News Archive


  • October

    Environmental Club on the Job in Town

    Last Sunday morning members of Seton Hall Prep’s Environmental Club and other student volunteers, working with South Mountain Conservancy Associate Dave Berry, organized a clean-up at Mayapple Hill off Northfield Ave. in West Orange. With Covid-19 pandemic protocols in place, the students roamed several trails in the park, picking up trash and debris dumped by visitors, dragged into the underbrush by animals or blown around by the wind. After several hours the group had collected more than 20 50-gallon trash bags of refuse...
  • #2 Pirates in 0-0 Draw vs MKA

    Coming off a two-week Covid imposed quarantine layoff due to contact with a positive testing opponent earlier in the season, the soccer team played through regulation and two overtimes to a scoreless tie with Montclair Kimberly Academy on October 20. Tomas Hut made six saves for The Prep (2-0-2), while Rollins Heath recorded six for MKA (3-2-1).
    [view the photo album]
  • Parents Enjoy a "'Walk & Talk" at the KAC

    A picture perfect day provided the backdrop for the “Parent Walk & Talk” held on October 15,  as parents enjoyed the 1-Mile trail walk around the beautiful Kelly Athletic Complex (KAC). Parents were also given a tour of the KAC property, learning a bit more about the history of The Prep’s athletic facilities and all it has to offer.  The outdoor walk offered parents the opportunity to have a cup of coffee, meet some new families and chat with school leadership...
  • Pirates Foiled vs DePaul

  • Seniors Use a Day Off to Pay it Forward

    On Wednesday October 14, while the sophomores, juniors and freshman Seton Scholars sat for their PSAT tests, and the majority of freshmen were at home attending class remotely, a large portion of the class of 2021 offered up their morning in a trio of service opportunities.
        More than 30 seniors took over the Dining Hall to assemble food packets in support of RISE Against Hunger. The Prep has worked with the North Carolina based organization since 2014 in its mission to provide daily hunger and disaster relief, including meals for school students, in over 30 countries...
  • Chapter 25 Added to the Archives

    Read about the entire Archives Project here, or jump directly to the latest entries in Chapter 25.
  • Pirates Football Falls to St. Joseph's Montvale

    The Seton Hall Prep football team dropped a 49-21 decision to St. Joseph Regional in Montvale yesterday. Junior quarterback Jalen Craig was 7-14 / 133 yds./ 1 TD, while fellow junior QB Brady O'Sullivan was 5-9 / 86 yds. /1 TD. Junior wide receiver Nick Dunneman grabbed 7 passes for 150 yds. and 2 TD's. • Defensively, junior linebacker Jackson Collins had 14 tackles, junior safety Matthew Monteleone had 13 and senior cornerback Giye Jenkins 12 tackles and 1 interception. • [view the photo album]
  • Pirates Soccer Powers By Life Center Academy

    Senior striker Lucas Ross and sophomore midfielder Karan Chauhan each scored 2 goals, while junior midfielders Drew Ligotti and Liam Dunphy scored one apiece to lead Seton Hall Prep to a 6-0 victory over Life Center Academy. Senior goalie Tomas Hut had 1 save and junior Aidan Batista had a pair to record the clean sheet. #2 Pirates' record stands at 2-0-1 following Saturday's 1-1 draw with #4 Elizabeth.
  • AP Physics' Nod to Isaac Newton

    Last Thursday Minh Trinh’s Advanced Placement Physics students headed out to Verducci Field with an array of faux-rockets to conduct experiments in measuring velocity and range and the effects of gravity, testing equations for projectile motion, specifically  the “range” equation. Over the course of the morning class, the students sent dozens of projectiles skyward at a variety of known angles, measuring the time and distance they traveled and comparing that data to their theoretical calculations. At period’s end they retired to the classroom to compare their findings with what the text book and Sir Isaac Newton had in mind.
         For those who have forgotten their physics, they gathered data relying on the formulas that:
    (initial) velocity equals gravity times one-half the time in the air...
    AND:   The distance (range) equals the initial velocity squared, times the sine of two times the angle (at launch) ALL DIVIDED BY the force of gravity. [view the photos]
  • Pirates Drop Football Opening Game

