Prep hosts Boston Reception and visits Area Colleges
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Over 30 Alumni gathered for the annual Boston Business Breakfast on Friday, April 29, at the BC Club in downtown Boston. Guest speaker and Fairfield Prep President Father Tom Simisky, S.J., felt right at home growing up in Worcester, MA, and delivered an informative presentation of his transition to president and the school’s strategic vision moving forward. The breakfast concluded with Q&A and tremendous feedback from our Boston Alumni.
Prep visits Holy Cross
From left: Danny Moran '14, Rob Scarpetti '14, James Cannon '13, Dan Donahue '14, Trey Altieri '12, Matt Morrow '12, Rim Noone '15, Dave Mullany '12, Matt Bennett '12 and Conor Carey '14.
Conor Carey ’14 coordinated and Matt Bennett ’12 hosted dinner for Prep grads currently attending Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Dinner was provided by Austin Ryan ’06 from the Prep Advancement Office. Pizza, Prep stories, and laughs were shared by all!
Prep visits Boston College
Austin Ryan ’06 from the Advancement Office stopped by to catch up with Prep alums currently attending Boston College. Along with the several alums currently at BC, Kevin Stone ’15 cabbed in from Harvard, and Xavier Frey ’12 drove in from Tufts. Lunch was provided as everyone shared laughs and Prep memories.
From left: Bobby Barrett '15, Xavier Frey '12, Matt Rusin '15, Kevin Stone '15, Jack McKeon '15, Steve DeMoura '15 and Rahul Tasker '15.
From left: Xavier Frey '12, Matt Rusin '15, Austin Hughes '12, Kevin Stone '15, Brendan Sullivan '14 and James Mangan '15.
Prep Players present Carousel on May 12 & 13
The Prep Players will present the classic American musical Carousel on May 12 and 13, featuring the music from Rogers and Hammerstein. In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries young millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent to heaven. Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.
Director Megan Hoover comments on the actors' talents: "The students have engaged with the material in a remarkable way. Their scripts are covered in annotations, they are digging deeply into these characters and looking for the essential human truths. They have done a remarkable job uncovering the humanity of these characters and handling the weight of the material, showing incredible maturity and a sense of responsibility. In many ways this show generates more questions about life and love than it does answers. The cast has come to understand that these characters’ imperfections are what make them truthful, and they are committed to representing them as such."
The cast includes Fairfield Prep students and young women from Lauralton Hall, Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden, and Fairfield Warde. The music director is Christine Evans.
The production runs May 12 and 13 in the Kelley Theatre at the Quick Center for the Arts. The show begins at 8pm. Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 254-4010.
See rehearsal photos below!
Stanislav Yarmoussik '18 and Joseph Hopkins '18 win Connecticut BrainDance Award
From left: Joseph Hopkins '18, Biology teacher Mrs. Jane O'Reilly and Stanislav Yarmoussik '18
Stanislav Yarmoussik '18 and Joseph Hopkins '18 received awards in the 13th Annual BrainDance Awards Competition held in Hartford on April 21, 2016. They are biology students of Mrs. Jane O'Reilly. The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital sponsors the BrainDance academic and art competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This contest allows students to enter an art project, a research project, or a media project. Stanley placed 2nd in the arts category with his painting titled, "How do you see me?" (See below). Joe placed third in the same category with his story titled "Eyes."
As a biology teacher and nurse, Mrs. O'Reilly works to teach her students to be more empathetic towards others, especially with mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care.
Math Team takes 3rd in State Competition
Pictured from left: Amy Ardito (Math Teacher/Team Moderator), Haoxiang Zhang '18, Liuchang Li '18, Bowen Chen '18, Nicholas Howard '16, Tommy Paul '17, Stephen Howard '16, Ignacio Altamiranda '16, Matt Howard '18, Daqin Lin '18, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta
The Fairfield Prep Math Team won 3rd place in the state competition held recently at Greenwich High School. They qualified for the Regional Competition in Canton, Massachusetts, on April 29.
The Math Team participates in the Fairfield County Math League. They compete against 23 other schools in the league. The top 12 schools advanced to compete in the state competition where there were 46 other schools from the entire state. The state competition included three divisions: small, medium and large. In the medium division, Prep took 3rd place. Since the team finished in the top three, they qualified for the regional competition in Canton, Massachusetts. In the regional tournament, Prep will be competing against schools from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine. There will be about 50 schools in attendance. Congratulations, and good luck!
