Sean O'Leary '18 awarded Town of Fairfield & Kiwanis Scholarships
For his solid citizenship, strong academic record and contributions to the lives of others, Sean O’Leary has been recognized for his scholarship and service to the community in being awarded the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award sponsored the Fairfield Recreation Department and the Kiwanis Scholarship in memory of the late Judge Daniel Caruso. Sean is an excellent student and member of the National Honor Society, having achieved academic honors for all of his Prep years. He has made a strong contribution to the Prep community as well, having participated in both basketball and baseball, and serving Prep’s Peer Tutor program. Sean places a high value on success and on how he can impact the world around him by his service, evident in his participation in Prep’s Urban Plunge Immersion experience and by his dedication to volunteering at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT. Congratulation to Sean for these recognitions and scholarships; his grit, determination and diligence will support him well in his studies at Fordham University where he will begin his college experience this coming fall.
Jose Reyes '18 named Evans Scholar
Pictured from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Jose Reyes '18, father Jose Reyes and Dean of Guidance & College Advising Mr. John Hanrahan.
Fairfield Prep is pleased to announce that Jose Reyes '18 has been named an Evans Scholar. The Chick Evans Scholarship for golf caddies is a four-year college scholarship named in honor of legendary amateur golfer, Chick Evans, whose legacy was to send deserving caddies to college. Recipients are nominated by the sponsoring country club and applicants are selected based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character. Jose Reyes is a young man who has distinguished himself by his dedication as a caddie at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, CT, and by his citizenship, character and accomplishments as a student at Prep. Jose has achieved well in all areas of study and has been recognized as a member of the Spanish Honor Society. He is an independent, hard working and determined young man who has extended his interests and talents outside of the classroom through Prep’s Stock Market Club and Robotics Club, while impacting the community with volunteering for programs at the local Boys and Girls Club. Jose will begin his studies at Miami University of Ohio in the fall, with plans to study business.
Intramural Games 2017-18 Wrap-Up!
The 2017‐2018 Intramural Season is in the books! This year, the Intramural Program introduced a new sport and recorded repeat championship teams in two different sports. With hundreds of students participating in the Intramural Program throughout three seasons, the Fairfield Prep day does not end at 2:30. On The Hill, The Quad, or in Brissette Gym, students compete for Championship T‐Shirts and bragging rights in Wiffle Ball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Basketball, and Flag Football. Congratulations to our 2017‐2018 Intramural Champions!
2017 Wiffle Ball Champions: "Bye Week"
The 2017 Wiffle Ball Season belonged to BYE WEEK as they won their championship through a dominating display of pitching and hitting! With a young roster sporting championship t‐shirts, BYE WEEK will look to repeat as champions in the 2018 Season.
Team members: Andrew Loya, Jake Petrino, Tyler Petrino, Jay Joliet, and Liam Wilson
2017 Ultimate Frisbee Champions: "The Spaghetti Monsters"
They did it again! The 2017 Ultimate Frisbee Championship was once again claimed by THE SPAGHETTI MONSTERS. Named for their tall statures, THE SPAGHETTI MONSTERS will give the rest of the league a break next year by graduating and allowing another team to win for once!
Team members: Pierce Barry, Jack Feeney, James Riffice, Connor Bennett, Tucker Ludwig, Aidan Feliciano, and Drew Delach
2018 Basketball Champions: "Real Men"
What a season! The 2018 Basketball Championship was won by a young group of sophomores in impressive fashion. REAL MEN proved their worth on the court by finishing the tournament as the only team to not lose a game all season! Next year, REAL MEN will look to repeat as champions in their junior year. Could they be the first team to win three before graduating?
Team members: Head Coach Savyon Shaw, Jeremiah Jean Louis, Kyle Harrell, Asa Haviaramana, Joe Berkowicz, Mike Maloney, Josh Samaras, and Eddie Bravo
2018 Volleyball Champions: "The Manning Family"
The newest sport this year was won by a veteran team of the Intramural Program. THE MANNING FAMILY, a team that has competed in this program before, earned the first ever Volleyball Championship at Fairfield Prep. THE MANNING FAMILY will go down in Prep history as the first Volleyball Championship team, but they have their sights on the future – can they win it again next year?