  • Pirates Shut Out Verona in Soccer Opener

    Senior striker Lucas Ross scored with 12:01 left in the 2nd half on assists by juniors Drew Ligotti and Edward Dolgov. Senior goalie Tomas Hut recorded 2 saves to preserve the 1-0 shutout over Verona.
    [view the photos]
  • September

    Tune-Up for Soccer Prior to Opener

    With Covid19 putting constraints on fall sports schedules, the Pirates faced off against Bloomfield in their lone scrimmage before the Oct. 1 soccer opener against Verona. [view the photos] 
  • Into the Archives: Chapter 24

    Views from the ’20s through the last days of the 20th century. Read about the entire project here, or jump to the latest additions in Chapter 24.
  • A Prayerful Start to an Uncommon Year

    With Covid19 protocols ruling out the annual school-wide gathering for celebration of the back-to-school Mass of the Holy Spirit, Seton Hall Prep convened virtually to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit for a successful school year. With most of the students participating in classrooms as they viewed the live stream of the prayer service in the auditorium, Chaplain Fr. James White, assisted by Fr. Bogumil Misiuk, Fr. John Brandi and President Msgr. Kelly, led the prayers and the service that commissioned the newest group of Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist....
  • "The ARCHIVES" Is Back Online

    After a hiatus of six months, The Prep's website Archives is back on track, re-opening today with a look back at moments in the school's history in the second half of the 20th century, and even earlier.
         First time visitors? You can learn about the entire project (here), the website portion of which now contains over 500 historical photos and examples of memorabilia and ephemera going back to the late 1800s. If you want to jump right in to the latest chapter and work backwards to what you may have missed, go to Chapter 23 here.
        Scroll down below the photos to see caption material about the image.
  • SHP Welcomes the Class of 2024

    Taking the first steps towards restoring what resembles a normal school situation, the 280 newest members of the the SHP Community gathered for the Class of 2024 Freshman Orientation day on September 2. The students, masked up and sitting respectfully distanced in the Bayley Seton Auditorium, heard welcoming remarks from Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, who had been their primary contact with the school for the past several months...
  • August

    Peer Leaders At Work Early, Prepping for Their Important Role

    At the end of July the newest group of Peer Leaders gathered on three days to put together their program for shepherding the members of the incoming Class of 2024 through their first year at The Prep. On Friday and Saturday, with Advisers Theresa Neglia, Pete Ford and Dr. Jim Incardona offering guidance, and constant reminders about social distancing and masking, the 36 seniors discussed their upcoming roles and took part in a variety of activities that would help them understand their own leadership skills and which will help them integrate the freshmen into the school community...
  • July

    The Class of 2020 Graduates at the Kelly Athletic Complex

    After several months of staying at home to finish their studies in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, on July 7th The Prep's Class of 2020 gathered on the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field at the KAC for a just slightly subdued celebration of their graduation...
  • June

    Celebration of Excellence & Baccalaureate Awards

  • May

    Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    Seton Hall Prep is proud to announce Matthew Guarnuccio and Connor Cook as Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2020.

    "The Seton Hall Prep community has been enriched by the presence of these two fine Setonians, who have lived their well-rounded Prep experiences to the fullest, and who have exemplified the spirit of The Prep as men of service at school and in their local communities," stated President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly '57 and Headmaster, Mr. Michael G. Gallo '79. Dr. James Incardona, Assistant Headmaster for Academics, and Mrs. Lisa Sgaramella, Assistant Headmaster for Faculty added, "Matthew and Connor are models of character and academic achievement. The administration and faculty are proud of them, and are pleased to honor them for their immense accomplishments and dedication to scholarship."

    Matthew, a National Merit, AP, and Seton Scholar, will be attending the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame where he plans on studying accounting and Global Affairs. The Westfield resident was the winner of the Vincent D. Purpura Scholarship Award as a junior (for selfless commitment and service to The Prep and his community), and was also the lead in the school musical as a junior and senior, an SHP Ambassador, a varsity athlete on both the cross country and tennis teams, band and music ministry member, and student coordinator for the annual Hunger Summit. He was also heavily involved in both his local parish and SHP campus ministry, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, religious education teacher, and Catholic Heart Workcamp participant.

