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Saturday Football Added to Media Gallery
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Kairos 86.37 Returns with Renewed Spirit
Sunday, October 21, 2018

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

Welcoming Parents at the Fall Coffee Reception
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

Friday Night Dodgeball Tourney— Raising Money for a Worthy Cause
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Pirates Host Camp New Day at their Fall Baseball Clinic
Monday, October 15, 2018

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

Weekend Games Added to Gallery
Monday, October 15, 2018

Prep Seniors Offer a Day of Service
Friday, October 12, 2018

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

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

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

Two Big Wins Added to Media Gallery
Monday, October 08, 2018

Freshman Field Day— a Spirited Affair
Thursday, October 04, 2018

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

Albums Added to Media Gallery
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Commemorating the Contributions of the Farley Family to the Realization of the KAC
Monday, September 24, 2018

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

Trio of Pirates' Wins in Media Gallery
Monday, September 24, 2018

Freshmen Browse the Activities Program Offerings
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On Tuesday the Freshman Class was treated to an Activities and Service Fair in the gym during activities period. The students had the opportunity to browse displays presented by representatives from nearly 70 clubs and organizations. The range of offerings included cultural clubs, competitive academic clubs or teams, student publications, performing arts organizations, service clubs and general interest clubs. • On display were exhibits from the Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society , West Indian Organization, Japanese Club, Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Math Team • Publications: The Spectrum literary magazine , The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook, “C” Tonians A Cappella Group, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Brass/ Wind Ensemble, Music Ministry, Pirate Nation, Ambassadors, Student Council , Clubs and Activities , Chess Club, Cinema Club, Martial Arts Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Free Thinkers Society, Stock Market Club, Engineering Club, Future Lawyers Club, Future Business Leaders Club, Future Medical Leaders Club, Museums Club, SHP Eagles Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Environmental Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Video Game Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network, Fishing Club, SHP Aquarium Society , Shogi Club, Spikeball Club, Meteorology Club, Music Production Club, Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Wounded Warrior Project/ The Travis Manion Foundation, Habitat for Humanity , Service Club, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer Relay for Life, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet and Hands of North Arlington

Weekend Game Albums Posted
Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekend Soccer & Football Albums in Gallery
Sunday, September 09, 2018

Mass of the Holy Spirit Begins the New Year; Eucharistic Ministers Commissioned
Thursday, September 06, 2018

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

Soccer Opener is a Win
Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Pirates Football Opens Season vs Archbishop Carroll (PA)
Saturday, September 01, 2018

Freshmen Start Things Rolling at Orientation
Thursday, August 30, 2018

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

Class of 2022 Begins the Journey
Sunday, August 26, 2018

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

 

Peer Leaders Swing Into 2018 Action
Monday, August 13, 2018

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

Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival Renewed at the KAC
Friday, August 10, 2018

The 5th Annual Brendan Tevlin Memorial Lacrosse Festival brought together scores of New Jersey lacrosse fans and friends of the slain Seton Hall Prep graduate, Brendan P. Tevlin '13. Following several hours of early morning torrential rain, the event began under clearing and eventually blue skies at noon. Organized by "Tev's" classmates, cousin Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian and Dave King, the festival began following Brendan's death as an afternoon of pick-up games to celebrate his life and spirit, captured in Brendan's favorite expression- "Good times and easy living". The afternoon, sponsored by Seton Hall Prep and the Shillelagh Club, hosts a pair of games for adults, a women's game and a youth contest at The Prep's Helen M. and Edward D. Kelly Athletic Complex and brought together fans and players from acrosse the Metro area, even welcoming members of the national lacrosse championship team from Yale, where Brendan's brother, Brian, played this past season. Irish flavor was added to the event, as the players entered the field accompanied by pipers from the Shillelagh Club and South Park Pipes and Drums Corps. Following the games, the crowd retired to the Shillelagh Club for refreshments and raffles.