Students interested in the Math Team should contact Mrs. Amy ArditoCongratulations
In Memory of Richard Magdon - Visitation Hours and Memorial Mass Information
It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the death of Richard J. Magdon on April 23, 2016. Rich was a beloved member of the Fairfield Prep community for more than 30 years. He was a coach, teacher, administrator, and mentor but more importantly a cherished friend to so many. He will be dearly missed.
Richard Joseph Magdon, age 66 of Ansonia, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, after a long illness at Columbus Hospital, Newark, NJ. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Julie Tuttle Magdon, his father, Joseph Magdon and his mother Josephine (Creddo) Magdon. Born in Bridgeport, August 3, 1949, he was a graduate of both, Notre Dame H.S. Bridgeport and Fairfield University. After graduation, Rich began a teaching career at Seymour H.S. and later moved to Fairfield Prep as a teacher, administrator and coach. Always a sports fanatic, coaching and football was soon his love and mission. Over the years he became a respected part of the coaching community and helped lead the Fairfield Prep team as an assistant and later as head coach to many successful seasons. As a head coach his record was 96-69-2. One of his greatest wins was beating Cheshire H.S. in 1996, ending their 49 game win streak. After his retirement from Prep he happily became part of the Ansonia Football Program of which he was involved until his health would no longer allow. Although he moved to Ansonia many years ago, Rich was always a Bridgeporter to the core. Most of all, Rich was a mentor to many young men in his unique style. He will be truly missed by his many friends, the men he mentored and all who knew him. He is survived by his son, Jayme Tuttle, Sr. and his special grandson and friend, Jayme (JJ) Tuttle, Jr., several other grandchildren and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers please make all contributions to Jayme (JJ) Tuttle, Jr.’s Education in care of, Lawrence F. Pace, Jr., P.O. Box 5126, Bridgeport, CT, 06610. Friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Fairfield Prep invites the community to a Memorial Mass for Rich Magdon on:
Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 10:30 AM
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Fairfield University Campus
Reception will follow
Walk a Mile in her Shoes on April 30
On Saturday, April 30, Fairfield Prep will participate in Walk a Mile her in Her Shoes—an awareness walk that takes place in Fairfield from 8:30-10. Violence in any capacity is never acceptable and we are joining with:
• Fairfield University
• Sacred Heart University
• Fairfield’s Police Chief Gary McNamara
• Father Simisky, S.J., and Dr. Bob Perrotta
• Prep’s Guidance Department
• Administrators and Teachers
• Members of Prep’s Swim Team
• Rugby Team,
• Golf Team
• Baseball Team,
• Lacrosse Team
• Student Government
to raise awareness for the White Ribbon Campaign. High heels are optional!
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.
Starting in 1991, men were asked to wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Since then the White Ribbon Campaign has spread to over 60 countries around the world.
Please join us! To register for the walk, please follow this link: http://cfjbpt.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1153479 Click Register and the team name is Fairfield Prep. There is no charge for this event and we encourage you to wear Fairfield Prep Spirit Wear. Families are welcome! We will meet on the green next to the Mill Plain Starbucks in Fairfield around 8:30. The walk will end at the Town Green around 10am.
To promote the walk, we will have a Prep Pride Day on Friday, April 29. Students will be allowed to wear any Prep Spirit Wear top with no tie, but follow regular uniform requirements for pants and shoes.
Last year's Fairfield Prep group pictured below! Join us this year!
Former Fairfield Prep football coach Rich Magdon dies after long illness
Visiting Hours: Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. See obituary.
Watch Prep Video of Rich Magdon being honored with commemorative plaque
Read article about Rich Magdon in Prep Today Winter 2008 magazine
Rich Magdon, who taught and coached football at Fairfield Prep for more than three decades, died Saturday night in a Hackensack, New Jersey hospital after a long illness. He was 67.
Magdon coached at Fairfield Prep for 34 seasons over two stints beginning in 1970. After coaching under Seymour’s Dan Heffernan during the mid-70s, in 1978 Magdon returned to Fairfield Prep where he spent the next 30 years.
He served as an assistant for Earl Lavery and helped the Jesuits win two of the school’s three state championships, both over Greenwich in 1982 (Class L-I) and 1988 (Class LL).
When Lavery retired after the 1992 season, Magdon became the sixth head coach in Fairfield Prep football history.
