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The Spring Golf Classic a Huge Success
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Over 200 golfers took to the links on June 19 at the Montclair Golf Club for The Prep’s Annual Golf Classic. The beautiful day provided the backdrop for lunch on the patio, followed by a 1:00pm shotgun start on one of the club’s four nines. The golfers re-gathered at the cocktail hour on the terrace, afterwards enjoying a gourmet dinner and prizes in the dining room. • Much of the day’s success was due to the generosity of our sponsors, including The Gallagher Group Insurance Company, which headlined as the Tournament Sponsor, Acorn Financial, the Oakes Family, J. Burke Capital Partners (Jim Burke ’69), Frank ’59 and Mimi Walsh, Flag Wharf Inc. (Tom Cannon P’13’17), Tito’s Vodka (Matt Purpura ’88), Mary Beth Childs P’07’09, Stewart Engineering, Air Group, LLC (John Conforti P’22),  SB One Bank (Peter Michelotti P’20), Mike Quinn ’90, VMT Distributor (Viken Manoukian ’91), NJ Orthopaedic, Dean Weiss ’86 Landscaping and The Pirate Gridiron Club. Thank you to all of our Hole Sponsors and Silent Auction donors for their generous participation.

Griffin Bridges Celebrates the Year's Successes
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Thomas A. Griffin Bridges Program closed out the year with a pair of annual get-togethers that celebrated the successes of the program’s seniors, introduced the incoming students and, two weeks later,  brought together friends and alumni for a morning of exercise. • On May 24 in the Prep’s Dining Hall several dozen families and friends came together to enjoy a Potluck Dinner. Director LaQuan Ford welcomed the gathering and introduced the evening’s emcee, Jason Santos ’20 and Larlens Pierre ’22, who led the opening prayer. The evening bade farewell to the GB seniors, who will begin their college journeys in September: Zion Bolognese and Luis Morales will attend NJIT on full tuition scholarships, Jordan McLendon and Justin Townsend will attend Rowan University and Ramapo College respectively. The evening’s dinner was provided by the Griffin Bridges families and friends. • A week after graduation, on June 8, the program hosted its 8th Annual Buildiing Bridges 5K with McLoone’s Boathouse. Following a couple of laps of the Orange Reservoir, runners and volunteers retired to McLoione’s Boathouse for a welcome from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, followed by brunch and race results.

The Class of 2019 at Graduation
Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Last weekend the 213 members of the Class of 2019 capped to their Seton Hall Prep careers with the June 1st Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and the June 2nd Commencement Exercises, held at Seton Hall University’s Walsh Auditorium. The latter marked the 159th commencement in the 163-year history of New Jersey’s oldest catholic preparatory school. For details of the ceremonies, including lists of graduates and award recipients, download the event programs…

The Prep and The Mount on an Easter Break Trip to China
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Last month students from Mount Saint Dominic Academy and Seton Hall Prep joined for the first time on a Spring Break trip to China. The trip marked the culmination of the inaugural cultural exchange between the two schools and The High School Affiliated to Southwestern University in Chongqing, China.    •    The trip began in China’s capital, Beijing, home to over 21 million people. Right away the group visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and later the Temple of Heaven Park where they enjoyed a tai chi lesson. The following day students visited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. After taking a cable car up to the wall, students explored the various tower forts located between the wall’s sections. An afternoon visit to the traditional alleyways of Old Beijing, known as hutong, featured craft projects and a walking tour of the neighborhoods. During their last day in the capital, students and teachers attended a summit on global education hosted by the trip's sponsor, Alpha Exchange. There the students interfaced with hundreds of American and Chinese students in breakout sessions.     •    The second portion of the trip took the group to meet their host families in Chongqing in the southwest of the country, a sprawling municipality of over 30 million people. The majority of the group’s participants stayed with the same partners they had hosted last February, when The Prep and MSDA welcomed students from the High School Affiliated to Southwest University to New Jersey. On Easter Sunday students attended Mass at St. Joseph’s Church of Chongqing, along with Chinese nationals and international visitors from all over the world. Following days included a visit to the High School, where they sat in on classes and took part in various cultural activities, including Chinese painting, music, dance and martial arts.     •    Mid-week featured a visit to Wulong National Park and its breathtaking karst formations and mountain landscapes. At the end of the week students visited Dazu Park, an enormous collection of Buddhist relief sculpture. The trip concluded with a group dinner featuring hot pot, a local dish with meats and vegetables cooked tableside in a boiling spicy broth. Parents of Shunyao “Taddel” Tuo ’19 joined the group at dinner, along with partner students and host families.     •    By trip’s end the students had not only enjoyed well known tourist sights, but were able to deepen their cultural understanding through personal exchange with their partner Chinese students. And on a local level, the trip further developed the relationship between The Prep and The Mount as the schools continue to collaborate in scholastic and athletic endeavors.     •    SHP participants included Justin Abbott ‘22, Ameni Annan ‘22, Patrick Clark ‘20, Ryan D’Errico ‘21, Juan Malagon ‘19, Jackson Murray ‘22, and Johnny Prout ’19. MSDA Participants included Louise Adillon ‘21, Victoria Lee ’21 and Elena Tyndall ’21. SHP Chinese teacher Michael Hegedus and MSDA Dean of Academics Marissa Muoio joined as chaperones.

