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SHP Dedicates the Tevlin Field and the Zimmermann Scoreboard
Monday, May 22, 2017

Seton Hall Prep put the crowning touch on the Kelly Athletic complex last Saturday as the school dedicated the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field and the Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard at a noon ceremony, attended by hundreds of friends and supporters of the Tevlin and Zimmermann families. A pair of ribbon cutting ceremonies marked the two dedications.

The West Orange Police Honor Guard, local and state officials, members of the Prep staff and members of the Tevlin and Zimmermann families as well as the three teams in The Prep’s lacrosse program gathered on the field for remarks from SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Allison Tevlin and from SHP Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Bud Zimmermann ’75.

Following welcoming remarks, Msgr. Kelly introduced Msgr. Harahan and the Zimmerman Family for the dedication of the Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard. A 2011 graduate of The Prep and a member of the Varsity Soccer Team, Billy was a sophomore at Villanova University when he was tragically killed in a car accident while on spring break with his friends in March of 2013. The Zimmermann Family established a foundation in their son’s name, along with a scholarship fund at Seton Hall Prep to honor his memory. “Our son was so happy playing soccer on these fields. The dedication of this scoreboard means that our beloved son, Billy, will be honored at a place that he loved,” said Bud Zimmermann, a 1975 graduate of the school. As the family cut the ribbon, the scoreboard lit up with “Billy ‘11” in the home team’s spot.

The program then turned to the center of what has become known already as the BPT Field. The naming of the field honors the memory of Brendan Patrick Tevlin, a beloved Seton Hall Prep student who was killed in 2014. The Prep has been working with The Tevlin Family for nearly three years to permanently honor and celebrate the life of this remarkable young man. Msgr. Kelly noted, “This field will be a place where Brendan’s legacy will live on for generations as all those who gather here remember just how special a person he was.” Surrounded by brothers Sean ’19, Brian ’17 and Michael and Allison Tevlin, Brendan’s sister Michaela cut the ribbon to signal the official naming of the field.

After Brendan was tragically taken from the Tevlin Family in June of 2014 just after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond, the family decided that the best way to honor their son was to raise the necessary funds to build a new field on the site of The Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex. “We wanted to find a meaningful way to honor our son, said Allison Tevlin. “Thanks to the extreme generosity of so many people in various communities, we are able to celebrate the opening of this field today where Brendan’s life will be remembered and celebrated at the school he so loved.”

Beginning in August of 2014, the Tevlin Family, in partnership with SHP and with help from an active fundraising committee, began hosting a series of fundraising events. The events, which included a yearly lacrosse festival, concert and golf outing, raised funds which contributed to the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field Fund at The Prep. As the program drew to a close, Msgr. Kelly noted how this field, long in development, is now recognized as a jewel in the West Orange Community, and a fitting tribute to the legacies of two beloved students and teammates.

Pirates Trim Millburn for 5th Straight GNT Title
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Prep senior Jack Mahala book-ended his brother Kevin’s GNT winning pitching performance five years ago, with a 5-hit 4-2 win over top seeded Millburn yesterday, bringing the Pirates the program’s fifth straight Greater Newark Tournament title. This marks the first time any team has won five straight crowns, and the 17th overall at the 85-year-old tournament.

The Pirates right-hander allowed only a pair of runs, on five hits and a lone base on balls. Sophomore Nick Maldonado moved over from shortstop to the mound to notch the save in the seventh, setting the Millers down in order.

At the plate, the Hall made the most of the team’s plate appearances, scoring all four of its runs with two outs. In the top of the third Mike Ukrainskyj doubled to the right center gap and Kevin Gately drove him home to get SHP on the scoreboard. An inning later Ukrainskyj doubled again, this time down the left field line, to drive in Francis Prior from second. With the score 2-1, Prior plated Jack Zyska with a base hit to make it 3-1. Gately made the final 4-2 driving in runner Angelo Crincoli with a single in the top of the sixth.

[read Bob Behre's Diamond Nation report on the game...]

SHP dedicates the finney family tennis courts
Friday, May 19, 2017

On Tuesday May 16 at Seton Hall Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex, the school celebrated the dedication of the Finney Family Tennis Courts. The five new courts, the first in the long history of the school, were officially named in honor of the family of Reed and Susan Finney, whose generosity made the project possible. The day marked the addition of an important component of the Kelly Athletic Complex, which in turn has been a major element of the school’s $25 million Generations Capital Campaign.

In welcoming remarks, Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan expressed the thanks of Prep alumni, parents, staff and students to the Finneys “for their kindness and generosity that strengthens The Prep and helps us achieve our goals, particulary here at our new, magnificent athletic complex.”

Seton Hall Prep President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, in introducing the Finneys to the gathering, recalled that during the school’s history “we have moved from Convent Station to South Orange to West Orange. And because of your generosity, Reed & Susan, … beginning this season and for decades to come, our players and coaches in The Prep Tennis Program, will be able to enjoy home tennis matches. Today we celebrate and are filled with gratitude for your gift and for your belief in our good work and vision for the school.”

Reed Finney addressed the gathering, replying “We are so fortunate that we can help The Prep. This is a beautiful facility and we are very grateful that our boys and our family can be a part of it. We are very appreciative of everythinig that Msgr. Kelly and everyone else at The Prep has provided for our boys.” The Finney’s sons are Prep graduate John ’15, now a student at Providence Colege, and current Prep students Brendan ’17 and William ’20. The Finneys, Essex Fells residents, have two daughters, Annie and Jane.

As the event drew to a close, surrounded by Tennis Coach Chris Heintz, team member Brendan McCormick ’17, assistant Headmaster Michael Gallo, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and the Finney children, Susan and Reed Finney marked the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by the unveiling of the permament plaque that commemorates the family’s gift.

Spring Concert Entertains Hundreds
Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Spring Concert is annually viewed as a milepost on the journey towards the end of school. Last night’s presentations by the Band and the C-Tonians provided yet another showcase of The Prep’s musical talent for the hundreds of family members and friends in attendance. With Director Joseph A. Neglia at the podium, the Band and Jazz Band offered up a wide-ranging group of selections, featuring composers from Tchaikovsky, Damaso Perez Prado, Billie Joe and Eric Clapton to the Gershwins and Lennon and McCartney. Part Two of the concert featured the C-Tonians, under the direction of Mrs. Theresa Neglia. The singers presented a capella versions of “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Kiss the Girl,” Happy Together,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Baseball Tournament Album Posted
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Baseball Album Posted
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Prep Junior's Project Makes it into Apple's App Store
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Prep’s Tommy Sarni has joined elite company— first, becoming an iOS App Developer with an app in the Apple App Store, and, perhaps uniquely, doing so as a junior in high school.

The iOS App Development elective is offered to juniors and seniors as a full-year course and to all students at Seton Hall Prep as a summer enrichment course. The course introduces students to the basics of the Swift programming language as well as the fundamentals of app. Tommy enrolled in the course back in September with no prior programming experience, having seen previous students showcase their final project apps at the end of the year. He had his initial idea back in October of 2016 when the iOS students created programs to showcase at Open House. "I had an idea for a GPA calculator, and had learned enough of the Swift programming language to build it."

Tommy approached the iOS App Development teacher Mr. Jonathan Lace in late December about the possibility of going further in his course studies. He started building and researching design elements and in subsequent months he built the app in small components. After many programming tweaks, he ensured that his completed app complied with Apple’s App Store and Human Interface Guidelines. After submitting his app to Apple in late April, it was published in the App Store on May 2nd. Tommy demo-ed the app to a lunchtime assembly last week; within minutes fellow students had it on their phones and were quickly calculating their GPAs.

“I’m so proud of Tommy,” said Mr. Lace. “He’s a model for what the course is designed to do; take a student with no programming experience and teach him how to develop apps for the iPhone. To put his achievement in perspective, consider how unique it is. The number of app developers worldwide is small compared to the number of iPhone users in the world. The percentage of developers who got their app published while they were in high school is even smaller. And the number of those students who did so as a junior is even smaller than that. Tommy is among an elite class of high school students, and I couldn’t be happier for him and for Seton Hall Prep. We’re committed here at The Prep to offering more technology classes in the coming years to better prepare our students for a world in which computer programming is a second language. Tommy's achievement is also one for our entire school community.”

Lacrosse Photos Added to Gallery
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Prep Celebrates the Year's Achievements
Saturday, May 06, 2017

On Friday April 28 The Prep student body and faculty gathered together to close out the school year with a celebration of the year’s achievements. With the auditorium packed and the freshmen in their homerooms watching a live stream of the assembly, several dozen students and eight staff members were honored with academic, activities and athletics awards or on the occasion of the announcement of their retirements. [photos of student award recipients will appear in the end-of-year Baccalaureate and Commencement website albums]

• Retiring: After a 48-year career as teacher, coach, guidance counselor and Guidance Department Chairman, Mr. Thomas P. Cregan ’65.
• Spanish Teacher for the last 18 years, honored by the College Board, Mrs. Martha Gibson
• Administrative Assistant in the Development Office and the Admission Office for 29 years, Mrs. Rosemary Shannon 

• Tower Dedication: SHP Athletic Trainer Mr. Robert DiGregorio and English Teacher and club adviser Mr. John Pascal
• Salvatore N. Caprio Award- “Presented to a teacher, a counselor, a moderator- generous in time and patience and concern” – Mr. William Siedler ‘85
• The Fusco Family Award- “Presented annually to a staff member who has made a commitment to technological innovation in the classroom or office”- Ms. Juliette Wester
• Msgr. Thomas J. Tuohy Award- “Presented to an individual for constant and outstanding contributions to athletics”- Mr. Kenneth J. Blaha ‘69
• Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57 Award- “Recognizing meritorious contributions to academic excellence and advancement”- Mrs. Lisa Sgaramella • Headmaster’s Award- Presented to a Senior who has been a Leader by Word and Example—Representative of the Values of the School- Luke F. Alexander, Matthew M. Clarkin, Steven P. Greenberg, Thomas J. Magnier, Daniel F. Marini, Nicolas J. Motessi, Justin M. Torlucci, Christopher M. Vanaria, Timothy C. Wise II, Kevin P. Young
• National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students- Andrew F. Deditch, Tomas D. Gato, Noah S. Gould, Andrew D. Handal, Julian Londono, Chasse A. Rush, Philip G. Sprague, Owen P. Talmadge, Conor F. Vedova
• National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist- Kevin A. O’Connor.
• National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist- Ray F. Lozano Jr.
• Inger Bagger Stovall & Robert H. Stovall ’43 Award­ Presented to the Most Academically Improved Senior- Robert J. Garrison • Vincent D. Purpura Scholarship Award- Presented to a Junior, who, in the Memory and Spirit of
• Vincent Purpura, former President of the Fathers Club, has modelled Selfless Commitment and Service to The Prep and his Community- Jonathan Jenkins • Anthony J. Verducci Award- Presented to a Most Courageous Senior- Sekou J. Rowe
• Daniel A. Galorenzo ’03 Memorial Award- Recognizing a Senior who has Demonstrated Exemplary Endurance, Perseverance, and Dedication to our Sports Program and who also has Demonstrated a Genuine Interest and Commitment to the Music Program- Sean G. Theoclitus
• Donald W. Yaw ’03 Memorial Award- Recognizing a Senior who has Displayed Outstanding Achievement in Academia, Athletics and the Arts and Exemplifies the Best Utilization of all the Opportunities Offered at Seton Hall Prep- Jonathan A. Santos
• Andrew L. Clark ’43 Medallion- Recognizing Exceptional Leadership Qualities- Richard W. Denton
• Chaplain Maj. Charles J. Watters ’45 Memorial Award- Recognizing Exceptional Commitment to Campus Ministry- Christopher J. Coppola, Samuel J. Kuprianov
• Recognition of Student Council- President– Steven P. Greenberg, Vice President– Ethan S. Carey, Secretary– Michael C. Weber, Treasurer– Brendan E. Finney
• Activities Awards- Ambassadors, Christopher J. Coppola; The Pirate, David L. Towell; Fall Drama, Erney G. Fertile; Music Ministry, Luke F. Alexander; Spring Musical, Conor F. Vedova; Band, James P. Ennis; Jazz Band, Jonathan A. Santos; Brass/Wind Ensemble, Robert J. Ramsthaler Jr.; C-Tonians, Erney G. Fertile; Robotics, Aaron F. Deditch; Mock Trial, Michael L. Minasian; Model UN, Peter Pinto
• Rev. William M. Giblin Award- Presented to the Outstanding Senior Participant in the Activities Program- Erney G. Fertile
• Coaches’ Award- Presented to a Senior Athlete, for Exemplary Representation of The Prep’s Ideals, on and off the Field- Football, Vincent A. Palma; Soccer, Michael T. Georgiou; Cross Country, Malik J. Kosanovich; Basketball, John P. Helsel; Bowling, Andrew D. Handal; Ice Hockey, Samuel J. Kuprianov; Rifle, Patrick J. Hannaford; Swimming, Benjamin H. Amoreno; Winter Track, John D. McCarthy; Wrestling, Tristen J. Calas; Baseball, Kevin F. Gately; Golf, Creighton K. Hendrix; Lacrosse, Alexander Giaquinto; Spring Track, James R. Caprio; Tennis, Sam D. Yildirimlar; Crew, Christopher J. Coppola
• Msgr. William J. Daly ’38 Award- Presented to the Outstanding Senior Athlete- Mason V. Toye, Aidan P. Monteverdi, Brian T. Tevlin
• Vincent A. McIntee Award- Presented to that Senior who has provided Consistent and Substantial Service to all Aspects of Life at Seton Hall Prep, without Consideration of Self or Neglect of his Studies- Christopher J. Coppolla
• Archbishop Thomas A. Boland Award- Most Representative Setonian- Presented to that Senior who, by his Accomplishments and in his Person, most Exemplifies the Ideals of this Institution; whose Values, Character, Maturity, Successes and Achievements Personify the Fulfillment of our Mission- Jinyang Zhao

Pirate Treasure Auction Another Huge Success
Friday, May 05, 2017

Last Saturday night's Annual Fathers Club Pirate Treasure Auction was a huge success, with record attendance of well over 420 guests. The auction also saw record generosity from this year’s attendees and achieved the largest auction amount raised in over 10 years. Some of the event’s top prizes were: a Stone Harbor vacation home, golf outings, diamond earrings, bleacher seats from old Yankee Stadium, sports event tickets, sports memorabilia, Apple brand electronics, restaurant gift cards, autographed Grammy winner Michael Branch guitar, and high fashion handbags.

The auction committee, led by Co-Chairmen Mark Salerno, Kevin Petrovcik and Joe Pecci, garnered over 225 prizes to offer up in Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. The popular Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games were conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove refreshment area was steered by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members Past President Tom Young, Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, Dave Wightman and Pete Nolan. Back for a second year were the “Guys & Gals” raffle tables, which were a huge success driven by the Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. Former FC President Tom Lynch served as the evening’s emcee, while Vinnie D’Antonio ’80 piloted the event’s logistics.

President Mike Nilan said, “this group of fathers did an outstanding job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep Community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep Community, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams and clubs.” He continued, “We also had great help from the student ambassadors during the event, as well as from some football team members who helped to set up the gym on Friday after school. We continue to get support from Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo and Tony Esposito, as well as some new fathers who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamente, Vincent Nascone, Sergio Londono, Alex Pilavakis, Mark Zadroga, Phil Ciarco among many others."

This year’s recipient of the Art Williams Memorial Award was Gary Steele. The award is bestowed in memory of the late early 70s Fathers Club stalwart Art Williams, whose tireless “behind the scenes” efforts over many years has been the hallmark of the Fathers Club. Also, this year’s event was dedicated to longtime Fathers Club member Tom Coyne, who recently passed away.

Lacrosse Tournament Photos Posted to Gallery
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Pirates Netmen Host A Sunday Morning Tennis Clinic
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Last Sunday the Pirates Tennis Team hosted a clinic for developmentally and physically delayed adults at The Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex Finney Family Tennis Courts. The Prep’s guests came from Camp New Day and South Orange’s Jespy House. With Assistant Coach and Service Learning Director Vinnie McMahon at the helm, the Prep’s student organizers for the event were Student Council President Steven Greenberg and team members Sam Yildirimlar, Jake Tarnoff and Brendan McCormack.

Classics/Drama Class Closes Out with Euripides
Monday, May 01, 2017

The junior/senior elective Classics-Drama performed a scene from Euripides' Bacchae as their final project. Their performance is intended to reflect what the students have learned of Greek drama and its staging, and of Euripides and his work. Mr. William Siedler's class was divided into principal actors and chorus. The group chooses a director, this year Ryan Franklin, and a choral director, this year Creighton Hendrix. Grades depend on their effort and their level of cooperation with one another, as well as their approach to the final performance.

The scene depicts an exchange between the god Dionysus and Pentheus, King of the city Thebes. Dionysus has attracted a large following among the women of Thebes which has resulted in much revelry and civic disruption which Pentheus does not appreciate. He expresses skepticism with the idea of Dionysus's divinity. Subsequently he attends a Dionysian ritual and is torn apart by Dionysus's rapturous followers. His body is brought back by his mother who, in a state of spiritual disconnection, has unknowingly participated in the dismemberment, and shown to Cadmus, the founder of Thebes. Thus ended the group’s scene ended on the Northfield Ave. Millennium Walkway.

Tennis Match Posted in Gallery
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Prep Students Tour China at Easter
Thursday, April 27, 2017

In a first for the school, 13 Seton Hall Prep students and their chaperones spent Easter Break on a 10-day tour of China. With Mr. Michael Hegedus, Director of The Prep's International students Program, at the helm, the students flew from Newark on April 12 and 13 hours later arrived in Beijing to begin their trip around the world's most populous nation. Traveling by train (at over 200 mph) and plane the group visited four other cities– Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai– visiting cultural sites along the way and, for some, putting their Prep Mandarin studies into practice.

With Prep senior "Eric" Zhao among the travelers, the group visited his middle school in Shanghai for a morning of cultural exchange activities and meetings with the assistant headmaster and teachers, with the hopes of settting up future dialogue between the schools. Among the many cultural stops along the way, including the Great Wall, an ancient mosque, Buddhist temples and local town markets and eateries, the group attended Easter Mass at one of the few Catholic churches in the country. Attendance at the Mass was so great that only a few from the group were able to get inside, with the rest joining hundreds of locals on chairs set up on the plaza outside the church.

The group also met with seven families of former and current Prep International Students living in China. In Shanghai Eric's parents and Yingchao Zhang, Ph.D., Founder and Senior Educational Consultant of EliteIvy, an international student placement organization, hosted a dinner, where the group met with Prep families that have not yet had an opporunity to visit America.

Prep students making the trip were Liam Bertrand, Kevin Harcourt, Ross Johnson, Aidan Musser, Seamus O'Neill, Denis Rudder, Mark Sandomeno (who celebrated his birthday during the trip), Chase Shealey, Michael Sullivan, Peter Sullivan, David Towell, Justin Vega, Jinyang (Eric) Zhao, and were also accompanied by Bret Musser (father of Aidan, and provider of the photos for the accompanying album). The Prep is proud and thankful that the group filled the role of Prep and American ambassadors so well.

Baseball Album Added to Media Gallery
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lacrosse Victory Added to Media Gallery
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Track Meet Added to Media Gallery
Friday, April 21, 2017

Porcello Field Links the Scene of Baseball Team Golf Tournament
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The middle of Easter Break provided 2017’s opportunity for the renewal of the Annual Baseball Diamond Golf Tournament on the beautifully manicured links of the Porcello Field Golf Club. The six-hole layout tested the mettle of the Pirates players, teeing off in conventional baseball fashion with flys and liners towards the pins placed around the ballpark. Once near the pin, for putting players often resorted to strokes more often found in a billiards parlor. Several hazards came into play, including the pitcher’s mound and the bullpen wall (which stymied more than one player, costing them several strokes). The winning team comprised Francis Prior, Brian Kelly and Frank Spano. The Pirates are currently 7-2 and have the second seed in the upcoming Greater Newark Tournament.

Lax Win Posted to Media Gallery
Monday, April 17, 2017

Baseball Win in Gallery
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stunning Lax Victory Posted to Media Gallery
Friday, April 14, 2017

Track Meet Photos in Media Gallery
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pair of Baseball Games Posted to Media Gallery
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Pirates Blank Nutley in Spectacular Fashion
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Pirates senior right-hander Kevin Young joined the select company of MLB Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello ‘07 yesterday as he set down 21 Nutley batters in a row to complete the second perfect game in Prep baseball history. His 4-0, 67-pitch masterpiece mirrored Porcello’s 2007 Essex County Tournament perfecto against Newark Academy.

Considering the bone-chilling cold and 30-mph winds on Porcello field at the Kelly Athletic Complex, it was a wonder that either team survived the afternoon at all. Yet The Prep wasted no time in plating the run that would serve as enough for Young, with a first-inning score off an infield single by Nick Maldonado, scoring Ryan Sheppard all the way from second. The Pirates added runs in the fourth and fifth. The Prep’s sometimes spectacular defense backed up Young’s effort on the mound. Maldonado made two consecutive highlight reel plays on infield choppers in the fourth, and left fielder Ryan Hebert added a circus catch on a wind blown pop-up in the final inning.

Young’s command yielded perfection on a mere 67 pitches, striking out six. He got seven Nutley batters on fly balls and eight on grounders. The Prep is currently 3-0 on the young season, and rankded No.3 in the state.

Guys and Dolls- Another Musical Success Story
Saturday, April 08, 2017

SHP's spring musical production of Guys and Dolls opened Thursday April 6 for a 3-night run. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser after a book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show premiered on Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1200 performances, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. It has had several Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine.

The Prep production has been in the works since shortly after New Years. As Prep musicals have for decades, it brings together scores of Prep students and their female collegues from neighboring high schools. Centered on the antics surrounding a floating crap game, the play brings together a cast of characters portrayed, among others, by Erney Fertile (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Brandon Ruiz (Benny Southstreet), Paolo Arante (Rusty Charlie), Lillian Shea (Sarah Brown), Luke Alexander (Arvide Abernathy), Clara McCourt (Agatha), Jonathan Santos (Harry The Horse), Cody Kohn(Lt. Brannigan), Conor Vedova (Nathan Detroit), CJ Zachara (Angie The Ox), Eden Mau (Miss Adelaide), Edwin Donnelly (Sky Masterson) [download the entire program].

Jumping with both feet into the 21st century world of technology-driven stagecraft, Director Joseph Neglia and Assistant Director Theresa Neglia introduced in this year's production cutting edge digital projection to produce scene backdrops. This new feature is a boon to SHP's continued integration of technology, putting The Prep in the forefront of theater technology. Randy Schweitzer and Richard Morris combined original art work, photography and graphics to produce much of the scenery. The result is an exciting, seamless transition from scene to scene. SHP's theater program is inspired by these first efforts and looks forward to utilizing projected scenic designs in future productions.

Tennis Match Photos Posted
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Baseball Opener Posted in Gallery
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Spring Blood Drive Aids the American Red Cross
Monday, April 03, 2017

Friday March 31 saw the culmination of two weeks of service efforts put together by Seton Hall Prep students. The Spring Blood Drive netted 56 pints of blood for the benefit of the Amereican Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. Spearheading the student efforts were junior Brendan Flood and seniors Branden Troeller and Jim Caprio.

Lacrosse vs Montclair in Media Gallery
Monday, April 03, 2017

Spring Sports Season Opens With the Blessing of the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field and the Billy Zimmerman Scoreboard
Friday, March 31, 2017

Two decades of persistent hard work and dedication came to fruition on Wednesday afternoon at The Prep's Kelly Athletic Complex. Prior to the opening of the spring sports season with Pirates Lacrosse hosting Summit HS, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, accompanied by members of the Tevlin and McNulty families and surrounded by the two teams, blessed the just completed Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. Assisted in the short ceremony by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Chaplains James White and Zach Swantek, Msgr. Kelly led the readings and prayers, and also blessed the Billy Zimmerman memorial scoreboard, which was raised just days before as the finishing touch on the long awaited project. The blessing of the field, to be used for lacrosse, soccer and football, crowns the 40-acre project, which has recently also seen the opening of the Finney Family Tennis Courts and last spring witnessed the first pitch on the Porcello Baseball Field and the JV baseball field.

Lacrosse Opener in Media Gallery
Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Prep's Bot 5992 Heads Back Into 2017 Action
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The weekend of March 11 was a big one for the Prep’s Robotics Club and their Bot 5992. A week after their initial competition at Mount Olive HS, where the team finished 11th out of 37 schools, the team members spent three days at the sprawling Bridgewater-Raritan High School in competition against nearly 40 other schools from the metro area, including Delaware and Connecticut.

The drive team of Aidan Musser, Douglas DelTurco, Dhrumin Shah, Samuel Sayles and Sekou Rowe got off to a hot start on Saturday morning, with support from Team Adviser Minh Trinh, assistant Wayne Vargas and current parents Brett Musser and Paul DelTurco. Months of development and fabrication of the group’s prize possession paid off with a surprising first day sojourn for a while in first place. Opposition teams later claimed the top spot as high-level R&D and experience kicked in, and a second day series of “technical malfunctions,” sent 5992 to the second division. Nevertheless the experience of competing against dozens of well-established and well-heeled teams from schools across the state (whose pit areas could have been borrowed from NASCAR garages- see the photos) will pay off as the team goes forward in the next few years.

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 charity 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 Min Trinh.

Annual Buzz-Off Adds to Service Credentials
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Following Tuesday’s Day of Service, the drive to work for the needs of others continued on Wednesday, with the renewal of the ever-popular Annual Buzz-Off. During the lunchtime gathering, more than 45 students and several faculty members gave up their locks in exchange for financial pledges by their classmates in support of Cancer Research. With Guidance Counselors Chris Barnett and Chris Scheick, Director of Griffin Bridges Horton Sears and South Orange’s Louis the Barber taking care of the shearing honors, the parlay of a Tag Day and pledges topped out at $3800.

Day of Service Engages Hundreds in the Work of Helping Others
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Last week Prep students spent a couple of days thinking about and working on behalf of others as Tuesday March 21 was designated a Day of Service. While sophomores and juniors labored over the PSAT and SAT exams, groups of freshmen and seniors gathered on campus or headed off to complete several projects that would enhance the lives of others outside The Prep community.

One group of seniors headed to Jersey City to help in the clean-up at Magnificat Home, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a family-like home for people who are in need of one. Magnificat Home is open to all adults, but has a special concern for those who are otherwise unable to provide a decent home for themselves. Many are on disability and suffer from a range of emotional, mental and social difficulties.

Another group of seniors gathered in the Dining Hall under the directionof Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), packaging 10,000 food packets (of rice and flour) to be sent to Syria. The group was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, a Methodist minister whose vision is to end world hunger.

Still another gathering of seniors in the Media Center teamed up for the Wounded Warriors Project to write letters of support for American troops stationed with the 101st airborme 33rd Cavalry in Afghanistan, with the Marines in Kuwait and to Class of 2003 Lt. Rob Maul’s unit in Japan. A fourth group constructed bird, owl and bat and houses to fulfill some of The Prep’s environmental commitments at the Kelly Athletic Complex; others, accompanied by a group of freshmen, went up Northfield Avenue to offer some companionship at a senior assisted living facility, while a final group head to Our Lady of the Valley to help in their Food Pantry.

Dozens of freshmen headed off to Hillside’s Community Food Bank for a morning of cleaning, sorting and packaging food donations that will be given away to food insecure areas in New Jersey. A festive band of frosh put together Easter Baskets full of stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons, colorful socks and story books to be sent to the Children’s Ward at Sloan Kettering Hospital. And the week’s activities were not yet complete, with the Annual Buzz-Off to come the following day.

First Practice on the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field
Thursday, March 09, 2017

A special moment took place Thursday afternoon as the Pirates lacrosse team took to the field for the first time on the long-awaited Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. Many thanks to the dozens of people from the Seton Hall Prep Community and the Town of West Orange for arranging this special opportunity to pay tribute to Brendan Tevlin and to the hundreds of people whose generosity has made this remarkable sports venue possible.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy Begins the Lenten Season
Friday, March 03, 2017

With an early morning Mass in the middle of Exam Week, The Prep opened the 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan was joined at the altar with President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Fr. Bill Melillo and Chaplains Frs. Zach Swantek and James White. Music Ministry led the assembly in song. Later in the day ashes were again distributed to students who were unable to attend the pre-school liturgy.

