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Kairos 86.33 Returns Refreshed

Fri, October 20

On Friday October 20, members of The Prep's 33rd Kairos Retreat returned to school 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 centers around 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 haw remarked on more than one occasion 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 86.33 was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Alex Brezik, Jack Huppert, Kyle Miskovich, Peter Pinto, Patrick Polizzi and Dan Wikstrom. They were assisted by faculty members Vinnie McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella (Director of Campus Ministry), Billy Ward (Director of Retreats), and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek


Kelly Athletic Complex Fieldhouse Dedicated in the Name of John B. Murray '59

Tuesday, October 17

Last Saturday, October 14, hundreds of Seton Hall Prep community members gathered to dedicate the final piece at the Kelly Athletic Complex in the name and honor of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John B. Murray ’59. It was last June that the Board of Trustees voted, over Mr. Murray’s objections, to dedicate the building in his honor, and since then alumni from all over the country have sent words of congratulations and gratitude, confirming how appropriate it is that the fieldhouse bear his name. The fieldhouse bearing his name is the site of team locker rooms, athletic trainer’s facilities and officials' rooms.

The ceremony culminated a 23-year effort to develop The Prep’s land at the top of First Mountain in West Orange. All those years ago, trustees The Hon. Thomas Farley ’44, whose home was adjacent to the property, and Robert Nolan ’43 invited then Headmaster Fr. Michael Kelly to take a walk around the the undeveloped and derelict property that was the former home of The Carteret School. With their foresight, resolve and enthusiasm, in addition to the extraordinary generosity of former Board of Trustees Chairman Frank Walsh '59, The Prep was able to purchase the 44 acres and lay out a vision for what has come to pass over the past several years, what is now viewed as The Jewel on First Mountain.

The conclusion of the complex calls to mind the century-old aspirations of the Brown and McLellan families, original owners of the property in the mid-1800s. A 1939 letter from William Brown, referring to the fact that The Carteret School would be built at the time on the site, foreshadowed the ultimate use of the land in the early 21st century: “It is a great satisfaction to me and to my brothers and sisters to know that the site of our old home on Orange Mountain is to be used for a purpose of which my father and mother would so highly have approved and in which they would have taken so great an interest.” Now-President Msgr. Kelly recalled, “The Brown and McLellan families would be equally proud to know that The Prep, its young men and the community in West Orange will have the opportunity to enjoy so many scholastic activities on their beautiful land.”

Saturday was the culmination of years of hard work, persistence, philanthropy and blessings. And although scores of people have been key players in the ultimate resolution of the story of the Kelly Athletic Complex, none has been more central to that end than John B. Murray ’59. When over the past two decades times arose when doubts or frustrations surfaced surrounding the project’s success, Mr. Murray kept things in focus with his confident tone: “We will get there… This is a marathon, not a sprint!”

Msgr. Kelly noted for the gathering the impossibility of adequately describing all that Mr. Murray has accomplished for The Prep, not only at the KAC, but on the previous campus in South Orange and here in West Orange as, “an unyielding voice, a calming presence, and an immeasurable asset to our faculty and our young men for over 30 years.” Speaking of his former teammate, Msgr. Kelly added, “It is John's abiding passion for our school and his steadfast determination to do good for The Prep, that has endured through all the challenges and hurdles along the way.”


Parents connect at Fall coffee reception

Tuesday, October 17

The Fall Parent Coffee was a big success with more than 80 parents in attendance at Essex County Country Club last Friday. Parents enjoyed meeting new families at The Prep while having the opportunity to learn more about the Annual Parent Fund from Msgr. Kelly, Msgr. Harahan and Matt Cannizzo ’90, Director of Institutional Advancement. Photos from the day can be seen by clicking on the image above. Learn more about the Annual Parent Fund.


Football Win Posted to Gallery

Sat, Oct. 14, 2017


Yes, We're Ready for Some Dodgeball!

Fri, Oct. 13, 2017

Last Friday night close to 200 Prep students joined up in an effort to raise funds for charity as they participated in the Annual Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament. The 24 6-man teams, decked out in colorful, sometimes intimidating uniforms, took to the Tracey Gymnasium floor in a round-robin tournament, under the rules (yes, there are dodgeball rules!) of the National Amateur Dodgeball Association. The evening raised over $1000 for Hurricane Relief. • After settling for third place last year, the 2015 champions, the Justice League, made their way back to the top of the podium. The winning team consisted of seniors David Festa, Giordan Cerbo, Angelo Crincoli, Steven Sgaramella, Ryan Herbert, Joe Manno, and Ryan Sheppard. Overall, it was an exciting night filled with friendly competition to raise money for a great cause.


