Student Recognition & Achievements
Prep students excel in many areas, from academics to sports to the arts. Here's a sampling of our news items showing their achievements. For our previous student recognition page from 2017 and before, please click here.
Everett Lyons commits to play soccer at Trinity College
Pictured with Everett Lyons '18: Athletic Director Tom Curran, Academic Dean Tim Dee, Principal Robert Perrotta, Head Soccer Coach Ryan Lyddy, President Tom Simisky S.J.
Fairfield Prep senior Everett Lyons has committed to play soccer at Trinity College next year. Lyons played goalkeeper for the Jesuits and was a team captain. This past fall, Lyons helped lead the Jesuits to an SCC Hammonasset Divisional title and an SCC Tournament Championship game appearance. Lyons was named All-SCC Hammonasset division for his efforts. Lyons is also the goalkeeper for the Revolution United FC soccer team that won a club state championship in 2015. In the classroom Everett is a Magna Cum Laude student, peer tutor and a member of the National Honor Society. He was recently awarded the Spanish Language Honor and the Donate Life Visual Arts Award. Lyons is also a violinist and a four year member of the Fairfield Prep Symphonic Orchestra. For his service work, Lyons volunteers at the Bridgeport KEYS program where he teaches youth how to play string instruments.
Robert Haskins '17 signs NLI to University of Virginia
Pictured with Bobby Haskins '17: Assistant Coach Mark Cirilli, Head Football Coach Keith Hellstern, Assistant Football Coach Tom Shea
Fairfield Prep alumnus Robert Haskins has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football and academic career at the University of Virginia. Haskins will enroll at Virginia in January 2018. Haskins graduated from Fairfield Prep this past spring as a decorated student athlete. Haskins was named All-SCC Tier 1 at the tight end position his senior year. During his time at Prep, Haskins received the News 12 Scholar Athlete Award, CIAC Scholar Athlete Award and National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award for the New Haven County Chapter. Haskins was also awarded the Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Leadership Award. During his senior year Haskins caught 29 passes for 354 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 29 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 blocked punts on defense for the Prep football team. Haskins was also a key member of the Fairfield Prep basketball team that won the CIAC Class LL State Championship his sophomore season. Playing power forward and center, Haskins then helped his team to an SCC Tournament Championship and CIAC tournament semifinal appearance his junior year. In the classroom, Haskins was a Magna Cum Laude student and a member of the National Honor Society. Haskins was also involved in Student Government and was the class Vice President his senior year. Haskins completed his service work at the Cardinal Shehan Center coaching youth basketball.
Alex McMullen and Jack Llewellyn are National Merit Commended scholars
From left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Alexander McMullen, John "Jack" Llewellyn and President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.
Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce recognition of seniors Alex McMullen and Jack Llewellyn who are Commended honorees in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The seniors are recognized based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over 3.5 million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on placement in the top five percent in the highly competitive state of Connecticut.
Alexander McMullen has had an outstanding career at Fairfield Prep, and has earned summa cum laude honors recognition every year, achieving a 4.16 GPA. He has consistently challenged himself and taken the most rigorous courses offered at Prep, and is the recipient of the prestigious Harvard Club Book Award, given at this year's National Honor Society ceremony. He is a Governor’s Scholar semi-finalist and speaks fluent Spanish. Alex has an excellent work ethic, and successfully balances academics, sports, student government, choir, community service, theater, and music. He is president of Prep's Student Government and the multicultural organization ASPIRA, sings with the Encords acappella group, is a member of the Prep Players drama group, is an accomplished musician on the piano and has been a member of Prep's swimming and tennis teams. Alex volunteers with the Bridgeport KEYS service organization, teaching children piano lessons. He has also served in the Prep Peer Tutor program. Alexander has an amazing voice, and often sings the national anthem before Prep's major sporting events. Always upbeat and positive, Alex welcomes new experiences and learning opportunities and personalizes the expression “seize the day.” A truly outstanding young man, Alexander’s recognition as a National Merit Commended student is a powerful validation of his outstanding achievement, work ethic, and pursuit of excellence in all areas of his life.
John “Jack” Llewellyn
Congratulations to John (Jack) Llewellyn, whose outstanding academic success has earned him National Merit Commended recognition. Jack is truly a young scholar and intellectual, earning summa cum laude honors every year, and recognized with the Xerox Award sponsored by the University of Rochester, given at this year's National Honor Society ceremony. Jack has taken the strongest course of study offered at Prep and has achieved a 4.03 GPA. Additionally he has taken college courses online, including Multi-variable Calculus, and experienced learning through summer internship experiences. Jack's extracurricular involvements demonstrate his love of learning, and have allowed him to extend his interests and share his talents within the school and local community. Jack is a leader on Prep's Math Team and Robotics Team, an athlete, a dedicated member of Prep's Campus Ministry program, an innovator who initiated Prep's Engineering Club this year, and a young man very much dedicated to service. Jack has volunteered in the community teaching robotics to children at both the Cardinal Shehan Center and McGivney Center in Bridgeport. He is a true team player in all that he does, sharing his abilities with others in Prep's Peer Tutor program and excelling in collaborative work through Prep’s Science Fair Club, Robotics Club and Math Team. Upon graduation Jack will continue to explore and expand his talents and interests as he moves on to his college years, with his pursuit of excellence in all that he does.
