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SHP Welcomes the class of 2020

Sat. August 27, 2016

Seton Hall Prep greeted the Class of 2020 with a Welcome Picnic on Saturday at the Kelly Athletic Complex. With  the grills manned by members of the Prep Fathers Club, the 700 guests enjoyed burgers and hot dogs, as well as the day's perfect weather. The freshman families heard from Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, Chaplains Frs. Zach Swantek and Jim White, and Fathers Club President Michael Nilan. SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan offered special greetings to the families, welcoming them to "their new home" and encouraging them to take advantage of all the opportunities that will present themselves over the coming months and years.


Peer Leaders- At Work to Prepare for the New Year

Wed. August 10, 2016

The first week of August saw The Prep's new team of Peer Leaders hit the trail for Pennsylvania and their three-day retreat and workshop that would begin to prepare them for their important task of leading the incoming class of freshmen through their first year at school. The 28 seniors, accompanied by program advisers Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona and Peter Ford, worked on building their own team, as well as taking part in discussions and learning some of the skills that point them towards the retreat's ultimate task of forming the 2-man teams that will lead each freshman homeroom. On Tuesday evening, left to their own resources, the adults having been asked to get out, the 3-hour job to find the right chemistry for the 14 teams set up both the Peer Leaders and the Class of 2020 for a great start to the year. The seniors will meet their freshmen on Orientation Day on August 31.

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3rd Annual Memorial lacrosse Festival Celebrates the Life and Spirit of Brendan Tevlin '13

Sat. July 30, 2016

Last Saturday, the 3rd Annual Brendan Tevlin Memorial Lacrosse Festival brought together scores of New Jersey lacrosse fans and friends of the slain Seton Hall Prep graduate, Brendan P. Tevlin '13. Organized by "Tev's" classmates, cousin Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian and Dave King, the event began three years ago as an afternoon of pick-up games to celebrate the life and spirit of Brendan. The afternoon, sponsored by Seton Hall Prep and the Shillelagh Club, now hosts a pair of games for adults, a women's game and a youth contest at the Helen M. and Edward D. Kelly Athletic Complex. Irish flavor was added to the event, as the players entered the field accompanied by pipers from the Shillelagh Club and South Park Pipes and Drums Corps.

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24 Rising 8th Graders Complete First Ever Pirates Academy

Fri. July 15, 2016

Seton Hall Prep opened its doors this summer to 24 eager rising 8th graders from around the state to embark on a two-week journey and introduction to life at The Prep.

Pirates Academy members gained experience utilizing the school's 3D printers, preparing for high school level math and english courses, learning about our impressive Fine Arts program, performing labs in the state-of-the-art science wing, and participating in athletics under the direction of our varsity coaches.

This nine-day excursion into life as a Pirate also encompassed the service component of Seton Hall Prep's mission, as students prepared sandwiches in the dining hall for St. John's Soup Kitchen. Pirates Academy concluded with a rafting trip down six miles of the Delaware River followed by a hike along the Mt. Tammany Trail in the Delaware Water Gap. While on the trip, Assistant Headmaster, Kevin McNulty, observed, "These students have already created new friendships in less than two weeks and they may have these relationships for years to come." One student from Weehawken said, "Thank you for two of the best weeks of my life."

"We truly hit the ground running in our first year," commented Mr. David Snyder, SHP Teacher, Coach, and Pirates Academy Director." The students eagerly took to all the lessons and activities, which was due in large part to the incredible engagement of our faculty, who came in to run specific lessons for the boys. We wanted these young men to get a sample of Seton Hall Prep by providing them with the tools to thrive in a rigorous academic program, and the experience of community that characterizes The Prep. Next year we strive to build on this positive momentum!"

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Golf Outing a Huge Success

Mon. June 20, 2016

On June 20 Seton Hall Prep’s Office of Institutional Advancement sponsored the Annual Golf Outing, bringing together nearly 200 alumni, parents and friends for a day of fun, food and friendship on the 36 holes of the Montclair Golf Club. With so many golfers and generous sponsors, the event was also a huge financial success. The Tournament Sponsor, The Daniels Group, was joined in the support effort by Jim Burke/Capital Partners as Golf Cart Sponsor; The Colangelo Family /Complete Business Connections as Gift Sponsor; Acorn Financial Services as Bag Tag Sponsor; Frankoski Construction as Dinner Sponsor; Sandy Hill Foundation /Frank Walsh as Beverage Sponsor; Flag Wharf, Inc./Cannon Family Foundation, Inc. as Lunch Sponsor; Ted McDonagh '90 and Mike Cuccolo '90 as Beverage Cart Sponsors; Averill Fundraising as Straightest Drive Sponsor; and Mike Moretti/Morgan Stanley as Closest to Pin Sponsor.

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iOS Apps on display

Thur. June 2, 2016

A few days before the end of school, students in The Prep's iOS App Development elective showed off their wares at a lunch time gathering in the auditorium. Leading the presentation were juniors Francis Prior and Eric Rao, who had created "DoublePlay," an app that calculates batting and earned run averages, as well as a couple other esoteric "inside baseball" stats. They also used Fabric, Twitter's developer analytics framework, to track useage and daily new user counts of their app.

Joining them in completing their projects were: Chris Koonjy (“Currency Converter”), Richard Beeferman (“Tip Calculator”), Ed Ramirez and Gabe Ribeiro (“Soccer Stadium Database”), Reggie Lahens (“Note Taking App”), David Parchment (“Dictionary App”), Stephen Liss and Seth Constant (“Military Time Converter App”), Andrew Cerbo (“Tapping Game”), Ron Cullen (“Block Trace Game”), Oluwaseyi Williams and Joe Mendoza (“JumpPig Game”), Darrell Wakefield (“Baseball Statistics App”), Proeve Mosaku (“Pokemon Points App”), Cole Hass and Austin Lupo (“Feet-Meter Conversion App”), Ron George (“Movie App Recommendation App”), David Florentine (“Flappy Pirate Game”), Jeremy Lederman (“Hockey Goalie Calculator App”).

The iOS App Development elective is offered to upperclassmen during the school year. Seton Hall Prep is the only New Jersey Catholic prep school to offer such a course. The class assumes no prior knowledge of programming and culminates in the students’ final project— app that will run successfully on an iPhone. The app must conform to Apple’s Human Interface and App Store guidelines. Students taking the class for honors credit must include two additional frameworks into their app besides the default UIKit framework provided by Apple.

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Seton Hall Knocks Off No. 3 St. Augustine for State Title and No. 1 Spot in New Jersey

Sat. June 11, 2016

Yesterday, behind a strong start from freshman pitcher Nick Maldonado, experienced relief from senior Brandon Shamieh, as well as timely hitting from seniors Jack Zyska and Nick DiNicola, Seton Hall Prep won the program's eighth state championship, this time by a 4-2 score over No. 3 ranked St. Augustine.

It was the bottom of the fourth that spelled the difference in the game for the Pirates. First-baseman Ryan Toohers led off with a two-bagger to the wall in the left-field gap, followed by a walk to Justin Miller. DiNicola scored Toohers with a single up the middle. Then Zyska knocked in a pair with another double to center, putting the Hall up 3-0. St. Augustine answered with a pair of runs and had the tying runner on in the top of the fifth, when Shamieh came out of the bullpen with 2 outs and shut the door on the Hermits. Maldonado had allowed two runs off five hits in his 4 2/3 innings.

Seton Hall added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth as DiNicola smoked a ground rule double to left on a 3-0 count to knock in Toohers from third, making the score 4-2. Shamieh tossed the final 2 1/3 and kept St. Augustine in check, with the Pirates disposing of two runners in the final frame. The title is the Hall's eighth state championship, the last one being won on the same field, with current Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello '07 on the mound.