The Class of 2018 Spends a Day in Service

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

While the underclassmen were bearing down on their standardized testing on Wednesday, the 230 members of the senior class spent part of their day working at a variety of service opportunities. • Forty miles west on Route 78 out in Pittstown, several dozen seniors teamed up at a Grow-A-Row farm to harvest 5000 pounds of potatoes, eventually to be shared with food pantries in food insecure areas. Meanwhile another group, in conjunction with Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, packaged 10,000 meals for distribution in foreign countries. Still another group put together and distributed 175 PP&J sandwiches, water and snacks in Newark and NYC. Still more seniors entertained the residents at the Canterbury Nursing Home, while their classmates helped sort food at Hillside's Community FoodBank. Finally, putting in their service close to home, a dozen seniors helped sort supplies for the athletic department.


Soccer Win Posted to Gallery

Wed. Oct. 11, 2017


Football Victory Photos in Gallery

Sat. Oct. 7, 2017


Soccer Battle Royal Posted in Media Gallery

Fri. Oct. 6, 2017


SHP ASSISTANT HEADMASTER KEVIN MCNULTY NAMED MIDDLE STATES ASSOCIATION COMMISSIONER

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Assistant Headmaster, Mr. Kevin McNultySeton Hall Prep Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty has been named a Middle States Association Commissioner. The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools comprise 37 leaders in education and business who represent the membership of the association, which promotes the role of accreditation in improving school quality across America.

Mr. McNulty joined the Prep in 2000, initially teaching Theology, and later Web Design, World and AP US History. In addition to his administrative duties now, he currently teaches junior Theology and Honors Philosophy. He has authored several Religious Education textbooks for the Center for Learning and been contributing author for several AP US History texts. Mr. McNulty’s work with the Middle States Association dates to 1991 and he has been part of more than 20 school visitation teams, taking on his first team chairmanship in 1999. His visits have included chairmanships at All Hallows HS and Aquinas HS in the Bronx and St. Marks HS in Wilmington, Delaware. His most recent visit was to Bishop Eustace Prep, in Pennsauken, NJ, two years ago. He has been The Prep’s Internal Coordinator for Middle States Planning for the last decade, and along with Dr. Jim Incardona, is currently The Prep’s Co-Coordinator for the Planning Team for the school’s next Middle States evaluation.

Joining him as newly named commissioners are Nilsa Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer for Camelot Education in Philadelphia; Frank Preston, President of Advantage Career Institute Medical and Dental School, Eatontown, NJ; and Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of The Virtual High School, Maynard, Mass.

The Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial, charter, non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions. Regions covered by MSA-CESS include Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, as well as 85 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Subcontinent of Asia. In recent years, through its cooperative partners, CESS has expanded its scope to include schools and institutions seeking accreditation throughout the United States and around the world.


Pair of Soccer Wins Posted to Media Gallery

Mon. Oct. 2, 2017


Football Album Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Sep. 30, 2017


Cross-Country Win Posted to Media Gallery

Wed. Sep. 27, 2017


Freshman Activities Fair Opens New Vistas

Wed. Sep. 27, 2017

Yesterday during Activities Period, Seton Hall Prep introduced the freshman class to the wide variety of activities, clubs and organizations featured at The Prep, with an invitation for the students to sign up and get involved. The gymnasium was energized with several hundred freshmen, advisers and organization leaders sharing information about the offerings and interests of the more than six dozen activities on display. Director of Activities Peter Durning was enthusiastic about the students’ ability “to explore the extracurricular paths available to them here at The Prep and get many of their questions about clubs and activities answered.”

Among the groups on display were: Cultural Clubs – Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society, West Indian Organization, Japanese Club · Competitive Academic Teams – Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Math Team · Publications – The Spectrum literary magazine, The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook · 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, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, 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, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Ukulele Club, Visual Arts Club, Video Game Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network, Fishing Club, Photography Club, Military History and Support Club, Motorcross Club, Coding Club · Service Organizations – Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Wounded Warrior Project/ The Travis Manion Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Service Club, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer/Relay for Life, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet, Hands of North Arlington.


