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Mon. April 22, 2019

This chapter was delayed due to a week-long internet issue


Griffin Bridges Celebrates 25 Years of Tremendous Success

Thurs. April 4 2019

Three hundred alumni, benefactors, students and friends of The Prep’s Thomas J. Griffin Bridges Program gathered last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Prep’s program that has enjoyed tremendous success in providing a “bridge to the future” for talented inner-city young men. For a quarter century it has providing them with an environment where they can learn, develop, graduate and become productive citizens. On April 4 at Belleville’s elegant Naninas in the Park guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner, shared decades of memories and updated one another on the myriad successes of Griffin Bridges alumni. As the guests enjoyed dessert, Emcee Calvin Millien ’12 led a program that honored the contributions of several supporters and benefactors that have spanned the last 25 years. James Orsini '81, P'14 - President The Sasha Group, received the Gagnon Award; Walter McMahon P'92 - Former Asst. Headmaster, Chair of the History Department received the William E. Luithle Jr. ’49 Award, named for the first director of the Griffin Bridges Program. Griffini Bridges alumnus and former Dean of the Seton Hall University Law School Shavar Jeffries ’92 presented the Chambers Award to Nina Wells, Esq. H'03, P'90 - Former NJ Secretary of State. The keynote Address was delivered by Richard E. Constable III, Esq. ’90, former Christie cabinet member, former federal prosecutor and currently Executive VP and global head of and global head of government relations and public affairs at Madison Square Garden, Co. The evening closed with a lively auction conducted by Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister; the spirited bidding providing a further windfall to aid in the furtherance of the program.  •  The origins of the program go back as far as 1985, when a donation to The Prep from Patty and Ray Chambers provided the seed for the establishment of a scholarship fund in in memory of Patti's brother Thomas J. Griffin '59, for inner city children from Newark Girls and boys Club to attend SHP. Soon afterward, the effort was joined by MCJ Foundation and its President Christine Gilfillan and the Amelior foundation and President Joseph Walsh '61, and later by the Neil and Lois Gagnon Foundation. • In 1993 an enhanced vision emerged— the Griffin Scholarship Program would become wedded to the collective experience of the Prep Community, evolving into a comprehensive program with a focus on mentoring relationships at the peer and adult levels. The Program added a full-time director and a renewed emphasis on academic achievement and college placement, by building a network of family, social and spiritual support, offering life-changing opportunities to talented young men to build build the next generation of outstanding and courageous leaders. • Program Director LaQuan Ford noted, "As we celebrate the silver anniversary, 94 GB Scholars have graduated, going on to some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, and garnered every commencement award, including- Most Representative Setonian and Valedictorian twice over. And post college they have reached the highest levels of achievement and success in wide-ranging careers and life paths- law, government, medicine, education, and science, among others." • Kelli Griffin Hutchinson noted, " My father believed that not only does a good education help one succeed but it also gives one a sense that one can do anything. We hope Griffin Bridges helps young men to believe in themselves and feel that they can accomplish whatever they set out to do. "


All Shook UP— A Rousing Success

Mon., April 15, 2019

Last weekend the Prep's spring musical, All Shook Up, brought alive the music of Elvis Presley to three great crowds. Inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the play is set in 1955 in a small mid-western town that blows a fuse upon the arrival of a motorcycle-riding roustabout who brings his rebellious look and music to the generally uptight populace that eventually discovers the magic of romance and rock and roll. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are the title tune and classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Can't Help Falling in Love."  •  See the show's program.


SHP Students Praised for Work with Local Elementary School Students

Fri. April 12, 2019

Seton Hall Prep students received lapel pins in honor of their service as tutors to the students of Gregory and Hazel Avenue elementary schools this year. The 68 juniors and seniors have worked with the second through fifth graders on a weekly basis since November and will continue through the end of year. Moderator, Mr. John Pascal, works with the West Orange Rotary Club and West Orange African Heritage Organization to set the tutors up with their students. Click on the image above for photos, and for a full feature on the tutoring program, see this article from Essex News Daily.


Wed. April 10, 2019


Tues., April 9, 2019


students team up to create grief education and bereavement program

Seton Hall Prep and Mount St. Dominic Academy students teamed up to create a grief education/ bereavement program at a local middle school. The group meets monthly and during these meetings SHP and MSDA students lead the middle schoolers through group activities and discussions. The goal of the group is to connect middle school students to one another and provide information about grief and loss and coping mechanisms for the middle school students.

The idea for the group came from SHP junior, Garrett Fitschen, and was modeled after Pirates on a Journey. The group is moderated by SHP Theology teacher, Mr. Ralph Dellanno, SHP School Counselor Mark Vitale, and MSDA Transition Counselor Mrs. Pauline Condon.


Mon., April 8, 2019


Pirates Robotics Team 5992 in Mid-Atlantic Competitioin

Mon., April 8, 2019

On the first weekend of April, The Prep’s Robotics Team 5992 , this year as a combined force with Mt. Sr. Dominic Academy, faced off in Montgomery against the year’s stiffest competition in the team’s second meet of the year. Each of the dozens of teams there had competed in at least one previous meet, so there was nobody lacking in experience. Saturday and Sunday’s early qualifying rounds comprised 37 teams, with the Prep’s 8-4 record earning a 13th seed. Pirates’ Bot 5992 moved into the “alliance round,” where it was teamed up with St. Joseph’s Metuchen and East Side HS, Newark and faced an even tougher schedule, finally going down in the quarterfinals to the alliance that eventually won the title.  •  The team’s work this year resulted in a super-resilient robot, one that even fell at one point without suffering damage. The Prep’s Drive Team comprised seniors Shawn Monel, Dave Ndu, Sam Sayles and Mount Saint Dominic’s Rebecca Fernandes. The Pit Crew was led by technicians Aidan Musser, Doug DelTurco and Colin Ruble. The Prep’s advisers are Minh Trinh and David Brunkhorst; the MSDA adviser is Mrs. Elizabeth Rogacki.   •  These meets are the culmination of months of work in the schools, and, although the event has a sometimes carnival-like atmosphere (see the photos), are srious business at many schools that have specialized technology curricula and multi-million dollar investments in tech infrastructure.  • The overarching impetus originates with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. This not-for-profit organization 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, over the years FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. This year’s lead sponsor was the Boeing Corporation.


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Mon. April 1, 2019


Students capture division titles & National placements in Catholic Math League 

Over the course of this school year many Seton Hall Prep students have been competing in the Catholic Math League. Led by teachers Mrs. Cerami, Mrs. DeGeorge, and Mr. Boland, the team has captured first place in the division in both Geometry and Algebra II, third place nationally in Algebra II, and fifth place nationally in Advanced Math and Geometry.

Individual highlights are as follows:

Algebra II
Bedros Maldjian: 1st in Division, 6th in Nation
George Chen: 2nd in Division, 8th in Nation

Geometry
Mike Shannon: 2nd in Division
James Pulice: 4th in Division
Joseph Bartolomeo: 5th in Division

Advanced Math
Steve Park: 6th in Division, 10th in Nation


Thurs. March 28, 2019


Students Urged to Become Compassionate Stewards

Wed., March 27, 2019

The Prep’s Annual Conference on Peace and Justice took place on Wednesday March 27, highlighted by a moving keynote addresses, a prayer service and several dozen workshops. The weeks of organizing by Service Learning for Social Justice Director Vincent McMahon, Event Coordinator Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella paid off in a day full of new information, interesting discussions and an impassioned address that brought much of the audience back, lining up to meet the speaker, former NFL wide receiver Lonnie Allgood.

Following his retirement from football, where he played for the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bangals, Algood has committed himself to a "to making a difference in the youth of today." His foundation, Dreams for Kids, seeks to build positive character traits in youth by providing them with the tools that they need to develop strong self-esteem and respect for others. A strong witness for his Christian faith he credits his mother's discipline, love, faith and wisdom for his life's direction. The afternoon's workshops provided a wide spectrum of offerings, with presenters leading small groups in discussions, coming from organizations ranging from Extreme Rescues, Hope for the Children, Adopt One Village, and the Community FoodBank, to LifeNet, Camp New Day, Eyes of Hope and Straight and Narrow Addiction Rehabilitation. Other workshops featured Prep teachers, leading presentations on personal integrity, "animal liberation," Wounded Warrior Projet, conflict resolution, "Mark Twain and War," "Environmental Economics," and "Creating Peace through Meditation"— among many others.

Msgr. Robert Harahan's prayer that closed the program summed up the day: Heavenly Father, we thank You for a day spent learning how to care for others, for Lonnie Allgood, the Franciscan Friars and our workshop leaders. We are grateful to be a part of Your army of compassionate stewards. Bless us each day as we embrace the spirit of Elizabeth Ann Seton, and seek to bring the love and mercy of Jesus to others."


