Thanksgiving Prayer Assembly brings together Prep Community, honors Mrs. Colleen Keltos
Fairfield Prep’s annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Assembly took place on Tuesday, November 24, in Alumni Hall. The focus of this year's service was thankfulness for all of God’s gifts, especially the gifts of creation and the Fairfield Prep community. This years’ service included: prayers and gifts presented by student government, a reenactment of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, music by the FP Jam Band, and excerpts from the Papal Encyclical Laudato ‘si read by members of our 2Philly4Francis group. Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., also honored Mrs. Colleen Keltos for her 35 years of dedicated service to Fairfield Prep. Watch Prep YouTube higlights!
Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collects food for needy families
Representatives of Prep Squires Club and friends. Front row from left: Andrew Rothe ’17, Kevin Gallagher ’17, Junlin Mo ’17, Thomas Hurst ’17 and Bryan Estrella '19. Back row from left: Jack Wiig ’17, Alex Capozziello ’17, Eric Rogers ’16, Obumnemne Nkwo ‘17
Prep's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive successfully collected hundreds of bags of much-needed food for Bridgeport area families, filling Arrupe Hall! Students filled two large transport vans with bags of food for Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. The staff members from ABCD were grateful to receive the large amount of food. ABCD works to provide Thanksgiving dinner for 2,000 families. Thank you to the Prep Community for your generous support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your donations will undoubtedly make someone's holiday season that much better this year.
Cross Country Team wins Jesuit High School Championship
Pictured from left: Coach Bob Ford Sr., McKinnon Sheldon '18, Edward Tristine '19, Chris Nilson '17, Jack McGowen '16, Jack O'Connor '16, George Crist '16, Drew Thompson '18, Coach Bob Ford Jr.
Prep Cross Country completed its team competition schedule with a victory at the Jesuit High School Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx New York. A dozen teams from all over the northeast ran in the race. Prep’s seven varsity runners all took home individual medals for finishing in the Top 25.
Prep Dads and Sons volunteer for Rake 'N' Bake
Prep Father's Club made this year's Brookfield Rake 'N' Bake their Fall Father-Son Volunteer Day. Approximately 75 Prep fathers and sons drove to Brookfield, CT, on Novermber 14 and participated in raking leaves for those who can't easily do it themselves. They joined a group of over 1,000 volunteers participating in the 16th annual Rake 'n' Bake sponsored by the HDHM Ministry (Handy Dandy Handyman organization). While it was a crisp windy morning they managed to clean leaves from 70 homes in the greater Danbury area. HDHM.org (Handy Dandy Handyman) is run by community leader Peter Brady (pictured bottom right with Ryan McMullin '16 and Peter McMullin P '16). HDHM is an organization that provides service for the surrounding Brookfield communities all year long, with Rake 'n' Bake being their largest event.
Dear Friends of Prep,
On Tuesday, December 1, Fairfield Prep will celebrate its second annual Day of Giving. Please mark your calendar and plan to join thousands of alumni, parents and friends on this day dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our Prep students!
Annual Stamford Breakfast Well-Attended
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November 12 - The Stamford Marriott hosted over 60 alumni, parents and friends of Fairfield Prep for Prep's annual Stamford Business Breakfast. Breakfast, networking and conversation were had by all before beginning the work day. Notably, there was a wide variety of ages as many younger alumni drove in and road the train to join their more seasoned brethren. Several current and alumni parents also attended. Despite the early start, the room was vibrant and energetic as ideas and commentary on business practices were shared.
The unifying voice to this collaboration was economist Nick Perna '60, the featured speaker who complemented his educational presentation with light-hearted anecdotes from his years of experience. Nick's charm and wisdom radiated from wall to wall as he shared national and global projections of the coming years; and he analyzed current economic hot topics. While the professional backgrounds of the attendees were diverse, Nick's words resonated with everyone.
Finally, congrats to Peter Nolin '74 on winning the business card drawing at the conclusion of the breakfast! See you all next year!
Watch Nick Perna's speech on Prep YouTube.
