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30th Kairos Retreat Returns to The Prep, Renewed

Fri. December 2, 2016

The Prep's 30th Kairos Retreat returned to school on Friday December 2 following four days away from the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time," was spent in Long Valley at the Liebenzell Retreat Center. The retreat features time for presentations and follow-up small group discussions, as well as time for personal reflection and evening Mass.

The number of students opting to participate in the Kairos experience is now nearly 150 each year in one of the four retreat opportunities arranged by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan remarked earlier that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retreat as integral to our mission.” And Mr. Ward has noted, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassmen and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They arrive eager and open to finally get to be a part of what some students say is imperative to their ‘Prep Journey’ of becoming a man.”

Kairos 86.30 was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Chris Coppola, Domenick DelGuercio, Jack Ehrich, Christian Galvano, Jack Haley, Michael Mesce, Aidan Mihalik, Eric Raio, Brandon Ruiz, CK Stlekar. They were assisted by faculty members Vinny McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek


Hockey Home Opener Added to Media Gallery

Wed. November 30, 2016


Trimester Ends with Prayers of Thanksgivng

Tue. November 22, 2016

On Tuesday November 22 Seton Hall Prep celebrated the end of the first trimester and the approaching holiday break with a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in Giblin Auditorium. History teacher David Giarrusso presided over the dual assemblies, which had as their theme the life, contributions and mission of Mother Teresa, who was canonized in September as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Spanish teacher Margaret Mainardi spoke to the students about her personal calling to expand her role as a Prep language teacher to that of ministry to the Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Paterson Diocese. Later, a dozen students with roots in a wide spectrum of the world’s nations took to the podium, reminding the assemblies of the many needs of vast populations that do not have the great fortune to share in the abundance that we may take for granted as Americans.


Six Pirates Sign National Letters of Intent

Mon. November 21, 2016

In the first week of November six Prep student athletes each signed National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

The Prep student athletes gathered with their parents and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and their coaches David Giarrusso (lacrosse), Randy Schweitzer (swimming) and Michael Sheppard (baseball)for photos to commemorate the signings: Brian Tevlin signed with Yale University, for lacrosse, as did Sean Quinn, with Drexel University. Colby Dixon signed with Bryant University for swimming. Jack Mahala signed with Harvard University, for baseball, as did brothers Jamil and Jermaine Vanheyningen, with Campbell University.

This November signing period is the first of several periods during the year when high school athletes can sign an NLI.


The Curtain Rises on Our Town

Sat. November 12, 2016

On November 11 and 12 the Giblin Auditorium curtain rose on Seton Hall Prep’s performance of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town. The 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning drama broke new ground when it was first performed in Princeton’s McCarter Theater, with minimal scenery or props, a play within a play, and a main character who bridges the gap between the audience and the actors on stage. That formidable role of Stage Manager was played by senior Erney Fertile, who led the audience on an exploration of the small town life of the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Senior Edwin Donnelly, a first time actor on the SHP stage, took on the role of George Gibbs. Playing opposite him in the role of Emily Webb was Quinn Barnitt, daughter of guidance counselor Chris Barnitt ’88. Three acts divide the action to tell the story of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Dying."

Our Town was directed by Theresa Neglia. The townsfolk of Grover’s Corners were played by Cody Kohn, Ben Ballway, Paolo Arante, Lillian Shea, Aleah Colon-Alfonso, Lily-Max Cooke, John Bartolomeo, Elias Getahaun, Luke Alexander, Dave Schuldiner, Nicole Goldberg, Finn Witt, Jessica Cuntrera, Brandon Ruiz, Nicholas Ferrara, Seamus O’Neill, Brian Cadag and Nicholas Rauschenberger.