Team members: Colin Bella, Matt Butler, Zack Furnari, Mike Bier, Chris Hilton, Aidan Dunn, Patrick Cleary, and Sebastian Fernandez
2018 Flag Football Champions: "Minion Owns Scholl"
Was there ever a doubt? MINION OWNS SCHOLL does it again on The Hill – they are the 2018 Flag Football Champions! As sophomores, MINION OWNS SCHOLL earned their first championship t‐shirts. As juniors, the team has added another t‐shirt and posed for another championship photo. If they win it again next year, they will become the first team to ever win three Flag Football Championships in the Fairfield Prep Intramural Program.
Team members: Jack Scholl, Lucas Hoin, Nick Rothe, Finn Duran, Luke Finnigan, Dante Picarazzi, Gabe Andrews, and Andrew Dafcik
Mr. Corey Milazzo, faculty moderator of the Intramural program, commented on the year: "To all who competed and had fun in the Intramural Program this year – thank you! A special thank you to our Intramural Referees: Max Dellaquila aka 'DQ' and Ben Walker. Max and Ben will reprise their roles next year as they don the black and white stripes once again. Look for e‐mails and listen for announcements regarding sign‐ups in the future. Until then, congratulations to the championship teams and good luck to all who will compete in the future!"
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Prep Players theater group wins 2 Halo Awards
View a gallery from "Peter and the Starcatcher" clicking the image above.
The Starcatcher cast as a whole won an award for "Best Props Design And/Or Management." For the show – a prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan - the cast members used found objects from their homes that they turned into swords, spears and ships for the show.
For the same show, Audrey Burns won an award for "Best Female Standout Performance in an Ensemble Play or Musical" for her performance as Molly Aster.
Audrey Burns, right, in her role as Molly Aster. Francis Ohe '19, playing Peter, is on the left.
"This year challenged these students to give totally of themselves and commit to each other and the process on a whole new level," said Megan Hoover, Theater Director and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. "It was truly a privilege to work with such a focused and dedicated group of young people. Their willingness to take risks and push themselves demands that I do the same with them. Their work this year truly cannot be measured by nominations and awards, but this is a wonderful way to recognize their achievements."
The honors were given out during the Halo Awards Ceremony at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury on May 30. During the awards ceremony, Prep Players performed a scene from the recent spring musical, Godspell, which can be viewed here.
In total, the Prep Players earned 14 nominations, including nods for performance, choreography, and original art. (See the full list of nominations below).
Here are some highlights from "Peter and the Starcatcher" from our Youtube page.
Prep Players 2018 Halo Award Nominations
BEST COMIC MALE PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Teddy Whiteman as Smee in Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST COMIC FEMALE PEFORMANCE IN A PLAY:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Mackenzie Wenzel as The Fighting Prawn in Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST ORIGINAL PROGRAM COVER DESIGN OR ARTWORK:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Jack Wheeler for Godspell
BEST PROPS DESIGN AND/OR MANAGEMENT:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Cast of Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST FEATURED DANCER
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Taylor McCuaig in Godspell
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Mackenzie Wenzel, Sydney Middleton, Taylor McCuaig for Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST SPECIALTY ENSEMBLE:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: On The Willows in Godspell
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A COUPLE OR DYNAMIC DUO OR MORE IN A PLAY:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Thomas Rudden & Teddy Whiteman as Black Stache & Smee in Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN AN ENSEMBLE PLAY OR MUSICAL:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST MALE STANDOUT PERFORMANCE IN AN ENSEMBLE PLAY OR MUSICAL:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Thomas Rudden as Black Stache in Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST FEMALE STANDOUT PERFORMANCE IN AN ENSEMBLE PLAY OR MUSICAL:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Audrey Burns as Molly Aster in Peter And The Starcatcher
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Audrey Burns as Judas in Godspell
BEST CONTEMPORARY PLAY:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Peter And The Starcatcher
BEST CLASSICAL MUSICAL:
- Fairfield College Preparatory School: Godspell
The Bellarmine Review Literary Magazine published
Fairfield Prep's Literary Magazine The Bellarmine Review was recently published and is available online. As Volume 76, this compilation follows a longstanding Prep tradition of English writing excellence.
Students may download the "iBook"
The Mission Statement reads:
We desire to publish poetry and prose that is clear, concise, and evokes the senses, taking the reader to the writer's imagined place through strong writing and a good sense of rhythm. It is believed in Jesuit education that an academic endeavor may be an encounter with the divine, and we strive to live by the motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. That is to say that in the authenticity of our written thoughts, we may unknowingly stumble on truth. Our intent is to give our students' words a place to land, serving as an accomplished venue to acknowledge their living truth.