Football Album Into Gallery

Sat. Sep. 23, 2017


Big Soccer Overtime Win Posted to Gallery

Fri. Sep. 22, 2017


Soccer Win Into Media Gallery

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017


Soccer Shutout Posted to Gallery

Mon. Sep. 18, 2017


Football Game Photos Posted In Media Gallery

Fri. Sep. 15, 2017


Annual Golf Outing a September Success

Mon. Sep. 11, 2017

The Prep’s Annual Golf outing was a great lesson in turning lemons into lemonade. A storm on the original date of June 19 scuttled the plans for that day, resulting in a postponement to September 11, perhaps the prettiest day in a two-week string of beautiful weather. The intervening weeks also helped expand the number of participants from 185 to 219, all of whom enjoyed the beautiful 36 holes and clubhouse amenities at the Montclair Golf Club and the program provided by The Prep’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

The dozens of supporters and sponsors of the outing also made the event a tremendous financial success. The list included: Tournament Sponsor- Daniels Group, Inc. John Passantino • Apparel-Gift Sponsor- The Colangelo Family, Robert and Rose, Complete Business Connections • Golf Cart Sponsor- Jim Burke ‘69, Capital Partners • Bag Tag Sponsors- PSEG, Eileen Leahey, Public Affairs Manager • Cocktail Hour Sponsor- Acorn Financial Services, Joe Oakes, IV ’90, Bill Oakes ’94, Joe Oakes III • Lunch Sponsor- The Cannon Family Foundation, Inc., Tom Cannon, Flagship Investments • Dinner Sponsor- Frank ’59 and Mimi Walsh • Beverage Cart Sponsor- James Formisano & Ted McDonagh ’90 • Closest to the Pin- Frank ’59 & Mimi Walsh/Mike Quinn ‘90 and Steve Campbell ’90 • Driving Range- Belair Transport and Frankoski Construction • Straightest Drive- Averill Fundraising Solutions & Dr. Vincent McInnerney at NJ Orthopaedic Institute


Soccer Photos Into Gallery

Thurs. Sep. 14, 2017


Frosh Field Day- Helping to Build the Team

Tues. Sep. 12, 2017

The Class of 2021 kicked of the day on Tuesday with a group portrait on Verducci Field, with the hope that it will be reprised in four years at their graduation. The 264 members of the freshman class and their Peer Mentors then headed off for a day of games and team-building at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The day of activities included volleyball, football, Frisbee and relays highlighting the morning, and the eagerly awaited tug-of-war bringing the afternoon’s gymnasium gathering to a frenzied pitch, before everyone headed to further after school activities.


Dedicating the Tony Esposito Jr. Pirates Cove

Sat. Sep. 9, 2017

Last Saturday prior to the football game against Don Bosco, Seton Hall Prep honored the memory of the late Tony Esposito Jr. ’07 with the dedication of the new Pirates Cove concession stand at the Kelly Athletic Complex. Seton Hall President Msgr. Michael Kelly recalled for the gathering “the truly memorable presence” that Tony Jr. brought to the school, one that could “light up a room… with a smile for his peers and his teachers alike.” He was a member of the football team, a musician in the band and a member of the Italian Club, Ski Club and Fishing Club. He died at age 20 while in his junior year at University of Delaware in November 2009. Tony’s parents, Anna and Tony Sr. have long been supporters of all Prep activities. Tony Sr. has been for more than a decade a mainstay of the Fathers Club, and a driving force behind the organization’s sports concession stand, The Pirates Cove. Consequently it is fitting that the new Pirates Cove at the KAC bear the name of Tony Jr. As the ceremony concluded the plaque commemorating the dedication was unveiled, reading “Dedicated in Loving Memory of Tony Esposito Jr. ’07. Forever in our hearts… forever a Pirates”.


Opening Football Game Album Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Sep. 9, 2017


Mass of the Holy Spirit Sends Students Off to the Year's Work

Wed. Sep. 6, 2017

Last Wednesday Seton Hall Prep set off on the 2017-18 school year with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Seniors and juniors gathered in the Bayley Seton Auditorium in the morning to celebrate Mass and to witness the commissioning of 22 of their classmates as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. Joining principal celebrant Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan at the altar were President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Rev. William Melillo, and Chaplains James White and Zach Swantek, along with Deacon Dick O'Hara. Later in the day the freshmen and sophomores celebrated the Mass with Fr. White the celebrant. Both Msgr. Harahan and Fr. White brought similar messages to the students— that with the help of the Holy Spirit they should open themselves up to and recognize all the opportunities this year will provide each of them to reach their potential.

The newly commissioned Eucharistic Ministers are Daniel Wikstrome, Joseph Gigantino, Thomas Meade, Charles Horsey, Matthew DiCaro, Andrew Gorelick, John Farrell, Zachary Trautz, John Huppert, Dominick Barone, Joseph Savastano, Joseph Cubero, Dominic Palumbo, Jake Wozniak, Vincent Zanna, John O’Hern, John Simone, Christopher Colangelo, Maguire Pecci and Benjamine Ballway.


