Prep SAINT PETERâ€™S PREPARATORY SCHOOL
MAGAZINE Spring 2010
Small Loans, Big Impact Students take microbank from capstone project to reality
Living as One In my thirty-eighth year of service at Saint Peter’s Prep, I have been invited to write this letter to the community and I would like to begin by thanking the Lord: “Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 117) It has been a joyous experience to be a part of a community created by a Spaniard, San Ignacio de Loyola. When he was asked why he was not following the rules and regulations of the time for his Order, he explained the needs of the people came first. San Ignacio believed as Jesus did. It may be why he named his society Jesuitas. He created a Society that believes in expansion, and in the ability to change and adapt to the needs of the world. San Ignacio believed that we are all one and God is in all things. I am one with the Jesuits who taught me at Saint Peter’s College and those who guided me when I started here in 1972. The Jesuits and the men that were teaching here at that time lit a candle in my life, that I might light the students’ candles so they could go forth to proclaim how great and good the Lord is and to create schools, clinics and jobs in developing countries. These Jesuits were men who had experienced pain and joy, war and peace, abundance and lack. These men, despite being great disciplinarians, provided comfort and guidance to students and lay faculty. I am grateful for them, as well as for the many colleagues and Prep alumni I have known who have dedicated part of their lives to serving their country in the military or as police officers. Prep is the embodiment of many cultures living as one. Living as one, the students’ minds become open to the world at large. Tolerant of differences, they are imaginative and work to make everyone’s world a better place. In the courses “Basic Spanish for Medical Personnel” and “Basic Spanish for Business and Finance,” the students are taught the proper etiquette to work in other countries, and must create projects that truly reflect sensitivity to the culture they encounter. Back in the early ’90s, Jack Raslowsky, ’79, then the principal of Prep, saw the growth of the Spanish-speaking community and allowed me to create a heritage speakers course to serve students who had encountered Spanish at home or in grammar school. Jack also gave me the opportunity to create a study abroad program so the students could experience a culture that also has rich multicultural differences coexisting as one. I exhort you, Prep’s alumni, parents and friends, to continue to light candles for others so they may enlighten the people of the community in San Ignacio’s ways. I ask you to envision a “dream team” of architects, lawyers, teachers, doctors, accountants and others, and to create communities close to home and in developing countries, so that you may spread the Gospel of the Lord in the spirit of San Ignacio. Together as one we can create miracles. Wake up each day creating, living the moment, see what others cannot, reinterpret yourself, LIVE!
Ana García Modern Language Department
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Cambio para Cambio What began as a class project for three students last year has grown into a microfinance organization with the potential to change lives by making small loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world.
Volume 20 - Number 2 Spring 2010 Francesca Lanning, P’10 Editor
Robert Reiser, S.J. President
Mike Jiran, ’03 Managing Editor
James DeAngelo, ’85 Principal
John Irvine, ’83, P’11 Sports Editor Vincent Caldas, ’10 Chris Casazza, ’97 Kevin Cunnigham, ’11 Ana Garcia Ryan Grusenski, ’03 Peter LiVolsi, ’11 Michael Machado, ’11 Timothy Mernar, ’10 James Horan, ’70 Dominic Scibilia, Ph.D. Kevin Tolentino, ’10 Contributors
Francesca Lanning, P’10 Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Mace Duncan Ohleyer Hotplate Design
Ginny Needham-Doyle, P’07 Director of Special Events
Mark Wyville, ’76, P’11 Photography
Author(s)! Author(s)! Prep seniors Benjamin Glassen and Matt Mazzari joined the likes of William Shakespeare and Arthur Miller – as playwrights whose works have been produced by Prep Dramatics.
Robert Nodine, ’67 Vice President for Finance James Horan, ’70 Vice President for Planning & Principal Giving
Six Honored at Legends IX Six alumni were honored in October as “Legends of Prep” – the Prep Alumni Board’s highest honor.
John Irvine, ’83, P’11 Director of Admissions Chris Casazza, ’97 Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
144 Grand Curtain rises on new Prep website; Students rack up academic honors; Remembering two fixtures of the faculty; “Prep Men of Action” strive to do more; Donald P. Moriarty, ’48 leaves historic legacy.