Andrew Sciarretta '16 signs Athletic National Letter of Intent with University of Richmond Golf
With Andrew Sciarretta (signing) from left: Athletic Dir. Tom Curran, Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., Annette and Louis Sciarretta (parents), Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, and Varsity Golf Coach Bob Bernier
Fairfield Prep is pleased to recognize Andrew Sciarretta as he signs a National Letter of Intent, committing to bring his academic gifts and golf talents to the University of Richmond for his college years. Andrew is a hard working student and a dedicated golfer who has been a four member of Fairfield Prep’s Varsity Golf Team. Significantly, he has played in the team’s number one position in every match for the past four years. Andrew earned Medalist recognition in the Division I State Championship as a freshman and has been named three time All-SCC, twice All State, Hearst Media All-Star, and New Haven Register All-Area. He is the reigning Connecticut Junior Amateur Champion. In addition to his talent in golf, Andrew has been recognized for character and leadership in being named as varsity captain for both junior and senior years. There are strong parallels between Andrew’s golf career and academic record as they demonstrate his solid work ethic and strong progress. Andrew’s commitment to excellence also extends to his service in the community where he is a tutor and mentor in the Grassroots Tennis Program in Norwalk, helping children through their “Tools for School” program. His standout success on the golf course, in the classroom and in the community as a student at Fairfield Prep form a solid foundation for his success in academics and Division I golf at the University of Richmond where Andrew will attend in the fall of 2016. Andrew is a resident of Wilton.
Players revive Our Town with sold-out performances!
The Prep Players performed Our Town, a 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. The stage manager of the theatre, Jackson Mendes '16, narrates the show's three acts depicting "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Dying." The play is performed without a set and with minimal props, and the actors mime their actions. "Bravo" to the talented ensemble for an emotive performance!
The production ran on November 12 and 13 in the Weir Experimental Theater at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts. The show was directed by Mrs. Megan Hoover, Fine Arts Chair. Watch Prep YouTube highlights!
The Stage Manager – Jackson Mendes '16
Emily Webb –Katie Rooney
Mrs. Myrtle Webb – Jennifer Veith
Mr. Charles Webb – Liam Traynor '16
Wally Webb – Teddy Whiteman '18
George Gibbs – Brendan Sawyer '17
Mrs. Julia Gibbs – Annamarie Fama
Dr. Frank Gibbs – Ryan Ramos '16
Rebecca Gibbs – Mia Pollack
Mrs. Louella Soames – Olivia DeFilippo
Simon Stimson – Francis Ohe '19
Joe Crowell, Jr. – Freddy Rio '17
Howie Newsome – Niko Lignore '16
Professor Willard – George Seyfried '18
Constable Warren – Matt Didelot '16
Si Crowell – Alexander McMullen '18
Baseball Player – Eciaus Booth '19
Sam Craig – Junlin Mo '17
Joe Stoddard – Al Kelly '17
Mr. Carter – Michael Ornato '17
Farmer McCarty – Mike Kubisek '16
Thanksgiving Food Drive benefits local Bridgeport community
Dear Fairfield Prep Community,
It is time for Prep's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! The drive will begin on Thursday, November 12, and conclude on Monday, November 23. Please consider filling a bag with the needed items to help the cause. All food items should be dropped off in our Arrupe Foyer.
Food pantries all over Connecticut are painfully low on non-perishables. One of the areas in the most need is Bridgeport, where people are turned away from pantries daily because they have no food to dispense.
All of the non-perishables collected at Prep will be donated to Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc. ABCD, Inc. hopes to provide Thanksgiving dinner for at least 2,000 familes this year. Your support of Prep's food drive would go a long way in making this happen!
Thank you for your generosity,
Director of Student Activities & Christian Service
Mothers and Sons enjoy Dinner & Show
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This year's Mother/Son event was held on October 29 in our new Student Life Center. 302 Mothers and sons attended! After enjoying dinner together, the guests were entertained by Ryan Oakes, Magician and Mentalist. He put on a fantastic show! The evening ended with a raffle. A special thank you to everyone who donated to this successful event, including Colony Grill, Pronto, B Good, Chefs Table, Country Cow, Garden Catering, and Home Depot. Special thanks to Co-Chairs MaryEllen Guere P'17 and Mary Alice Noone P'11,'13, '15, '18.
Prepsters attend Ignatian Family Teach-In
The Ignatian Family Teach-In is an annual gathering for members of Jesuit institutions throughout the country and other parts of the world. The majority of Jesuit high schools and colleges send a delegation each year.
