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Halloween is "Trunk or Treat" with the Seniors and Hall School students!

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Fairfield Prep seniors sponsored a great day of "Trunk or Treat" in the senior parking lot and on adjacent Grauert Field. Seniors decorated their trunks with Halloween themes, and donned costumes, for a BBQ lunch in the parking lot. Students from grades 2 through 6 from Hall School in Bridgeport arrived in costume to meet their Prep senior "buddies." Together, the groups of buddies played Harvest themed games on the field, including pumpkin rolling contests, pumpkin bowling, ring toss around pumpkins, hay bale jumping, and more. The elementary students were then escorted up to the parking lot to go "Trunk or Treating" with the Prep seniors as hosts at their decorated cars.

Best Prep costume was “Penguins”

Trunk Decoration Winners were:

1st place – Fisherman

2nd place – Pac Man

3rd place – Duck Dynasty

               

               

 

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1st round of Class LL CIAC tournament, 4pm @ condard HS Monday 11/3

Szabo preserves Fairfield Prep’s SCC boys soccer championship victory over Hand

EAST HAVEN >> Dan Szabo remembers as an eighth grader going to watch the Fairfield Prep soccer team win the Southern Connecticut Conference championship and making a spirited run to the Class LL state final.

In particular, Szabo remembered the play of the Jesuits’ goalkeeper, Will Steiner of Madison, who went on to become the Register’s Area MVP that season and is now playing for Villanova University.

“I’ve always wanted to play on a high level like this,” Szabo said. “He (Steiner) helped motivate me to come here and play Prep soccer.”

Szabo has been a key part of Prep’s late-season run and took center stage Wednesday night in the SCC tournament final. The sophomore saved two penalty kick shots and then made the last one to give No. 5 seed Fairfield Prep the SCC championship over No. 2 Hand, 3-2 in PKs. The game was scoreless through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.

“It’s starting to be a goalkeeper school,” Prep coach Ryan Lyddy said.

Said Hand coach Stan Latkowski: “Overall, I thought the better team won to be honest with you.”

Szabo, a Trumbull resident, only had to make three saves during regulation and overtime as Prep (12-5-2) won its fourth league title and third in the past four seasons.

The Jesuits outshot Hand 13-4, including the only three in the overtime session.

It was a spirited defensive effort by Hand (14-1-4), led by Ryan Monico and Joe Guay in the back. It was also the Tigers’ sixth game in the past eight days.

“Take nothing away from them, but they had only one regular (season) game last week, we had three,” Latkowski said. “How the schedule worked that way, I don’t know. That was the best team we played this year, without a doubt. They can move the ball, they pressure you, they can play.”

Szabo saved the first Hand penalty-kick attempt and teammate Nicholas Kelly connected. Alex Cinicolo connected on Hand’s third try and Hand goalkeeper Curtis Henry saved the next one to keep it tied at 1.

“Henry kept us in it,” Latkowski said.

Then Szabo saved Monico’s PK attempt and Chris Montani scored to put Prep up 1. Once Nathan Gould connected for the Tigers, that set the stage for Szabo, who calmly struck it past Henry to the left side.

“When I had to, I knew I could step up and do it. I was pretty confident,” Szabo said.

Hand was looking for it second SCC title.

"I said to them, ‘Who wants to take them? Take them,'” Latkowski said about the PKs. “Unfortunately, it has to end like this. Honestly, if you go two 10-minutes and neither team scores and your’re spent and you’re done, co-champions, that's what I would do, especially at this level. The pressure on the kids, they felt it. That’s OK, we will learn from it and move on.”

Fairfield Prep 0, Hand 0 (Prep wins 3-2 PKs)
(at East Haven)
Hand 0 0 0 0 — 0
Prep 0 0 0 0 — 0
Shots—FP: 13; H: 4; Saves—FP: Dan Szabo 4; H: Curtis Henry 6
Records—Prep 12-5-2; Hand 14-1-4

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Freshman team of Valus and Donahue wins!