Mike Jiran, ’03 Communications Manager
Joseph Villanella, ’79 CD Graphics Printing
5 Questions John Kelly, ’04, voice of the Marauder Radio Network, takes a break from talking sports to talk, well, sportscasting.
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ON THE COVER: Under the guidance of Dominic Scibilia of the Religion Department, three seniors and four juniors are set to turn small loans into big opportunities for people in the developing world through the creation of a microbank (see page 16). PHOTO: Mark Wyville, ’76, P’11
20 Sports Football and Soccer make their mark in state tourneys; Victory for Cross Country at McQuaid; Winter sports in focus.
24 Alumni Celebrating Men for Others; Four days of Pride & Glory coming in mid-June; Young alumni are future officers and current gentlemen.
New Home, Same Address Prep’s New Website Built for Usability Today, Expandability Tomorrow Visitors to the Prep website at www.spprep.org in recent weeks have probably noticed some changes: a fresh treatment of the site’s overall look, revised navigation and a layout better suited to today’s larger computer monitors, just to name a few. But those changes on the surface are only half the story, as the new look corresponds to an entirely new website, built from the ground up to suit Prep’s current needs while also providing flexibility for future expansion. Created in cooperation with HopeWorks ’N Camden, a Jesuit ministry which builds websites for businesses while offering on-the-job technology training to inner-city youths in South Jersey, the new site is based upon the open-source Drupal platform. In practical terms, that means the site can readily be expanded and upgraded to meet the changing needs of students, teachers, parents and alumni who rely upon it to keep up with goings on at Grand & Warren. In contrast to the previous site, where specific content was uploaded from Prep, but the overall “container” was maintained by a third party, major structural and cosmetic changes can now be made “in-house.” “Moving to a new website is like moving into a new house. It’s a long-term decision,” explained Mike Jiran, ’03, Prep’s communications manager and the primary liaison with HopeWorks throughout the project. “We’re glad to know as we settle into our new online home that we already have a solid foundation in place for expansion in the future.” The enthusiasm at Grand & Warren is matched on the other side of the proverbial “desk” as well. “The Prep website has been an amazing project for us,” said Tarren Anderson, GIS director at HopeWorks, who oversaw the development process. “Never before have we had a project where our entire youth development team has had to work together on a single website.”
Prep students continue to participate actively in scouting, with upperclassmen and recent alumni steadily earning the top rank of Eagle Scout, an honor that only about 2% of Boy Scouts nationally will achieve. Here are some of Prep’s newest Eagle Scouts. LEFT: Jake Blicharz, ’08 (center) at his Court of Honor this winter. Joining him were (l. to r.) Prep president Bob Reiser, S.J., Michael Blicharz, ’10, Tim Carney, ’08, Jon Mucciolo, ’08, Brendan Bryant, ’08, Miles McCann, ’08, Doug Freeman, ’08, Ed Rose, ’08, James Shalhoub, ’08, and Ryan Heffernan, director of campus ministry.
RIGHT: Prep was well represented when current Prep junior Christian Livi (center left) received his Eagle award at his Court of Honor in November. In addition to classmate Mark Bovich (center right), who will also attain the Eagle rank this year, he was joined by Naval Academy Midshipmen Joe Livi, ‘09 and Lawrence Bovich, ‘09; assistant scoutmaster James Moran, ‘74 (left); and Prep’s alumni chaplain, Tony Azzarto, S.J. 2
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Prep Senior Honored in Drexel U. Photo Contest
Singing in the Rain, 8”x10” silver gelatin print, 2009
Two photos by John-Carlo Monti, ‘10 were among the 150 selected from 2200 entries in the Drexel University High School Photography Contest. Works were submitted by high school students throughout the US for consideration by Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The selected photos, including the two by Monti, were exhibited in the university’s photography gallery at 33rd and Arch Streets in Philadelphia during January and February.
