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 School is closed for March 21 due to weather conditions. The Junior Retreat scheduled for March 27 has been postponed until after AP exams, and Tuesday will be a regular school day for all students. The Faculty Retreat scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled and Wednesday will be a regular school day as well.

Pirates Robotics Advances

Monday, March 18, 2018

In just the group’s third year, The Prep’s Robotics Team emerged from the second week of New Jersey robotics competition with a finish in the top half of the 36 teams, their best finish ever. Held a the sprawling campus of Bridgewaer-Raritan High School, the Pirates Team sent Bot 5992 into an arena set up in front of more than a thousand raucous and self-proclaimed nerds and gearheads. The festive three-day event saw 5992 rack up five wins against five losses, in a competition that tested the mettle of Pirates technicians and coders to the limit. Saturday morning, on a machine that could have had a thousand things go wrong, a couple too many did, with wiring and the intake mechanics causing problems, not the least of which resulted in a goal scored for the other team. But the second round witnessed a turnaround and 5992’s climber, engineered only days before, performed perfectly in a pair of attempts to raise itself several feet off the floor. The morning’s work as a qualifier gained the team a position going into the semis as first backup and when Unions Bot 1257 suffered a breakdown, 5992 was called into action, where it got into the fray against the top alliance. The experience and a week of tweeking will stand the team in good stead in next weekend’s event in Montgomery.

The event's sponsor, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public 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, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools. Prep community members having suggestions about ways to garner corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, are encouraged to contact Team Adviser Minh Trinh.

Navy Senior and SHP '13 Tom Lacey Features in Dark Horse Dunker Finals

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Navy senior and Seton Hall Prep graduate, Tom Lacey, was one of 16 seniors nomiated for the national Dark Horse Dunker competition and currently stands as one of two student-athletes left in the competition!

Lacey, a political science major, is set to graduate on May 26 before commissioning into the Marine Corps and heading to The Basic School (TBS) at Quantico in late June. As his senior season concludes, he strives to get the change to showcase his talent in San Antonio ahead of the Final Four. He will finish his career at Navy with more than 670 points, more than 606 rebounds and at least 125 assists. He has started 91 games, 13th in Navy history. He is also fifth all-time at Navy in career offensive rebounds with 223, and sixth in career defensive rebounds with 383. His career shooting percentage is .511, 13th best in Navy history.

The Dark Horse Dunker comptetion is voted on by fans online in head-to-head match ups. Lacey is now in the final around, pitted against Max Pearce of Purchase College. Please follow this link to vote on their website now!

The Midshipmen senior's home court at Navy is named after longtime Assistant Athletic Director in charge of Admissions, Mr. Dave Smalley. Smalley, a member of Seton Hall Prep's Class of 1952, served in the US Marine Corps where he was a member of the All-Marine Basketball Team. He went on to hold head coaching positions with the both the Navy Men's and Women's Basketball teams, before concluding his career as a Senior Associate Athletic Director for Admissions, Academics, and Compliance for each of Navy's 31 varsity sports. Navy officially named the basketball court at Alumni Hall "Dave smalley Court" in honor of his numerous contributions to Navy basketball and athletics.

For the full feature article on Tom Lacey in the Washington Post, click here.

Swim Team Finishes Among SHP's Best Ever

Sat. March 10, 2018

The Pirates Swim Team recently concluded a spectacularly successful season, featuring some of the best team performances ever, an undefeated regular season dual meet schedule, another SEC/Essex County Championship and a near-takedown of the eventual champions in the Non-Public A State Tournament. See the details at

Spectacular Model Now Resides at SHP

Friday, March 9, 2018

Seton Hall Prep recently received a spectacular work of art that could easily find a home in a museum. Several weeks ago the family of Anthony Falcone (1914-1995) presented to Prep Italian teacher Anthony Lupica a exquisitely detailed scale model of the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano). • Born in Roseto Valfortore in Italy, as a youngster Tony learned every aspect of furniture making, from the cutting down of trees to designing and building the finished product. After coming with his family to America in 1928 and settling in Madison, with no formal schooling and without any knowledge of English, Tony began work on his model of the Milan Duomo. Using a simple coping saw and a small hand drill, he constructed the model by cutting meticulously detailed pieces out of very thin plywood using patterns he got from Italy. •  In presenting the model to The Prep, Tony’s son, Philip, recalled as a teenager seeing his father work on the model, not for any particular purpose , but as a simple pastime and labor of love. •  The actual Duomo was built over a period of six centuries, from 1386 to 1965. Over the years more than 80 architects and engineers oversaw its design and contruction. The Cathedral suffered damage during WWII, but repairs ensued and construction continued. It is the third largest cathedral in the world. Since its completion it has undergone refurbishing for the Holy Year in 2000 and renovation between 2003 and 2009 to restore the colors of the Candoglia marble. • In accepting the model from the Falcone family, Mr. Lupica remarked, "We now have in room 316 the finest representation and model of the Duomo di Milano that there is anywhere in the world.”

Basketball Tournament Quest Begins in Gallery

Sat. March 4, 2018

Wrestling Region 4 Photos in Media Gallery

Sat. February 24, 2018

2018 Buzz-Off Supports Cancer Research

Friday, February 23, 2018

Yesterday an enormous and exhuberant lunchtime crowd in Bayley Seton Auditorium cheered on the 2018 renewal of the Buzz-Off for Cancer Research. In a little over an hour, in conjunction with Tag Day, the organizers raised over $5000 for the cause, as students, administrators and faculty made pledges in support of their colleagues who offered up their treasured locks, beards and moustaches. Highlight of the event turned out to be the arrival down the aisle of President Msgr. Michael Kelly waving a $100 bill that would turn Mrs. Theresa Neglia’s light trim into a full-blown buzz.

The event was organized by seniors Dan Wikstrom, Vincent Zanna and Tim Metcalf. Operators of the barber shears were faculty members Horton Sears and Chris Scheick, current parents Terrence Sekel, Camille bishop, Marie Guarniccio, Jess Carbeau and Joe Krakoviak, along with friend of The Prep Will Babcock.

Hockey Tournament Album in Gallery

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Seton Hall Prep Athletic Director Larry Baggitt has announced that the school’s new head football coach is William Fitzgerald.

