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Seniors receive top service awards

Fitzgerald and Thornton receive Jacky Durrell Service Awards

From left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Ginna Paules (Fairfield Recreation Dept.), Dan Fitzgerald '17, James Thornton '17 and Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

For their solid citizenship, strong academic records and contributions to the lives of others, seniors Dan Fitzgerald and James Thornton have been recognized for their service to the community in being awarded the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award sponsored the Fairfield Recreation Department.

Dan Fitzgerald has achieved a strong academic record, graduating with Cum Laude honors while managing a strong course of study and a commitment as a Crew athlete. His life of service began well before his Prep years, as Dan has had a long career in Scouting and has achieved the rank of Eagle. On campus Dan is an Altar Server, a Peer Tutor, and has taken on a leadership role in Prep’s environmental initiative, the Carbon Challenge. He has also supported Prep’s service mission to Appalachia, both as a participant and as a leader. Dan’s recognition with the Jacky Durrell Award is well deserved. He will continue his life of scholarship and service in the future as he prepares to begin his college years at University of Connecticut in the fall of 2017.

James Thornton has achieved a strong academic record in his Prep years, managing a demanding course of study and graduating Magna Cum Laude. James is a community-minded young man who has achieved the rank of Eagle in Scouting. He has made a strong imprint on the Prep community through his contributions to liturgical life on campus as a Eucharistic Minister, and has contributed to the academic well being of his Prep brothers as a Peer Tutor. Outside of the classroom, James has made a strong commitment to Prep’s Crew program and balanced it with academic success and his service life, where he participated in Prep’s Urban Plunge program. For his achievements, James has also been awarded a scholarship by the Fairfield Kiwanis Club. James plans to continue his life of scholarship and service as he begins his college career at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2017.

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Standout student and service leader honored

Alex Capozziello '17 earns top scholarships and awards

From left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Edward Capozziello '84, Alex Capozziello '17, Robert Guere P'17 (Monroe Rotary) and President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

Alex Capozziello has lived and learned in his Prep years with an “above and beyond the call” attitude, and in doing so, dedicated himself to others and to excellence. Alex has achieved Summa Cum Laude academic honors, has set new standards for service on campus and in the community, and has sought growth in his personal life and spiritual life through his many involvements in a variety of Prep programs. In particular, Alex achieved Eagle Scout, served as Editor in Chief of the Hearthstone yearbook, and organized three Prep community blood drives as a leader in the Squires service organization. His leadership in liturgical life on campus and in Prep’s retreat program characterize Alex as a young man of conviction and action. His outstanding efforts have been well recognized in Alex’s earning a number of scholarship awards for academic excellence, citizenship and service, from the Monroe Rotary (pictured here), Unico International, the Knights of Columbus, and the Chester Lapinski Education Trust through the Diocese of Bridgeport. Alex will be attending Boston College beginning in the fall of 2017 where he is considering study in Environmental Science and in the Biological Sciences.

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Prep beats Fairfield Warde for championship cup!

Prep retains its Gaelic Football state title!

Mother Nature cooperated just long enough on Friday evening, June 23, for Fairfield Prep’s Gaelic Football Club to defend its state title, beating Fairfield Warde high school . Victory did not come easy, though. Like last year, Prep trailed throughout the match until the closing stages before ultimately walking off the field as champions.

The first quarter was a disaster for the Jesuits. The experienced, free-scoring opposition coolly racked up a formidable lead against an unmoored Prep side. The first-quarter whistle could not have come soon enough. A deep breath, a drink of water and a reminder that their athleticism far outweighed their lack of experience were just what Prep’s players needed. Led by seniors Jorge Aguilar, Jamie Becker, Andrew Rothe and Evensen St. Juste, they began the second quarter with a renewed sense of composure.

The second quarter, in stark contrast to the first, danced to Prep’s rhythm as Aguilar and man-of-the-match Jack Auray seized control of midfield and began to dictate play. Prep’s finishing remained a work-in-progress but the squad slowly chipped away at their opponents’ lead throughout the second and third quarters, paced by the steady beat of team captain Jack Feeney’s points through the uprights.