Bestselling Author Lectures at Prep
Tick Tock, 13” X 13” digital C print 2009
Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit, a former managing director at J.P. Morgan, and bestselling author of Heroic Living and Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World, lectured at Prep in December. It was the first of three events in the inaugural Ignatian Speakers Series, which also incorporates the Family Communion Brunch and the Arrupe Lecture. Drawing from his experiences in the Society as well as in business, Lowney challenged what has become the traditional notion of leadership and suggested that the approach modeled by Ignatius and the early Jesuits still has much to offer in the 21st century. “When we think about leaders, we stereotypically tend to think about generals, chief executives, presidents, bishops and so on,” he said. “That notion of leadership is not the solution to any of our problems, in business, in politics, in religious life. That notion of leadership is part of the problem. In some respects, the first people we need to be able to think about as leaders are ourselves.” According to Lowney, the Jesuit tradition of leadership, emphasizing self-awareness, ingenuity, love and heroism, asks each person to exhibit the qualities of a leader – to lead oneself and others, in sometimes small ways, to be men and women for others. “We can think about the Jesuit tradition in ways that give us a lot of interesting input in terms of thinking about what it means to lead and how we might lead ourselves.” It was a concept of leadership formed in the early days of the Jesuits. Being able to understand one’s own strengths and weaknesses; to adapt to a changing environment; to act with concern for those affected by one’s actions; and to face challenges and setbacks bravely were all essential qualities as the early Jesuits worked to organize their mission. And the need for such leaders ultimately steered the mission towards education. In order to give the Society the best chance of flourishing at the beginning, “What the Jesuits needed was ‘quam plurimi, et quam aptissimi’… as many as possible, and of the very best.” Given the state of European higher education in the 16th century, “there frankly were not a lot of aptissimi around.” In order for the Society to find the leaders it needed to grow, the early Jesuits would have to educate leaders themselves. “Though the focus of the system changed [from educating seminarians to educating people who would lead in other areas of life], its core ambition never did,” explained Lowney. Jesuit schools “were, and continue to be, places where aptissimi are supposed to be developed.” He added that today’s Prep men are a realization of a “16th century dream: that talented young people, if you give them the right guidance and opportunities and support will turn themselves into aptissimi.” Chris Lowney, author of the bestselling Heroic Leadership, gave a lecture at Prep on December 10, offering a unique perspective developed both in the Society of Jesus and in the business world.
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A Christmas Visit from the Bishop On December 18, before students left for their Christmas break, the Prep community gathered for Mass. Bishop Thomas Donato, the auxiliary bishop for Hudson County, presided as members of Prep’s Jesuit Community concelebrated. In his homily, Bishop Donato pointed to Joseph’s role in the birth and childhood of Jesus as an example of how we, too, should be open to the many ways in which God speaks to us, and ready to adapt to the challenges or “detours” this might present in life. “It might divert our direction, but we will find it again,” Bishop Donato said. “Then we, like Jesus, can show our thanks to Joseph, who has helped to set our paths straight.” The bishop received the customary warm Prep welcome for special guests, including a gift from the Campus Shop and no paucity of applause from the student body.
National Merit Awards for Six Seniors
James Kuklinski, ’10, vice president of the Student Council, presents Bishop Thomas Donato with a Prep baseball cap as a token of gratitude for his participation in the school Christmas Mass.
The results are in for the 2010 National Merit Scholarship program, and six Prep seniors have earned awards for their performance on the 2008 PSAT/NMSQT. Each year, about 1.5 million students at high schools nationwide participate in the program, and only 15,000 are selected as National Merit Finalists. Shane Goetz, ’10 was announced as a Finalist in February. In the spring, 8,200 National Merit Scholars will be selected from among these finalists.
Flanked by Prep’s president Bob Reiser, S.J. and principal Jim DeAngelo, ’85, the five seniors selected as National Merit Commended Students show off their certificates. From left: Zachary Helming, Enrique Lopez, James Kuklinski, Adam Governale and Matthew Mazzari. Shane Goetz, not pictured, was named a National Merit Finalist in February.
Five more seniors were recognized in November for scoring among the top five percent. Adam Governale, Zachary Helming, James Kuklinski, Enrique Lopez and Matthew Mazzari were among the 34,000 students nationwide recognized as National Merit Commended Students.