Celebrating the Year's Achievements
Friday, May 10, 2019

On May 3 at the annual Celebration of Excellence, Seton Hall Prep honored faculty, staff and students for career achievements and for outstanding performance throughout the academic year. From among the staff and faculty the following were recognized (and included in the photo album): Donald Coleman- 25 years of Service • Robert Farrell– 50 Years of Service • Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan- 45th anniversary of his Priestly Ordination   •  Retirements: Richard Koles, after decades as a US Treasury Special Agent and 10 years at SHP • Anthony Lupica- after 39 years • Joseph Neglia-43 years; Anthony Pucciarelli- 43 years • Walter McMahon- 50 years • William Casey- 42 years, recipient of the Salvatore Caprio Award for contributions to the Activities Program • Robert Dooley- 23 years at SHP, 51 years in education, recipient of the Msgr. Michael Kelly Award, in recognition of excellence in teaching
Faculty Recognition: Keri Cerami- recipient of the Fusco Family Technology Award, for consistent efforts at self-improvement and professional development in the tools of modern technology • Billy Ward- recipient of the TOWER dedication • Jack Decker, recipient of the Msgr. William Daly Award for contributions to the Athletics Program.

Student recognition included awards for academics, activities, athletics and service, many of which will be recognized again at the Baccalaureate and at Commencement. Photos of those presentation will appear at that time. • View the event program...

Griffin Bridges Celebrates 25 Years of Tremendous Success
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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

SHP Tutors Celebrate Their Year's Work
Monday, April 15, 2019

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

All Shook Up— A Rousing Success
Monday, April 15, 2019

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

Prep Robotics Team 5992 in Mid-Atlantic Competition
Monday, April 08, 2019

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

Students Urged to Become Compassionate Stewards
Thursday, March 28, 2019

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

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

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

Pirates Lax Teams Up With Camp New Day
Monday, March 25, 2019

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

Seniors and Frosh Spread Out in Service to the Communities
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Swim Season Finishes With a Flair
Sunday, March 10, 2019

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

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

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

Ash Wednesday Begins Preparation for Easter
Thursday, March 07, 2019

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

Annual Buzz-Off Earns Windfall for Cancer Research
Saturday, February 23, 2019

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

Celebrating Chinese New Year & The International Exchange Program
Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

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

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

B'Ball Tourney Photos Posted
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Class of 2023 Joins the Prep Community
Saturday, February 09, 2019

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

Hockey Win Photos Posted
Monday, February 04, 2019

Bowling Team Photos in Media Gallery
Friday, February 01, 2019

Candidates' Day Highlights The Prep's Story for the Class of 2023
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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

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

B'Ball Win Posted to Gallery
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Winter's Kairos Offers a Peaceful Respite
Saturday, January 26, 2019

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

Celebrating the Annual Parents Fund Success
Thursday, January 24, 2019

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

Wrestlers Cop 4th Straight Essex County Crown
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Friendships Renewed at 5th Annual Games Carnival
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

History Comes Alive
Monday, January 14, 2019

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

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

The Prep's History Illustrated
Friday, January 11, 2019

Hockey Victory Posted in Media Gallery
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Young Alumni Return and Reconnect
Monday, January 07, 2019

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

B'Ball Album in Media Gallery
Monday, January 07, 2019

Prep Groups Helped Spread Christmas Cheer
Sunday, January 06, 2019

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

B'Ball Tourney Win in Media Gallery
Monday, December 31, 2018

Pirates Score in Wildwood - Photos in Media Gallery
Sunday, December 30, 2018

Track Team in SEC Meet: Photos in Media Gallery
Monday, December 24, 2018

Prep Student-Athletes Commit to College Programs
Sunday, December 23, 2018

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

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

BBall Home Opener in Media Gallery
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

11th Annual Baseball Team Reunion
Monday, December 17, 2018

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

Band and C-Tonians Celebrate with Christmas Concert
Friday, December 14, 2018

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

Hockey Win in Media Gallery
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mothers Auxiliary's Christmas Social Celebrates the Group's Success
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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

SHP Sponsors Teen Hunger Summit
Monday, December 10, 2018

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

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

SHP's Tree Lit to Herald the Christmas Season
Friday, December 07, 2018

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

Hockey Victory Album in Gallery
Tuesday, December 04, 2018

November's Kairos Returns
Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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

Hockey Opener Photos in Media Gallery
Monday, November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Mass and 5K Turkey Trot Renewed
Sunday, November 25, 2018

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

Theater Arts Presents the Fall Production
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

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

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


Pirates Sign NCAA's NLI
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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

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

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

Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show a Huge Success
Monday, November 12, 2018

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

Football Finale Posted to Media Gallery
Monday, November 12, 2018

Final Soccer Game Posted to Media Gallery
Friday, November 09, 2018

Soccer County Tournament Final Album Posted
Monday, November 05, 2018

Prepsters Head to Chester to Rescue Food
Thursday, November 01, 2018

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

Big Soccer Win Lands Pirates in County Final
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pirates Football Album in Media Gallery
Saturday, October 27, 2018

The 34th Annual Hall of Fame
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

Saturday Football Added to Media Gallery
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

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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