The players’ efforts finally bore fruit when they drew level for the first time in the fourth quarter with only three minutes remaining. The newfound pressure did not rattle the players; it galvanized them. Thunderous goals by Becker and John Starrett in the closing minutes left Prep with a comfortable-looking score that belied the tense 58 previous minutes of the match. But the result was the same; Prep’s squad was once again able to celebrate with the cup as state champions. A job well done for the Jesuits!

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Talented performance by student ensemble

Prep Players perform Into the Woods! Earn Halo Award nominations!

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The Prep Players presented the Broadway musical Into the Woods on May 11 and 12, featuring the music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. In this show, all the fairy tale characters everyone knows so well set off on a journey to get their greatest wish. What they learn, though, is that wishes have consequences and life after "ever after" isn't always happy. The show followed this year’s theme of telling stories as an ensemble, which the Prep Players started with the Story Pirates Project in the fall. 

Director Megan Hoover complimented the actors' and musicians' talents, which earned Halo Award nominations: "The Prep Players was recognized by Seven Angels Theatre with six Halo nominations for The Story Pirates Project and Into the Woods, which are a testament to how hard this group worked this year...I hope you will join me in congratulating them on this amazing achievement."

The cast included Fairfield Prep students and young women from area high schools. The music director was Christine Evans, who led a professional orchestral pit with the memorable music classics.

Halo Award Nominations:

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:

Taylor McCuaig as Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL:

Audrey Burns as The Witch in Into The Woods

BEST ORCHESTRA:

Fairfield College Preparatory School: Into The Woods

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN AN ENSEMBLE PLAY OR MUSICAL:

Fairfield College Preparatory School: The Story Pirates Project

BEST STANDOUT PERFORMANCE IN AN ENSEMBLE PLAY:

Teddy Whiteman in The Story Pirates Project

BEST CONTEMPORARY PLAY:

Fairfield College Preparatory School: The Story Pirates Project

The Into the Woods Cast

Narrator…………………………………… Teddy Whiteman
Cinderella…………………………………Jennifer Veith
Jack……………………………………………Junlin Mo
Milky White………………………………Kenneth Geisert
Baker…………………………………………Brendan Sawyer
Baker's Wife………………………………Annamarie Fama
Cinderella's Stepmother……………Katie Rooney
Florinda ………………………………………Freddy Rio
Lucinda…………………………………………Thomas Rudden
Jack's Mother………………………………Sydney Middleton
Little Red Riding Hood………………Taylor McGuaig
Birds, Grandmother……………………JP Queenan
Witch……………………………………………Audrey Burns
Cinderella's Father………………………Calvin Wright
Cinderella's Mother………………………Emily Hoffman
Mysterious Man……………………………Al Kelly
Wolf………………………………………………Kenneth Moales
Rapunzel…………………… ………………Colleen Callahan
Rapunzel's Prince…………………………Greg Torigian
Cinderella's Prince…………………………Francis Ohe
Prince's Steward……………………………Zach Simonetti
Giant………………………………………………Ms. Koren Mumma

Production Team

Megan Hoover…………………………………………………………Director
Christine Evans………………………………………………………Musical Director
Darcie Mann……………………………………………………………Choreographer
Doug Durlacher………………………………………………………Scenic Designer/Technical Director
RJ VanDeusen…………………………………………………………Lighting Designer
Michael Ornato…………………………………………………………Soundboard Operator
Eciaus Booth……………………………………………………………Lightboard Operator
Royaunte Pittman/James Blasius…………………………Spotlight Operator

The Pit

Robert Codio '11………… Piano
Matthew Corcoran…………Trumpet*
Colin Terry……………………Trombone*
Hunter Sigona………………Clarinet
Siwon Yoo……………………Violin I*
Brian Gallegos………………Violin II*
Benjamin Martinez…………Bass*
Peter Wheeler……………… Percussionist*
Christine Evans………………Conductor/Piano

                    *Denotes a Student Instrumentalist

Poster and Record Design: Juvaughn Lee, Christopher Vivas-Nava, Roberto Chadwick, Ed Mitchell

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Classes ending in 2 and 7 reconnect at Reunion

Alumni gather for Class Reunions!