15 Seniors Named Bloustein Scholars Fifteen Prep seniors have been selected as 2010 Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. The Distinguished Scholars Program provides a scholarship of up to $1,000 per year for use at a New Jersey college or university. Scholarships are awarded to students in the top ten percent of their class who acheive a combined score of 1260 or higher on their SAT critical reading and math tests. The following members of the Prep Class of 2010 have earned this distinction, and Prep is proud to congratulate them:
Nicholas Mangone Ryan Smith Alexander Diaz Matthew Mazzari Kenneth Walter Christopher Dietz David Park Alexander Yang
Thomas Brodowski Adam Governale Daniel Seara Kevin Cevasco James Kuklinski Michael Sisk Justin D’Agostino
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), an independent agency of the State of New Jersey, administers the Garden State Scholarship Program, which includes the Edward J. Bloustein Dinstinguished Scholar and Urban Scholar awards. Each year, more than 7,000 students statewide receive scholarships in recognition of their high level of academic achievement. Students may use these awards to continue their education at New Jersey institutions of higher education. For more information about HESAA’s programs, visit www.hesaa.org.
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Remembering Harry Oppido and Catherine Collins In recent months, the Prep community lost two former faculty members whose many years of dedicated service at Grand & Warren made them indelible fixtures in the history of Saint Peter’s Prep. Please join us in celebrating their lives and their contributions to life at Prep. Harry Oppido, S.J., a fixture of the Prep Classics Department for decades and an unforgettable figure to generations of Prep men, died on October 2, 2009. He was 84. Fr. Oppido was born and raised in Brooklyn where he attended Brooklyn Preparatory School. He entered the Society of Jesus at Saint Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1942. During his formation as a Jesuit, he studied philosophy and theology at Woodstock College in Maryland. He was ordained at Woodstock in 1955. Like most Jesuits, Fr. Oppido spent his active ministry in the classroom. He taught Latin, Greek and English at his high school alma mater until its closing in 1972. Fr. Oppido then joined the faculty at Saint Peter’s Prep. At Saint Peter’s, he taught Latin 1, 2, 3 and 4 and three levels of Greek; designed the Latin Intro to Modern Language class; and served as chair of the Classics Department for many years. He was a beloved colleague at both schools and within the Jesuit Community because of his professionalism and sense of humor. It was commented that when Fr. Oppido arrived at Saint Peter’s Prep, he quickly became legendary. When he was presented with the school’s Insignis Award in 2000, it was said that he had a simple classroom formula – teach the Latin, teach it well, and have some fun doing it. Generations of Prep men will remember their Latin lessons peppered with stories of past students’ humorous mistranslations and his memorable catch phrases such as, “Fellas, please!” and “You follow me?” Catherine Collins was Prep’s first female faculty member, serving as librarian for 35 years, beginning in 1948. She died on January 5 at the age of 88. A relative of several Prep alumni, Ms. Collins paved the way for the many women who have made their own lasting contributions on the Prep faculty. She was honored as a Legend of Prep in 1997. The following is her biography from the program at that Legends dinner: A Jersey City resident, she had attended Saint Michael’s High School and the Ann-Reno Teachers’ Training School (NY). During the 1940s, she held a number of editorial and research positions in New York, and she also served as a library assistant at Dickinson High School. But it was Grand & Warren that would be her second home until her retirement in 1983. While working at Prep, Catherine earned her B.S. and M.L.S. degrees from Saint John’s University, and her passion for literature and the arts included trips throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Professional colleagues and students alike knew that she took her job seriously, and she enthusiastically provided unique insights into the world that lay beyond downtown Jersey City. Undoubtedly, “Katie” never saw herself as a pioneer, and yet, her presence paved the way for women to join the Prep faculty. She did so with intelligence and a most pleasant disposition; she also, somehow, was able to maintain a studious atmosphere, day after day, in a cavernous reading room often filled with over one hundred teenage boys. Most of all, she taught the young men of Prep to respect the books and literature—and each other. And neither CD ROMS, nor even the internet will ever do that better. PREP Magazine www.spprep.org SPRING 2010
A Full Fall Semester Here, in pictures, is a look back at some of the events that comprised a fall filled with activity at Grand & Warren. In November, the Prep Parents’ Association staged the annual Fashion Show, where senior model Matthew Feeney reveled in the glamour of it all.
Prep music teacher G.P. Eleria introduced the renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers before a lunchtime concert on the Warren Street Plaza in September.
