Prep celebrates diversity at Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly
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Pictured are presenters and performers at the MLK Assembly
The Prep SEED Program (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) sponsored a student assembly commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18 at Alumni Hall. The theme of the program was "Diversity within Us." Through presentations of song, speech, and a "Unity Procession" with posters, the students, faculty, administrators and guests delivered a message about respect for diversity and love for humankind. Prep's Men's Chorus sang the U.S. national anthem, the Republic of China national anthem, and closed with "Up to the Mountain" (MLK Song) to a rousing ovation. Musical guests Mr. Malek Simpson and Ms. Gina Levon Simpson performed Spoken Word poetry, an oral art of African traditions with African drumming, which inspires social consciousness and teaches history.
Director of Diversity & Academic Support Services Alecia Thomas commented, "Embedded in one of the six characteristics of Ignatian Spirituality is the notion that we, “seek to find God in all things - in all peoples and cultures, in all areas of learning, in all human experience, and especially (for the Christian) in the person of Jesus” (St. Ignatius Loyola). The assembly strives to promote unity within our own community."
Watch Prep YouTube video highlights of the full assembly.
Winter Music Concert showcases Prep talent!
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The Prep Music Department’s annual Winter Concert was presented on January 11 in the Kelley Theatre at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts. The concert included selections played by all of the performing music groups that represent the music department at Prep: Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble (featuring freshmen); Men's Chorus; and Jazzuits and Encords. The students performed a broad variety of genres.
Music Director Christine Evans expressed pride with her students' performances, and wrote: "Every year the music continues to get more and more challenging, and with those challenges, these young men continue to grow and grow in their journey as musicians. Every moment we spend as an ensemble cultivates a higher level of understanding of the world around them. It is my hope that their commitment to their music and to each other helps them connect to being more human; being more open to the beauty that surrounds them. It is my hope that this connection helps them develop more love, more compassion, and more gentleness. In other words, more good in a world where those things aren’t often emphasized. It is our hope that those qualities are shared with you to bring you peace and happiness during such a cold and dreary season."
The Soundings student newspaper releases latest issue
The Soundings student newspaper has released its latest issue. Under the moderation of Mrs. Elaine Clark, the goal is to deliver a newspaper written and produced by student contributors. Co-Editor Evan Bean '19 stated, "We all hope you enjoy it! Hopefully this will give a louder voice to all of our amazing organizations and events at Prep." Students interested in joining the club staff should contact Mrs. Clark, or Co-Editors in Chief Evan Bean '19 or Jamie Paul '19. Learn more about The Soundings extracurricular club.
English teacher Tom Shea ’73 and John Caillard of Australia participate in an international exchange
English teacher Mr. Tom Shea ’73 is participating in an international cultural exchange this coming semester with a teacher from Sydney Australia. Effective January 9, Mr. John Caillard of St. Aloysius College (Australian for High School) will commence teaching Mr. Shea’s five sections of English. Mr. Caillard has over 25 years of experience teaching English and French to all high school age groups. He brings a wealth of experience and a perspective that will be informative and refreshing. Mr. Shea arrives in Sydney on January 10 and will teach English to grades 7 through 10.
Let’s extend Mr. Caillard a warm Prep welcome!
College-Age Alumni (and Prep Seniors) enjoy Mini-Reunion,
“Murphy Cup” awarded to Class of 2014 in competition
Prep welcomed current seniors and college-age alumni on campus at its annual reception on Tuesday, January 3. Over 70 guests enjoyed refreshments and camaraderie; faculty reconnected with former students, and the Class of 2017 sought college advice from the youngest alumni classes. Headlining the afternoon was Kevin Stone '15 with the presentation of the 2016 Murphy Cup trophy to the Class of 2014. Stone, a sophomore at Harvard University, was a co-captain for his class during the Murphy Cup – a giving challenge between the college-age alumni classes spanning the month of November, ending on Prep’s Day of Giving on November 29. Stone recounted his joy in networking with Prep alumni as a [college] freshman at the annual Boston Breakfast in April 2016; and with his peers during lunch at Boston College. Also, he emphasized the importance of initiatives like the Murphy Cup – giving back to the alma mater symbolizes gratitude and passion for Prep, and all it has done for its students and alumni.
Concluding the program, the Murphy Cup was presented to Conor Carey ’14, a co-captain of his class for the challenge. Named after the beloved Fr. Tom Murphy, S.J., this revives a tradition stretching back to the ‘70s, in which the alumni class with the highest participation in the Fairfield Prep Fund was recognized. Now applied to college-age alumni, the Murphy Cup challenge begins November 1 and ends on Prep’s annual Day of Giving.
The total participation percentages for each class this year were:
2013 – 11%
2014 – 32% (winner)
2015 – 23%
2016 – 29%
Based upon these outstanding results, the revival and redirection of the Murphy Cup has cemented itself as a primary means for college-age alumni to stay connected once they graduate. Austin Ryan '06, Fairfield Prep Fund Officer, coordinated the successful alumni challenge.
Winter Music Concert is January 11!
