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.
Ryan Eckert and Jack Kovaleski receive Fairfield Police Union Scholarships, named for the late Judge Dan Caruso
From left: Lt Keith Broderick, Ryan Eckert '18, Jack Kovaleski '18, Police Chief Gary McNamara and benefactor Charles Chiusano
Prep seniors Ryan Eckert and Jack Kovaleski were awarded Daniel Caruso Memorial Scholarship Awards from the Fairfield Police Union Scholarship Fund. The fund was created to honor the life work of Judge Daniel Caruso who passed away unexpectedly in February 2018. Judge Caruso, who served as Fairfield Probate Judge, was an advocate for anyone and everyone who needed help in the community. Caruso embodied the spirit of community and civic duty, always putting service above self. He was a man of strong faith and believed in always helping those in need. Eckert and Kovaleski were both nominated based on how they emulate these qualities.
Ryan Eckert is an excellent example of a student, athlete and school leader who fully embraces Fairfield Prep's Jesuit mission of service to others. As Captain of the ice hockey team, Ryan's athletic ability and leadership skills were on full display this past season as he led Prep to the Division I State Championship. Within the school Ryan is known as an active and enthusiastic member of the community who students, faculty and staff search out for leadership positions. He was selected to serve as a student leader on Kairos, a four day spiritual retreat, as well as Urban Plunge, a three day service immersion project in Bridgeport. Ryan contributes to the surrounding community as well, serving as a Junior Deacon at Greenfield Congregational Church and attending its Appalachian Service project in Virginia for three years. And for the past two years, Ryan has performed Christian service work teaching ice hockey through Connecticut Storm and tutoring at-risk students at the Urban Impact Center in Bridgeport. Ryan will be attending Syracuse University in the fall.
Jack Kovaleski is a valued and integral member of the Fairfield Prep community. He has been a member of the football team for four years and played on the golf team as well. Jack is a dedicated and supportive community member at Prep, serving as a Freshman Retreat Leader, a Kairos Retreat leader, a Peer Ministry leader and a participant in Prep's Appalachian Service Immersion trip to Fries, Virginia. He has volunteered at the Connecticut Food Bank, Operation Hope and at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and has committed to serving at the Jewish Home for the Elderly. Jack caddies at the Patterson Club, and works part-time at Athletic Shoe Factory. Further demonstrating his work ethic, he has his own business—Jack's Lawn and Snow Removal. Jack is well known as the kind of person who is always willing to step up and go the extra mile for those in need and will bring his desire to serve and learn to the University of Dayton where he will begin study in the fall.
Math Team takes 3rd in State Competition
Math Team takes 3rd in State Competition
Front row, from left: Math Teacher/Moderator Amy Ardito, Albert Jia '19, Matthew Torres '19 , Bowen Chen '18, Haoxiang Zhang '18, Junzhao Jang '20, Matthew Howard '18 and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta. Back row from left: Andy Yang '19, Ziyuan Guo '20, Jeremy Wang '21, Barry Li '19, Haochen He '19, Michael Lin '18.
The Fairfield Prep Math Team won 3rd place in the state competition held recently at Bristol Eastern School. They also qualified for and competed in the Regional Competition in Canton, Massachusetts, on April 27.
The Math Team participates in the Fairfield County Math League. They compete against 26 other schools in the league. The top 13 schools advanced to compete in the state competition where there were 40 other schools from the entire state. The state competition included three divisions: small, medium and large. In the medium division, Prep took 3rd place. Since the team finished in the top three, they qualified for the regional competition in Canton, Massachusetts.
Students interested in the Math Team should contact Mrs. Amy Ardito.
Stephen Gniadek '18 named 2018 Boy of the Year by Wakeman Boys and Girls Club
Stephen Gniadek '18 was recently named 2018 Boy of the Year by Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. A member of the Southport Clubhouse for twelve years, he has served as the Keystone Club co-president and a member of Junior Staff.
At Prep, Stephen has received Magna Cum Laude honors throughout his tenure at the school, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a valued participant in Campus Ministry, and has led and participated in both Urban Plunge service immersion programs and Kairos Retreats. Stephen has also been an editor of the yearbook since 2016, and is an integral member of the staff. He has volunteered at the Prospect House in Bridgeport where he cooks and serves meals for the homeless.
Stephen will attend Boston College in the fall, and plans to study business.
Drew Thompson '18 is Gatorade Runner of the Year
Drew Thompson '18 with Coaches Bob Ford Jr. and Bob Ford Sr.
Fairfield Prep senior Drew Thompson was recently named Boys Cross Country Connecticut Gatorade Runner of the Year. This award follows a long list of cross country accolades for Thompson who was named News 12 Scholar Athlete, All-SCC First Team, All State, SCC Runner of the Year, and received the U.S. Army Reserve Book Award. After completing an undefeated regular season, Thompson would go on to sweep the post season as well, finishing first at the SCC, Class LL, State Open and New England Championship meets. At the Northeast Championships, Thompson finished 7th out of 180 runners and qualified for the Footlocker National Championship in San Diego. Thompson would later finish 8th in the Footlocker Championship, earning him All-American honors.