"If you had told me in March that we'd be here winning a state championship as the No.1 team," said Head Coach mike Sheppard Jr.,"I might have told you that you were crazy. Over the years we'll have two or three star players and usually a star pitcher, but we didn't have that here this year. We had a bunch of good players who did their jobs. I'm proud of these guys and what they've been able to accomplish."

Adding to the luster of the day, during the game it was learned that Prep alumni Kevin Mahala and Ty Blankmeyer were selected in the Major League Players Draft, to the Pirates (18th round) and the Reds (36th) respectively.

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Pirates Take Down No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont) for No. Jersey Title

Tues. June 7, 2016


On Tuesday Seton Hall Prep, ranked No. 4 in the state, took down the top-ranked St. Joseph (Mont) by a score of 6-2, copping the North Jersey Non-Public A championship, the 13th crown for the Pirates.

After starter Ryan Toohers made made quick business of the top of the St. Jos. order to start the game, the Hall got to the SJR starter right off the bat, with Jack Zyska's lead-off single, three walks to score John Savino and leaving the bases loaded for Toohers to single to give the Hall a 2-0 lead. Zyska's 2nd inning single made the score 3-0.

St. Joseph's put together a couple of hits in the third to make it 3-2, but Toohers shut them down after that. DH Justin Miller's 2-rbi single in the Pirates' third made it 5-2. After a short rain delay in the bottom of the fourth, the game re-started with a bang, as Pat O'Hare launched a monster round-tripper over the left field wall on the first pitch to put the finishing touches on the Pirates win. SHP will face St. Augustine on Saturday at 11 am at Toms River North with the state title on the line.

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Annual Parent Fund Leadership Celebrates the Year's Success

Thurs. June 2, 2016

Just before the close of the school year, the four Class Chairs of the Annual Parents Fund gathered at Seton House for the year's final meeting and celebrated the year's success. The Parents Fund is a key component of The Prep's overall Annual Fund of yearly gifts from board members, alumni, parents, faculty and friends. This year the Office of Institutional Advancement welcomed the addition of volunteer Parent Chairs for each class to spearhead the goal of growing the funds raised specifically for the Annual Parent Fund.

"What a success it has been this year," noted Director Matt Cannizzo. "Current parents have nearly doubled the rate of giving compared to only three years ago and set a new Annual Parent Fund record for a third year in a row." He expressed his gratitude to all who have contributed and indicated that families may still make a gift by visiting www.shp.org/donate now. The four Class Chairs: 2019- Dawn Sandomeno P'15, 18, 19; 2018- Susan Agnew P'18; 2017- Eileen Hannford P '17, 20; Annual Parent Fund and Class of 2016 Chair Danielle Lumby P'11, 16.

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DeNicola's Round-Tripper Turns Around PirateS Fortunes as the Hall Advances to No. Jersey Final

Fri. June 3, 2016

With the Pirates down 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Nick DeNicola turned the game around with a blast to right with two men on, to give Seton Hall a 4-3 edge. After two scoreless innings SHP added a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth to move their lead to 8-3, helped along with DeNicola's sac fly and Jack Zyska's RBI two-bagger. Ryan Toohers started on the mound for the Pirates, going six innings, allowing four runs. Nick Maldonado came on in relief in the seventh. Bergen Catholic scored a pair of runs in the final frame, but Maldonado put an end to things with a couple of ground outs. The No. 4 Pirates will face No. 1 St. Joseph's (Mont) on Tuesday for the North Jersey Championship, at Ramapo College.

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Inaugural Class of International Students Graduates

Fri. May 20, 2016

As Seton Hall Prep celebrates its 160th anniversary, the school also celebrates the inaugural graduating class of its international program. To mark the occasion, a reception was held at the SHP Seton House on Friday afternoon May 20. Three of the school’s international students (Ziyi "Steven" Niu, Zongzhen "Jack" Yang and Yifan "Nolan" Zhang) were in attendance, in addition to three of the parents (Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng, Zongzhen's parents, as well as Mrs. Liu, Yifan's mother). Zhoujie Yu, along with his parents, who had flown 14 hours to arrive in New Jersey, were attending an interview at Penn State.

The group was hosted by SHP's president, Msgr. Michael Kelly; headmaster, Msgr. Robert Harahan; international program coordinator, Michael Hegedus, as well as Matt Cannizzo, Sarah Andrews and Michael Perrotta from the Office of Institutional Advancement. Msgrs. Kelly and Hanrahan, as well as Michael Hegedus, offered remarks welcoming the parents to America and expressing their enthusiasm for how much their sons had added to the school’s appreciation of a foreign culture. They also shared with the families how they could become involved in continuing support of The Prep. Each of the students took a turn interpreting for the parents. The families were very curious about the priests who serve at SHP and their vocation. Mrs. Liu was particularly moved by Msgr. Kelly's story of an entire life spent in association with The Prep; she insisted on giving him a hug on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of his ordination.

Mrs. Liu (Yifan Zhang's mother) arrived from Zhengzhou, a city in Henan province. Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng (Zongzhen Yang's parents) come from Qingdao, an east coast city in Shandong province. They had traveled over 10,000 miles to attend graduation weekend, literally halfway around the world. The four graduates will attend Foothill College, University of Wisconsin, Penn State and NYU.

On display were beautiful gifts from the international students' parents, including a Chinese calligraphy work from Yifan Zhang's grandfather as well as a beautiful decorative plate. The students received a 160th anniversary commemorative tie that bears the Seton family crest. The parents received a framed photograph of the graduates with Msgr. Kelly, Msgr. Harahan and Mr. Hegedus.


Lax Season Ends as Furious Late Rally Falls Short

Sat. May 28, 2016

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Commencement Caps a Very Special Year

Sun. May 22, 2016

On Sunday May 22 the 227 members of the Class of 2016 made their final walk together as they received their Seton Hall Prep diplomas. The gathering of close to 1900 faculty, alumni, family and friends at Caldwell University's George R. Newman Center had its share of memorable moments, highlighted by presentation of the Msgr. Thomas Fahy Alumnus of the Year Award to Class of 1966 members Michael F. Newman, Joseph F. Walsh and James E. Reynolds III, an address to the graduates by the latter, introduction of attending members of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1966 and an unforgettable Valedictory Address by graduate Bruno Fernandes. President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan presented diplomas to the graduates and, as the ceremony came to a close, the class gathered shoulder to shoulder, joining in the singing of the Alma Mater. [ download the Commencement and Baccalaureate programs ]

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Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony Begin the Final Farewell

Sat. May 21, 2016

Saturday evening May 21, the 227 members of the Class of 2016, their families and friends gathered at the majestic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and to begin their final farewell to Seton Hall Prep. Celebrant Archbishop John Myers was joined at the altar by Prep President Msgr, Michael Kelly '57, Headmster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Rev. James White and Rev. Zachary Swantek, REv. Doug Milewski '81, Rev. Bogumil Misiuk '08 and Deacon Richard O'Hara. Following the Mass, upwards of 80 seniors were called forward to receive awards for academic achievement and for school and community service. [link here for photos of the awards presentations]

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The KAC Heads Towards Finishing Touches

Wed. May 25, 2016

The past two weeks have seen great progress towards the completion of the Kelly Athletic Complex. The JV baseball field saw its first action, several hundred trees have been planted, footings have been placed for the locker facility, refreshment stand and maintenance garage, and the tennis courts have received their finish coat of asphalt. Today's drone flight (piloted by Science Department Chairman Dave Snyder) shows the site in glorious morning light [click for full size view].

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Griffin Bridges Celebrates the Year's Successes

Thurs., May 19, 2016

On Thursday May 14th the Griffin Bridges Community of Advisory Committee Members, program donors, program alumni, scholars and their families gathered for the Annual Potluck Dinner to celebrate the year’s achievements. The event was welcomed by Director Horton Sears, alongside graduating senior and host Bruno Fernandes. After remarks from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, guests enjoyed dinner prepared by Griffin Bridges families.