Pirates Fall a Goal Short in State Final

Sun. November 13, 2016


Pirates Grab No. Jersey Soccer Title in Shootout

Thur. November 10, 2016


Fathers Club Communion Breakfast and The Reynolds Award Presentation

Wed. November 9, 2016

The Fathers Club and Seton Hall Prep celebrated at the organization’s Annual Communion Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The Mass was followed by the presentation of the Fathers Club’s most cherished award, the Thomas A. Reynolds Memorial Award, presented in the name and memory of Thomas A. Reynolds ’48, one of the early presidents of the organization, whose energy and leadership propelled the club into the arena of major financial support of The Prep. This year’s recipients were former FC president Joseph Brower and the Prep’s Director of the Media Center and Math teacher Mary Ann DeTrolio.

Read about the honorees in the event program.

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Pirates Soccer State Tournament in Gallery

Mon. November 7, 2016


Football Regular Season Finale Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. November 5, 2016


Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show— Another Huge Success

Thur. November 3, 2016

Thursday November 3 marked the 35th Annual rendition of the Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show. Co-Chaired by Stacy Baker and Cathy Marston, “A Moment in Time” celebrated Prep students’ time at SHP and the school's 160th anniversary. In addition to scores of raffle gifts, the drawings for several deluxe gifts highlighted the evening’s festivities— a Burberry wrap, a $1000 Amex gift card, a Louis Vuitton purse and a Mac laptop. A trio of diamond pieces were spotlighted in the Jewelry Auction. The Grand Raffle prize was a $10,000 American Express gift card.

Following dinner the huge crowd of 720 enjoyed a fashion parade provided by Macy’s of Short Hills and emceed by Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister, featuring both professional models and 23 Prep seniors, modelling a variety of fashions, from tuxes to sport wear to business attire. Prep English teacher John Pascal joined the seniors on the runway. Popular stops during the cocktail hour before dinner were the Prep Store and the Mothers Auxiliary Store, which introduced a pair of newly designed silk scarves featuring well-known Prep imagery.


Seniors Gather for Class Photo

Tues. November 1, 2016

On Tuesday the members of the Class of 2016 passed a milestone on the way towards graduation, as they gathered on Verducci Field for the class photo. 


7 Students Inducted Into National Chinese Honor Society

Tues. November 1, 2016

Pictured above are Seton Hall Prep's National Chinese Honor Society members (l-r): Maguire Pecci, David Towell, Richard "Whit" Denton, Alain Kouassi, William Banker, and Winston James. Not pictured is fellow inductee, Owen Rogers.

The inaugural induction ceremony of the National Chinese Honor Society took place this morning as seven students were welcomed into the Prep's chapter of the national organization. All have taken four years of Chinese, and have excelled in their mastering of the language. In coordination with the International Program, they will be engaged in service projects “working towards world peace and prosperity.”

Mandarin Program Director Michael Hegedus greeted the inductees and several parents and faculty members. Each student then rose and, speaking in Mandarin, recited the pledge of the organization. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan concluded proceedings, extending congratulations to the inductees and with remarks praising their accomplishments and the bar-raising effect that the program has had on the entire Prep curriculum.

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Mon. October 31, 2016

Halloween Celebration Added to Media Gallery


Sun. October 30, 2016

Essex County Soccer Final- Photos Posted


Sat. October 29, 2016

Senior Day Victory Over MOUNTIES in Media Gallery


Thurs. October 20, 2016

32nd Hall of Fame Honors The Prep's Athletic Legacy

On Thursday October 20, Seton Hall Prep inducted nine former players and an outstanding team into the school’s 32nd Hall of Fame. SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly noted that the evening’s festivities “recognized a group of men whose accomplishments and unselfish contributions represent the proud tradition of excellence that we costantly strive to uphold.” Along with the 1982-83 Wrestling Team “they are part of our proud and distinguished legacy and most deserving of this most prestigious award.”

The honorees were Donald Carter ’87 (Track), Christopher Rogers ’89 (Lacrosse), Derek Fogg ’91 (Swimming), Michael Walsh ’94 (Basketball, Football), Michael Cordovano ’97 (Hockey), Christopher Andrews ’05 (Basketball), Christopher O’Dougherty ’05 (Lacrosse), Alex Wujciak ’06 (Football, Basketball), Michael Ness ’06 (Baseball), 1982-83 Wrestling Team.

View the 32nd Hall of Fame program.