Coach Fitzgerald will come to The Prep with a long and proven track record of cultivating excellence in student-athletes, while instilling a commitment to both winning and good sportsmanship. Since 2008 he has been the Quarterback Coach/Offensive Coordinator at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, bringing with him to Seton Hall Prep a history of developing highly regarded quarterbacks and offenses. Coach Fitzgerald has been recognized with appointments to a number of prominent high school All-Star coaching teams. Prior to his post at St. Peters, he held coaching posts at Dumont High School and Utica College.

Upon accepting the position, Coach Fitzgerald remarked, “I am honored to be given this opportunity to become the head coach of the SHP Football Program, a program rich in history and tradition for over a century. I understand the incredible responsibility that this leadership position demands and I am thrilled to begin this journey with an outstanding group of players, coaches, administrators and alumni. I’m also excited to make an impact in the classroom, working with a highly motivated student body. I want to thank my family for their endless support and Rich Hansen and everyone at St. Peter’s Prep who guided me throughout my many years there. I cannot wait to get started, Hazard Zet Forward!”

William Fitzgerald is a graduate of and former football player at Union College, where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in Psychology and his Masters Degree in Special Education from New Jersey State University. For the last 10 years he has been employed as a teacher in the Union City school system. He will also assume a position at Seton Hall in the Learning Assistance Program.

Coach Fitzgerald takes the reins at Seton Hall Prep following the departure of Coach Vito Campanile. The school has one of the longest athletic traditions in New Jersey, with the football team playing its first game in the late 1800s. He is the 15th football coach since 1930. Coach Tony Verducci held the longest tenure, from 1955 to 1987, when his teams captured 11 Parochial A titles and posted 104 shutouts. Quarterback on his 1956 team was the school’s current President, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57.

Largest Class in a Decade Signs Up on Registration Day

Mon. Feb. 19

On Saturday, February 10, the 2017-2018 Admission Season officially came to a close with the registration of the largest incoming class in nearly a decade. Representing 83 towns and 109 different schools, over 275 families officially joined the Seton Hall Prep Community as the incoming Class of 2022 as they signed up in the school dining hall. While the sign-up for next year’s freshman class is now full, additional applications are still being accepted with the view that qualified future applicants will be moved to the existing wait list.

Setting the stage for tremendous response on Registration Day, Candidates’ Day— held on January 28— was a standing-room-only affair, with nearly 300 families attending. The applicant pool for The Class of 2022 was over 650— and still counting. Representing the highest average entrance scores in the last decade, expectations for the Class of 2022 are high. The top five-sending towns for the class are: West Orange (15), Madison (13), Florham Park (12), Montclair (12), and Warren (12).

Robotics Team Readies for Competition

Mon. Feb. 19

The Prep Robotics Club is hard at work preparing the 2018 version of SHP's Bot 5992 for competitive action a month from now. While in previous years the team's robots worked hard to compete yet unfortunately presented a somewhat ramshackle appearance (what witht the plywood and duct tape occasionally in evidence), this year's machine is shiny, sleek and close to "majestic" as it rears up to its full height of seven feet. Science teacher and Robotics adviser Minh Trinh explained that the machine is a "wheeled intake mounted to a cascade elevator system. It is designed to pick up cubes and stack them on a large 6-ft scale. Teams score points by tipping the scale in their favor." The 100-pound automaton, consisting of hundreds of parts and under construction for two months, is the work of the 35-man club, comprising several separate teams: designers, engineers, electricians, programers, fabricators, drivers, even PR operatives. • SHP's Bot 5992 will make its first public appearance at a monstrous competition March 16-18 at Bridgewater-Raritan HS, along with nearly 100 other schools and with the raucous encouragement of nearly 1000 self-proclaimed nerds and geeks cheering them on from the stands. See the story and photos from last year's event.

Basketball Tournament Photos in Gallery

Tue. Feb. 13

Ash Wednesday Sets SHP on the Path to Easter

Tue. Feb. 13

At a pair of Masses as the Winter Trimester drew to a close, The Prep opened the 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter. Chaplains Rev. James White and Zach Swantek served as celebrants, blessing the ashes following the Gospel; they were joined at the altar by President Msgr. Michael Kelly and former Prep teacher Fr. Bill Melillo. The ashes were placed on the foreheads of students and faculty in the sign of the cross by The Prep’s Eucharistic Ministers as manifestations of their faith and of a commitment to bring the Word to the world at large. Music Ministry led the assemblies in song.

SHP Celebrates the Chinese New Year

Tue. Feb. 13

Celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, started off with a bang, as drums and cymbals announced the arrival down the main aisle of a 12-foot lion. The traditional Lion Dance, celebrating the new year and driving away evil spirits, was performed by science teacher Minh Trinh, with instrumental accompaniement by Ruiqi "Ricky" Zhang '18 and Chase Shealey '19. As the lion departed, Mandarin teacher and Master of Ceremonies Michael Hegedus welcomed the activities period assembly and introduced Mingchen "Peter" Sun '19 and Zhixiang "Ace" Zhou '18, who performed the duet Qing Tian "Clear Sky", a Chinese pop song made famous by famous singer Jay Chou. They were followed by a fan dance to the accompaniment of music from Huang Fei Hong, the famous Chinese martial arts movie featuring Jet Li. Doing the honors on stage were Nicholas Brown '20, Kenneth Huang '21, David Ndu '19, Johnny Prout '19, Chase Shealey '19. Members of the AP Chinese class finished up with the singing of a Chinese folk tune and the program concluded with trivia questions and raffle prizes.

Basketball Thriller in Gallery

Fri. Feb. 9

Hockey Album in Media Gallery

Mon. Feb. 5

Renowned College Choir Joins in with the Knights of Setonia

Sun. Jan. 28

Last Friday’s Knghts of Setonia Mass was a very special occasion as the Mass was celebrated to the accompaniment of the Saint Michael's College Liturgical Ensemble and Singers. Principal celebrant was St. Michael’s College Director of Campus Ministry Rev. Brian Cumminngs S.S.F. On their annual winter tour the 35 members of the group will offer music for Mass at a pair or Catholic high schools and a pair of churches during their visit to the Metro area. Following Mass at The Prep, they headed to St. Vincent Academy in Newark.