Wrestling Region 4 Photo Album in Gallery
Sunday, February 26, 2017

B'Ball vs Newark Tech Photos Posted
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Yongjia “Leo” Hou Receives Top Art Award
Friday, February 24, 2017

The Montclair Art Museum has announced that Seton Hall Prep student Yongjia “Leo” Hou has been awarded a Gold Key Award in the Northern NJ Regional Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. His painting of his mother, “Lisa”, was placed in the top level of awards by a jury of professional artists, curators, and arts educators that spent more than 30 hours reviewing over 4,200 works of art submitted by 1462 individual student artists from across northern New Jersey. His work was selected as part of the top 6% in the region. Two of his paintings of a pair of Prep classmates also received Honorable Mention awards.

Leo was invited to the the award ceremony on the opening night at the Montclair Art Museum celebrating the Gold and Silver Key winners. All works that received a Gold Key award at the regional level will be forwarded to the National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards for consideration for further recognition in March. The Gold Key Exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum runs through March 26.

Born in Beijing, China, and currently a junior at The Prep, Leo is a member of the school’s International Student Program. He hopes to continue his art studies in college, with his eye on a career in product design.

State Tournament Hockey Photos Posted
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Basketball Tournament Album in Media Gallery
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Msgr. Kelly Honored by West Orange Mayor as "Citizen of the Year"
Thursday, February 16, 2017

On Tuesday February 7 at the West Orange Mayor’s “State of the Town” Annual Breakfast, SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly received the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. In presenting the award, Mayor Robert Parisi recalled the remarks of his predecessor and now Assemblyman John McKeon, who said that he “had never met a man more respected throughout the state than Msgr. Michael Kelly.”

Mayor Parisi continued, “In addition to his commitment to the priesthood, Monsignor Kelly has had a lifetime commitment to education... He is a West Orange Rotarian, a member of the Knights of Columbus and part of countless other organizations and charities. His career…his life…has touched thousands and thousands of young minds and young spirits. And he has received nearly as many awards and honors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges and has been honored by our West Orange UNICO with the Ben L. Spinelli Community Service Award. He is a proud member of the Seton Hall University Athletic Hall of Fame, has been honored by the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation, is a Past President of the NJ Interscholastic Athletic Association and, under then Governor Richard Codey, served as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention.”

The Mayor noted that Monsignor Kelly has been the longtime Chaplain of the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presiding over the annual Parade Day and as a Chaplain Captain of the New Jersey Army Reserve National Guard. He has been a faithful participant in the Township’s Annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies.

“In 2016,” he continued, “he celebrated his 50th year of Ordination to the Priesthood, much of that time as a part of our Township. He is well known everywhere, but humble; he is respected, but well liked as well; he is a man of the people, but more than anything, he is a man of God and has lived his life in the service of God and of others. Seton Hall Prep has become a valued part of our community, and it is impossible to think of Seton Hall without thinking of Monsignor Kelly. Today we offer our congratulations on his celebrated service and our thanks for his years of guidance and friendship.”

New Class Inducted at National Honor Society Ceremony
Thursday, February 16, 2017

On Monday February 13 the Walter P. McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed to its ranks the 2017 class of inductees at an evening ceremony in Giblin Auditorium. The students and their parents were welcomed by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan. NHS President Sean Callaghan ’18, serving as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, introduced Keynote Speaker Mr. John Pascal, Prep English teacher, who spoke about the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four NHS officers followed— Jack Simone, Cameron Fiore, Frank Spano and Christian McNeill — lighting a candle that represented each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them.

To conclude the ceremony, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers. Juniors Branden Angelo, Paolo Arante, Peter Arleo, Benjamin Ballway, Emmet Bayne, Nathan Beauvais, Adam Budzyn, Sean Callaghan, Michael Carpel, Cameron Carti, Jacques Clovis, Charles Cunningham, Frank DeLuca, Aleksander DeMaio, Matthew Dicaro, Daniel DiNatale, Devon Dobres, Max Engelbrechtsen, John Farrell, Cameron Fiore, Brendan Flood, Damani Francis, Michael Gaudioso, Joseph Gigantino, Daniel Gizzo, Evan Griffith, Hunter Hagan, Brandon Hicks, Charles Horsey, Yongjia Hou, Robert Hughes, John Huppert, Raphael Isidro, Simon Jenkins, Willem Juhlin, William Kieselstein, Sean King, Christopher Lambert, James Lederman, Joseph Manno, Charles Marashlian, Zachary Margovskiy, Matthew Martins, Ryan Martynowicz, Connor Matteson, Cole Mattox, Joseph McDonough, Tyler McGuigan, Brendan McKeown, Christian McNeill, Thomas Meade, Vinicyus Melo-Braga, James Mesce, Charles Meyers, Kyle Miskovich, Daniel Morace, Matthew Murray, Hunter Musson, John O'Hern, Michael Oross, Dominic Palumbo, Maguire Pecci, Julian Pena, Peter Pinto, Pierson Rambusch, Xavier Ramon, Nicholas Rein, Benjamin Ruvo, Max Ruvo, Daniel Samtani, Mark Samuel, Jake Sandomeno, Thomas Sarni, Robert Sheppard, Adam Silva, John Simone, Frank Spano, Benjamin Strauss, Dwight Thomas, Alan Torres, Charles Trebus, Francisco Valliciergo, Alex Wang, James Ward, Matthew Wettengel, Matthew Williams, Daniel Zarillo: and Seniors Bernie Chavez, Benjamin Groppe, Austin Harvey, Nicholas Napolitano, Adam Ned, Kyle Otto, Michael Ukrainskyj, Timothy Wise, William Yorke.

Essex County B'Ball Tournament Round 1 Photos in Media Gallery
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pirate Athletes Sign to Play at the Next Level
Friday, February 10, 2017

On February 1 seven Seton Hall Prep student-athletes gathered to commemorate their commitment to continue their athletic careers at the university level. Four of them celebrated the signing of a National Letter of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

Pirates' New Jersey Soccer Player of the Year, Mason Toye, signed on with national power Indiana University. His 21 goals and 12 assists last season also saw him voted 1st Team All State, All Metro, All-County and All-Conference, in addtion to a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Regional and All-American Teams.

Pirates football All-State standout, Paul Theobald, signed with Boston College. Last fall he collected 165 tackles from the linebacker position and a pair of receiving TDs as a tight end. He was named Essex County Defensive Player of the Year, and earned 1st Team All-Confernce and All-State honors.

A pair of football players signed NLIs with Columbia University. Receiver Dwayne Warren, over the last two seasons, collected a dozen receiving TDs, among his 93 receptions for 1227 yards. He was named 1st team All-Area, All-Conference and All-County. Joining him at Columbia will be lineman Joshua Kaminski, who received 2nd Team United White Division honors at season's end.

Joining the Division I NLI signees was a trio of football players that have committed to play at DII or DIII institutions. Safety Matt Durborow will continue his play at Amherst University; offensive lineman Thomas Cavanagh has signed on with Saint Anselm College; and Captain and safety/running back Michael Mughetto will play at Tufts University.

The Class of 2021 Registers at Seton Hall Prep
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Saturday Feb 5 was the biggest day of the year for The Prep Admission Office, as the months-long admission process came to a close with an overwhelmingly successful registration for the Class of 2021 taking place. 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. • The total number of applicants for the Class of 2021 was 620, and counting. The most recently registered students come from 78 different towns— in New Jersey, New York, Georgia and China. The class hails from more than 100 different schools. • The previous weekend’s Candidate’s Day was noted by Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister as the largest turnout in his more than a dozen years in the Admission Office. That boded well for the actual registration day a week later.

Prep Players Team Up In Support of a Special Hockey Team
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Last Saturday the Pirates Hockey Team joined the long line of Prep teams that have come up with service programs in support of local community organizations. Spearheaded by senior Sam Kuprianov, the hockey team’s effort provided an on-ice clinic for the NJ Dare Devils, an organization based out of the Richard Codey Arena at South Mountain, which provides opportunitities for individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in ice hockey. Practicing each Saturday afternoon, the Dare Devils comprise more that 50 developmentally delayed children and adults across a wide range of abilities, who participate in a brand of the sport known as “Special Hockey.” The Pirates players spent the first part of the clinic with the youngest children, who are just learning how to skate. The second session was a workout with the older players, including several drills to help better their game. The main effort for the program was to have fun.

The Dare Devils program is headed by Manager Andy Piccirillo and Head Coach Steve Ritter.

Track Championship Photos in Media Gallery
Monday, February 06, 2017

The Prep Celebrates the Chinese New Year
Monday, February 06, 2017

On Thursday, February 2, SHP students ushered in the Year of the Rooster in a big way. Senior hosts Jianhao "Kevin" Zhang and junior Maguire Pecci introduced freshman Runze "Brandon" Zhao and senior JP Ennis, who kicked off the celebration with a traditional noisy salvo of drums and cymbals. After an introduction to the customs of Chinese New Year, students in the Mandarin program gathered for a recitation of the poem "Yuan Ri" ("New Year's Day") by Song Dynasty poet Wang Anshi: "With the sound of fireworks, another year passes...everyone always replaces the old New Year charms with new ones".

Brandon Zhao and LG Marapao followed with a kendo swordfighting performance, set to music from the 1990 Kung fu film The Swordsman, accompanied by Mandarin teacher Michael Hegedus on the Chinese zither. Maguire Pecci introduced senior Qiaohao "Joseph" Chen, who sang the Chinese pop song "Can't Help Falling in Love", accompanied on guitar by sophomore Mingchen Chen. Mingchen is a recent arrival to The Prep, transferring to the school from China only 3 weeks ago!

The program ended with trivia and raffle prizes. The students used their phones to take surveys on questions like which fruits, colors and numbers were considered lucky in Chinese culture. Prize winners took home prizes ranging from candy and chopsticks to a lucky fortune cat Chinese decoration.

Hockey Photos Posted
Friday, February 03, 2017

Weekend Games Posted to Gallery
Monday, January 30, 2017

Kairos 8631 Returns Following Four Days of Renewal and Self-Discovery
Friday, January 27, 2017

The large contingent of juniors and seniors attending January's Kairos (8631) returned Friday afternoon after four days away at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point New York. The 50 student retreatants were led in their days of spiritual and personal exploration and renewal by 15 student leaders and 10 faculty. 

The student leaders, former Kairos retreatants, were Brendan Burke, Connor Davey, Cole Devine, James Ennis, Brendan Finney, Kevin Gately, Alexander Giaquinto, Collin Leigh, John Luke Lembo, Nico Mottesi, Stephen Rivera, Josh Tannen, Brian Tevlin, Michael Ukrainskyj and Kevin young. Staff members assisting were Matthew Bonder, William Denk, Margaret Mainardi, Vin McMahon, Sean Farrell, Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Mark Vitale, Director of Retreats Billy Ward, Chaplain Jim White and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan.

Kairos 8631 was the third of the five Kairos Retreats scheduled for the 2016-17 academic year. For insight and details about Kairos activities visit the December post on Kairos 8630.

Essex County and SEC Swim Championship Medalists in Media Gallery
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pirates Weekend Hockey Action Posted
Monday, January 23, 2017

Wrestling Championship Photos in Media Gallery
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wrestling Team Into Top 20... Album in Media Gallery
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pirates Baseball and A Day of Games for Special Friends
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On Sunday January 15 the Pirates Baseball Program, along with 20 students from Mount St. Dominic and another 20 Prep student volunteers, hosted a Games Carnival for developmentally delayed and physically challenged children and adults. With more than 150 guests arriving from area group homes or as individuals accompanied by their parents, the afternoon’s activities included games, movies, snacks and magic. The number of attendees was double that of the inaugural carnival held two years ago, due in large part to the efforts of Co-Directors of Camp New Day, Mike Ollo and SHP’s Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, as well as Pirates Baseball team members Mike Ukrainskyj, Josh Tannen and Eric Raio. The group homes bringing individuals to enjoy the day’s activities included ARC of Essex/Cedar Grove, ARC of Essex/Verona, Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled, Hudson Milestone, Washington Residence, Millburn Group home, West Caldwell Group Home, Orange Group Home, Clarmont-Montclair, Marmon, Murry, Asbrook, Oakwood and Gregory House.

It was clear from the expressions on everyone's faces that the afternoon was a huge success. One parent whose son attended the carnival wrote Coach Sheppard the following day, with a message of gratitude, first offering specific thanks to her son’s player escorts… “I am so thankful to them both! [My son] has low-functioning autism and is non-verbal. Although [he] has a chronological age of 20-years-old, his overall age and physical ability level is that of a 3-5 year old. [Your players] were amazing, encouraging [him] to participate in all the activities and were very helpful instructing him to achieve success. All the students deserve the same praise! Everyone was enthusiastic and friendly, greeting [him], giving him Fist-Bumps and Hi-Fives. [My son] gleamed with a smile the entire time and continues to speak of Carnival!"

In addition to the winter games carnival, Baseball Coach Mike Sheppard’s program also hosts a fall baseball clinic in conjunction with Camp New Day, as well as providing service at Thanksgiving to the Livingston Mall and the Community Food Bank’s food drive.

Wrestling Victory Posted to Gallery
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mothers Auxiliary Celebrates Successes of 2016, Presenting a Huge Gift to The Prep
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Just before the Winter Break the Prep Mothers Auxiliary celebrated the organization's many 2016 successes with a festive evening of Christmas spirit at their annual Christmas Social. Following upon a wide variety of activities which included multiple fund-raisers and the year-long mammoth effort towards their Fall Fashion Show, organization President Donna Pinto, Past-President Cathy DeCarlo-Egan and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Stacy Baker and Cathy Marston highlighted the evening's program with the presentation to The Prep of a check for $110,000.

Hockey Photos Posted to Gallery
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Basketball Photos Posted to Media Gallery
Monday, January 09, 2017

 

Young Alumni Day— A Time for Catching Up
Monday, January 09, 2017

On Friday January 6 Seton Hall Prep welcomed back over 160 recently graduated alumni for an afternoon of shared stories of college life and reminiscences with faculty and students at the school. The annual event, held on the day the school celebrates the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and draws alumni from the two or three most recent graduated classes.

Big Hardcourt Win Posted to Gallery
Friday, January 06, 2017

Wrestling Match Posted in Media Gallery
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Pirates Win a Rout and a Nail-Biter at Neptune Tournament
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Advent Liturgy and Assembly Send SHP Off to Christmas
Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Seton Hall Prep Community headed off to Christmas Break on December 21 following the school’s Advent liturgy and a mini-concert presented by the C-Tonians and the Band. The Prep’s headmaster and principal celebrant Msgr. Robert Harahan, joined at the altar by SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Chaplains Revs. Zachary Swantek and James White, delivered his Christmas message, centered on the timely question of “not what will you get, but what will you give?” for Christmas.

The Christmas Concert featured several songs offered by the a cappella group C-Tonians and a specially crafted version of “The Night Before Christmas,” teaming Msgr. Harahan and the Band. Highlighting the morning’s event, and putting to rest rumors of his retirement or even demise, Rudolph appeared from stage right as the Band struck up his theme song.

Hockey Win Posted to Gallery
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's Near-Space Balloon Project
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's Near-Space Balloon Project from Seton Hall Prep on Vimeo.

In the early morning hours of the day before Thanksgiving, when most students were enjoying a well-deserved day off from school, Mr. Snyder's STEM class was loading up a small bus in preparation for their "near-space weather balloon" launch. The project was two months in the making and integrated the four components of STEM education into a team-based project. While only in its inaugural year at Seton Hall Prep, the STEM program provided its students with the invaluable experience of working in a businesslike environment in which each student had a specific role, and if any of those roles were not taken seriously, the success of the entire project would be in jeopardy. Harry Roman, a retired engineer for PSE&G, an inventor, and an educational innovator for STEM Education shared his thoughts on the project: "This project put the students in a powerful environment that might very turn out to be one of the most real-world experiences that these students get in high school or college. Not only did the students have to take their work seriously, but they to take complete ownership over the whole project. No matter their talents, they needed to work as a team in order for this project to achieve substantial success."

Dave Snyder '89, the teacher of the STEM class, lauds the students' determination and their appreciation of The Prep's motto, Hazard Zet Forward. "While each student owned a critical role in this project, they all knew that they had to work together to overcome every challenge. As an example, if the Video Coordinator (Adam Ned) didn't work with the Build Coordinator (Robert Budzyn) regarding the requirements, weight, and location of his apparatus, the Build Coordinator would not have been able to give the logistical coordinator (Luyi Tang) the information required to predict the flight path. If the Technology Coordinator (Aaron Deditch) was not involved in every step of the decision-making process, the team would not have been able to obtain and access the GPS information and the copious data that the flight computer provided. All of this of course was moderated by our Project Manager (Julian Braun), who made sure that all of the pieces of the puzzle worked well with each other and that the launch would have the highest probability of success."

What was their definition of success? Working together to have a successful launch, but the "journey" along the way proved to be just as valuable as the end result. Every aspect of this project forced the team to have discussions and make decisions. Each decision had to be carefully considered and researched. Even though high-altitude balloon launching has been achieved before, no single resource has a clear "How-to" recipe for the perfect process. The students had to vet the myriad resources and then make decisions based on our location, our particular payload, and our desired flight time. In addition to a successful launch, the team decided that they would build the payload and then inflate the balloon with enough helium to target an altitude of 60,000 feet – an elevation that would place their project in the stratosphere where temperatures would dance around -50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the barometric pressure would be less than a tenth of what we experience on the ground. At that point the balloon would have exploded and the payload would float to the ground attached to its parachute.

As the design and assembly of the payload progressed through October and November, the team had to plan several possible launch sites. If the balloon were launched from The Prep, it would soar over the Atlantic Ocean within 20 minutes. The team considered several locations west of The Prep, and it was agreed that an ideal location would be Mr. Snyder's alma mater – The University of Scranton. The day before the launch, we informed the air traffic control tower at the local Scranton airport about our launch, and they gave us the green light. Upon arriving at the campus, we set up our launch site and other than a few foreboding trees, the location was perfect and the skies were exceptionally clear. After firing up the two GPS trackers, the flight computer, and the audio beacon, the team pumped their desired amount of helium (90 cubic feet) into the balloon while measuring the lift with a handheld scale. That measurement was critical since it controlled the maximum altitude and flight distance. Once each team member was satisfied, we agreed to launch and the rest of the flight was at the fate of the atmosphere.

The team quickly got back on the bus for the chase. The students tracked the balloon on their phones while the GPS trackers relayed their locations every three minutes. Mr. Snyder recalled the feeling on the bus trip back to New Jersey: "We knew that the GPS trackers could not communicate beyond 60,000 feet, and when the tracking halted after about an hour, we were nervous and excited. Excited, because we suspected that the balloon made it to our desired altitude. Nervous, because we were hoping that the GPS trackers would regain contact as the payload descended to the earth. After about twenty minutes of tension, we received GPS coordinates again and we were ecstatic." Eventually the balloon landed just one mile west of the Hudson River in a wooded area of Tenafly. After realizing that they couldn't get retrieve the payload that day, the team hired a local tree service to get the payload back in their hands.

With the invaluable flight computer and GoPro in our possession, the team poured over the data from the flight recorder and the video from the GoPro video camera. The results were far beyond the team's expectations. Some of the most noteworthy measurements were as follows:

  • Maximum altitude was 95,000 feet – demolishing our minimum target of 60,000 feet
  • At the maximum altitude the balloon would have been the size of a one-car garage
  • Maximum achieved speed was 136 mph in the jet stream
  • Lowest temperature was –60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • GoPro battery froze at 47,000 feet
  • Entire flight was approximately two hours
  • Lowest barometric pressure was 6 millibars. (Standard atmospheric pressure at seas level is 1013 millibars.)

One of the most powerful educational tools that resulted from this project came from the sharing of the data with other courses such as Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. Once those teachers got ahold of that information, they immediately found copious connections to the their disciplines. Kevin McNulty, the Assistant Headmaster, reacted: "The fact that our students provided authentic data to other science courses in our school was an outstanding contribution to the educational program at Seton Hall Prep."

The STEM class will continue its work this year with a Raspberry Pi project, the Navy SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition, and yes, another near-space balloon launch is a possibility!

Here is a link to the spreadsheet of data from the flight computer. If you have any questions about the data, please email Dave Snyder at dsnyder@shp.org.

2016 Christmas Concert
Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Annual Christmas Concert set the stage for next week’s Winter Break on the evening of November 14 in Giblin Auditorium. Under the direction of Arts Department Chairman Joseph Neglia the Band kicked off the evening’s program with an eclectic group of selections, ranging from Franz Von Suppe and Giuseppe Verdi to Mars Bonfire to Frank Loesser, Louis Prima, Quincy Jones and Jose Feliciano.

The first part of the 125-member band’s program was followed by a half-dozen selections by the C-Tonians. Directed by Theresa Neglia the group sang pieces from the 12th century and traditional American spirituals, as well as songs by Irving Berlin, George Harrison, as well as a 1950’s #1 hit by Slay and Crewe. As the evening drew to a close the large audience received Christmas blessings from Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and the eagerly awaited news from Director Neglia that the Spring Musical will be Guys and Dolls.

View the Christmas Concert program here...

The Christmas Season Begins in Earnest
Friday, December 09, 2016

6th Annual Hunger Summit Explores Solutions
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

On November 15, the 6th annual convocation of Seton Hall Prep's High School Hunger Summit brought together students from 16 metro-area high schools to brainstorm about and make proposals to deal with the world-wide scourge of hunger and malnutrition. Prep Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon and The Community FoodBank’s Hunger Action Coordinator Laura Sodano welcomed more than 220 students and two dozen advisers and laid out the morning's activities- the basic premise of the conference being not merely to empathize with those suffering from hunger, but to come up with real-world solutions using modern technology and strategies.

Following the welcomes, the students set out for their choices among ten workshops, where they brainstormed on the group’s topic and came up with action points that they would bring to the morning’s concluding assembly. Among the presenters and workshops Ms. Lisa Pitz- "Hunger Hurts: Be a Hunger Advocate", Ms. Julie Rusin- "Community Gardening and Local Farms: Bringing Nutrition to all, Ms. Vesta Godwin Clark- "Soup Kitchens and Pantries: NJ's Safety Net, Ms. LaChell Miller- "Good Nutrition in Hard Economic Times", Ms. Jessica Fernandez- "Changing the Landscape of Peace: One Garden at a Time in Newark,” Mr. Jim Andreano- "Climate Change: How it Impacts Food,” Ms. Ruth Dekker- "Global Hunger: How Can a Young Person Make a difference?,” Ms. Linda Rivera- "I want to Make a Difference: How do I start?" and Ms. Catharina Wolfe- "Communicate and Mobilize.” The advisors from each school convened in the conference room to exchange ideas on ways that they and their school’s student activists can make an impact.

Seton Hall’s student event coordinators were Andrew Handal and Daniel Wikstrom, with assistance from Daniel Caicedo, Sam Sayles, Brandon Ruiz, Jake Smith and Jake Tarnoff. They were directed in the undertaking by Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella and Vincent McMahon.

30th Kairos Retreat - Back at The Prep, Renewed
Saturday, December 03, 2016

On Friday December 2, The Prep's 30th 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 features 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 remarked earlier 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 86.30 was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Chris Coppola, Domenick DelGuercio, Jack Ehrich, Christian Galvano, Jack Haley, Michael Mesce, Aidan Mihalik, Eric Raio, Brandon Ruiz, CK Stlekar. They were assisted by faculty members Vinny McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek

Hockey Photo Album Posted to Media Gallery
Friday, December 02, 2016

Trimester Ends with Prayers of Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 27, 2016

On Tuesday November 22 Seton Hall Prep celebrated the end of the first trimester and the approaching holiday break with a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in Giblin Auditorium. History teacher David Giarrusso presided over the dual assemblies, which had as their theme the life, contributions and mission of Mother Teresa, who was canonized in September as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Spanish teacher Margaret Mainardi spoke to the students about her personal calling to expand her role as a Prep language teacher to that of ministry to the Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Paterson Diocese. Later, a dozen students with roots in a wide spectrum of the world’s nations took to the podium, reminding the assemblies of the many needs of vast populations that do not have the great fortune to share in the abundance that we may take for granted as Americans.

Six Pirates Sign National Letters of Intent
Monday, November 21, 2016

In the first week of November six Prep student athletes each signed National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

The Prep student athletes gathered with their parents and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and their coaches David Giarrusso (lacrosse), Randy Schweitzer (swimming) and Michael Sheppard (baseball)for photos to commemorate the signings: Brian Tevlin signed with Yale University, for lacrosse, as did Sean Quinn, with Drexel University. Colby Dixon signed with Bryant University for swimming. Jack Mahala signed with Harvard University, for baseball, as did brothers Jamil and Jermaine Vanheyningen, with Campbell University.

This November signing period is the first of several periods during the year when high school athletes can sign an NLI.

The Curtain Rises on Our Town
Thursday, November 17, 2016

On November 11 and 12 the Giblin Auditorium curtain rose on Seton Hall Prep’s performance of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town. The 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning drama broke the mold when it was first performed in Princeton’s McCarter Theater, with minimal scenery or props, a play within a play, and a main character who bridges the gap between the audience and the actors on stage. That formidable role of Stage Manager was played by senior Erney Fertile, who led the audience on an exploration of the small town life of the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Senior Edwin Donnelly, a first time actor on the SHP stage, took on the role of George Gibbs. Playing opposite him in the role of Emily Webb, was Quinn Barnitt, daughter of guidance counselor Chris Barnitt ’88. Three acts divide the action to tell the story of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Dying."

Our Town was directed by Theresa Neglia. The townsfolk of Grover’s Corners were played by Cody Kohn, Ben Ballway, Paolo Arante, Lillian Shea, Aleah Colon-Alfonso, Lily-Max Cooke, John Bartolomeo, Elias Getahaun, Luke Alexander, Dave Schuldiner, Nicole Goldberg, Finn Witt, Jessica Cuntrera, Brandon Ruiz, Nicholas Ferrara, Seamus O’Neill, Brian Cadag and Nicholas Rauschenberger.

Soccer State Final Added to Media Gallery
Monday, November 14, 2016

Soccer Sectional Championship in Gallery
Friday, November 11, 2016

Fathers Club Communion Breakfast and The Reynolds Award Presentation
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

On Sunday November 6, The Fathers Club and Seton Hall Prep celebrated at the organization’s Annual Communion Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The Mass was followed by the presentation of the Fathers Club’s most cherished award, the Thomas A. Reynolds Memorial Award, presented in the name and memory of Thomas A. Reynolds ’48, one of the early presidents of the organization, whose energy and leadership propelled the club into the arena of major financial support of The Prep. This year’s recipients were former FC president Joseph Brower and the Prep’s Director of the Media Center and Math teacher Mary Ann DeTrolio.

Read about the honorees in the event program.

Pirates State Tournament Soccer in Media Gallery
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show— Another Big Success
Monday, November 07, 2016

Thursday November 3 marked the 35th Annual rendition of the Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show. Co-Chaired by Stacy Baker and Cathy Marston, “A Moment in Time” celebrated Prep students’ time at SHP and the school's 160th anniversary. In addition to scores of raffle gifts, the drawings for several deluxe gifts highlighted the evening’s festivities— a Burberry wrap, a $1000 Amex gift card, a Louis Vuitton purse and a Mac laptop. A trio of diamond pieces were spotlighted in the Jewelry Auction. The Grand Raffle prize was a $10,000 American Express gift card.

Following dinner the huge crowd of 720 enjoyed a fashion parade provided by Macy’s of Short Hills and emceed by Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister, featuring both professional models and 23 Prep seniors, modelling a variety of fashions, from tuxes to sport wear to business attire. Prep English teacher John Pascal joined the seniors on the runway. Popular stops during the cocktail hour before dinner were the Prep Store and the Mothers Auxiliary Store, which introduced a pair of newly designed silk scarves featuring well-known Prep imagery.

Football Regular Season Finale in Gallery
Monday, November 07, 2016

Seniors Gather for Class Photo
Thursday, November 03, 2016

On Tuesday the members of the Class of 2016 passed a milestone on the way towards graduation, as they gathered on Verducci Field for the class photo. 

Halloween Celebration in the Media Gallery
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

County Soccer Finals in Media Gallery
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Big Football Win Posted to Gallery
Sunday, October 30, 2016

32nd Hall of Fame Honors The Prep's Athletic Legacy
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On Thursday October 20, Seton Hall Prep inducted nine former players and an outstanding team into the school’s 32nd Hall of Fame. SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly noted that the evening’s festivities “recognized a group of men whose accomplishments and unselfish contributions represent the proud tradition of excellence that we costantly strive to uphold.” Along with the 1982-83 Wrestling Team “they are part of our proud and distinguished legacy and most deserving of this most prestigious award.”

