
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FAIRFIELD >> A different cast of characters for both Fairfield Prep and Hillhouse took the court Tuesday night to renew what has been the best Southern Connecticut Conference boys basketball rivalry the past few seasons.
But, the end result remained the same. Rich Kelly had 15 of his 17 points in the second half to lead sixth-ranked Prep to a 80-70 victory over fourth-ranked Hillhouse Tuesday night at Alumni Hall. It was the fifth straight victory for the Jesuits (5-0) over the Academics (2-1).
“In the first half, I was in a funk,” Kelly said. “I was nervous and I was tentative and then in the second half I told myself I was going to attack the basket and help my team win.”
It was also the 35th straight regular-season victory for Fairfield Prep. The Jesuits’ last loss came against Hillhouse, 59-44, on Jan. 15, 2013 at Alumni Hall.
“I have no one on my teams that says, ‘I am going to light it up, I’m going to have 30 points.’ If they are doing that, they are not doing what I want them to do,” Prep coach Leo Redgate said. “The boys play very hard for me and I hope that shows because I think it’s fun to watch and fun to play.”
Kelly was a freshman at St. Joseph the last time Prep lost during the regular season. He spent the past season playing for his uncle at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, just outside of Orlando. Now he has fit in nicely with the Jesuits.
“The guys are so closely knit together, like brothers pretty much. I feel like they really have accepted me though,” Kelly said.
Said Redgate: “He is unselfish. In order to be successful playing for our team, you need to ne inherently an unselfish basketball player because most of the time, when we get our good looks, it’s because of the extra pass.”
Hillhouse led 25-15 early in the second quarter. Then Prep closed out the first half on a 23-8 run, thanks in part to a more aggressive 1-2-2 half-court, trapping defense.
Senior guard Tommy Nolan, who will be playing his college ball for Fairfield University next fall, scored his 1,000th point early in the third quarter. But, it was his two consecutive three-point shots that helped Prep tie the game at 30 with 3:18 left before halftime.
Hillhouse committed 21 turnovers, eight apiece in the second and third quarters. Yet the Academics were able to rally in the fourth quarter.
They cut it to four on two different occasions, the last time at 71-67. Troy Walters hit two of his five 3-point shots in the fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 21 points.
But, Hillhouse couldn’t make a shot either time to get any closer.
“They out-toughed us under the basket. They outran us on the fast breaks, we didn’t manage the ball good enough on offense in order to win a game like this,” Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton said. “So when you look at the rebound factor, you look at the turnover factor and the missed layups, it always will be tough to win a game like this.”
Now the Academics are off until Jan. 9. The game against Prep was the only one Hillhouse will play in an 18-day stretch.
“We have to play the hand we are dealt,” Sutton said. “It’s up to us as coaches to make sure the kids stay focused and continue to work hard in the gym. … It was a well-fought game, two good contenders and we will see them again (Jan. 30 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center). I plan on playing them, one, maybe two more times. You have to respect their program.”
FAIRFIELD PREP 80, HILLHOUSE 70
Hillhouse 21 12 22 15 – 70
Fairfield Prep 15 23 23 19 – 80
Dontell Glover 7 3-7 17, Joey Kasperzkt 3 6-10 13, Troy Walters 7 2-2 21, Tyler Douglas 1 1-4 4, Christian Adams 1 0-0 3, Demetrius Smith 0 1-2 1, Aaron Whyte 3 2-4 8, Darius Griffin 0 0-0 0, Anthony Crenshaw 0 0-0 0, Dontell Allick 1 0-1 3. Totals: 23 15-30 70
FAIRFIELD PREP (80)
Thomas Nolan 5 5-7 17, Ray Featherston 2 0-0 5, Ryan Foley 9 2-4 22, Rich Kelly 4 8-9 17, Matt Gerics 0 0-0 0, Bobby Hoskins 1 0-0 2, Joe DiGennaro 3 0-0 6, Patrick Harding 3 5-6 11. Totals: 27 20-26 80
3-point goals: Hillhouse 9 (Kasperzkt 1, Walters 5, Douglas 1, Adams 1, Allick 1); Fairfield Prep 6 (Nolan 2, Featherston 1, Foley 2, Kelly 1); Fouled out: Hillhouse (Hillhouse bench); Records: Hillhouse 2-1; Fairfield Prep 4-0