The St. Michael’s group, based in Colchester, Vermont, is led by musical director Jerome Monachino, who directs 11 instrumentalists and 24 singers, comprising campus adults and students. “We have been doing these trips every year for 15 years—it is a great experience to take our ministry on the road to meet high school students, alumni and friends of Saint Michael’s,” Father Cummings said. “It gives our students a deeper sense of mission and of spreading God’s Word in song as members of the choir.” Fr. Cummings is a member of the Society of St. Edmund, the religious community of priests and brothers that founded Saint Michael's College in 1904. He noted that the appearances at the Catholic high schools nicely coincide with the end of the nationally observed Catholic Schools Week.

The Saint Michael’s Liturgical Choir and Ensemble performs in its own eclectic and popular musical style, using a combination of African, Brazilian, and American Swing flavors to compliment traditional hymn singing. The group was one of the few choirs invited to perform for Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, in 1993. The program included several pieces composed by director Monachino, who beyond his duties with the choir is an accomplished jazz performer, composer and recording artist.

Following the Mass, Msgr. Harahan led a large group to an area on the first floor, where he blessed a newly acquired piece of art, a mosaic depicting St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a gift of The Prep's Rambusch Family. The five-foot tall installation is a replica of the mosaic of Mother Seton in the 60-foot Trinity Dome of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Rambusch Lighting, founded in 1898, is the acknowledged national standard-setter for crafting visual environments through lighting, furnishings, stained glass, mosaic and restoration. The company, now in the hands of the fourth generation, has been entrusted with major well known installations over the decades, including at the Roxy Theater, the Mark Hellinger Theatre, the public rooms of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, the Empire State Building and the Fireman's Memorial at Ground Zero in NYC.

Huge Crowd Gathers for Candidates' Day

Sun. Jan. 28

On Sunday, January 28, the largest crowd in memory of accepted students and their families arrived a Bayley Seton Auditorium for Candidates Day and an opportunity to fine-tune their high school choice for the next four years. A standing room only gathering was greeted by selections from the SHP Band, and welcomes from Admission Director Michael Zinsmesiter, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly. Mr. Zinsmesiter offered the families details on the curriculum, the co-curricular and athletics programs and transportation opportunities. The families also heard from a trio of Prep seniors— Michael DiDonato, Christian McNeill and Peter Pinto— who spoke about their Prep experience and what lies ahead for them following graduation. Following the assembly, the families headed off to the Dining Hall where they met with members of the various academic departments, reviewed potential course placement, made purchases of all manner of Prep gear from the Bookstore and enjoyed refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary. The families’ final choices will be made during the coming days, with Registration Day taking place on Sat. Feb. 10.

B'Ball Photos Posted

Mon. Jan. 29

Big Wrestling Win Album Posted to Gallery

Sat. Jan. 27

Kairos 86.35 Returns Rejuvenated

Fri. Jan. 26

The first Kairos Retreat of 2018 and third of the school year, Kairos 86.35, 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.”

The theme of the Kairos Retreat is “To love and be loved,” realized through a series of talks presented by student leaders and the attending adults, liturgies and small group discussions that follow. The opportunities for self-reflection 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.”

Upon his return from the retreat Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty remarked, “It was tremendously moving as I listened to students and faculty witness to their experiences of God in one another, and in the difficulties of daily life. The students spoke of their gratitude for the faculty and the community here at The Prep, especially the caring attention that they receive. Kairos truly is at the center of our mission.” Kairos 86.35 marks the third retreat of the year, with two more remaining on the calendar.

Leading the 55 retreatants were student leaders Jack Agnew, John Ariza, Dominick Barone, Harry Brothers, Chris Colangelo, Tim Crandall, Tyler Davis, Cameron Fiore, Sean Giiligan, Brian Kelly, Cole Kirst, Nicholas Kriak, Quinn Nilan, Joey Percoco, Andrew Perez, Nicholas Ren, Jimmy Ward and Griffin WestlinThe were assisted by faculty members Will Denk, Michael Kane, Margaret Mainardi, Vinnie McMahon, John Merklinger, Julie Wester, Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella, Chaplain Fr. Zach Swantek and Director of Retreats Billy Ward.

Chris Herren Shares the Story of His Fall and Recovery

Fri. Jan. 26

Former McDonald's All-American and NBA standout Chris Herren, who at 42 has experienced the heights of athletic stardom, the depths of addiction and discovery of the path to recovery, returned to Seton Hall Prep last Wednesday to recount his story and to deliver challeneges to both the students and their parents.

The story of his rise, fall and recovery have been documented many times across America in articles, books and films. The Hartford Courant summed it up: “The Fall River, Massachusetts native went from the hallowed parquet floor of Boston Garden to the streets, a junkie looking for his next heroin fix. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, later ending up with the Boston Celtics. His name went from the sports pages to the front pages, as his drug-fueled mishaps piled up - as did the arrests. For the past six years, Herren has shared his stories with professional athletes to prisoners to children and still or recovering addicts.” Chris attributes his decision to get on the road to recovery to the devastating advice given him by a counselor after a fourth overdose: "Tell your kids you died in a car accident. Have your wife explain it to the children. And live your life and let them be.” He has been sober in the eight years since he said heard that.

Chris is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate on the dangers of substance abuse. In 2012 The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.

The pair of assemblies, to the students in the morning and to parents in the evening, were sponsored by The Prep's Lumby Family. 

Pirates Basketball Victory Album

Sat. Jan. 20

Pirates Wrestling Takes 3rd Straight County Championship

Sat. Jan. 20

Last weekend Pirates Wrestling captured its thired consecutive Essex County Tournament and fourth in the last five years. The Pirates took home five Individual titles and 11 medals in all. The charge was led by senior Captain Danny Young, who wrestled a 4-round total of three minutes and eight seconds in pinning his way to the title at 160 pounds. Freshman Conner Decker continued his winning ways to become only the fifth SHP wrestler to capture an ECT title as a freshman (equaling the total of ECT titles held by his uncle, Head Coach Jack Decker). Senior Captain Charlie Cunningham (ranked # 7 in NJ) in the premier bout of the event lost a close overtime match to Cedar Grove's (#4 ranked) Anthony Clarizio. Also winning titles for The Prep were junior Niko Diakides at 285, stepping up from his second place finish in 2017 to win his first crown; sophomore Larry Melchionda at 106 and senior Captain Maguire Pecci, who, in his first action since the opening weekend, dominated at 138 pounds. Rounding out the list of Prep medal winners were Mike Massa (152) and Alex Garcia (170) with third place finishes; Dean Muscialowicz (120) with a fourth and Jack Wilt (145) and Zach Merlino (182) taking fifth.