Griffin Bridges Celebrates at Year-End 5K
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Griffin Bridges Program hosted its 7th Annual Building Bridges 5K on Saturday June 9th at the Orange Reservoir in West Orange. This event brought together over 150 participants, including volunteers, families, Seton Hall Prep alumni, current students, Prep faculty event sponsors and USATF racers and community fun-runners. Participants were welcomed by President Msgr. Michael Kelly ’57, current program director Horton Sears ’09 and new director LaQuan Ford. LaQuan took the opportunity to introduce himself to the community and connect with families.

The Kid’s Fun-Run kicked off at 9am and the 5K Race a half-hour later. Over 115 registered to run, racing to place among the top three overall runners and by age group. Among the winners were SHP's Track and Field runners, senior Colin Schweitzer placing 1st overall with a time of 17:31.00 and senior Sean Wieszczek placing 3rd overall with a time of 18:57.25. Placing 2nd overall was Samuel Valente with a time of 19:33.75. For the female runners, Kerry Vaughan placed 1st overall at 20:22.77, while Desirae Piccoli placed 2nd overall with a time of 23:06.12 and Larisa Broglie 3rd overall with a time of 23:46.57.

After this year’s race, participants enjoyed a post-race brunch and awards ceremony hosted by McLoone’s Boathouse. One lucky participant won a SHP Basket in the free raffle drawing. “This year’s race was made possible by the generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers,” noted Horton Sears. The event raised nearly $20,000 thanks to the generosity of 24 sponsors. Among this year’s company sponsors were McLoone’s Boathouse, Goya Foods, Atlantic Spine Center, Peapack – Gladstone Bank and J’s Lawn Care Service. Next year the program looks forward to hosting its 8th Annual Race on June 8th, 2019.

Hugely Successful Golf Classic Hosts More than 200
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Two hundred golfers took to the links at Montclair Golf Club on Monday, June 18, for the Prep’s Annual Golf Classic. The beautiful day provided the backdrop for a noontime lunch on the patio for the 200 golfers, who then took to the club's four nine-hole courses at one o'clock for the afternoon’s round. They reconnected at the cocktail hour held on the terrace, afterwards enjoying a gourmet dinner in the dining room. Closing out the evening was the announcement of the winners of the numerous golf awards, door prizes, silent auction winners and a 50/50 prize of $2,235.  • Much of the day’s success was owed to a large contingent of LEADERSHIP SPONSORS, Including Tournament Sponsor- Gallagher Insurance; Gift Sponsor- Acorn Financial (Joe Oakes ’90); Golf Cart Sponsor- J Burke Capital Partners (Jim Burke ’69); Bag Tag Sponsor- Frank ’59 and Mimi Walsh; Lunch Sponsor- Flag Wharf Inc. (Tom Cannon); Cocktail Hour Sponsor- PSEG; and Dinner Sponsor- Class of 1970.

The 2018 Car-B-Que Hosts Great Looking Rides
Sunday, June 17, 2018

The once-postponed Seton Hall Prep Car-B-Que took place at the Kelly Athletic Complex on June 14, hosting 70 car enthusiasts and 20 terrific looking "rides." Organized by the SHP Car Club, the afternoon's BBQ was sponsored by Minuteman Smoke house of Harding. The event raised $950 in support of the Griffin Bridges Program.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Close Out 2018
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

[view the weekend's programs for listings of speakers and award recipients]

Baseball State Tournament Album Posted
Monday, June 04, 2018

Lacrosse State Final Photos in Gallery
Friday, June 01, 2018

Class of 2018 Celebrates at the Senior Prom
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lax and Baseball Photo Albums Posted
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Crew Team Photos in Gallery
Friday, May 25, 2018

