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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.]


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.


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.

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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