The spring performance of The Music of Spring (La Musique de Printemps) was presented on May 15 in the Kelley Theater at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts. The audience enjoyed performances by the Select and Concert Choirs, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Jazzuits, and Encords. The concert included a mix of classic songs composed by artists such as Dvorak, Copland, Stravinsky, Ravel, and many more. Prep seniors delivered an inspiring performance of Home (by Phillip Phillips), and the Symphonic Orchestra ended the evening with a standing ovation by the audience. Bravo! Watch Prep You Tube Highlights! See the Senior performace in its entirety! The program was produced by Ms. Christine Dominguez, Music Director.
For his leadership, community service and academic achievement, Mark H. Giannini ‘13 has been chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar for 2013. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is the nation’s largest minority scholarship program and is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the program’s history, Mark was one of 1,000 chosen from a nationwide pool of 54,000 applicants. GMS scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students of diversity across the country who demonstrate academic excellence and strong leadership skills. Scholarships assist students in meeting the cost of attendance at the college or university of their choice. GMS scholars who choose to pursue graduate studies in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and science are eligible to receive continued funding. The program also provides leadership development opportunities to ensure that scholars graduate prepared to become strong leaders in their professions and in their communities. Mark plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and pursue studies in applied mathematics and chemistry.
Mark has explored his talents and interests through academics, service, campus ministry and by his involvement in a number and variety of clubs and organizations. He has been involved in Prep's Kairos program, Campus Ministry Student Board, Debate Society and Political Awareness Club. Mark has embraced diversity at Prep by his involvement in the SEED program (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity). Academically he achieves with the best in his class while taking on the strongest course of studies offered and has shared his academic success through involvement in the Peer Tutor program. Mark has also shared his energies in building the Prep community by his commitment to the Cardinal Key Society. His involvement in service goes beyond the Prep campus as Mark has both experienced "Urban Plunge" and served as a leader of the urban immersion service program. Stepping outside the region, Mark traveled to Tierra Blanca, El Salvador, to participate in Prep’s service mission there. Mark understands the life changing potential of being selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar, and looks forward to exercising his leadership and continuing his journey of growth at the University of Notre Dame. Mark is the son of Mark and Valerie Giannini of Monroe.
Pictured from left: Rev. John Hanwell, S.J., President; Dr. Robert Perrotta, Principal, Mark Giannini; John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance & College Advising; and Jon DeRosa, Director of Student Activities & Christian Service.
The Prep Players performed SPAMALOT, a musical based on the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, on May 9 and 10, 2013, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. The musical retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The show featured amazing fight scenes, a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows in flight, killer rabbits, and some rather rude French people. This show has been said to “raise silliness to an artform” (The Sunday Times) and the cast most certainly accomplished that and more. Special thanks to Mrs. Megan Hoover, Prep Arts Chair and Director, Mrs. Christine Dominguez, Music Director, and the cast, crew and music ensemble of this entertaining production. See YouTube highlights!
On May 9, the Fairfield Prep community celebrated the Feast of the Ascension. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Hanwell, S.J., and Fr. Holland, S.J., gave the homily. At this Mass, senior Jack Dardis presented the yearbook dedication to faculty member John Szablewicz. Also, Fr. Hanwell, S.J., presented the Fr. Martin Shaughnessy, S.J., Ignatian Educator of the Year Award to John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance and College Advising. Additionally, Jesuit novice Steve Nicholson nS.J., was thanked for his semester of service. Watch video highlights on the Prep You Tube channel and embedded below!
Shots kept coming for the Fairfield Prep lacrosse team. The Jesuits' coach even wished they had finished a few more of them Wednesday. Prep, the state's No. 2 team, still broke away from Wilton in the second quarter, beating the Warriors 16-9 at Tom Fujitani Field. "This game was definitely a breakout game for our offense," said Jesuits senior Tim Edmonds, who had two goals and three assists.