Prep Players perform fall show: 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
View YouTube highlights from the performance above.
During the weekend of Nov. 9-11, the Fairfield Prep Players performed its fall production "Peter and the Starcatcher," a prequel to the classic story "Peter Pan."
From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, "Peter and the Starcatcher" playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Prep students performed the show at The Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University.
The Prep Players — made up of Prep students and girls from area high schools — also recently performed the show for students from St. Ignatius School in the Bronx. See video highlights from their visit here.
Molly Aster…………………………...Audrey Burns
Black Stache……………………….Thomas Rudden
Lord Leonard Aster…………………...John Godino
Mrs. Bumbrake………………………..Eciaus Booth
Bill Slank…………………………Sydney Middleton
Fighting Prawn…………………..Mackenzie Wenzel
Hawking Clam…………………….Grace Dortenzio
Captain Robert Falcon Scott………...Tomas Lignore
Pirate, Mollusk, et al…………….. Royaunte Pittman
Prepsters raise funds to benefit Trad for Trócaire
A group of Prep students participated in making the fourth annual "Trad for Trócaire" a successful event on Nov. 12! With a great afternoon of music at the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield, over $1,500 was raised by Prep students to benefit Trócaire (“compassion”), the official relief agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Irish aid organization works to alleviate poverty in some of the world's most distressed places, and also seeks to address the causes of poverty. Learn more at www.trocaire.org.
Thanks to the Prep students who helped make the event a success: John Feeney ‘18, Connor Bennett ‘18, James Riffice ‘18, Jack Auray ‘18, Mac Sheldon ‘18, Connor Gurnham ‘18, Peyton Denison ‘18, Frank Denhup ‘18, Michael Fickes ‘19, Will Giangrande ‘19, Finn Joyce ‘20, Ryan Carroll ‘21 and Luke Giardina ‘21. Also thanks to theology teacher and Irish Culture Club moderator Griffin Reidy '90 (pictured end right).
Valus, Zhang, Chen and Duffy are Partners in Science
Seniors from left: AJ Valus, Haoxiang Zhang, Bowen Chen and Chris Duffy.
This fall, seniors AJ Valus, Haoxiang Zhang, Bowen Chen and Chris Duffy participated in an five-week after school seminar series at the Research and Development facilities of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and the Duracell Corporation. As participants, they gained an insider’s view of how leading corporations depend on scientists from the biological, chemical, and computer science fields in order to solve challenging problems confronting society. Each seminar session involved a lecture presentation by leading scientists, as well as a tour of lab and research and development facilities.
Mrs. Deborah Kiel, science chair and teacher, accompanied them each week to the B-I and Duracell campuses in Ridgefield and Bethel, respectively, and believes it is a great program for our science students.
Partners in Science is a cooperative program between Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Duracell Corporation, and area high schools in Connecticut. It is a two-phase program that introduces high school students and teachers to the world of drug discovery and leading-edge pharmaceutical research.
As in the past, the objectives of the program are to:
- Introduce students and teachers to the stimulating world of pharmaceutical research and development.
- Provide an opportunity for students to converse with scientists about their work.
- Enhance and complement classroom education through experiential learning.
- Expose students to a variety of careers that are based in science, technology, engineering and math.
Interested students for next year can learn more by contacting Mrs. Kiel or their science teacher at Prep.
Prep students spend weekend serving others on Urban Plunge
View a photo gallery from the weekend by clicking the above image.
This year, two groups of students kept the "Men for Others" spirit in participating in Fairfield Prep's annual Urban Plunge Retreat Experiences.
The students spent three days learning from and serving with organizations in Bridgeport during two weekends in September and October.
Our students focus on discussing pressing justice issues like finding affordable housing alongside daily volunteering at organizations like Merton House that serve those experiencing homelessness.
The students live in community with each other which includes shopping on a strict budget and cooking for one another after a discussion on the realities of SNAP and other governmental assistance programs.
Each day closes with reflection about what they have learned and experienced and prayer for those experiencing injustice and for our action to fight against it.
Fall 2017 Fall Intramural Champions Crowned!
Once again, Intramurals took over The Hill and The Quad during the Fall of 2017! Directed by Mr. Corey Milazzo and officiated by Juniors Ben Walker and Max Dellaquila, the Intramural Program kicked off a strong start with the Fall Sports: Ultimate Frisbee and Wiffle Ball.
This year, The Spaghetti Monsters repeated as champions of Ultimate Frisbee as they won a heated Championship Series 2-1! The final game came down to overtime, but The Spaghetti Monsters reminded everyone at Prep of why they were crowned champions in 2016. Team members include seniors: Pierce Barry, Jack Feeney, James Riffice, Connor Bennett, Tucker Ludwig, Aidan Feliciano, Drew Delach.