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Prep took to the streets of Jersey City for the Walkathon in October, continuing a favorite tradition for students and teachers alike.
144 GRAND As Prep Football took on Don Bosco in a state championship showdown (see Sports, page 20), not even the snow could chill the spirits of Marauder Nation.
The Prep Bandâ€™s Christmas CafĂŠ Concert filled the cafeteria with the strains of favorite Christmas tunes.
Well dressed underclassmen and their dates packed the cafeteria for the freshman/sophomore Christmas semi-formal.
144 GRAND Prep students strive for the Magis, “the more,” in the classroom and beyond. Our web feature takes a look at several students who go above and beyond the curriculum, making their mark through creativity, through service to others, and through their desire to do more. Read the first profile below, then visit www.spprep.org/prepmag to meet more Prep Men of Action.
It’s in the Sunglasses: Ian Dingcong, ’10 by Ryan Grusenski, ’03 A teacher’s job is to see students and their learning from the lens of the classroom. Often times students are creating, synthesizing, deducing, and understanding things far greater than what we can see from our perspectives. Once in awhile we can catch a glimpse of that which we don’t see. Ian Dincong’s life outside the classroom is one that may not be seen as much as it is heard. At age ten, Ian wrote his first song. At 12 he discovered hip hop. At 16, YouTube. Combining all three, Ian has found success on YouTube’s Filipino rap scene. In 2009 his work took a unique turn. Influenced by Michael Jackson when he was young, and inspired by lyricists and musicians such as Nas, Biggie, and even Beethoven as he matured, he began to create his own lyrics, aided by beats and melodies that he also found through the Internet. “Today I feel that hip-hop is a commodity and not a craft,” he explains. Ian is very serious about his work, and the image that he projects for younger artists. When he was younger his parents worried about his own safety
and worldview as he showed a growing interest in rap, but he has taken it upon himself not to create what he would call the “typical” messages of rap today. He uses words stirred by Shakespeare, encourages those who listen to his music and even sends a message with his stage name, IJD, which stands for instinct, judgment and desire. His advice: “Know where you are going, know who to surround yourself with, and learn how to succeed.” Along with the challenge of competing against the typical messages found in today’s rap music, Ian is also challenged by pursuing works of collaboration. These collaborative projects may also be his greatest success to date. While he writes the lyrics and finds the melody, he searches the Internet for other underground artists, like himself. This search has revealed great talent that is featured in his work, and no border is too high. From Queens, to Canada, to California and Brazil, Ian enjoys collaborating with artists. He describes such work as something that “you can’t put a price on.” He is determined to continue his successful venture on YouTube. His first mix tape entitled Lyrically Invincible is due out later this year. Look for the sunglasses, because he wants you to “love me for my music.” 8
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Prep Receives Historic $4 Million Gift; Phase One Projects Begin Reshaping the Campus The Latin word “magis” has become part of the vernacular in Jesuit schools internationally, referring to “doing more” for God and for others. Thus, it has become part of Prep’s identity. Recently, the school was the recipient of this philosophy in action in the form of a gift totaling $4 million from Donald P. Moriarty, ’48—the largest gift in the school’s 138-year history. The gift will be used to support two important initiatives: A total of $3 million is being directed to Imagine: The Fund for Saint Peter’s Prep, which is supporting the successful completion of the school’s facilities’ master plan. The balance of the gift—$1 million—will support the school’s Annual Fund as a restricted gift, with emphasis on providing tuition assistance to families with quantifiable financial need. The school was informed of the gift this past fall, just a few months following Mr. Moriarty’s death in April. “This is a truly transformational moment in the history of Saint Peter’s Prep,” said Bob Reiser, S.J., Prep’s president. “During his lifetime, Don Moriarty annually made Prep one of his philanthropic priorities, and this legacy gift further underscores his devotion to the school and its Jesuit values.” Jim Horan, ’70, vice president for planning and principal giving, called the gift “a game-changer,” adding, “On the high school level, gifts of this magnitude have an effect on the institution in ways both real and abstract. In addition to the profound support it provides to our capital projects and our operating budget, it also sends a potent message about the impact that Prep’s Jesuit education continues to have on its alumni and current students alike.” As for the “bricks & mortar” projects being supported by the Imagine Fund, work on the initial components of Phase One begins in earnest this spring and will continue right up until the first day of school in September 2010. These projects include the conversion of the church into a cafeteria/multi-purpose space; the conversion of the parish building into a temporary space for the music program; the creation of three new, permanent classrooms, and two new bathrooms, in the basement of Hogan Hall; and extensive work on the exterior of Burke Hall. The major component of Phase One—the conversion of Burke Hall into a facility dedicated to science education, and including a new main entrance to the school— will take place over the summer of 2011. A Facelift for Burke Hall: As part of the renovations taking place this spring and summer, large, new windows will be installed in Burke Hall, which will significantly change the exterior of the building.