Fairfield Prep (8-4) moved the ball around, withstood Wilton's first pushback in the first quarter and scored five in a row to take a 7-2 lead. It led 9-4 at the half. "We had 25 shots in the first half. The one thing was we just didn't finish chances," Jesuits coach Chris Smalkais said. "I thought we should've finished a lot more opportunities." They finished plenty: a game after scoring a season-high 17 against Amity, they nearly matched it against the Warriors (6-7).
"They're a good team, and we made a lot of mental errors," Wilton coach John Wiseman said. "The kids played hard. It didn't translate. A good team like Prep will capitalize on those mental errors."
Kevin Brown and Austin Sims scored four goals apiece for Fairfield Prep and Brown added an assist. The Jesuits were up 2-0 92 seconds into the game. Wiseman called his first timeout. Ted Ottens won the draw, the Warriors set up in the Prep end for four shots, and the fourth went in for the first of Tom Hayes' three goals. Brendan Devane tied it three minutes later. "We kind of answered back, which I was pleased with," Wiseman said. "Silly mistakes cost us."
The Jesuits scored the next five, capped by the second John Edmonds-from-Tim Edmonds goal of the game. "Playing with my brother, we've got great chemistry," Edmonds said. "I've known Kevin (Brown) for years. Middies like Sims, he's a returning guy; (David) White and (Sean) Henry played great."
They had the ball quite a bit with help from senior Troy Foreit. Foreit finished roughly even on faceoffs with Wilton's Ottens, but Foreit controlled most of them early as the Jesuits built their lead. "Troy went 50 percent against one of the top faceoff guys in the country," Smalkais said. "He's a converted defenseman. He committed himself to learning faceoff this year."
Ottens scored two Wilton goals himself directly off faceoff wins. The first ended that 5-0 Prep run. "That kid's really good," Foreit said. "I tried to have a quick reaction time. He's really strong. I faced him all winter (at Chelsea Piers in Stamford)." Wilton had good possession time in the third quarter but emerged no closer. Hayes' hat-trick goal was answered in 30 seconds by Burke Smith.
Mike Burns scored on a man advantage with 1:31 left in the period; quick Jesuits passes set up Sims for his third goal, making it 11-6 after three. It could've been worse for the Warriors, but David White scored just after the third-quarter buzzer.
FAIRFIELD PREP 4 5 2 5--16 WILTON 2 2 2 3--9
Records: Fairfield Prep 8-4; Wilton 6-7. Scoring: FP--Kevin Brown (4 goals, 1 assist), Tim Edmonds (2g, 3a), Austin Sims (4g), John Edmonds (2g, 1a), David White (1g, 1a), Sean Henry (1g, 1a), Burke Smith (1g, 1a), James Marusi (1g), Strecker Backe (1a); W--Tom Hayes (3g), Brendan Devane (2g), Ted Ottens (2g), Luke Reyes Guerra Dunn (1a). Goalies: FP--Connor Henry (6 saves); W--Connor Johnson (9). Shots: FP--45; W--38.
The Jesuits had to dig deep to pull out a win against one of many teams trying to take away their title as the best team in Connecticut. Kevin Brown (four goals, one assist) and David White (two goals) combined for seven points as the Jesuits held off hard-charging Greenwich for a 7-6 victory on Wednesday, their fifth straight win. Greenwich (6-2), meanwhile, saw its six-game win streak come to an end.
"We have a battle-tested group," said Fairfield Prep coach Chris Smalkais, whose team improved to 6-2. "We have a number of seniors that have been three-year starters. They know what it takes to perform at a high level; they understand what competition is."
After tallying just three goals in 40 minutes of action, the Cardinals' offense burst into life in the form of Kyle Foote. The senior scored consecutive goals 43 seconds apart, on identically positioned isolation sets, cutting a 6-3 deficit to 6-5. Brown reestablished a two-goal lead with 5:15 left before Alex Moeser made it 7-6 with 3:31 left.
"Every game you're not sure who's going to get it but (Foote) started getting hot and we rode him," Greenwich coach Scott Bulkley said. "He's a very special player for us. With Kyle, (Moeser), (Declan Curran) and a lot of other guys, we have guys that can fill it up."