The Band and The C-Tonians Bring Their Music to the Bayley Seton Stage
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Last Wednesday evening the Seton Hall Prep Band and the C-Tonians presented their Spring Concert to several hundred parents and friends in Bayley Seton Auditorium. The audience enjoyed a wide-ranging program, featuring selections ranging from Bill Conti’s “The Right Stuff”, to Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and an arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s hits. The C-Tonians offerings were no less eclectic, including music from the 16th century, an American folk song and favorites by Rogers and Hart, and Lennon and McCartney. The Jazz Band brought a little swing to the festivities, with pieces like “Low Rider,” “The Way you Look Tonight,” and “That’s Life.” The Prep’s Band, under the direction of Arts Department Chairman Joe Neglia, comprises more than 120 students. The group does its work during class time, during lunch periods and after school. Theater Arts Chairperson Theresa Neglia directs the C-Tonians. See the entire program–

Golf Match Photos in Media Gallery
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Conference Track Meet Photos in Gallery
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Golf Album Posted in Media Gallery
Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 Celebration of Excellence
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

On Friday, May 4, 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 a dozen faculty and 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] See the program for all the award recipients.

The Week's Baseball Photos into Media Gallery
Monday, May 07, 2018

Pirates Lax Championship Photos in Media Gallery
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Spring KAC Dedications Honor G. Kelly Martin '77 and Robert C. Williams Esq.
Saturday, May 05, 2018

On Saturday April 28 Seton Hall Prep honored two stalwart supporters of The Prep with a pair of dedications at the Kelly Athletic Complex. That morning G. Kelly Martin ’77 cut the ribbon on the Junior Varsity Baseball Field as President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly dedicated the field in his honor. He was joined by Robert C. Williams Esq H’18 whose name now graces the scoreboard in left field.

The morning was a celebration of Kelly Martin’s longstanding financial support of the school, which recently has been instrumental in ensuring that the baseball program’s junior varsity team has a first rate field to play on, in keeping with the other venues at the KAC. As a Prep student-athlete under then head coach Fr. Stephen Kilcarr he was a left-handed pitcher and eventual Prep Hall of Famer, who began the 1977 season with a no-hitter against Union High School, the #1 team in the state. That year he went 10-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was named All County, All State All Groups, finishing up with a career mark of 21-5 with a 1.60 ERA. He went on to a degree and a playing career at Princeton, and then on to positions with Merrill Lynch, where he eventually headed a trio of global divisions. He is now CEO of Novan, Inc., a US based health care company. He has been married for 31 years to wife, Elizabeth (formerly Mortenson) with five children, now living in Connecticut after stops in Tokyo, London and New York.

Robert C. Williams Esq. was a key figure in the legal process that resulted finally in the completion of the athletic complex last year. Since his admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1975, he has represented clients in more than 500 applications for development before planning and zoning boards. He is regarded as the state’s top attorney in the field of land use. He and his staff took it upon themselves to shepherd the Prep’s application for development of the 40-acre site on Prospect Ave. before the West Orange Zoning Board. With monumental generosity and preparation involving hundreds of hours of work, he took the point on 30 meetings in front of the Board over three years. In accepting an honorary diploma from SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and acknowledging his name emblazoned on the scoreboard, Mr. Williams noted how enthused he was to work on behalf of The Prep. He also took pains to thank the work of his paralegal assistant Eve Rappaport, who handled the organization of the thousands of pages of exhibits, appeals and motions during the process, and complimented the West Orange officials on the Zoning Board for their tireless work and professionalism during the seemingly endless and sometimes contentious process. Mr. Williams, a 1964 gradate of West Orange High School, and his wife Carole reside in West Orange.

Pirates Lax Photos Posted
Friday, May 04, 2018

Big Night For the Fathers Club Auction
Thursday, May 03, 2018

Last Saturday evening months of work by dozens of members of the Prep Fathers Club came to fruition in a wildly successful Pirates Treasure Auction and Car Raffle. With over 450 attendees packed into Walsh Gym, the largest group in recent memory, scores of auction items went up for grabs. The evening raised another record amount due to the overwhelming generosity from this year’s attendees by reaching highest auction amount ever raised in the event’s history.