    Connor, a SHP Ambassador and National Honors Society member, will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall. In addition to the aforementioned involvement at school, Connor was also a football and lacrosse player, Knight of Setonia, volunteer for sandwich-making for St. John’s Soup Kitchen, and a member of the Wounded Warrior Project Club. In his local community, Connor assisted autistic children at Saturday’s in Motion, a program run out of the Somerset Hills YMCA, and has spearheaded bake sales and fundraisers through his local youth group at St Patrick's Parish in Chatham, his hometown.

    On Friday, May 29th, at the Celebration of Excellence, The Prep will continue to recognize the great accomplishments of the 2020 senior class and will announce awards recognizing exceptional character and achievement in areas of activities, athletics, arts, academics, service and more.
  • April

    SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Michael Gallo draw the winning ticket in the Fathers Club Annual Car Raffle

    Fathers Club Raffle- Pulling the Winning Ticket

    On Saturday April 25, with the Fathers Club Treasure Auction having been cancelled due to the covid-19 health crisis, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and a few members of the Prep and Fathers Club gathered (with appropriate social distancing) to fulfill the letter of the law by picking the winning raffle ticket in the drawing for a 2020 Audi Q3... 
  • Intermountain Healthcare Sends Response Teams to New York

    As Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Intermountain Healthcare, David L. Flood '84, is a key part of the leadership team that just deployed two 50-member response teams this past week to battle Covid-19 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Northwell Health, from their headquarters in Utah.

    "I'm blessed and privileged to serve within the system's executive team that supports and applauds these impassioned nurses and doctors," David said. "These are the brave and dedicated volunteers who left their families during a pandemic to help others. The example of 'love thy neighbor' embodied by those caregivers and their supportive families at this challenging time is just incredible and inspirational to all of us."

    President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly '57 commented, "David has exemplified the spirit of The Prep by identifying how his company’s resources and expertise could help save lives and selflessly assist areas that are in critical need. We are proud to have alumni and Board members like David making such a positive impact in times like these.”

    David is a member of Seton Hall Prep’s Board of Trustees. After graduating from The Prep in 1984, he went on to receive both bachelor and master degrees from Seton Hall University, where he also serves on the Board of Regents. Early on his career, David served in the alumni offices at SHP and at SHU. Prior to his current role at Intermountain Healthcare, David held leadership roles in healthcare and education, most recently as president of the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations in New Jersey.
  • March

    Frosh and Seniors Head Out for a Day of Service

    Last Wednesday, while the sophomores and juniors concentrated on their PSAT and ACT exams, Prep seniors and freshmen spread out over the tri-county area for a day of service to organizations in the surrounding communities. The largest group, nearly 140 students, headed off to Hillside for a morning’s work, cleaning, sorting, prepping and packaging hundreds of boxes of food at the Community FoodBank for distribution to food pantries and local distribution areas in food-deprived areas of the state... 
  • The Prep Hosts 9th Annual Teen Hunger Summit

    On December 5 Seton Hall Prep convened the 9th annual Teen Hunger Summit, with student groups from more than a dozen metro-area high schools gathering to brainstorm on strategies to deal with the world-wide issues surrounding hunger and malnutrition. SHP Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon welcomed the guests with the admonition that a day spent simply concluding that “hunger is bad” or to merely empathizing with those suffering from hunger would be time ill-spent. He challenged the students to devise real-world solutions using modern technology and strategies. The more than 150 students and their advisers set off for workshops, returning later to the auditorium to report on their discussions and their “action plans” that would be brought back to their schools...
  • Pirates Swimmers End the Season with a Bang

    The Pirates Swim Team finished off the 2020 campaign in spectacular fashion at the season-ending Meet of Champions on March 1. • Junior Jaeden Ybruan’s 3rd place finish in the 200 IM (1:51.99) set a school record, breaking his own mark set earlier this year, when he smashed the oldest record on the SHP books, set in 1984 by Olympian Ron Karnaugh (1:55.12). He also broke his own school record with his 50.51 in the 100 Backstroke, taking 3rd place....
  • Pirates B'Ball Rolls Past Columbia in Regular Season Finale