2017 Intramural Ultimate Frisbee Champions: The Spaghetti Monsters
Wiffle Ball saw some of the best competition in the history of the program as Bye Week won the Wiffle Ball Championship after taking Game 3 by a score of 1-0! By defeating the defending champions from the 2016 Season, Bye Week looks to create a dynasty of their own as they focus on repeating next year. Team members include sophomores: Andrew Loya, Jake Petrino, Tyler Petrino, Jay Joliet, and Liam Wilson.
2017 Intramural Wiffle Ball Champions: Bye Week
National Honor Society inducts new members, Seniors receive Book Awards
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Fairfield Prep students were honored for their high academic achievement at the annual National Honor Society Awards Mass which was held on October 4, 2017, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield.
New members were inducted in the National Honor Society and Seniors received special Book Awards, recognizing their outstanding school performance and leadership in key subject areas. Additionally, students were recognized for honors awards for the 2016-17 school year.
NHS Inductees 2016
Book Award Recipients 2016
Drew Newcomb '18 and Chris Massaro '18 recognized as SCC Scholar Athletes
From left to right: Chris Massaro '18, Assistant Athletic Director Graham Niemi, Drew Newcomb '18.
Fairfield Prep senior’s Drew Newcomb and Chris Massaro have been selected as the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Scholar Athletes for the fall season. Newcomb is a member of the Cross Country team while Massaro is a member of the school's Crew team.
Drew Newcomb '18
Drew Newcomb is a four-year member of the Cross Country team as well as a captain this season. Drew also participates as a member of the Indoor and Outdoor track teams at Prep. In the classroom Drew is a 4.0 Magna Cum Laude student. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is the Vice President of the Student Government. Newcomb also participates in the Prep Jazz Band “Jazzuits” and is a member of the Irish Club. Outside of Prep Drew is a Boy Scout who is finishing his Eagle Scout Project. For his service work Drew volunteers at the Middlebrook Farms senior living community in Trumbull.
Chris Massaro '18
Chris Massaro is a four-year member of the Crew team at Prep serving as the teams coxswain. As a coxswain Chris is responsible for managing his boat on and off the water, implementing instruction from his coaches and correcting the technique of his crew. Chris has been coxswain of Prep's 3rd Varsity 8 that has won the fall New England Championships two years in a row. In the classroom Chris is a 3.85 Magna Cum Laude student and a member of the schools National Honor Society. Masarro is a Freshman Retreat, Appalachia and Kairos group leader as well as a member of the Environmental and Fairfield Connection Club. Chris volunteers at the St.Joseph senior center in Trumbull for his community service.
Prep students take pilgrimage to Ignatian sites in Europe
St. Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual journey as the founder of the Jesuits spanned multiple countries and cities throughout his life in 16th century Europe.
A group of Prep students got a glimpse of that journey as they embarked in July 2017 on the Ignatian Experience Pilgrimage through Spain, France and Italy.
Seven students, accompanied by Rev. Bret Stockdale, S.J., and Mr. Tom Sacerdote, spent two weeks traveling to a number of important holy sites, including Ignatius' birthplace in the Basque Country, the Church of the Gesù in Rome, Montserrat and several other locations. The students spent time not only traveling and learning about Ignatius' life, but also in prayer and reflection in places such as Lourdes in southern France.
Jack Smith '19 recounted his experience in our Prep student blog. Here's an excerpt:
Each night that we were staying in France, we got to experience the nightly Rosary procession. Most, if not all, of the visitors to the town got to gather together to pray to our mother Mary. It was an eye-opening experience getting to see the power of our faith through the sick, needy, and those who were there to help out. The feeling I felt seeing so many people congregating in one place from all corners of the world in one common interest and passion can honestly not be described in words. The nightly processions we took part in Lourdes have stuck with me even to this day, and were definitely one of the highlights of the pilgrimage.
2 Prep rowers to race in Youth Regional Challenge
Billy Duffy ’18 and Erik Spinka ’19 will partake in the 2017 World Rowing Championship’s first ever Youth Regional Challenge.
Duffy and Spinka will race as part of the Northeast Region, and are among the 312 youth rowers in the national event. The Youth Regional Challenge is happening the weekend of Sept. 23-24.
“We wish them luck and will be cheering them on!” Coach Ed Feldheim said in an email.
"Each of the six regions – Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest – will be represented by two “all-star” crews in each of the four boat classes – the men’s and women’s eights and men’s and women’s quadruple sculls. USRowing’s Under-19 National Team program will select the coaching staff and athletes representing each region," according to a previous U.S. Rowing article.
This summer a group of juniors and seniors traveled to the Caribbean for Prep’s annual Jamaica Immersion Experience.
Our school works with an organization called Mustard Seed Communities which specializes in care for people of all ages living with special needs and also children living with HIV/AIDs. Throughout the week, our students spent time visiting different MSC facilities in the Kingston area, playing with kids, learning about social justice issues facing those with different abilities, and helping with some laborious projects the communities needed assistance with.
Overall it was a very full, very impactful trip and we are so very thankful for the opportunity to continue working with and learning from our friends at Mustard Seed.
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.
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!