FINAL STANDINGS: 1-Seton Hall Prep, 239.5; 2-West Essex, 169.5; 3-Caldwell, 150.0; 4-Cedar Grove, 142.0; 5-Livingston, 138.0; 6-Nutley, 116.5; 7-Verona, 113.0; 8-West Orange, 87.5; 9-Irvington, 83.0; 10-Columbia, 67.0.

Pirates Baseball's Annual Winter Games Carnival

Sun. Jan. 14

Last Sunday the Prep Baseball Program hosted its 4th Annual Winter Games Carnival for developmentally delayed and physically challenged children and adults. With several dozen guests arriving from area group homes or as individuals accompanied by parents, and with the 60 members of the baseball program joined by a dozen Prep student volunteers and students from Mt. St. Dominic Academy, the afternoon’s activities included board games, movies, boardwalk games and snacks. Pirates senior team members organized the event, with Frank Spano overseeing the crafts and board game area in the Dining Hall and Ryan Hebert the gymnasium activities. In his pre-event instructions to his players on their responsibilities, Coach Mike Sheppard emphasized how important a day like this is for the guests. He noted that the day's success would be measured by how many smiles his players make happen.

The success of this year’s event, along with previous year’s carnivals, was helped along by Prep Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, Co-Director of Camp New Day and liason with enterprises in support of the disabled like ARC of Essex/Cedar Grove and ARC of Essex/Verona.In addition to the winter games carnival, Baseball Coach Mike Sheppard’s program annually hosts a fall baseball clinic in conjuction with Camp New Day.

Hockey Win In Gallery

Sat. Jan 14

Basketball Photos In Gallery

Tue. Jan 9

Hockey Win Posted in Media Gallery

Wed. Jan 3

Wrestling Quad Photos in Gallery

Sat. Dec 30

Christmas B'Ball Tournament Photos

Fri. Dec 29

Track Championship Meet Photos Posted

Sat. Dec 23


Fri. Dec 22

B'Ball Album in Media Gallery

Tue. Dec. 19

7th Annual Teen Summit Attacks Issues Surrounding Hunger

Tue. Dec. 19

December 5 brought together Seton Hall Prep’s 7th annual High School Hunger Summit, with student groups from 23 metro-area high schools gathering to brainstorm on strategies to deal with the world-wide issues surrounding hunger and malnutrition. SHP Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon welcomed the guests with the caution that simply arriving at the conclusion that “hunger is bad” or to merely empathize with those suffering from hunger would be time ill-spent. He challenged them to come up with real-world solutions using modern technology and strategies.

The more than 220 students and their two dozen advisers set off for workshops, returning later to the auditorium to report on their discussions and their “action plans” that they could bring back to their schools. Among the topics of the workshops were: how to direct one’s specific talents towards effective volunteerism; mobilizing community projects; understanding the effects of climate change on global food production; building community gardens in food insecure areas; providing nutrition in hard economic times, among others. While the students met in classrooms throughout the building, the advisers convened in the Media Center to exchange ideas on ways they and their school’s student activists can make an impact.

Each student workshop group came up with three action points that they presented to the second session assembly. Many of the groups touched on the need to contact area politicians about the issues surrounding hunger and the need to work concerns about a changing climate into the discussion. Other innovative ideas included individual and group challenges to reduce carbon footprints; developing fundraising strategies for local foodbanks and pantries; and providing donation bins outside school cafeterias to collect uneaten and unopened food. One group suggested taking the Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) challenge of feeding oneself on $4 a day.

The school represented were: Academy of Holy Angels, Al-Mihhaal Academy, An-Noor Academy, Applied Tech High, Benedictine Academy, Bergen Charter Arts, Bishop Ahr, Bishop Laughlin, Don Bosco, East Side Junior ROTC, Morris Catholic, Mother Seton, Mt. St. Mary, Mt. St. Dominic, Noble Academy, Oak Knoll, Parsippany High, St. Joseph Metuchen, Union Catholic, Wardlaw- Hartridge, West Orange High . The morning’s activities were directed by Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon and The Community FoodBank’s Hunger Action Coordinator Laura Sodano. Student organizers were Prep seniors Dan Wikstrom and Vincent Zanna.

Pirates B'Ball Opens with Big Win vs Immaculate

Fri. Dec. 15

Christmas Concert Sets The Stage For The Upcoming Holiday

Fri. Dec. 15

Last Wednesday evening, December 13, the Seton Hall Prep Band and the C-Tonians presented their annual Christmas Concert in Bayley Seton Auditorium to a large gathering of parents and friends. Under the direction of Arts Department Chairman Joseph Neglia, the Band’s 125 members offered a widely varied program of works— by composers ranging from Mozart and Bernstein to John Williams and Freddie Mercury. They were joined in the second part of the concert by the C-Tonians, directed by Theresa Neglia. Following selections by the Brass and Woodwind Ensemble, the entire Band re-formed for a selection of Christmas music to set the stage for the upcoming holiday. [view the evening's program]

Celebrating Leadership Giving at The Annual Parents’ Christmas Party

Fri. Dec. 8

More than a hundred SHP parents gathered at the home of Rob and Rose Colangelo P’16’18 last Friday evening to celebrate leadership giving to The Prep this past year. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly were on hand to thank parents for their continued support and dedication to the school. With the backdrop again of the Colangelo’s beautifully decorated home and their 20-foot, brightly-lit Christmas tree, parents from all class years gathered for a joyful evening of delicious food, festive drinks and an array of homemade desserts. We are so grateful to our parents for their generous support!