The honorees were Donald Carter ’87 (Track), Christopher Rogers ’89 (Lacrosse), Derek Fogg ’91 (Swimming), Michael Walsh ’94 (Basketball, Football), Michael Cordovano ’97 (Hockey), Christopher Andrews ’05 (Basketball), Christopher O’Dougherty ’05 (Lacrosse), Alex Wujciak ’06 (Football, Basketball), Michael Ness ’06 (Baseball), 1982-83 Wrestling Team.

View the 32nd Hall of Fame program.

Football Photos Added to Media Gallery
Sunday, October 23, 2016

2016's Inaugural Kairos Retreat Returns Refreshed
Friday, October 21, 2016

On Friday October 21 the 31 juniors and senior members of the Prep's 29th Kairos Retreat returned to school following four days away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time" was spent at the bucolic setting of the Liebenzell Retreat Center in Long Valley.

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 remarked earlier 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.”

The current retreat was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Michael Corcoran, James Kemp, Will Korrner, Sam Kuprianov, Thomas Magnier, Jack McConeghy, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, PJ Murphy, Jack Neinstedt and Matthew Robinso, They were assisted by faculty memers Vin McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward, Msgr. Harahan and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek.

Dodgeball Tourney Benefits Cancer Awareness
Monday, October 17, 2016

Last Friday night the 8th Annual Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament brought together 24 six-man teams that raised over $1000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. This year's winning team, the Dirty Dodgers, comprising seniors Alex Giaquinto and Sean Quinn and juniors Cole Kirst, Andrew Gorelick, Peter Tevis, and Charlie Trebus, defeated The Big Als without losing a single player in an exciting final match. The 2015 champions, The Justice League, earned third place in a consolation match against Kemp's Kids. The gym was rocking the entire exciting night filled with friendly competition to raise money for a great cause.

Football Photos in Media Gallery
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Soccer Victory In Media Gallery
Friday, October 14, 2016

Pirates Baseball Welcomes Special Needs Friends
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

While the fringes of a weakening Hurricane Matthew forced the day’s events indoors, the Pirates Baseball Program nevertheless hosted a renewal of the Annual Baseball Clinic for their special needs guests on Sunday, October 9, in the gym. After several years of sponsorship of these clinics and with many guests returning year after year, many team members and guests were already on a first-name basis as the event got underway. With a smaller than usual group of residents from Camp New Day in attendance due to the storm Camp Director and Prep teacher Vinnie McMahon led off the afternoon’s program with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, followed by the team and guests circling up for warm-up exercises. Several members of last spring’s No.1 and state championship team demonstrated throwing, catching and fielding techniques while Coach Mike Sheppard handled batting. The afternoon closed with some batting practice and a game, pitting the juniors against the guests and seniors.

Sunday’s clinic was a further demonstration of The Prep’s athletic teams’ commitment to service to organizations in the surrounding communities.

Big Soccer Win Over Kearny in Gallery
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Friday Night Football Photos Posted to Media Gallery
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Soccer Victory vs Newark Tech Posted to Gallery
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Football Photos Posted to Gallery
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Cross Country Meet Posted to Media Gallery
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Football vs St. Peters Posted to Media Gallery
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Soccer Win Posted to Media Gallery
Friday, September 23, 2016

Activities and Service Fair: Looking to Get Involved
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Class of 2020 got a first taste of the myriad organizations and activities offered at The Prep as the Annual Activities and Service Fair took place on Tuesday morning. The gym was bedecked with displays by dozens of clubs and activities, manned by each organization’s leadership, on hand to recruit new members, explain their work and answer questions from the newest members of the community. Leaving a name and email address at each station will have the students in contact with the clubs in the coming days. 

Among the many organizations presenting were: Cultural Clubs: Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society, West Indian Organization, Competitive Academic Teams:  Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Publication: The Spectrum literary magazine, The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook, Service Clubs:  Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Be the Match, Wounded Warrior, Habitat for Humanity , Service Club, American Red Cross Club, Community Food Bank, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet, Alzheimer’s Awareness Organization, Leukemia/ Lymphoma Research Society, 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, SHP Crew Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Independent Society, Political Forum Club, 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, Pirate Adventure Club, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Visual Arts Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Silk Road Pop A Capella, Video Game Club, Video Game Design Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network.

Football Game Photos Posted to Media Gallery
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Class of 2020 Begins Team-Building with Field Day
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kicking off the day with a Class of 2020 photo, which will hopefully be re-enacted four years from now, the members of the freshman class and their Peer Mentors came together for a day of games and team building on Tuesday. With construction taking place at the Kelly Athletic Complex, the full day of activities took place on campus this year. Volleyball, football and relays highlighted the morning, with the eagerly awaited tug-of-war bringing the gymnasium gathering to a frenzied pitch to culminate the afternoon.

Soccer OT Win Posted to Gallery
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Football Opening Game Photos Posted
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Soccer Opening Win Posted to Media Gallery
Friday, September 09, 2016

School Begins with the Mass of the Holy Spirit
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, saw the beginning of classes, highlighted by the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Chaplain Rev. James White celebrated the morning's liturgy for the seniors and juniors, joined at the altar by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Rev. William Melillo. Adding luster to the day was the ceremony for the commissioning of a new group of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The afternoon's Mass for the freshman and sophomores was celebrated by Chaplain Zach Swantek, joined by President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Harahan, Fr. Melillo and newly ordained Deacon Kurt Landeck '72.

The 21 newly commissioned ministers are Brian Cadag, Felipe Cambeiro, Matthew Clarkin, Christian Galvano, Alexander Giaquinto, Kevin Hannon, Creighton Hendrix, John Luke Lembo, Collin Leigh, Thomas Magnier, Daniel Marini, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Jack Nienstedt, Joseph Polifonte, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Russo, Jonathan Santos, Jake Smith and Brian Tevlin.

The Class of 2020 Is In The House
Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Class of 2020 spent Day One at Seton Hall Prep on Wednesday as the 265 newest members of the Prep Community attended their Freshman Orientation. Following welcomes from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, the group heard from a number of other Prep administrators, as well as the members of the Student Council Executive Board. Then it was time to meet their Peer Mentors, the seniors that would lead them through their first year at the school. Breaking up into 14 groups, the frosh began the afternoon by learning new names and getting comfortable in the new environment. Later on they got their schedules, received their locks, lockers and backpacks, got their photos taken, heard from the Assistant Headmaster for Academics, the Directors of Activities and Campus Ministry, and finished off by learning the Alma Mater. Later in the evening, they would regale their parents with the school song as the adults concluded their own orientation. On Thursday the class, accompanied by the senior Peer Mentors, would spend the day off campus at the Annual Freshman Retreat.

SHP Welcomes the Class of 2020
Monday, August 29, 2016

Seton Hall Prep greeted the Class of 2020 with a Welcome Picnic on Saturday at the Kelly Athletic Complex. With  the grills manned by members of the Prep Fathers Club, the 700 guests enjoyed burgers and hot dogs, as well as the day's perfect weather. The freshman families heard from Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, Chaplains Frs. Zach Swantek and Jim White, and Fathers Club President Michael Nilan. SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan offered special greetings to the families, welcoming them to "their new home" and encouraging them to take advantage of all the opportunities that will present themselves over the coming months and years.

Peer Leaders– At Work to Prepare for the New Year
Friday, August 12, 2016

The first week of August saw The Prep's new team of Peer Leaders hit the trail for Pennsylvania and their three-day retreat and workshop that would begin to prepare them for their important task of leading the incoming class of freshmen through their first year at school. The 28 seniors, accompanied by program advisers Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona and Peter Ford, worked on building their own team, as well as taking part in discussions and learning some of the skills that point them towards the retreat's ultimate task of forming the 2-man teams that will lead each freshman homeroom. On Tuesday evening, left to their own resources, the adults having been asked to get out, the 3-hour job to find the right chemistry for the 14 teams set up both the Peer Leaders and the Class of 2020 for a great start to the year. The seniors will meet their freshmen on Orientation Day on August 31.

 

3rd Annual Memorial Lacrosse Festival Celebrates the Life and Spirit of Brendan Tevlin '13
Monday, August 01, 2016

The 3rd 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. Organized by "Tev's" classmates, cousin Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian and Dave King, the event began three years ago as an afternoon of pick-up games to celebrate the life and spirit of Brendan. The afternoon, sponsored by Seton Hall Prep and the Shillelagh Club, now hosts a pair of games for adults, a women's game and a youth contest at the Helen M. and Edward D. Kelly Athletic Complex. 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.

Annual Golf Outing a Huge Success
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

On June 20 Seton Hall Prep’s Office of Institutional Advancement sponsored the Annual Golf Outing, bringing together nearly 200 alumni, parents and friends for a day of fun, food and friendship on the 36 holes of the Montclair Golf Club. With so many golfers and generous sponsors, the event was also a huge financial success. The Tournament Sponsor, The Daniels Group, was joined in the support effort by Jim Burke/Capital Partners as Golf Cart Sponsor; The Colangelo Family /Complete Business Connections as Gift Sponsor; Acorn Financial Services as Bag Tag Sponsor; Frankoski Construction as Dinner Sponsor; Sandy Hill Foundation /Frank Walsh as Beverage Sponsor; Flag Wharf, Inc./Cannon Family Foundation, Inc. as Lunch Sponsor; Ted McDonagh '90 and Mike Cuccolo '90 as Beverage Cart Sponsors; Averill Fundraising as Straightest Drive Sponsor; and Mike Moretti/Morgan Stanley as Closest to Pin Sponsor.

Seton Hall Knocks Off No. 3 St. Augustine for State Championship and the No. 1 Spot in NJ
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Yesterday, behind a strong start from freshman pitcher Nick Maldonado, experienced relief from senior Brandon Shamieh, as well as timely hitting from seniors Jack Zyska and Nick DiNicola, Seton Hall Prep won the program's eighth state championship, this time by a 4-2 score over No. 3 ranked St. Augustine.

It was the bottom of the fourth that spelled the difference in the game for the Pirates. First-baseman Ryan Toohers led off with a two-bagger to the wall in the left-field gap, followed by a walk to Justin Miller. DiNicola scored Toohers with a single up the middle. Then Zyska knocked in a pair with another double to center, putting the Hall up 3-0. St. Augustine answered with a pair of runs and had the tying runner on in the top of the fifth, when Shamieh came out of the bullpen with 2 outs and shut the door on the Hermits. Maldonado had allowed two runs off five hits in his 4 2/3 innings.

Seton Hall added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth as DiNicola smoked a ground rule double to left on a 3-0 count to knock in Toohers from third, making the score 4-2. Shamieh tossed the final 2 1/3 and kept St. Augustine in check, with the Pirates disposing of two runners in the final frame. The title is the Hall's eighth state championship, the last one being won on the same field, with current Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello '07 on the mound.

"If you had told me in March that we'd be here winning a state championship as the No.1 team," said Head Coach mike Sheppard Jr.,"I might have told you that you were crazy. Over the years we'll have two or three star players and usually a star pitcher, but we didn't have that here this year. We had a bunch of good players who did their jobs. I'm proud of these guys and what they've been able to accomplish."

Adding to the luster of the day, during the game it was learned that Prep alumni Kevin Mahala and Ty Blankmeyer were selected in the Major League Players Draft, to the Pirates (18th round) and the Reds (36th) respectively.

Pirates Knock off #1 St. Joseph's to Take No. Jersey Championship
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

On Tuesday Seton Hall Prep, ranked No. 4 in the state, took down the top-ranked St. Joseph (Mont) by a score of 6-2, copping the North Jersey Non-Public A championship, the 13th crown for the Pirates.

After starter Ryan Toohers made made quick business of the top of the St. Jos. order to start the game, the Hall got to the SJR starter right off the bat, with Jack Zyska's lead-off single, three walks to score John Savino and leaving the bases loaded for Toohers to single to give the Hall a 2-0 lead. Zyska's 2nd inning single made the score 3-0.

St. Joseph's put together a couple of hits in the third to make it 3-2, but Toohers shut them down after that. DH Justin Miller's 2-rbi single in the Pirates' third made it 5-2. After a short rain delay in the bottom of the fourth, the game re-started with a bang, as Pat O'Hare launched a monster round-tripper over the left field wall on the first pitch to put the finishing touches on the Pirates win. SHP will face St. Augustine on Saturday at 11am at Toms River North with the state title on the line.

DeNicola's Round-Tripper Turns Around Pirate Fortunes as the Hall Advances to No. Jersey Final
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Nick DeNicola turned the game around with a blast to right with two men on, to give The Pirates a 4-3 edge. After two scoreless innings SHP added a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth to move their lead to 8-3, helped along with DeNicola's sac fly and Jack Zyska's RBI two-bagger. Ryan Toohers started on the mound for the Pirates, going six innings, allowing four runs. Nick Maldonado came on in relief in the seventh. Bergen Catholic scored a pair of runs in the final frame, but Maldonado put an end to things with a couple of ground outs. The No. 4 Pirates will face No. 1 St. Joseph's (Mont) on Tuesday for the North Jersey Championship, at Ramapo College.

Inaugural Class of International Students Graduates
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

As Seton Hall Prep celebrates its 160th anniversary, the school also celebrates the inaugural graduating class of its international program. To mark the occasion, a reception was held at the SHP Seton House on Friday afternoon May 20. Three of the school’s international students (Ziyi "Steven" Niu, Zongzhen "Jack" Yang and Yifan "Nolan" Zhang) were in attendance, in addition to three of the parents (Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng, Zongzhen's parents, as well as Mrs. Liu, Yifan's mother). Zhoujie Yu, along with his parents, who had flown 14 hours to arrive in New Jersey, were attenting an interview at Penn State.

The group was hosted by SHP's president, Msgr. Michael Kelly; headmaster, Msgr. Robert Harahan; international program coordinator, Michael Hegedus, as well as Matt Cannizzo, Sarah Andrews and Michael Perrotta from the Office of Institutional Advancement. Msgrs. Kelly and Hanrahan, as well as Michael Hegedus, offered remarks welcoming the parents to America and expressing their enthusiasm for how much their sons had added to the school’s appreciation of a foreign culture. They also shared with the fammilies how they could become involved in continuing support of The Prep. Each of the students took a turn interpreting for the parents. The families were very curious about the priests who serve at SHP and their vocation. Mrs. Liu was particularly moved by Msgr. Kelly's story of an entire life spent in association with The Prep; she insisted on giving him a hug on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of his ordination.

Mrs. Liu (Yifan Zhang's mother) arrived from Zhengzhou, a city in Henan province. Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng (Zongzhen Yang's parents) come from Qingdao, an east coast city in Shandong province. They had traveled over 10,000 miles to attend graduation weekend, literally halfway around the world. The four graduates will attend Foothill College, University of Wisconsin, Penn State and NYU.

On display were beautiful gifts from the international students' parents, including a Chinese calligraphy work from Yifan Zhang's grandfather as well as a beautiful decorative plate. The students received a 160th anniversary commemorative tie that bears the Seton family crest. The parents received a framed photograph of the graduates with Msgr. Kelly, Msgr. Harahan and Mr. Hegedus.

Lax State Tournament Album Posted to Media Gallery
Sunday, May 29, 2016

2016 Commencement Caps a Very Special Year
Thursday, May 26, 2016

On Sunday May 22 the 227 members of the Class of 2016 made their final walk together as they received their Seton Hall Prep diplomas. The gathering of close to 1900 faculty, alumni, family and friends at Caldwell University's George R. Newman Center had its share of memorable moments, highlighted by presentation of the Msgr. Thomas Fahy Alumnus of the Year Award to Class of 1966 members Michael F. Newman, Joseph F. Walsh and James E. Reynolds III, an address to the graduates by the latter, introduction of attending members of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1966 and an unforgettable Valedictory Address by graduate Bruno Fernandes. President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan presented diplomas to the graduates and as the ceremony came to a close the class gathered shoulder to shoulder for the singing of the Alma Mater. [ download the Commencement and Baccalaureate programs ]

Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony Begin the Final Farewell
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Saturday evening May 21, the 227 members of the Class of 2016, their families and friends gathered at the majestic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and to begin their final farewell to Seton Hall Prep. Celebrant Archbishop John Myers was joined at the altar by Prep President Msgr, Michael Kelly, Headmster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Rev. James White and Rev. Zachary Swantek, Rev. Bogumil Misciuk and Deacon Richard O'Hara. Following the Mass, upwards of 80 seniors were called forward to receive awards for academic achievement and for school and community service. [link here for photos of the awards presentations]

Griffin Bridges Celebrates the Year's Successes
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

On Thursday May 14th the Griffin Bridges Community of Advisory Committee Members, program donors, program alumni, scholars and their families gathered for the Annual Potluck Dinner to celebrate the year’s achievements. The event was welcomed by Director Horton Sears, alongside graduating senior and host Bruno Fernandes. After remarks from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and HEadmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, guests enjoyed dinner prepared by Griffin Bridges families.

Senior Edwin Ramirez stepped to the podium to summarize his Prep experience as a Griffin Bridges Scholar. He expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the program for helping him academically and in his social transformation into the success he is today. He will attend Kenyon College. Senior Raymond Norville also spoke on his unique experience as he was welcomed into the program during his sophomore year. He credited his success to the support he has received through personal hardships and the life lasting relationships he has developed. "The Griffin Bridges program is more than a scholarship for inner-city boys; it's also about providing a foundation for future success," said the Boston College-bound Raymond. Host Bruno Fernandes, named Valedictorian of his class, will attend Princeton University on a full scholarship. Among the other schools the seniors will attend are Villanova, Holy Cross, NJIT, and Loyola. This, the program's largest senior class, received a total of nearly $325,000 in scholarships and grants towards their undergraduate education.

Sophomore Luis Reis presented an award to Science teacher Min Trinh ’06, recognizing his work above and beyond in support of Griffin Bridges. Seniors Ethan Morrison, Adrian Sanchez and Greg Irwin '16 received the Greg Beauzil Big Brother Award for their special dedication to the Big Brother Program.

Concluding the celebration, Director Horton Sears '09 presented the 12 returning scholars in the program. He specially highlighted sophomore Jacques Clovis, who has completed the year with over a 4.35 GPA and who has his sights on attending the W. E. B. DuBois Scholars Institute for Engineering at Princeton this summer. He also made special note of Onyema Eguh, who will attend Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine at The University of North Carolina in the coming weeks. Director Sears closed the evening with an introduction of the four incoming students in the Class of 2020: Andre Williams, Wilson Brito Jr. III, Jason Santos, and Victor White.

Band and C-Tonians Present the Annual Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The evening of Wednesday of May 18, hundreds of parents and friends enjoyed a wide-ranging musical program offered by The Prep's Band, Jazz Ensemble and A Cappella group, The C-Tonians. Link above to the entire program and photos from the event.

Baseball's GNT Victory Posted in Media Gallery
Monday, May 23, 2016

Shamieh, O'Hare, Maldonado Steer Seton Hall to GNT Title
By Bob Behre , Diamond Nation

In this age of the overhyped fastball, Seton Hall Prep’s Brendan Shamieh represents a throwback of sorts who succeeds through guile and guts, a formula that deserves replication. Shamieh (7-0) scattered seven hits over six innings, struck out one and walked one to keep the dangerous Nutley bats at bay on the way to an 11-1 six-inning victory that gave Seton Hall (23-3) its fourth straight Greater Newark Tournament championship and a county-best 16th overall title.  [continue at Diamond Nation...]

 

Building Bridges 5K— Running to Support an Important Program
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Last Saturday the Griffin Bridges Program and McLoone’s Boathouse hosted the 5th Annual Building Bridges 5K Race and Kids Fun Run at its new location around the Orange Reservoir in West Orange. Thanks to Gagnon Securities, TD Ameritrade, Goya Foods, Van Dyk Health Care, Sito Mobile, Msgr. Michael Kelly and the many other key sponsors, the event was another success. This year there were eight runners for our Kid’s Fun Run and another 133 participants in the main event. Among the list of runners were members of USATF NJ.

During the post-race brunch and reception the Top 3 overall male and female winners were recognized. The top 3 overall male winners were Samuel Valentin, Ben Groppe ’17 and Sean Theoclitus ’17. Top 3 overall female winner were Alexis Patrick, Melissa O’Selmo, and Jacqueline Wolfstirn. With the help of President Msgr. Michael Kelly, winners of both a $50 SHP gift basket and a $100 dinner certificate to McLoone’s Boathouse were drawn to conclude of the reception.

Msgr. Michael Kelly offered closing remarks, thanking participants for taking part in the day’s events, thanking Griffin Bridges Director Horton Sears ’09 and the Prep volunteers for creating a successful event in supporting the deserving young men of the Griffin Bridges Program. The Building Bridges 5K raised over $27,300 in sponsorships, registrations, and individual donations. Horton Sears extended his thanks to all the major donors, volunteers, and new participants. Looking forward he said, “Next year we are excited to continue the next annual event at the Orange Reservoir again. The program also looks forward to connecting with more local businesses to acquire new race sponsorships.”

Seton Hall Baseball Tournament Album Posted
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tennis Match Posted Media Gallery
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Seton Hall Lacrosse Cops ECT in a 4-Peat
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Pirates Lacrosse captured the program's fourth straight Essex County Lacrosse title yesterday, overwhelming Montclair with an 18-6 victory. The top-seeded Seton Hall team broke open a 1-1 tie early in the first quarter, going on a 14-0 run that spanned the halftime break. Jack Sarson scored a pair of goals during that run. Ten different players scored for The Prep, led by Sarson's five scores. Brian Tevlin finished with three goals and three assists, while Dan Zarillo also scored a pair. Griffin Westin  had four assists on the afternoon.

Golf Match Album in Media Gallery
Friday, May 06, 2016

Lacrosse at Kirst Tournament in Gallery
Monday, May 02, 2016

Mike Kinney H'12 covered The Prep team in the Kirst Tournament for MSG Varsity.

Colin Kirst was able to rely upon the vigorous support of his teammates in the absolute worst of circumstances. So, the senior goalie for darn sure wasn't going to doubt their strength and loyalty just because Seton Hall Prep had fallen behind by three goals seven minutes into play.

Read his entire post here...

Lax Win vs Lancers in Media Gallery
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Baseball Win Posted to Media Gallery
Saturday, April 30, 2016

English Class Visits Twain Home and Museum
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A large group of students in John Pascal’s Writings of Mark Twain class traveled during Spring Break to Hartford to the Mark Twain House and Museum. The National Historic Landmark was the home to Samuel Clemens from 1874 to 1891 and where he wrote many of his most famous works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The resident Twain experts led the students on a tour of the 25-room mansion built in the Picturesque Gothic style and filled them in on how the times in which he lived influenced his work.

The staff of the Museum Center remarked that the students were “a pleasure to have on tour and in the collections. They had some great questions and were really immersed in what they were learning.” In consideration of Mr. Pascal’s established reputation with the curatorial staff, the students were allowed to handle Clemens family artifacts, including personal items, family photographs and first editions of his writings, as well as works by his family, friends and associates. The trip closed with a Q&A session with Dr. James Golden, Director of Education at the institution, who congratulated the students, remarking that they were as well prepared for the discussion as his students at Trinity College and the University of Hartford. [photo courtesy of John Pascal]

Fathers Club Auction Raises the Bar
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Last Saturday evening the largest crowd in years enjoyed several hours of fun, food, friendship and bidding at the Fathers Club Annual Pirate Treasure Auction. By the time the night wrapped up, a Prep family had won a Mercedes and, according to early returns, the organization had tallied more than $100,000 in profit. Spurred on by raffle items featuring Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Michael Kors, as well as a 65” TV, proceeds from the raffles were up 300% from last year. The live auction also did great business, with marquee prizes like tickets to the PGA at Balrusrol, an autographed Odell Beckham jersey, fishing trips, front row seats for the Mets and prime seating at The Prep’s upcoming graduation.

The auction committee was led by Co-Chairmen Mike Nilan and Jeff Spicka, spreading out over 200 prizes among the Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. Also a hit were the Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove was again erected and manned by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members, Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, Tom Coyne and Pete Nolan. New to the auction were “Guys & Gals” raffle tables, which were a huge success, driven by a Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. The Super Pac was the brain child of former FC President Tom Lynch (who also doubled as the evening’s host) and past Auction Chairman Vinnie D’Antonio Class of ‘80.

Said FC President Tom Young, “..this group of fathers did an amazing job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep community this year, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams/clubs. We also had great help from the student ambassadors as well as from some of the football team members who helped to set up the gym on Friday after school”. Young continued, “We are truly thrilled that Auction night has become such a community event; we had support from Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo & Tony Esposito as well as some new fathers who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamante and Mark Salerno.

Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Tom young presented the 2016 Art Williams Award to Bob Waldron, Class of 1979. The award is given in memory of the late Art Williams, whose tireless efforts “behind the scenes” for many years beginning in the 70s continues to be the hallmark of the Fathers Club.

Celebrating Msgr. Kelly's 50th Anniversary of Ordination
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last Sunday more than 700 members of the Seton Hall Prep Community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of the school’s President, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly. The huge gathering of family, friends, and Prep staff and alumni joined in the celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, followed by a reception at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Joining Msgr. Kelly at the altar were fellow Golden Anniversary celebrants Msgr. Edward Bradley and Fr. William Melillo, along with Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Msgr. Thomas Ivory ’56, Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi ’82, OLS Pastor Msgr. Robert Emery and soon to be ordained Deacon Bogumil Misiuk ’08.

Msgr. Kelly recalled for the assembly the central role that Our Lady of Sorrows Church had played in his spiritual life- the place of his Baptism, his First holy Communion, his service as an altar boy, his Confirmation and, in May of 1966, the site of his first Mass. Calling to mind the words of Jesus as He instituted the Priesthood at the Last Supper, to “do this in memory of Me… As I have loved you, so also should you love one another,” Msgr. captured what has turned out to be the essence of his life: “We priests are given the spirit of the Lord for the work of his kingdom. We are never sent for ourselves, but for God’s people- to preach, to proclaim, to heal, to advocate, to empower the joy and the prayers of the faithful.”

Track Album Posted to Gallery
Monday, April 25, 2016

Extra Inning Clash Posted to Media Gallery
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Prep Groups in Service Around the State in Service
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Last Tuesday, while sophomores and juniors slaved away at the completion of their standardized testing, seniors and freshmen devoted the day to community service. Several groups spread out across several counties in a variety of efforts to serve local communities.

Renewing The Prep’s decades-old relationship with the Community FoodBank of hillside, the entire freshman class and their Peer Mentors spent the morning sorting, cleaning and packing up donated food to be distributed to local soup kitchens in food-deprived locales. Back in the Dining Hall another group put together up food packages, and 60 seniors helped the Wounded Warriors Project with the production of more than 300 care packages destined for American service members stationed in the Middle East. Meanwhile, just around the corner, at our Lady of the Valley Church a group gave a deep cleaning to the parish’s soup kitchen; three miles away a dozen students constructed raised vegetable beds at a community center in Montclair.

Close to 50 miles away in Milford, at the Alexandria Township Farm (way out 78), 45 seniors teamed with volunteers from Grow-A-Row to plant 12,000 pounds of potatoes which, when harvested in the fall, will help fill the needs of the organization’s partner, the Community FoodBank. America’s Grow-A-Row has developed a relationship with The Prep over the last several years, helping to educate Seton Hall students about volunteerism and the ways to meet hunger and nutritional issues of NJ residents. Last year the organization donated 1,000,000 pounds of produce for distribution in the state.

Kairos 86.26 and Kairos 86.27
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Having just returned from Easter Break, a large group of juniors and seniors headed off for four days of reflection and prayer in Haverstraw, NY at the third Kairos Retreat of the year. Dubbed Kairos 86.27, the group followed on the heels of a similar group that attended Kairos 86.26 back at the end of January. Student leaders, former retreatants at earlier editions of Kairos, offered talks to their classmates and led small group discussions at the Don Bosco Retreat Center, also the home of the Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, overlooking the Hudson River, just off the Palisades Parkway.

Faculty facilitators included Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Frs. James White and Zach Swantek, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Retreat Director Billy Ward, Dean of Men Michael Gallo, Rick Ingraffia, Horton Sears, Tess Marino, and John Rodino. Student leaders comprised Nick Appleby, Michael Bowman, Niall Breagy, Jack Carson, Ryan Compoli, Brian Donohue, Meade Eggleston, Sean Gallagher, Demoan Guinta, Patrick Hollander, Ben Mara, Connor Merklinger, Tommy McCormack, James McGuire, Joseph Skinner, Paul Scollo, Chris Tangretti, Oluwassyi Williams and Justin Wozniak.