  • Pirates at Wrestling Regionals

  • February

    Chapter 22 Expands the Archives

    Explore images that capture moments and events from The Prep's history. Newcomers can learn
    about the Archives project here; or head directly to the latest chapter in the Archives Album. [In the album scroll down to see caption information]
  • Pirates Hockey Rolls in 1st Round of State Tournament

  • 2nd Half Surge Thwarted—Pirates Downed in County Final

  • Annual Buzz-Off Supports Cancer Research

    On Wednesday at a lunchtime gathering in Bayley Seton Auditorium, dozens of students and several teachers offered up their locks to the shears of a dozen guest barbers to raise money for cancer research. Spurred on by Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, the 8th Annual Buzz-Off, parlayed with the February Tag Day, raised more than $5500. The funds will be distributed among the Valerie Fund, Leukemia & Lymphoma Socciety, American Cancer Society and Minnett’s Angels. Spearheading the effort were Prep seniors Garret Fitschen, Jackson Kashuba, Danny Mottesi and junior Ian Schwartz. The volunteer barbers included Krista and Gregory Turchiano CP'20, Erica Vitale, Terrence Sekel CP '21, Marie Guarnuccio CP '20, Damian Schwartz CP '21, Sandy Ronzo, Andrea Russo-Freijomil CP '21, Eva Betro CP '20 and Buzz-Off veteran William Babcock.
    [view the photos]
  • Pirates Hockey Downed by Randolph, 4-2

  • No. 10 Pirates Hold Off No. 15 Irvington, 62-60; Gain Essex County Tournament Final

  • National Honor Society Inducts a New Class

    Last night the Walter McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 75 new members at a ceremony in the Bayley Seton Auditorium. Following a welcome by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, Prep senior and NHS officer Patrick Blaesser, serving as master of ceremonies, introduced SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly for an invocation, Assistant Headmasters Lisa Sgaramella and Dr. James Incardona, and Headmaster Michael Gallo for welcomes and remarks... 
  • The Archives Welcome Chapter 21

    View images that capture moments and events from The Prep's history. Newcomers can learn
    about the entire Archives project here, or go directly to the latest chapter in the Archives or catch up on what you've missed. Scroll down under each image for caption information.

  • Candidates' and Registration Days— Great Successes!

    The last two weekends were important and extremely successful ones for Seton Hall Prep as the school looked ahead to next year. On February 2, SHP hosted more than 325 families of eighth-graders who had been accepted for the Class of 2024. The students and their parents, in enormous numbers not seen before, took the opportunity to hear from the school leadership and a trio of Prep seniors who offered their thoughts on what it has meant to them to be a part of the Seton Hall Community. Afterwards the families proceeded upstairs to review scores on the entrance exam, and to meet with teachers, coaches, parents and student Ambassadors. • A week later, great numbers of the same families returned to register for next September’s freshman class. Many were happily surprised to re-connect with other students from the same middle school or town, to get sized up for next year’s gym gear, and to load up on SHP hats, sweats, shirts and jackets.  [view the photos]
  • B'Ball Rolls Past Montclair in Essex County Tourney Opener

  • Pirates B'Ball Streak Extends to 10, Knocking Off Payne Tech, 61-50

  • Pirates Hockey Edged by #3 Bergen Catholic, 4-3

  • The Prep Celebrates Parent Leadership Giving at Winter Reception

    Jeff and Danielle Lumby P’11’16’21 graciously hosted more than 100 parents at Rock Spring Golf Club on Saturday, January 25th  to celebrate leadership gifts to the Annual Fund for Parents, which last year raised $240,000.  Headmaster Michael Gallo and President Msgr. Kelly were on hand to thank parents for their generosity and dedication to the school. Parents enjoyed connecting with fellow Prep Families and learning more about the school community. The Prep is extremely grateful to the Lumby Family for their generosity. [view the photos]
  • Pirates Take Prep School Track Championships

    Seton Hall Prep's Track and Field Team took the NJISAA Prep School Championship yesterday,
    held at Lawrenceville School's Lavino Field House. The Pirates' 104 points bested
    Lawrenceville's 99, with The Prep coming from a point behind in the final two events, the
    3200m and the 4x400 relay. [view the photos]
  • January

    Chapter 20 Arrives in the Archives

    Read about the Website Archives Project here, or jump right to the latest chapter here to see the most recent additions, or catch up on what you've missed in the last month.