A $4 million gift from the late Donald P. Moriarty, ‘48 is the largest gift received in the school’s 138-year history. He and his wife Eileen are pictured with Prep president Bob Reiser, S.J., at a Donné Society reception in 2008. Latest Moriarty Gift Underscores a Lifetime of Support In a fall 1948 issue of Prep’s student newspaper, Petroc, a major article on the construction of Prep’s new gymnasium that year focused on the fundraising that was making that project possible. One paragraph has particular resonance in 2010, especially in light of the recent gift of $4 million to Prep by the late Don Moriarty, ’48. It read: “Last year’s graduates, who constitute the ‘frosh’ alumni, have been elected to cross Fr. Shalloe’s palm with one week’s salary. First to score with $51.25 was ‘Mo’ Moriarty, all-state end and captain of the grid team.” The reference, of course, was to Don, who was in his first year of college as a student at Holy Cross, and his selfless generosity to Prep—only a few months following his graduation—was a precursor to a lifetime of leadership support to his high school alma mater. “He felt that the education and values that he received from Saint Peter’s remained with him until the day he died,” said Bob Moriarty, Don’s son, “and other than his family, Prep was one of the most important things to him.” An outstanding student and a three-sport letter-winner at Saint Peter’s, Don continued his Jesuit education on a football scholarship at Holy Cross, followed by studies at the New York University Graduate School of Business. He began his professional career at Bankers Trust, followed by 26 years at William A.M. Burden & Co., including ten years as managing partner. In 1991 he established Twin Oaks Partners, an investment firm in Chatham, N.J., and served as managing partner until his death. A most trusted advisor to the presidents of Saint Peter’s Prep for more than four decades, Don was named the first chairman of Prep’s new board of trustees in 1985, and he served two six-year terms in that role. During his tenure he laid the groundwork for initiatives ranging from capital improvements to competitive salaries, and his counsel continued in the years following his retirement from the board. His devotion to Jesuit education extended to his college alma mater, as he also served as board chairman at The College of the Holy Cross. His leadership service to other boards and institutions in both the public and private sectors included the Smithsonian Institution’s Investment Policy Committee; the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (chairman); The Florence V. Burden Foundation; The Pingry School; the Summit (NJ) Board of Education (president); the Overlook Hospital Foundation; and the Summit Area YMCA.
With John Kelly, ’04, Marauder Radio Network founder and play-by-play announcer.
Since the 2009 football season kicked off last fall, John Kelly has brought the excitement of Prep Athletics into the homes and offices of Marauder fans near and far. Now the voice of the Marauder Radio Network takes a break from talking sports to talk, well, sportscasting. Prep Magazine When did you first become interested in sports broadcasting?
PM Beyond the Marauder Radio Network, what’s next for John Kelly as a sportscaster?
John Kelly I’ve been an avid sports fan since I was little. After spending my first three years at Prep wanting to dive into the business world like my father, I thought if I loved sports so much and I was always calling the games when I would play Madden, then maybe I should give this a shot.
JK In the future, what’s hopefully next for John Kelly the broadcaster is doing radio play by play for Notre Dame Football or on Westwood One. I have always wanted to host College Gameday on ESPN, but as of now that is a pipe dream.