Coach Mike Sheppard Joins the Elite 700 Win Club
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Yesterday Coach Mike Sheppard joined an elite group of baseball coaches in New Jersey as he collected his 700th career victory in a 2-0 shutout of West Essex. He joins Kenny Frank (830), Marty Kenney (765), Tony Ferrainolo (754) and Harry Shatel (752).

After an 11-11-1 first season as West Orange head coach in ’86, Shep took over the Seton Hall Prep program in 1987. In his time leading the Pirates (689-179-3), he has sent 40 players to the Division-1 level. In addition, 17 Pirates have gone on to play at the professional level, including pitcher Rick Porcello, who was a first-round draft choice by the Detroit Tigers in 2007. Porcello is currently pitching for the Boston Red Sox. He signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the club last spring and recently made a $1million gift to the Capital Campaign to build the new baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex.

During Shep’s tenure the Pirates have collected nine Non-Public A North titles and six NJSIAA state Non-Public A championships. The Hall has also won 13 Greater Newark Tournament trophies with him at the helm. Coach Sheppard has been inducted into four Halls of Fame: Seton Hall University (1991), Newark, N.J. (1995), Seton Hall Prep (2005) and NJSIAA (2006). He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Region 2 and National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2007. The 2007 Pirates (32-1) finished the year as the No. 1 team in the nation according to USA Today. Currently ranked the No. 5 team on the NJ.com Top 20, the Pirates are a perfect 10-0 to start the year.

Lax Album vs National Power in Gallery
Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Anything Goes" —The Prep's Springtime Hit!
Sunday, April 17, 2016

The weekend of April 14-16 the close to 100 in the cast and crew treated three audiences to a spectacular production of Cole Porter’s
Anything Goes." The popular musical, written and first produced in 1934 the depths of the Great Depression, debuted on Broadway in the Alvin Theater and has been popular ever since, undergoing several stage and movie revivals in America, Great Britain and Australia.

The Prep production was directed by Arts Department Chairman Joseph A. Neglia, assisted by Theresa Neglia, and featured roles portrayed by Kathryn Aman, Dan Dyer, Liam Doerr, Eden Mau, Anna Salamone, Boby Dries, Egan Barnitt, Jaris Owens, James Musson, Liam O’Driscoll, Erney Fertile, Richard Martin, Paolo Arante and Brian Cadag. Set and Lighting Design were directed by Prep alumnus Brian Sosa ’10.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story plays out as a series of madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The production introduced such well known stick-in-your-head songs as “Anything Goes,” “You're the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” The original musical had a tryout in Boston, before opening on Broadway on November 21, 1934. It ran for 420 performances, becoming the fourth longest-running musical of the 1930s, despite the impact of the Depression on Broadway patrons’ disposable income. Directed by Howard Lindsay with choreography by Robert Alton and sets by Donald Oenslager, it starred Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney,William Gaxton as Billy Crocker and Victor Moore as Moonface Martin. The musical subsequently went through revivals in 1962 and 1987 off Broadway, 1989 and 2002 in London and again on Broadway in 2011. The 1936 Paramount movie version starred Ethle Merman and Bing Crosby; the 1956 movie brought back Crosby with Donald O’Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. In 1954 the television version starred Merman alongside Frank Sinatra and Bert Lahr (of Cowardly Lion fame) as an episode of the Colgate Comedy hour.

New Baseball Album Posted
Sunday, April 17, 2016

SHP Crew Club Making a Name for Itself
Friday, April 15, 2016

On Saturday, April 9th, the newly-formed SHP Crew Club competed in their first race, the MYSO Regatta (formerly known as the North New Jersey Championships). Under the tutelage of coach Bryan Villaruel, the Men's Novice 4+ boat earned a silver medal, and the Men's Novice 8+ boat earned a bronze medal in their respective races. The team managed to beat seasoned programs such as Nutely, St. Benedict's Prep, Belleville, and St. Peter's Prep, turning plenty of heads and asserting themselves onto the North Jersey Crew scene. The school is excited to see what successes lie ahead for this new program.

Lacrosse Game Posted to Media Gallery
Monday, April 11, 2016

Battle of Top Baseball Teams Posted in Gallery
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Baseball Win Posted in Media Gallery
Thursday, April 07, 2016

Launched! Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store Now Open
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Seton Hall Prep has launched a brand new online store, offering students, alumni, parents, and all members of of The Prep community an online destination for items found in SHP's campus bookstore. View our collection of Men's, Women's, and Youth apparel, as well as a variety of accessories offered for purchase on the web. Find extensive collections of tops, bottoms, hoodies, hats, and formal wear, supplied by industry leaders including Under Armour, Vineyard Vines, Champion, Holloway, and more! Accessories range from blankets and common household items- soon to become mainstays in the living room- to travel cups and decals to showcase your support for our Pirates while on the road.

Our new home for merchandise on the web, powered by Shopify, is here to help supply a borderless Seton Hall Prep community with apparel so often requested by alumni and family all over the globe! Access the Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store by visiting our main website, shp.org, then hover over the "Prep Life" top menu option, and select "SHP Store". Follow our social media accounts, @SetonHallPrep on Twitter and Instagram, and "Seton Hall Prep" on Facebook, for new items and specials relevant to the store, as well as information on all happenings here at The Prep.

SHP Robotics Team 5992 Steps Into Big-Time Competition
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Last weekend, after months of work, the Pirates Robotics Team 5992 finally emerged from their afterschool classroom haunts and took to the big time the Mid-Atlantic District Event at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The event, a cross between a circus, a NASCAR race and a Final Four match-up, brought together 40 teams from across the state. This is serious business at some of the competing schools, one of which recently added a $1.5million addition to their building dedicated to technology and robotics.

Many of the teams brought cheering sections, mascots and pitcrews, often setting up shop with what looked like the back room at a NAPA or AutoZone store. The atmosphere was festive, with teams engaged in spirited camaraderie. More than once the PA announcer called for attention to the fact that one of the teams needed some wood screws or a 6-inch wheel; the need was quickly filled.

The robots, the result of hundreds of hours of afterschool and weekend work, are designed to perform a variety of tasks and maneuvers needed to deal with the obstacles on the course, as well as the defensive moves thrown up by the other competitors. In fact, for the first segment of each competition the bots must deal autonomously with the first obsacles, with the operators hands off the controls.

The 2016 competition had a Medieval theme, with scoring based on breaching eight types of defenses picked by the teams and the audience, and by gathering and shooting boulders at the tower. In practice sessions the team figured out how to breach a set of four pivoting ramps called the "cheval de frise."

Our Team 5992 played 10 matches from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon and were ranked in the 20’s until late in the tournament. Pirate driver was freshman Ross Johnson, scoring goals and out maneuvering the defenders, while senior David Fleurantin was the Java programmer. Going up against well-heeled and experienced teams, the Pirates were not shaken by eventually winding up down the list of finishers. "We learned a lot,” noted Doug DelTurco. “We saw what we need to improve on next year, how to improve the entire process. But we’re OK with how things are working out.”

The Prep team comprises Binrui Yang, Ryan Gurney, Max Sedlak, Aidan Musser, Ricky Zhang, Douglas Del Turco, Brian Axelson, Arjun Trivedi , Robert Budzyn, Ross Johnson, David Fleurantin, Yifan Zhang, Aarav Shah, Luyi Tang, Will Singer, Dhrumin Shah, Zhixiang Zhou, Prep parent Bret Musser and faculty members John Egan, Minh Trinh, Geralyn DeGeorge and Dave Snyder. Mr. Snyder, Chairman of the Science Department, was quick to note, "Special thanks go out to John Egan, who early in the year grabbed the bull by the horns to get this team born and moving forward. His efforts and leadership, played out over free time and on weekends, were critical in getting our team to where it is today." He also noted the important role that the Clifton High School Robotics Team took on as mentors for The Prep's first year effort.

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 charity 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.

This year the SHP team benefited from critical financial support from the Edison Foundation. If Prep community members have any suggestions about other ways to garner any corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, please contact Adviser John Egan.

Fr. Kilcarr's 1st Pitch Opens the KAC
Sunday, April 03, 2016

 Sandwiching the game between a pair of weather fronts, the Prep Baseball Team opened the 2016 season following the blessing of the field by SHP President Michael Kelly and the delivery of the first pitch by former Head Coach Fr. Stephen Kilcarr. The pregame ceremony included a welcome from Headmaster Msgr, Robert Harahan and a reading from St. Paul by Chaplain Fr. Zack Swantek. Fr. Kilcarr had chosen as his battery-mate for the inaugural toss his former player and current Pirates Assistant Coach Frank Gately '86.

In his remarks Msgr. Kelly made special note of the many alumni, parents and friends of The Prep that had made the field a reality. He called particular attention to the extraordinary generosity lent to the project by Rick Porcello '07, currently a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and the Porcello family, as well as the tireless work of Prep attorney Robert Williams, who continues to lead the school through the maze issues that plague any project of this magnitude.

Fr. Kilcarr was head coach from 1973 to 1986, winning more than 225 games, while garnering a state championship, a Greater Newark Tournament title and an Iron Hills Conference crown. He later coached the freshman team for 20 years. He was a religion teacher at The Prep for deades before his health sidelined him five years ago. He currently resides at the Msgr. Kelly Residence in Caldwell. 

The Pirates won the opener against Montclair, 10-0 (6 inn.) behind the pitching of Brendan Shamieh, who allowed only 2 hits, and a 6-run outburst in the 5th, with another pair tagged on in the 6th to end the game.

Baseball Team's Annual Day at the Links- at the KAC
Friday, April 01, 2016

With Opening Day at the new KAC diamond scheduled for Saturday morning, the Pirates Baseball Team, decked out in their finest golf attire, jumped the gun a little with a private opening of the facility for the team's 5th annual baseball-golf outing. The 6-hole layout on the FieldTurf featured a couple of long par-4s and even shots over the bullpen wall. Several scoring controversies and a 2-stroke penalty left last year's champions disappointed and out of the running. The tense match came down to the wire, with a closest-to-the-pin single shot playoff determining the victor, the trophy going to the winning team of Coach Mike Sheppard, Asst. Coach Frank Gately and manager Dan Metcalf.

Spring Sports Open- Lacrosse Opener in Media Gallery
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Prep Faculty Begins Easter Week on Retreat
Friday, March 25, 2016

The day after Prep students headed off onto their Easter Break, the faculty met at the Quellen Spiritual Center in Mendham to take stock of their personal and professional lives. Following an opening prayer by Fr. Zach Swantek, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan introduced Most Rev. John Flesey, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark to deliver the day's reflections. Drawing on his long experience in the area of Pastoral Counseling and his studies in psychology, Bishop Flesey led the faculty on an exploration of the ways in which they interact with their students and the manner in which they can grow in their appreciation of their vocation as teachers. The day closed with Mass in the chapel of the enormous home to the Sisters of Christian Charity.

Easter Liturgy Commemorates Three Golden Jubilees
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Last Tuesday The Prep's Easter Liturgy commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood of a trio of Seton Hall Prep priests, whose lives and priestly service have been intertwined with school life since 1966. Current SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Edward Bradley and Rev. William Melillo were ordained in May of that year. Principal celebrant of the day's Mass Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan reminded called to mind for the students in attendance the innumerable number of families whose lives the three priests have touched, the thousands of marriages, baptisms and funerals they have officiated at for generations of Seton Hall Prep alumni, students and their parents.

In a special tribute, Prep teacher John Merklinger '08 introduced four seniors who had dedicated their Senior Service Project to the priests. Ron Cullen performed his year's work with The Seeing Eye in the name of Msgr. Kelly. Shawn Zimmermann's service for young cancer patients at Morristown Medical Center was dedicated to Fr. Melillo. The team of Brian Jordan and Greg Irwin worked with Operation Shoebox on behalf of American service members stationed overseas, dedicating the project to Msgr. Bradley.

The day proved to be a most special way to head off onto Easter Recess.

5th Annual Peace and Justice Day Brings Together Topics Close to Home
Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Prep’s 5th Annual Conference on Peace and Justice took place on Wednesday March 26, highlighted by a pair of keynote addresses, several dozen workshops and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The weeks of organizing by Service Learning for Social Justice Director Vincent McMahon, Event Coordinator Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella and junior Chris Copolla and senior Chris Alesso paid off in a day full of new information, interesting discussions and a moving and impassioned address that brought the audience to its feet in appreciation.

MaryEllen Salamone, a proud Seton Hall mother of two alumni, has been actively involved in non-profits, for the past 15 years, helping children cope with grief and loss. Having testified before the US Congress shortly after 9/11, she has been an advocate of healing through service since her husband died in the attacks. Her passion to educate young people and to see “positive change happen” after her husband’s death has led to a new 9/11 curriculum for New Jersey schools that will likely be used far beyond the state’s borders. She is co-founder of Families of September 11. Her Keynote Address detailed how she and her family have coped with events that could have easily engendered hatred, turning them into opportunities to build peace and brotherhood. The conclusion to her remarks invoked the recent scene of The Prep’s fans, arm in arm, singing and swaying to the Alma Mater at the state tournament basketball game, bringing those in the auditorium out of their seats.

The second Keynote was presented by former NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford, a Super Bowl winner and now nationally known philanthropist and activist for community service. He spoke about the need to spend time finding out what each person’s individual gifts are, and then turning them into instruments of good for others.

A sampling of the organizations providing workshops includes: The Seeing Eye, The Community FoodBank of NJ, America’s Grow-a-Row, Project Rachel, Adopt One Village, Camp New Day, Hope for the Children, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warriors Project, St. Luke’s Youth Ministry, Operation Smile, St. James Social Service Corporation, and The York Street Project, among others, as well as individuals speaking on related topics.

3v3 Basketball Tournament Raises Funds for Operation Smile
Monday, March 14, 2016

On Friday, March 11, the SHP Student Council and the Operation Smile Club ran their annual 3v3 basketball tournament to benefit Operation Smile. There were 14 teams in the tournament this year, which raised $600 for the worthy cause. After some competitive preliminary rounds and a playoff run filled with intensity and several upsets, team 1730 defeated team Trey Ball Sosa in the championship game by a score of 24-21. Thanks to all the teams who participated and we hope to see you at this event again next year!

The Kelly Athletic Complex Comes Alive
Sunday, March 13, 2016

The final phase of the Kelly Athletic Complex has come alive in the last week after nearly a decade of planning and a year of construction, as the baseball program took to the new field for tryouts and a first scrimmage against Ramapo HS on Saturday. The spring-like weather and clear blue skies in the second week of March were the background for Coach Mike Sheppard's workouts with a large contingent of players trying to make the squad. 

The complex, once the last finishing touches are completed, will be a true showcase venue for baseball and tennis. The varsity baseball field, featuring its FieldTurf surface (315 down the lines, 365 in the gaps, 385 to center), major league dugouts, batting cages and bullpens, will be the centerpiece for the showcase venue and will be accompanied by an all-natural grass JV field and five tennis courts. Off the first base line, teams can drill on a half-sized multi-purpose pracatice field. Soon to come on line are a field house and maintenance buildings. The 20-acre setting is surrounded by the about-to-bud trees and a stunning view of Manhattan 14 miles to the east.

The success of the project to complete the Kelly Athletic Complex is due to the philanthropic gifts that Seton Hall Prep families and friends have offered over the past three years to the school's "Generations" Capital Campaign, a $20,000,000 fundraising effort to prepare The Prep for the future. In addition to the enhancement of the KAC, the components of the campaign include the construction of the John J. Murphy '52 Science Center and the growing of the school's endowment. The generosity of The Prep Family has helped the campaign reach its original goal, which now has been re-set to $25,000,000.

State Tournament Run Ends for Pirates— Album in Media Gallery
Friday, March 11, 2016

Jean Clervil '07 Returns to Encourage a Quest for Personal Fulfillment among Griffin Bridges Scholars
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seton Hall Prep alumnus, poet and motivational speaker Jean Clervil ’07, aka Mr. Changing Lives, recently brought his presentation to a group of Griffin Bridges students, encouraging them to unwrap their personal gifts to ultimately fulfill their dreams. Jean shared some of the tough lessons he learned and challenges he overcame throughout his high school and college years to create a career for himself through poetry. One of his core messages was “if God has giving you life, He has also given you a purpose. Make sure that each breath you take moves you towards fulfilling His true purpose in your life.”

Jean discovered his love for poetry during his freshman creative writing class with Prep English teacher Marty Berman. The 26-year-old has published two books while attending William Paterson University and has received great support for his work from well-known personalities, including Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Cory Booker and many others. He financed his first book by selling pins at college emblazoned with uplifting quotes on them. His quotes and aphorisms have taken social media by storm. One reads: “Most people don’t have a clear picture of their dream because they let fear hold the camera.” Another: “A person doesn’t die when he or she reaches the grave. They die when their dreams do.”

Jean remarked how grateful he was to share his story at his alma mater. He looks forward to returning and empowering even more students with his story and poetry. His most recent book, Is it Worth it?, can be found on Amazon and will soon be available for sale in the Prep bookstore.

Msgr. Kelly's 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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B'Ball State Tournament Album Posted
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Pirates Take Home the School's 17th Essex County Basketball Tournament Crown
Monday, February 29, 2016

Seton Hall Prep survived a cold-shooting third quarter to rebound in the fourth against a game Newark East Side team and come away with a 50-44 victory and the school’s 17th Essex County Tournament title. The crown marks this senior class’s third title and fifth in the last six seasons.

The Prep went into the locker room at the half with a 12-point cushion, thanks to a 9-3 run in the second quarter when the Pirates leaned on strong play from Brandon Oladapo and Treyvon Bennett. But East Side’s play and several key Seton Hall misses allowed the Newark school their own hot streak in the third period, scoring 15 to the Hall's three.

TJ Gibbs and Zach Keller righted the ship with several key scores in the fourth period, when the team outscored the Red Raiders 14-9, including a 7-2 run that re-established control. Gibbs finished with 15 points, Keller, 13.

Seton Hall took good care of the ball all game long, with only two turnovers; they caused 12 by East Side, which led to 20 points. Seton Hall now heads into the state tournament, opening up their quest for a state crown against the winner of the Pope John-Delbarton game next week.

Students Use Teacher-Developed Technology in Theology Class
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Seton Hall Prep theology teacher Jonathan Lace spent approximately three years developing a theological resource app for high school, college, and seminary students. Last July, the app Theologica was released by the App Store and is currently available for download in the iTunes App Store. “Since its release, students have been using the app to compose theological essays, and the quality of their work has greatly improved,” proclaims Mr. Lace, whose intentions were to create an app which serves as a self-contained theological library that presents theology in multiple contexts and offers opportunities for sharing theological reflection. For more information on how students are using this teacher developed resource for their academic benefit, see Mr. Lace’s blog post.

SHP's Buzz-Off Raises Cash for Cancer Research
Thursday, February 25, 2016

The 2016 SHP Buzz-Off for Cancer Research took place mid-day on Wednesday February 24 in the Giblin Auditorium. With more than 40 students and a dozen faculty members offering up their heads of hair, mustaches or beards, the organizers raised $4327 in just over an hour, with more to come through the sale of their specially designed T-shirts going on sale at the Winter Coffehouse on the 26th.

The event, the fourth since its origin in June of 2010, was spearheaded by seniors Dan Metcalf, Mike Whipp, Jack Young and Ian Saheed, along with Service Learning Program Director Vinnie McMahon and Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella. Those doing the shearing include local barbers Will Babcock and Louis Yinbirikeye, and faculty members Chris Scheick, Horton Sears and Chris Barnitt.

Hockey State Tournament Game in the Gallery
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Basketball County Tournament Action Posted
Sunday, February 21, 2016

National Honor Society Inducts New Members
Thursday, February 18, 2016

On Wednesday evening Seton Hall Prep's Walter McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted its newest class of members in an evening ceremony attended by friends and family. Following an introduction by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, and an invocation from Headmaster Msgr. Robert E, HarahanMaster of Ceremonies Richard Denton ‘17 welcomed the inductees and guests, and introduced Assistant Headmaster for Academics Kevin McNulty, who spoke about how proud he was of the organization and the group’s tradition of devoting their “geekdom” to the service and betterment of the school. His words were followed by those of the evening’s keynote speaker, Prep history teacher Michael Hulsy, whose remarks centered on the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four senior NHS officers followed— Bruno Fernandes ’16, Patrick Hollander ’16, Brendan Walsh ’17 and Robert Vanaria ‘16— in their turn lighting a candle representing each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them. Then, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers.

The newest members of the NHS are: Senior Inductees: Robert Dries, Demoan Giunta, Gregory Irwin, Colin Kirst, Yifan Zhang; Junior Inductees: William Banker, Robert Budzyn, Stephen Burkly, James Caprio, Yuheng Chen, Matthew Clarkin, Connor Compoli, Brendan Cook, Ian Creelman, Aaron Deditch, Andrew Deditch, Richard Denton, Albert Dimaculangan, Edwin Donnelly, Matthew Durborow, Jack Ehrich, James Ennis, Ryan Franklin, Thomas Freda, Tomas Gato, Noah Gould, John Guirgis, John Helsel, Creighton Hendrix, Gerard Hug, Matthew Jones, Samuel Kuprianov, Zachary Lima, Julian Londono, Ray Lozano, John Lynch, Thomas Magnier, Quinn McDonnell, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Nicolas Mottesi, Kyle Neve, Kevin O'Connor, Nick Patel, Thomas Piesla, Joseph Polifonte, Francis Prior, Luan Quispe, Daniel Raffaelli, Robert Ramsthaler, Stephen Rivera, Matthew Robinson, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Roszkowski, Sekou Rowe, Chasse Rush, Nicholas Russo, Isaac Soliman, Philip Sprague, Noah Stiesi, Owen Talmadge, Brian Tevlin, David Towell, Brandon Troeller, Brendan Walsh, Justin Yagozinski, Sam Yildirimlar, Jian Zhang.

Pirates B'Ball County Tournament Opener in Media Gallery
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Monkey
Friday, February 12, 2016

On Tuesday February 9 the members of Michael Hegedus’ Mandarin classes led Seton Hall Prep in welcoming the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey and the year 4713 on the Chese calendar. Junior Eric Zhao welcomed the guests to the activity period assembly and introduced the recently formed Silk Road Ensemble, comprising Paolo Arante ’18, Bernard Barillo ’16, Joseph Chen ’18, Karliss Kancans ’16 and Nolan Zhang ’16. They were followed by seniors John Caramichael and Steven Niu, who, in a flip of cultures, an gave an introduction called “Journey to the West” in Chinese and English respectively. Eric Zhao and LG Marapao '18 presented a Monkey King Martial Arts Duel to the accompaniement of a scene from “The Forbidden Kingdom, Return of the Monkey King” video. A trivia quiz and raffle followed and the celebration closed with the closing song “Gongxi, Gongxi” (Congratulations to You!) offered by the members of the Mandarin classes.

The Chinese New Year, also know as the Spring Festival, is steeped in layers of myths and traditions. It is celebrated in many countries throughout Asia, including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and in other parts of the world where people with Asian heritage have settled. It is a time for families to come together to eat good food and participate in cultural traditions. The years are designated by the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, with the Red Monkey being 9th of the 12 signs.

The date for Lunar New Year depends on the lunisolar calendar, which charts time based on the movements of both the moon and the sun. On the Gregorian calendar, the holiday will generally fall between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. The festival reportedly traces its origins to the Shang Dynasty (between 1600 BC and 1100 BC), when people offered sacrifices to gods and ancestors to mark the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year. A legendary wild beast named Nien (or "year") was thought to attack people at the end of the old year. Villagers would use loud noises and bright lights to scare the creature away, a practice that slowly morphed into the Lunar New Year festivities. 

Ash Wednesday Marks the Beginning of Lent
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seton Hall Prep marked the start of the Lenten season on Wednesday with the distribution of ashes during a pair of Masses for the school community. Freshmen and sophomores attended the liturgy during the morning assembly, juniors and seniors in the afternoon.

References to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance appear in writings from as early as the second century. The ashes are made from blessed palm brances taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass. The day is one of penitential prayer and fasting, and marks the begining of the Season of Lent, a time of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares the Church for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The Class of 2020 Comes on Board
Monday, February 08, 2016

Months of hard work on the part of the Admission Office culminated in a pair of events that welcomed the Class of 2020 to Seton Hall Prep.

On Sunday January 31 The Prep hosted Candidates’ Day for students that had been selected for admission to the Class of 2020. Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan welcomed the several hundred guests to Giblin Auditorium and introduced Prep staff members who laid out details concerning the wide variety of programs offered at the school— academics, spiritual life, extracurricular activities, athletics, college placement, technology and transportation. The families also heard first-hand accounts of life at The Prep from seniors Achim Younker, Bruno Fernandes and John Caramichael.

Following the presentation in the auditorium, the families headed to the Dining Hall, where they were able to speak with representatives of the academic departments, discuss the students’ math and English placement and enjoy refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary.

Last Saturday, February 6, marked the most important day in the Admission Office calendar— Registration Day for the incoming class. A steady stream of families passed through the Dining Hall to sign up students for the Class of 2020. In addition to the requisite paperwork, students got sized for their gym uniforms and warm weather golf shirts, visited the bookstore to load up on Pirates gear and took it all home in their new Prep backpacks. The Class of 2020 was now on board.

Marquee Basketball Match-up Posted to Media Gallery
Sunday, February 07, 2016

5 Pirates Celebrate National Letters of Intent
Friday, February 05, 2016

Five Prep student-athletes celebrated the signing of their National Letters of Intent to Division I athletic programs on Thursday. They were joined on the occasion by their parents, coaches and school officials.

T.J. Gibbs, point guard on the Pirates Basketball team, signed his NLI last November, the nation’s first signing period, with the University of Notre Dame. Closing in on The Prep’s all-time scoring record, Gibbs was Essex County Player of the Year in 2015, with numerous county, conference and state honors to his credit. Zach Keller also signed in November, to play football at Princeton University. Rolling up more than 4500 passing yards, with 42 TDs and a 60% completion record in his career, he was 2nd Team All State, as well as Essex County and Super Essex Conference Offensive Player of the Year. [At Princeton he will join current Prep classmate Bruno Fernandez and Prep alumnus Spencer Weisz, junior forward on the Tigers basketball team.] Tristan Stowell will join the Providence Friars soccer program following a standout season with The Prep’s highly ranked team, where, from his midfield position, he earned All-County and All-State honors. Brandon Moorer, currently among the top quarter milers in New Jersey, will head to Northeastern University. Beginning in his sophomore year at The Prep, he has gained All County and All Conference and All State standing. Rory Schlageter was Zach Keller’s favored target last fall. The tight end hauled in 26 passes for 428 yards and 5 TDs. Collecting All-Conference and All Area honors, he was also an MSG All-State Honorable Mention. He signed his NLI with Columbia University.

By signing a National Letter of Intent a student-athlete agrees to attend the offering institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

Kairos: A Reflection of Seton Hall Prep Life
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Seton Hall Prep hosted its winter Kairos retreat this week, as 45 candidates, 19 student-leaders, and 11 faculty members made the trip up to the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point, NY. “Kairos is one of the culture changing experiences at our school, and has influenced the hearts of many of our students,” reflected SHP Headmaster, Msgr. Harahan. He further remarked, “It provides students the opportunity to experience true brotherhood and encompasses all aspects of Seton Hall Prep’s mission. I truly enjoy going on the Kairos retreats because it allows me to understand the school from the inside out, and see the lives of students reflected in a deep and personal way. On every level, Kairos is a reflection of Seton Hall Prep life.”

Kairos, meaning “the Lord’s time,” is an optional extended retreat open to juniors and seniors. A life changing experience for many that embark on the spiritual journey, Kairos focuses on the revelation of God’s love in our lives through all the persons and experiences of our days, as well as our responsibility for service.

On Seton Hall Prep’s Facebook page, members of The Prep community reached out offering prayers and blessings for the boys, as well as reflecting on their own Kairos retreat experience. “One of the best memories of The Prep, still to this day,” wrote Matthew McCreadie ’12.

The retreat has become a staple of the Seton Hall Prep experience, a true example of how The Prep strives to educate students both in and out of the classroom.

Much of the Kairos experience remains confidential to those candidates and leaders who attend, however check the Media Gallery for pictures of Kairos 86-26.

Hockey Photo Album Posted to Media Gallery
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Winter Kairos 86.26 Returns Renewed
Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Kairos Retreat 86.26 returned from the group’s “time away” at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point NY on Friday afternoon. The large group of 45 retreatants and 20 student leaders had originally planned to leave from The Prep on Tuesday afternoon, but was forced to head north on Wednesday due to the aftereffects of the weekend blizzard. The sprawling and scenic retreat center, also the home of the Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, is 45 miles north off the Palisades Parkway and overlooks the Hudson River.