Sat. October 22, 2016

Football Photos in Media Gallery


Fri. October 21, 2016

2016's Inaugural Kairos Retreat Returns Refreshed

On Friday October 21 the 31 juniors and senior members of the Prep's 29th Kairos Retreat returned to school following four days away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time" was spent at the bucolic setting of the Liebenzell Retreat Center in Long Valley.

The number of students opting to participate in the Kairos experience is now nearly 150 each year in one of the four retreat opportunities arranged by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan remarked earlier that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retreat as integral to our mission.” And Mr. Ward has noted, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassmen and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They arrive eager and open to finally get to be a part of what some students say is imperative to their ‘Prep Journey’ of becoming a man.”

The current retreat was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Michael Corcoran, James Kemp, Will Korrner, Sam Kuprianov, Thomas Magnier, Jack McConeghy, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, PJ Murphy, Jack Neinstedt and Matthew Robinso, They were assisted by faculty memers Vin McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward, Msgr. Harahan and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek.


Fri. October 14, 2016

Dodgeball Tourney Raises Cancer Awareness

Last Friday night the 8th Annual Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament brought together 24 six-man teams that raised over $1000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. This year's winning team, the Dirty Dodgers, comprising seniors Alex Giaquinto and Sean Quinn and juniors Cole Kirst, Andrew Gorelick, Peter Tevis, and Charlie Trebus, defeated The Big Als in an exciting final match without losing a single player. The 2014 champions, The Justice League, earned third place in a consolation match against Kemp's Kids. The gym was "rockin'" the entire night, filled with friendly competition to raise money for a important cause.


Football Victory Album


Soccer Victory Posted in Media Gallery


SHP Engineers Visit Lehigh

Photos and story courtesy of Science Department Chairperson, Kelly Ford

Twelve students from the Honors Introduction to Engineering class and six students from the Engineering Club traveled to Lehigh University on the October 10th holiday to tour research facilities and labs. They first visited ATLSS (Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems) Engineering Research Center where students learned how bridges, skyscrapers, and shear walls are tested at full scale. They then built their own K'Nex structures to test in the earthquake simulator.

The group then moved on to the Health Research Hub for a quick tour of the bioengineering labs and then to the dining hall for lunch and a rest. After lunch, they explored materials science and engineering at the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, where they checked out a scanning electron microscope and tested the strength of several different metal beams, and the Additive Manufacturing Lab, where they learned more about the 3-D printing technology (in both plastic and metal) utilized in their Engineering class.

A prompt tour of the Fluid Mechanics lab followed, where they learned about the formation of vortices around airplane and bird wings (think of a runner or truck "drafting" off of another). The day concluded with an exploration of the machining student shop (the "subtractive" manufacturing counterpart to 3-D printing) and the engines lab, where they ran tests on a turbo-charged Cadillac engine. It was a productive day that left students with full brains and tired legs.

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Special Friendships Renewed at Baseball Clinic

While the fringes of a weakening Hurricane Matthew forced the day’s events indoors, the Pirates Baseball Program nevertheless hosted a renewal of the Annual Baseball Clinic for their special needs guests on Sunday, October 9, in the gym. After several years of sponsorship of these clinics and with many guests returning year after year, many team members and guests were already on a first-name basis as the event got underway.

With a smaller than usual group of residents from Camp New Day in attendance due to the storm Camp Director and Prep teacher Vinnie McMahon led off the afternoon’s program with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, followed by the team and guests circling up for warm-up exercises. Several members of last spring’s No.1 and state championship team demonstrated throwing, catching and fielding techniques while Coach Mike Sheppard handled batting. The afternoon closed with some batting practice and a game, pitting the juniors against the guests and seniors.

Sunday’s clinic was a further demonstration of The Prep’s athletic teams’ commitment to service to organizations in the surrounding communities.