Dodgeball Mania with Fathers & Sons!

Fathers and sons had a great time together, with 16 teams of four competing for the dodgeball championship on October 25 in Brissette Gym. All participants received a FP "Bullseye" t-shirt. The triumphant freshman team (pictured from left) included Bill '84 and AJ Valus ’18 with Mike and Brian Donahue ‘18.

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Prep vs. Hand, Wed. at 7:30 PM, East Haven High School

Prep soccer advances to SCC final

By David E. Wells, CT Post, October 27, 2014

WALLINGFORD -- Fairfield Prep's soccer team had to look far outside the SCC to find itself. Now Prep knows its identity, much to the dismay of top SCC tournament seed Lyman Hall.

Monday night in the SCC semifinals, the fifth-seeded Jesuits turned it on in the first 20 minutes of the second half for three goals en route to a 4-3 victory, dealing the host Trojans their first loss of the season. Prep will face Hand -- a 1-0 winner over Shelton in the other semifinal -- in Wednesday's championship game at 7:30 p.m. at East Haven High School.

Prep -- seeking its third SCC title in four years, having won it in 2011 and 2012 -- struggled at the season's start, going 1-4. The Jesuits went out of state and were dealt losses by national powerhouse St. Anthony's of Long Island and Boston College High, then the second-ranked team in Massachusetts. Those losses have helped the Jesuits grow, coach Ryan Lyddy said.

"They saw the way soccer should be played, and that's what we've been trying to teach the players," said Lyddy, whose team is on a 7-0-1 run.

"I think we've got that gel going now and everyone is happy with their role."

Lyman Hall (13-1-4) and Prep (11-5-2) played a fairly even first half and were tied 1-1 before the Jesuits took charge on goals by Jack Oricoli, Aiden Bracken and Jamie Becker, the team's leading scorer.

"They have speed, the most speed we've seen all year," Lyman Hall coach Arnie Jandreau said.

Lyddy said he didn't have to become too animated to motivate his team at halftime. He just challenged his team to score a couple of goals in the second half's first 12 minutes.

Instead, they scored three.

"I was pretty mellow at halftime," Lyddy said. "I thought we had them on their heels in the first half."

Just three minutes into the second half, Lyman Hall goalie Alberto Maio made a point-blank save of a shot by Bracken, who broke through the defense.

Prep's surge was only beginning.

Less than 10 minutes into the half, following a Chris Montani corner kick, Oricoli scored on a shot from near the middle and top of the box. Almost two minutes later, after 11:09 of the half, Bracken scored on a shot from near the same spot of the previous goal, trickling the ball through the legs of Maio. Just six minutes later, Montani's corner kick set up a Becker goal, and Prep led 4-1.

The Trojans were then able to turn the tide as Angel Dominguez scored on a penalty kick with 13:14 remaining. Jon Jacobs made it 4-3 when he scored his second goal of the game after breaking free and bumping the ball into the left portion of the net past Prep's rushing goalie Daniel Szabo, but time then ran out on the Trojans.

The Jesuits led eight minutes into the game when James Colihan scored on a header from a Patrick Hess cross. Jacobs tied it 14 minutes in on a tap-in; Bairon Chavez stripped a defender and gained the assist on a cross past Szabo, who was pretty solid throughout the game.

dwells@ctpost.com

FAIRFIELD PREP 1 3--4

LYMAN HALL 1 2--3

Records: Prep 11-5-2; Lyman Hall 13-1-4

Scoring (goals-assists): FP--James Colihan 1-0, Jack Oricoli 1-0, Chris Montani 0-1, Jamie Becker 1-0, Patrick Hess 0-1, Aiden Bracken 1-0. LH--Jacobs 2-0, Bairon Chavez 0-1, Angel Dominguez 1-0. Shots: FP 17, LH 14

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Women connect with others in the Prep Community

Bellarmine Ladies enjoy Fall Social!