Senior Edwin Ramirez stepped to the podium to summarize his Prep experience as a Griffin Bridges Scholar. He expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the program for helping him academically and in his social transformation into the success he is today. He will attend Kenyon College. Senior Raymond Norville also spoke on his unique experience as he was welcomed into the program during his sophomore year. He credited his success to the support he has received through personal hardships and the life lasting relationships he has developed. "The Griffin Bridges program is more than a scholarship for inner-city boys; it's also about providing a foundation for future success," said the Boston College-bound Raymond. Host Bruno Fernandes, named Valedictorian of his class, will attend Princeton University on a full scholarship. Among the other schools the seniors will attend are Villanova, Holy Cross, NJIT, and Loyola. This, the program's largest senior class, received a total of nearly $325,000 in scholarships and grants towards their undergraduate education.

Sophomore Luis Reis presented an award to Science teacher Min Trinh ’06, recognizing his work above and beyond in support of Griffin Bridges. Seniors Ethan Morrison, Adrian Sanchez and Greg Irwin '16 received the Greg Beauzil Big Brother Award for their special dedication to the Big Brother Program.

Concluding the celebration, Director Horton Sears '09 presented the 12 returning scholars in the program. He specially highlighted sophomore Jacques Clovis, who has completed the year with over a 4.35 GPA and who has his sights on attending the W. E. B. DuBois Scholars Institute for Engineering at Princeton this summer. He also made special note of Onyema Eguh, who will attend Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine at The University of North Carolina in the coming weeks. Director Sears closed the evening with an introduction of the four incoming students in the Class of 2020: Andre Williams, Wilson Brito Jr. III, Jason Santos, and Victor White.

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Band and C-Tonians Present Spring Concert

Wed., May 18, 2016

The evening of Wednesday of May 18, hundreds of parents and friends enjoyed a wide-ranging musical program offered by The Prep's Band, Jazz Ensemble and A Cappella group, The C-Tonians. Link above to the entire program and photos from the event.

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Pirates Grab 4-Peat GNT Crown

Sat., May 21, 2016

Shamieh, O'Hare, Maldonado Steer Seton Hall to GNT Title
By Bob Behre , Diamond Nation

In this age of the overhyped fastball, Seton Hall Prep’s Brendan Shamieh represents a throwback of sorts who succeeds through guile and guts, a formula that deserves replication. Shamieh (7-0) scattered seven hits over six innings, struck out one and walked one to keep the dangerous Nutley bats at bay on the way to an 11-1 six-inning victory that gave Seton Hall (23-3) its fourth straight Greater Newark Tournament championship and a county-best 16th overall title.

[continue at Diamond Nation]

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Senior Prom Kicks Off Final Week

Tue., May 16, 2016

 

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Building Bridges 5K- Running in Support of an Important Program

Sat., May 14, 2016

Last Saturday the Griffin Bridges Program and McLoone’s Boathouse hosted the 5th Annual Building Bridges 5K Race and Kids Fun Run at its new location around the Orange Reservoir in West Orange. Thanks to Gagnon Securities, TD Ameritrade, Goya Foods, Van Dyk Health Care, Sito Mobile, Msgr. Michael Kelly and the many other key sponsors, the event was another success. This year there were eight runners for our Kid’s Fun Run and another 133 participants in the main event. Among the list of runners were members of USATF NJ.

During the post-race brunch and reception the Top 3 overall male and female winners were recognized. Male winners were Samuel Valentin, Ben Groppe ’17 and Sean Theoclitus ’17 and female winners were Alexis Patrick, Melissa O’Selmo, and Jacqueline Wolfstirn. With the help of President Msgr. Michael Kelly, winners of both a $50 SHP gift basket and a $100 dinner certificate to McLoone’s were drawn to conclude of the reception.

Msgr. Michael Kelly offered closing remarks, thanking participants for taking part in the day’s events, thanking Griffin Bridges Director Horton Sears ’09 and the Prep volunteers for creating a successful event in supporting the deserving young men of the Griffin Bridges Program. The Building Bridges 5K raised over $27,300 in sponsorships, registrations, and individual donations. Horton Sears extended his thanks to all the major donors, volunteers, and new participants. Looking forward he said, “Next year we are excited to continue the next annual event at the Orange Reservoir again. The program also looks forward to connecting with more local businesses to acquire new race sponsorships.”

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Baseball Tournament Album Posted

Sat., May 14, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's #1 seeded team combined a 13-hit barrage with Ryan Toohers shutout pitching for a 13-0 semifinal victory in 5 innings over Montclair yesterday at Belleville's George Zanfini Stadium. The win put the Pirates into the Greater Newark Tournament Final against Nutley, who upset #2 seeded Millburn in the first game of the double header. The tournament final, next Saturday at noon at Verona's Doc Goeltz Field, will mark the 23rd appearance in the title game for the Pirates, who will be looking for their 16th championship and their fourth in a row.

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New Tennis Photo Album

Wed., May 11, 2016

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Pirates Lax Cops ECT With a 4-Peat

Sat, May 7, 2016

Pirates Lacrosse captured the program's fourth straight Essex County Lacrosse title yesterday, overwhelming Montclair with an 18-6 victory. The top-seeded Seton Hall team broke open a 1-1 tie early in the first quarter, going on a 14-0 run that spanned the halftime break. Jack Sarson scored a pair of goals during that run. Ten different players scored for The Prep, led by Sarson's five scores. Brian Tevlin finished with three goals and three assists, while Dan Zarillo also scored a pair. Griffin Westin  had four assists on the afternoon.

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Spanish Honor Society Sends Relief to Ecuador

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Spanish Honor Society recently held two bake sales to raise funds to aid the victims of Ecuador’s devastating April 16 earthquake, which reached a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale. The Prep students raised $200, which will go directly to a Roman Catholic parish in Cuenca, Ecuador, that is involved in the country's relief effort. [photo:] Society President Chris Proaño and Vice President Adrián Abeijón, with Honor Society members Anthony Vásconez and Karlis Kancans, with SHS Adviser Margret Mainardi.

The quake struck near the coast in the province of Esmereldas, with tremors felt in neighboring Columbia and Peru. It was the largest quake to strike there since the 1979 Tumaco earthquake and was followed by over 55 aftershocks in the first 24 hours, killing 650 and injuring nearly 28,000.

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Kairos: Learning From My Students

Friday, May 6, 2016

By Billy Ward, Teacher

Seventy-five young men gathered in a room, crying together. One of their peers, named Chris, was at the podium sharing his story of saying goodbye to his dying mother. The more Chris spoke, the more tears were shed. Some in the room were his best friends and had already lived through the experience with him, and some had not. As Chris continued, the stronger he became. He was showing the same strength his mother shared with him during her long battle with cancer. The scene was surreal. If you had seen it in a movie, you might have doubted the possibility of it ever truly happening. But it did. And it was beautiful. It was difficult and it was beautiful. There was not a person in the room that day whose life wasn’t forever changed. We witnessed the presence of God in Chris and in the community of brothers that listened with their hearts.

This is not a typical scene one imagines when picturing high school boys. Normally, there’s way too much ego involved, way too much competition, and way too much concern about being seen as cool.

But this is Kairos. A Greek word meaning “The Lord’s Time”; or “God’s Timing”.

Kairos is a four day intensive reflection of personal growth and awareness, rooted in a community. It is a time for a student to examine their relationship with themselves, others, and God. It is an experience that is enhanced by taking risks and openly sharing vulnerabilities.

Kairos is a place in time where guys learn to be themselves. A place in time when everyone gets a chance to share their story, because each is a significant piece of the puzzle. A time when they begin to see the moments in their lives as being closely connected back to God.

Kairos teaches these young men to love and be loved. That loving themselves, others and God is the most courageous and fundamental thing they can aspire to do.