PM How did the idea for the Marauder Radio Network develop? JK After doing play-by-play at Fordham and then for the CDFL during the summer, I wanted to continue broadcasting in order to build tapes for future radio work. I thought immediately about Prep…I thought it would be great for Prep parents, students, faculty and Alumni to listen in to a professional broadcast [and] be up-to-date on all the events going on at Prep. PM What kind of feedback have you heard from the listeners? JK The feedback has blown me away. [Senior quarterback] Ralph Ortiz’s mother listened in to every game. She said she loved the broadcasts and with five other kids besides Ralph at home she was able to keep up with her son’s football. My former Prep buddies have enjoyed the games as well. I love that they can keep up with their Prep sports. One of them, Matt Hladik, ’05, has even done color commentary when the students had other commitments. PM You’ve already transitioned from football to basketball. Are you planning any further expansion of the coverage? JK You know it. I’m looking to expand with an afternoon talk show dealing with all Prep sports and other major sports topics hopefully by next year. I am hoping to have a rotating panel of Prep kids to talk sports. I am also looking to start a broadcasting club and get more students involved with Marauder Radio Network. Zach Lanning ’10 and Will Cummings ’10 have done a great job this year and I would love to have others involved. 10
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Right now I’m content to build this network up into one of Hudson County’s best sports play-by-play radio stations. I want to train replacements for the next couple of years so when I get another gig the network can continue to provide quality play-by-play.
Author(s)! Author(s)! William Shakespeare; Arthur Miller; Woody Allen; Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski; Phillip Barry – all are playwrights whose works have been brought to life at Saint Peter’s College’s Roy Irving Theater in recent years as Prep Dramatics presented its winter production. To that list, add the names of current Prep seniors Benjamin Glassen and Matthew Mazzari. By Mike Jiran, ’03
To sit down for a conversation with seniors Benjamin Glassen and Matthew Mazzari is to enter a whirlwind of one-liners and creative energy. The dynamic duo of Prepster playwrights are the authors of the comedy Who You Callin’ a Thespian?, produced by Prep Dramatics in January, and after a few minutes in their presence, one begins to understand what makes this a successful comedic collaboration. Glassen’s unrestrained enthusiasm for the absurd finds a foil in the prosaic wit of Mazzari, a dynamic with parallels throughout the annals of comic history— including Thespian itself. The play’s protagonists, Marco (played by Mazzari in the January production) and Johnny (Justin D’Agostino, ’10), are two brothers who own a restaurant in prohibition-era Jersey City. When Johnny’s bootlegging lands them both in jail, he hatches a daring plan that will allow them to escape— while exposing their fellow inmates to the joys of the performing arts in the process. The strait-laced Marco must decide whether to put his trust in his brother once more. No such conflict is apparent in the team of Glassen and Mazzari, whose previous collaborations have already reached the small screen in the Montclair area. “Ben has his own TV show, Southside Comedy with Ben Glassen, on public access,” Mazzari explains. “I was the first person he approached with that, and we wrote most of the sketches together.” “Yes, please plug the show,” Glassen adds with a laugh, before detailing the origins of Thespian. “I had wanted to write a play
Who You Callin’ a Thespian? starred co-author Matthew Mazzari, ’10 (right) as the strait-laced Marco and fellow senior Justin D’Agostino (left) as the conniving Johnny, whose criminal dealings land the two brothers in prison.
for a few months,” he recalls. “Then last summer, Matt and I were at the shore, eating cheese steaks, when
I asked him, ‘Do you want to write a play and see if Mr. Campion will put it on as the main production?’ And he just looks at me and goes, ‘Absolutely.’”Mr. Campion, of course, is English
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Ben Glassen (foreground) joined his co-author on stage as Barney, a slow-witted inmate as apt to steal a scene as a wallet.
think about something else?’” Campion recalls. “My response was, ‘If it’s worthy of the Campion stage, then we’ll put it on.’ I read it, and…I thought it was very good for a first effort.” After the authors reworked and expanded the play, Thespian passed muster and production began. Having the authors on hand—indeed, on stage—during rehearsals could prove challenging to a director, but Campion credits the cooperative spirit of Glassen and Mazzari. “I told them I would be directing according to my interpretation. Matt said, ‘Absolutely,’ and Ben kept quiet,” he laughs, adding (in his inimitable style) that the authors’ input proved helpful at times. “Sometimes we accepted what they said and altered things, and sometimes I told them ‘Get lost, this is my interpretation!’”