On October 15, over 120 mothers and guardians gathered for a relaxed evening at Alumni House on the Fairfield University campus. The ladies enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres with friends, and it was a great opportunity to meet and connect with other women in the Prep Community.

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Smith powers Fairfield Prep over Cheshire

By Chris Elsberry, CT Post, October 25, 2014 See Photos by GameTimeCT See Prep photos!

CHESHIRE -- Fairfield Prep has spent the past two weeks practicing and focusing as though each game remaining on the schedule is a playoff game, especially since with two losses already, a third would all but end any chance of returning to the CIAC playoffs.

The Jesuits will enjoy another week in playoff mode after making a huge statement against undefeated Cheshire, ranked sixth in the state.

Sparked by a remarkable game from quarterback Colton Smith, Prep knocked the Rams from the ranks of the unbeaten with a resounding 51-28 win Friday night at Alumni Field.

Smith passed for three touchdowns and ran for two others as Prep improved to 5-2.

"We showed the state what we're capable of," said Smith, who completed 12 of 22 for 342 yards and rushed 24 times for 221 yards. "I believe we made a statement tonight. We knew that the season might be lost if we didn't win and we came out and we performed. We're finally hitting our stride."

Prep's big-play offense exploded against the Rams, who hadn't given up more than 28 points in a game all season, but the Jesuits lit them up for 51 points, 38 coming in the first half. Overall, Prep finished with 643 total yards.

"This was a big game for us," Prep coach Tom Shea said. "They were undefeated, they're big and tough up front. (Andrew) Yamin might be the best back in the state and he made some big plays, but all in all, we did a pretty good job against him."

Yamin finished with 245 yards on 27 carries -- right at his 237.4 per game average -- and he scored all four Cheshire touchdowns, but that was basically the extent of the Rams offense.

"When we needed stops, we got them," Shea said. "We're just trying to go and play hard and win games. We'll let other people determine if we made a statement."

It all started innocently enough when Hank Healey kicked a 33-yard field goal with 6:47 left in the first quarter to give the Jesuits a 3-0 lead. That's when the fun began.

Smith found John Dellisanti crossing the middle of the field and the play went 79 yards for a touchdown that opened Prep's lead to 9-0 with 2:40 to play in the first. But just a minute later, Yamin went 26 yards for a touchdown to get Cheshire on the board at 9-6.

Smith scored on a 19-yard run to make it 16-6 and then found Cam Harris for a 72-yard TD pass as the Jesuits opened a 23-6 lead. But Yamin raced 63 yards just two plays after the Prep TD to cut the margin to 10.

Joe Gamin's 10-yard TD run pushed Prep back in front 31-13 (Patrick Conte had the 2-point conversion play), but again, Yamin broke free for 61 yards to get the Rams within 31-20 with 4:51 left in the half.

And that was way too much time for Smith, who hit Bobby Haskins for a 15-yard touchdown with 1:50 left to make it 38-20 Prep at the half.

Smith scored from 16 yards out with 1:57 left in the third as Prep went ahead 44-20, But Yamin scored his fourth TD of the game on a 23-yard pass from Josh MacNiven and the two-point conversion made it 44-28. Cheshire tried, and recovered, an on-sides kick, but Ganim intercepted MacNiven near the goal line with 9:12 to play.

Smith did the rest, racing 68 yards from the Prep 9 to the Cheshire 32 on the next possession with 5:02 left. Ganim went the final 32 yards to score with 2:40 to play to ice it.