Thompson joins Prep alumnus Connor Rog '12 as just the second runner in Prep history to receive this honor from Gatorade. Thompson has committed to Dartmouth University next year to continue his cross country career. In addition to cross country, Thompson is also a standout indoor and outdoor track athlete. This winter Thompson finished first in the 1600 meter run at the SCC Indoor Track Championships and was also a part of the 4X800 meter relay team that finished first and set an SCC Meet record with teammates MacKinnon Sheldon '18, Edward Tristine '19 and Drew Newcomb '18. At the Class LL and State Open Indoor Track Championship meet, Thompson finished first in the 3200 meter run earning All-State honors. Thompson would go on to finish second in the New England Championship meet in the 3200 meter run.
Outside of cross country and track Thompson is a member of the Irish Club and National Honor Society at Prep. Drew also works with senior citizens at the Middlebrook Farms Home.
Alex McMullen '18 & Sean Lynch '18 are SCC Scholar Leaders
The SCC (Southern Connecticut Conference) hosted its 24th Annual Scholar Leader Banquet on March 26, 2018, at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven. Forty-six scholar leaders, chosen by their respective school principals, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools and external communities.
Pictured from left: Alexander McMullen '18, Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta and Sean Lynch '18.
Alex is a summa cum laude honor student ranked highly in his class. He is president of the Student Government and president of the Hispanic Culture Club. Alex is the senior leader of Encords, an acappella group that has performed at the NYC Jazz Festival. He was selected to perform in the CT Western Regional Choral Festival and is actively involved in Prep's music program. Alex is also involved in the drama program, performing in several school productions. In addition, this well-rounded student is a past member of the varsity tennis team. Into this busy schedule, Alex has performed over 100 hours of community service at KEYS service organization, teaching piano to Bridgeport middle-school students, and at Giant Steps School in Southport working with students with Autism and Downs Syndrome. Alex will attend Duke University in the fall.
Sean is a summa cum laude honor student ranked highly in his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. He is a member of the Varsity Tennis team, a staff writer for the Political Awareness Society, a member of the Trigstar Club, a Peer Tutor, a key leader in Prep's Retreat Program, and a member of the Cardinal Key Society, a school service organization. Sean received the President's Volunteer Service Award for performing over 100 hours of community service in one year. Some of the events in which he provided leadership include: fund raising for the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women, and service work at Operation Hope and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Sean will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.
Prep students engage in cultural exchange in honor of Chinese New Year
In honor of the Chinese New Year, members of Fairfield Prep's international study body held a cultural exchange event in Brissette Gym on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Students sampled food, tasted Chinese tea, answered trivia questions about the Chinese New Year, and learned how to write Chinese characters on rice paper. Chinese students entertained the guests by performing traditional music with authentic string and wind instruments. The enrichment event is part of Prep's effort to foster global education in the students, and was meant to mirror a typical Spring Festival in China.
The event was sponsored by International Student Advisor Lina Gallinelli with assistance by AIEP Host Families.
View a gallery of the day's events by clicking the image below.
Anthony Mastroni commits to Brown Football
With Anthony Mastroni, from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Coach Tom Shea, Head Coach Keith Hellstern and Pres. Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.
Fairfield Prep senior Anthony Mastroni has committed to play football next year for the Brown University Bears. Mastroni, a native of Monroe and a captain for the Jesuits, completed a decorated senior season at Prep in which he was named All-SCC and CHSCA (Connecticut High School Coaches Association) All-State. Mastroni rushed for 260 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense this season while also notching 72 tackles, 2 sacks and a 99-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense. Mastroni is also a member of the Fairfield Prep basketball team. In the classroom Anthony is a Cum Laude honor student and has participated in community service projects at the Lighthouse Program, Dribble Drive Basketball and the Masonicare Assisted Living Center in Newtown.
Fairfield Prep Ethics Bowl team wins Manhattanville Regional competition!
The Fairfield Prep Philosophy Club won the third annual Manhattanville College Ethics Bowl Competition on February 3. Competing against a field of ten other teams, Prep went undefeated in the preliminary rounds en route to a difficult semi-final match against Poughkeepsie High School. After narrowly advancing in the semis, Prep came back strong in the finals and edged out Thornton-Donovan High School for the top prize in the competition.
The National Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supports more than 30 regional competitions nationwide in order to narrow the field for their national competition each April. Students research and refine their arguments on moral issues that impact our society such as driverless cars and gender roles in the workplace. Matches are judged based on both the validity and sound nature of a team’s argument, as well as their ability to respond to hypothetical questions about their position. Unique from a traditional debate, ethics competitions invite young men and women to think deeply about what is the right thing to do in each given situation as opposed to simply adopting a pro or con stance.
Fairfield Prep’s team was led by Ian Greenwalt '18 and Will Richards '19, with strong contributions by Michael Hoben '18, Owen Gannon '19, Finn Mangan '19, and Eric Ochsner '19. Team Scribe Lucas Hoin '19 kept detailed notes on each match in order to help the team refine their arguments in each round. His contribution is all the more important now as the team looks toward traveling to North Carolina to compete on the national stage April 20-22, 2018.
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 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.