Fairfield Prep was 96-69-2 during Magdon’s tenure, including seven winning seasons and two Class LL semifinal appearances in 1999 and 2006.
While Fairfield Prep didn’t win either of those playoff games, one of Magdon’s greatest victories as a head coach was ending Cheshire’s record 49-game win streak with a 14-6 victory at Alumni Field in 1996.
“Our kids are confident, not cocky. There’s a difference,” Magdon told the Hartford Courant afterward. “They respect the hell out of that team that got off the bus here tonight. But they’re not afraid of anybody.”
Magdon coached 11 New Haven Register All-State first team players at Fairfield Prep, including WR Ryan Utzler, End Ed McCarthy (Yale), LB Andrew Urquhart, and linemen Garrett Brown (Minnesota) and Masengo Kabongo (Maryland, Stony Brook) during his time as head coach.
“This is a great loss for Connecticut high school football,” said Ansonia coach Tom Brockett, who had Magdon on his staff for the last two years. “He made such an impact on so many kids, especially at Fairfield Prep. Everybody loved him. He was such a genuine guy who’d give the shirt off his back to anybody. He loved football, loved being around kids and coaching football.”
Tom Shea, who was an assistant under Magdon and eventually took over the football program in 2010, noted that one of Magdon’s best qualities was teaching life lessons to the boys under his charge.
“Football coaches aren’t just about coaching football. It’s about forming young men,” Shea said. “And he had such a positive influence on so many kids in the role of teacher and in the role of an administrator. I know there’s a lot of affection and gratitude from so many people at Fairfield Prep.”
Shea recalled a day when a player came to Magdon to quit the team. “He wasn’t a great player, but Rich was so wonderful in dealing with him,” Shea said. “He said, ‘Be careful because quitting is such a slippery slope. Once you start quitting, it gets easier and easier to keep quitting. So be careful.'”
Magdon resigned from coaching in 2008 and continued his duties as a Fairfield Prep dean, a position from which he retired in 2014. For the 2011 home-opener, Fairfield Prep honored Magdon with a plaque commemorating his service to the school.
“This is a very humbling and rewarding experience,” he said to the crowd. “There’s too many people to thank for this, but the biggest thank you is to Fairfield Prep for giving me the privilege of being associated with this great school and its great football program.
He was tough. But I'll tell you, he was so compassionate with the kids. He could figure out ways to straighten out some of the screwballs that, I'm sure as adults now, they are very appreciative of what he'd done.
-- Tom Shea, former Fairfield Prep head coach and assistant under Magdon
“I thank everyone that has ever played for us. I thank all the coaches that worked for me. I thank the administration for their support and the faculty of their support. And most of all I thank the parents for having the faith and trust for sending their sons here for us to work with.”
He eventually returned to coach as an assistant at Ansonia in 2014 and 2015 while his adopted grandson, Jayme (J.J.) Tuttle, Jr. was a member of the team.
Magdon grew up on Salem St. on the North End of Bridgeport. He attended Notre Dame of Bridgeport and played football for Lou Saccone. He graduated from Fairfield University.
Friends remembered Magdon for his often gruff, no-nonsense attitude and a dry wit for getting his point across. But under that tough-guy exterior was a man brimming with of love and care.
“He could be sharp with the tongue a few times,” Shea said. “He was tough. But I’ll tell you he was so compassionate with the kids. He could figure out ways to straighten out some of the screwballs that, I’m sure as adults now, they are very appreciative of what he’d done.”
“He was never at a loss for words. He said what he stood for,” said Billy Pinto, an assistant at Trumbull who coached under Magdon at Fairfield Prep for seven years and succeeded him as head coach for one season. “It wasn’t the most popular thing to say, but it was the right thing to say.”
Trumbull coach Bob Maffei, who grew up in Fairfield, met Magdon at Fairfield University through his father. The two became friends and served as best man at each other’s wedding. Maffei later coached with Magdon at Fairfield Prep for three years beginning in the late 1970s and recalled going to Magdon’s mother’s house in Bridgeport to bless each other with holy water before games.
“He was funny,” Maffei said. “He had a great sense of humor. He’d tell stories that had you in stitches all the time. And he was a real good coach.”
Former West Haven coach Ed McCarthy got to know Magdon well, first during the heated MBIAC rivalry between McCarthy’s St. Joseph teams and Lavery’s teams at Fairfield Prep. McCarthy later coached against Magdon throughout West Haven and Fairfield Prep’s Thanksgiving Day series.