Big Soccer Win Over Kearny


Friday Night Football Posted to Media Gallery


Soccer Win vs Newark Tech in New Album in Gallery


Football vs Pope John Posted to Media Gallery


11 Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly flank The Prep's National Merit Semifinalists Ray Lozano and Kevin O'Connor. They are joined by the schools' nine Commended students (L-R) Conor Vedova, Noah Gould, Chasse Rush, Owen Talmadge, Philip Sprague, Andrew Handal, Andrew Deditch, Julian Londono (front) and Tomas Gato. 

Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty announced that 11 Prep students have been recognized for their exceptional achievement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation— two of them as Semifinalists and nine as Commended Students. Of the 1.5 million students who sat for the PSAT last fall, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit®Scholarship Program. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. About 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

This year Ray Lozano and Kevin O’Connor have been designated as a Semifinalists, and by maintaining their academic performance level they will be eligible for designation as Finalists. Additionally, the following students have been designated as Commended Students: Andrew F. Deditch, Tomas D. Gato, Noah Gould, Andrew D. Handal, Julian Londono, Chasse E. Rush, Philip G. Sprague, Owen P. Talmadge, Conor F. Vedova.

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Wed. September 28, 2016

Pirates Cross Country Victory in Media Gallery

Tue. September 27, 2016


Pirates Football vs St. Peter's Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. September 24, 2016


Soccer Win Posted to Gallery

Thur. September 22, 2016


Activities and Service Fair: Invitation to Get Involved

Tue. September 20, 2016

The Class of 2020 got a first taste of the myriad organizations and activities offered at The Prep as the Annual Activities and Service Fair took place on Tuesday morning. The gym was bedecked with displays by dozens of clubs and activities, manned by each organization’s leadership, on hand to recruit new members, explain their work and answer questions from the newest members of the community. Leaving a name and email address at each station will have the students in contact with the clubs in the coming days. 

Among the many organizations presenting were: Cultural Clubs: Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society, West Indian Organization, Competitive Academic Teams:  Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Publication: The Spectrum literary magazine, The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook, Service Clubs:  Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Be the Match, Wounded Warrior, Habitat for Humanity , Service Club, American Red Cross Club, Community Food Bank, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet, Alzheimer’s Awareness Organization, Leukemia/ Lymphoma Research Society, Performing Arts Organizations: “C” Tonians A Cappella Group, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Brass/ Wind Ensemble, Music Ministry, School Organizations: Pirate Nation, The Ambassadors, Student Council , Clubs and Activities: Chess Club, Cinema Club, Martial Arts Club, SHP Crew Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Independent Society, Political Forum Club, Stock Market Club, Engineering Club, Future Lawyers Club, Future Business Leaders Club, Future Medical Leaders Club, Museums Club, SHP Eagles Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Pirate Adventure Club, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Visual Arts Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Silk Road Pop A Capella, Video Game Club, Video Game Design Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network.


Football Photos vs Paramus Catholic Posted

Sat. September 17, 2016


Team Up Day for concussion safety

September 13, 2016

WEST ORANGE – Seton Hall Preparatory School takes academics, athletics, and the health and the well-being of its community members very seriously. The Prep has more than 950 students, of which 70 percent participate in Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman sports teams. With the vast participation in these programs, a harsh reality is that injuries will inevitably occur. “Our athletes’ health has always been, and will continue to be our number one focus,” stated Larry Baggitt, SHP Director of Athletics.

The SHP athlete needs to take ownership of helping to keep their peers healthy. Because of this, SHP will join the mission of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, (http://concussionfoundation.org/) with founder Chris Nowaski, who is a former Harvard football player and WWE wrestler, on Team Up Day, Tuesday, Sept. 13, with the core message that athletes have a responsibility to report to a team leader if they notice concussion symptoms in a teammate.

All 950 students will hear this message together on Team Up Day, and then again when the team captains reiterate the message that day at each of the team practices. The message is three-fold: 1. We’re a Team. Teammates look out for one another on and off the field. 2. A teammate with a concussion is a teammate that needs your help. They may not be able to recognize their own injury, putting them at risk, and an athlete with a concussion will be mistake-prone and ineffective. Getting them off the field is good for your teammate, and good for your team. 3. The expectation to speak up if you think your teammate might have a concussion. A team leader’s attitude sets the tone for how the entire team responds to concussions. All members of the team are expected to speak up to the coach, team captain or athletic trainer if they see something.