These young men are juniors and seniors in high school. And you may think that, “That’s impossible”. Guys are more concerned with sports, girls, music, or where they are going to get their next beer.

But that’s not the truth. I’ve been blessed to witness the growth and development of these young men in our community for twenty-seven Kairos retreats. I, along with my good friend, set the table for them and the Holy Spirit to do her work.

And then these young men courageously step into the truth of who they are. They openly experience the whole spectrum of human emotion. They laugh, they cry, they connect with themselves and God, and they are motivated and inspired by each other. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to witness it all.

To be a student of it all.

As a teacher, I’ve learned a great deal from my students. Way too much to write about in a single article. I am a better man, husband and father because of these guys and I will be forever grateful for this community that we call Seton Hall Prep.

I’ve learned that deep within these young men, and in reality within us all, is a desire to love and be loved, a desire to share our stories, and a desire to be a part of something bigger and greater than just ourselves.

These are themes that I’ve witness on Kairos and in everyday life. We all strive to do exactly what these boys are courageously doing on Kairos. We all yearn to create the best version of ourselves. Deep down, we all want to have the courage to tell someone that we love them. Not one of us wants to be an island. At the core of every single being is the desire to connect.

For now, let the courage in these young be our example. Kairos isn’t just a four day retreat experience.

It’s a way of life.

And on the day I described earlier, Chris taught us all how to live. His mom left a legacy in his heart that he had the courage to share.

When Chris ended his talk, the entire room rose to their feet in a heartfelt applause. Then, one by one, each student approached Chris to give him a hug. I sat in the back witnessing it all. A profound moment. A space in time where everything slowed down so we could remember.

Kairos. God’s time.

Instead of returning to our small groups, I announced that the moment was already so intimate that we would stay together. I opened the floor to the students to share their experience and feelings and then faded to the side.

Tears continued to fall. Guys reached their arms out to one another. The first brave soul stood to share his story: a few years earlier his father had died suddenly right in front of him in their kitchen. He never shared aloud this time in his life but was moved by the courage and faith Chris displayed. He thanked Chris for changing his life; for shifting his perspective. They embraced.

Then the quarterback of the football team stood. A friend in the circle of Chris’ tight group. He was red in the face. Usually stoic and strong, he was vulnerable. He also shared his love for Chris and how inspired he was by the strength and love he witnessed.

Then another student stood, then another. For over half an hour, they shared, they laughed, they cried and they connected. We ended in a prayer with everyone in the room reaching out to one another. The energy in the room was palpable. You could feel the presence of God in these boys and their stories. It was raw and it was life.

Many stood for more hugs and togetherness. We gave the guys some time to vent and to just be. To soak in what just happened. To talk and affirm what had just occurred.

I witnessed and wondered in awe of the timing. God’s timing.

And I thanked God for being able to be a small part of this moment, for being a part of God’s moment. Kairos is a powerful time and place where we plant seeds on how to live and how to love.

These young men have been my greatest teachers.

This program has given me more that I could have ever dreamed of and for that I will be forever grateful.

God Bless you all.

Love and be loved,

Billy Ward


Pirates Golf Downs Livingston

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Lacrosse Win in Kirst Tournament- in Gallery

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mike Kinney H'12 covered the Kirst Tournament for MSG Varsity.

Colin Kirst was able to rely upon the vigorous support of his teammates in the absolute worst of circumstances. So, the senior goalie for darn sure wasn't going to doubt their strength and loyalty just because Seton Hall Prep had fallen behind by three goals seven minutes into play...   Read his entire post here...


Lax Victory vs Lancers in Media Gallery

Friday, April 29, 2016


Easter Break Class Visit to Twain Home and Museum

posted Saturday, April 30, 2016

A large group of students in John Pascal’s Writings of Mark Twain class traveled during Spring Break to Hartford to the Mark Twain House and Museum. The National Historic Landmark was the home to Samuel Clemens from 1874 to 1891 and where he wrote many of his most famous works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The resident Twain experts led the students on a tour of the 25-room mansion built in the Picturesque Gothic style and filled them in on how the times in which he lived influenced his work.

The staff of the Museum Center remarked that the students were “a pleasure to have on tour and in the collections. They had some great questions and were really immersed in what they were learning.” In consideration of Mr. Pascal’s established reputation with the curatorial staff, the students were allowed to handle Clemens family artifacts, including personal items, family photographs and first editions of his writings, as well as works by his family, friends and associates. The trip closed with a Q&A session with Dr. James Golden, Director of Education at the institution, who congratulated the students, remarking that they were as well prepared for the discussion as his students at Trinity College and the University of Hartford. [photo courtesy of John Pascal]


Win vs Newark Academy Advances Baseball's Record

Friday, April 29, 2016


Behind the Brotherhood

By Fabio Meza '08

Behind the Brotherhood: Seton Hall Prep from Seton Hall Prep on Vimeo.


Fathers Club Auction Raises the Bar

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Last Saturday evening the largest crowd in years enjoyed several hours of fun, food, friendship and bidding at the Fathers Club Annual Pirate Treasure Auction. By the time the night wrapped up, a Prep family had won a Mercedes and, according to early returns, the organization's coffers sported an additional $100,000. Spurred on by raffle items featuring Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Michael Kors, as well as a 65” TV, proceeds from the raffles were up 300% from last year. The live auction also did great business, with marquee prizes like tickets to the PGA at Balrusrol, an autographed Odell Beckham jersey, fishing trips, front row seats for the Mets and prime seating at The Prep’s upcoming graduation.

The auction committee was led by Co-Chairmen Mike Nilan and Jeff Spicka, spreading out over 200 prizes among the Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. Also a hit were the Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove was again erected and manned by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members, Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, Tom Coyne and Pete Nolan. New to the auction were “Guys & Gals” raffle tables, which were a huge success, driven by a Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. The Super Pac was the brain child of former FC President Tom Lynch (who also doubled as the evening’s host) and past Auction Chairman Vinnie D’Antonio Class of ‘80.

Said FC President Tom Young, “..this group of fathers did an amazing job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep community this year, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams/clubs. We also had great help from the student ambassadors as well as from some of the football team members who helped to set up the gym on Friday after school”. Young continued, “We are truly thrilled that Auction night has become such a community event; we had support from Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo & Tony Esposito as well as some new fathers who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamante and Mark Salerno.

Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Tom young presented the 2016 Art Williams Award to Bob Waldron, Class of 1979. The award is given in memory of the late Art Williams, whose tireless efforts “behind the scenes” for many years beginning in the 70s continues to be the hallmark of the Fathers Club.


Celebrating Msgr. Kelly's 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Last Sunday more than 700 members of the Seton Hall Prep Community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of the school’s President, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly. The huge gathering of family, friends, Prep staff and alumni joined in the celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, followed by a reception at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Joining Msgr. Kelly at the altar were fellow Golden Anniversary celebrants Msgr. Edward Bradley and Fr. William Melillo, along with Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Msgr. Thomas Ivory ’56, Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi ’82, OLS Pastor Msgr. Robert Emery and soon to be ordained Deacon Bogumil Misiuk ’08.

Msgr. Kelly recalled for the assembly the central role that Our Lady of Sorrows Church had played in his spiritual life- the scene of his Baptism, his First holy Communion, his service as an altar boy, his Confirmation and, in May of 1966, the site of his first Mass. Calling to mind the words of Jesus as He instituted the Priesthood at the Last Supper—to “do this in memory of Me… As I have loved you, so also should you love one another”— Msgr. articulated what has turned out to be the essence of his life: “We priests are given the spirit of the Lord for the work of his kingdom. We are never sent for ourselves, but for God’s people- to preach, to proclaim, to heal, to advocate, to empower the joy and the prayers of the faithful.”


Pirates Down Highly Ranked Monroe in Extra Innings

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Pirates Track Posted to Media Gallery

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Prep Groups In Service Around the State

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last Tuesday, while sophomores and juniors slaved away at the completion of their standardized testing, seniors and freshmen devoted the day to community service. Several groups spread out across several counties in a variety of efforts to serve local communities.