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Fri. Dec. 8

Mothers Auxiliary Kicks Off Holiday Season

Wed., December 6, 2017

Last Tuesday evening the Seton Hall Prep Mothers Auxiliary celebrated the start of the holiday season and the success of their Fall Fashion show at the group’s annual Christmas Social. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of a check for $95,000 to SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan by Fashion Show Co-Chairs Colette Lamonthe and Stacy Baker, President Donna Pinto and Treasurer Wascary Hinds. The gift represented the proceeds from a wide variety of fund-raisers and the year-long gargantuan effort towards November’s 38th Annual Fashion Show “Around the World at The Prep,” held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

Rich Baird Announced as crew Head Coach

Wed., December 6, 2017

Seton Hall Prep has hired Rich Baird to be the Head Coach of the Crew team. Coach Rich Baird started rowing in college as a member of the Ohio State Crew Club where he rowed for four years. After college, he served a short term as an assistant coach for Raleigh Charter High School in North Carolina in 2006. Following several years away from the sport, Coach Baird joined the Montclair High School Crew team for a season before moving to Ridgewood Crew and Nereid Boat Club for the 2012-2013 seasons.

As an assistant coach at Ridgewood, Coach Baird helped lead the team to great success in state, regional, and national competitions. Ridgewood won multiple Garden State Championship events and City Championship events. The crowning achievements during the years at Ridgewood include winning 5 Stotesbury Cup Trophies and 3 SRAA National Championship events.

Kairos 86.34 Returns, Celebrating Long-Lasting Kairos Moments

Fri. Dec. 1

Friday afternoon one of the largest groups ever to attend the Kairos Retreat returned to The Prep after four days away, to celebrate a concluding Mass before returning home with their parents. The 50 junior and senior candidates attending the second Kairos of the year, Kairos 86.34, had spent their time away from school in Long Valley at the Leibenzel Retreat Center, the scene of the year’s first retreat in October. The January and Spring retreats will take place in Stony Point, New York, at the Don Bosco Retreat Center there.

The theme of the Kairos Retreat Program is “To love and be loved,” realized through a series of talks presented by student leaders and the attending adults, and liturgies and small group discussions that follow. The program has become, as Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan has put it, “an integral part of The Prep experience.” The opportunities during the four days for self-reflection, and the 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. Like pieces of a puzzle falling into place and God’s hopes and dreams for us are clearly evident.” Director of the program Billy Ward remarked after Thursday’s afternoon deeply personal session, “That’s what we’re talking about. That was a Kairos Moment! When you get back to school and your families, or when you get to college, you want to be aware of other similar Kairos Moments that will be there for you to experience.”

The junior and senior student leaders, previous Kairos candidates themselves, were Erik Bodnar, Giordan Cerbo, Matthew DiCaro, Michael DiDonato, David Festa, Ryan Hebert, Will Juhlin, Tyler McGuigan, Romuald (RJ) Merluza, Daniel Morace, Pierson Rambusch, Jack Sarson, Bobby Sheppard, Frank Spano, Zack Trautz, and Patrick Zadroga. They were accompanied by faculty members Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, Director of Campus Ministry Rondinella, Theology teacher John Stanczak, Chaplain Fr. Zach Swantek, School Counselor Mark Vitale, PhysEd teacher Mike Sheppard, and Director of Retreats Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Chaplain Fr. Jim White assisted with the celebration of the Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Pirates STay Hot on the Ice- in the Media Gallery

Fri. Dec. 1

hockey Opener Photos in Media Gallery

Mon. Nov 27

Baseball Alumni Reunite at 10th Annual Gathering

Wed. Nov 22

The Pirates Baseball Program reunited for the 10th year in a row the night before Thanksgiving at McLoone's Boathouse in West Orange. Nearly 50 players and many of their fathers gathered to relive many of the great memories provided by the program's highly regarded teams over the past several decades. The night was also the first chance that members of last year's Essex County Championship team had to reconnect with their former teammates, all of whom have been away at their first year of college. The guests were greeted by Head Coach Mike Sheppard and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, and enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving buffet dinner served up by McLoone's. • The annual event began in 2007, with early stops at Cryan's Beef and Ale House in South Orange and Mayfair Farms in West Orange as the gathering grew in size over the years.

Those in attendance were: Jeff Goldberg ’77, Mike Sheppard Jr. ’77, Frank Gately ’86, Kevin Gately ’17, Stephen Kress ’03, John Bravette ’95, Dave Kahney ’90, Ryan Clark ’03, Robert Clark ’03, Danny Fornaro ’99, RJ Fornaro ’94, Rocco Fornaro ’73, Chris Bagley ’88, Doug DelleDonne ’89, Nick DeNicola ’16, Chris Festa ’16, Pete Festa, Patrick Gardner ’13, Chip Gardner, Mike Kahney ’96, Joe Giovinco ’16, Chris Giovinco, Frank Maldonado ’13, Frank Maldonado, Justin Miller ’16, Tom Miller , Sean O’Hare ’09, Patrick O’Hare ’16, Christian Orsini ’14, Jim Orsini ’81, John Savino ’16, Joe Savino, Anthony Sciarrillo ’94, Robert Sheppard ’88, Ryan Toohers ’16, Larry Toohers, Brendan Weiss ’16, Dean Weiss ’86, Kevin Young ’17, CJ Diana ’13, Bill Diana, Rhett Zidziunas ’93, Spencer Toth ’08, Nick Bergamotto ’87, Luis Fernandez Jr. ’04, Luis Fernandez, Ed Fagan ’74, Nick Rizzo ’09, Joe D’Angiolillo ’10, Bill Reddick ’87, Francis Prior ’17, Frank Prior, John Raio, Eric Raio ’17, Mike Cocco ’82, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57, and Rich Morris H’95

The Turkey Trot Makes Its Return

Fri. Nov 24

On a perfectly crisp and sunny Thanksgiving morning, more than 250 hearty souls gathered at the Kelly Athletic Complex for Mass and the renewal of the popular Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot. The 8:45 Mass was celebrated by SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, assisted by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Msgr. Ed Bradley, Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek, and Fr. Bill Melillo. • The event had been put on hold for several years while construction on the KAC dragged on towards its completion last spring. The huge crowd this year reinforced how much the event was missed. • A number of sponsors made possible the tent for the Mass, the commemorative t-shirts and the post-"race" refreshments: Castano Quigley LLC, Greg Castano ‘85, John ‘88 & Kristi Castano, Tim Castano ‘93, Michael H’89 & Rosemary Shannon, Michael Niehenke '91, Aman Family, Michael Sidlowski, Kate Sidlowski, Hendrix Family and Tara McAleer.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service Sends The Prep Off to the Holiday