Mon. March 25, 2019


Pirates Lax Teams Up With Camp New Day

Mon., Mar. 25, 2019

Yesterday the SHP Lacrosse Team hosted a clinic for developmentally delayed and disabled adults and young people on The Prep's Verducci Field. Several dozen guests, mainly from Camp New Day, enjoyed the company of Pirates varsity players, who led the fun and lessons in basic lax skills, like ground balls, passing, cradling and shooting. The afternon's activities were organized by SHP senior player Todd Carolonza and Camp New Day and The Prep's Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon.


Seniors and Frosh Head Out in Support of Our Communities

Tue., Mar. 12, 2019

Yesterday, while their sophomore and junior mates dug into their PSAT and ACT exams, the seniors and freshmen spread out over the tri-county area for a day of service to organizations in the surrounding communities. • The largest group, several dozen seniors, stayed close to home in the Dining Hall, for a true team effort— an assembly line production of close to 10,000 food packets in support of RISE Against Hunger. The senior’s work will eventually find its way to countries in desperate need of food resources, like Haiti, Swaziland, Gambia and Madagascar. Teams put together precisely measured packets of rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy powder and micro-vitamins, each weighing in at 390 grams, that overseas recipients will boil and add to with items suitable to their local taste palates. The group’s work was so efficient that they eventually outstripped the availability of resources. • Other smaller groups headed out in Prep buses for cleaning, repair work and painting at an Orange food pantry and at Newark and Jersey City shelters for women; for food deliveries to Newark’s St. John’s Soup Kitchen; and entertainment and conversation at a West Orange nursing home. Groups of freshmen went off to Hillside’s Community Food Bank for help with the organization’s food sorting, while in the Media Center others wrote letters to service members overseas in support of the Prep’s Wounded Warriors Project organization.


Mon. March 11, 2019


Swim Season Finishes With a Flair

Sun., Mar. 10, 2019

The Pirates Swim Team completed another successful season at the end of February, posting a 12-1 dual meet record, turning in several record setting performances and sending five to the finals of the Meet of Champions. The mid- January Super Essex Conference/Essex County Championships ended with the Pirates holding the title crown— for the for the 22nd consecutive year.

Senior Roo Fenton turned in his third Cullen Jones Award performance as Essex County’s Most Outstanding swimmer; he was champion in the 50 Free, 100 Free, and part of the champion 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay. Junior Matthew Prior was champion in the 200 Free and part of the 200 and 400 Free Relay winning teams; he also medaled in the 500 free. • Junior Michael Pietrucha swam on the championship 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay teams and also medaled in 100 and 200 freestyles. • Sophomore Jack Devilbiss swam on the championship 200 Freestyle Relay. • Senior Luke Shea swam on a pair of winning relays- the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay; he also medaled in 50 Freestyle and 100 butterfly. • Freshman Connor Townson held a spot on the 200 Medley Relay and medaled in 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke. • Sophomore Jaeden Yburan swam to the championship in the 100 Backstroke, with a school record 51.93 (previously set by Kyle Madley in 2011, 52.04) and swam a leg on the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay. He also medaled in 200 IM. The 200 Free Relay of Prior, Pietrucha, Devilbiss and Fenton set the county meet record of 1:29.00. Earlier in the year, in the dual meet against Livingston, a different foursome - Prior, Yburan, Shea, and Fenton- set the school record in that event (1:27.18), besting the mark set in 1991 by John Mitzak, Scott DiGiacomo, Josh Bischoff, Derek Fogg (1:27.31). • The team’s depth was added to by the performances of senior freestylers Jack McGovern and Ryan Gurney and breastroker Mike Ippolito.

At the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, SHP had finalists in 5 events. Roo Fenton was the top finsher, as runner-up in the 50 Freestyle. He also finished 8th in the 100 Freestyle. Both the 200 Medley Relay (Yburan, Pietrucha, Shea and Fenton) and the 200 Freestyle Relay (Yburan, Prior, Shea and Fenton) finished in 4th place in the state. The 200 Free Relay foursome also broke their own school record set earlier in the season, in a time of 1:26.72. Jaeden Yburan finished 6th in the 100 backstroke, lowering his school record in the event, with a time of 51.85.


Ash Wednesday Begins Preparation for Easter

Wed., Mar. 6, 2019

On March 6, The Prep Community began the Season of Lent at a pair of Masses and with the traditional marking of the sign of the cross with ashes on the foreheads of the faithful. Celebrants Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Chaplain Fr. James White spoke to the students about the ways they could make the 40 days of preparation for Easter more meaningful, and how the sign of the cross they wear can be a sign to the community of their commitment to the values of their faith.


Mr. Pascal Gives Mark Twain Lecture at MacculLoch Hall Historical Museum

March 3, 2019

Seton Hall Prep English Teacher, Mr. John Pascal, gave an illustrated lecture at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MCHHM) last Sunday titled, "Mark Twain Becomes a Jersey Boy: His Friendship with Thomas Nast," which traced the friendship of these two visual and literary giants. Pascal, who began his research last summer at The Mark Twain Project and Papers at the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, the Morristown Library North Jersey History Center, and MCHHM,, presented to a group of 75 people and raised over $400 for the museum. At The Prep, Mr. Pascal teaches both freshman and junior English courses, as well as a junior/senior elective, The Writings of Mark Twain.

About Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. Located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an 1810 house with period rooms, exhibit galleries and historic gardens, featuring the nation’s largest collection of original artwork by 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast.

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Thur., Feb 21, 2019


Buzz-Off Earns a Windfall for Cancer Research

Thur., Feb 21, 2019

Thursday's 9th Annual Buzz Off raised $4,100, which, added to our Tag Day proceeds, made a total of $6,700 for charitable organizations associated with Cancer. Student organizers were junior Garrett Fitschen and sophomore soph Ian Schwartz. Eschewing a haircut since last year’s Buzz-Off, Schwartz alone raised $1,665. The Crew Team raised $300 for a team member, and several students raised over $100 from family and friends. • The event was visited by representatives from the Valerie Fund, Health Care Service for Children with Cancer & Blood Disorders. As in previous years, a portion of the day’s proceeds will go there. Executive Director Barry Kirschner and Bunny Flanders, Dir. of Marketing and Communication distributed Valerie Fund hats to every student that got buzzed. • SHP had designated $2,000 for senior Kyle Regan and friends, who had participated in "Light the Night" cancer run in the fall for the childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. • The day’s barbers were Prep counselors Chris Barnitt, Chris Schieck and Mark Vitale, along with faculty member Walter McMahon, and Marie Guarnuccio, mother of junior Matthew Guarnuccio.


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Sat. Feb. 16, 2019


Celebrating the Chinese New Year & The International Exchange

Sun., Feb 14, 2019

Last week Seton Hall Prep commemorated the Year of the Pig, marking The Prep's 7th year celebrating Chinese New Year. A lunchtime assembly was joined by eight visiting students from Southwestern University High School in Chongqing, China, as well as our own SHP international students. The Chinese visitors were spending two weeks here, shadowing Prep students in their classes. Senior Johnny Prout ushered in the new year with lion puppets at the beginning of the ceremony. Senior president of SHP's Chinese Honor Society, Peter Sullivan, presided. Junior Garrett Fitschen recited the poem "Spring Dawn" by Tang dynasty poet Meng Haoran in Mandarin with the help of his Chinese classmates. Prep sophomore international student Tianyi "Chris" Wang performed a pair of piano pieces by Frederic Chopin and Mandarin teacher Michael Hegedus performed the traditional piece "Fisherman's Evening Song" on the gu-zheng, a 21-string Chinese zither.

Later in the afternoon, students from Mount Saint Dominic Academy, also engaged in the international exchange, joined Prep students and Chinese visting students and teachers to roll hundreds of pork and vegetable dumplings, a traditional food popular among Chinese families on New Year's eve.

Last evening the international exchange came to a festive conclusion, with the Chinese students presenting a wrap-up of their time at The Prep and at Mt. St. Dominic. They presented audio visual accounts of the ways the two cultures and academic systems differ, as well as their impressions of school and family life here. The evening and the two-week program concluded with the traditionally Chinese group photo and refreshments.


Feb. 11, 2019


Sat. Feb. 9, 2019


The Class of 2023 joins the prep community

Sat. Feb 11, 2019

Last Saturday, February 4, Seton Hall Prep welcomed 245 registrants for the incoming Class of 2023, a number which neatly aligns with the number of seniors that will graduate in June. The newest members of The Prep Community come from 85 different towns, including families currently from New York, Florida, China and Nigeria and represent more than 100 schools. Following check-in the families visited several stations, where the chose school shirt sizes, chatted with school counselors, Prep Ambassadors and faculty, stocked up on Prep gear and received the official Prep backpack.