As the event got under way, Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and FC President Mike Nilan presented the 2018 Art Williams Award to former Fathers Club President Tom Lynch. 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 a hallmark membership in the Fathers Club. • Some of the event’s top prizes included use of a vacation home, golf outings, pearl earrings, concert tickets, sports event tickets, sports memorabilia, Apple brand electronics, Tag Heuer men’s watch, Tiffany jewelry, Waterford crystal, various restaurant gift cards, handbags and SLGs from Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Tory Burch, Kate Spade & Coach. The event climaxed with the pull of the winning raffle ticket for the new Audi QC.  •  This year’s auction committee was led by returning Co-Chairmen Kevin Petrovcik & Joe Pecchi garnered over 240 prizes to offer up in Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. Also a hit, the Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games was conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove was erected for the event and  steered by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members, Tom Young (past FC President), Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, & Pete Nolan. Back for a 3rd straight 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 (Class of ‘80) headed up the event’s logistics.  • Said FC President Mike Nilan, “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 this year, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams/clubs.” He continued, “We also had great help from the student ambassadors during the event as well as some of the football team members who help to set up the gym on Friday after school. We are truly thrilled that Auction Night has become such a community event”. He went on to say that the event benefits from the continued support from FC Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo & Tony Esposito as well as from returning Dads who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamante, Vincent Nascone, Sergio Londono, Gary Tufaro, Bob & O’Connell and from freshman dads Mike Monteleone, Rob Wardus, Anthony Belotta, Peter Schwab, Jeff Bisig, Bruce Meringolo}. Also lending suport was a large contingent of parents from the incoming class of 2023

Big Lacrosse Win Photos in Gallery
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tennis and Track Albums in Media Gallery
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Curtain Rises on the Spring Musical: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Monday, April 23, 2018

Last weekend the curtain rose on The Prep’s 2018 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Directed by Joseph A. Neglia, and assisted by Theresa Neglia, the three-night run of April 19 to 21 put a cap on four months of preparation and brought together the talents of nearly 75 Prep students and young ladies from neighboring schools.

The musical, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber of Jesus Christ Superstar fame, was their first collaboration to be performed publicly, first as a sung 20-minute “pop cantata” at the Colet Cort School in London in 1968. Following the success of Superstar, Joseph was produced on stage beginning in 1970, reaching the stage in London’s West End in 1973 and finally on Broadway in 1982. There it received Tony Nominations for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performances by a Featured Actor and Featured Actress, and Best Choreography. View the program from the SHP production.

2nd Week Lax and Baseball Photo Albums in Gallery
Saturday, April 14, 2018

• Lacrosse vs Westfield [album]
• Baseball vs Nutley [album]
• Baseball vs Caldwell [album]
• Lacrosse vs Delbarton [album]

Lacrosse Win Album in Media Gallery
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Pirates Come Alive for Win
Friday, April 06, 2018

Lacrosse Rolls Past West Essex
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Alex Wang & Ryan Martynowicz Named National Merit Finalists
Sunday, March 25, 2018

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that Seton Hall Prep seniors Alex Wang (Montville) and Ryan Martynowicz (Florham Park) have been chosen from among the top 1% of 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools that took the 2016 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, naming them as Finalists. • The pool of eligible students includes the highest schoring entrants in each state, and is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist the student and his high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Requirements include an outstanding academic record throughout high school, endorsement and recommendation by a high school official, a written essay, and SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. • In addition to the pair of Finalists, nine Prep seniors were named as Commended Students in the scholarship competition: Cameron Fiore (Long Valley), Damani Francis (East Orange), James Lederman (Pine Brook), Kyle Mis-kovich (Nutley), Matthew Murray (East Hanover), Ernesto Ruiz (Wharton), Frank Spano (Bloomingdale), Francisco Valliciergo (Mountainside) and Matthew Wettengel (East Hanover). [photo: Alex Wang (l) and Ryan Martynowicz (r), with SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Assistant Headmaster for Academics Kevin McNulty and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan.]