Wed. Nov 22

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving The Prep Community gathered in a pair of assemblies for a prayer service that called to mind the many things each has to be thankful for, and the ways in which that gratitude might be demonstrated. Keynote Speaker Math teacher Lisa Sgaramella spoke about her family's view of the holiday, and offered several challenges for the students to consider the multitude of blessings most of them have enjoyed, and how and to whom they might express their thanks. Illustrating the way in which generations of families have shared a meal at this time of the year, accompanied by prayers and songs offered by Music Ministry, students brought nine varieties of bread to the table at the front— rye bread, pita, rice cakes, tortillas, saltines, cornbread, matzoh, sourdough and sugar cookies. Following a stirring closing hymn, the happy group of students prepared to head off to an extra-long weekend.

Wounded Warriors Project Club Events Benefit Veterans

Fri. Nov 17

Members of The Prep community helped celebrate Veteran’s Day through several functions on and around November 11th. Members of the Wounded Warriors Project Club sold clothing and merchandise, held a tag day, and eight WWPC members visited Hazel Avenue School of West Orange to read stories about Veterans of the Armed Services to elementary school students.

On Veterans Day the SHP Car Club held their annual “Cars and Coffee” event and donated all of the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. That afternoon during the home football game Lieutenant Colonel Anne Mitzak, Aunt of current Sophomore football player, Drew Mitzak, was honored.

LTC Anne Mitzak hails from South Orange and has been a proud Pirates supporter since birth thanks to her father Andy Mitzak (a longtime member of the SHP faculty), her brothers: Anthony ’82, Andrew ’88, John '91, and her nephew, Drew ’20. Anne has served in the Army for 23 years, deploying three times- once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. She is currently stationed at FT Hood, Texas, home of the Mighty III Corps.

The group extends its gratitude to The Prep community for their support in raising over $3,400 last week. The Wounded Warrior Project Club at Seton Hall Prep also supports local Veteran's Programs including Packpacks for Life and the Travis Manion Foundation.

Prep Students Recognized by College Board for AP Exam Success

Thurs. Nov 16

Seton Hall Prep had a significant number of students recognized by the College Board for their performances on AP exams last spring. The Advanced Placement Program has grown considerably from its meagre beginnings to the present. The Prep's philosophy regarding these courses has gradually evolved in light of student's successes and growing interest. We have taken a much more open approach to challenging students.

In the 1999-2000 school year, 77 students sat for 147 exams in twelve areas. 71.4% of students had a score of three or better. As the school invested in increased training for faculty and introduced more courses, student interest grew concomitantly. "Each year since 2007 has seen the school serve more students by offering them AP classes," commented Assistant Headmaster, Kevin McNulty. "The goal has shifted from offering courses only to the best students to including students who may need to stretch themselves more to achieve success." The graph below illustrates student success by achieving scores of 3 or better on the AP exams. Last year, 88% of students at The Prep passed their exams, as compared to 72% of New Jersey students, and 60% of students worldwide.

In addition to exceeding state and national standards the program has grown in both depth and breadth. Last year 303 students sat for 696 exams in 21 different subject areas, due in large part to a diversified and increased selection in courses. Faculty attend Summer Institutes and follow up courses as needed or requested. In addition, some faculty also engage in professional development as graders of AP exams for the College Board. Even though some percentage of students do not pass the exams exposure to college level courses while a high school student better prepares them for the demands they will face in college and beyond.

  • 51 % of the senior class graduated having taken an AP test and scored 3 or better. 70 seniors, about one third of the class, were named as AP Scholars
  • 37 students were named AP Scholars, a designation granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. The average Prep student score was 3.24.
  • 13 students were named AP Scholars with Honor, a designation 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. The average Prep student score was 3.79.
  • 49 students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, a designation 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. The average Prep student score was 4.12.
  • 13 students were named National AP Scholars, a designation 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. The average Prep student score was 4.39.
  • 112 AP Scholars in total.

Click for a full list of scholars.

The Class of 2018 Gathers for the Class Picture

Wed. Nov 15

Reaching an early mile-marker in the group's journey towards graduation, the 232 members of the senior class gathered for their class portrait yesterday. Taking advantage of mild November temps and near perfect photographic conditions (what in the days of film coming out of a box was known as "cloudy bright") the well-dressed group's cooperation had everyone looking fine and on their way back to trimester exams in a matter of minutes. Well done!

Presenting Neil Simon's "Fools"

Sun. Nov 12

On November 9-11 Seton Hall Prep presented four performances of Neil Simon’s “Fools” in Bayley Seton Auditorium. Directed by Theater Arts Director Theresa Neglia, the production brought together the talents of Prep students and actresses from nearby schools, as well as several parents and Prep alumni. Principal players in The Prep’s production included Paolo Arante, Ben Ballway, Ryan Martynowicz, Nicholas Rauschenberger, John Bartolomeo, Jessica Cuntrera, Seamus O’Neill, Aleah Colon-Alfonso, Quinn Barnitt and Dave Schuldiner.

“Fools” is a comic fable set in the village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine, during the late 19th century. The story follows follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a schoolteacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Doctor Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya. He soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid, but complications ensue when Leon falls in love with his pupil.

The comedy by Neil Simon opened in April 1981 on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, directed by Mike Nichols. It has become something of a cult classic due in part to the fact that Simon allegedly wrote it to be a flop so that his soon-to-be-divorced wife would not would not receive the promised profits from his next play. Reviewers have since noted that, even when trying, Simon could not be unfunny.