SHP Hosts 2019 Men's Choral Festival

February 6, 2019

Seton Hall Prep hosted the Mens' Choral Festival on Saturday February 2, 2019. The concert included performances by our own a capella chorus, the C Tonians, as well as choruses from Bergen Catholic, Delbarton, and St. Peter's Prep. These groups joined the featured performers, Rutgers University Glee Club, in a moving finale - At the River, a setting by Aaron Copland of the traditional hymn.

Feb. 4, 2019


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Feb. 1, 2019


Candidates' Day Highlights The Prep's Story for the Class of 2023

Sun., Jan. 27, 2019

Last Sunday Seton Hall Prep hosted Candidates' Day for the eighth graders that have been accepted for the Class of 2023. Beginning the day's activities at 11am, families of students invited to become members of the Thomas Farley Seton Scholars Program gathered with program advisors, current Seton Scholars and department chairs for breakfast and to hear the story of the highly regarded academic program. Seton Scholars Brian Axelsen and Anthony Petruzziello spoke about how their decision to accept the invitation to join the Seton Scholars has had an overwhelmingly positive effect on their careers at Seton Hall.

At 1 o'clock the largest-ever gathering of candidates and their families came together in Bayley Seton Auditorium for a welcome and introduction to the school's presentation offered to help them make the decision to attend The Prep. Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan introduced seniors Nick Diaz, Eric Camacho and Anthony Petruzziello, along with Mothers Auxiliary President Danielle Batanjany, who presented their own Prep stories. Then the several hundred guests headed to the Dining Hall and gymnasium for individual conversations with teachers, school counselors, coaches, activities advisors and members of the parents organizations. • Registration for the Class of 2023 will take place next Saturday, February 2.


Jan. 29, 2019


Jan. 28, 2019


Winter's Kairos Offers a Peaceful Respite

Sat., Jan.26, 2019

The latest Kairos Retreat (86.39, at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, NY.) returned Friday from four days away from the daily grind. The group of 44 candidates and 22 student leaders was accompanied by faculty members Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Retreat Director Billy Ward, Chaplain Rev. Jim White, Margaret Mainardi and John Merklinger. They were joined on Wednesday by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan. • The multiple day and evening sessions were highlighted by spiritual reflection, witness by student leaders, small group discussion, prayer, Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The very successful Kairos Retreat Program has taken on an importat role in the life of the school. By graduation approximately 70% of the students have attended at least one Kairos Retreat. • The student leaders, who were eturning to Kairos after their original retreat, were: Mike Ciccimarra, Quincy Clark, Anthony Ciullo, Luca D’Emilio, Charlie Hetzel, Chris Hyland, Ty Kaufman, Mike Mahala, Pat Mahala, Brian Mueller, Billy Murphy, Liam Murphy, Anthony Petruzziello, Gavin Rubelowsky, Ryqn Quinn, Anthony Santangelo, Bobby Smallman, Matthew Smollen, Peter Sullivan, Andrew Tuozzolo and Tyler Volker.


Celebrating the Parents Annual Fund Success

Fri., Jan. 24, 2019

More than 100 parents gathered at the home of Stephen and Sheila Schlageter P’20 on Saturday, January 12, to celebrate leadership gifts to the Annual Fund for Parents this past year. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly were on hand to thank parents for their generosity and dedication to the Seton Hall Prep. Parents enjoyed a festive drink and appetizers while connecting with fellow Prep families from across northern New Jersey.


 

SHP Students Travel to the Nation's CapitAl for the March for Life

On Friday, January 18th, eleven Seton Hall Prep students, accompanied by faculty member Mrs. Maria Santoliquido, travelled to the nation's capital for the annual March for Life rally. The group from SHP joined seminarians from Seton Hall University on their South Orange campus for early morning prayer and breakfast before making the journey together. Once in Washington DC, students listened to speeches from New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith and Vice President Mike Pence, and a watched video message from President Donald Trump. The day culminated in a peaceful march towards the Supreme Court before heading back home.

Sat. Jan. 18, 2019

With a trio of winners in the finals, and a strong team performance in the early rounds, the Pirates held off a late rally by West Essex to win the program's fourth consecutive Essex County Wrestling Tournament. Larry Melchionda (120), Jack Wilt (152) and Michael Massa (170) won their final round matches, which paired with a line-up sending 11 of 13 wrestlers into the semifinals, to take the crown by 17.5 points. In the first two rounds Thursday, Seton Hall Prep racked up a pile of bonus points to build a lead. In their first 28 bouts, the Pirates won by fall 15 times and added three more technical falls. Highlighting the team performance was the hard-won 3rd place finish by AJ Hinton at 160 lbs, knocking off the 3rd and 6th seeds on the way.


Jan. 18, 2019


Friendships Renewed at 5th Annual Games Carnival

Sun., Jan. 13, 2019

Last Sunday Seton Hall Prep’s Baseball Program hosted the team’s 5th Annual Winter Games Carnival for developmentally delayed adults and children. The 98 baseball program members were joined by Prep student volunteers and students from Mt. St. Dominic’s to welcome 85 guests for an afternoon of activities and games in Tracey Gym and the school’s Dining Hall. The event was spearheaded by senior players Nick Diaz, Tyler Kaufman and Nick Maldonado, along with Coach Mike Sheppard and Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon. The day’s activities were dotted with a number of happy reunions among guests from Camp New Day and the ARC of Essex with Prep players and coaches, as many have attended the team’s fall and winter carnivals and clinics for years.


History Comes Alive

Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

In the middle of the 18th century, as the Enlightenment gained momentum, there grew up in France a custom of hosting gatherings in the homes of influential “movers and shakers” at which the important political, artistic, scientific, ethical and philosophical issues of the day were the subject of an afternoon’s conversation. Perhaps the most famous hostess of these “salons” was Marie Therese Geoffrin, renowned for attracting the largest number of distinguished foreigners to her home, catering to a wide range of foreign dignitaries and distinguished guests—"An invitation to the Monday and Wednesday dinners of Madame Geoffrin was an honor greatly coveted by foreigners passing through Paris.” She hosted her invitees twice a week, serving dinner at one o’clock in order that the entire day be devoted to discussion.

Last Friday Dave Giarrusso’s sophomore history classes recreated a Geoffrin Salon, (with a little bow to chronology in order to bring in a wider spectrum of thought and knowledge), gathering some of the most famous and influential figures in history for an aftenoon of conversation and refreshment. Students took on the roles of luminaries like Isaac Newton, Thomas Paine, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Adams, Immanuel Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft, Denis Diderot, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Adam Smithn Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Ben Franklin. They came prepared to discuss their views on how humankind should progress, the role of government in society, how change should take place, the place of education and religion and their views on human nature. The conversations were both energetic and enlightening. Geoffrin’s menus of Parisian delicacies were brought up to date with 21st century chips and cupcakes.

Jan. 11, 2019


Mon., Jan. 7, 2019


Young Alumni Return and Reconnect

Fri., Jan.4, 2019

On Friday January 4, The Prep enjoyed dual celebrations. Early in the day the school celebrated with Mass commemorating the Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. And as the day progressed, more than 150 recent alumni filtered into the building for young Alumni Day festivities. Sporting scores of newly cultivated beards, sweatshirts and jackets from the nations's colleges and universities, the group comprised mostly members of the Class of 2018. A notable exception was the Most Representative Setonian from the Class of 2015, Aidan Solomone, who stopped in from the west coast's Stanford University to reconnect with his fellow Setonians and former teachers. • The happy group enjoyed a lunch provided by the Office of Alumni Relations, with dozens of alumni lingering long after the food was gone.


Sun. Jan., 6, 2019


Prep Groups helped Spread Christmas Cheer

Sun, Jan. 6, 2019

A group of Prep individuals and organizations put together an impressive display of Christmas spirit during December, bringing holiday cheer to families and groups in need. The Prep’s main hallway featured a "Christmas Giving Tree" upon which hung 50 tags displaying children's names and their wished for toys. Students and staff members chose tags and purchased gifts which they placed under the tree to be distributed to children from the Division of Child Protection and Permanancy (formerly DYFS). • Several collections ran concurrently— the largest, for canned food run by Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon and senior Tyler Kaufman. This drive entailed a competition among grade levels and helped stock the pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange. • In a reprise of their initial effort staged last year, TJ Martynowicz '20 and Peter Sullivan '19 headed up the "Joy of Sox" drive, resulting in the collection of close to a thousand pairs of socks for distribution directly to the homeless. They were joined in the effort by the Swim Team and freshman homerooms. The two leaders of the effort also ran “Boxes for Boxers,” to collect men’s underwear for men living on the street. Leo Scotti '20 headed up a successful winter coat drive. • Much of the desire to offer help at Christmas time often results from years of tradition in many families. Typical may be the effort led by Basketball Team manager Dylan Flaherty ‘20. “For as long as I can remember,” he related just after Christmas, “my mother has taken me and my brother to Overlook Hospital’s Pediatrics department to deliver toys for the children that would be stuck in the hospital for Christmas… What started out as a small bag of toys, over the years turned into a wagon load of toys. So this year, I thought why not go bigger and have a truck load!” He asked Coach Kevin Williams if the varsity team could join in, and eventually brought all three teams in the program into the effort. Dylan noted, “The saying goes, ‘It is better to give than to receive’ and bringing toys to the children in the hospital truly put a smile on everyone’s face! Thank you SHP basketball for filling the truck!” • And more thanks to all in the Prep community that helped in the effort to spread this year's Christmas cheer.