Renewing The Prep’s decades-old relationship with the Community FoodBank of hillside, the entire freshman class and their Peer Mentors spent the morning sorting, cleaning and packing up donated food to be distributed to local soup kitchens in food-deprived locales. Back in the Dining Hall another group put together up food packages, and 60 seniors helped the Wounded Warriors Project with the production of more than 300 care packages destined for American service members stationed in the Middle East. Meanwhile, just around the corner, at our Lady of the Valley Church, a group gave a deep cleaning to the parish’s soup kitchen; and three miles away a dozen students constructed raised vegetable beds at a community center in Montclair.

Close to 50 miles west in Milford, at the Alexandria Township Farm (way out 78), 45 seniors teamed with volunteers from Grow-A-Row to plant 12,000 pounds of potatoes which, when harvested in the fall, will help fill the needs of the organization’s partner, the Community FoodBank. America’s Grow-A-Row has developed a relationship with The Prep over the last several years, helping to educate Seton Hall students about volunteerism and the ways to meet hunger and nutritional issues of NJ residents. Last year the organization donated 1,000,000 pounds of produce for distribution in the state.


Kairos 86.26 and 86.27

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Having just returned from Easter Break, a large group of juniors and seniors headed off for four days of reflection and prayer in Haverstraw, NY at the third Kairos Retreat of the year. Dubbed Kairos 86.27, the group followed on the heels of a similar group that attended Kairos 86.26 back at the end of January. Student leaders, former retreatants at earlier editions of Kairos, offered talks to their classmates and led small group discussions at the Don Bosco Retreat Center, also the home of the Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, overlooking the Hudson River, just off the Palisades Parkway.

Faculty facilitators included Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Frs. James White and Zach Swantek, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Retreat Director Billy Ward, Dean of Men Michael Gallo, Rick Ingraffia, Horton Sears, Tess Marino, and John Rodino. Student leaders comprised Nick Appleby, Michael Bowman, Niall Breagy, Jack Carson, Ryan Compoli, Brian Donohue, Meade Eggleston, Sean Gallagher, Demoan Guinta, Patrick Hollander, Ben Mara, Connor Merklinger, Tommy McCormack, James McGuire, Joseph Skinner, Paul Scollo, Chris Tangretti, Oluwassyi Williams and Justin Wozniak.


Coach Mike Sheppard Joins the Elite 700 Win Club

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Yesterday Coach Mike Sheppard joined an elite group of baseball coaches in New Jersey as he collected his 700th career victory in a 2-0 shutout of West Essex. He joins Kenny Frank (830), Marty Kenney (765), Tony Ferrainolo (754) and Harry Shatel (752).

After an 11-11-1 first season as West Orange head coach in ’86, Shep took over the Seton Hall Prep program in 1987. In his time leading the Pirates (689-179-3), he has sent 40 players to the Division-1 level. In addition, 17 Pirates have gone on to play at the professional level, including pitcher Rick Porcello, who was a first-round draft choice by the Detroit Tigers in 2007. Porcello is currently pitching for the Boston Red Sox. He signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the club last spring and recently made a $1million gift to the Capital Campaign to build the new baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex.

During Shep’s tenure the Pirates have collected nine Non-Public A North titles and six NJSIAA state Non-Public A championships. The Hall has also won 13 Greater Newark Tournament trophies with him at the helm. Coach Sheppard has been inducted into four Halls of Fame: Seton Hall University (1991), Newark, N.J. (1995), Seton Hall Prep (2005) and NJSIAA (2006). He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Region 2 and National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2007. The 2007 Pirates (32-1) finished the year as the No. 1 team in the nation according to USA Today. Currently ranked the No. 5 team on the NJ.com Top 20, the Pirates are a perfect 10-0 to start the year.


Lax Album vs National Power in Gallery

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Anything Goes" - The Prep's Springtime Hit!

Sunday, April 17, 2016


The weekend of April 14-16 the close to 100 in the cast and crew treated three audiences to a spectacular production of Cole Porter’s
Anything Goes." The popular musical, written and first produced in 1934 the depths of the Great Depression, debuted on Broadway in the Alvin Theater and has been popular ever since, undergoing several stage and movie revivals in America, Great Britain and Australia.

The Prep production was directed by Arts Department Chairman Joseph A. Neglia, assisted by Theresa Neglia, and featured roles portrayed by Kathryn Aman, Dan Dyer, Liam Doerr, Eden Mau, Anna Salamone, Boby Dries, Egan Barnitt, Jaris Owens, James Musson, Liam O’Driscoll, Erney Fertile, Richard Martin, Paolo Arante and Brian Cadag. Set and Lighting Design were directed by Prep alumnus Brian Sosa ’10.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story plays out as a series of madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The production introduced such well known stick-in-your-head songs as “Anything Goes,” “You're the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” The original musical had a tryout in Boston, before opening on Broadway on November 21, 1934. It ran for 420 performances, becoming the fourth longest-running musical of the 1930s, despite the impact of the Depression on Broadway patrons’ disposable income. Directed by Howard Lindsay with choreography by Robert Alton and sets by Donald Oenslager, it starred Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney,William Gaxton as Billy Crocker and Victor Moore as Moonface Martin. The musical subsequently went through revivals in 1962 and 1987 off Broadway, 1989 and 2002 in London and again on Broadway in 2011. The 1936 Paramount movie version starred Ethle Merman and Bing Crosby; the 1956 movie brought back Crosby with Donald O’Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. In 1954 the television version starred Merman alongside Frank Sinatra and Bert Lahr (of Cowardly Lion fame) as an episode of the Colgate Comedy hour.

New Baseball Album Posted

Sunday, April 17, 2016

SHP Crew Club Making a Name for Itself

Friday, April 15, 2016


On Saturday, April 9th, the newly-formed SHP Crew Club competed in their first race, the MYSO Regatta (formerly known as the North New Jersey Championships). Under the tutelage of coach Bryan Villaruel, the Men's Novice 4+ boat earned a silver medal, and the Men's Novice 8+ boat earned a bronze medal in their respective races. The team managed to beat seasoned programs such as Nutely, St. Benedict's Prep, Belleville, and St. Peter's Prep, turning plenty of heads and asserting themselves onto the North Jersey Crew scene. The school is excited to see what successes lie ahead for this new program.

Lacrosse Game Posted to Media Gallery

Monday, April 11, 2016

Battle of Top Baseball Teams Posted in Media Gallery

Sunday, April 10, 2016

baseball win posted in media gallery

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Launched! Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store Now Open

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seton Hall Prep has launched a brand new online store, offering students, alumni, parents, and all members of of The Prep community an online destination for items found in SHP's campus bookstore. View our collection of Men's, Women's, and Youth apparel, as well as a variety of accessories offered for purchase on the web. Find extensive collections of tops, bottoms, hoodies, hats, and formal wear, supplied by industry leaders including Under Armour, Vineyard Vines, Champion, Holloway, and more! Accessories range from blankets and common household items- soon to become mainstays in the living room- to travel cups and decals to showcase your support for our Pirates while on the road.

Our new home for merchandise on the web, powered by Shopify, is here to help supply a borderless Seton Hall Prep community with apparel so often requested by alumni and family all over the globe! Access the Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store by visiting our main website, shp.org, then hover over the "Prep Life" top menu option, and select "SHP Store". Follow our social media accounts, @SetonHallPrep on Twitter and Instagram, and "Seton Hall Prep" on Facebook, for new items and specials relevant to the store, as well as information on all happenings here at The Prep.

SHP Robotics Team 5992 Steps Into Big-Time Competition

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Last weekend, after months of work, the Pirates Robotics Team 5992 finally emerged from their afterschool classroom haunts and took to the big time the Mid-Atlantic District Event at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The event, a cross between a circus, a NASCAR race and a Final Four match-up, brought together 40 teams from across the state. This is serious business at some of the competing schools, one of which recently added a $1.5million addition to their building dedicated to technology and robotics.