Frosh Get Energized at Orientation

Sat. Sep. 1, 2017

Last Wednesday the 264 members of the incoming Class of 2021 spent most of the day at The Prep's Freshman Orientation Program. With the newest members of the community coming from more than 80 towns throughout northern New Jersey, from middle schools large and small, the day's mission was to lessen the nerves, meet the key personnel that will lead them on their journey through their first year, and give them a chance to begin the friendships that they will enjoy in the upcoming months.

The freshmen were welcomed by Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, whom the students had already known as they had gone through the months-long process of choosing Seton Hall Prep. President Msgr. Michael Kelly followed with a hope that their "years here will be as happy and productive as mine were when I was a student at The Prep. We hope to see you grow academically, socially, physically and, most importantly, spiritually." Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan proposed the challenge for the freshmen to offer their "heart, strength, commitment and faith" to the journey that awaits them.

The gathering took a turn to "nuts and bolts" issues with remarks from Assistant Headmaster Mr. Michael Gallo, Dean of Men Mark Smith and Student Body President Kevin Bishop '18. Finally Mrs. Theresa Neglia introduced the new students to the Peer Leadership Program, and to the 28 seniors who will meet with them daily throughout the course of the year. Fourteen freshman groups then headed off accompanied by their 2-man Peer Leader teams to rooms throughout the building to begin the process of building a new student community and integrating into the fabric of the school. At day's end, with their parents concluding their own orientation program in the auditorium, the freshmen showed off the good start they had made, with their first rendition of the Alma Mater.


SHP Welcomes the Class of 2021

Sat. Aug. 26, 2017

Seton Hall Prep welcomed the Class of 2021 at the Annual Welcome Bar-B-Que, hosted by The Prep Fathers Club on Saturday August 26 at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The 800 guests got a chance to connect with other incoming families and speak with student Ambassadors and staff. This marked the first year that the event was staged on the recently completed athletic complex, and many freshmen and their families took the opportunity to tour the 40 acres, which now feature the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field (football, soccer, lacrosse), the Finney Family Tennis Courts, Porcello Field (varsity baseball), G. Kelly Martin ’77 Field (JV baseball), the Tony Esposito Jr. ‘07 Pirates Cove (concessions) and the John B. Murray ’59 Clubhouse (team and officials rooms). Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister welcomed the 265 freshmen and their families to the start of Orientation Week, and was followed by brief remarks from President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Fathers Club President Michael Nilan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and Student Body President Kevin Bishop ’18.


Peer Leaders Get Ready for the New Year

Fri. Aug. 11, 2017

The last week of July saw The Prep’s new squad of 28 Peer Leaders head out to Stevens, PA for the group’s Leadership Workshop and Retreat. Their 3-day stay at Refreshing Mountain Retreat Center provided the environment for them to build their team and work on the skills that would help the 14 pairs of seniors lead the incoming class of freshmen through their first year at school. They were accompanied in their efforts by Peer Leadership Directors Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona and Peter Ford.

There were plenty of opportunities for the seniors to test their mettle, not only on several mini-adventures and problem-solving challenges, but also in the difficult task of, first, assessing their individual leadership styles and strengths, and then using those insights to form the 2-man teams that would head each frosh peer group. This last difficult task, as is the tradition, was completed, after groundrules were established, with the adults banished from the room. After several hours and sometimes heated discussion but with the mantra of “we can disagree without being disagreeable” in the forefront, the group emerged with a slate of teams that, unusally, need no further tweaking. Cheers greeted the news and a good night’s sleep ensued. The Peer Leaders will meet the freshmen on Orientation Day on August 30.


In Remembrance of BPT- The Annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival

Tues. Aug. 8, 2017

Last Saturday hundreds of lacrosse fans, players, family and friends gathered for the 4th Annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival, to celebrate the late Brendan Tevlin's life and spirit and the game he loved. Organized by Prep alumni Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian, Dave King and Ken McNulty, the event calls to mind that the night before he was killed, Brendan had suggested a pick-up lax game among his group of friends. Begun shortly after his death, now the event honors his memory by bringing together a wide-ranging group of high school and college players and their friends to raise funds for the Brendan Tevlin Foundation and for an afternoon of fun. This year's number of playing participants was more than 150, the largest contingent ever. As his friends said, "It was a day in remembrance of such a special person, who made a positive impact on every person he encountered."

Opening ceremonies featured a parade of players led by the Essex Shillelagh Fifes and Drums onto the recently dedicated Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field at Seton Hall Prep's Kelly Athletic complex, followed by several lacrosse games, including a pair of "varsity" contests, a girls game as well as a game for the younger players. The day's activities continued into the evening with a BBQ at the adjacent Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Club.


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