The Winter Music Concert will be performed on January 11 at 7:30 PM in the Kelley Theater at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts. The audience will enjoy performances by the Select Choir, Wind Ensemble (Freshmen), Symphonic Orchestra, Jazzuits, and Encords. The program is conducted by Music Director Mrs. Christine Evans.
Every year, the students are given more and more challenging music. This year is no exception. Come hear selections; some familiar, some not so familiar—but all pieces are guaranteed to be enjoyable. The music students have worked incredibly hard and will be so thrilled to see you!
Tickets are available now:
Watch last year's program on Prep You Tube Highlights!
Fairfield Warde wins Holiday Classic Championship
Congratulations to Fairfield Warde, who beat Prep 69-65 in a hard fought game to win the Prep Holiday Classic Tournament. For two nights Alumni Hall was full of fans and spectators who came to support all the town teams: Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame Fairfield, Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde.
The All Tournament was named, from left: MVP Sean Conway, Marcel Parsons, Patrick Harding, Noreaga Davis and Frank Lumaj.
Congratulations to the Fairfield Warde team!
Geisert '18 & Mannello '18 attend Future Science & Technology Leaders Congress
From left:Christopher Geisert '18, Dante Mannello '18 and Science Chair Mrs. Deborah Kiel,
Christopher Geisert '18 and Dante Mannello '18, both Summa Cum Laude students, received certificates for representing Fairfield Prep at a conference held in Massachusetts this past summer. The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders included speakers and presentations by "Giants" in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), including Nobel Prize winners and top prodigies in their fields.
Both students found the multi-day conference fascinating and enlightening, and were pleased to have the opportunity to participate. They were invited to attend the program based on qualifying as honor students, and their interest in becoming physicians, scientists or technologists (including biomedical scientists, software and hardware technologists, engineers and mathematicians).
Fairfield Prep Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament is Dec. 26 & 27
Come out for the Holiday Basketball Classic on December 26 and 27, beginning at 6PM, to see local teams Fairfield Prep, Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Ludlowe and Notre Dame Fairfield battle for town dominance.
Fairfield University Alumni Hall
December 26 & December 27, 6PM & 8PM
General Admission $5
Children 10 and under are free with an adult admission.
Prep students - No charge with ID
December 26 - Fairfield Warde vs. Notre Dame Fairfield at 6PM
followed by Fairfield Prep vs. Fairfield Ludlowe at 8PM
December 27 - Fairfield Ludlowe vs. Notre Dame Fairfield - 6PM
followed by Championship Game with Prep vs. Fairfield Warde - 8PM
Prep won the 2015 Tournament! Come out for this year's battle of the town teams!
Prep Community donates bags of coats to help the homeless
Members of the Spanish Honor Society get ready to load cars with bags of new and gently used coats for the homeless and those in need. Every year the Spanish Honor Society traditionally has sponsored a clothing drive to help those served by the Bridgeport Rescue Mission - which offers safe shelter and essential clothing. People who are fortunate to stay in a shelter for the nights are often turned out in the early morning with no place to go until the shelter allows them back in at night. They are frequently outdoors in the most frigid conditions. We thank the Prep Community for your kind contributions.
Prep Helps Bring Christmas to Children in Need!
In support of the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Social Concerns, Prep collected new, unwrapped toys for families in the Bridgeport area. Hundreds of toys plus packages of much-needed diapers filled Arrupe Hall. Members of the Prep Squires Club helped load the toys into vehicles. Shown from left: Alex Capozziello '17, Thomas Hurst ’17, Zachary Aruguman '17 and Greg Lawler ’17.
Bobby Haskins '17 is News12 Scholar-Athlete
Fairfield Prep senior Robert "Bobby" Haskins has been named News12 Scholar Athlete for his contributions in the classroom and on the playing field. Haskins is a two sport standout in football and basketball. A four-year member of the football team, Haskins is a two-year starter at tight end and defensive end and was named ALL-SCC this past season at tight end. He led his team with 29 catches for 354 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season. On the basketball court Haskins plays power forward and center, and is also a four-year member and two-year starter for the basketball team which won the SCC title and advanced to the state semi-finals last year. Haskins is known to his coaches and teammates as an experienced leader and great teammate.
On campus, Haskins has maintained a 3.85 GPA, which is a Magna Cum Laude scholar. He has consistently taken the most rigorous and challenging courses offered. Bobby is a member of the National Honor Society, a Peer Tutor, and received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award at the NHS Honors Ceremony. He gives back by coaching basketball at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. Bobby is vice president of Student Government, and has been elected to lead his peers all four of his years at Fairfield Prep.
Prep Parents enjoy festive Christmas Party
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Over 180 Prep parents attended a festive cocktail party to kick off the Christmas season at the Fairfield Museum and History Center on December 10. The guests were entertained with Christmas classics by the Prep Encords acapella group. Attendees also collected unwrapped Christmas gifts at this event on behalf of Domus, a non-profit organization serving the most struggling youth in Stamford and New Haven with educational, community and residential programs.Special thanks to Shannon Nordlinger P '19 and Pasqualina Berkowitz P'16,'19 for coordinating the evening, which was sponsored by the Bellarmine Guild.