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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.



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.

Click on screenshot below to view video!

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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


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!"


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.


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


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.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7:00pm - 9:00pm


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.


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:

Go Prep!

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Prep Football blanks Branford 41-0

Source: GameTimeCT See Photo Slideshow!

BRANFORD — It was over after the first quarter, but Fairfield Prep coach Tom Shea still wasn’t perfectly happy with his team’s performance.

The Jesuits had six different players score touchdowns as they blanked Branford, 41-0, at the James MacVeigh Alumni Athletic Complex.

“Our goal was to come in and improve our execution,” Shea said. “We didn’t completely do that. Our skill guys made some plays, but we weren’t really crisp up front and it won’t really cut it the next few weeks. We have to do that to become a good football team.”

Fairfield Prep (3-1) rushed for 325 yards using a myriad of backs.

Fairfield Prep’s top back, Allen Gibson, didn’t stay in the game very long as he had 10 carries for 82 yards in the first quarter and scored the first touchdown of the night less than four minutes into the game. Gibson earned the rest of the night off after that.

“He (Gibson) made some plays on his own, but that will be harder to do in the weeks to come,” Shea said. “He needs some help from our line.”

Sophomore back Ryan Marusi got a lot of work, especially in the second half. He rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries for the Jesuits.

“Branford’s been struggling. They do the right things on film, but we’re a little bigger and more experienced,” Shea said. “We wanted to make a few plays early and get some guys some work.”

Fairfield Prep quarterback Colton Smith tacked on a 16-yard run for a touchdown and threw a 22-yard scoring pass to John Dellisanti as the Jesuits took a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.

“Early on, we came out with great energy. But it’s a war of attrition,” Branford coach John Limone said. “That’s a good football team. They are big, which is a tough matchup for us. There’s no way around it.”

Patrick Conte added a 24-yard run and Jack Snopkowski returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown as Fairfield Prep took a 34-0 lead at halftime.

“We blew some assignments,” Limone said. “I’ll look at the tape and figure out what we can do better so we can get a win.”

Marusi closed out the scoring with a 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

Branford, which garnered just 96 yards of offense in the game, didn’t cross midfield into Jesuit territory until the third quarter.

Branford’s top running back Carl Williams didn’t dress due to a nagging shoulder injury. Limone said he will definitely play against Guilford next Friday night.

It was the 14th consecutive loss for the Hornets, who last won on Thanksgiving Day at East Haven in 2012.

“The important thing is our kids don’t hang their heads and don’t look at the numbers,” Limone said. “I think this is a resilient group. They still believe they can get it turned around.”

Fairfield Prep 41, Branford 0
(at Branford)
Fairfield Prep 21 13 0 7 — 41
Branford 0 0 0 0 — 0
First quarter
F—Allen Gibson 27 run (Ryan Conway kick)
F—Colton Smith 16 run (Conway kick)
F—John Dellisanti 22 pass from Colton Smith (Conway kick)
Second quarter
F—Patrick Conte 24 run (Hank Healey kick)
F—Jack Snopkowski 75 punt ret (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
F—Ryan Marusi 6 run (Nick Urban kick)
Team records: Branford 0-3; Fairfield Prep 3-1


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Excels at regional and state music competitions!

Alvarez '15 to compete for National Music Honors

Kelvin Alvarez '15 has qualified to sing at the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles competition at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29. Kelvin has qualified for this great honor based on his performances at regional and state competitions.

Mrs. Christine Evans, music director, mentored Kelvin throughout the full process. First, he auditioned for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Regional Music Festival, competing against other high school musicians throughout the western region of Connecticut. Kelvin auditioned for voice, singing a song in Italian that Mrs. Evans helped him learn, and performed it at New Fairfield High School in front of a panel of judges. Along with the song, Kelvin was required to sing two scales and sight-sing a piece of music he had never seen before. Soon after the audition, Kelvin learned that he had qualified for Western Regionals, performing with the other high school students who qualified at Trumbull High School. Following that music festival, he auditioned for the CMEA All-State Music Festival. Only the people who qualified for Regionals were eligible to audition for All-States, where Kelvin had to compete with the three other regions (East, North, and South). The audition was the same style as the Regional audition, where he prepared a song, sang scales, and sight-sang, ultimately earning a very high score. The All-State Festival took place in Hartford. In order to audition for Nationals (or the formal name All-National Honor Ensembles), Kelvin was required to apply through the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) where he had to submit an application and recorded video of the song that he auditioned with for All-States. Mrs. Evans completed the application as his sponsoring teacher. In August, Kelvin was overjoyed to learn he qualified for the national competition! The festival will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29. Excited for the upcoming competition, Kelvin commented, "In the end, I really have to thank Mrs. Evans for everything. She helped me with every application, with every audition piece, and with boosting my moral. I attribute all of my success to her!"

Kelvin performs in the Prep Symphonic Orchestra, Select Choir, and Encords, and well as the Fairfield County Children's Choir. He is a member of the Prep Players and sings with the Prep Liturgical Ensemble. Kelvin is a member of the National Honor Society and is a Peer Tutor. He has participated in a Prep immersion trip to El Salvador and volunteered at YouthWorks sites in the Adirondacks, Philadelphia and Boston. This year, he is co-director of the Freshman Retreat. Finally, you may hear Kelvin sing the national anthem at one of the next Prep football or basketball games!

Prep congratulates Kevin and wishes him good luck at Nationals!



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