Mon. December 31, 2018


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Sat., Dec. 22, 2018


Prep Student-Athletes Commit to College Programs

Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

On Wednesday, December 19, 13 Seton Hall Prep student-athletes signed papers to commit to play for athletic programs at a wide spectrum of Division I, II and III universities and colleges in America. They were joined by family members, as well as Seton Hall Prep's President, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and their Prep head coaches.

Zach Hoban (Football, Rice University) • Aidan Gilman (Football, Brown University) • Owen Stahl (Soccer, Drew University) • Jon Ned (Soccer, Columbia University) • Anthony Petersen (Baseball, Skidmore College) • Andrew Tuozzolo (Baseball, Trinity College) • Nick Diaz (Baseball, Ursinus College) • Luke Boylan (Baseball, University of Rochester) • Charles Malatesta, (Lacrosse, St. Lawrence University) • Ryan Quinn, (Lacrosse, Muhlenberg College) • Patrick Grimes (Lacrosse, Trinity College) • Albert Abboud, (Lacrosse, Albright College) • Cullen Wolff, (Lacrosse, Trinity College)


Mon., Dec. 17, 2018


11th Annual Baseball Team Reunion

Fri, Nov. 23, 2018

The evening following Thanksgiving, a group of 70 former Prep baseball players, coaches, managers and fathers reunited at McLoone's Boathouse for the 11th Annual Baseball Team Reunion. While enjoying dinner, many players from recent teams, home from college for the holiday, shared their current college experiences, while others, now out in the workplace and raising families, had their own stories to share. • Those in attendance were: John Bravette ’95, Chris Cavallo ’92, Gary Cordovano, Mike Cordovano ’97, Kevin Cordovano ’99, Joe D’Angiolillo ’10, Lou Fernandez ’04, RJ Fornaro ’94, Peter Gaudioso, Mike Gaudioso ’18, Jeff Goldberg ’77, Don Herbert, Ryan Herbert ’18, Jeff Kelly, Brian Kelly ’18, Rich Kress, Stephen Kress ’03, Matt Locarro ’05, Frank Maldonado, Frank Maldonado ’13, Vincent Mano, Joe Mano ’18, John Marzella, Jon Marzella ’02, Paul Ness, Mike Ness ’06, Chris Nomura, Will Nomura ’18, Jim Orsini ’81, Christian Orsini ’14, Matt Perez ’12, Bill Reddick ’87, Joe Savino, John Savino ’16, Steven Sgaramella ’18, Mike Sheppard Jr. ’77, Robert Sheppard ’88, Bobby Sheppard ’18, Ryan Sheppard ’18, Mike Sheppard III ’12, Vincent Tavaglione ‘02, John Toal, Ryan Toal ‘18, John McNish ‘91, Pat Henning ‘95, Dan Fornaro ‘99, Jack Zyska ‘18, Sean O’Hare ‘09, Jeff Gausepohl ‘ 61, Nick Rizzo ‘09, Spencer Toth ‘08, Mike Martinez ‘08, Ty Blankmeyer ‘12, Mark Mari ‘12, Rich Morris H’95, John Ariza ‘18, Nick Bergamotto ‘87, Bob Siedler ‘90, Joe DiLorenzo ‘12, Chris Bagley ‘88, DJ Link ‘12, Doug Delledonne ‘89, Keith Gehm ‘89, John Muha ‘09, Mike Muha ‘13, Joe Martinez ‘01, Mickey Brueckner ‘01, Larry Ordonez ‘98, Andy Perez ‘98, Dave Kahney ‘90 and Alex Cardoso ‘00.


Band and C-Tonians Celebrate With A Christmas Concert

Wed, Dec. 12, 2018

On Wednesday, December 12, Seton Hall Prep presented a Christmas Concert, featuring The Band, The Brass and Woodwind Ensemble, and The C-Tonians. Several hundred family members and friends gathered to hear a wide-ranging program under the direction of Joseph A. and Theresa Neglia. The Band led off with pieces ranging from those written specifically for band to selections from the sixties and the group Chicago.The C-Tonians followed with songs by Billy Joel and Saint Saens, as well as a traditional American ballad, and closing with Silent Night. The Brass and Woodwind Ensemble joined in the festivities with music from West Side Story, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, along with a Michael Jackson Hit Mix. The Band closed with Christmas selections, topping the evening with Prep favorite, Rudolph's Christmas Overture. The student body will get to hear an abridged version of the concert next week at the school's Christmas Assembly.

Following the concert, Director Joe Neglia announced the SHP Spring Musical- All Shook Up- a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley and a book by Joe DiPietro. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the 24 songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Can't Help Falling in Love," and of course the title tune. Performances are set for April 11, 12 & 13.


Wed, Dec. 12, 2018


Mothers Auxiliary's Christmas Celebration Toasts the Group's Success

Wed, Dec. 5, 2018

The Mothers Auxiliary recently greeted the Chrismas Season with the organization's annual Christmas Social. The December 5th festivities brought together more than 200 current and former memmbers of The Prep's vibrant parent support group for an evening of good food and fiendship. Also on the agenda was some Christmas shopping, provided by the Mothers Auxiliary Store. Highlighting the night was the presentation to the school of a check for $100,000— proceeds from the group's super-successful November Fashion Show "Celebrate Good Times." [photo 2 in album- MA President Danielle Batanjany, along with Fashion Show Co-Chairperson Colette Lamothe and Treasurer Wascary Hinds presented the check to Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan. Not pictured is Co-Chair Allie Orr.]


Senior Peter Sullivan Awarded Prestigious Chinese Scholarship

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

This past summer senior Peter Sullivan was afforded a unique opportunity to travel to China and take intensive language classes. Along with a select group of high school students across the country, Sullivan was awarded a full scholarship by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) to spend 8 weeks in Nanjing, China studying Mandarin. Although Peter had already studied Mandarin for more than 5 years, he wanted to take his language proficiency to the next level. Apart from several hours of language classes each day, Sullivan says the best part of the experience was living with a host family. He commented, "I was able to see how normal people lived and what they did in their day to day lives." Sullivan plans to continue his Chinese studies in college and beyond and hopes that this experience will make him an asset in his professional career after college.

The NSLI-Y program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. Besides Mandarin, NSLI-Y offers summer scholarships to study Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Russian and other languages critical to national security and US interests abroad. 

In October, Sullivan was honored by Congressman Leonard Lance to recognize his scholarship and trip to China. This is the second NSLI-Y scholarship awarded to a Seton Hall Prep student, following last year's award to Joshua Jeffers. In its 7th year, The Prep's Mandarin program continues to grow and attract a diverse group of students hoping to learn more about Chinese culture. In addition to its established International Program, The Prep will also launch a 2-way cultural exchange in Spring 2019, hosting Chinese high school students in February and traveling to Chongqing, China during Spring Break.

For more information about the SHP Mandarin program and International programs, contact Michael Hegedus at mhegedus@shp.org. For more information about the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, visit www.nsliforyouth.org.

SHP Sponsors Teen Hunger Summit

Tue, Dec. 4, 2018

Last Tuesday, Seton Hall Prep brought together more than 200 students from high schools in the Metro Area for The Prep's 8th Annual Teen Hunger Summit. During the day's program, the students and their adult advisers discussed issues and brain-stormed local solutions for the issues surrounding the plague of hunger found in a surprising and shamefully large number of areas in New Jersey. Topics included "School Lunch Programs and Plate Waste," "Enhancing Agriculture in New Jersey," "Nutrition Education," "Urban Agriculture in the Fight Against Hunger," "Connecting Schools with Small Farmers," "Stretching Food Dollars," and "Climate Change and its Impact on Hunger," among a dozen others.

The student participants came from nearly 20 schools, including Jonathan Dayton, Depaul Catholic, Morris Catholic, Joseph Soehl Midddle, Englewood Cliffs Middle, Queens City Charter, Watdlaw Hartridge, John Dwyer Tech, Union Catholic, An Noor Academy, Roselle Catholic, Holy Angels, Paramus Catholic, Oak Knoll and Dickinson. Prior to a luncheon in The Prep's Dining Hall, the students heard an inspirational Keynote Address from former collegiate and National Football League running back Lonnie Allgood. The event was sponsored by The Prep's Service Learning Program (Vinnie McMahon, Director) and The Community FoodBank of NJ (Michelle Jansen, Director of Community and Schools Outreach).