Final Football Game Photos in Gallery

Sat. Nov. 11

Soccer Final Games Posted to Media Gallery

Fri. Nov. 10

Fathers Club Communion Breakfast and Reynolds Award Presentation

Mon. Nov 6

On Sunday, November 5, The Fathers Club and Seton Hall Prep celebrated the organization’s Annual Family Communion Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange with a gathering of more than 200. Mass was followed by the presentation of the Fathers Club’s most cherished award, the Thomas A. Reynolds Memorial Award, presented in the name of the Thomas A. Reynolds ’48, one of the early presidents of the organization, whose leadership propelled the club into the arena of major financial support of The Prep and whose untimely death In 1979 has led to the club’s support, through the Thomas A. Reynolds Scholarship Fund, of students who suffer the loss of a parent or guardian during their Prep careers.

The award is presented annually by the Fathers Club to individuals whose lives and careers have impacted The Prep and its students, after the model of Tom Reynolds— they “exemplifiy the Christian tradition in every facet of their relationships with their fellows; have consistently shown themselves to be devoted to the welfare of the student body at The Prep, and have consistently remained active members of The Prep community beyond the usual degree of involvement.” This year’s honorees were both former recipients of the school’s Archbishop Thomas A. Boland Most Representative Setonian Award at graduation- Director of Student Counseling Chris Barnitt ’88 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees John B. Murray Esq ’59.
Download the program for write-ups on the honorees and the names of previous Reynolds Award recipients.

38th Annual Fashion Show Another Mothers Auxiliary Success

Mon. Nov 6

On Thursday Nov. 2 The Prep’s Mothers Auxiliary hosted the organization’s 38th Annual Fashion Show, “Around the World at The Prep.” Event Co-Chairs Stacy Baker and Coletter Lamothe, along with President Donna Pinto, welcomed more than 650 guests to Mayfair Farms for the evening’s dinner and runway show, featuring fashions provided by Macy’s and Anthony’s Tuxedos of West Orange. A spectacular array of prizes festooned lower level room— 140 gift baskets and 10 Deluxe Basekets, the latter featuring a $1300 Louis Vuitton Bag, a $1100 MacBook laptop, a $1000 Amex giftcard, an $1800 Effy Blue Topaz and diamond Braided Bracelet and a $1600 Tara O’Leary painting. The Gift Basket Committee was Chaired by Allison Murphy and the Runway Show, featuring Prep seniors as models, was Co-Chaired by Kelly Angelo and Michele Brennan. Other highlights included a drawing for tickets to “Hamilton,” a 50/50 Raffle returning more than $1600 and the Grand Raffle of a $10,000 American Express 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 Photo Album Posted

Sun. Nov. 5

Fall Open House Welcomes Hundreds

Mon. Oct 30

On Sunday October 29 The Prep hosted more than 450 families at the school's Fall Open House. The guests, mostly eight graders and their parents, heard welcomes from Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan. Later they headed to the second floor, where they were able to visit presentations by the various academic departments and co-curricular activities. Many took advantage of the tours of the building led by Prep Ambassadors and finished off their visit with a chance to meet coaches and players of the varsity sports programs in the gym, and enjoy refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary. Many families took the opportunity to sign up for one of The Prep's four Entrance/Scholarship/Placement exams, taking place in November and December.

State Tournament Soccer Album Posted

Fri. Nov. 2

Cardinal Tobin Celebrates All Saints Day Mass

Wed. Nov. 1

On Wednesday Nov. 1 Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, visited Seton Hall Prep to celebrate the feast of All Saints. He was joined at the altar by concelebrants SHP President Mwgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan H’17, Rev. William Melillo, and Prep Chaplains Rev. James White and Rev. Zach Swantek. Also assisting as Master of Ceremonies was Rev. Jason Makarow ’99.In this unique celebration the liturgy brought together all 960 students in the Bayley Seton Auditorium. Midway through the liturgy Cardinal Tobin blessed a new Ciborium, gifted by friends of The Prep Bill and Pat Byrne in memory of Ed and Mike O’Hara, to be used going forward for the distribution of the Holy Eucharist and as a receptacle for the consecrated hosts in the tabernacle. Just prior to the concluding rites of the Mass.

As the Mass reached a conclusion, Msgr. Kelly presented the Cardinal with some mementos of his visit, including The Prep’s 150th Anniversary book and some Prep apparel. In his following remarks, Cardinal Tobin, in describing some of the perks of his position, noted that he is in charge of academic days off for the Archdiocese. He brought the assembly to its feet when he added, “How about you all take off the day after Super Sunday!” Followinig Mass, the Archbishop joined Msgrs. Kelly and Harahan for a luncheon get-together in the Media Center with 30 Prep stduents.

Dealing with the Mentally and Physically Challenged

Mon. October 30

Last Thursday the Junior Class gathered for a presentation by Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon concerning persons with physical and mental delays and disabilities. Mr. McMahon covered many of the challenges faced by the visually or hearing impaired and how students can best take part in interactions with them. He also spoke about ways to ease situations with persons with cognitive, social, language or motor skill delays and disabilities. A pair of demonstrations provided students with opportunities to experience the challenges faced by the blind and persons with impaired motor skills.

Football vs Montclair Photos in Gallery

Sat. October 28

Pirates Grab Essex County Soccer Crown in OT, 2-1

Sat. October 28

Seton Hall Prep Soccer won the Essex County Tournament in thrilling fashion as Jon Ned finished an Adam Silva cross in overtime to give the Pirates 2-1 victory. The Prep jumped out to a first half lead when Joe Cubero volleyed home a second ball opportunity just inside the 18-yard-box. Millburn equalized with under a minute to play, however SHP regained control and scored the pivotal sudden victory winner in the second overtime period.

Essex County Cross-Country Photos Album in Gallery

Sat. October 28

33rd Hall of Fame Adds Luster to The Prep's athletic History

Tue. October 25

Last week on October 18, Seton Hall Prep honored a new group of inductees to the school's Hall of Fame at the 33rd annual dinner at Mayfair Farms in West Orange with a gathering of 300 in attendance. Joining the previous groups of outstanding athletes, coaches, and teams were: Robert Barsky ’82 (baseball, football), Kevin Bryan ’02 (wrestling), Kyle Frankoski ’02 (soccer), Salvatore Fusari ’06 (soccer), Viken Manoukian ’91 (tennis, football), Robert Mautone (wrestling), Robert C. Miller ’97 (hockey, tennis), Rick Porcello ’07 (baseball), Dr. Emmanuel Scrofani ’57 (football), the1938-39 Basketball Team, the 1957-58 Swim Team and the 1977-1978 Football Teams.