The faculty facilitators included Matt Bonder, Vito Campanile, Sean Farrell, Dave Giarrusso, Msgr. Robert Harahan, Michael Hegedus, Margaret Mainardi, Vin McMahon, John Merklinger and directors Sharon Rondinella and Billy Ward. The student leaders, former Kairos retreatants, comprised Michael Bocchi, Sam Corazza, Liam Doerr, Paul Dougherty, Robert Dries, Daniel Dyer, Matt Gilbert, Colin Kirst, Sean Leahy, Richard Martin, Liam McCabe, Christian Morano, Liam O’Driscoll, Michael Peer, Brett Rojas, Jason Starita, John Stenavage, Tristan Stowell and Spencer Truesdell.

A pair of Kairos Retreats are planned for the spring.

Pirates Wrestling Match Posted
Friday, January 29, 2016

Robo-Clubbers Prep for Inaugural Competition
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The FIRST Robotics Competition kicked-off on January 9.when the new game and playing field were unveiled and teams received a Kickoff Kit made up of donated items and components worth tens of thousands of dollars – and only limited instructions. Working with adult mentors, students aound the world will have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once the robot is built, their teams will participate in one or more of the Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

Prep Robotics Club Adviser John Egan explained, “The challenge is to build a robot to compete in this year's game, which involves getting over obstacles and launching balls, or “boulders," into a goal. We don't actually compete in the tournament until April but we only have until mid-February to build the robot.” He noted that at the mid-February deadline the robot is actually sealed in a plastic bag to prevent further work. “We can continue to work on certain things, such as programming,” he noted, “right up until the tournament, however.”

The Prep team comprises Binrui Yang (Leo), Ryan Gurney, Max Sedlak, Aidan Musser, Ricky Zhang, Douglas Del Turco, Brian Axelson, Arjun Trivedi , Robert Budzyn, Ross Johnson, David Fleurantin, Yifan Zhang, Aarav Shah, Luyi Tang, Will Singer, Dhrumin Shah, Zhixiang Zhou, Prep parent Bret Musser and faculty members John Egan, Minh Trinh, Geralyn DeGeorge and Dave Snyder.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, NASA, and NVIDIA, the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff event is an opportunity for teams from all over the world to share in the excitement of seeing the new game unveiled. Teams at local Kickoffs in Australia, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Israel, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States watched the proceedings via live broadcast. For more information on the competition...

Championship Performance Posted to Media Gallery
Monday, January 25, 2016

Class of 2015 Gift Illuminates The Prep
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

During the past school year the Student Council Executive Board weighed several plans to reinstate the tradition of a Senior Class Gift. Over several weeks the group initially considered ideas for the enhancement of the aesthetics at the Kelly Athletic. But they felt most strongly that the brick wall adjacent to the commonly used side entrance of the school itself had been blank for too long and needed to represent The Prep’s spiritual mission.

Secretary Jack Colleran suggested a huge cross and Vice President Conor Treacy seconded the motion, with the rest of the Board in eager agreement. Within a few weeks, Jack had contacted Fiberglass Specialties, Inc. in Henderson, Texas. He discussed our requirements at length with its representatives. The Board selected the biggest one that could be specially constructed given the size of the wall. The chosen fiberglass and aluminium cross is backed with timed LED lights. After receiving administrative approvals, the Board prepared a PowerPoint presentation for their senior classmates and solicited donations. As a result, the Class of 2015 provided substantial monies to pay for their gift. Installation occurred this past June, with the lighting coming online in December.

The Student Council Executive Board for 2014-15 comprised seniors Aidan Salamone, Conor Treacy, Jack Colleran and Jack Lazur, along with underclassmen Colin Kirst ’16, Steven Greenberg ’17 and Michael Gaudioso ‘18.

B'ball vs University HS Photos Added to Gallery
Monday, January 18, 2016

Pirates Swim Meet in Media Gallery
Friday, January 15, 2016

Wrestling Album Posted in Media Gallery
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Young Alumni Reconnect at the Start of 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The new year started in fine fashion for a large group of recently minted Prep alumni on Young Alumni Day on January 4. Close to 150 of them returned to The Prep before returning to their second semester of college, to meet up with friends and former teachers and to check out the recent changes and additions to the school and to the Kelly Athletic Complex. The annual event, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, occupies a popular spot on each new calendar and has grown over the years. Besides providing an opportunity to reconnect with classmates, the event also offered a chance to sit down for lunch "just like old times" in the Dining Hall.

Pirates Baseball Hosts a "Carnival for Our Friends"
Monday, January 11, 2016

Sunday, January 10, saw the renewal of Pirates Baseball's commitment to serve the needs of persons with physical and cognitive disablities, as the team hosted their annual games carnival in Tracey Gym. More than 50 members of the baseball program, coaches, a pair of baseball alumni and several students from Mr. St. Dominic Academy helped hearly 125 guests from Camp New Day, HANDS of North Arlington, Essex ARC and several group homes wend their way through dozens of arcade style and board games. The group was joined by a number of other Prep students eager to participate in the service project. The day was organized by Pirates Head Baseball Coach Mike Sheppard, Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon, and Director of Camp New Day and Paterson East Side Vice-Principal Mike Ollo.

Several of the guests sported hats and shirts they received at the Baseball Team's fall baseball clinic held on Verducci Field.

GOPIRATES.SHP.ORG Launches: All Things Athletics
Saturday, January 09, 2016

Seton Hall Prep has launched a microsite to cover all things related to Prep athletics. GOPIRATES.SHP.ORG features team pages, historical content, as well as features on media, schedules, rosters, traditions, alumni, sports camps, links to photo galleries and more.

The new site is the result of months of labor by Tech Services Director Rod San Cristobal, AD Larry Baggitt, Matty Berman, Jeff Goldberg, Marty Berman and the coaching staff. 

Wrestling Home Opener Posted to Gallery
Saturday, January 09, 2016

Career Night for TJ Gibbs in Media Gallery
Friday, January 08, 2016

Dave Snyder Honored by National Soccer Organization
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recently recognized Pirates Assistant Coach Dave Snyder as the 2015 East Regional NSCAA High School Assistant Coach of the Year. To be considered for this award, a coach must be an NSCAA member. as well as have a successful record for the season. In addition, the coach should exhibit knowledge of the game, rapport with the team, professional conduct on the field, work for coaches organizations, community involvement and rapport with other coaches, officials and the media. He was joined in the honor three other regional assistant coaches: Gary Luckey (Midwest Region), Pano Paschaloudis (South) and Chuck Hammons (West). Coach Snyder is currently Chairman of the Science Department and is assistant to Head Coach Marty Berman.

Hockey Album Added to Media Gallery
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Chris Herren Shares the Story of His Fall and His Recovered Life
Sunday, January 03, 2016

A few days before Christmas, at a morning assembly The Prep student body listened in rapt silence as the story unfolded of the rise, fall and rise again of Chris Herren, a high school basketball legend who dreamed of playing for the Boston Celtics. An All-American, Chris broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sport Illustrated and became the focus of an an acclaimed book, Fall River Dreams. He realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.

Now alcohol and drug-free for nearly eight years, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above everything else. He has shared his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews in the ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, and now shares his story with students throughout the country. It is a story of his descent into addiction, a miraculous recovery and his new mission of sharing his story in the hopes of reaching someone to make a difference in their life.

His presentation focuses nowadays not so much on life as an addict trying to function as a star athlete, but rather on the ways that the students in the audience can cope with the temptations that constantly try to draw them to smoking, drinking and taking drugs. He challenged the students with the question, "Why is it that so many of you don't feel good enough about who you are that you can't go out on a Friday or Saturday night without drinking or taking drugs? You should feel good enough about yourself when you go out on a that you won’t blindly follow the lead of your friends and that you’ll stay sober." Chris also hammered home the message of the responsibility each one has for their little brothers and sisters, that view them as role models, again with a challenge: “Your little brother and sister want to be just like you. If you were your little brother, would you even look up to you?”

More than one person remarked that the impact on the assembly was evident— for 90 minutes you could hear a pin drop.

Pirates Return from Successful Trip to Myrtle Beach for the 35th Annual Beachball Classic
Saturday, January 02, 2016

The Pirates Basketball Team returned on New Year's Day from their Christmas Break trip to Myrtle Beach, where they took third place in the renowned 35th Annual Beachball Classic. The team opened up with a lopsided win against the home state's St. James HS the day after Christmas at 7:30pm (after a 20-hour adventure to get to the game), and followed it up the next night with a defensive gem aginst highly regarded Archbishop Moeller HS (OH) to advance to the semi-finals. The Hall, after working out a tie at halftime, fell to top ranked Montverde in the semi and then came from 10 down at the half to rush past  Shadow Mountain (AZ) for a 3rd place win on New Year's Eve.

You can follow their travels in the team's blog, view photos of the games, link to the tournament website.

Home Opener Basketball Album in Gallery
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Early Basketball Win in Media Gallery
Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Prep Heads into Christmas Break with Gusto
Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Seton Hall Prep Community headed into the Christmas Break with gusto, riding on the good vibes provided by the Band's Wednesday night Concert, followed on Friday by the Christmas Mass and Concert. Joining the 150 member Band in their evening performance were the C-Tonians, The Prep's A Capella Chorus, and the Band's Brass and Woodwind Ensemble.

The wide-ranging program included selections by Stravinsky, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Handel, and Henry Mancini, among others, while the C-Tonians entertained with songs by such well known composers as Stephen Foster and Franz Gruber. The evening closed with a half dozen Chrismas selections, including The Prep favorite, Rudolph's Christmas Overture.

The final day before break centered around the celebration of the Christmas Liturgy, with Msgr. Robert E. Harahan as celebrant, assisted by President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Rev. William Melillo, Deacon Richard O'Hara and Chaplains Revs. James White and Zachary Swantek. A Christmas message also arrived from Rev. Stephen Kilcarr, currently in residence at the Msgr. Kelly Residence in Caldwell.

Following the Mass the C-tonians (introducing a new pop singing group, the Silk Road) and the Band offered several selections, with the Band welcoming The Prep's annual visit from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Hundreds Gather to Light The Prep Christmas Tree
Friday, December 11, 2015

Last night, under nearly balmy skies, several hundred Prep family and friends gathered to celebrate the lighting of the Prep Christmas Tree. The festivities kicked off with an invocation from Prep Chaplain Fr. Zack Swantek, followed by several Christmas carols offered by the C-Tonians, The Prep's A Capella Chorus. Student Body President Colin Kirst '16 welcomed everyone and then led a countdown for the firing up of the lights on the 20 foot spruce that graces the school's front driveway.

With everyone back in the auditorium, the Prep Band entertained with Christmas music, leading to the guest appearance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his boss, Santa Claus. While Student Council members handed out candy canes and cookies, young guests got up close and personal with the two visitors from the North Pole.

Mother Auxiliary Presents Giant-Sized Christmas Gift to The Prep
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Last Tuesday evening the Seton Hall Prep Mothers Auxiliary gathered for a dual celebration— the beginning of the Christmas season and the handing over to The Prep of the proceeds from their November Fashion Show, this year a check for $110,000. The organization’s annual Christmas Social was the scene for a gathering of close to 200 Prep moms and guardians for supper, festive conversation and the collection of gifts for distribution to needy families.

Club President Cathy DeCarlo-Egan expressed her thanks to the scores of women that had made for the success of the Fashion Show, Puttin' on the Glitz, as well as the many other activities of the organization. She called forward Treasurer Sue Petrovcik and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Donna Pinto and Janet Burke to present the check to SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, both of whom expressed their gratitude for all that the Mothers Auxiliary accomplishes for the benefit of Prep students. They noted that the good work of the Mothers Club, as well as the Fathers Club, is what makes Catholic education possible.

For photos of the Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show Puttin’ on the Glitz

Baseball Program Reunites at Annual Gathering
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

On the night prior to Thanksgiving, the SHP Baseball Program held the group's 8th Annual Reunion at McCloone's Boathouse in West Orange. Bringing together players and fathers from across seven decades, more than 90 participated in the what has become an eagerly anticipated event.

Among the atendees were: Chris Bagley-'88, Doug Delledonne-'89, Alex Baratta-'15, Nick Bergamotto-'87, Ty Blankmeyer-'12, Brian Bowness-'91, Mickey Brueckner-'01, John Callandrillo-'05, Alex Cardoso-'00, Tony Carlucci-'91, Mark Chase, Carter Chase-'15, Ryan Clark-'03, Robert Clark-'03, Mike DeRenzi-'14, Lukas DeRenzi-'14, George Dillon-'92, Joseph DiLorenzo-'12, Terrence Dolan-'05, Tim Dugan-'01, Steve Ehrich-'86, Luis Fernandez-'04, George Fernandez-'08, RJ Fornaro-'94, Dan Fornaro-'99, Frank Gately-'86, David Gerardi-'05, Mike Gesualdo-'97, Jeff Goldberg-'77, Art Grutt-'98, Pat Henning-'95, Julian Henry-'15, Zach Hersh-'15, Jeff Hersh, Tim Hofman, Tim Hofman-'12, Robert Holmes-'87, Dave Kahney-'90, Mike Kahney-96, Brian Kaufman, Eric Kaufman-'15, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly-'57, Kevin Kelly-'83, Stephen Kress-'03, Rich Kress, DJ Link-'12, Frank Maldonado, Frank Maldonado-'13, Joe Malone, Ryan Malone-'14, Mark Mari-'12, John McNish-'91, Ryan McSherry-'15, Rich Morris-H '95, Mike Ness-'06, Paul Ness, Enrico Nuguid-'12, Matt O'Neill-'15, Christian Orsini-'14, James Orsini, Andy Perez-'98. Matt Perez-'12, Rick Porcello-'07, John Probst-'95, Bill Reddick-'87, Tyler SanFilippo-'15, Anthony Sciarrillo-'94, Mike Sheppard Sr.-'54, Mike Sheppard Jr.-'77, Robert Sheppard-'88, Mike Sheppard III-'12, Kevin Toohill-'95, Tony Valvano-'00, Mark Venice-'14, Rhett Zidziunas-'93

New Hockey Album in Media Gallery
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The Greening of the KAC Moves Quickly Ahead
Sunday, December 06, 2015

Thanks to the unseasonably warm fall weather, the JV baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex heads rapidly towards completion, as the work crew has been able to lay the nearly three acres of sod onto the clay and sand base layers laid down two weeks ago. Using state of the art laser-guided leveling tools to ensure the proper elevations of the infield and mound area [click photo above], over three days the crew first set down 2x4 foot rolls of sod and placed them along the foul lines and in the infield around the pitcher's mound. In the final phase they switched to 15x60 foot rolls of sod laid down by machine to complete the outfield.

At the same time, the foundations for the dugouts were laid down along the baselines of the varsity's artificial turf field, which was completed several weeks ago. Next on the list will be the construction of the locker, concession and storage facilities in the area between the current lacrosse/soccer field and the varsity baseball field. And on the near horizon next spring is the reconstruction of the current lacrosse/soccer field and track with artificial turf in order to serve also as the home of Pirates football. [drone flight pilot- Dave Snyder]

KAIROS 86.25 Returns
Saturday, December 05, 2015

The second Kairos Retreat of the year returned from the group's three days away at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point New York. The 35 retreatants and their 20 student leaders were joined on their stay by Retreat Director Billy Ward, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Chaplains Frs.  Jim White and Zack Swantek and faculty members Julie Wester, John Egan, Vin McMahon and Mike Sheppard. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan celebrated Mass with the group on Wednesday evening.

The time away from the daily routine affords the students numerous opportunities for self-reflection and for learning about the ways in which their personal experiences are shared by their classmates. The days are filled with prayer and ways to learn of God's presence in their lives and surroundings.

Hockey Season Opens- Photos in Media Gallery
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Newark Archdiocese Honors Pair of Prep Seniors
Monday, November 30, 2015

In a November 15th ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, Rev. Msgr. Thomas Nydegger, Vicar General of the Curia, honored Prep seniors Christopher Allesso and Michael Whipp with the Discipleship Award for their outstanding contributions in service and ministry to their parish and school. The annual Youth Ministry Recognition Ceremony honors teens and adults that share their "time, talent and treasure" with their communities. Joining Msgr. Nydegger in the presentation of the award was Tom Conroy, Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

The Prep Celebrates Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 29, 2015

On Tuesday Nov. 24 Seton Hall Prep celebrated the upcoming holiday and the end of the first trimester with a pair of prayer services, as the student body headed into the Thanksgiving break. Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon welcomed the assembly and Chaplain Fr. Jim White and Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella led the prayers. Chaplain Fr. Zach Swantek delivered the homily, invoking episodes in the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to encourage the students to “give thanks, give back and give glory.” Music was provided by student and faculty music ministers, led by Directors Joe and Theresa Neglia.

Quintet of Pirates Sign National Letters of Intent
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last week five Seton Hall Prep student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent for NCAA Division I institutions. From the Lacrosse program, Colin Kirst to Lehigh and Sean Leahey to Providence; and baseball players Nick DiNicola to West Virginia, Ryan Toohers to Villanova, and Pat O'Hare to New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year, while the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

photo: Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan (back left) and Athletic Director Larry Baggitt (right) join the Prep's NLI signees on signing day: (back)- Ryan Toohers and Nick DiNicola; and (front)- Colin Kirst, Sean Leahey and Pat O'Hare.

SHP Hosts 5th Annual Teen Summit
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Seton Hall Prep sponsored its 5th Annual Teen Hunger Summit on Tuesday November 10, hosting 145 students and 19 teachers and advisors from 14 schools in the metropolitan area. Following a welcome from SHP’s Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon and from Community FoodBank’s Hunger Action Coordinator Laura Sodano, the students chose from among seven workshops where they brainstormed on the group topic and came up with several action plans that they would bring to the morning’s concluding assembly.

The workshops included: A Deep Dive Into America’s Hunger Crisis; Community Gardening and Local Farms- Bringing Nutrition to All; Soup Kitchens and Pantries-New Jersey’s Safety Net; Hunger: Real Issues Affecting Real People; Empowering Youth- Using Social Media for Social Good; Climate Change- How It Impacts Food; Global Hunger: How Can a Young Person Make a Difference?

Presenters were Laura Sodano; Sally Zeiner, Director of Programming, America’s Grow-A-Row, Pittstown; Vesta Godwin Clark, Exec. Director, St. James Social Services, Newark; Anne Mernin, Director of Outreach, Toni’s Kitchen, Montclair; Natasha Kachikwu, Nutrition Education Coordinator, Community FoodBank of New Jersey; Maya Curry, Communications Assistant, Newark Regional Business Partnership; Jonathan Lace, Seton Hall Prep Theology Department; Ruth Dekker, Director of Operations, BlinkNow.

The students came from Bishop Loughlin HS, Brooklyn NY; An-Noor Academy, Piscataway; People's Prep, Newark; Al-Minhaal Academy, So. Plainfield; Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit; Benedictine Academy, Elizabeth; Montclair High School; Queen of Peace HS, No. Arlington; Hillside High Jr. HS ROTC; Union Catholic HS, Scotch Plains; Paramus Catholic, Paramus and Mt. St. Dominic Academy, Caldwell.

Class of 2015 Gathers for Portrait
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Checking off a milepost on the journey to graduation, the 230 members of the Class of 2015 gathered for the group's class photo on Wednesday. In June the picture, or a similar one taken during the morning session, will join the first floor gallery of photos of the most recent ten classes.

Work Progressing at the KAC
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Work continues to move along at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The Junior Varsity baseball field awaits the arrival of its sod, the paving of the roadways and paths is underway, two of the tennis courts have been completed, fencing is under construction. [photo: Prospect Avenue and Essex County Golf Course to the right. Taken Nov 18, 8 am. Avionics by D. Snyder]

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on the Giblin Auditorium Stage
Monday, November 16, 2015

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was brought to life in Giblin Auditorium last week in four performances on November 12, 13 and 14. Directed by Theater Arts Program Director Theresa Neglia and in the works since the start of school, the production brought together the talents of a score of Prep students as well as a dozen young ladies from neighboring schools.

The tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime, and centers on the feud between two families, the Capulets and the Montagues.

Characters playing the Capulets were Lian Doerr, Lillian Shea, Egan Barnitt, Gavin Wentworth, Kathryn Aman, Richard Martin, and Lian O'Driscoll, while the Montagues were played by Kyle Bradley, China Llanos, Daniel Dyer, Raymond Norville Jr., Jason Starita and Paolo Arante. The play takes place in the Italian city of Verona, whose citizens are played by Erney Fertile, Robert Dries, Zachary Hicks, Jaris Owens and Benjamin Ballway. Production was carried out by Brian Sosa '10, Macon Siddons, Justin Torlucci, Cody Kohn, Finn Witt, Bernard Barillo, Mrs. Carole Marazzi, Kyle Bradley, Michael Gallo and members of the Theater Arts classes.

Football Playoffs Posted to Media Gallery
Saturday, November 14, 2015

SHP Crew Club Wins First Race
Friday, November 13, 2015

The SHP Crew Club beat St. Peter's Prep in their first race on October 24. The SHP novice eight-man boat showed no first-race jitters as they rowed to victory against the St. Peter's Prep novice boat. The club should have had two eight-man boats competing at a regatta on October 3, but the race was canceled due to poor weather conditions. The Crew Club, started only last Spring, now consists of over twenty athletes and is growing. The Prep is very excited to see this club in action come the Spring crew season.

The students who competed for The Prep in its first race were Chris Coppola, Cole Devine, Will Korner, Jack McConeghy, Jared Mehl, Daniel Morace, Carson Weber, and Alex Zaino with Tyler Barnette and Michael Sules as alternates. Congratulations to them and the entire SHP Crew Club!

Fathers Club Honors Trio in the Name of Thomas A. Reynolds '48
Monday, November 09, 2015

On Sunday November 2 the Prep Fathers Club honored a trio of outstanding individuals with the Thomas A. Reynolds Award, the organization’s most cherished award. Receiving the award were Tony Esposito, Michael Sheppard Jr. and Louis Puopolo III. Bestowed at the Annual Family Communion Breakfast in the name of the late Tom Reynolds, in the early 70s the first multi-term president of the club, the award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the Christian tradition in his relationships, has consistently shown himself to be devoted to the welfare of the Prep’s student’s and who has consistently remained an active member of The Prep community beyond the usual degree of involvement.

[photo: Fathers Club President Tom Young, SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly '57 and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan present the Thomas A. Reynolds Award to Tony Esposito, Michael Sheppard Jr. and Lou Puopolo at the Fathers Club Annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday Nov. 1]

Tony Esposito has been an energetic, hard-working “behind the scenes” contributor to the Fathers Club ever since his son Anthony began as a freshman in 2003. He has been the driving force behind the Pirates Cove concession stand at Prep football games for over a decade. Following upon his son’s tragic death, Tony established the Tony Esposito Jr. Foundation in 2010, with a college scholarship fund established for a participant in the football program. Since 2013 more than $75,000 has been awarded in scholarships and charitable donations in Tony Jr.’s memory.

Lou Puopolo’s ongoing participation in the Fathers Club continues long after his son Louis graduated in 2005. During these years Lou has co-chaired and later chaired the Pirate Treasure Auction and Mercedes Car Raffle, the most important annual fund raising effort run by the organization— through both good and bad economic times, annually netting more than $60,000. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Fathers Club’s Artie Williams Award for his longstanding “behind the scenes” work on behalf of Prep students.

Coach Mike Sheppard, now in his 31st year as The Prep’s baseball coach, has amassed a record that is second to none, including dozens of conference, county and statechampionship title. Closing in on 700 career wins, he has sent 14 of his players on to the professional ranks and has been recognized on numerous occasions by county, state and even national halls of fame and professional organizations. Equally important, Coach Sheppard’s professional approach to all he does is evident not only on the field, but also in the classroom as well and, at every turn, in his dealings with students. Over the past decade he has led his teams to a deeper understanding of and commitment to the meaning of community service— to The Prep and also to the larger community. His recent teams have hosted numerous clinics and game days for persons with developmental deficits, as well as teamed up for the gathering and packaging of food for the Community FoodBank. On a recent Sunday night at the Livingston Mall after closing, he addressed the members of his program as they finished up their evening’s work for the FoodBank, telling them, “learning how to do well in school and how to win baseball games is great, but the real measure of success is what kind of man you turn out to be.” Only hours after Sunday’s ceremony, Coach Sheppard led his players in hosting a baseball clinic for persons with mental and physical disabilities on the school’s athletic field.

The legacy of Thomas A. Reynolds continues in 2015 with the Thomas A. Reynolds Fund Scholarship, which, due to the work of Tom’s friends following his tragic death in 1979, has distributed more than $1 million to more than 200 Prep students who have been able to complete their education at the school in spite of the death of a parent or other family provider.

Football Photos Posted to Media Gallery
Sunday, November 08, 2015


Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show a Huge Success
Sunday, November 08, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show, Puttin’ on the Glitz, turned out to be another in the long string of social and financial successes for The Prep's parent organization. The crowd of more than 750 guests on the evening of November 5 went home with bounty from a huge selection of prizes, won from more than 115 gift baskets and a dozen deluxe prizes, including a week in a Manasquan shore house, a $3000 pair of diamond earrings and a $10,000 American Express gift card.

The evening's success was the result of nine months of work, involving 17 committees and chaired by Donna Pinto, mother of Peter '18, and Janet Burke, mom of Brendan '17. The president of the Mothers Auxiliary is Cathy DeCarlo-Egan.

The male models for the fashion show were 21 seniors, whose mothers have been active in the organization for four years, and a pair of Prep faculty members, English teacher John Pascal and Griffin Bridges Director Horton Sears '99. They modeled formal wear generously provided by Anthony Richards Formal Wear (West Orange), while the female models were dressed by Macy's of Short Hills.

Soccer State Tournament Album Posted
Saturday, November 07, 2015

2015 Turkey Trot Notice—
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

October Progress at the Kelly Athletic Complex
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Progress continues at the KAC as November starts. Following on the earlier completion of the varsity baseball field, the multi-sport practice area and the first two tennis courts, work now goes forward on the JV baseball field, the remaining three tennis courts and the parking areas. The top photo looks west, towards Prospect Ave, from behind the JV field backstop, with tennis to go to the far left, and some of the parking areas to the right. • The bottom photo is taken in the opposite direction, Prospect Ave. behind, shootiing towards NYC 14 miles to the east. The entrance to the complex will be at the far left, off Prospect Ave.

Pirates Baseball Welcomes Special Needs Friends
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Last Sunday afternoon, in a renewal of the team's commitment to offering service to the community, the Seton Hall Prep baseball program hosted a baseball clinic on Verducci Field for a group of adults with special needs. The event is one of many that Coach Mike Sheppard's players have organized over the past few years, including last month's work with the FoodBank and Livingston Mall, and last winter's Games Day for people with developmental delays. The latter event, attended by more than 150, will be hosted again this coming January.

Last Sunday's program began with the guests suiting up in Pirates uniform tops, followed by team and guest introductions, the singing of the National Anthem, led by Service Learning Director Vinnie McMahon, and a group warm-up. Coach Sheppard and the players then led the instruction in several phases of the game, including proper throwing, fielding and batting techniques. After finishing up the afternoon with a 2-inning game, the Pirates players gave out team hats to the guests, sending both players and guests home with smiles on their faces.

Halloween Celebration in the Media Gallery
Monday, November 02, 2015

New Football Photos in the Media Gallery
Monday, November 02, 2015

Championship Soccer Album Posted in Media Gallery
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Football Photos Posted to Media Gallery
Monday, October 26, 2015

Kairos 86.24- Time Away; Time Well Spent
Monday, October 26, 2015

A group of 40 Prep juniors and seniors returned on Thursday from the first Kairos Retreat of the year, dubbed Kairos 86.24. Accompanied by several Seton Hall faculty and staff members, the students spent four days and 3 nights at the Liebenzell Retreat Center in Long Valley.

The number of students answering the call to take this “time away” from the daily routine has grown over the past few years; now nearly 150 participate each year in one of the three retreat opportunities provided by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward.

Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan noted at the start of the year that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retrea as integral to our mission.” He celebrated Mass with the students on Wednesday evening.

Director Billy Ward observed, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassman and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They may not be sure what that experience may bring, but 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.”