SHP's Tree Lit to Herald the Christmas Season

Fri, Dec. 7, 2018

A crisp early December night was the setting for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Seton Hall Prep, setting the stage for the beginning of Advent and the run-up to Christmas in a few weeks. The front driveway was the scene of carolling led by the C-Tonians and the company of two hundred friends, alumni and special guests from Verona and Livingston's Spectrum360 (formerly The Children's Institute). They followed up with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies in Bayley Seton Auditorium, music supplied by Prep students Danny Motessi, Joe Ferraro, James Gabriel and Duncan Caramichael, and finally the eagerly awaited arrival of Rudolph and Santa Claus.


Mon, Dec. 3, 2018


November's Kairos

Fri, Nov. 30, 2018

The 55 participants in the most recent Kairos Retreat returned from Long Valley and the Liebenzel Retreat Center on the last day of November. Their 4 days away from the stresses of their daily routines were filled with quiet times of contemplation and discussion, as well as opportunities for spiritual renewal and discovery. The retreatants were led by Director of Retreats Billy Ward, Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, Chaplain Rev. James White and Counselor Mark Vitale. On Wednesday the group was joined by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan who celebrated Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the group.


Mon, Nov. 26, 2018


Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Renewed

Thurs, Nov. 22, 2018

The frigid temps arriving on the coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1901 could not keep scores of alumni and friends of the Prep from renewing the tradition of the Thanksgiving 5K Mass and Turkey Trot at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The day began with Mass in Bayley Seton Auditorium, celebrated by SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, and former Prep teacher Msgr. Edward Bradley. The 9:30 start to the 5K sent the crowd off for the morning's exercise, laying the groundwork for the rest of the weekend's festivities. The run was followed by refreshments courtesy of the Prep Office of Alumni Relations. • The Turkey Trot tradition began in 1998 by a group of dozen Prep faculty and friends at South Mountain Reservation. It has grown with each passing year and, after a hiatus of a few years while the Kelly Athletic Complex was under construction, it was eagerly welcomed back in 2017.


Annual Dodgeball tournament benefits opportunity project

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Student Council Executive Board organized its annual Dodgeball Tournament fundraiser in October to raise money for Opportunity Project, Inc. The organization provides rehabilitative services for people with brain injuries.

Pictured above is the Student Council Executive Board presenting a $500 check from the fundraiser's proceeds to two of the recipients of the Project's services, as well as Opportunity Project Counselor Jacqueline Rizzi.

From left to right:
Alec Tabs - Sophomore Class Representative
Anthony Petruzziello - Treasurer
Connor Stevens - Secretary
Wali Choudhry - Vice President
Brandon Hersh - Junior Class Representative.

The Opportunity Project Clubhouse of Millburn is a unique program created by and for adults with brain injuries who are seeking the "next step" in their journey of recovery. The facility provides an environment of support, challenge and choices that create independence and productivity in its members. Through the work environment in the Clubhouse, our members explore their strengths, abilities and interests so that they can establish and attain their individual goals. The ultimate goal is full integration back into family, work and community.


Wounded warrior project club's annual Veterans Day visit to Hazel elementary

Thursday, November 15, 2018


(L-R) Moderator Mr. Giarrusso, Dominic Falzarano '21, Zach Lukas '20, Tommy Testa '20, Matteo Celleri '22, Moderator Mr. Falato, Jason Rizzuto '20.

On Monday November 12th Seton Hall Prep's Wounded Warrior Project Club made its annual trip to the Hazel Avenue School in West Orange to help celebrate Veteran's Day. The Prep students and faculty read stories about Veterans and held discussions with the elementary age students about the importance of the "Eleventh hour, of the Eleventh day, of the Eleventh month" and its 100th Anniversary.

The WWPC Club is also holding a backpack sale through the "Backpacks For Life"(501c3) program, The Bowery Pack, a backpack designed and engineered with a homeless veteran in mind yet suitable for travel & hiking needs. Backpacks For Life(501c3) has launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of The Bowery Pack. For each pack purchased, one will go to a homeless veteran. Please help contribute to our mission of serving homeless veterans.

Eight STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN NCAA NLI CEREMONY

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Seton Hall Prep had eight students participate in the NCAA NLI Signing Day ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. Student-athletes were joined by their parents, coaches, and school administrators on stage in the Bayley Seton Auditorium to commemorate the occasion. The following student-athletes participated in this round of signings:

Andrew Fenton - Swimming - University of Connecticut
Michael Mahala - Baseball - US Naval Academy
Patrick Mahala - Baseball - Georgetown University
Nick Maldonado - Baseball - Vanderbilt University
Quincy Clark - Baseball - University of Rhode Island
Jack Eichler - Baseball - Georgia Southern
Thomas Colucci - Lacrosse - Colgate University
Ryan Kemp - Lacrosse - St. Joseph's University

This is the first of four signing dates set by the NCAA where student-athletes can sign their National Letters of Intent to commit to play in college. The Prep recognizes all student-athletes across all divisions that go on to continue their careers at the collegiate level during these events. 

SHP Students Perform All my Sons

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Seton Hall Prep Fall Drama, All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, impressed many in the Bayley Seton Auditorium last weekend. The Prep's showing of the 1947 play was directed by Mrs. Theresa A. Neglia, and performed by a cast of male students from SHP and female students from the neighboring schools. The cast included Student (Role): Nicholas Rauschenberger (Joe Keller), Patrick Nolan (Kate Keller), Oona Callender (Ann Deever), Alex Giannoglou (George Deever), Robert Cincotta (Dr. Jim Bayliss), Rex Fernandes (Sue Bayliss), John Bartolomeo (Frank Lubey), Lucy Ward (Lydia Lubey), and Nicolas Nader (Bert). 

One of the most impressive aspects of this production was the intricate and life-like set constructed on campus. "This year the set was incredible, and truly inspired our performers on stage," commented Theresa Neglia. "Mr. Randy Schweitzer and Brian Sosa '10 brought this set to life." 

The production was put on free of charge to the SHP community, with only a request that guests bring canned food donations to the show to be donated to those in need. The food drive continues, so if you would still like to contribute, the bins remain outside of the auditorium. 

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39th Annual Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show a Huge Success

November 13, 2018

Earlier this month The Prep’s Mothers Auxiliary hosted the organization’s 39th Annual Fashion Show, “Celebrate Good Times.” Event Co-Chairs Allie Orr and Coletter Lamothe, along with President Danielle Batanjany, welcomed more than 600 guests to Mayfair Farms for the evening’s dinner and runway show, featuring fashions provided by Macy’s.  Amazing prizes were won by many - including a a Louis Vuitton Weekender, David Yurman bracelet, designer handbags, a Yeti Cooler, as well as a $10,000 Amex Gift Card. Although final results are not yet available, the proceeds from the Fashion Show have annually reached $100,000, presented at Christmas to President Msgr, Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Harahan in support of learning at The Prep.

Football Season Finale in Media Gallery

Sun, Oct. 11, 2018


Final Soccer Game Album Posted to Gallery

Wed, Oct. 17, 2018


Students Display Talents at Fall Coffeehouse

The SHP Fall Coffeehouse saw numerous student performers bring down the house last Friday night in the Dining Hall. Acoustic performers serenaded the crowd, comedians cracked jokes, poets mused and bands rocked as students from The Prep and local girls schools and families enjoyed the evening. The Spring Coffeehouse will take place on Friday, March 29th.

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Seton Hall Prep Recommended for re-accreditation by middle states officers

Seton Hall Prep welcomed Middle States Accreditation Officers Dr. Angela Rufo and Dr. Phyllis Morrison (Academy of Holy Names, Albany) to school last month as part of the Middle States evaluation protocol. Upon conclusion of their stay, Dr. Rufo and Dr. Morrison recommended that Seton Hall Prep be accredited for another seven year cycle.  

"We are very grateful for the warm, gracious hospitality and hard work that all of you at Seton Hall Prep have done to make us feel welcome. You are simply the best," commented Dr. Rufo and Dr. Morrison to the faculty and administration while presenting in their prepared statement. "You have gracefully embraced us in the same way that you embrace all who pass through or call Seton Hall home. In our extremely short time here we have seen examples of what we would call your charism of A Place of Family, Faith, Compassion, and Courage."

During this period, SHP is set to undertake this Sustaining Excellence protocol and conduct action Research and use strategic planning as vehicles for growth and improvement in student performance. The focus topics for The Prep surround diverse aspects of Student Health: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. We will be seeking significant input from parents and students moving forward, so please stay tuned.

We thank those who served on the Steering Committee and continue to oversee various aspects of this project: Kevin McNulty, Jim Incardona, Mike Gallo, Matt Cannizzo, Joe Alexander, Chris Barnitt, Ralph Dellanno, Pete Durning, Jim Incardona, Mike Kahney, Walt McMahon, Lisa Sgaramella, and John Stanczak.