Junior Ryan Martynowicz leads the charge for SHP learning about the Concussion Legacy Foundation mission. Ryan sustained a concussion prior to attending Seton Hall at a swim meet. He said that his concussion was life-altering and that he did not fully regain his memory for almost 11 months. Ryan is proud that his high school, Seton Hall Prep, takes concussions seriously and holds the health of its athletes as the paramount concern. “The support I received from the SHP swim coaches and teammates when I returned to the pool was invaluable to allowing me to continue to swim,” stated Ryan.

The ultimate goal of Team Up Day is to improve concussion reporting rates and strengthen team bonds – Team Up, Speak Up.

In 1905, Harvard University Head Football Coach Bill Reid wrote a diary of the season. He documented the team doctor’s annual safety speech to the team, in which the doctor said: “In case any man in any game gets hurt by a hit on the head so that he does not realize what he is doing, his teammate should at once insist that time be called and that a doctor come onto the field to see what is the trouble.”

A speech from a person of authority to his team members instructing them to report concussion symptoms in teammates has been lost to history. Without these instructions, many players still think they are being a good teammate by covering for a peer with a concussion. That sort of sentiment is not, and will not be acceptable at Seton Hall Prep. “We are one team, and we will always look out for our brothers!” Team Up, Speak Up.

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Class of 2020- Building the Team at Field Day

Tue. September 13, 2016

Kicking off the day with a Class of 2020 photo, which will hopefully be re-enacted four years from now, the members of the freshman class and their Peer Mentors came together for a day of games and team building on Tuesday. With construction taking place at the Kelly Athletic Complex, the full day of activities took place on campus this year. Volleyball, football and relays highlighted the morning, with the eagerly awaited tug-of-war bringing the gymnasium gathering to a frenzied pitch to culminate the afternoon.


Soccer Wins in OT

Tue. September 13, 2016


Football Season Opens vs Peddie

Sat. September 10, 2016


Mr. John R. Pascal to do book signing Sept. 17

September 9, 2016

Mr. Pascal is a contributing author to a new book called Mark Twain & Youth published by Bloomsbury Academic. He is in the writing company of the world’s most renowned and published scholars in Mark Twain Studies. This book fully explores the different youth themes in both the life and writings of Mark Twain.

Representing Seton Hall Preparatory School, his chapter focuses on his students’ reactions to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and two of Twain’s early comedic short stories.

Mr. Pascal is signing bookplates for his book copies at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Livingston Mall on Saturday, September 17th from 9 AM to 10 PM. He does not earn any money on the book sales; all proceeds go to the Mark Twain Home in Hartford, Conn.; the Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal, MO; the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira, NY; and the Mark Twain Project at the University of California.

Benefiting Seton Hall Prep, his book sales along with any other product purchased that day will have a portion of proceeds given to The Prep, courtesy of the generosity of Barnes & Noble. The Prep’s Mothers Auxiliary will be on hand for the entire day and evening to support Mr. Pascal as well as to distribute vouchers for the proceeds to The Prep.

Mr. Pascal will make three fifteen minutes presentations on the book at 11 AM, 3 PM, and 7 PM.

A cum laude graduate of Villanova University, he earned his M.B.A. at Seton Hall University, and his M.A. in English at Montclair State University. He is now in his 16th year teaching 9th and 11th grade English and his second year of teaching his created course The Writings of Mark Twain. He serves as moderator of numerous student clubs and the Student Council. Recognized as a generous teacher, counselor, and moderator, he received the school’s Salvatore N. Caprio Award in 2010.

Please come and support your former teacher’s literary accomplishment; email Mr. Pascal at jpascal@shp.org for any further information. In case you cannot make the book signing, the book is available for purchase via Amazon and Bloomsbury Academic and Mr. Pascal will be happy to send you a personally inscribed bookplate.