“He was a character, but he was our character,” McCarthy said. “Those St. Joseph-Fairfield Prep games… It was a horrible rivalry. It was a bitter, bitter rivalry. But I’d like to think we saw through it at the end of the day. We got a long pretty good.”
Magdon suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized a few days before Ansonia’s 48-0 victory over Derby on Sept. 25. Tuttle scored a touchdown in his honor.
Magdon had diabetes, which complicated his recovery, his friends said. He spent the remainder of his life moving from hospitals in Connecticut to New York City and in New Jersey. McCarthy said Magdon seemed to be getting better in February. “He kept telling me, ‘I’ll be back in time for August. I’ll be ready to go,'” McCarthy said. “He was optimistic.”
“The whole ordeal has been so sad,” Shea said. “Rich fought. I know his only thoughts these last few months weren’t for himself. They were all about his grandson whom he’d raised all his life.”
Magdon is predeceased by his wife, Julie, who died in 2013. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Jazzuits & Encords perform at the Apollo Theater
Over spring break, the Jazzuits and Encords performed at the annual New York City Jazz Festival; hosted at the world-famous Apollo Theater. They performed as part of a ticketed daytime recital, and worked behind the scenes with vocal and instrumental jazz experts to improve their performances. To conclude the festivities, they then attended an evening concert performed by the World-renowned “Real Group”; an acapella group out of Sweden.
See video clip below of Prep performance, plus check back for full recording!
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 17, 2016
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.
George Crist '16 named Fairfield Prep’s DAR Good Citizen
Pictured: George Crist '16 with parents Mary and Aris Crist '73
Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution recognize one outstanding young person from each area high school. To be considered for DAR Good Citizen recognition a student must exhibit the qualities of dependability (defined as truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality), service (cooperation, courtesy and consideration for others), leadership (personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility) and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) – all to an outstanding degree. From Fairfield Prep, George Crist is this year’s DAR Good Citizen and he was recognized in a ceremony held on Sunday, March 13, in Fairfield.
On campus George is an outstanding student, among the very strongest in the Prep Class of 2016. He is a Magna Cum Laude Scholar and National Honor Society member who shares his academic talents with the Prep community as a Peer Tutor. George has served on Prep’s Student Government for all of his Prep years and through participation in the American Legion Boy’s State program he has furthered his interests in politics, government and current issues on local, state, national and international levels. Perhaps the strongest testament to the character of this civic minded young man is that he has achieved the rank of Eagle in Scouting. He has been a determined and dedicated athlete at Prep participating at varsity level in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track for all of his Prep years and has served as captain in all three programs. George has volunteered his energies to assist children at the Stamford Boys and Girls Club and served as a leader in Prep’s Freshman Retreat program. In all areas of his life George serves as a fine example of the values and activities which epitomize a DAR Good Citizen.
George will be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall.
Reunion for Classes Ending in 1 & 6
Join classmates to return to campus June 17-18. If it's your 50th Reunion, get information and register here.
CLASSES ENDING IN 1 AND 6: REGISTER ONLINE!
Friday, June 17, 2016
11am: Golf Outing - Great River Golf Club
12:15pm Shotgun Start - $265 per player
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Class Reunions
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Fairfield University
6pm: Cocktail Reception & Dinner
Student Life Center in Berchmans Hall, Fairfield Prep
Click here for a map of Fairfield University's campus
Contact Kathy Norell, Director of Alumni Relations & Events, if you have any questions.
The Fairfield Circle Inn has given special pricing for your reunion weekend at $109 per night/room. For hotel reservations -please call 203-255-0491 - and let the reservations desk know this is Prep's Reunion weekend or online and type in PrepReunion2016 under discount code.
Prep Rugby wins Jesuit Tournament Championship
Hosts four Jesuit schools from Northeast
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The first annual North-East Jesuit Rugby Tournament was played over the weekend of April 16 - 17. Six teams: Boston College HS, Canisius HS (Buffalo, NY), Fairfield Prep, Fordham Prep and St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, NJ) met in pool play. The tournament, hosted by Fairfield Prep, was played on the campus of Fairfield University. In the spirit of Jesuit brotherhood, all teams attended a Mass celebrated on Sunday at Egan Chapel. Additionally, Prep families opened their homes to host players from other teams, and the Prep Fathers' Club sponsored a BBQ for all teams.