The Prep awaits the arrival of the official re-accreditation letter in May 2019, at the conclusion of the next meeting of the Middle States Commissioners.

 

Soccer County Tournament Final Album Posted

Sun, Nov. 4, 2018


Prepsters Head to Chester to Rescue Food

Wed, Oct. 31, 2018

Last Tuesday 50 Prep students and several teachers, mostly from the Swimming and Baseball programs, headed out west to Chester, to the Riamede Farm for an afternoon of apple gleaning. New Jersey's first pick-your-own apple orchard comprises 68 acres of apple trees, some planted half a century ago. The result of the farm's usual crowds of apple pickers is that many good apples fall to the ground, un-harvested. The process of gleaning rescues many thousands of apples, and, through the help of the organization called Grow-A-Row, donates them to food banks and community food pantries throughout the state. The afternoon's work provided by the Prep students added 3200 pounds of apples to the total. • In early October many of the same students performed similar service in Pittstown on another Grow-A-Row farm, helping to harvest 48,000 pounds of squash.


Big soccer Win Lands Pirates in County Final

Sat, Oct. 27, 2018

Football Senior Day vs Pope John

Sat, Oct. 27, 2018


The 34th Hall of Fame

Wed, Oct. 17, 2018

The Seton Hall Prep Hall of Fame inducted eight new members and a memorable team to the prestigious body on October 17 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Joining the list of Prep stars of the past were: Carmen Inteso '57 (posthumous, football); Guillaum "Gil" Knight '86 (football); David J. Snyder '89 (coach); Scott A. Eberenz '02 (ice hockey); Daniel W. Merklinger '04 (baseball); Angelo DiLeo '05 (wrestling); C.J. Crooks '08 (soccer); Ashton T. Gibbs '08 (basketball; The 1998-99 Basketball Team. • View the Hall of Fame program and honoree write-ups.


Saturday Football Added to Media Gallery

Sat. Oct. 20


Kairos 86.37 Returns With Renewed Spirit

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

The first Kairos Retreat of 2018, the 37th Kairos since its inception, returned on Friday from four days away from the daily routine of life at school and at home. For the students, the days of spiritual reflection and sharing with their peers reflects the significance attached nowadays to taking part in this program— Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan has called it, “an integral part of The Prep experience.” • Through a series of talks presented by student leaders and the attending adults, the liturgies and small group discussions that follow, the theme of the Kairos Retreat, “To love and be loved,” is realized. The opportunities for quiet contemplation and the subsequent realization that each personal experience is shared by many others in the room often lead to what has become know as the “Kairos Moment.” Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella described that as when “events fall together and the realization dawns that God has been at work in the seemingly unconnected events…God’s presence is really felt.” • Kairos 86.37, led by Director of Kairos Retreats Billy Ward at the Liebenzell Retreat Center at Schooleys Mountain, NJ, is the first retreat of the year, with three more remaining on the calendar.


Welcoming Parents at the Fall Coffee Reception

Fri, Oct. 5, 2018

The Prep’s Office of Institutional Advancement hosted the Fall Coffee Reception on October 4 at the Montclair Golf Club at Rock Spring. More than 75 SHP parents and grandparents enjoyed the opportunity for conversation with President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan and as well as meet fellow Prep families. • In his welcome Director of Institutional Advancement Matt Cannizzo encouraged participation in the Annual Fund for Parents, and introduced the four class chairs of the fund: Dawn Sandomeno P’15’18’19, Class of 2019 Chair; Eileen Hannaford P’17’20, Committee Chair and Class of 2020; Missy Ferraro P’19’21, Class of 2021 Chair and Susan Agnew P’18’22, Class of 2022 Chair. • The Annual Fund for Parents helps all Prep students by making up the difference between Seton Hall Prep’s tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. Gifts to the fund also help support programs like Campus Ministry, fine arts, athletic and extra-curricular programs, as well as maintain our building and campus.


Friday Night Dodgeball— Raising Money for a Worthy Cause

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Last weekend started off with a bang on Friday night in Tracy Gym, as more than 100 Prep students donned a wide and wild assortment of costumes and other get-ups for the 10th Annual Dodgeball Tournament . With the event sponsored by the Student Council, the 14 teams competed in five rounds to raise money for Opportunity Project, a rehab facility for those suffering brain injuries, located in Millburn. • This year the championship was played between two underdog teams. The Schoop Troop, comprising Brian Dino, Thomas Jupin, Anthony Stirone, Frank Manzo, Casey Ziegler, and Bryce Marcantonio, was seeded 10th and played against The Disney Princesses, featuring Kyle Regan, Kevin Duffy, Aidan Gaul, Raf Alba, Kyle Pinkin, Nick Pulice, Peter Orloff, and Adam Porfiris. In an exciting climax to the evening, The Disney Princesses routed The Schoop Troop to bring home the first-place trophy. Winning the third-place match was the Daj Ballers. A great time was had by all competitors and over $500 was raised for Opportunity Project.


Pirates Host Camp New Day at Their Fall Baseball Clinic

Mon, Oct. 14, 2018

Yesterday the Pirates Baseball program hosted guests from Camp New Day at their Annual Baseball Clinic. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, members of Coach Mike Sheppard's team introduced themselves and welcomed the guests, helping them don Pirates uniform shirts, and gave pointers on fielding, catching, throwing and batting. Following a short break for refreshments, the group played a game, which happily ended in a 4-4 tie.  •  Camp New Day is dedicated to providing a positive and supportive environment for individuals with developmental disabilities. Also part of the organization's mission is to train high school and college students to interact and work with the developmentally delayed population and people with various handicaps.


Weekend Games Into Media Gallery

Sun., Oct. 14, 2018


Prep Seniors Offer a Day of Service

Wed., Oct. 11, 2018

On Wednesday, while the underclassmen set about dealing with their PSATs, The Prep’s seniors dedicated themselves to projects in the service of others. A group of nearly 50 headed out Route 70 to Pittstown, where they spent the morning harvesting squash on a farm run by Grow-A-Row, a not-for profit that provides fresh food to those in food insecure areas. In 2017 the organization donated 1.5 million pounds of fresh produce to families in need in New Jersey, New York and Eastern Pennsylvania. In their stint in the fields, Prep seniors added to that total with their own 48,800 pounds of squash, enough for nearly 150,000 servings.

While their classmates did their harvesting, other groups dealt with the distribution end of the food production chain. Back at school one group turned out food packages for “Rise Against Hunger,” an international hunger relief organization that "distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030." The morning's efforts will head to the Caribbean and Africa to provide nourishment to school children who can’t afford their own meals. The Prep group’s production of 10,000 packets comprised rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and spices, as well as vitamins and minerals, enough for six meals. Meanwhile still another group cleaned, sorted and packaged food donations at the Community FoodBank of Hillside, an organization that The Prep has a decade’s long relationship with.

Pushing the envelope a little, a group headed off to New York’s Penn Station area to distribute sandwiches to some of the city’s homeless. And close to home, a group of seniors visited Canterbury Village, a West Orange senior care and living facility, to offer companionship and recreation activities to the clients and patients there.


Two Big Wins Added to Media Gallery

Sun. Oct. 7, 2018


Freshman Field Day— A Spirited Affair

Tues., October 2, 2018

After two weather-related postponements, the three weeks of classroom work on team-building among the freshman peer groups were put into play on Tuesday, as the 13 groups of first-year Prep students and their senior Peer Mentors faced off a in a day of games at the Kelly Athletic Complex. On the picture perfect day, Pirate Relay, football, frisbee, marshmallow relay, volleyball, and free throw competitions all led up to the climactic action of the Tug-of-War in the gym. 


Game Photos Added to Media Gallery

Sun., September 30, 2018


SHP Commemorates the Farley Family's Contribution to the Realization of the KAC

Sun, September 23, 2018

At a noontime ceremony last Saturday, Seton Hall Prep commemorated the contributions made to the concept and realization of the Kelly Athletic Complex made by the late Board of Trustees member The Hon. Thomas R.'44 and his wife Nancy. As homeowners since the mid-60s next to the 44 acres of what eventually would become the KAC, in 1993 the Farleys alerted then Headmaster Msgr. Michael E. Kelly '57 and members of the Board of Trustees to the availabilty of the property and invited Msgr. Kelly, Board Chairman John Murray '59 and Board Member Robert Nolan '43 to tour the undeveloped site, encouraging them to consider the possibilities of the area as a place to fulfill the recreation and athletic needs of The Prep, which had recently moved to West Orange from its previous home in South Orange. • The ceremony took place at the new grove between the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field and Porcello Baseball Field. After presenting Mrs. Farley with an honorary diploma and then blessing the grove, Msgr. Kelly joined her and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan in cutting the ribbon on the installation, in the company of the Farley's daughter, Meghan Farley Astrachan, grandson Aidhan Astrachan and son-in-law Isaac Astrachan. • The commemorative plaque reads: In gratitude to our neighbors, The Hon. Thomas R. Farley '44 and his wife Nancy, who located this property for Seton Hall Prep and bestowed their generosity towards the development of the Kelly Athletic Complex. May God bless Tom and Nancy for their goodness and foresight."