Frosh and Seniors Offer a Day of Service
Friday, March 23, 2018

Last Tuesday, the day before our fourth nor’-easter, while The Prep’s sophomores and juniors slaved away at their PSAT and ACT exams, the freshmen and seniors offered up their “day off” in the service of a dozen New Jersey organizations specializing in the support of the Metro area’s citizen’s in need.

[As seen in the photos] a group of seniors headed down Clinton Avenue in Newark to help in the rehab of a former convent at Blessed Sacrament Church. They took on the role of “handy men” during the morning in support of Good Counsel Homes, "a nationally recognized nonprofit leader and innovator in creating supportive residential care and community-based services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children in the context of the Catholic social tradition." Meanwhile, a group of 50 frosh and seniors set to work packing food packages for “Rise Against Hunger”, an international hunger relief organization that "distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030." The morning's efforts will wind up in the Caribbean and Africa to nourish school children who can’t afford their own meals. The 10,300 packets produced by the students contain rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and spices, as well as vitamins and minerals, enough for six meals. On the other side of the Dining Hall, a similar group crafted therapy hand puppets for chemo-therapy patients at Barnabas Hospital.

In other efforts seniors did rehab work Jersey City’s Magnificat House, a shelter for battered women; prepped and served meals at neighboring Our Lady of the Valley’s Food Pantry and Newark’s St. John’s Food Kitchen; wrote letters for Wounded Warrior Project to service members stationed overseas; visited the elderly at a West Orange nursing home; built and organized a new storage room at an East Orange veterans’ support organization; and roamed NY’s Penn Station to distribute winter coats, gloves and sandwiches to the area’s homeless.

 

Nick Parisi Takes Gold at Eastern States Championships
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pirates senior Nick Parisi took the gold in his specialty, the 400m dash, at the Eastern States Championships held at the venerable 168th Street Armory in Manhattan on February 20. His time of 49.56 was the fastest in New Jersey at the time, equaling his gold medal time at the Super Essex Conference Meet in December. He followed up his Easterns win a week later with a bronze medal performance at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (49.66) and a personal record 49.16 the first week of March at the New Balance Indoor National Championships.

Pirates Robotics Advances
Monday, March 19, 2018

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

The event's sponsor, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public organization designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities those fields, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Seeking to ensure that America does not fall behind the rest of the world, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools. Prep community members having suggestions about ways to garner corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, are encouraged to contact Team Adviser Minh Trinh.

Pirates Swim Team Finishes Among SHP's Best Ever
Sunday, March 11, 2018

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

Spectacular Model Now Resides at SHP
Saturday, March 10, 2018

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

State B'Ball Tourney Quest Begins in Gallery
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Wrestling Region 4 Photos in Gallery
Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018 Buzz-Off in Support of Cancer Research
Friday, February 23, 2018

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

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

Hockey Tournament Action in Galleyr
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Largest Class in a Decade Signs Up on Registration Day
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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

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

SHP's Robotics Team Readies for Competition
Monday, February 19, 2018

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

Basketball Tournament Album Posted
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ash Wednesday Sets SHP on the Path to Easter
Thursday, February 15, 2018

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

SHP Celebrates the Chinese New Year
Thursday, February 15, 2018

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

B'Ball Thriller in Media Gallery
Friday, February 09, 2018

Hockey Album in Media Gallery
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Renowned College Choir Joins in with the Knights of Setonia
Saturday, February 03, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Huge Crowd Gathers for Candidates' Day
Thursday, February 01, 2018

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

B'Ball Photos Posted
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Big Wrestling Win Album in Media Gallery
Monday, January 29, 2018

Chris Herren Shares the Lessons of His Fall and His Recovery
Sunday, January 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

Kairos 86.35 Returns Rejuvenated
Saturday, January 27, 2018

The first Kairos Retreat of 2018 and third of the school year, Kairos 86.35, returned on Friday from four days away from the daily routine of life at school and at home. For the students, the days of spiritual reflection and sharing with their peers reflects the significance attached nowadays to taking part in this program— Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan has called it, “an integral part of The Prep experience.”