Many of the teams brought cheering sections, mascots and pitcrews, often setting up shop with what looked like the back room at a NAPA or AutoZone store. The atmosphere was festive, with teams engaged in spirited camaraderie. More than once the PA announcer called for attention to the fact that one of the teams needed some wood screws or a 6-inch wheel; the need was quickly filled.

The robots, the result of hundreds of hours of afterschool and weekend work, are designed to perform a variety of tasks and maneuvers needed to deal with the obstacles on the course, as well as the defensive moves thrown up by the other competitors. In fact, for the first segment of each competition the bots must deal autonomously with the first obsacles, with the operators hands off the controls.

The 2016 competition had a Medieval theme, with scoring based on breaching eight types of defenses picked by the teams and the audience, and by gathering and shooting boulders at the tower. In practice sessions the team figured out how to breach a set of four pivoting ramps called the "cheval de frise."

Our Team 5992 played 10 matches from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon and were ranked in the 20’s until late in the tournament. Pirate driver was freshman Ross Johnson, scoring goals and out maneuvering the defenders, while senior David Fleurantin was the Java programmer. Going up against well-heeled and experienced teams, the Pirates were not shaken by eventually winding up down the list of finishers. "We learned a lot,” noted Doug DelTurco. “We saw what we need to improve on next year, how to improve the entire process. But we’re OK with how things are working out.”

The Prep team comprises Binrui Yang, Ryan Gurney, Max Sedlak, Aidan Musser, Ricky Zhang, Douglas Del Turco, Brian Axelson, Arjun Trivedi , Robert Budzyn, Ross Johnson, David Fleurantin, Yifan Zhang, Aarav Shah, Luyi Tang, Will Singer, Dhrumin Shah, Zhixiang Zhou, Prep parent Bret Musser and faculty members John Egan, Minh Trinh, Geralyn DeGeorge and Dave Snyder. Mr. Snyder, Chairman of the Science Department, was quick to note, "Special thanks go out to John Egan, who early in the year grabbed the bull by the horns to get this team born and moving forward. His efforts and leadership, played out over free time and on weekends, were critical in getting our team to where it is today." He also noted the important role that the Clifton High School Robotics Team took on as mentors for The Prep's first year effort.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities those fields, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Seeking to ensure that America does not fall behind the rest of the world, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools.

This year the SHP team benefited from critical financial support from the Edison Foundation. If Prep community members have any suggestions about other ways to garner any corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, please contact Adviser John Egan.

Fr. Kilcarr's 1st Pitch Opens the KAC

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Sandwiching the game between a pair of weather fronts, the Prep Baseball Team opened the 2016 season following the blessing of the field by SHP President Michael Kelly and the delivery of the first pitch by former Head Coach Fr. Stephen Kilcarr. The pregame ceremony included a welcome from Headmaster Msgr, Robert Harahan and a reading from St. Paul by Chaplain Fr. Zack Swantek. Fr. Kilcarr had chosen as his battery-mate for the inaugural toss his former player and current Pirates Assistant Coach Frank Gately '86.

In his remarks Msgr. Kelly made special note of the many alumni, parents and friends of The Prep that had made the field a reality. He called particular attention to the extraordinary generosity lent to the project by Rick Porcello '07, currently a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and the Porcello family, as well as the tireless work of Prep attorney Robert Williams, who continues to lead the school through the maze issues that plague any project of this magnitude.

Fr. Kilcarr was head coach from 1973 to 1986, winning more than 225 games, while garnering a state championship, a Greater Newark Tournament title and an Iron Hills Conference crown. He later coached the freshman team for 20 years. He was a religion teacher at The Prep for deades before his health sidelined him five years ago. He currently resides at the Msgr. Kelly Residence in Caldwell. 

The Pirates won the opener against Montclair, 10-0 (6 inn.) behind the pitching of Brendan Shamieh, who allowed only 2 hits, and a 6-run outburst in the 5th, with another pair tagged on in the 6th to end the game.

Baseball Team's Annual Day at the Links- At the KAC

Friday, April 1, 2016


With Opening Day at the new KAC diamond scheduled for Saturday morning, the Pirates Baseball Team, decked out in their finest golf attire, jumped the gun a little with a private opening of the facility for the team's 5th annual baseball-golf outing. The 6-hole layout on the FieldTurf featured a couple of long par-4s and even shots over the bullpen wall. Several scoring controversies and a 2-stroke penalty left last year's champions disappointed and out of the running. The tense match came down to the wire, with a closest-to-the-pin single shot playoff determining the victor, the trophy going to the winning team of Coach Mike Sheppard, Asst. Coach Frank Gately and manager Dan Metcalf.

Spring Sports Open- Lacrosse Opener in Media Gallery

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Prep Faculty Begins Easter Week on Retreat

Thursday, March 25, 2016


The day after Prep students headed off onto their Easter Break, the faculty met at the Quellen Spiritual Center in Mendham to take stock of their personal and professional lives. Following an opening prayer by Fr. Zach Swantek, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan introduced Most Rev. John Flesey, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark to deliver the day's reflections. Drawing on his long experience in the area of Pastoral Counseling and his studies in psychology, Bishop Flesey led the faculty on an exploration of the ways in which they interact with their students and the manner in which they can grow in their appreciation of their vocation as teachers. The day closed with Mass in the chapel of the enormous home to the Sisters of Christian Charity.

Easter Liturgy Commemorates Three Golden Jubilees

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Last Tuesday The Prep's Easter Liturgy commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood of a trio of Seton Hall Prep priests, whose lives and priestly service have been intertwined with school life since 1966. Current SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Edward Bradley and Rev. William Melillo were ordained in May of that year. Principal celebrant of the day's Mass Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan reminded called to mind for the students in attendance the innumerable number of families whose lives the three priests have touched, the thousands of marriages, baptisms and funerals they have officiated at for generations of Seton Hall Prep alumni, students and their parents.

In a special tribute, Prep teacher John Merklinger '08 introduced four seniors who had dedicated their Senior Service Project to the priests. Ron Cullen performed his year's work with The Seeing Eye in the name of Msgr. Kelly. Shawn Zimmermann's service for young cancer patients at Morristown Medical Center was dedicated to Fr. Melillo. The team of Brian Jordan and Greg Irwin worked with Operation Shoebox on behalf of American service members stationed overseas, dedicating the project to Msgr. Bradley.

The day proved to be a most special way to head off onto Easter Recess.

5th Annual Peace and Justice Day Brings Together Topics Close to Home

Thursday, March 17, 2016


The Prep’s 5th Annual Conference on Peace and Justice took place on Wednesday March 26, highlighted by a pair of keynote addresses, several dozen workshops and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The weeks of organizing by Service Learning for Social Justice Director Vincent McMahon, Event Coordinator Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella and junior Chris Copolla and senior Chris Alesso paid off in a day full of new information, interesting discussions and a moving and impassioned address that brought the audience to its feet in appreciation.

MaryEllen Salamone, a proud Seton Hall mother of two alumni, has been actively involved in non-profits, for the past 15 years, helping children cope with grief and loss. Having testified before the US Congress shortly after 9/11, she has been an advocate of healing through service since her husband died in the attacks. Her passion to educate young people and to see “positive change happen” after her husband’s death has led to a new 9/11 curriculum for New Jersey schools that will likely be used far beyond the state’s borders. She is co-founder of Families of September 11. Her Keynote Address detailed how she and her family have coped with events that could have easily engendered hatred, turning them into opportunities to build peace and brotherhood. The conclusion to her remarks invoked the recent scene of The Prep’s fans, arm in arm, singing and swaying to the Alma Mater at the state tournament basketball game, bringing those in the auditorium out of their seats.