Trio of Big Wins in Media Gallery

Sun., September 23, 2018


SHP Has 11 Students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, and Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty are joined by Commended Students (Back L-R) Brian Axelsen, Jay Srinivasan, Robert Smallman, Nicholas Hiel, Ross Johnson, Aidan Gaul, and Liam Bertand. Seated are Semifinalists (L-R) Evan Connolly, Evan Puhala, and Anthony Petruziello. Not pictured is Commended Student, August Kern.

Seton Hall Prep has 11 students who were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as National Merit Semifinalists or 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 Evin Connolly, Evan Puhala, and Anthony Petruzziello have been designated as a Semifinalists, and by maintaining their academic performance levels they can become Finalists.

Additionally, the following students have been designated as Commended Students:

Brian Axelsen, Liam Bertrand, Aidan Gaul, Nicholas Hiel, Ross Johnson, August Kern, Robert Smallman, Jay Srinivasan.

Freshmen Browse Activities Program Offerings

Friday, September 14, 2018

On Tuesday the Freshman Class was treated to an Activities and Service Fair in the gym during activities period. The students had the opportunity to browse displays presented by representatives from nearly 70 clubs and organizations. The range of offerings included cultural clubs, competitive academic clubs or teams, student publications, performing arts organizations, service clubs and general interest clubs. • On display were exhibits from the Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society , West Indian Organization, Japanese Club, 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, “C” Tonians A Cappella Group, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Brass/ Wind Ensemble, Music Ministry, Pirate Nation, Ambassadors, Student Council , Clubs and Activities , Chess Club, Cinema Club, Martial Arts Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Free Thinkers 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, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Video Game Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network, Fishing Club, SHP Aquarium Society , Shogi Club, Spikeball Club, Meteorology Club, Music Production Club, 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 and Hands of North Arlington


Weekend Albums Feature 1st Pirates Football Win & Soccer Victories


Zach Hoban '18 Uses Efforts on the Field to Fight Childhood Cancer

Zach Hoban, a Seton Hall Prep senior placekicker and punter for The Pirates’ Varsity Football Team, is doing more than just helping the Pirates earn points on the gridiron this season. The Rice-bound senior who broke the all-time school record with a 52-yard field goal last week has dedicated his past two seasons toward raising money for kids with cancer. Hoban has raised more than $7,000 so far. On Friday, Greg Shanaphy ’86, presented a $500 check from The Pirate Gridiron Club to Alex's Lemonade Stand in honor of Zach’s mission to fight childhood cancer. 

For a full article written by Sideline Chatter on Zach Hoban's efforts, click here.

Prep Students recognzied for AP Exam Success

Friday, September 14, 2018

Seton Hall Prep had a significant number of students recognized by the College Board for their performances on AP exams last spring. Of the 337 students who sat for 751 exams in 24 subjects, 81% of students at The Prep passed their exams, as compared to 72% of New Jersey students, and 61% of students across the nation.  

Typically, if a student scores a three or better (out of five) on the exam, he is eligible for anywhere between three and six college credits. Many of our seniors graduate and begin college with advanced standing as a result of their work here at The Prep. The College Board also recognizes special achievement in a number of categories. Here is a brief description:

AP Scholar - 40 SHP students

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. 

AP Scholar with Honor - 25 SHP students

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 

AP Scholar with Distinction - 56 SHP students

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

National AP Scholar - 9 SHP students

Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

 

2018 AP Scholars

AP Scholars

Arante, Paolo G. '18
Buechler, Garret D. '19
Carpel, Michael J. '18
Crandall, Timothy M. '18
Demaio, Aleksander J. '18
DiDonato, Michael A. '18
Ferraro, Joseph W. '19
Flood, Brendan M. '18
Griffith, Evan J. '18
Halligan, Benjamin C. '18
Henry, Griffin C. '19
Johnson, Ross M. '19
Mattox, Cole B. '18
Melo-Braga, Vinicyus R. '18
Mesce, James '18
Meyers, Charles T. '18
Mitrano, Nicolas C. '19
Monaco, Matthew C. '19
Morace, Daniel T. '18
Motley, Derek J. '19
Mueller, Brian '19
Musser, Aidan T. '19
Oross, Michael '18
Pecci, Maguire '18
Porfiris, Adam F. '19
Rein, Nicholas J. '18
Ruiz, Ernesto V. '18
Samtani, Daniel J. '18
Samuel, Mark R. '18
Sarni, Thomas J. '18
Storms, Skyler '19
Sun, Mingchen '19
Sweeney, Matthew J. '19
Tang, Luyi '18
Trebus, Charles R. '18
Tuo, Shunyao '19
Wong, Kevin V. '19
Yates, Preston C. '18

AP Scholar with Honor

Arleo, Peter '18
Carson, Jesse D. '19
Collins, Luke '19
DeCiantis, Philip M. '19
Del Vecchio, Anthony A. '19
Deluca, Frank P. '18
Dobres, Devon F. '18
Dusko, Christopher '19
Engelbrechtsen, Max D. '18
Fleischer, Aaron '19
Francis, Damani S. '18
Ge, Yi '19
Gigantino, Joseph J. '18
Hormazabal, Roberto A. '18
Horsey, Charles '18
Huppert, John P. '18
Jenkins, Simon E. '18
Juhlin, Willem R. '18
McDonough, Joseph L. '18
Nolan, Patrick G. '19
Palumbo, Dominic P. '18
Rambusch, Pierson K. '18
Ricciardi, Michael P. '19
Slodyczka, Christian M. '19
Thomas, Dwight L. '18

AP Scholar with Distinction

Ahn, Jordan A. '19
Axelsen, Brian W. '19
Ayash, Logan P. '19
Ballway, Benjamin S. '18
Bayne, Emmet J. '18
Bertrand, Liam K. '19
Budzyn, Adam M. '18
Callaghan, Sean E. '18
Connolly, Evin W. '19
D'Angelo, John J. '19
Del Turco, Douglas P. '19
Fiore, Cameron A. '18
Fraser, Justin L. '19
Gabriel, James S. '19
Gaudioso, Michael A. '18
Gaul, Aidan S. '19
Gizzo, Daniel J. '18
Hagan, Hunter '18
Hicks, Brandon S. '18
Hiel, Nicholas P. '19
Hou, Yongjia '18
Hughes, Robert P. '18
Isidro, Raphael '18
Kern, August X. '19
Lederman, James R. '18
Marashlian, Charles E. '18
Margovskiy, Zachary i. '18
Martynowicz, Ryan E. '18
Matteson, Connor S. '18
Mckeown, Brendan F. '18
Miskovich, Kyle M. '18
Monel, Shawn A. '19
Murray, Matthew C. '18
Oneill, James P. '18
Pena, Julian A. '18
Petruzziello, Anthony V. '19
Pinto, Peter A. '18
Puhala, Evan '19
Pulice, Nicholas A. '19
Sarson, Jack A. '18
Sayles, Samuel J. '19
Shah, Dhrumin S. '19
Silva, Adam A. '18
Silva, Paul S. '18
Simone, John '18
Smallman, Robert Q. '19
Spano, Frank S. '18
Srinivasan, Jay Krishna Q. '19
Stevens, Connor A. '19
Sullivan, Peter J. '19
Teng, Wenzhe '18
Valliciergo, Francisco J. '18
Wang, Alex M. '18
Wettengel, Matthew G. '18
Wieszczek, Sean J. '19
Zhang, Ruiqi '18

National AP Scholar

Axelsen, Brian W. '19
Fiore, Cameron A. '18
Hou, Yongjia '18
Lederman, James R. '18
Margovskiy, Zachary i. '18
Martynowicz, Ryan E. '18
Oneill, James P. '18
Wang, Alex M. '18
Wettengel, Matthew G. '18

Weekend Soccer & Football in Gallery

Thurs., Sept. 6, 2018


Mass of the Holy Spirit Begins the New Year; Eucharistic Ministers Commissioned

Thurs., Sept. 6, 2018

The return to school on Wednesday was observed with a pair of assemblies for the Student Body and the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The morning liturgy was celebrated with the seniors and juniors, with Chaplain Rev. James White as the celebrant. Following the Gospel and the homily, Fr. White called to the stage the 20 seniors that form the newest group of Eucharistic Ministers. As they received their commission from the Archdiocese of Newark, they were greeted by President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella. • The new Eucharistic Ministers are: Timothy Brown, Alex Burrowes, Todd Carolonza, Daniel Coleman, Anthony Ciullo, Nathan Dean, Christopher Dusko, Matthew Esposito, Charles Hetzel, Terence Mahon, Sam Moore, Evan Puhala, Ryan Quinn, Owen Reddington, Mark Sandomeno, Jacob Savino, Jude Scerbo, Sean Tevlin, Andrew Tuozzolo, Matthew Pascual and Chris Huppert. • The afternoon Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Harahan with the freshmen and sophomores. He was joined at the altar by Msgr. Kelly, Fr. White and former Prep teacher Fr. Bill Melillo.