FAIRFIELD PREP........................9 29 6 0--44
CHESHIRE.................................6 14 0 8--28
FP -- Hank Healey, 33 field goal
FP -- John Dellisanti, 79 pass Colton Smith (pass failed)
C -- Andrew Yamin, 26 run (kick blocked)
FP -- Smith, 19 run (Healey kick)
FP -- Cam Harris, 72 pass Smith (Healey kick)
C -- Yamin, 63 run (Matt D'Andrea kick)
FP -- Joe Ganim, 10 run (Patrick Conte run)
C -- Yamin, 61 run (D'Andrea kick)
FP -- Bobby Haskins, 15 pass Smith (Healey kick)
FP -- Smith, 16 run (kick failed)
C -- Yamin, 23 pass Josh MacNiven (Matt Covel pass MacNiven)
FP -- Ganim, 32 run (Healey kick)
Records: Fairfield Prep 5-2, Cheshire 6-1

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Plans to play baseball at Yale University

Simon Whiteman '15 is News12 Scholar Athlete

Watch News12 sports feature, recognizing senior Simon Whiteman for: Varsity letters in soccer, indoor track and baseball; academic excellence in the top 2% of his class; National Merit Commended and National Honor Society; and leadership in student government and community service. Simon plans to play baseball at Yale University.

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Alvarado '14 is Fairfield Sportsperson of the Year Sulzycki '64 receives Bill Gonillo Media Award

Prep Alumni honored at 10th Annual Fairfield County SportsNight

Christian Alvarado '14 is Fairfield Sportsperson of the Year

At the annual Sportsnight Dinner and Awards, Christian Alvarado '14, All-American national mile champion and Georgetown University student, was honored for his tremendous achievements in high school Cross Country and Track at Prep. Although he could not attend, Christian's parents Robert and Joyce (center) accepted the award, supported by (from left) Coach Chris Sages '95; Asst. Athletic Director Jay Turiano; Athletic Director Tom Curran '05, Coach Bob Ford Sr.; and Coach Mark Langston. Not pictured: Coach Bob Ford Jr. 

Alvarado's school records include all the distance events in the CT schedule:

• 800 meter – 1:52.60
• 1600 meter – 4:13.00
• Mile – 4:06.88
• 3000 – 8:26.25
• 3200 – 9:06.67
• 2 Mile – 9:00.29
• 3000 Meter Steeplechase – 9:42.25
• 2 Time Footlocker National Championship Qualifier in 2012 and 2013.
• National High School Champion in the 1 Mile in 2014.

In addition, he is part of several relay team records:
• Distance Medley Relay – 10:17.95
• 4x1600 Relay – 18:26.2
• 4x800 Relay – 7:50.55

Sandy Sulzycki '64 receives Bill Gonillo Media Award

At the dinner, Sandy Sulzycki '64, was honored with the Bill Gonillo Media Award, recognizing his distinguished career in sports journalism. Sulzycki is in his 43rd year working for the Bridgeport newspapers, first at the Bridgeport Post/Telegram and now the Connecticut Post. Sandy has kept the county's sports history alive through his weekly nostalgia column "The Week That Was" for close to 35 years. The column highlights some of the top games, atheltes and teams from the past six decades. He also periodically writes a "Where Are They Now" feature and posts photos of old teams or groups in a "Those Were The Days" section.

Sandy was a standout athlete at Prep, and recently participated in his 50th Reunion weekend last June.

Sandy is pictured with his wife Kathy.

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Smith's TD as time expires lifts Prep to victory

Smith's TD as time expires lifts Fairfield Prep to victory

By Chris Elsberry, Fairfield Citizen News, October 17, 2014

WATCH PREP YOUTUBE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS! See Photo Slideshow.

FAIRFIELD -- Colton Smith was not going to be denied.

With the final seconds ticking away, no timeouts left and Fairfield Prep on the Hand 2-yard line scrambling to set up one last play, Smith was told to spike the football. He didn't.

Seeing a gap in the Tigers defense, Smith dove for the end zone and scored as the final buzzer sounded to tie the game and kicker Hank Healey won it with the extra point as Prep escaped with a 23-22 victory Friday night at Ludlowe's Taft Field.