The second Keynote was presented by former NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford, a Super Bowl winner and now nationally known philanthropist and activist for community service. He spoke about the need to spend time finding out what each person’s individual gifts are, and then turning them into instruments of good for others.

A sampling of the organizations providing workshops includes: The Seeing Eye, The Community FoodBank of NJ, America’s Grow-a-Row, Project Rachel, Adopt One Village, Camp New Day, Hope for the Children, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warriors Project, St. Luke’s Youth Ministry, Operation Smile, St. James Social Service Corporation, and The York Street Project, among others, as well as individuals speaking on related topics.

3v3 Basketball Tournament Raises Funds for Operation Smile

Monday, March 14, 2016

On Friday, March 11, the SHP Student Council and the Operation Smile Club ran their annual 3v3 basketball tournament to benefit Operation Smile. There were 14 teams in the tournament this year, which raised $600 for the worthy cause. After some competitive preliminary rounds and a playoff run filled with intensity and several upsets, team 1730 defeated team Trey Ball Sosa in the championship game by a score of 24-21. Thanks to all the teams who participated and we hope to see you at this event again next year!

The Kelly Athletic Complex Comes Alive

Sunday, March 13, 2016


The final phase of the Kelly Athletic Complex has come alive in the last week after nearly a decade of planning and a year of construction, as the baseball program took to the new field for tryouts and a first scrimmage against Ramapo HS on Saturday. The spring-like weather and clear blue skies in the second week of March were the background for Coach Mike Sheppard's workouts with a large contingent of players trying to make the squad. 

The complex, once the last finishing touches are completed, will be a true showcase venue for baseball and tennis. The varsity baseball field, featuring its FieldTurf surface (315 down the lines, 365 in the gaps, 385 to center), major league dugouts, batting cages and bullpens, will be the centerpiece for the showcase venue and will be accompanied by an all-natural grass JV field and five tennis courts. Off the first base line, teams can drill on a half-sized multi-purpose pracatice field. Soon to come on line are a field house and maintenance buildings. The 20-acre setting is surrounded by the about-to-bud trees and a stunning view of Manhattan 14 miles to the east.

The success of the project to complete the Kelly Athletic Complex is due to the philanthropic gifts that Seton Hall Prep families and friends have offered over the past three years to the school's "Generations" Capital Campaign, a $20,000,000 fundraising effort to prepare The Prep for the future. In addition to the enhancement of the KAC, the components of the campaign include the construction of the John J. Murphy '52 Science Center and the growing of the school's endowment. The generosity of The Prep Family has helped the campaign reach its original goal, which now has been re-set to $25,000,000.

State Tournament Run Ends for Pirates- Album in Media Gallery

Friday, March 11, 2016

Jean Clervil '07 Returns to Encourage a Quest for Personal Fulfillment among Griffin Bridges Scholars

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seton Hall Prep alumnus, poet and motivational speaker Jean Clervil ’07, aka Mr. Changing Lives, recently brought his presentation to a group of Griffin Bridges students, encouraging them to unwrap their personal gifts to ultimately fulfill their dreams. Jean shared some of the tough lessons he learned and challenges he overcame throughout his high school and college years to create a career for himself through poetry. One of his core messages was “if God has giving you life, He has also given you a purpose. Make sure that each breath you take moves you towards fulfilling His true purpose in your life.”

Jean discovered his love for poetry during his freshman creative writing class with Prep English teacher Marty Berman. The 26-year-old has published two books while attending William Paterson University and has received great support for his work from well-known personalities, including Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Cory Booker and many others. He financed his first book by selling pins at college emblazoned with uplifting quotes on them. His quotes and aphorisms have taken social media by storm. One reads: “Most people don’t have a clear picture of their dream because they let fear hold the camera.” Another: “A person doesn’t die when he or she reaches the grave. They die when their dreams do.”

Jean remarked how grateful he was to share his story at his alma mater. He looks forward to returning and empowering even more students with his story and poetry. His most recent book, Is it Worth it?, can be found on Amazon and will soon be available for sale in the Prep bookstore.

B'Ball State Tournament Album Posted

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pirates Take Home the School's 17th Essex County Basketball Tournament Crown

Monday, February 29, 2016


Seton Hall Prep survived a cold-shooting third quarter to rebound in the fourth against a game Newark East Side team and come away with a 50-44 victory and the school’s 17th Essex County Tournament title. The crown marks this senior class’s third title and fifth in the last six seasons.

The Prep went into the locker room at the half with a 12-point cushion, thanks to a 9-3 run in the second quarter when the Pirates leaned on strong play from Brandon Oladapo and Treyvon Bennett. But East Side’s play and several key Seton Hall misses allowed the Newark school their own hot streak in the third period, scoring 15 to the Hall's three.

TJ Gibbs and Zach Keller righted the ship with several key scores in the fourth period, when the team outscored the Red Raiders 14-9, including a 7-2 run that re-established control. Gibbs finished with 15 points, Keller, 13.

Seton Hall took good care of the ball all game long, with only two turnovers; they caused 12 by East Side, which led to 20 points. Seton Hall now heads into the state tournament, opening up their quest for a state crown against the winner of the Pope John-Delbarton game next week.

Students Use Teacher-Developed Technology in Theology Class

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Seton Hall Prep theology teacher Jonathan Lace spent approximately three years developing a theological resource app for high school, college, and seminary students. Last July, the app Theologica was released by the App Store and is currently available for download in the iTunes App Store. “Since its release, students have been using the app to compose theological essays, and the quality of their work has greatly improved,” proclaims Mr. Lace, whose intentions were to create an app which serves as a self-contained theological library that presents theology in multiple contexts and offers opportunities for sharing theological reflection. For more information on how students are using this teacher developed resource for their academic benefit, see Mr. Lace’s blog post.

SHP's Buzz-Off Raises Cash for Cancer Research

Thursday, February 25, 2016


The 2016 SHP Buzz-Off for Cancer Research took place mid-day on Wednesday February 24 in the Giblin Auditorium. With more than 40 students and a dozen faculty members offering up their heads of hair, mustaches or beards, the organizers raised $4327 in just over an hour, with more to come through the sale of their specially designed T-shirts going on sale at the Winter Coffehouse on the 26th.

The event, the fourth since its origin in June of 2010, was spearheaded by seniors Dan Metcalf, Mike Whipp, Jack Young and Ian Saheed, along with Service Learning Program Director Vinnie McMahon and Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella. Those doing the shearing include local barbers Will Babcock and Louis Yinbirikeye, and faculty members Chris Scheick, Horton Sears and Chris Barnitt.

Hockey State Tournament Game in the Gallery

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Basketball County Tournament Action Posted

Sunday, February 21, 2016

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

Thursday, February 18, 2016


On Wednesday evening Seton Hall Prep's Walter McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted its newest class of members in an evening ceremony attended by friends and family. Following an introduction by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, and an invocation from Headmaster Msgr. Robert E, HarahanMaster of Ceremonies Richard Denton ‘17 welcomed the inductees and guests, and introduced Assistant Headmaster for Academics Kevin McNulty, who spoke about how proud he was of the organization and the group’s tradition of devoting their “geekdom” to the service and betterment of the school. His words were followed by those of the evening’s keynote speaker, Prep history teacher Michael Hulsy, whose remarks centered on the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four senior NHS officers followed— Bruno Fernandes ’16, Patrick Hollander ’16, Brendan Walsh ’17 and Robert Vanaria ‘16— in their turn lighting a candle representing each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them. Then, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers.