The retreat was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Alex Cautela, Brandon Christensen, Evan Eckert, Will Lane, Christopher Loeber, Matthew McLaughlin, Dan Metcalf, Alex Nimmo and Ian Saheed. They were assisted by faculty memers Joe Alexander (Theology Department Chairman), Vin McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward and Prep Chaplain Fr. Jim White.

County Soccer Photos in Media Gallery
Friday, October 23, 2015

31st Annual Hall of Fame Inducts Ten New Members
Friday, October 23, 2015

On October 15 a gathering of 250 alumni, family and friends celebrated the induction of ten new members to the Seton Hall Prep Hall of Fame.  At the 31st annual event, The Prep honored alumni whose exploits on the athletic field over the last half century have added to the school’s proud and distinguished legacy.

The evening at Mayfair Farms saw the induction of Victor Iannelli ’52 (football), Frank Diaco ’87 (football), Clayborne Fields ’87 (football, track), Scott Chisholm ’03 (golf), Jamar Nutter ’03 (basketball), Jack Decker ’04 (wrestling), Brandon Costner ’05 (basketball), Andrew Pusar ’05 (basketball), Nick Christiani ’05 (baseball), and the 1958 Football Team. For details on the careers of the honorees, download the event program.

5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

On October 16th, the Seton Hall Prep Student Council held the 5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament Fundraiser. This year, the tournament raised over $1000 for Zufall Health, an organization that serves as the primary source of medical care to the undeserved in Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset, and Essex counties.

Two dozen six-student teams competed in the tournament, with "M6" emerging as the winning team, comprising seniors Daniel Metcalf, Darrel Wakefield, James Musson, Marcus Regino, Griffin Maher, Justin Miller, and Coach Mark Morrison. The team defeated the defending champions "Justice League" in a tense final match-up that spotlighted Miller’s cat-like reflexes. It was great night for an even better cause.

Pirates Baseball– In Support of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Last Sunday night, while many Prep students were gearing up for the Mets vs Cubs or the Pats vs Colts, 31 members of the Pirates Baseball program were putting their efforts towards the team’s support of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. As they did in 2014, The Prep student-athletes participated in the “de-can-struction” of sculptures crafted out of thousands of cans of food installed a month ago by New Jersey artists at the Livingston Mall. With the close of the exhibition, the dismantling of the artworks by local volunteer groups will go towards the food supplies collected by the Hillside organization, this year totaling more than 11,000 pounds of food.

The Community FoodBank serves a network of more than 1000 hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries and soup kitchens. The 285,000 square foot Union County facility picks up donations daily with a fleet of trucks, including five 53-foot trailers, two of which were at the mall last evening to load up with the cans collected and hauled by the volunteers. The Prep group was led by Head Coach Mike Sheppard, along with Asst. Coach Frank Gately and Prep parent John Rokozny. FoodBank Volunteer Resources Manager Sue Yurasits served as the liason for the several groups of volunteers participating in the efforts. With the team’s ever-growing commitment to service, the players will host a baseball clinic for special needs and developmentally delayed persons on Sunday, November 1, at The Prep between 1 and 3 pm.

Coach Berman Gains 400th Career Win; Soccer Program Receives National Academic Award
Monday, October 19, 2015

Last Saturday Pirates Soccer Coach Marty Berman won his 400th game with a 3-1 victory over Newark Academy. "It is really rewarding in a lot of ways," he said. "It lets you know that the program leaves an indelible mark on kids and they really appreciate what they have coming through. You have real quality student athletes from quality families. Most of them are good hardworking middle class families. It's a real great environment– religiously, socially, academically and athletically. It's also humbling. When you walk around the halls, as a coach, there are other coaches walking around the halls, like a Mike Sheppard Jr. or a Bob Farrell. There is greatness all around."

Taking over the soccer program from inaugural varsity coach, the late Pete Butler, the first couple of years were a little rough. "Until 2001 we were always a tough out... the kind of team that would play everybody tough, pull off some upsets and some tough wins, but we really weren't a great program by any stretch of the imagination," he recalled. "I was really lucky. I had great kids to coach, it was a great place to be. From 2001 on, we've been on a real good roll, averaging about 18 wins a year. Obviously the quality of players got a little bit better and it snowballed.”

Among the victories are a pair of NJ State Championships, a trio of Essex County Tournament and a fistful of conference titles. “I've had really great assistant coaches. I've had great players to coach," he said. "We've been able to win some big games and titles, which is nice. These were things that early on I probably would've never dreamed were possible. Really the 400 is a great testament to all the players that have come through." Coach Berman is also the freshman basketball coach and has collected more than 500 wins in that position.

Adding to the luster of the milestone, the Soccer Team, with a team GPA last year of 3.94, was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the 2014-15 High School Team Academic Award. The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field. The team finished their 2014 season with a 17-4 record, a #10 NJ state ranking, and a Super Essex Conference crown. Pirates Soccer was one of 398 teams (150 boys, 248 girls) nationwide recognized for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year.

photo: Coach Mary Berman, pregame earlier this season, with volunteer coach and former Pirates All-Stater Brandon Adler (l) and Assistant Coach Dave Snyder.

Football vs Monctlair Photos
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Prep Students Glean Apples for Grow-A-Row
Friday, October 16, 2015

Following an arduous morning of standardized testing, a contingent of Prep students headed westward to Chester for an afternoon of apple gleaning at the Riamede Farm in support of Grow-a-Row. The Prep group, comprising a large segment of The Prep’s International Program students and several seniors posting service hours for their senior project, first heard a little history and apple growing lore from the farm directors, and then set about gathering apples which had fallen from the trees but were still in pristine condition.

This “gleaning” is an important element in Riamede Farm and Grow-A-Row’s efforts to provide fresh produce to what are known as “food deserts,” places in New Jersey where fresh produce is unavailable, mostly in poor areas in cities.Riamede Farm last year received an award from Grow-A-Row for the support of that program’s efforts, having saved and donated over 70,000 pounds of apples for the relief of people in food-insecure areas.

This trip to Riamede Farm is the third that The Prep has undertaken, under the direction of Service Learning Director Vinnie McMahon, and accompanied by International Program Advisor Michael Hegedus.

The Prep students eventually gathered nearly two gigantic crates of apples, from among the more than 30 varieties to be found on the 35-acre farm. Notably, Prep freshman Zhixiang "Ace" Zhou, whose home is Ningbo, China, near Shanghai, garnered the “best dressed apple gleaner of all time” award, as he spent the afternoon bedecked in his Prep blazer, tie precisely knotted, and top button buttoned. On the way back to school at the end of the trip, the group stopped, fittingly, at a Chinese restaurant for dinner.

New Soccer Photos- SHP vs Millburn
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Football vs East Orange- Photos Posted
Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Soccer Photo Album Posted
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Newly Ordained Alumni Celebrate Mass at The Prep
Friday, October 02, 2015

Two Prep alumni, ordained last May, have recently returned to their Alma Mater to celebrate Mass.

Rev. Stephen Prisk ’07, originally from Clifton, graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2010; studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University from 2010-2011; earned his baccalaureate in sacred theology from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2014; and now continues his studies for a license in sacred theology at Pontifical Institute of John Paul II in 2014.

Rev. Jason Makarow ’99 attended The Prep from Bloomfield beginning in 1995. For seven years he was the Director of Alumni Relations, then Director of Institutional Advancement, before entering SHU’s Immaculate Conception Seminary and attending the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha. He served his diaconate at St. Henry Parish in Bayonne and is stationed now at St. Luke Parish in Ho-Ho-Kus.

Science Center Dedicated
Thursday, October 01, 2015

On Wednesday September 30, Seton Hall Prep celebrated a landmark in the history of the school as it dedicated the John J. Murphy ’52 Science Center on the West Orange campus. The state-of-the-art addition to the building on Northfield Avenue takes the name of the 1952 alumnus John J. Murphy of Monmouth Beach, whose generosity and support with one of the largest gifts in school history have brought to fruition one of the key elements in the school’s ongoing $20 million “Generations” Campaign. Mr. Murphy attributes his start on the road to success in his life to Seton Hall Prep, noting “There was a strong camaraderie with fellow classmates; each student had a competitive spirit.” He added that he hopes his gift will encourage others to give back to their alma mater. The new Science Center is equipped with four new hybrid laboratory/teaching areas, built to support the latest teaching and science technologies, as well as fourteen other completely refurbished classrooms.

Mr. Murphy, former owner of Murphy Bus Service, the largest operator of school buses in the state, was also owner of several other transportation companies as well as stores and shopping centers. Currently his primary projects revolve around the rehabilitation of houses that are in unlivable condition in Monmouth County. He is proud to have been the first of three generations in his family to graduate from The Prep. His son-in-law Dennis Flynn ’72 and his two grandsons, Brendan Flynn ’98 and Michael Flynn ’97, are also loyal alumni. “Seton Hall Prep is arguably the finest Catholic school in New Jersey,” he remarked, “and I am proud to be a part of building something meaningful that will affect young men for years to come.”

As part of the afternoon ceremony, the school also dedicated the Rose and Frank J. Gentempo Chemistry Wing in the Science Center, named by Prep alumnus and former member of the Board of Trustees Jack Gentempo ’57, in honor of his late parents, who were married for 71 years. The generous support of the “Generations” Campaign by Rose and Frank Gentempo recognizes the special love Mr. Gentempo had for math and science and his devotion to Catholic service. “I cannot think of a better way to honor my parents,” Jack Gentempo noted, “than to commemorate their life and service in perpetuity with the Rose and Frank J. Gentempo Chemistry Wing.”

The ceremony began with an invocation and blessing of the building by Seton Hall Prep President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57. In his welcoming remarks, Msgr. Kelly noted that the outstanding generosity of alumni and friends, personified by the gift of John Murphy, had enabled the “Generation” Campaign to surpass its $20 million goal, and the campaign would continue to raise funds to address significant needs at the Kelly Athletic Complex and to grow the endowment. Msgr. Kelly was followed by “Generations” Campaign Chairman James M. McCormick H'12 to introduce honoree John J. Murphy ’52, who spoke of the hard work of his Irish-born parents and the “luck and good fortune of being in the right place at the right time” that have led since his days at The Prep to his being in a position to help a number of groups and communities, including Seton Hall Prep. The ceremony closed with a prayer by Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan. The 80 guests then retreated to the Dining Hall for dinner.

Soccer Invitational Tournament in Media Gallery
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Soccer Photo Album posted to Media Gallery
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Football Album posted in the Media Gallery
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Msgr. Ed Bradley Honored by Pirates Cross Country
Friday, September 18, 2015

At the Cross Country Team's first meet of the year, the team members and their parents celebrated Msgr. Edward Bradley's 50-year association with the program as they presented to him the "Fr. Edward Bradley Running Pavillion." Fr. Ed (or "Fred," as he sometimes signs his name) was formerly a Prep Theology Teacher until several years ago, when he became Director of the Ministry for Retired Priests for the Archdiocese of Newark. After a half century he continues to act as spiritual adviser for Prep cross country and track teams.  •  The Prep's second conference meet [photos] took place on Thursday September 17 at Branchbrook Park.

Activities Fair Opens a World of Possibilities
Friday, September 18, 2015

The 2015 Activities Fair took place on Wednesday September 17, featuring displays by dozens of Prep clubs and activities and designed to introduce the school's activities program to the freshman class. Cultural clubs, competitive academic teams, publications, service clubs, performing arts clubs, professional organizations and political groups were featured, with student representatives on hand to explain the groups' activities and the ways to get involved. Although the morning targeted the freshman class, dozens of returning students also took the opportunity to discover new ways to get involved. Close to 400 students took advantage of the presentations, organized by Director of Activities Peter Durning '06.

Frosh Field Day Sparks Phase One in the Community-Building Effort
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A spectacular September day provided the backdrop for the 2015 Freshman Field Day yesterday at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The 22 freshman peer groups and their senior mentors spent the day in a variety of competitions, building the teams and the spirit that will carry them through their first year at The Prep and throughout their Prep careers. Following a morning of relays, football and volleyball games, the frosh returned to the campus for lunch and the culminating competition, the tug of war.

New Album in Media Gallery
Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Photo Album
Sunday, September 13, 2015

2015 School Year Begins with Mass of the Holy Spirit; New Eucharistic Ministers Commissioned
Thursday, September 10, 2015

The 2015 school year got off the ground yesterday, with the first classes and the traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit. Chaplains Fr. James White and Fr. Zachary Swantek, new to The Prep this year, each celebrated one of the two Masses, first for the upperclassmen, then, in the afternoon, for the freshmen and sophomores. Joining them at the altar were SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Fr. Bill Melillo and Deacon Richard O'Hara.

Highlighting the morning's liturgy was the commissioning of The Prep's new Ministers of the Holy Eucharist. After each new minister accepted his Archdiocesan certificate from Msgrs. Kelly and Harahan the group received a blessing from the celebrants and from their parents and student peers in the audience. The new Ministers of the Holy Eucharist are: Christopher Alesso, Dylan Badger, Michael Bocchi, James Connor, Same Corazza, Patrick Donoghue, Brian Donohue, Ian D’Sousa, Steven Fasciale, Michael Gallo, Matthew Gilbert, Jack Hagan, Anthony Iuso, Colin Kirst, William Lane, Jospeh LaRiccia, Sean Leahey, Liam McCabe, Peter Molinsky, Christian Morano, John Savino, Paul Scollo, Jason Starita, Michael Whipp and Jack Young.

New in the Media Gallery: Soccer vs Orange
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

New in the Media Gallery: Football Opener
Sunday, September 06, 2015

New In the Media Gallery: Soccer Opener
Saturday, September 05, 2015

SHP Welcomes the Class of 2019
Thursday, September 03, 2015

On Wednesday September 2, Seton Hall Prep welcomed the Class of 2019 into its 160-year old community. The 240 ninth graders, coming from more than 80 different towns, from middle schools both large and small, arrived to the Giblin Auditorium to hear welcomes from Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Assistant Headmaster Michael Gallo and Student Council President Colin Kirst.

Their remarks were followed by Mrs. Theresa Neglia's introduction to the Prep's Peer Mentoring Program, which explained to the freshmen how their first-year experience at The Prep would be led by the 33 senior Peer Mentors. After breaking up into the 22 freshman peer groups and meeting their senior leaders, the frosh headed off to the rooms in which they would meet each mid-day during the year. There, the first task, quickly accomplished, was the learning of names and a little information about their new colleagues. The rest of the afternoon was spent getting class schedules, touring the building, receiving locker assignments, mastering the lock combination, receiving the warm weather polo and gym shirts and getting the photos taken - in general, getting more comfortable in their new environment.

Around supper time they met in the Dining Hall with several faculty members, including Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Director of Activities Peter Durning, Director of Guidance Tom Cregan and Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty. They closed out the dinner hour with time spent with Mrs. Neglia learning the Alma Mater. At the close of the long (and very warm) day, the Class of 2019 proceeded into the auditorium to treat their parents, who were attending their own orientation, to their first public performance of their recently mastered Alma Mater.

Summer Enrichment Program a Resounding Success
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The 2015 Summer Enrichment Program at The Prep boasted one of the more robust sets of courses in quite some time. Approximately 10% of the school population elected to take one such course. In addition to the usual well attended classes in Algebra II, Geometry and PreCalculus, several incoming students took Algebra I. In addition, our traditional offerings in Latin II Honors, Physics Honors and Geology were especially well subscribed. New to our offerings this summer were two exciting courses that were also very well attended— Spanish II Honors and Introduction to Engineering.

The summer offerings provide students with both the opportunity to “get ahead” in their studies, and also the chance to explore a subject in a hands-on situation. The Geology class took a number of hikes in all four geologic provinces of New Jersey, ranging from New Jersey’s High Point State Park, to the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River, to Sandy Hook, exploring the region’s diverse geological record. On one ramble students scaled rock faces on a several mile hike, while they were heard discussing glacial striation and erratics, the complexities of puddingstone, and establishing compass direction by means of the observation of whalebacks. Within the building Physics students could be found performing a variety of experiments to “test” the laws of energy conservation. One experiment saw students calculating missile arcs as they sought to hit the football cross bar from 35 yards with simple projectiles. Just as exciting was the construction of other projectiles by the Engineering students, who designed them in CAD and then printed them using our 3D printers.

REPORT from the new Intro to Engineering Course: The first design project for the Prep’s inaugural Introduction to Engineering Honors summer course was to design a projectile and projectile launcher. Project groups of two or three students completed the design using Tinkercad (free online software) and printed the projectiles and launchers in plastic with the Prep’s 3-d printer, a 5th Generation Makerbot Replicator. Each group’s goal was to maximize both the accuracy and the consistency of ten launches aimed at a target on the ground five meters away. The project called for one finger to fire the device, which necessitated a trigger mechanism for each design. The projectiles were launched horizontally from a height of one meter. Harry Roman, a retired engineer who works with the Edison Foundation, contributed to the engineering class and helped with the projectile launch.

CAUTION— brain cramp potential: Students used their mastery of kinematics (the geometry of motion) to model the flights of the projectiles, namely that the ultimate distance (x) traveled by an object set in motion is dependent on its acceleration (a), initial velocity (v), and its time in the air (t): x = 0.5at2 + vt. (The distance traveled horizontally is equal to one-half times the horizontal acceleration times the time squared plus the initial horizontal velocity times the time.) The assumption was made that air resistance, or drag, could be ignored for these streamlined objects traveling at relatively low speeds (no acceleration), so the equation can be simplified to the following: x = vt. (The distance traveled is equal to the [constant] velocity times the time.) Upon testing, students obtained distance (x) measurements and so could calculate the velocities of their projectiles if the travel time is known: v = x/t. (The velocity is equal to the distance traveled divided by the time.) The time in the air is governed by how quickly the projectile is pulled down to the ground by gravity, i.e. the acceleration due to gravity.

Modeling the flight in the vertical direction is begun with the same overall kinematic equation, with variables interpreted for the vertical direction: y = 0.5at2 + vt. (The distance traveled vertically is equal to one-half times the vertical acceleration times the time squared plus the initial vertical velocity times the time.) In this direction, acceleration cannot be ignored, but there is no initial velocity because the projectiles were fired horizontally, so the equation simplifies to the following: y = 0.5at2. With a vertical distance of 1m from the launch to the floor and the standard acceleration due to gravity of 9.8 meters per second squared, a travel time of approximately 0.45 seconds is calculated. For a horizontal distance of 5 meters traveled in 0.45 seconds, the initial velocities of the projectiles were approximately 11 meters per second. [Got that? Quiz tomorrow!]

Fathers Club Barbeque Welcomes the Class of 2019
Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Seton Hall Prep Fathers Club welcomed the 240 members of the Class of 2019 and their families to their freshman year at the school with barbeque held at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The huge gathering was treated to perfect weather and an assortment of food prepared by the members of the Fathers Club, many of whose sons have long since graduated.

The families were greeted by Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister, followed by an invocation offered by Freshman Chaplain Fr. Zach Swantek, and welcomes from SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan and Student Council President Colin Kirst.

During the afternoon, many families took the opportunity to view the current state of construction just a few yards away on the final phase of the KAC, to include a pair of baseball fields and five tennis courts.

 

Construction Pace Quickens at the KAC
Friday, August 28, 2015

As the end of August approaches, the pace of construction at the Kelly Athletic Complex has quickened, culminating this week in the near completion of the work on the varsity baseball field and the adjacent multi-purpose practice field. Additionally, just beyond the centerfield fence, work has begun on the first pair of the five planned tennis courts.

The work on the baseball field was almost too fast to keep up with once the base layers of gravel and the curbing and fencing had been installed several weeks ago. Beginning on August 18, the crew laid down and sewed together nearly 150,000 square feet of Field Turf, and spread 250,000 pounds of rubber pellets and more than 300,000 pounds of sand into the "grass" surface (see photos). The varsity field now sports a specially designed Pirates logo behind home plate. Just beyond the right field foul line is a multi-sport practice area, a half-field lined for football, soccer and lacrosse—sure to be a help as the various seasons start and teams look for areas in which to do drills and conduct early try-outs.

Just two days ago, workers laid down the macadam base layer for two of the five tennis courts which will eventually stand outside the outfield wall. Awaiting a start is the JV baseball field, which will be a natural grass field near the Prospect Avenue border of the complex.

The Kelly Athletic Complex project is under the direction of Dakota Excavating Contractor, Inc., with the artifical turf areas handled by the LandTek Construction group, whose projects include work for the Giants, Mets, Red Bulls and Brooklyn Cyclones.

Peer Leaders Swing Into Action
Friday, August 07, 2015


On the first weekend of August, The Prep's 33 new Peer Leaders headed off to northern New Jersey for a three-day retreat and workshop, to put together the team that will shepherd the members of the Freshman Class of 2019 through their first year at Seton Hall. The intensive program for the seniors helped them develop the team-building skills they will need to support each other in the important task of integrating the 275 freshmen into the SHP community.

As part of the carefully crafted program led by Peer Leadership Mentoring Program Director Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona, English teacher Peter Ford and Chaplain Rev. Jim White, the seniors engaged in their own team-building exercises and discussions, all of which pointed towards their most difficult task of creating the 3-man teams that would head each freshman homeroom. With the adults kicked out of the room, that job took nearly four hours after leaving no stone unturned in the effort to come up with right chemistry for each senior team.

The seniors will meet their freshman charges on Freshman Orientation Day, September 2nd.

For pictures of last year's Peer Leadership Workshop, see the album.

Please Consider Supporting the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Fund Charity Golf Tournament
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Please consider supporting the Brendan Tevlin Memorial Fund through their first annual charity golf tournament on Thursday September 10, 2015. Download the brochure here.

Downpour Fails to Dampen Spirits at the 2015 Spring Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

While a late afternoon downpour may have cut short the actual round of golf, it did nothing to dampen the infectious high spirits that ran through the largest golf outing crowd yet at the 2015 Spring Golf Classic, held on June 15 at the Montclair Country Club in West Orange. The "sold-out" group of 215 golfers enjoyed a noontime lunch on the patio, and, once the storm intervened on their golf, and thanks to the extra efforts of the club’s kitchen staff and MCC Head Pro Mike Strlekar P’15, an earlier than anticipated cocktail hour and dinner.

The success of the day was due to the work of the members of Office of Institutional Advancement, Director of Alumni Relations Rich Koles, as well as the tremendous support shown by the event’s sponsors: The Daniels Group, Jim Burke, Capital Partners, Complete Business Connections, Flag Wharf, Inc. (Cannon Family Foundation, Inc.), Frank and Mimi Walsh, Averill Fundraising Solutions, Acorn Financial Services, Mortgage Unlimited, Dean Weiss Landscape LLC, LCD Mortgage LLC, East Main Street Advisors, Internationall Union of Operating Engineers/Local 68 IUOE, Meglio & Associates, LLC, Moretti Group/Morgan Stanley, Jim McCormick, The DiCaro Family, Keller Williams Realty, National Building Supply/The Lazur Family, Kevin Clark '72, LeeZar Sporting Goods, the Kemp Family, Bob Gaccione '88, Ben Edwards and Able Fence Company. Additional prizes and raffle items were donated by the Essex House and The Manor. Prep mothers, alumni and Prep golf team members served as volunteers.

Bio Class Puts New Probeware Through its Paces
Friday, June 05, 2015


Just before the end of school, Dr. Mark Connelly’s bio class took their experiment on heart rate outside, putting to use some of the new tech hardware and software to analyze what “back-in-the-day” was measured with stopwatches and stethoscopes. The students used Pasco Blood Pressure Sensors and Cuffs to measure heart rate, then used a SPARKvue App to collect and record the data with iPads.

They first recorded their resting heart rate; then exercised and recorded the rate following the physical activity; finally recording the rate during the recovery period. Using the software app they graphed the heart rate against time, overlapping the three measurements in different colors.

The body increases heart rate in response to a wide variety of conditions in order to increase the cardiac output (the amount of blood ejected by the heart per unit time). Exercise causes a person’s heart rate to increase above the resting heart rate. As the physical activity becomes more vigorous, the heart rate continues to increase. With sufficiently vigorous exercise, the heart rate reaches its maximum rate. This is borne out by the resulting graph submitted by one of the students, and shown at the conclusion of the photo album.

iOS App Development Course a Huge Success
Thursday, June 04, 2015

As the academic world continues to evolve with the development of technology, classroom lessons and course offerings are constantly changing to adapt to the new methods of teaching and new subjects of learning. These changes were evident this year as Seton Hall Prep, for the first time in its history, offered students an iOS App Development class. The course was offered as a science elective to only juniors and seniors. It had 16 students enrolled, many of whom had no prior programming experience.

The goal of the program was to teach the students the necessary programming languages that would be required to eventually create a functional app to be used on an iPhone or iPad. The students first needed to learn the C Programming language, a basic, general-purpose language that provides constructs that map efficiently to typical machine instructions. After gaining an understanding of C Programming language, the students needed to learn Xcode, the programming language required by Apple, Inc. for creating apps to be used on iPhones and iPads. After both programming languages were understood, students could then develop a functional app that they could use with their Apple devices.

The final exam was for the students to develop an app that could actually be used by Mr. Jonathan Lace, the course instructor. Some of the apps were presented to students and faculty on May 28 during homeroom period. Andrew Baker and Robert Lynch created “Swimming Times,” a swimming conversion app because there are none currently available. Although there are web sites that they could use for swimming conversions, they decided to create a mobile app that would convert swimming times between short course meters (SCM), short course yards (SCY), and long course meters (LCM). Their app was able to convert swim times based on user inputs and could also easily share the results with others via Air Drop, email, text, and Pinterest.

Stephan Duroseau designed a game app, complete with background music and sound effects, called “Space Shooter.” The game itself was similar to Astro Blaster or Galaga; it included a flying airplane with a blaster that defended the plane from incoming objects as it flew along. This particular app used the SpriteKit framework for app development, which was not taught in the class, but some of the students were savvy enough to be able to use it, and other frameworks not covered in class, anyway.

Overall, the class was successful in piquing the students’ interest and many of them ended the class hoping that they could continue it beyond the normal school year. They found that it would take longer than one year to learn as much as they would want to about such an interesting and useful subject.

The Class of 2015 Graduates with Style and Emotion
Tuesday, June 02, 2015


Seton Hall Prep's 155th Commencement Exercises sent the Class of 2015 off with much pomp and circumstance, and a large dose of tradition and emotion. Welcomes from President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan were followed by presentations of the Alumni of the Year Thomas Cregan, M. Richard Merklinger, John Slevin and Timothy McLoone from the Golden Anniversary Class of 1965; introduction of the members of the Class of 1965; the Valedictory Address by David Armanious and presentation of the school's two most cherished awards. The Vincent A. McIntee Award for Extraordinary Service was presented to Joseph M. Zichelli, and the Thomas A. Boland Award, Most Representative Setonian to Aidan M. Salamone. The 221 seniors then received their diplomas on the Walsh Auditorium stage. Following on the previous evening's Baccalaureate ceremonies at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, Sunday's graduation ceremony was marked by several poignant moments, touchingly finishing up with the newly minted graduates arm-in-arm singing the alma mater.

Photos of the Commencement,  Baccalaureate and Awards ceremonies are posted in the Media Gallery.

Prep Internship Program Offers Students Unique Opportunities
Friday, May 29, 2015

Earlier this month, Seton Hall Prep’s College Placement office officially launched the Prep Internship Program, a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in various professional settings. To date, there are approximately 45 professionals/organizations and almost 50 opportunities available to Seton Hall Prep students.

Seton Hall Prep’s Director of College Placement, Ben Laster, spent over a year organizing the program and finding professionals who are willing to offer SHP students the opportunity to learn through experience. Mr. Laster noted,“This dynamic program will allow our students to gain practical experience, enhance their college prospects, and refine their educational and career goals for the future. This program will uniquely differentiate Seton Hall Prep from other schools in the private high school landscape.”

The feedback surrounding the program has been tremendous from students, parents, and especially professional members who eagerly embraced the opportunity to be a positive influence in the students’ lives. SHP alumnus Matthew Gallagher had a positive experience with his internship, stating, “The focus of my internship was in the marketing and sales departments, which are two areas that I find most interesting based on my own business goals. Although I worked during the summer, the company invited me to continue working during the school year.”

Mr. Laster hopes to continue the program’s growth by adding more opportunities and getting more students involved. Professionals and students who are interested in the Prep Internship Program should contact Mr. Laster at blaster@shp.org

Prep Junior Herbert Zieger III- winning team member at NJ Science and Technology Competition
Thursday, May 28, 2015


Prep junior Herbert Zieger III, selected last year as one of the 50 inaugural NJ STEM Scholars (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), and the only student chosen from a private Catholic high school, saw his team of Scholars emerge as winners from the year-long 9-team competition that saw teams work on a research initiative. The teams were made up of a Rutgers university student and three other high school students from around the state.Herb’s team built a drone and created its computer program to eradicate the mosquito population in NJ.  All the projects from the nine STEM scholars teams were judged at the final conference at the Virtua Conference Center in Voorhees, NJ on May 16 with Herb’s team winning first place.