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School Begins with Mass of the Holy Spirit

Wed. September 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, saw the beginning of classes, highlighted by the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Chaplain Rev. James White celebrated the morning's liturgy for the seniors and juniors, joined at the altar by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Rev. William Melillo. Adding luster to the day was the ceremony for the commissioning of a new group of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The afternoon's Mass for the freshman and sophomores was celebrated by Chaplain Zach Swantek, joined by President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Harahan, Fr. Melillo and newly ordained Deacon Kurt Landeck '72.

The 21 newly commissioned ministers are Brian Cadag, Felipe Cambeiro, Matthew Clarkin, Christian Galvano, Alexander Giaquinto, Kevin Hannon, Creighton Hendrix, John Luke Lembo, Collin Leigh, Thomas Magnier, Daniel Marini, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Jack Nienstedt, Joseph Polifonte, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Russo, Jonathan Santos, Jake Smith and Brian Tevlin.

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The Class of 2020 Is in the House

Wed. September 1, 2016

The Class of 2020 spent Day One at Seton Hall Prep on Wednesday as the 265 newest members of the Prep Community attended their Freshman Orientation. Following welcomes from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, the group heard from a number of other Prep administrators, as well as the members of the Student Council Executive Board. Then it was time to meet their Peer Mentors, the seniors that would lead them through their first year at the school. Breaking up into 14 groups, the frosh began the afternoon by learning new names and getting comfortable in the new environment. Later on they got their schedules, received their locks, lockers and backpacks, got their photos taken, heard from the Assistant Headmaster for Academics, the Directors of Activities and Campus Ministry, and finished off by learning the Alma Mater. Later in the evening, they would regale their parents with the school song as the adults concluded their own orientation. On Thursday the class, accompanied by the senior Peer Mentors, would spend the day off campus at the Annual Freshman Retreat.

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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.

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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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11/21 - Six Pirates Sign NLI's
11/12 - The Curtain Rises on Our Town
11/9 - Fathers Club Communionn Breakfast...
11/3 - Mothers Aux Fashion Show Huge Success
11/02 - 7 Students...National Chinese HS
10/12 - SHP Engineers Visit Lehigh
10/10 -Special Friendships Renewed
09/28 -11 Students Recognized by National Merit
09/20 -Activities and Service Fair
09/13 Team Up Day: Concussion Safety
09/13 - Building the Team at Field Day
09/13 - Soccer Wins in OT
09/10 - Football Season Opens vs. Peddie
09/09 - Mr. Pascal to do Book Signing...
09/07 - School Begins...Mass of Holy Spirit
09/01 - The Class of 2020 Is in the House
08/27 - SHP Welcomes the Class of 2020
08/10 - Peer Leaders- At Work to Prepare...
07/30 - 3rd Annual Memorial Lax Festival...
07/15 - First Ever Pirates Academy
06/20 - Golf Outing a Huge Success
06/02 - iOS Apps on Display
06/11 - SHP Baseball Wins State Title
06/07 - Pirates...No. Jersey Title
06/02 - Annual Parent Fund...Success
06/03 - DeNicola's Round-Tripper...No. Jersey Final
05/20 - Inaugural Class of International Students Graduates
05/26 - Commencement Caps a Very Special Year
05/26 - Bacalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony 2016
05/21 - Pirates Grab 4-Peat GNT Crown (Baseball)
05/16 - Senior Prom Kicks off Final Week
05/14 - Griffin Bridges 5K
05/07 - Pirates Lax Cops ECT With a 4-Peat
05/06 - Spanish Honor Society Sends Relief to Ecuador
05/06 - Kairos: Learning From My Students
04/30 - Lacrosse Win in Kirst Tournament
04/30 - Visit to Twain Home and Museum
04/25 - WATCH: Behind The Brotherhood
04/23 - Fathers Club Auction Raises the Bar
04/24 - Celebrating Msgr. Kelly's 50th...
04/23 - Pirates Down Highly Ranked Monroe...
04/25 - Pirates Track Posted to Media Gallery
04/20 - Prep Groups in Service Around the State
04/20 - Kairos 86.26 & 86.27
04/21 - Coach Mike Sheppard Joins Elite 700...
 
 

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