  • Pirates Extend B'Ball Hot Streak to 7-in-a row

    The Pirates raised their record to 9-5 with a 62-41 defeat of St. Joseph's Metuchen.
    [view the album]
  • Pirates Wrestling Downs Caldwell

    The Hall's wrestlers contined their winning ways on Jan. 24, taking down SEC rival 45-24. At 9-1 the Pirates are currently ranked #5 in NJ Non-Public wrestling.
    [view the photos]
  • Prep Students Support Our Lady of Sorrows STEM Fair

    Since 2011 Seton Hall Prep has supported academic growth at West Orange's Hazel Avenue Elementary School and, as time went on, with Gregory Avenue Elementary School, providing weekly tutoring for those schools' students with their homework and self-improvement packages. Most recently, Tutoring Program Director John Pascal has added Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange to the list of schools,... 
  • SHP Ushers In the Chinese New Year of the Rat

    Seton Hall Prep’s Language Department ushered in the Chinese New Year of theRat last week with several celebrations that engaged nearly 100 students, faculty and staff. The Wednesday morning activities period provided a wide-ranging program, emceed by Mandarin students Ken Taylor ’20, Nick Sprague ’20 and Seongjun Park ’22.…
  • Pirates B'Ball Rolls Past American Christian

  • Pirates Wrestling Makes it a County 5-Peat

    With six individual champions, the Pirates won their 5th straight Essex County Wrestling Championship last night at Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange. Gabriel Jimenz (120), Larry Melchionda (126), Cole Carroll (145), Jack Wilt (160), Mike Massa (195) amd Andrew Mitzak (285) took places at the top of the podium. Melchionda, Wilt and Massa repeated their championship performances from last year’s tournament. Team scores: 1-Seton Hall Prep, 259.5; 2-West Essex, 227; 3-Livingston, 146; 4-Nutley, 131; 5-Caldwell, 106; 5-West Orange, 106. 
    [view photos from quarter- and semi-finals]
  • Chapter 19 Updates the Archives

    See this site's page about the SHP Archives Project, or jump right to the latest chapter to see the latest additions and to catch up on what you may have missed.
  • Pirates Baseball's Winter Games Carnival Hosts an Energized Afternoon for Their Special Needs Guests

    Sunday January 12 saw the ninth annual renewal of the baseball program’s Annual Winter Games Carnival for The Prep’s special needs friends. Nearly 100 members of the Pirates highly regarded baseball team were joined by a score of Prep student volunteers in welcoming more than 150 guests for for an afternoon of activities and games in Tracey Gym and the school’s Dining Hall... 
  • Melchionda's 100th Highlights Pirates' Onslaught Over Nutley

    A 5-pin blitz at the start of the match sparked an overwhelming 61-15 SHP win over SEC opponent Nutley Friday night before an overflow crowd at SHP. Beginning at 106 lb. Joe Sciarrone, Robert Crofford, Gabe Jimenez, Larry Melchionda and Dean Musialowicz put their opponents on their backs, the final pin coming in a mere 7 seconds. Mike Massa added another at 195. 
    [view the photos]
  • Pirates Take on Immaculate in B'Ball Showcase

    The Pirates were downed by No. 9 Immaculate, 74-57, at Kean University in the basketball showcase for the Scholarship for Inner-City Children.
    [view the photos]
  • Pirates Edge St. Augustine, 2-1

  • Chapter 18 Goes Into the Archives to Begin the New Decade

    Celebrate the start of 2020 by viewing episodes from The Prep's storied past. Newcomers can learn about the Archives project here; or dive right in to the latest chapter in the Archives Album. [scroll down below the photos for captions]

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