Pool play on Saturday set up the next day's award round.
Fairfield Prep A 26 - St. Peter's 0
Fairfield Prep A 24 -Boston College HS 5
St. Peter's Prep 29 - Boston College HS 28
Canisius HS 50 - Fairfield Prep B 0
Fordham Prep 66 - Fairfield Prep B 5
Fordham Prep 28 - Canisius HS 0
Sunday Championship Award Round
Plate winner BC High defeated Fairfield Prep B,55-10
Bowl winner Canisus defeated St. Peter's, 24-19
Cup winner Fairfield Prep over Fordham Prep, 43-19.
Business Club wins High School Division at Fairfield University Start-up Showcase
From left: Kevin Gallagher '17, Junlin Mo '17 and Business Club Moderator Tom Shea '73
On April 5 the Fairfield Prep Business Club won the High School Division presentation at the Fairfield University Start-up Showcase. The event featured presentations form student-led start-up businesses who were competing for venture capital funding from potential investors. Prep won the first High School Award offered by the University. Prep Juniors Kevin Gallagher, Junlin Mo, Fred Rio and Brendan Sawyer prepared a video making a pitch for a company named CrowdFlik, which offers a free app that lets users put together video clips filmed and shared by other users from the same event, be it sporting events, vacations, tours, weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and news events. Watch the students’ pitch, which starts at about 5 minutes into the recorded competition. Prep was awarded $500.00 for First Place.
Fred Rio is the current President of the Prep Business Club which hosted its own showcase business plan competition on March 9 of this year. This year there were seven companies making presentations and first prize of $100.00 was awarded to sophomores John Starrett and Riley McGeady for their business Green Concrete.
Learn more about the Prep Business Club.
The Prep Business Club competition with judges (front, from left): Moderator Tom Shea '73 P' 08,'11, Dan Pengue '73 and Mark Cirilli P '19.
Avallone '19, Haranzo '19 and Kavanaugh '19 earn awards at Donate Life Connecticut
Pictured from left: Cole Avallone '19 and Christian Haranzo '19 (Peter Kavanaugh '19 not pictured)
Donate Life Connecticut celebrated the 26th Annual High School Visual Art Contest on April 1, 2016. Cole Avallone '19, Christian Haranzo '19 and Peter Kavanaugh '19 were among the winners. They joined their Biology teacher Mrs. Jane Novia O’Reilly at the state capitol for the awards ceremony.
Since 1990, thousands of Connecticut high school students have participated in the Donate Life Connecticut Annual Visual Art Contest. Each year, students are encouraged to create unique artwork to be used for raising awareness about organ and tissue donation and the importance of becoming a registered donor.
Cole Avallone was the 3rd Place winner, and Christian Haranzo received an Honorable Mention. Peter Kavanaugh was awarded “Best Video.”
Learn more about Donate Life Connecticut.
Cole and Christian with Science Teacher Jane O'Reilly
Thomas Moore '16 named National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete
Thomas Moore with his parents Alessandra and Tom Moore
The 56th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner was held on April 8, 2016. Thomas Moore, Fairfield Prep Class of 2016 was one of 28 high school and prep school scholar athletes honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. “We have another outstanding group of young men that we are honoring this year,” said Bill O’Brien chapter president. “All they have achieved on the field and in the classroom should make their family, school and community very proud.”
Tom is a Summa Cum Laude student and a member of Prep’s National Honor Society as well as serving fellow students as a Peer Tutor. In recognition of his scholarship, Tom received the Cornell Book Award at this year’s academic awards mass. On the football field Tom was recognized as Most Improved Player in senior year and started at both quarterback and strong safety. In addition to his strong contribution to Prep’s Football program Tom has been a two year member of Prep’s Indoor and Outdoor Track programs. In speaking of Tom’s contribution to Prep’s Football program Coach Hellstern reflects that Tom is “character in action as he always sets the right example in consistently pushing himself and supporting his teammates”.
In living the Jesuit mission, Tom is a “man for others” in the truest sense; volunteering at Operation Hope and at the Kennedy Center and participating in Prep’s Urban Immersion and Ecuador Immersion service experience. His interests and talents are varied as Tom is involved in Prep’s Business Club as well as in Prep’s Music Program through Prep’s Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Band. Tom is planning on playing football in college, and has not made a final school choice. He is a resident of Fairfield.