Approximately 400 Alumni and guests attended the Fairfield Prep Reunion for classes ending in 2 and 7, held on June 3, 2017, in a huge tent on Prep's Pelletier Quad. Guests attended Mass concelebrated in Egan Chapel by Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., Prep Chaplain Rev. Bret Stockdale, S.J., Rev. Bob Levens, S.J., Rev. Larry Ryan, S.J., and Rev. Walter Pelletier. A reception and dinner followed in the big tent. The previous day, all alumni were invited to attend the Annual Golf Outing at Great River Golf Club and the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame dinner in the quad. Many alumni played in or watched alumni sports games on Saturday, including Rugby, Lacrosse and Baseball. All enjoyed the action-packed weekend and reconnecting with Prep classmates.

VIEW the REUNION SLIDESHOW. 

 

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Prep Graduation Photos & Videos

The Fairfield Prep 75th Commencement was held on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 10 AM in Alumni Hall. 220 graduates processed in traditional white dinner jacket, and well as 21 members of the Class of 1967 who received golden diplomas to celebrate their 50th Reunion. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

VIDEOS - 

PHOTOS -

Many photos may be viewed or purchased at www.seidlerphotography.com. Choose Online Previews. Enter session ID "grad17" or "mass17"

 

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Classes of 1946, 1952, 1957 and 1962 join the dinner and reception

Class of 1967 enjoys 50th Reunion Weekend!

Classes of 1946, 1952, 1957 and 1962 join the dinner and reception

VIEW REUNION WEEKEND SLIDESHOW. 

View the Full Graduation Video. 

The Class of 1967 gathered for an activity-filled reunion weekend June 2-4, beginning with Prep's Golf Outing on Friday, the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday evening, and a breakfast, presentation and tour at Prep on Saturday morning. The classmates and guests attended Saturday evening Mass at Egan Chapel with principal celebrant President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., and homilist Fr. David Leopold '67.

All enjoyed a delicious pig roast dinner held in the Student Life Center. The Class of 1967 generously pledged $140,460 to benefit finalcial aid and the Fairfield Prep Fund. Sunday events continued with breakfast at Prep and the 75th Commencement at Alumni Hall, where the Class of 1967 processed with the Class of 2017 and received their golden diplomas. All attendees enjoyed reminiscing and reconnecting with their classmates.

Additional photos may be viewed or purchased at www.seidlerphotography.com. Choose Online Previews. Enter session ID "reunion17" and for graduation photos "grad17"

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Congratulations to Prep's athletic legends!

Athletic Hall of Fame honors Prep's Greatest!

Prep honored four individuals and one team at its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame, held on June 2, 2017, in Prep's Pelletier Quad. Approximately 300 attended a spectacular evening, with Master of Ceremonies Traug Keller '78 P'11,'17 (SVP, ESPN). Alumni, family and friends enjoyed tributes to all of our honorees. Prep alumni  will never forget, “We may laugh, we may cry, but we never say die. Let’s go Fairfield! Fairfield, let’s go!”

VIEW SLIDESHOW OF EVENT

CHRIS DRURY ’94 - HOCKEY
Tribute Video

Chris is arguably the most decorated athlete in Prep’s history. From 1991-1994, Chris set numerous scoring records while at Fairfield Prep. He was a 2-time All-State Player in 1993 and 1994 and Connecticut’s Division 1 Player of the Year in 1994. Chris helped Boston University reach the Frozen Four three times and won the NCAA Championship in 1995. He was a finalist for the top player in collegiate hockey three times, winning the award in 1998. After college Chris played 12 seasons in the NHL and won the Rookie of the Year Award in1999. Chris is currently Assistant General Manager of the New York Rangers.