"He saw a crack in the defense and he took it," Prep coach Tom Shea said. "He was going right over (offensive guard) Artie Mansolillo, who's a hell of a football player, and that's usually a safe bet and it worked."

More important than Mansolillo providing the crucial block was the senior's recovery of Smith's fumble at the Hand 1 the play before the touchdown to keep the Jesuits alive.

Trailing 22-16 with 2:44 to play, Smith completed three straight passes to the Hand 45 and then scrambled 20 yards to the Tigers' 35 with 1:48 remaining. Facing a fourth-and-5 from the 30 with 1:07 to go, Smith found John Dellisanti for 15 yards and then Joe Ganim raced for 11 yards to the Hand 4 with 30 seconds left. An illegal substitution call moved the ball to the 2, setting the stage for Mansolillo's fumble recovery and Smith's final-second score.

"We were going to spike it, but I didn't know that," said Smith, who completed 12 of 27 passes for 123 yards. "So I called a play, I saw a hole, ran into it and the line pushed me. I held the ball over the line, right in front of the referee. He saw it and blew it for a touchdown."

And when Healey, a senior who had booted a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter to get Prep on the board, nailed the PAT, it set off a wild celebration.

"It continues the possibility of going to the playoffs," Shea said. "We have Cheshire next week and they're really tough, but for six more days, we have a possibility. And if we can win, we'll have six more days. Playoff football...the boys aspire to that and it started last week."

Healey's field goal and a Smith TD pass (16 yards) to Dellisanti gave Prep a 10-0 lead with 3:10 left before halftime. But Hand used a 2-yard touchdown run from Tom Wilson (set up by a 32-yard scramble by Tigers QB Nicolas Van Dell) to make it 10-7 with 52 seconds left.

Van Dell would finish with 177 yards on 22 carries for Hand.

"He's a slippery character and he's only going to get better, he's just a junior," Shea said. "We did enough against him, just barely."

Smith's 1-yard run in the third quarter made it 16-7 Prep but then Hand got touchdown runs of 25 and three yards from Reid Sweitzer to take that 22-16 lead with 7:48 to play.

But Smith and Prep were not to be denied.

"He's a terrific athlete," Shea said of Smith, who rushed for 66 yards. "The series before (a quick three-and-out) this last one did not go well and I told him, 'What we need now is leadership, let's go.' We've always known he was a great athlete but now he's demonstrating leadership. He's shown leadership before with his play but now he's showing it with his spirit. He willed us to the victory."

HAND 0 7 7 8 --22

FAIRFIELD PREP 3 7 6 7 --23

FP -- Hank Healey, 29 field goal

FP -- John Dellisanti, 16 pass Colton Smith (Healey kick)

H -- Tom Wilson, 2 run (Tyler Phan kick)

FP -- Smith, 1 run (kick blocked)

H -- Reid Sweitzer, 25 run (Phan kick)

H -- Sweitzer, 3 run (Andrew Fitzgerald pass Nicolas Van Dell)

FP -- Smith, 1 run (Healey kick)

Records: Fairfield Prep 4-2, Hand 2-4

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"Any day I can be with my grandson is a good day!"

Grandparents and Freshmen enjoy Mass & Breakfast

Over 200 freshmen and their grandparents enjoyed a special morning on October 9 in Brissette Gymnasium. Mass was celebrated by President Rev. Jack Hanwell, S.J., and Student Chaplain Rev. Larry Ryan, S.J. The guests then enjoyed a short video presentation about Fairfield Prep, followed by a delicious breakfast buffet. Professional photos of the students and grandparents were taken, and grandparents also received a Prep Christmas ornament as a souvenir gift of the event. One grandfather commented, "Any day I can be with my grandson is a good day!"

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Watch video of Mass.


 

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Entrance Exams Oct. 18 & Nov. 15, 8:30AM

Prep Entrance Exams are October 18 and November 15

Fairfield Prep entrance exams are October 18 and November 15 at 8:30 A.M. To learn more see Admissions. Sign up for the entrance exam on October 18 or November 15, 8:30 A.M. Register online.