As a member of the winning group, he will attend the Thomas Edison Patent Awards in which the Research and Development Council of New Jersey recognizes inventors, universities, and companies whose contributions cultivate and advance research and development in New Jersey and honors their inventors with the Council’s distinguished Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award at a Reception and Ceremony held at the Liberty Science Center on November 12, 2015.

The STEM Program brings together 50 of the best and brightest high school and college student leaders from around the state who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related major and career in New Jersey’s vast STEM economy. The students are put into groups to tackle important research.  Through a series of four conferences during the school year that aim to mentor, educate, and inspire scholars, they are introduced to accomplished STEM professionals and cutting edge research, as well as trips to STEM organizations across the state such as the Picatinny Arsenal, the Princeton Plasma Lab and the Liberty Science Center.

Griffin Bridges Celebrates the Year's Successes
Tuesday, May 26, 2015


On the evening of May 21, The Annual Griffin Bridges Potluck Dinner brought together families and friends to celebrate and honor the year's achievements of program scholars and Prep faculty. Program families were joined by current Griffin Bridges Big Brothers, sponsors and benefactors, recent alumni of the program, and Seton Hall Prep faculty. Among those celebrated were Griffin Bridges seniors Ivan Morales and Nathaniel Saint Germain, heading to Rutgers; Daniel St. Germain and Bakir Adus-Sabur, heading to Villanova University; and Enyinna Eguh, heading to University of Virginia. The event was also an opoportunity to welcome the incoming freshman class of Zion Bolognese, Jordan McLendon, Tahj Henry-Jackson and Justin Townsend.

Prep senior Zach Hersh was awarded the Greg Beauzil Big Brother award for his dedication to the program. A pair of awards were presented this year in appreciation of members of the Prep faculty that have worked behind the scenes towards the success of the Griffin Bridges Scholars. Ray Norvile Jr. presented the first award to college counselor and Griffin Bridges social worker Mr. Chris Barnitt. Edwin Ramirez followed with a presentation to English teacher Mr. John Pascal. Bakir Abdus-Sabur, speaking on behalf of his senior classmates, centered his remarks on the great impact the program has had on his life throughout his time at The Prep. Finally, senior Daniel Saint-Germain offered his own remarks in presenting a special award to previous director, Mr. Ivan Arocho, for his seven years of dedication to the program and its scholars.

Patrick Hannaford '17 Selected for 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Patrick Hannaford, a sophomore at Seton Hall Preparatory, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been nominated and will be attending the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA on June 28th - June 30th, 2015.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Patrick Hannaford was nominated by American hero and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Seton Hall Preparatory and New Jersey based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Patrick Hannaford will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading scientific research; be given advice from deans of the world's top tech universities; be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

"This is a crucial time in America when we need more nimble-minded and creative scientists and technologists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Patrick Hannaford are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who have the desire to learn more about their future in science or technology. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers include online social networks through which these future scientists and technologists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by tech and science leaders; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The Academy was founded on the belief that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education plays a critical role in enabling the United States to remain the economic and technological leader in the global marketplace of the 21st century and that we must identify prospective talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers. Based in Washington, DC and with an office in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to advances in society as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Service Honored at Ascension Thursday Assembly
Tuesday, May 19, 2015


SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan presented service awards to five members of the faculty and staff following the Ascension Thursday Mass on May 14.

Athletic Director Larry Baggitt introduced the recipient of the Msgr. Thomas J. Tuohy Award,  Pat Sempier, given annually in the name of the former headmaster,  in appreciation for longstanding contributions to athletics at the school. Pat’s work over two decades with the kickers on the Pirates football team, as well as others throughout New Jersey, has earned him the nickname “the Kicking Guru.” Pat is the grandfather of Prep graduates and football players John, Rory and current Prep junior Conor Merklinger.

Director of Activities Peter Durning ‘06 presented the Salvatore N. Caprio Award to Prep guidance counselor Chris Scheick ‘92 for his contributions to the activities program. Chris is advisor to The Prep Ambassadors, the student organization on the front lines of the Prep’s public face.

Msgr. Kelly presented the Fusco Family Award to math teacher Joseph Boland, for his special commitment to "technological innovations for the good of the school and its students." On hand to join in the presentation of the award were Board of Trustee Emeritus Gregory Fusco ’64 and Joseph Fusco ’62.

Also honored at the assembly were retiring science teacher Edward Fabrizio and, closing out a 50 year career at Seton Hall Prep, French teacher William Safranek ‘61.

Pirates' Historic 3rd Inning Explosion Leads the Way to Greater Newark Tournament 3-Peat
Sunday, May 17, 2015


The Seton Hall Pirates exploded for a historic inning in their third turn at bat in the Greater Newark Tournament final game, lighting up the Millburn starting pitcher and relievers for 11 runs on 9 hits, including 3 homers in a row along with 4 doubles. The eruption was an answer to the second-seeded Millers' 3-spot in the top of the frame and led to the final 12-6 win for the Hall, giving them their 3rd straight GNT title and 15th overall. 

To start the bottom of the 3rd, Seton Hall Prep loaded the bases with no outs. After scoring a run on an RBI fielder's choice by Matt O'Neill (he then reached on an error) to make it 3-2, Patrick O’Hare drew a walk to tie the game at 3. From there, things turned for the worse for Millburn. Ryan Toohers and Carter Chase laced back-to-back two-run doubles to grab a 7-3 lead. Zack Hersh then had an RBI double to make it 8-3 before cener-fielder Tyler Brosius launched a two-run shot over the left field wall at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, followed by back-to-back solo shots by Alex Baratta and O’Neill moments later to cap the outburst.Prep starter and winning pitcher Ryan McSherry tired in the 5th allowing a couple of runs and a whiff of hope to Millburn, but reliever Eric Kaufman came in for the final two innings to nail down the win.

SHP is now 10-0 all-time vs the Millers in the GNT, including 3-0 in the finals (2008, 2011 and 2015). The only team to top the Prep's 3-peat in the GNT were the Pirates of 1997 to 2000, who won a record 4 in a row.

Pirates Baseball Takes to The Prep's Field of Dreams
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Last Thursday morning senior members of the Prep's highly ranked baseball team took to the Field of Dreams under construction at the Kelly Athletic Complex in anticipation of the project's culmination, targeted for the end of the summer. 

Construction Pace Quickens at Kelly Athletic Complex
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The first week of May saw great progress on the construction for the final phase of the Kelly Athletic Complex. With the land cleared prior to the winter, work now has sped ahead on the grading of the site, installation of the complex drainage system as well as the surveying and laying out of the outlines of the fields. 

As described in previous postings, the plans call for two baseball fields, five tennis courts, a generic practice field, parking lots and a team room and refreshment stand. Target date for completion is the start of school.

4th Annual "Building Bridges 5K" Brings Wide-ranging Support for the Griffin Bridges Program
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 The 4th Annual Building Bridges 5K hosted more than a hundred runners, walkers, families, friends and supporters of the Griffin Bridges Program on Saturday May 9 on the Crest Drive 5K course in South Orange. Following a welcome by Griffin Bridges Program Director Horton Sears ’09, the 9am Kids Fun Run got the day off to a rousing start. The main event followed, with a couple of very serious former track champions leading the way, including 2005 graduate Bernier Lauredan, track MVP and Most Representative Setonian while at The Prep, as well as Carlos Martins, current Prep father and 1986 NJSIAA All Groups Cross Country Champion while at East Side HS. 

The event was again made possible thanks to the support of dozens of sponsors and supporters, including Title Sponsor McLoone's Boathouse, Platinum Sponsor Gagnon Securities, Gold Sponsor TD Ameritrade, Silver Sponsors The MCJ Amelior Foundation, LEO Foundation, Summit Medical Group Foundation and the SHP Track Team, and Bronze Sponsors Ray and Patti Chambers, and Shavar Jeffries '92. Following the races, the participants retired to McLoone's Boathouse on Northfield Avenue for refreshments and the awards ceremony, at which the top three finishers in a dozen age-group categories were recognized.

SHP Announces New Ice Hockey Coach
Monday, May 11, 2015

Seton Hall Prep Athletic Director Larry Baggitt has announced the appointment of Mike Atkinson as the new Head Ice Hockey Coach at the school.  

Mike returns to The Prep after years away from the area, having played for The Prep's hockey team in the 2000-2001 season.  Following that year, he and his family moved to New England where he continued with his love of the sport at the Salisbury School and later at Quinnipiac University. Mike pursued his professional hockey ambitions in the ECHL (Utah Grizzlies), the SPHL (Fayeteville FireAntz) and the FHL (Danbury Whalers). 

Mike is currently head coach for Team New Jersey in the USAH Atlantic District Player Development Program and Assistant Coach to the New Jersey Devils Quebec Peewee International Team.  He is also the AAA level Head Coach and Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club.

Pirates Lacrosse Scores a 3-Peat in the Essex County Tournament
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pirates Lacrosse cashed in on a second half scoring binge to break open a 6-6 halftime deadlock over a game Montclair team, bringing to The Prep their their straight Essex County Tournament championship.  The final was 18-9. The Pirates started the second half with four straight goals, taking the lead for the first time since their 1-0 edge after a mere 37 seconds into the game. The Hall shut out the Mounties over the final 12 minutes, sending home six goals of their own in the fourth quarter. 

For the Pirates, eight different players hit pay dirt, with Joe McHale (#12 in photos) netting a half dozen, Brian Tevlin (17) adding five with four assists, and Sean Leahy scoring a hat trick.

Kick-starting the scoring barrage in the second half was the face-off work of Nick Carnovale, who won 27 of the 30 face-offs during the game, giving The Prep a huge possession advantage.

 

Pirates Track Team Reclaims Essex County Relay Title
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Seton Hall Prep Track and Field team parlayed a mere pair of golds with hard earned places in nearly every other event to eke out a two-point win over neighbor Columbia HS on Friday May 1 at Livingston HS for the championship of the Essex County Relays. With the team's lone wins coming in the 4x100 and the 400 Intermediate Hurdles, a monumental team effort was essential to get past some other powerful gold medal performances by other county runners and throwers. The win reclaimed the County Relay Championship for The Prep, after the title had slipped away to West Orange HS in 2014. 

The team of Dan Wachenfeld, Harrison Pryor and Tobe Anukwuem beat the strong East Orange squad in the Intermediate Hurdles in a combined time of 2:54.1. The 4x100 relay of Ian Henderson, Brandon Moorer, Michael Aman and newcomer Nile Godfrey blazed to an exciting victory in a hotly contested relay in a time of 43.26. Senior Hogan Dwyer was a workhorse for the evening, running his leg in the 4x1600 in 4:26, his half-mile in the 4x800 in 1:59, the 1600 in the Distance Medley in 4:34 and another 800 in the Sprint Medley in 1:58. In the field events, senior Christian Schmid posted scoring efforts in the Shot Put, the Discus and Javelin Relays.

Prep Scoring: 4x1600- 5th Place (Carmelo Gabayeron, Malik Kosanovich, Mark Morrison, Hogan Dwyer); Intermediate Hurdles Relay- 1st Place(Dan Wachenfeld, Harrison Pryor, Tobe Anukwuem); 4x800- 4th Place (Brian Jordan, Daniel Saint Germain, Mark Morrison, Hogan Dwyer);  4x100- 1st Place (Ian Henderson, Brandon Moorer, Michael Aman, Nile Godfrey); 4x110 Shuttle Hurdle- 3rd Place (Harrison Pryor, Dan Wachenfeld, Royce Watkins, Tobe Anukwuem); Distance Medley- 2nd Place (Austin Tighe, Nate Saint Germain, Brian Jordan, Hogan Dwyer); Sprint Medley- 3rd Place (Ian Henderson, Mike Aman, Brandon Moorer, Hogan Dwyer); 4x200- 3rd Place (Tobe Anukwuem, Michael Aman, Brandon Moorer, Nile Godfrey); Pole Vault- 5th Place (James McGuire, Jay Heo); Shot Put- 5th Place (Josh Kaminski, Christian Schmid); Discus- 4th Place (Christian Schmid, Jimmy Caprio); Javelin- 4th Place (Steve Sinisi, Christian Schmid)

Fathers Club Treasure Auction Is Another Hit
Monday, May 04, 2015

The Fathers Club Pirate Treasure Auction was another rousing success on the evening of April 25. The festivities featured scores of raffle prizes and live auction items, which included primo sports tickets, jewelry, time-share, sports memorabilia, paintings, apparel and electronics, along with a buffet dinner. The evening kicked off with the presentation of the Art Williams Memorial Award to longtime behind-the-scenes worker and supporter, former parent John Santucci. The highlight of the auction was the pulling of the winning ticket for a 2015 Mercedes, won this year by 1968 alumnus Dave Arminio.

Work on the event spanned several months, spearheaded by Club President Tom Lyons and Auction point men Bob Burke and Vinnie D’Antonio ’80.  As the principal fundraiser sponsored by the Fathers Club in support of student activities, the auction again raised close to $100,000.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"... Another Prep Musical Success
Sunday, May 03, 2015


This weekend's Spring Musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" [H2$] wowed three evening crowds— the culmination of months of preparation, construction and rehearsals. In several ways a musical version of TV's Mad Men, the show takes place in the early sixties and pokes fun at the culture prevalent in the world of Madison Avenue advertising and other corporate office environments. In a 1961 Herald Tribune review, theater critic Walter Kerr noted, "Not a sincere line is spoken in the new Abe Burrows-Frank Loesser musical, and what a relief that is... How to Succeed... is crafty, conniving, sneaky, cynical, irreverent, impertinent, sly, malicious, and lovely."

As evidenced in the photo album, the cast of 80 Prep students and friends from sister schools gave a trio of rousing and energetic performances, making their months of work an all-around memorable experience for them and the audience alike. The musical was directed by Prep Arts Department Chairman Joseph A. Neglia, assisted by Theresa Neglia. "H2$" marks the 100th production directed by Mr. Neglia in his long career in parishes and at Seton Hall Prep.

To see the cast, crew and production credits, download the production's program.

 

Clayton Parros '09 Helps USA Win 4x400 at Penn Relays
Monday, April 27, 2015

Seton Hall Prep alumnus Clayton Parros '09 ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay in 45.11 seconds, a personal best, as Team USA took first place at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday April 25. Details and photos are found here.

Passing of Margaret Harahan, Mother of Headmaster Msgr. Harahan
Friday, April 24, 2015

It is with sadness that we inform of the death of Margaret Harahan
(Mother of Msgr. Robert Harahan, Headmaster, Seton Hall Prep)
Wake: Halpin – Bitecola Brookdale Funeral Home
1284 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ  07003
Sunday, April 26th, 4-8 p.m.
Funeral Mass: St. Thomas the Apostle Church
60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ  07003
Monday, April 27th, 10 a.m.
Burial: Maryrest  Cemetery, 770 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah, NJ  07430
Please keep Msgr. Harahan and his family in your prayers.

TD Ameritrade Renews Its Generous Support of the Griffin Bridges Program
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tom Bradley, President of the TD Ameritrade Retail Distribution, and Mecca Ford, Manager of Retail Internal Communications, presented a pair of gifts to The Prep’s Griffin Bridges Program yesterday— a $10,000 Pledge of Support to the Griffin Bridges Program in addition to a $2,500 Gold Sponsorship of the 4th Annual Building Bridges 5K run to be held on May 7. [photo] On hand to receive the gift were SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Griffin Bridges Scholar Bruno Fernandes ’16 and program Director Horton Sears ’99.

TD Ameritrade has a long tradition of generous support for Griffin Bridges. In addition to sponsorship of the previous three Building Bridges 5K races, TD Ameritrade made a $20,000 sponsorship pledge for the program’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Over the past three years TD Ameritrade has hosted educational workshops for the GriffinBridges Scholars in the company's headquarters in Jersey City, where the students have benefitted from workshops geared towards the development of professional skills, such as building a personal brand and resume writing, and been hosted on a trip to the New York Stock Exchange. This year TD Ameritrade is looking forward to the renewal of the three-day workshop program.

Pair of Juniors Score Perfection on the ACT Test
Tuesday, April 21, 2015


A pair of Seton Hall Prep juniors recently achieved perfect scores (36) on the national ACT test for high school achievement and college admissions taken at The Prep last October. Brandon Wang (at right, Montville) and Joseph Donohue’s (Gillette) rare achievements are annually duplicated by less than 0.08% of the more than 1.86 million students that take the test each year. Both students are members of the Thomas R. Farley '44 Seton Scholars Program.

Although since 2011 the ACT  is taken by more students than the perhaps more familiar SAT, it is not quite as well known in the eastern part of the country. It comprises five sections (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional Writing component). Each section contains between 40 and 75 questions, lasting between 30 and 60 minutes. Colleges use the ACT results for admission decisions, course placement, academic advising and for decisions on scholarships and loans.The ACT was first administered in November 1959 by Everett Franklin Lindquist as a competitor to the College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test, now the SAT.

The ACT originally consisted of four tests: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences. In 1989, the Social Studies test was changed into a Reading section (which included a Social Studies subsection) and the Natural Sciences test was renamed the Science Reasoning test, with more emphasis on problem solving skills. In February 2005, the optional Writing test was added, mirroring changes to the SAT that took place later in March of the same year.

Spring Drive Supports Blood Bank's Efforts
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On March 23 The Prep Community hosted the New Jersey Blood Bank for a very successful Spring Blood Drive. The organization collected 64 pints of blood, with 28 first-time donors. The event, the third of the year, was sponsored by the Prep’s Service Learning Program.

Pirates Baseball on the Verducci Field Golf Links
Monday, April 13, 2015

While Jordan Spieth was gearing in Augusta last Saturday up to run away with the Masters Championship, equally engaging golf action was taking place on the Links at Verducci Field as the Pirates Baseball team, currently 7-0 and No. 7 in the nj.com poll, took the field for the third annual renewal of their Baseball Golf Tournament. 

With seven four-man teams on the card, all decked out in their latest links fashions, Coach Mike Sheppard set up a 6-hole course on the Verducci Field baseball diamond.  In spite of a couple of hazards in play, including the right field and bullpen walls, the scoring was tight, with a premium put on the short game and putting (generally with the wrong end of the bats). By the end of play only a couple of strokes separated the teams, and a closest to the pin tie breaker was called into play to determine the winner.

At Work With Habitat for Humanity
Monday, April 06, 2015

Easter Break is experiencing a dash by Prep students to help finish off their work with Habitat for Humanity in Morristown to ready the new home of the Smith and Garcia families, who are set to move in on June 30. Over the past three months, dozens of Seton Hall students have taken their turns at the task- helping with sheet-rocking, painting, siding, flooring and tiling.

As of March 28 there had been four trips to the job site on a street just off Route 287, with four more scheduled. The Habitat crew and the families had seen their move-in date in jeopardy, until the Prep crews began to show up, helping them get back on schedule. Led by Prep Habitat advisers English teacher Pete Ford and Theology teacher Lisa Traum, 15 or so student workers have manned each of the trips, where they work under the supervision and tutelage of Habitat veteran “Bob-the-Builder.” The March 28th trip was joined by Prep alumnus Gerry Byrnes ’05.

Major Gift Highlights Griffin Bridges Celebration
Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Griffin Bridges Program had much to celebrate last Monday night, March 23rd, as members, supporters, families and guests gathered at Salute Bistro in Montclair. The “Meet and Greet” was originally arranged to introduce Griffin Bridges’ new Director, Horton Sears ’09, who took over the reins of the program from Ivan Arocho last December. The evening also provided the opportunity many of the programs most ardent supporters to renew acquaintances with each other and to see first hand the success that recent graduates have had in college and beyond. Director Sears remarked, “It was exciting to see our students engage the guests with their individual Griffin Bridges success stories.”

Highlighting the evening was the presentation by Long Island attorney Mark Brosnan of a gift to Griffin Bridges of $200,000 from the estate of William A. Hagan, SHP Class of 1950. Following Mr. Hagan’s graduation from The Prep, he attended Georgetown, followed by a three-year stint in the US Air Force. He then earned a law degree from Columbia Law School, followed by a career at Shea & Gould, a well-known national law firm, ultimately becoming a partner there. William Hagan passed away in December 2013. As a result of Mr. Hagan’s gift, his name has been permanently memorialized through the renaming of the Bridges mentoring program to the William A. Hagan Jr. Mentoring Program. 

The event took place at Salute Bistro, hosted by Prep alumnus and proprieter Bobby Gaccione Jr. ‘88, member of the Griffin Bridges Advisory Board. The festivities also included a silent auction and the opportunity for guests to pledge items on the program’s Wish List. “It was inspiring to see the outpouring of support and to feel th energy people have for Griffin Bridges,” remarked Director Sears. “Particularly as a graduate of the program, I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with so many of our generous donors.”

SHP Names New Football Coach
Friday, March 27, 2015

Seton Hall Prep Athletic Director Larry Baggitt today announced the appointment of Vito Campanile as the new Head Football Coach at the school. 

Since 2009 Campanile has been the head coach at Westwood Regional High School, where his teams have had great success, including sectional championships in 2013 and 2014, a 47-17 record over six years, Bergen County’s longest win-streak (20), as well as the top offense in New Jersey in 2013, amassing 5,598 yards. Campanile was the Chase Bank/NY Jets Tri-State Area Coach of the Year in 2014 and Bergen County’s Coach of the Year in 2013. While leading the Group 2 school at Westwood, he has helped place 24 players on college rosters during his tenure as head coach. 

Prior to assuming the head coaching position at Westwood, Campanile was the very successful head football coach at Bergen Tech High School from 2002 to 2005.

At Seton Hall Campanile will also take on the role of Assistant Learning Counselor. 

Seton Hall President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly remarked, “Based upon Coach Campanile’s concern for his student-athletes and the positive relations he has had with them and their parents, it is clear that he is an excellent fit for the position at Seton Hall Prep. His success in the public school arena is also clear, but as important is his readiness to commit to the mission of our school.”

Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan echoed the president’s sentiments in noting, “We look forward to a new chapter in our strong athletic tradition with Vito Campanile. He comes ready to coach our football team guided by a firm commitment to the Prep’s mission.”

The appointment comes at the close of an extensive five-week search process. “When I chose our selection committee,” said Athletic Director Larry Baggitt, “it was our theme to continue the program with the class and integrity that Coach John Finnegan and those before him have demonstrated” He continued, “We have heard nothing but that those traditional traits will continue with Vito at the helm. He certainly arrives to The Prep with a tremendous football pedigree and we look forward to his becoming a part of our community.”

Campanile lives in Fairlawn with his wife of 12 years, Kristin, and their two children, 10-year-old Brooke, and 8-year-old Dominic.

2015 Peace and Justice Conference
Friday, March 27, 2015

The Prep’s 4th Annual Conference on Peace and Justice took place on Wednesday March 26, highlighted by a Keynote Address by Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, 40 workshops, and several prayer services. 

The weeks of organizing by Service Learning for Social Justice Director Vincent McMahon, Event Coordinator Lisa Traum and senior Jack Lazar gave witness to Mr. McMahon’s assertion that “peace and justice are at the very core of why our school exists.” 

Rev. Kaper-Dale’s address was pointedly challenging of the students, urging them to deal with the tough issues of our time, noting that not only should the focus of the church be on heaven, but also on what goes on on the very earth that Jesus walked upon.

The workshops, hosted by community activists, experts and directors of community organizations, led discussions on a wide range of topics— homelessness, conflict resolultion, hunger, racisim, immigration, migrant workers, volunteerism, dealing with disabilies, international slavery,  the holocaust, and environmental issues, among others.

A sampling of the organizations providing workshops includes: the Reformed Church of Highland Park, The seeing Eye, The Climate Reality Project, Mary’s Meals, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, The Community FoodBank of NJ, Hopeworks Camden, Hope for Children, America’s Grow-a-Row, Project Rachel, Adopt One Village, St. James Social Service Corporation, and National Center for School Crisis Bereavement,  among others.

Six Pirates Sign National Letters of Intent
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Six Prep student-athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent for Division I or II schools in soccer and football. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period. Last Thursday the Prep students convened with their parents and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan and their coaches Marty Berman and John Finnegan for photos to commemorate the signings, which took place beginning February 4. The Prep students were: Xander Saling [soccer, Loyola University Maryland), Nicholas Alvarez (football, Colgate University), Vincent Nisivoccia (football, Bryant University), Jared Southers (football, Vanderbilt University), Julian Spain (football, Sacred Heart University) and Ryan Faber (football, Monmouth University).

National Honor Society Inducts Newest Members
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Last Thursday evening Seton Hall Prep's Walter McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted its newest class of members in an evening ceremony attended by friends and family . Following an introduction by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, Master of Ceremonies Liam Bartie ’16 welcomed the guests, and introduced Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty, who spoke about how proud he was of the organization and the group’s history of devoting their “geekdom” to the service and betterment of the school. His words were followed by those of the evening’s keynote speaker, Headmaster Robert Harahan, whose remarks centered on the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four senior NHS officers followed, lighting a candle representing each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them. Then, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers. 

Senior Inductees- Enyinna Eguh, Benjamin Kaneda, Christian Marini, Griffin Mehl, Jack Sotelo, Jared Southers, Daniel St. Germain, Austin Tighe, Andrew Ukrainskyj, Matthew Wikstrom, Junior Inductees- Adrian Abeijon, Vonn Alabado, Dylan Badger, Liam Bartie, Matthew Brennan, Matthew Burdorf, John Caramichael, John Carson, Alexander Cautela, Austin Chin, Brandon Christensen, Ryan Compoli, James Connor, Ronald Cullen, Joseph Donahue, Brian Donohue, Bryan Dorval, Paul Dougherty, Ian D'Souza, Daniel Dyer, Steven Fasciale, Bruno Fernandes, Stephen Ferraro, Liam Ferrer, Christopher Festa, David Fleurantin, Joseph Funari, Michael Gallo, Ron George, Jack Gorelick, William Grabas, John Hagan, Connor Haviland, Brian Henn, Yoonjae Heo, Zachary Hicks, Patrick Hollander, Zachary Keller, Stephen Liss, Alexander Matai, Thomas McCormack, James McGuire, Patrick Mello, Joseph Mendoza, Vincent Miller, Henry Mitsch, Christian Morano, Ethan Morrison, Mark Morrison, Tyler Mraz, James-Casey Musson, Alex Nimmo, Daniel Nolan, Raymond Norville, Ian O'Hara, Jaris Owens, Drew Parry, Michael Peer, John Petrovcik, Anthony Pontoriero, Christopher Proano, Daniel Quinn, Edwin Ramirez, Gabriel Ribeiro, John Rogacki, Brett Rojas, Roy Samuel, Mark Scola, Paul Scollo, Brendan Shamieh, Joseph Skinner, Jason Starita, Tristan Stowell, Ronald Terreri, Ryan Toohers, David Truesdell, Simonas Vaitkus, Robert Vanaria, Darrell Wakefield, Brandon Wang, Adam Yawdoszyn, Jack Young, Achim Younker, Herbert Zieger 

3D Printer Technology Quickly Proving Fruitful and Instructive
Friday, March 20, 2015

Through a grant from the Edison Foundation, Seton Hall Prep purchased its first 3D printer last February. Determined not to have it become an expensive plaything to be used on rare occasion, Science Department Chairman Dave Snyder has encouraged frequent student-use of this cutting edge technology. At first, the machine was put through its paces by the Technology Innovators Club so that the members could learn the technology, work through any difficulties it presents, and look ahead to the potential it can offer the school's educational program. When the club was pitched the idea of printing and assembling a prosthetic arm, sophomores Julian Londano and Alain Koussi were the first to volunteer for the project. The two students, later assisted by classmate  Julian Braun, who had already assembled his own 3D printer, downloaded their plans from of an online database called Thingiverse, a 3D Printing online community, and began the process of printing the 26 pieces that go into the prosthetic. Each day the students would meet in the 3D printing room to set up another print session. By the end of a week they had the components they needed and, with a $25 assembly kit, were able to begin the assembly. The plan is to donate the arm to a not-for-profit oragnaization called The Enable Project, which links individuals in need of prosthetics with those who have the ability to make them.

Soon after witnessing the efforts of these three students, seniors Patrick Getz and Danny Farrell decided to collaborate on a second prosthetic arm. Their model will have the shape of a human hand and the hope is to donate it to a local resident in West Orange.   