Congratulations to the staff:
President.............................................George Seyfried '18
Vice President......................................David Smeriglio '19
Editors-in-Chief .....Louis Yoo '18 and George Seyfried '18
Asst. Editors-in-Chief..Liam McClure '20, John O'Connor '19, Nick Allen '18
Technology Editor .....................................Jake Walker '19
Asst. Technology Editor..............................Jack Lieder'18
Artistic Director ....................................Cameron Imrie '18
Asst. Artistic Director...............................Finn Mangan '19
Layout Editor .............................................Jacob Hall '19
Faculty Editor ..............................Mr. Matthew Sather '93
Reunion Weekend 2018 draws hundreds of alumni back to Prep; Class of 1968 celebrates its 50th
View a gallery of the reunion class photos by clicking the image above.
Hundreds of Fairfield Prep alumni from as recent as the Class of 2013 and as far back as the Class of 1948 returned for a fun filled weekend of activities and social gatherings on June 1.
The weekend was a special occasion for the graduates of the Class of 1968, who celebrated their 50th reunion.
The weekend kicked off Friday with Prep's golf outing at Great River Golf Club in Milford, followed by the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet Friday evening. Saturday opened with a 5K fun run, continued with an alumni rugby game and finished with a Mass and a reunion party under a huge tent in the Fairfield Prep quad.
On Sunday, members of the Class of 1968 marched in the commencement ceremony along with the graduating Class of 2018. The '68 graduates received a golden diploma honoring their return for this momentous ocassion.
Class of 1968 Golden Diploma Photos
- View a gallery of the Class of 1968 reunion by clicking here, or clicking the image below.
- Photos can also be purchased on Louis J. Seidler's website by clicking here. Session name: golden18.
Reunion Classes ending in 3's and 8's
- 2018 General Reunion Gallery (also viewable below)
- Photos can be purchased on Louis J. Seilder's website by clicking here. Session name: reunion18.
Golf Outing 2018
View a gallery of candids and the golf foursomes by clicking on the image below.
Seven athletes, coaches inducted into Fairfield Prep Athletic Hall of Fame
Fairfield Prep honored seven of its former athletes and coaches at its 2nd Annual Athletic Hall of Fame in front of a crowd of more than 300 on June 1, 2018.
Alumni, family and friends enjoyed tributes to all of the honorees, and Traug Keller '78, P'11, '17 (SVP, ESPN) served as Master of Ceremonies.
This year's honorees are: Jim Lyddy '63, Tom Lydd' 67, Jack Ringel '54, Bob Skoronski, '51, Roger Ratchford '51, Ed Rowe '59 and Bob Sylvester.
Bob Skoronski '51
Bob Skoronski was the first Prep graduate to play in the NFL. The left tackle and offensive captain for the Packers under legendary coach Vince Lombardi played 11 seasons, all with Green Bay, and was a member of the first two Super Bowl winning teams in 1967 and 1968.
Jack Ringel '54
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was one of Prep's earliest two-way stars, talented enough to play four seasons of varsity football and baseball. Ringel was a co-captain of the Jesuits' first undefeated and untied football team (8-0) under Coach Tom Seymour in 1953 and an All- District fullback for two years.
Roger Ratchford '51
In a stellar career that spanned 40 seasons from 1966 to 2005, Ratchford racked up nearly 700 wins as Varsity Golf Coach, and presided over five state championship teams.
Head Coach for the 1969 State Championship Basketball Team, Prep's rst state title. Bob coached the Jesuits for 16 seasons and quali ed for the CIAC postseason in 14 of them. Bob was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jim Lyddy '63
At the time of his graduation, Lyddy was Prep's all-time leading scorer with 1,308 points and was rst team All- MBIAC for two seasons. Gentile's High School Basketball preseason publication in 1962, proclaimed Lyddy the top-rated player in Connecticut.
Tom Lyddy '67 (posthumous)
Tom was a multi-sport standout while at Prep and starred as an All-MBIAC, All-State and Catholic All-American as a senior. He played third base for the Prep Baseball team and was a part of the 1966-67 MBIAC Championship Basketball team.
Ed Rowe '59
Ed guided the Jesuits for 37 seasons, compiling a 477- 326 record with 11 league championships, four CIAC semi nal appearances and two nals berths. During a seven-year stretch (1976-1983) the Jesuits won the MBIAC title six times. He was named Daily News Coach of the Year in 1983 and CHSCA Coach of the Year in 2000.