Soccer Opener is a Win

Tue., Sept. 4, 2018


Pirates Football Opens 2018 Season

Fri., Aug. 31, 2018


Freshmen Start Things Rolling at Orientation

Thurs. Aug. 30, 2018

The 275 newest members of the Seton Hall Prep Community met together on campus for the first time yesterday at the group's orientation. They arrived from 80 different towns, some from large, some from small middle schools, and took their first steps towards graduation four years from now. During the afternoon they met with their Peer Leaders and the others in their peer group, learning new names and a little about each other. Later they got lockers and locks, logged onto the computer network, had their photos taken, took a first look at their student handbooks and, for the first time, put on their royal blue school shirts. As evening drew near they heard from several department heads and joined forces to learn the Alma Mater. At day's end, they met up with their parents, who were attending their own orientation in the auditorium. On Thursday, while the rest of the student body returned to school for registration, the freshman class attend a retreat at the Archdiocesan Center in Kearny. The entire school will begin classes on Wednesday, September 5.


The Class of 2022 Begins the Journey

Sun. Aug. 26, 2018

Yesterday Seton Hall Prep welcomed the newest members of the community, the Class of 2022, with a Kelly Athletic Complex picnic. Hosted by the Prep Fathers Club, close to 800 incoming freshmen and members of their families enjoyed a picture perfect afternoon at the 40-acre facility, hearing welcomes from SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, as well as from Admission Director Michael Zinsmesiter, student government and the Mothers Auxiliary and the Fathers Club. • Many families took the opportunity to explore the facilities at the complex, including the baseball diamond at Porcello Field, the Brendan P. Tevlin Stadium Field and the John B. Murray Field House, as well as the spectacular view of Manhattan 14 miles away from the top of the press box. • The freshmen will come together on the Northfield campus for the first time for their orientation on Wednesday, with their parents following them for their own orientation in the evening.


Peer Leaders Swing into 2018 Action

Sun. Aug. 5, 2018

At the start of August the new team of Peer Leaders began preparations for their important task of leading the Class of 2022 through their first year at Seton Hall Prep. The 28 seniors joined advisers Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona and Peter Ford for a 3-day workshop to build their team and to learn some of the skills that will guide their work during the year with the 275 freshmen. • They worked this year in the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, each day gathering for meetings and for team-building exercises that helped them discover their own leadership styles and the importance of communication. Those skills were put to an early test when, on the last evening, with the adults discharged from the room, the group hunkered down to form the 2-man teams that would lead each of the 14 freshman groups through the year. After an unusually business-like three and a half hours, they presented their line-up to the advisers, who, after ensuring that everyone in the room was comfortable with both the process and the result, gave their approval. Nearly exhausted from the evening’s efforts, everyone retired to pack and get some sleep. The following morning the group returned to school, where they were commissioned as Peer Leders at the Mass celebrated by Chaplain Fr. Jim White.


Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival Renewed at the KAC

Sat. Aug.4, 2018

The 5th 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. Following several hours of early morning torrential rain, the event began under clearing and eventually blue skies at noon. Organized by "Tev's" classmates, cousin Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian and Dave King, the festival began following Brendan's death as an afternoon of pick-up games to celebrate his life and spirit, captured in Brendan's favorite expression- "Good times and easy living". The afternoon, sponsored by Seton Hall Prep and the Shillelagh Club, hosts a pair of games for adults, a women's game and a youth contest at The Prep's Helen M. and Edward D. Kelly Athletic Complex and brought together fans and players from acrosse the Metro area, even welcoming members of the national lacrosse championship team from Yale, where Brendan's brother, Brian, played this past season. 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. Following the games, the crowd retired to the Shillelagh Club for refreshments and raffles.


SHP Students Experience a Mission Trip to Guatemala

Part 2

Tuesday, July 14, 2018

By Mike DiDonato '18 and Charlie Hetzel '19

On Tuesday, July 3rd, the group started to lay sod for the soccer field, and after working for eight hours, about half the field was covered. Dinner was held at the home of Carlos Vargas, the founder/owner of Hope for Life, who grilled 100 pieces of steak, all devoured by our hungry workers. The dinner also served as a celebration of Mrs. Mottesi’s birthday.

On the early morning of July 4th, 135 bags of food were packed with beans, corn, sugar, oatmeal, flour, and rice. After this, everyone hiked through the forest, enjoyed lunch, and swam at a waterfall as a time of relief from work. Arriving back at the campound, the group visited the orphanage and hospital again and spent time with the kids. In the evening, everybody celebrated the 4th of July with music, dancing, and a barbecue at Hope for Life.

The sixth day of the trip consisted of more work on the soccer field. Everyone laid down twice as much sod as they did on Tuesday, successfully covering about 2/3 of the field. As the day came to a close, rain began to fall, and the locals brought everyone refreshing Coca Cola® for the hard work that was done. That evening, the group reflected on legacy, particularly what everybody would like to be remembered for.

On the final day of the trip, Friday, July 6th, the group traveled to the village of La Cuesta, a town for which the group purchased a water well so those who live there could have clean water. They also handed out the food that was packed on Wednesday, along with clothing. Those in the village sincerely thanked the group for their great donations, especially for the well, so they do not have to drink from the contaminated river anymore. At the conclusion of their time in La Cuesta seeing some of the hardship people live in, the group grew very appreciative of the conditions and opportunities that exist in their own lives. On the way back, the group stopped by Carlos at the soccer field, where he thanked everyone for their much-needed help on the field. Everybody was then given the chance to pray together prior to their nightly reflection, acknowledging what one another did on the trip and how they could take what they learned and bring it back home. Everyone awoke on Saturday at 4:30 AM for the flight back home to the United States.

SHP Students Experience a Mission Trip to Guatemala

Part 1

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

By Mike DiDonato '18 & Charlie Hetzel '19

A handful of Seton Hall Prep students are busy in these first weeks of summer as they help out those in need throughout Guatemala. This Hope for Life service trip has been organized by Mrs. Lisa Mottesi, mother of Danny Mottesi, Class of 2020, and led by Mrs. Mottesi, Mr. Mark Vitale, Mr. Matthew Bonder, and Hillary, a friend of Mrs. Mottesi from her parish. On the first day of the trip (Saturday, June 30th), the group of Prep students, along with students from Kent Place, Millburn High School, Colts Neck High School, and one student from Chicago, arrived at Newark International Airport at 5:00 AM and took a two-hour flight to Houston. From there, they flew for two hours and forty-five minutes to Guatemala City where they had lunch before taking three-and-a-half hour bus ride. After eighteen hours in total of travel, the group finally arrived at the Hope for Life compound in Zacapa. To end the day, everybody enjoyed dinner and pool volleyball, followed by much-needed rest.

Day two began with a service held in the dining hall by a pastor on the trip with another group. The group was then given a tour of the compound, beginning at the orphanage, where American couple Hannah and Evan care for eight children on the grounds containing a home and preschool. After the orphanage, everyone was shown around the hospital, which turned out to be quite a difficult place to see. There in the hospital were sick children, due to malnutrition, and also disabled children, as a result of a fire that occurred in Guatemala City. “We had the opportunity to spend time with the children and babies,” says Mr. Vitale. “We also saw a before and after book of prior patients and it was amazing to see the obstacles they’ve overcome.”

The group then moved on to a home for the elderly, witnessing many with mental and physical illnesses, along with others who were abused in previous homes. The final part of the compound that the group visited was the section called “Kelly’s House,” which is a place that helps children with special needs; everyone was given a chance to spend time with the kids. Towards the end of the day, the group returned to their living quarters to wind down, eat dinner, and, according to Mr. Vitale, “participate in ice-breakers, talk about the day, and meet others who were also in Guatemala for service.”

On the third day of the trip, everyone woke up early for a long day of strenuous work ahead of them. After breakfast, the group worked on a soccer field that had been in progress over the past two years, started to build bathrooms for the field, helped dig trenches for a sprinkler system, prepared the ground for sod, and cemented bricks for the bathrooms. Working alongside the locals, those in the group were motivated and learned much about the different jobs and skills held by the Guatemalans. At the end of the work day, many relaxed by the pool, and then everyone ate dinner and reflected on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 as a group.

See below for pictures from the first few days of the trip!

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