In his welcome, SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly remarked, “This evening we recognize a group of men whose accomplishments and unselfish contributions represent the proud tradition of excellence that we constantly strive to uphold. Tonight we honor three teams along with nine individuals who are part of our proud and distinguished legacy and that are so deserving of this most prestigious award.” view the event program, including writeups on the honorees...

Soccer Tournament Win in Gallery

Sat. October 21

Baseball Team Hosts Clinic for Special Friends

Sun, October 22

Yesterday The Pirates Baseball Program hosted a clinic on Verducci Field for developmentally and physically delayed adults from Camp New Day and ARC of Essex County. This marks the fourth year that the team has hosted this event. Although the two-hour event organized by Prep players and SHP Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon covered the basics of throwing, catching and batting, the most important outcome was the chance for the players to create some new friendships and share their abilities with the other members of the community. In the winter the baseball team hosts a games carnival in Tracey Gym for more than 150 special needs guests from more than a dozen homes and facilities in the surrounding counties.

Friday Night Football Album in Media Gallery

Fri, October 20

Kairos 86.33 Returns Refreshed

Fri, October 20

On Friday October 20, members of The Prep's 33rd Kairos Retreat returned to school following four days away from the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time," was spent in Long Valley at the Liebenzell Retreat Center. The retreat centers around time for presentations and follow-up small group discussions, as well as time for personal reflection and evening Mass.

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

Kairos 86.33 was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Alex Brezik, Jack Huppert, Kyle Miskovich, Peter Pinto, Patrick Polizzi and Dan Wikstrom. They were assisted by faculty members Vinnie McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella (Director of Campus Ministry), Billy Ward (Director of Retreats), and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek

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

Tuesday, October 17

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

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

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

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

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

Griffin Bridges Joins in TD Ameritrade's Diversity and Inclusion Day

Tuesday, October 17

On Tuesday October 17th 14 Griffin Bridges Scholars spent the afternoon at TD Ameritrade (Jersey City) at the Annual Diversity and Inclusion Day. Following upon this year’s theme of “Unity,” the Prep students engaged in an informal conversation with three TD Ameritrade professionals as panelists. They shared insights about topics geared to overcoming obstacles from the ethnic, cultural and experiential differences they will face in college and beyond. As Griffin Bridges Scholars drove the conversation with observations about both their current obstacles and perspectives on their futures, the TD Ameritrade professionals steered the conversations with their professional experience and personal words of advice. Their insights guided the students to seek to thrive in the face of both their present and future obstacles.

The Griffin Bridges Program and TD Ameritrade continue their seven-year partnership by providing student-centered workshop and program sponsorships. This past summer five GB Scholars participated in the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Program, where they shadowed employees in various departments to generate solutions for the corporation’s most relevant case studies. The students have been able to meet and converse with some of the company’s highest executives, including President and CEO Tim Hockey.

Program Director Horton Sears ’09 continues to work with TD Ameritrade to create a speaker series geared to mentor GB Scholars to take full advantage of the experiences they will face in the next chapters of their lives; college, internships, and careers.

Parents connect at Fall coffee reception

Tuesday, October 17

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

Football Win Posted to Gallery

Sat, Oct. 14, 2017

Yes, We're Ready for Some Dodgeball!

Fri, Oct. 13, 2017

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

The Class of 2018 Spends a Day in Service

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

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

Soccer Win Posted to Gallery

Wed. Oct. 11, 2017

Football Victory Photos in Gallery

Sat. Oct. 7, 2017

Soccer Battle Royal Posted in Media Gallery

Fri. Oct. 6, 2017


Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

Pair of Soccer Wins Posted to Media Gallery

Mon. Oct. 2, 2017

Football Album Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Sep. 30, 2017

Cross-Country Win Posted to Media Gallery

Wed. Sep. 27, 2017

Freshman Activities Fair Opens New Vistas

Wed. Sep. 27, 2017

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

Among the groups on display were: Cultural Clubs – Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society, West Indian Organization, Japanese Club · Competitive Academic Teams – Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Math Team · Publications – The Spectrum literary magazine, The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook · Performing Arts Organizations – “C”-Tonians A Cappella Group, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Brass/ Wind Ensemble, Music Ministry · School Organizations – Pirate Nation, The Ambassadors, Student Council · Clubs and Activities –, Chess Club, Cinema Club, Martial Arts Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Stock Market Club, Engineering Club, Future Lawyers Club, Future Business Leaders Club, Future Medical Leaders Club, Museums Club, SHP Eagles Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Ukulele Club, Visual Arts Club, Video Game Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network, Fishing Club, Photography Club, Military History and Support Club, Motorcross Club, Coding Club · Service Organizations – Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Wounded Warrior Project/ The Travis Manion Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Service Club, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer/Relay for Life, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet, Hands of North Arlington.

Football Album Into Gallery

Sat. Sep. 23, 2017

Big Soccer Overtime Win Posted to Gallery

Fri. Sep. 22, 2017

Soccer Win Into Media Gallery

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017

Soccer Shutout Posted to Gallery

Mon. Sep. 18, 2017

Football Game Photos Posted In Media Gallery

Fri. Sep. 15, 2017

Annual Golf Outing a September Success

Mon. Sep. 11, 2017

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

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

Soccer Photos Into Gallery

Thurs. Sep. 14, 2017

Frosh Field Day- Helping to Build the Team

Tues. Sep. 12, 2017

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

Dedicating the Tony Esposito Jr. Pirates Cove

Sat. Sep. 9, 2017

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

Opening Football Game Album Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Sep. 9, 2017

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

Wed. Sep. 6, 2017

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

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

Frosh Get Energized at Orientation

Sat. Sep. 1, 2017

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

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

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

SHP Welcomes the Class of 2021

Sat. Aug. 26, 2017

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

Peer Leaders Get Ready for the New Year

Fri. Aug. 11, 2017

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

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

In Remembrance of BPT- The Annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival

Tues. Aug. 8, 2017

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

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

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