The newest members of the NHS are: Senior Inductees: Robert Dries, Demoan Giunta, Gregory Irwin, Colin Kirst, Yifan Zhang; Junior Inductees: William Banker, Robert Budzyn, Stephen Burkly, James Caprio, Yuheng Chen, Matthew Clarkin, Connor Compoli, Brendan Cook, Ian Creelman, Aaron Deditch, Andrew Deditch, Richard Denton, Albert Dimaculangan, Edwin Donnelly, Matthew Durborow, Jack Ehrich, James Ennis, Ryan Franklin, Thomas Freda, Tomas Gato, Noah Gould, John Guirgis, John Helsel, Creighton Hendrix, Gerard Hug, Matthew Jones, Samuel Kuprianov, Zachary Lima, Julian Londono, Ray Lozano, John Lynch, Thomas Magnier, Quinn McDonnell, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Nicolas Mottesi, Kyle Neve, Kevin O'Connor, Nick Patel, Thomas Piesla, Joseph Polifonte, Francis Prior, Luan Quispe, Daniel Raffaelli, Robert Ramsthaler, Stephen Rivera, Matthew Robinson, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Roszkowski, Sekou Rowe, Chasse Rush, Nicholas Russo, Isaac Soliman, Philip Sprague, Noah Stiesi, Owen Talmadge, Brian Tevlin, David Towell, Brandon Troeller, Brendan Walsh, Justin Yagozinski, Sam Yildirimlar, Jian Zhang.

Pirates B'Ball County Tournament Opener in Media Gallery

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Monkey

Friday, February 12, 2016


On Tuesday February 9 the members of Michael Hegedus’ Mandarin classes led Seton Hall Prep in welcoming the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey and the year 4713 on the Chese calendar. Junior Eric Zhao welcomed the guests to the activity period assembly and introduced the recently formed Silk Road Ensemble, comprising Paolo Arante ’18, Bernard Barillo ’16, Joseph Chen ’18, Karliss Kancans ’16 and Nolan Zhang ’16. They were followed by seniors John Caramichael and Steven Niu, who, in a flip of cultures, an gave an introduction called “Journey to the West” in Chinese and English respectively. Eric Zhao and LG Marapao '18 presented a Monkey King Martial Arts Duel to the accompaniement of a scene from “The Forbidden Kingdom, Return of the Monkey King” video. A trivia quiz and raffle followed and the celebration closed with the closing song “Gongxi, Gongxi” (Congratulations to You!) offered by the members of the Mandarin classes.

The Chinese New Year, also know as the Spring Festival, is steeped in layers of myths and traditions. It is celebrated in many countries throughout Asia, including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and in other parts of the world where people with Asian heritage have settled. It is a time for families to come together to eat good food and participate in cultural traditions. The years are designated by the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, with the Red Monkey being 9th of the 12 signs.

The date for Lunar New Year depends on the lunisolar calendar, which charts time based on the movements of both the moon and the sun. On the Gregorian calendar, the holiday will generally fall between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. The festival reportedly traces its origins to the Shang Dynasty (between 1600 BC and 1100 BC), when people offered sacrifices to gods and ancestors to mark the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year. A legendary wild beast named Nien (or "year") was thought to attack people at the end of the old year. Villagers would use loud noises and bright lights to scare the creature away, a practice that slowly morphed into the Lunar New Year festivities. 

Ash Wednesday Marks the Beginning of Lent

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Seton Hall Prep marked the start of the Lenten season on Wednesday with the distribution of ashes during a pair of Masses for the school community. Freshmen and sophomores attended the liturgy during the morning assembly, juniors and seniors in the afternoon.

References to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance appear in writings from as early as the second century. The ashes are made from blessed palm brances taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass. The day is one of penitential prayer and fasting, and marks the begining of the Season of Lent, a time of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares the Church for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The class of 2020 comes on board

Monday, February 8, 2016


Months of hard work on the part of the Admission Office culminated in a pair of events that welcomed the Class of 2020 to Seton Hall Prep.

On Sunday January 31 The Prep hosted Candidates’ Day for students that had been selected for admission to the Class of 2020. Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan welcomed the several hundred guests to Giblin Auditorium and introduced Prep staff members who laid out details concerning the wide variety of programs offered at the school— academics, spiritual life, extracurricular activities, athletics, college placement, technology and transportation. The families also heard first-hand accounts of life at The Prep from seniors Achim Younker, Bruno Fernandes and John Caramichael.

Following the presentation in the auditorium, the families headed to the Dining Hall, where they were able to speak with representatives of the academic departments, discuss the students’ math and English placement and enjoy refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary.

Last Saturday, February 6, marked the most important day in the Admission Office calendar— Registration Day for the incoming class. A steady stream of families passed through the Dining Hall to sign up students for the Class of 2020. In addition to the requisite paperwork, students got sized for their gym uniforms and warm weather golf shirts, visited the bookstore to load up on Pirates gear and took it all home in their new Prep backpacks. The Class of 2020 was now on board.

Marquee basketball match-up posted to media gallery

Sunday, February 7, 2016

5 pirates celebrate national letters of intent

Friday, February 5, 2016


Five Prep student-athletes celebrated the signing of their National Letters of Intent to Division I athletic programs on Thursday. They were joined on the occasion by their parents, coaches and school officials.

T.J. Gibbs, point guard on the Pirates Basketball team, signed his NLI last November, the nation’s first signing period, with the University of Notre Dame. Closing in on The Prep’s all-time scoring record, Gibbs was Essex County Player of the Year in 2015, with numerous county, conference and state honors to his credit. Zach Keller also signed in November, to play football at Princeton University. Rolling up more than 4500 passing yards, with 42 TDs and a 60% completion record in his career, he was 2nd Team All State, as well as Essex County and Super Essex Conference Offensive Player of the Year. [At Princeton he will join current Prep classmate Bruno Fernandez and Prep alumnus Spencer Weisz, junior forward on the Tigers basketball team.] Tristan Stowell will join the Providence Friars soccer program following a standout season with The Prep’s highly ranked team, where, from his midfield position, he earned All-County and All-State honors. Brandon Moorer, currently among the top quarter milers in New Jersey, will head to Northeastern University. Beginning in his sophomore year at The Prep, he has gained All County and All Conference and All State standing. Rory Schlageter was Zach Keller’s favored target last fall. The tight end hauled in 26 passes for 428 yards and 5 TDs. Collecting All-Conference and All Area honors, he was also an MSG All-State Honorable Mention. He signed his NLI with Columbia University.

By signing a National Letter of Intent a student-athlete agrees to attend the offering institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

The greening of the kac moves quickly ahead

Sunday December 6, 2015


Thanks to the unseasonably warm fall weather, the JV baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex heads rapidly towards completion, as the work crew has been able to lay the nearly three acres of sod onto the clay and sand base layers laid down two weeks ago. Using state of the art laser-guided leveling tools to ensure the proper elevations of the infield and mound area [click photo above], over three days the crew first set down 2x4 foot rolls of sod and placed them along the foul lines and the infield around the pitcher's mound. In the final phase they switched to 15x60 foot rolls of sod laid down by machine to complete the outfield.

At the same time, the foundations for the dugouts were laid down along the baselines of the varsity's artificial turf field, which was completed several weeks ago. Next on the list will be the construction of the locker, concession and storage facilities in the area between the current lacrosse/soccer field and the varsity baseball field. And on the near horizon next spring is the reconstruction of the current lacrosse/soccer field and track with artificial turf in order to serve also as the home of Pirates football. [drone flight pilot- Dave Snyder]

Kairos 86.25 returns

Saturday December 5, 2015


The second Kairos Retreat of the year returned from the group's three days away at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point New York. The 35 retreatants and their 20 student leaders were joined on their stay by Retreat Director Billy Ward, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zack Swantek and faculty members Julie Wester, John Egan, Vin McMahon and Mike Sheppard. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan celebrated Mass with the group on Wednesday evening.

The time away from the daily routine affords the students numerous opportunities for self-reflection and for learning about the ways in which their personal experiences are shared by their classmates. The days are filled with prayer and ways to learn of God's presence in their lives and surroundings.

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