The theme of the Kairos Retreat is “To love and be loved,” realized through a series of talks presented by student leaders and the attending adults, liturgies and small group discussions that follow. The opportunities for self-reflection and the subsequent realization that each personal experience is shared by many others in the room often lead to what has become know as the “Kairos Moment.” Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella described that as when “events fall together and the realization dawns that God has been at work in the seemingly unconnected events…God’s presence is really felt.”

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

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

Weekend Basketball Win in Media Gallery
Monday, January 22, 2018

Pirates County Wrestling Crown Photos in Gallery
Monday, January 22, 2018

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

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

Pirates Baseball's Annual Winter Games Carnival
Monday, January 15, 2018

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

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

Hockey Win in Gallery
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Basketball Photos In Gallery
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hockey Win Photos Posted in Gallery
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Wrestling Quad Photos in Gallery
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas B'Ball Photo Album in Gallery
Friday, December 29, 2017

Track Championship Meet Photos in Gallery
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hockey Photos In Media Gallery
Saturday, December 23, 2017

B'Ball Album in Media Gallery
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

7th Annual Teen Summit Attacks Issues Surrounding Hunger
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

B'Ball Opener Photos in Media Gallery
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winter Concert Sets the Stage for the Upcoming Holiday
Friday, December 15, 2017

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

Celebrating Leadership Giving at the Annual Parents’ Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Mothers Auxiliary Kicks Off The Holiday Season
Thursday, December 07, 2017

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

Kairos 86.34 Returns, Celebrating Long-Lasting Kairos Moments
Saturday, December 02, 2017

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

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

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

Pirates Stay Hot on the Ice- Photos in the Gallery
Friday, December 01, 2017

Hockey Opener Photos in Media Gallery
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Baseball Alumni Gather for 10th Annual Reunion
Sunday, November 26, 2017

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

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

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Is Back!
Friday, November 24, 2017

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

Thanksgiving Prayer Service Sends The Prep Off to the Holiday
Thursday, November 23, 2017

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

The Class of 2018 Gathers for the Class Picture
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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

Presenting Neil Simon's "Fools"
Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

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

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

Final Football Game Added to Gallery
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Soccer Final Games Added to Media Gallery
Friday, November 10, 2017

Fathers Club Communion Breakfast and The Reynolds Award Presentation
Sunday, November 05, 2017

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

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

Football Album Posted to Gallery
Sunday, November 05, 2017

38th Annual Fashion Show Another Mothers Auxiliary Success
Saturday, November 04, 2017

On Thursday Nov. 2 The Prep’s Mothers Auxiliary hosted the organization’s 38th Annual Fashion Show, “Around the World at The Prep.” Event Co-Chairs Stacy Baker and Coletter Lamothe, along with President Donna Pinto, welcomed more than 650 guests to Mayfair Farms for the evening’s dinner and runway show, featuring fashions provided by Macy’s and Anthony’s Tuxedos of West Orange. A spectacular array of prizes festooned lower level room— 140 gift baskets and 10 Deluxe Basekets, the latter featuring a $1300 Louis Vuitton Bag, a $1100 MacBook laptop, a $1000 Amex giftcard, an $1800 Effy Blue Topaz and diamond Braided Bracelet and a $1600 Tara O’Leary painting. The Gift Basket Committee was Chaired by Allison Murphy and the Runway Show, featuring Prep seniors as models, was Co-Chaired by Kelly Angelo and Michele Brennan. Other highlights included a drawing for tickets to “Hamilton,” a 50/50 Raffle returning more than $1600 and the Grand Raffle of a $10,000 American Express gift card. Although final results are not yet available, the proceeds from the Fashion Show have annually reached $100,000, presented at Christmas to President Msgr, Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Harahan in support of learning at The Prep.