3D Printing technology has frequently been referred to as revolutionary technology because it puts the development of new products into the hands of many instead of being reserved for industry. 3D printers are being used to model and develop products for more industries each month and some advances have already been made in medicine, automobiles, food, construction, art, technology, and manufacturing. In September of 2014, the first 3D printer was sent to the International Space Station in order to manufacture replacement parts and tools on-board rather than storing massive amounts of those supplies. 

The goal at The Prep is not to print pre-designed objects, unless those objects improve someone's quality of life, but rather for our students to engineer their own products so that their creative ideas can become reality. In fact, our new Summer Enrichment Engineering Course will be a perfect avenue for the development of our students' ideas. Already in our Computer Applications class students have begun working in groups to design and produce objects that can be printed with the new machine. The limits of this technology are as yet unknown, but The Prep has hit the ground running and is determined to find out. 

A Day of Service— Frosh and Seniors Out Serving the Surrounding Communities
Thursday, March 19, 2015

While their sophomore and junior mates slaved over the ACT standardized test on Tuesday, the freshmen and seniors ventured out into the surrounding communities on a day of volunteerism. 

The ninth graders headed off to Hillside for a morning’s work at the the giant warehouse of the Community Foodbank, New Jersey’s largest distributor of food to those in need. The senior class broke into several smaller groups for efforts aimed at support of such organizations as The Wounded Warriors Project, Grow-A-Row, the Franklin House Homless Shelter, St. Ann’ Soup Kitchen, Our Lady of the Valley Pantry and Canterbury Village Assisted Living Facility. 

A large group, led by Theology teacher Ralph Dellanno, Director of Retreats Billy Ward and Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, braved the morning traffic on Routes 280 and 440 as they headed to St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Jersey City. There the Prep seniors helped a non-profit organization rehab a convent, once the home of the parish’s Dominican Sisters and which is soon to become a residence for low-income women. The shelter is slated to open this spring, and will join a similar home called Magnificat Home a mile away on Clerk Street. 

While nearly all approvals have been cleared by the state and city, the time since the last nuns left the building has not been kind to the facility. Beyond the peeling plaster or paint many of the rooms held poignant reminders of the people that once called the place home— an abandoned sewing kit, pictures of saints tacked to the wall. The seniors took on the task of doing as much cleaning as they could manage, handling vacuum cleaners and buckets of PineSol, putting the kitchen back into shape, wiping down every horizontal surface they could find and moving in furniture donated by neighboring city parish.

Seminar and Headmaster Join Forces for Shakespeare Staging
Thursday, March 19, 2015

The week of March 16 got off to a special start for the Senior Seminar, as they joined forces with Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan in the Giblin Auditorium staging of the well known grave scene from Act 5 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

This marks the fourth time the students from Seminar have taken to the stage for scenes from the famous play. “We act out a number of scenes in order to get a level of understanding of what challenges and benefits the actual staging of the play presents,” explained English teacher Bill Siedler. “So often students just read the play and do not understand the fact that other considerations are involved, and those considerations often affect the playwright's decisions in terms of what is written,” he continued. “In our exercise, students have a number of lines with which to work, but on stage they map out the scene themselves, and using tips from Theater Arts teacher Theresa Neglia, who worked with them on earlier scenes.” Following the exercise, with Msgr. Harahan taking a seat in the class, the group discussed the staging decisions and put the scene into the context of the major themes of the play.

Tom Bishop to Step Down as Head Coach of Hockey
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Athletic Director Larry Baggitt announced today that Tom Bishop will step down as the Head Coach of Hockey to devote more time to his family and to new job responsibilities. In the announcement, Mr. Baggitt expressed his thanks and the thanks of the school to Mr. Bishop for his six years of dedication to the members of the hockey program, the last two of which were as head coach. A search committee will be formed over the next week to fill the position. Further information will be made available on this website as it becomes available.

Justin Dunn Named First Team All-State
Monday, March 16, 2015


Senior swimmer Justin Dunn has been selected as first team all-state in the 100 freestyle on the 2015 Star-Ledger/nj.com all state swim team. This award caps a season where Justin finished second in the state in the 50 and 100 freestyles, won gold in 2 individual and 2 relay events at the conference championship meet, and never lost a race in dual meet competition, including the playoffs. Justin finishes his career as the school record holder in 3 individual events and as a part of 2 relay events, giving him a total of 5 school records in the 11 events. Congratulations to Justin on a fantastic season and a brilliant career!

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Name Brendan Tevlin Posthumously 2015 Young Irishman of the Year
Friday, March 13, 2015

Thursday night, at their 114th Anniversary Dinner, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Oranges named Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 posthumously as  the 2015 Young Irishman of the Year.

Touching off a news story that still resides in the national consciousness, Brendan Tevlin was slain last June on his way home from college while visiting with Prep friends while on summer break. He was born and raised in Livingston and actively involved in the community. He had just completed his freshman year at University of Richmond where he was a member of the Lacrosse Club. Brendan was a talented bagpiper for the Essex County Shillelagh Pipes & Drums and deeply committed to work with the New Jersey Special Olympics.

At Seton Hall Prep, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Lacrosse Team, The Ambassador’s, Knights of Setonia, the Student Council, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and President of the Gaelic Society, he was the recipient of the Monsignor Tuohy Award for having achieved a GPA of over 4.0 for all four years at Seton Hall. He was also a Eucharistic Minister  and had a special devotion to his work with the Autistic Big Brothers. Brendan enjoyed summers with family and friends in Lavallette where he was an avid surfer.

Speaking to the large crowd on behalf of the Tevlin family, Brendan’s brother Brian, a Seton Hall Prep sophomore, recounted the important influence that his older brother had on him, encouraging him to be a perfectionist— with the bagpipes, in school, in sports; to always work hard in preparing for a performance, whether for a major parade or for a small gathering in someone’s home. 

“The Tevlin family has long been affiliated with the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick,” said Owen V. McNany, president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Oranges. “Following in the footsteps of his father and uncles, Brendan was a member of the Essex County Shillelagh Pipes & Drums, the piper group that leads our honorees into the event. We feel that selecting him as the Young Irishman of the Year is a fitting tribute to an exceptional young man and there isn’t a doubt in our minds that Brendan would have been one of honorees based on who he was and the impact he had on so many.”

The Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field Fund has been established in Brendan's name. For futrher information or to make a donation, visit the page on this website.

SHP Swim Team Concludes its Record-Breaking Season
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The SHP swim team finished their season in grand style by breaking four school records at the NJSIAA Individual Event Championships (also known as the Meet of Champions) on the weekend of February 28-March 1 at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.  Senior Justin Dunn was our star of the meet, placing in second place in the competition in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.  He lost both races by very close margins, swimming incredibly fast times in both events.  In the 50 free, Justin went 20.67, which set a new school record, a record which he first set last season and has broken several times this year.  Then, in the 100 freestyle, he swam a time of 45.06, breaking the previous mark of 45.89 set by Kevin Wilson in 2009.   

Two prep relay teams also set new school records.  The 200 Medley Relay team of sophomore Colby Dixon on backstroke, (24.85), senior Tavish Boyle (26.23, the fastest 50 breaststroke split in school history), junior Brandon Wang on butterfly (24.45) and Dunn (20.28, fastest 50 free split in school history) went 1:35.81, which earned fifth place.  This broke their own record from earlier in the season, set at the county championships.  The 400 Freestyle Relay team also set a new school record in 3:12.89.  The four swimmers are senior Jack Pietrucha (49.32), senior Connor Mailley (49.79) Dixon (49.11) and Dunn (an incredible 44.67, the fastest 100 split in school history).  This broke the previous record from 2009 set by Jan Yburan, Kyle Madley, Jamie Ianiro and Kevin Wilson, and also earned fifth place in the competition. 

Tavish Boyle also earned a place in the finals, swimming 58.52 in the 100 breaststroke, good for 7th place. 

Colby Dixon and Brandon Wang swam in the consolation round in the 100 backstroke, earning 12th and 15th places respectively.  The 200 Freestyle Relay team on junior Jared Kovacs, Jack Pietrucha, junior Greg Spicka, and Connor Mailley also made the consolation round, finishing 16th.

The team finished 11-2 in dual meets this year, winning the County and Conference championships and advancing to the semifinal round of the Non-Public A state tournament.  In that meet, a  loss to #1 CBA, SHP earned 4692 power points, highest in school history.  The team had been ranked #10 by the Star-Ledger, but with its strong finish should move up a bit in the final ranking. 

Pirates B'Ball Hoists Essex County Tourney Trophy— Again
Thursday, February 26, 2015


On a snowy Saturday afternoon in Newark, The Prep captured its fourth Essex County Basketball title in five years and 16th overall, but it was far from easy or routine. The Pirates eventually prevailed, 70-62, over East Orange Campus H.S.

While the steady snowfall outside made driving treacherous, the Prep had to weather a storm inside the Essex County College gym in the form of an energized East Orange Jaguar team, spurred on by a boisterous capacity crowd. Incredibly, it was East Orange’s first appearance in the finals since 1989 and the local support for the storied program that had once ruled the state was overwhelming.

Through the first 12 minutes of the contest, the partisan crowd was subdued as The Prep methodically surged to a stunning 25-8 lead. The Pirates were able to dissect the Jaguars’ 2-2-1 halfcourt trap for open shots, and the Prep’s suffocating man-to-man defense led to easy transition baskets as well. The Pirate faithful began entertaining thoughts of a blowout, but this was the Essex County final and blowouts are very rare.

Foul trouble forced two starters, Doug Gertner and Zach Keller, to the sideline and East Orange began their own surge. Suddenly the Jag's pressure began to pay dividends and shots started to drop as the Jaguars cut the lead to 29-24 with a minute left in the half. Fortunately, using a press of its own, The Prep scored the final five points before intermission and headed to the locker room with a 34-24 advantage. One item on the halftime stat sheet was glaring, however: 18 turnovers, far more than the normal total for an entire game.
In the second half East Orange rallied again behind the hot shooting and penetration ability of its star guard, Denzell Banks, who had 18 points in the third quarter (and 30 for the game). The game became a back-and-forth affair with The Prep trying to hold onto its lead. Complicating matters was a bizarre sequence of events in which T.J. Gibbs, Kelly Hogan and Keller all had to go to the bench to deal with blood on their uniforms. While they were never out for very long, the disruptions didn’t help The Prep get back into a rhythm, and it only added to the tension. When Banks hit a trey to end the third quarter and another to start the fourth, the lead was suddenly all too thin at 52-51.

It was 58-56 when the Pirates finally put the game away with a 12-3 run. Treyvon Bennett started it with a layup off a nifty passing sequence against the East Orange full-court press. After a Jaguar foul shot, Hogan scored on a put back inside. The Pirates’ half court man-to-man defense then came up with a pair of steals from Keller and Hogan. The first led to a tough runner in the lane by Steve Ferraro and the second produced a free throw by Ferraro. Another defensive stop was followed by Keller breaking the press with a three-point play on a drive and the spread was 68-57. A Jaguar steal and score interrupted the run, but when Gertner canned two more foul shots for a 70-59 lead with a minute to go, the fans began heading for the exits, and the Prep players were soon celebrating at midcourt and posing with their trophies. 

Gibbs led a balanced attack with 18 points while Hogan was dominant inside, finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Ferraro chipped in with 13 points and Keller 12 for the Pirates, who lived up to their No. 5 ranking in The Star-Ledger Poll. East Orange, the worthy opponent, is ranked No. 12. - reported by Marty Berman

The Prep Celebrates the Arrival of the Year of the Sheep
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

With the Year of the Sheep arriving on February 19, this celebration of the Chinese New Year was marked in cheerful fashion by Michael Hegedus’ Mandarin classes, Seton Hall Prep’s international students and the Chinese Club with a morning assembly in Giblin Auditorium. Jinyang “Eric” Zhao, a junior from Shanghai, served as emcee and offered an introduction to the event, also known in China as the Spring Festival. Freshman Ruiqui “Ricky” Zhang, from Nanjing, delivered a further explanation on the way the festival is celebrated in China.

The Prep’s Mandarin students took to the stage for a rendition of the poem “Spring Dawn” and followed up with the song “Little Apple,” led by Eric Zhao. 

Families of the international and Mandarin students donated raffle prizes and decorations. In the afternoon the celebration continued, with Chinese delicacies offered at lunch time, a ping-pong tournament, and Chinese dumpling making after school.

Seton Hall to Host "Last Chance" Entrance/Scholarship/Placement Examination on Saturday February 28
Friday, February 20, 2015

Seton Hall Preparatory School will be hosting its last chance Entrance/Scholarship/Placement examination on Saturday, February 28. It is not too late to register for this test! If you would like to sit for this final examination, please contact Mr. Michael T. Zinsmeister, Director of Admission, at mzinsmeister@shp.org or by calling 973-325-6632.

Celebrating Ash Wednesday, Beginning Lent
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seton Hall Prep celebrated the beginning of Lent, the liturgical year's most holy season, with the Celebration of the Eucharist on February 18. The pair of assemblies, morning for the freshmen and sophomores, and afternoon for the upperclassmen, were graced by the presence of Newark Bishop Manuel A. Cruz, who was the principal celebrant for the aftenoon's Mass.

The 40-day period of preparation for Easter, will culminate with Holy Thursday and Good Friday services on April 2 and 3 in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, and the Saturday evening Easter Vigil on the 4th in Giblin Auditorium. The latter has become an eagerly anticipated annual renewal of friendships and acquaintances for scores of Prep families and alumni.

John Finnegan Announces Retirement as Head Football Coach
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Athletic Director Larry Baggitt announced this morning that John Finnegan has decided to step down as head coach of the Pirates football program in order to spend more time with his family. Coach Finnegan has a coaching tenure of 35 years, with 29 of those as head coach in the sport, and has had great success both here and at Montclair Immaculate; however he feels that he is missing important moments with his daughter and young son, both of whom have active lives in college and high school athletics. Although he is stepping aside, he will still be a big part of the SHP athletic department as the head coach of the outdoor track team. 

Mr. Baggitt offered his thanks to Coach Finnegan for his commitment to the program​, and shared the hope that he enjoys the much deserved time with his family. 

Seton Hall Prep President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly expressed his thoughts by saying, "I thank John for his many years of service to the school and to all the young men he has coached during his tenure as head football coach. He is highly respected by his peers and always exhibited the values and mission of our school. John led our football program with great class and his commitment and concern for the well being of our young men in the classroom and on the playing field serves as a tremendous example to his players and fellow coaches." 

 

Buzz-Off 2.0
Monday, February 16, 2015

The inaugural SHP Buzz-Off held in March of 2012 clearly demonstrated the efficacy of offering the possibility of seeing friends or teachers get their heads shaved in exchange for a donation to support cancer research. The 2015 renewal of the event, held the day before Winter Break on February 12, proved the point again, raising over $3700 for the cause, as two dozen students and teachers gave it up in the effort. Proceeds will go to the Valerie Fund for Pediatric Cancer Care and to the American Cancer Society.

Student coordinators for the event were junior Daniel Metcalf and senior Andrew Baker. Master of Ceremonies, Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, directed the bidding from the large group of student observers in the auditorium that pooled their resources to see the four barbers, Guidance Counselors Chris Barnitt and Chris Scheick and a pair of professionals, set to work on Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Theology Chairman Joe Alexander, arts teacher Joe Neglia Jr., history teacher Mike Hulsy, English teacher Peter Ford, Assistant Dean of Men Ryan Clark, theology teacher John Egan and language teacher Mike Hegedus.

The Class of 2019 Arrives for Registration Day
Monday, February 09, 2015

The big day arrived on Saturday February 7 for what will become the Seton Hall Prep Class of 2019, set to enter The Prep next September. Beginning shortly before 9 am, parents and their sons began the sign-up process, wading through the sheaf of information forms, trying on gym and uniform shirts and visiting the bookstore to load up on Pirates sweatshirts, jackets, sweats, scarfs, hats and all manner of other good-looking SHP gear.

During the morning the new families had the assistance of Prep student Ambassadors, a dozen Prep faculty and staff, as well as several parents, eager to pass on their experiences to the newest arrivals

Prep Skiers in Support of N.J. Special Olympics
Monday, February 09, 2015

On February 4, a group of 40 Seton Hall Prep volunteers awoke extra early for the trek to the Mountain Creek Ski Resort in support of the New Jersey Special Olympics at the group’s annual winter event. Led by Prep Bio teacher Mike Metelsky, the Prep students served as group and individual escorts for the athletes and as course monitors and gate-keepers.

With plenty of snow on the ground and moderate temps in the air, the conditions were top notch- for the Special Olympians and the Prepsters. The Prep students participated in a program that joins athletes, their parents, supporters, volunteers and police officers from every corner of New Jersey, who all did their best to make the competition special in every way for the hundreds of mentally and physically challenged athletes. During this year's three-day event, more than 400 athletes from the Garden State competed Alpine and Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Snowboarding, Figure Skating and Speed Skating. The competition is keen for the athletes, who were vying for a place in the national Special Winter Olympics competitions scheduled for later this winter.

The first New Jersey Special Olympics Winter Games were held nearly 40 years ago at the Playboy Resort in Vernon. The Prep's participation and the groups leadership by Mr. Metelsky go back nearly two decades.

SHP Swim Team Wins Super Essex Conference Championships
Thursday, February 05, 2015

The SHP Swim Team won the Essex County and Super Essex Conference Championships on January 19 at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy.  The team showed its depth as every swim scored points, contributing to a record 401 team points. 

SHP swimmers set 3 county and conference records at the meet.  The 200 yard Medley Relay Team of Sophomore Colby Dixon, Senior Tavish Boyle, Junior Brandon Wang and Senior Justin Dunn won the gold and set a new mark of 1:36.52, which was also a school record.  Tavish Boyle took first place and set the new meet record in the 100 Breaststroke at 57.84, and the 400 Freestyle Relay Team of Senior Connor Mailley, Brandon Wang, Colby Dixon and Justin Dunn took first place in the new meet record time of 3:16.91. 

Justin Dunn won two golds, setting a new school record in the 50 Freestyle (21.38) in the process. He also finished first in the 100 Freestyle in a winning time of 46.71. 

The 200 Freestyle Relay Team of Tavish Boyle, Junior Greg Spicka, Connor Mailley and Junior Jared Kovacs also won gold in a winning time of 1:31.79.

Brandon Wang captured the 6th first place finish for the prep, winning the 200 Freestyle in 1:48.52. 

The top six finishers in each event received medals.  Other SHP medalists included:

Colby Dixon, 2nd in the 100 Backstroke and 4th in the 100 Freestyle;
Tavish Boyle, 3rd in the 200 IM;
Brandon Wang, 3rdin the 100 Butterfly;
Junior Ian D’Souza, 3rd in the 200 Freestyle and 6th in the 100 Freestyle;
Senior Mike Ramsthaler, 3rd in the 100 Backstroke;
Senior Robert Lynch, 4th in the 100 Butterfly;
Junior Roy Cullen, 4th in the 500 Freestyle and 6th in the 200 Freestyle;
Greg Spicka, 4th in the 100 Breaststroke;
Senior Miles Markey, 5th in the 200 IM;
Connor Mailley, 5th in the 100 Freestyle;
Freshman Alex Wang, 5th in the 100 Backstroke;
Freshman Saverio Kaufman, 6th in the 200 IM;
Jared Kovacs, 6th in both the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke. 

The team will begin state tournament play in a Non-Public A quarterfinal vs. the winner of St. Peter’s and Delbarton on Tuesday, February 10, at 4 pm at Seton Hall University. 

All 3 of The Prep's relays have qualified for the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on February 29, as well as the following individuals:  Justin Dunn, Tavish Boyle, Brandon Wang, Colby Dixon, and Senior Jack Pietrucha. 

 

Winter Kairos 86.22 Dodges Blizzard, Emerging with Renewed Spirit
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The puny “blizzard-that-wasn’t” did little to dampen the spirit and enthusiasm evident at the Winter Kairos (86.22) the week of January 26. The 50 upperclassmen and their student leaders and faculty advisers spent three days away from the routines of daily life at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in snowy Stony Point, NY.

Kairos 86.22 was the third retreat of the year, the first two being held at the Leibenzell Retreat Center in Long Valley in early November and the Don Bosco center in mid-December.

The Kairos Retreat Program is headed by Director of Retreats Billy Ward and Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella. Last week they were accompanied by faculty members Lisa Traum, Chaplain Rev. James White, Rick Ingraffia, Margaret Mainardi, Seann Farrell and Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon.

Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan spent Wednesday and Thursday with the group. “The Kairos program demonstrates the power of our faith in influencing the culture of our school.  It is a great opportunity,” he continued, “for our students to experience their faith in a profound and dramatic way. I left inspired by and impressed with our student leaders; … this experience of formation captures our mission and energizes its effects.  Hopefully Kairos continues  to impact all dimensions of our school, including academics, sports, culture, social service and responsibility.”

 

Griffin Bridges and Future Medical Leaders Visit The Summit Medical Group
Friday, January 30, 2015

Many Prep students think about moving on to have careers in medicine, but how many of them actually get to experience the medicinal field in action? On Monday January 19, the Griffin Bridges Program and Future Medical Leaders Club spent their day at Summit Medical Group Hospital for the first Career in Medicine Program. The group of 21 students suited up in their hospital scrubs and met a variety of physicians and medical professionals. From general surgery and pediatrics to cardiology and emergency medicine, students were engaged in the history and daily experience of the professionals who were present to share their stories. In addition, students got their hands dirty by simulating some medical procedures.

The students sutured a banana at the start of the day, continued by examining the sections of a cow's heart, before breaking for lunch. They concluded by administering needle injections to oranges. Each student was able to gain unique experience and learn new lessons from qualified professionals who generously gave their time to share their stories.

This Summit Medical Group Foundation's program began in 2014. The Careers in Medicine Program is one of only three phases the foundation has to offer students. Phase two consists of a shadowing program in which students are paired with a doctor for a day long shadowing experience. Phase three consists of a scholarship program which includes one-on-one mentoring to pursue students' academic goals. The group was very excited for Seton Hall Prep to attend. Griffin Bridges Director Horton Sears '09 and Future Medical Leaders Club Moderator John Pascal look forward to another visit in the future.

The Prep Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On January 20 Seton Hall Prep presented a pair of assemblies in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Early in the day the seniors and juniors listened attentively as Social Studies Department Chairman Walter McMahon placed the concept of race in a historical and cultural context, and challenged the upperclassmen to assess the origin and the content of their own attitudes. His talk was followed by a video of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Bringing the messages home was a talk by Class of 2014 Prep graduate and current Seton Hall University freshman Bryan Louis. A prayer service, led by SHP Chaplain Rev. James White and Griffin Bridges Director Horton Sears ’09, brought the event to a close. The assembly was repeated for the freshmen and sophomores later in the morning.

SHP Eagle Scouts Join Forces with Lacordaire Academy
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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On November 5, the SHP Eagles organized a sandwich making operation with the Student Council at Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair. The Eagles are fifteen Boy Scouts who meet monthly at The Prep to trade information on attaining various Merit Badges and preparing Eagle Scout projects. Their goal is to avoid needless duplication of efforts and time-saving in all their scouting activities.

Along with two members of the Student Council Executive Board, the Eagle Scouts brought all the food and utensils for preparing 300 sandwiches with the Lacordaire students who then donated the food to the overwhelmingly surprised local soup kitchen.

Senior Daniel Farrell is head of the SHP Eagles this year. Mr. Pascal is the club's moderator. Student Council President Aidan Salamone and Sophomore Class Representative Steven Greenberg volunteered their time to show the council's support of what is expected to be a Fall and Spring event with Lacordaire Academy.

Reaching Out- Game Day at The Prep
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sunday as “GameDay” has special meaning for NFL fans, but last weekend’s Game Day took on greater significance for members of The Prep’s baseball program and 150 special needs and developmentally delayed children and adults, invited to The Prep for an afternoon of fun.

Hosted by 45 players from Coach Mike Sheppard’s renowned program, and The Prep’s Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, the event took place in Tracey Gym, where dozens of boardwalk-style games lined the sidelined walls, with prizes awaiting the participants at nearly every turn.

Prior to the event’s start, Director of Camp New Day Mike Ollo, Vice-Principal of Paterson East Side, gave a presentation to the players about the needs of the physically and mentally challenged, and how The Prep students might adjust their own attitudes towards those with special needs.

Originally planned as a somewhat smaller event, momentum gathered and numbers soared as word got out. Many guests arrived from group homes, 90 from Essex ARC, with others coming from HANDS of North Arlington and Camp New Day. A potential conflict with a similar day planned at St. Peters Prep was averted when Coach Sheppard’s invitation to SPP’s Alex Coggett to join in SHP’s event was accepted, bringing an additional 28 Peter’s students into the mix to escort the clients. Adding to the mix were a dozen students from Mount St. Dominic’s Academy and a dozen Prep “non-baseball” students that had heard about the service opportunity. The increased number of helpers became important as the last minute mini-explosion of attendees erupted.

The event spotlights the baseball program’s commitment over the years to community service; at the start of the year the group hosted a baseball clinic on Verducci Field, and spearheaded a Christmas Week “de-can-struction” of art installations at the Livingston Mall that supported the Community FoodBank. Other Prep athletic programs, notably the soccer, lacrosse, swimming and track teams, have added their own efforts to The Prep’s service program.

[photo album in the Media Gallery...]

Welcoming Home The Prep's Young Alumni
Monday, January 12, 2015

On January 9th Seton Hall Prep welcomed home nearly 125 recently minted alumni, currently home on their universities’ winter breaks. Arriving in the late morning, the alumni spent several hours renewing friendships formed during their years at The Prep, and updating many of their teachers on their progress since graduation.

The lunch sponsored by the Office of Alumni Services brought the entire group to the Dining Hall following the regular student lunch periods, with dozens of alumni staying through the afternoon.

In addition to a couple of dozen “walk-ins,” among those probably in attendance were online registrants: Keshawn Adams ‘13, Jeremy Ahn '14, Ian Anderson '14, Robert Barling ‘11, Gregory Beauzil ‘11, Luke Berman ‘14, Michael Bertelle '13, Alex Borg '13, Dennis Brady '14, Thomas Brennan ‘14, Samuel Carroll '14, John Caruso ‘12, Michael Cavalier ‘12, Robert Chesler ‘13, Alexander Choma ‘13, Jason Chu '14, James Cirignano ‘13, Michael Condon ‘13, Ni'holas Coppola ‘13, Louis Del Virginia ‘14, Michael DeLuca '13, Vincent DiLandro ‘13, Ryan Dill ‘11, Joseph DiLorenzo ‘12, Randolph Doerr '13, Andrew Donoghue '14, Casey Egan ‘13, Ian Eggleston ‘14, Patrick Emedom-Nnamdi '13, Paul Endres '14, Richard Faletto '14, Matthew Fallivene '14, Matthew Fitzgerald '14, Andrew Foster ‘12, Gregory Gilhooly ‘11, Thomas Giulianelli ‘14, Daniel Gleeson '14, Garrison Groeschke ‘13, Dante Guarneri '14, Jonathan Hanlon ‘11, Andrew Harmon '14, Anthony Iuso ‘13, James Jannicelli '13, Christopher Joyce '14, Kyle Kristiansen '14, Matthew Kushla ‘13, Jack Limongelli '14, Bryan Louis '14, Matthew Lowerre '13, Vyas Maddukuri '14, Matthew Mannarino '14, Anthony Mannino ‘14, Michael Marnell ‘12, Matthew Masino ‘13, Michael Mauricio '14, Brendan McGlone ‘14, Scott McGrath ‘11, Martinus Megalla '14, Myles Mitchell '13, Dean Neigel '14, Matthew Nesto ‘12, Brandon Nunes '14, Christian Orsini ‘14, Anthony Picone '14, Bryan Rickoski ‘11, Elijah Rivera ‘11, Joseph Rodriguez ‘11, Steven Sanczyk ‘14, John Santucci ‘12, Louis Savadel '14, Peter Shamieh ‘14, Michael Sheridan ‘11, Antonio Slader ‘13, Jacques S Germaine '14, Eric Stanwood ‘13, Reece Syal ‘14, James Tsilionis '14, Michael Vilarino ‘12, Vincent Vitiello ‘12, Devin Waldron '14, Christopher Wasilewski ‘11, David Wassef '14, Thomas Whritenour ‘12, Nasir Woodson '14, Anthony Yannuzzi ‘14, Peter Zazzali ’14.

[photo album in the Media Gallery...]

Taking The Prep's Message to California