And then the drama began. Moeser fired wide with 2:21 left, but the Jesuits were unable to run out the rest of the clock. The Cardinals took possession with 1:16 left and had multiple chances to tie. Foote fired a shot that bounced off the post and clear, and a last-ditch shot from 25 yards out by Ryan Flippin with seconds remaining was blocked by the Jesuits' defense.
"I'm extremely proud of my team, they didn't give up and they fought back," Bulkley said. "If you want to win a game like this, you have to bury those shots (Greenwich hit the post six times) and they're going to learn that. I'm extremely proud of my guys. There is a lot of good things we did; the only thing we missed was finishing our own shots."
The defending Class L champion Jesuits got just enough offense to win on a day when shooting accuracy was hard to come by. That, combined with a pair of outstanding performances in the cage by Prep's Connor Henry and Greenwich's William Waesche, made scoring very difficult.
"I thought we didn't finish our scoring opportunities throughout the game," Smalkais said. "We had lots of really good scoring opportunities and we didn't score, which didn't really allow us to separate ourselves like I thought we would at certain parts of the game."
Cardinals faceoff man Graham Savio kept his team in the game with crucial draw controls during the fourth-quarter frenzy. The senior captain had missed the last 10 days with a concussion but returned to make an immediate impact.
"(Savio) played great, he did have a little rust in the beginning, but I thought he really started to pick it up at the end," Bulkley said. "He's a huge part of our team. He can keep us in any game. Any game we fall behind in we can get right back in it because of him."
The two teams entered Wednesday ranked among the top five of virtually every state lacrosse poll. While that could mean a rematch between these non-conference foes in the state tournament, Smalkais wants his team to peak at the right time of the year.
"The season is a journey, not a sprint," Smalkais said. "It's April 24th; we have a long way to go to get to June. We are constantly improving on a daily basis; we hope to be playing lacrosse in June."
FAIRFIELD PREP 1 3 1 2--7 GREENWICH 2 1 0 3--6
Records: Fairfield Prep 6-2, Greenwich 6-2. Scoring: FP--Kevin Brown 4 goals, 1 assist, Austin Sims 1g, David White 2g, John Edmonds 1a; G--Kyle Foote 2g, Decker Curran 1g, Alex Moeser 2g, Will Gibian 1g, Jamie Paradise 1a. Goalies: FP--Zach White (11 saves); G--William Waesche (5). Shots: FP--24; G--35.
Prep Latin students compete at Connecticut Latin Day...in togas!
CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SLIDESHOW
SEE VIDEOS OF TUG OF WAR BELOW!
On May 3, twenty-nine Latin scholars, accompanied by Ms. Koren Mumma and Mr. Robert Bernier, attended the annual Connecticut State Latin Day at Holiday Hill. The gods smiled upon all with gorgeous weather and great times. When students were not enjoying the traditional breakfast nachos, never-ending lunch, and always popular arrival of the ice cream trucks, they took advantage of many of the day’s offerings. Students attended various workshops, including Ancient Weaponry and Laurel Wreath Making, and competed in academic testing in mythology and civilization. They also enjoyed ultimate Frisbee, basketball, volleyball, GaGa, miniature golf, canoeing, kayaking, serenading passersby, and looking for prom dates. Connor Davis ’14, R.J. Quigley ’14, and Mike Ruther ’14 took home 1st place ribbons and eternal glory for winning the soccer tournament. Finally, the 2013 Tug-of-War team, after advancing easily through the rounds and inspiring fear and admiration among all other competitors, suffered a shocking loss in the final round. Fortunately, not even this defeat could take away from what was most assuredly an excellent day.
And We're Off...to support Fairfield Prep! Spring Dinner raises funds to benefit Prep
Over 250 guests enjoyed Prep's annual Spring Dinner "And We're Off...to support Fairfield Prep" held on May 4, 2013, at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. Guests watched a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, followed by an evening of delicious food, socializing and dancing. Thanks to all who supported the silent and live auctions to raise money to help support tuition assistance, faculty enrichment, student service projects, athletics and more. Additionally, the winning ticket of the $25,000 Tuition Raffle was pulled at 10:30 PM. The Prep Community thanks Co-chairs Juany Fumai P '07, '14, and Susan Ownes P '11, '14, and their committee members, who volunteered their time and talent to make this event possible. We also offer special gratitude to all of our generous sponsors who helped to underwrite the evening. Special thanks to auctioneer David Smith.