Prep Graduation 2018 video, photos available online
View a Class of 2018 graduation gallery by clicking the image above.
Fairfield Prep held its 76th Commencement on Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m., before 207 graduates, Prep faculty and staff, and the students' families at Alumni Hall. We also welcomed 15 members of the Class of 1968 who celebrated their 50th Reunion by receiving their golden diplomas.
Class of 2018 Photos
Families interested in purchasing photos of the graduation can do so by visiting the webpages of Robert Taylor Photography and Louis J. Seidler Photography. Here's how:
- To view and purchase photos of students receiving their diplomas, as well as additional candids,, visit this link on Robert Taylor's website.
- Additional candids are available on Louis J. Seidler's website by clicking this link. To access the photos, input your email address and the session name grad18.
- To purchase photos from Baccalaureate Mass, click here. Session name: mass18.
View a recording of the commencement on our YouTube page.
Prep President Rev. Simisky, S.J., speaks about Prep values at the Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony
Fairfield Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., reinforced Prep's values as a reflective community of faith during the Class of 2018 Commencement on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Rev. Simisky also addressed the importance of those values - intellectual competence, a compassion for others, the conscience to make wise decisions and a commitment to doing justice - in light of recent events involving behavior at a Prep lacrosse game.
View the entire video above or on our YouTube channel.
Prep Seniors win $10,000 for Cardinal Shehan Center of Bridgeport
Pictured from left: Sasha Mead, Jordan Wingate, Victor Michaca and Brian Donahue. (Not pictured: Patrick Demakos).
On April 23, five seniors from Fairfield Prep participated in the first Social Justice Tournament in partnership with four other Jesuit high schools in New York City. Each school prepared a presentation on an organization the students had a partnership with and wanted to raise awareness and funds for. The students presented on the history of the organization, their personal relationship with the organization and why they believed donors should support the organization. Our students selected the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport where they all volunteer for their senior year service commitment. Prep is happy to announce that the group won $10,000 for the Shehan Center, who will use the funds to support their After School and Saturday Program which "provides a variety of growth enhancing educational and recreational activities." Please join us in congratulating seniors Jordan Wingate, Brian Donahue, Victor Michaca, Sasha Mead and Patrick Demakos (not pictured) on their hard work and dedication to serving others.
Tom Shea is voted Most Inspirational Teacher
Mr. Tom Shea '73 was presented with an award from the Class of 2018 as the Most Inspirational Teacher at the Senior Send-Off program held at Fairfield University on May 25. Earlier in the program, Shea spoke to the seniors, sharing advice and words of wisdom for their journey ahead. Additionally, alumni Patrick Steed '17 and Colin Terry '17 spoke about their experiences as college freshmen, and Director of Discipline Dean Davis gave the pending graduates thoughtful advice about their life ahead. Earlier, Will Johnson, Dean of Students at Fairfield University, spoke about transitioning to college.
WATCH PREP YOU TUBE: Tom Shea's Speech
Spring Music Concert showcases Prep Talent!
The Prep Music Department's annual Spring Concert was performed on May 16 in the Kelley Theater of the Quick Center for the Performing Arts. The performance included selections played by groups that represent the entire music department at Prep: Combined Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble; Men's Choir; Jazzuits and Encords. In addition, the men's chorus was joined by the ladies of Lauralton Hall's Advanced Vocal Ensemble.
Music Director Christine Evans praised her students and reflected on her 10 years at Prep: "This has truly been a labor of love, and I cannot thank you all enough for taking this journey with me. I truly believe I have learned as much from your sons as they have from me and I am all the better for it. This final concert is dedicated to all of you; our extended family, our influences, our inspiration."
Watch Prep YouTube for a replay. Watch the Senior Farewell performance of "Africa"!!
Michael Fickes '19 named Barnum Festival Prince
Photo: Michael Fickes '19 (far right), shown with Barnum Festival Court
Michael Fickes '19 has been named Barnum Festival Prince for 2018. The annual Barnum Festival is a seasonal celebration of the City of Bridgeport and its surrounding towns, including Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Shelton, Stratford, and Fairfield. Dating back to 1948, the festival originated to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum—a world-renowned showman and city leader.
Members of the Court were chosen based on their scholastic achievement (top 20% of their class), their leadership ability, and their extracurricular activities. They also must be community spirited and must support fellow students in their academic, non-academic, and/or social endeavors. Michael was nominated by Prep.
Congratulations to Michael, who will represent Prep through the many festival events and programs over the coming months.