PAUL HALAS ’74 - FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, BASKETBALL
Tribute Video

Paul may be the most talented all-around athlete in school history. A two-way player in Football (Quarterback and Safety)helped lead Prep to a MBIAC Championship in 1973. In addition to football, Paul excelled on the basketball court and started at shortstop for Prep’s baseball team for three seasons. In 1974 he was the MBIAC Baseball MVP. After Prep, Paul attended Harvard and led the Ivy in interceptions his senior season and was a three-year starter on the Crimson’s baseball team. Halas won Harvard’s Scholar Athlete Award and graduated with honors from Harvard and Harvard Law School.

JIM FITZSIMMONS ’69 - BASKETBALL
Tribute Video

Jim Fitzsimons has the distinction of being the only basketball player in school history to be named All-American. “Fitz” still holds the school record for career points and points in a single game. He was league MVP and won the State Championship in the ’68-’69 season. After first going to Duke, Fitz transferred to Harvard and is still the school’s single season scoring leader. Jim was inducted to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

EARL LAVERY ’50 - VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH
Tribute Video

Earl Lavery was the face of Fairfield Prep Football for 28 years. “The Duke” coached five unbeaten teams, won or shared 13 MBIAC titles, won three State Championships and had 14 teams finish in the state’s Top 10. Earl was elected to the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991, received the prestigious Gold Key Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance 1996 and entered the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

1960 CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL TEAM
Tribute Video

Under Coach Joe Brosley, the 1960 Fairfield Prep Football team was Prep’s first State Championship Team. The team finished the season with a 10-0 record, outscoring their opponents 352-36 and recording six shutouts.


 

 

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Because of You...Prep boys are offered opportunities!

Your Support Makes a Difference!

Time's running out!  Make your gift to the Fairfield Prep Fund by June 30!

For your convenience, you can make your gift online using Prep's secure webpage:

MAKE AN ONLINE GIFT

Or, you may send a check made payable to "Fairfield Prep" and mail to: Fairfield Prep Development & Alumni Office, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824

For additional giving options, including gifts of stock and matching gifts, please click here.

Thank you very much for your valued support of Fairfield Prep!

 

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Golf Outing benefits Prep!

Prep Golfers enjoy Annual Outing!


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Over 140 alumni, parents and friends of Fairfield Prep enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at Great River Golf Club in Milford on June 2 to support Prep's scholarship in honor of former head golf coach Roger Ratchford. The day consisted of friendly competition, great golf and a lot of Prep memories. Special thanks to the tournament committee chaired by John Chiota '86 and consisting of John Chiota '61, Kevin Foley '73, Tom Welch '83, Jim Butler '86, Alex Oracheff '94, Kevin Kozlowski '99 and Rob Weiss ’09.

Special thanks to alumni who helped at the event: Ed Krygier ’60, Ron Grywalksi ’65 and Shawn McDonnell ’72.

The tournament was organized as a scramble and offered breakfast, lunch and (back to Prep for) dinner as part of the Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame program. Most importantly, the group was able to raise money for Prep. Thanks to Cob Carlson ’71 who produced the Donald Ross DVD that was received by players. Everyone is looking forward to this great event next year.

WINNERS:

  • 1st Parents Friends – Mike Hoover, Harry Vlandis, Dennis Rothe, Michael Steed
  • 2nd Parents/Friends – Mike Mulquin, Mark Pagani, John Panone, Mike Scalzo
  • 3rd –Parents /Friends – Mike Bayles, George Blees, Rich Kiel, Patrick Pollard
  • 1st –Alumni – Chris Curran ’77 , Sean Kane ‘89, Bob Murphy ’77, Bill Vietze ‘77
  • 2nd Alumni – Dave MacKenzie ’77, Dave MacKenzie ’02, Alex MacKenzie ’03, John MacKenzie ’08
  • 3rd Alumni – Steve Kinney ’99, Sam Lauria ’98, Dave Yurkerwich ’99
  • Closest to the Pin – #2, Mike Murphy ’82, #15 Cob Carlson ’71
  • Longest Drive – Paul Keblish
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Zeitgeist newspaper released

Political Awareness Society publishes 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. The club meets every Thursday in B 407 after school.