Betsy Blagys, Eileen Blees, Heidi Bramante, Mary Butala, Amparo Castillo, Mary Ellen Connelly, Alycia Crane, Stephanie Cullimore, Tina Jakab, Beth Kelly, Marie Mansolillo, Julie McKeon, Nancy Mullany, Karen O’Keefe, Sima Patel, Julie Pollard, Jane Pompa, Laurie Quatrella, Anna Rodrigues, Debbie Sullivan, Mary Thornton, Sandra Trotta, Patti Wilemski, Beverly Wright, Toni Zeleny
Thank you to our sponsors, special benefactors and gift donors
Diamond Sponsor - Anonymous Gold Sponsors - Anonymous, Fairfield Prep Fathers' Club, Mr. & Mrs. Robert McHugh Silver Sponsors - Anonymous, Nestle Waters North America - Michael Pengue ’83, David Muscato P’12, O'Keefe Controls Company Table Sponsors - Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ahlers, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Vanderslice
Underwriting & Gift Gathering Parties plus thank you to all who attended
Mr. & Mrs. John Butala, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick O’Keefe ‘80, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Pompa
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Burt, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fox, Mr. & Mrs. Tolman Geffs, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hadden, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Haranzo, Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Iannaccone, Mr. & Mrs. John McPhee, Mr. & Mrs. Scott Moore, Ms. Kelly Quatrella, Dr. & Mrs. Robert Russo, Jr. ’65, Mr. William Sapone & Mrs. Mary Guerrera, Mr. & Mrs. John Scarnavack, Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Stone, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stone, Mr. & Mrs. John Vazzano
Thanks to Nestle Waters North America for providing the San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna water on tables and to all our Donors
A&S Italian Fine Foods, Fairfield Abbey Tent & Party Rentals Adventure Park at Discovery Museum Frank & Vivian Ahlers Aitoro Artistex Salon & Spa Avellino’s Italian Restaurant Barcelona Restaurant Mario & Maria Bartoli P’14 Carmine & Doreen Battimelli ’16 Bellarmine Guild Bertucci’s Restaurant Bijou Theater George & Eileen Blees P’15 Charlie & Maureen Bloom P’14 Bob's Discount Furniture Sabine Bonnar James Booth ’93 Boston Duck Tours Boston Red Sox Dave Bove Heidi Bramante P’12 Dorothea Brennan John Brennan Lois Brennan Brennan’s Shebeen Michael Brennan ’92 Bridgeport Bluefish Broadway Comedy Club Christine Brown Bruce Museum, Inc. Steve & Liz Burt P’10,’12 Café Madeline Tony Canuel Chester Hill Farm, Trumbull The Children's Museum Choice Pet Supply Elaine Clark P’14 Colony Grill Chris & Mary Ellen Connelly P’15 Coromandel Cuisine of India Country Cow Peter Crichton ‘57 Aris Crist A’73,P’12,16 CT Catering& Special Events Andrew & Stephanie Cullimore P’16 Dangerfield's Michael Donahue ’98 Dooney & Bourke Jim Dunn’s DJ Service Jim Dunn P’10 Dunville’s Restaurant Ann Dzenutis P’12 Edmond Town Hall Theatre Donette Esposito P’08 Empire State Building Observatory Essex Riverboat & Steam Train F&V Services, Inc Fairfield Theatre Company Fairfield Prep Fairfield Prep Families Fairfield Wine & Spirits Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Fidaleo P’16 Fire Engine Pizza Co Flourishes, Trumbull Domenick & Juany Fumai P’07,’14 Gach Jewelers Bill & Sue Gardella ’79, P’11 Garelick & Herbs Garden Catering Great Seasons Fine Catering Harboryard Sports & Entertainment Hot Tomatoes Restaurant Steve & Tina Jakab A’84,P’16 Jenny Boston, Fairfield Jet Blue Airways JPK Collection John & Beth Kelly P’13,’16 Kelly Designs LLC Lake Compounce Letarte Kathy Leverty Tom Linell A’81 The Little Orchestra Society Simon Lowden P’11 John & Katherine Mancini P’82 Marriott Stamford Hotel & Spa Ken Martin Senator John P. McKinney ’82 Renee McManus AP ’08, P’12 Sean and Tracy McManus ‘73 Melissa & Doug Millie Rae’s Mohawk Mountain Ski Area Moja Café Mystic Seaport National Emblematic & Scholastic Jewelry New Britain Museum of American Art New England Air Museum New England Patriots New York Giants Rick & Kathy Norell Okemo Mountain Resort Old Post Tavern Old Towne Restaurant Osianna Mediterranean Taverna Scott & Susan Ownes P’11,’14 Party Party, Fairfield Sanjay & Sima Patel P’11,’16 John Pellegrino ‘87 People’s Improv Dr. Robert Perrotta Planet Pizza Patrick & Julie Pollard P'15 Mark & Jane Pompa P’12,’16 Prep Pride The Preservation Society of Newport County Quassy Amusement Park Quattro Pazzi Café Quick Center for the Arts Ralph & Rich’s Restaurant Red Mountain Resort &Spa Redgate Town Car Service Thomas Redgate ’62 Rex Boating Club of Norwalk Michael Riccio Rizzuto’s Restaurant Roberto’s Restaurant John & Anna Rodrigues P’14 Leisa Roth Ryan John Salon, Fairfield Salon 25, Monroe Saltwater Farm Vineyards Sam Ash Music School of Rock Steve & Christine Schwartz P’14 Silver Ribbon Thomas Simonetti ’01 Splash Car Wash George Szondy A’72,P’06 Ski Sundown Sound Tigers Spotted Horse, Westport David & Lori Sprows P’07,’10 Louis Seidler Photography Station House Wine Bar & Grill Stew Leonard's Bob & Sue Stone P’11 Super Duper Weenie Swan Boats of Boston Tavern Restaurant John & Mary Thornton P’15 Top Hops Beer Shop, NY Total Looks Salon Tula Restaurant Tutti’s Restaurante Villa del Sol Vinny’s Ale House Wadsworth Anthenium Museum of Art Webster Bank Arena Westport Country Playhouse Westport Pizzeria Dr. Robert Witt ’58 and the University of Alabama Carlos & Priscilla Zamora P’10,’14 Jeff & Toni Zeleny P’13
Sergio Cruz ’14 named Prince for the 2013 Barnum Festival
Sergio Cruz ’14 has been named Prince for the 2013 Barnum Festival. The process for Sergio being nominated as a candidate required him to be in the upper 5% of his class. Sergio submitted a nomination form along with a resume of his activities and accomplishments. He went through a formal interview process where he met with four judges from the Bridgeport community. The interviews took place at Bridgeport Hospital (the sponsor of this event). Each candidate had a short interview where he or she was asked a variety of questions. The next event was an indoor social where all the candidates gathered together for food and dancing. At this event the candidates were judged on their social skills, how they interacted with one another, etc.
As a member of the royal family Sergio is expected to attend all Barnum Festival events. They begin with a luncheon where the Ringmaster is presented with the Whip, Whistle and Watch (symbols of the Ringmaster). This is a business fundraiser where members of the Royal Family will be awarded scholarships. There are several events that will take place through the month of May and end in June with the Great Street Parade. An example of some of the events include a senior dance held at Captain's Cove, the Ringmaster’s Ball, the Wing Ding parade at Beardsley Zoo, and the road show where the entire royal family along with a large group of volunteers takes the Barnum Festival to area nursing homes.
Guests are invited to view an extensive display of students' art and architectural work, displayed throughout Arrupe Hall on May 16, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. The annual show is organized by Prep art teachers Dolores Tema and Frank Bramble.
On May 6, representatives from 14 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, which took place in the Brissette Gym.