The theme of the 2015 Teach-In was "Bridges," held from November 7-9 in Washington, D.C. Fairfield Prep had 14 students attend this conference and they had the opportunity to interact with their peers from other Jesuit institutions. They also heard from keynote speakers, like Sr. Helen Prejean and Fr. Jim Martin, S.J., on the topics of immigration reform, fair trade, remembrance of the Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador, and several other social justice issues.
Fairfield Prep's group also visited with one of Congressman Jim Himes' representatives and took a tour of the Capitol.
Brendan Rooney '16, Max Mai '18, Brendan Roberts '17, Andrew Gil '17, MJ Duffy '17, Anthony Adamcheck '17, Mark Sheffer '17, Michael Brennan '17, Ryan Dunn '17, Michael Turk '17, Tucker Spellane '17, James McGuire '17 (Not seen in Picture: Mr. Corey Dennis & Mr. Sean Whalen)
Connor Bercik '16 is News12 Scholar Athlete
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On the athletic field and in the classroom, Connor Bercik has been a model student athlete at Fairfield Prep. While maintaining his status as a Summa Cum Laude student, Connor has been a three year letterman on the varsity football team, where he serves as Captain in his senior year. Connor is also passionate about Rugby and looks to continue his playing career in college. In school he is a member of the National Honor Society where he serves as peer tutor to underclassmen. In the Jesuit tradition of service to the community, Connor has volunteered with the KEYS music program in Bridgeport. At KEYS he teaches children whose schools have no music education program to play percussion and read music. He also participated in a Christian Immersion Mission Trip to El Salvador, and has volunteered at the Fairview of Fairfield Rehabilitation & Health Center. Connor would like to study biomedical engineering in college.
Luke Clair '16 and Andrew Crane '16 recognized as SCC Scholar Athletes
From left: Varsity Football Coach Keith Hellstern; Luke Clair '16, Andrew Crane '16, and Varsity Cross Country Coach Bob Ford Jr.
Seniors Luke Clair (Football) and Andrew Crane (Cross Country) were both recognized for their sport leadership and athleticism, and have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letter winner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities such as: being a positive role model; helping teammates overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; or putting the needs of the team before themselves. Recipients receive a certificate and SportsCenter of CT pass.
Luke Clair '16
Luke Clair is an excellent example of a Scholar Athlete at Fairfield Prep. He has been a Summa Cum Laude student, starter on the Varsity football team and an Eagle Scout. This past fall he was recognized with the Sikorsky Aircraft Excellence in Math & Science Award from Fairfield University. As a member of the National Honor Society he also serves as peer tutor in school. Luke also has many interests outside of football. In addition to his work with the Boy Scouts, he has been in the Criminology Club and Trig*Star Club. Luke’s Christian Service hours have been spent working in afterschool programs at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport and bowling with Kennedy Center residents.
Andrew Crane '16
Cross Country, Summa Cum Laude, National Merit Commended; Andrew Crane is an ideal recipient for the SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month. Andrew is a top student in his class, maintaining a 4.09 GPA while also serving as a Peer Tutor through the National Honor Society. A leader in Fairfield Prep’s music program, Andrew plays the trumpet in the Symphonic Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. He has also been active in Campus Ministry events serving as a Freshman Retreat Leader and attending a Kairos Retreat. Andrew has volunteered Christian service at Feed my Starving Children and the Stamford Boys & Girls Club.
Bishop Caggiano celebrates Feast of All Jesuit Saints and Blessed
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On November 5, Fairfield Prep celebrated the Feast of All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus with a full school Mass. The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, was the Principal Celebrant and Homilist. He spoke during his homily about who we owe our allegiances to and how sometimes our allegiances divide us; he asked the question of all in attendance: have we pledged our allegiance to Christ as he has to us? If our hearts are not aligned with Him then we will not be able to fight the good fight. The bishop’s words were inspiring yet challenging at the same time.
All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, pray for us! AMDG
The JET visits Prep!
On November 3, representatives from 12 Jesuit colleges and universities were available to our juniors as part of the annual Jesuit Excellence Tour. The "JET" offers an excellent opportunity for our juniors to spend time with college representatives here at Prep. Juniors enjoyed the event and gathered college information.
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