State Tournament Soccer Album Posted
Friday, November 03, 2017

Fall Open House Welcomes Hundreds
Friday, November 03, 2017

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

Cardinal Tobin Celebrates All Saints Day Mass
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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

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

Dealing with the Physically and Mentally Challenged
Monday, October 30, 2017

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

Football vs Montclair Photos in Gallery
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pirates Grab Essex County Soccer Crown in OT, 2-1
Sunday, October 29, 2017

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

Cross-Country Championships Album Posted
Friday, October 27, 2017

33rd Hall of Fame Adds to the Luster of Prep Athletic History
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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

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

Soccer Tournament Win Photos in Gallery
Monday, October 23, 2017

Baseball Clinic for The Prep's Special Friends
Sunday, October 22, 2017

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

Friday Night Football Album in Media Gallery
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kairos 86.33 Returns Refreshed
Friday, October 20, 2017

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

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

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

Kelly Athletic Complex Fieldhouse Dedicated in the Name of John B. Murray '59
Monday, October 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Football Victory Posted to Gallery
Saturday, October 14, 2017

YES, We're Ready for Some Dodgeball!
Saturday, October 14, 2017

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

The Class of 2018 Spends a Day in Service
Thursday, October 12, 2017

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

Soccer Photo Album Posted
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Football Victory Photos in Gallery
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Soccer Battle Royal Posted to Media Gallery
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Kevin McNulty Named to Educational Leadership Team
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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

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

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

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

Pair of Soccer Games Posted to Media Gallery
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Football Album vs Pope John Added to Gallery
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Cross-Country Win Photos in Media Gallery
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Freshman Activities Fair Opens New Vistas
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

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

Football Photos Added to Media Gallery
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Big Overtime Soccer Win Posted
Friday, September 22, 2017

Soccer Photos Into Gallery
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Soccer Shutout Posted
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Football Photos Posted to Media Gallery
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Annual Golf Outing a September Success
Friday, September 15, 2017

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

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

Soccer Photos Posted to Gallery
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Freshman Field Day- Helping to Build the Team
Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

Dedicating the Tony Esposito Jr. ’07 Pirates Cove
Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

Opening Football Game Album Posted to Media Gallery
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mass of the Holy Spirit Sends the Students Off to the Year's Work
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

On Wednesday September 6 Seton Hall Prep set off on the 2017-18 school year with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Seniors and juniors gathered in the Bayley Seton Auditorium in the morning to celebrate Mass and to witness the commissioning of 22 of their classmates as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. Joining principal celebrant Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan at the altar were President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Rev. William Melillo, and Chaplains James White and Zach Swantek, along with Deacon Dick O'Hara. Later in the day the freshmen and sophomores celebrated the Mass with Fr. White the celebrant. Both Msgr. Harahan and Fr. White brought similar messages to the students— that with the help of the Holy Spirit they should open themselves up to and recognize all the opportunities this year will provide each of them to reach their potential.

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

Frosh Off to an Energetic Start at Orientation
Friday, September 01, 2017

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

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

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

SHP Welcomes the Class of 2021
Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

Peer Leaders Get Ready for the New Year
Friday, August 11, 2017

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

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

In Remembrance of BPT- The Annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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

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

Fr. Kilcarr Has Passed Away
Thursday, June 22, 2017

With profound sadness Seton Hall Prep announces the death of Fr. Stephen Kilcarr.

Fr. Kilcarr, who last spring celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, was a beloved fixture at Seton Hall Prep for more than 55 years, as a spiritual counsellor, athletic director, baseball coach and supporter of all Prep activities. While teaching in the Theology Department during his long career and while taking on the role of spiritual advisor for many athletic teams, he was also head coach of baseball through the 70s and early 80s, bringing a North Jersey State title, three conference championships and a Greater Newark Tournament crown to The Prep. His care for all the students and his love of the game of baseball are the stuff of Prep lore, and have had an enormous effect on thousands of Prep students across the decades.

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