Click here to read/print a pdf of the newspaper. Or read virtually!

The Political Awareness Club welcomes new members. To learn more about the club, click here.

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Join your classmates! Classes ending in 2 and 7!

Reunion for Classes Ending in 2 & 7
"A Weekend to Remember!"

Join classmates and return to campus June 2-3, 2017. 

WALK-INS WELCOME. PAY $75 AT DOOR!

Friday, June 2, 2017
Morning: Golf Outing - Great River Golf Club (optional)
9:00am Registration; 10:00am Shotgun Start - $265 per player

6:00pm: Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner - Prep Quad
Cocktails and dinner/awards ceremony 7:00 p.m. - $40

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00am - Breakfast in the Quad (incl in $75 registration fee) 
- State of the School address by Prep President, Fr. Tom Simisky, S.J.
- Tours of the school 

Saturday afternoon - Alumni sports games - Play or watch!

5:00pm - Mass 

6:00 pm - Reception/Dinner
Prep Quad (for classes '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02, '07, '12)- $75 - morning breakfast included in registration fee 

6:00 pm - Reception/Dinner
Student Life Center (for classes '47, '52, '57, '62) - $75 - morning breakfast included in registration fee 

 

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Prep Graduation will be available on LiveStream VIDEO!

The Fairfield Prep 75th Commencement on Sunday, June 4, 10 AM
will be available to view on LIVESTREAM VIDEO.

The video recording will be available to view a few days later on the Prep You Tube Channel: www.youtube.com/fairfieldprep1.

Commencement Video - Full Program

Additional link to watch/download video

Order photos from Robert Taylor Photography

Additionally, all Class of 2017 families will be contacted regarding how they may download the video if they wish.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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Congratulations to our Seniors!

Fairfield Prep announces College Acceptances for the Class of 2017

Mr. John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance & College Advising, is pleased to release a list of college acceptances for the Class of 2017. The Prep Community is proud of the impressive college opportunities for our seniors! 

List of College Acceptances

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Scholar athletes earn college opportunities

Prep Seniors commit to College Baseball

Front row from left: Charlie Hoover (Union College); Karl Johnson (US Military Academy West Point); Jason Marcello (Southern Vermont College); Chris Rotondo (Villanova University); and Matt Zaffino (Hamilton College). Back row from left: Athletic Director Tom Curran '05; Head Coach Rudy Mauritz '94; Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

Five members from the Fairfield Prep Baseball team, which recently won the SCC Oronoque Division while also advancing to the SCC Championship game, were recognized for their decisions to attend college and continue their baseball careers. Jason Marcello, Matt Zaffino, Chris Rotondo, Karl Johnson and Charlie Hoover have all committed to play college baseball.

Jason Marcello will attend Southern Vermont College. Marcello who plays catcher and infield for the Jesuits is also a Magna Cum Laude student and completed his senior service at the Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport this year. Matt Zaffino, also an infielder for the Jesuits, will be attending Hamilton College. Zaffino is a Magna Cum Laude Student and National Honor Society member. Matt completed his senior service at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich while also helping out as a New Canaan Youth Baseball coach.

Chris Rotondo, who was recently recognized as All-SCC and picked to play in the Senior All Star Game, will be attending Villanova University. Rotondo is also a Magna Cum Laude student and a member of the National Honor Society. Chris volunteered at the Redding Boys and Girls Club as well as Operation Hope in Fairfield. Charlie Hoover will be attending Union College. Hoover, who is a pitcher for the Jesuits, is also a Cardinal Key Club member at Prep, participates in the Campus Ministry program, and was a speaker at the White Ribbon Campaign assembly. Hoover has completed his senior service at the XLR8 program in Bridgeport.

Karl Johnson, also a pitcher for the Jesuits, has had a banner year on the mound throwing a no hitter in the regular season, named All-SCC in 2016 and 2017, as well as earning All-State Honors in 2016. Johnson will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to pitch. Karl completed his senior service at the Kennedy Center Bowling program.

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