Prep Open House has great turnout!

Hundreds of prospective students and their families attended the Open House held on October 5. Students, teachers and administrators were available to explain our Jesuit mission and curriculum, plus answer questions. Additionally, sports teams and clubs offered representatives in Brissette Gym to share information about their activities.

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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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"The strongest we have ever rowed!"

Crew places 3rd at New England Championships

SEE PHOTO SLIDESHOWS - HEAD OF HOUSATONIC AND NEW ENGLAND HS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday, October 11th, the crew team traveled a few miles up the Housatonic River for the Head of the Housatonic regatta. Prep's 1st Varsity 8 placed 4th out of 19 crews and gave the team our best ever finish in the Varsity 8 at this event. They had trained and raced in 4+s the previous week and were anxious to get back in the bigger boat to see what they could do. Coming off the water junior Zach Hamar commented that it was "Some of the best rowing we've done so far." The results confirmed exactly that as the crew made up :33 seconds on 1st place Brunswick school. The 2nd Varsity 8 was broken up into two 4+s for this race and after only three days in the boats they found excellent results placing 4th and 6th out of 22 boats.

On Sunday the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Varsity 8+s traveled to Worcester to compete in the New England High School Championships. Buoyed by excellent results the day before all three boats hit the water with medals on their minds. A fantastic effort by sophomore coxswain John Pacelli got the Varsity 8+ moving, with junior stroke Kevin Lichtenfels claiming that the last 100 meters was "the strongest we have ever rowed." The crew was beaten only by BC High and Hingham High, both from Massachusetts, making Prep the fastest Connecticut Varsity 8+ at the event. Not to be outdone the 2nd Varsity 8+ passed four boats on their way to taking 3rd place, again being edged out by BC High and St. John's (MA). A wonderful effort by all that sets the team up well for the spring championship season.

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Opportunity to meet other moms in the Prep Community

The Bellarmine Guild

Invites all Prep Women

to the Annual

Bellarmine Social

$25.00 per person

Join us for a relaxed evening of drink and hors d'oeuvres with friends.

This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with other women in the Prep Community.

When:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Where:

Fairfield University Alumni House

(across the road from Prep Quad)

Don't miss this fun event, register now!

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Entrance Exams Oct. 18 & Nov. 15, 8:30AM

Prep Open House has great turnout!

Hundreds of prospective students and their families attended the Open House held on October 5. Students, teachers and administrators were available to explain our Jesuit mission and curriculum, plus answer questions. Additionally, sports teams and clubs offered representatives in Brissette Gym to share information about their activities.

Fairfield Prep entrance exams are October 18 and November 15 at 8:30 A.M. To learn more see Admissions. Sign up for the entrance exam on October 18 or November 15, 8:30 A.M. Register online.

CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW

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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Football Game vs. Shelton 8/10 7PM @Fairfield Warde

Vote Prep for NBC Game of Week!

Prep's Varsity Football game vs. Shelton this Friday has been selected as a nominee for NBC Connecticut's Game of the Week. Four games are nominated -- Middletown at Hartford Public, Naugatuck at Wolcott, Cheshire at Daniel Hand, and Shelton at Fairfield Prep -- as the potential Game of the Week. Viewers may vote, and the game with the most votes at the end of the voting period wins! The winning game will be featured on NBC Connecticut's Friday night football coverage.

Winning also means that NBC will send a reporter to each school on Thursday morning for a “school spirit” story to highlight something interesting within the curriculum or student body. Those stories will air in the newscasts on Friday. The voting period is open and will continue through 9pm on Wednesday night. NBC CT will announce the winning game during the 11pm newscast on Wednesday.

The voting takes place through a special app on their Facebook page. People will be allowed to cast 10 votes per calendar day during the voting period. The link to vote is: http://bit.ly/1xyyBsi

Go Prep!

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