During their curtain call, just as during rehearsals and during their interview for Prep Magazine, these Prepster playwrights are quick to credit the cast and crew that brought their characters to life.
“It was about 50-50 on those decisions,” Mazzari says, putting it another way. Glassen adds, “We made a good team.” That spirit of teamwork extended to the entire cast and crew. “These were the best rehearsals I can recall,” Campion says. “The repartee among these kids, the way they fed off each other, was amazing.”
“That was the best part,” Glassen agrees. “We had a fantastic cast,” with a
comfort level that enabled strong performances and collaboration from all quarters. “These were mostly guys we had known from plays we’d worked on before, and it really was fun working with them,” adds Mazzari. While quick to praise the work of all their castmates (Glassen appeared as Barney, a slow-witted prison inmate as apt to steal a scene as a wallet), the student-playwrights say they were particularly taken with the way two of their motley crew of prisoners, Hank the Tank and Vladimir, came to life. “I think the best performance had to be Matt Feeney’s interpretation of Hank the Tank,” enthuses Glassen. “It was exactly what we had envisioned, and more.” Hank, a hulking inmate prized by his fellow prisoners mainly for his smuggling prowess, communicates only through gestures until his final scene, where he helps break the tension of the dramatic jailbreak with his surprisingly squeaky voice. “That voice!” says Glassen. “And the crying!” Mazzari adds, as both enjoy a hearty laugh. Glassen’s assessment: “I think that was the single funniest moment in the play.”
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FEATURE Vladimir (Zachary Lanning, ’10), a Russian expatriate who has found himself behind bars because, in his words “I have a tendency to kill people,” is the cell block’s resident existentialist writer, called upon to pen the play-within-the-play central to Johnny’s escape plan. Lanning provided Vladimir with a set of gestures, whether casually licking the edge of a switchblade or reaching skyward to touch the hand of God, that prompted Glassen to describe him as “the king of pantomime when he was up there as Vladimir.” With a well-attended and well-received stage debut behind them, Glassen and Mazzari intend to continue working together. “We’ve only just begun,” says Mazzari. The pair will next set their sights on a new set of sketches for Southside Comedy, and Campion is bullish about their future. “I told the guys they should pursue screenwriting in Hollywood so I can go and visit,” he laughs. He adds that he is glad to hear the Glassen-Mazzari partnership will continue. As to whether playgoers might expect to see more student-written efforts staged by Prep Dramatics in the future, Campion remains open to the possibility, but plays it close to the vest. “We’ll have to see,” he says. “Someone would have to come up with the play first.” To which Glassen quips, “But then they’ll always be compared to us. And we’re just too awesome. And too humble!” Kidding aside, whatever the future may hold for Prep Dramatics and this talented duo of young writers, a new precedent has been set for student involvement in the production. And to judge from the laughter and applause that filled the Roy Irving Theater in January, it was done in highly entertaining fashion.
D’Agostino’s raucous Johnny (seen here with Henry Khost, ’11 as Herman, a prison guard Johnny insistently dubs “Twinkle”) was an ideal foil to the prosaic Marco of Mazzari.
Longtime Prep Dramatics director Jack Campion (center) celebrated with Glassen and Mazzari after the openingnight performance of Who You Callin’ a Thespian?
Prep’s principal Jim DeAngelo, ‘85, and president Bob Reiser S.J., congratulate the young playwrights after a successful premiere.
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LEGENDS OF PREP
Six Honored at Legends of Prep IX Walter Koszyk, ‘60, P’92, was unable to attend, but accepted his award in a video segment shown during the ceremony. Here, the retired 36-year veteran of Prep’s English department receives his plaque from Prep president Bob Reiser, S.J.
The newest class of Legends with their awards (l. to r.): Jim Horan, ‘70; Jack Caulfield, ‘71, P’00,’03; Joanne Downes (accepting for her uncle, Ed McNally, ‘17); Tom Leane, ‘65, P’04; and Carl DeLorenzo, ‘67.
On October 22, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, six alumni were recognized with the Prep Alumni Board’s highest honor, becoming the
ninth class to join the ranks of “Legends of Prep.” Each of the honorees has helped to shape Saint Peter’s Prep, whether in the classroom or in the boardroom, and has shown himself to be a true “Man for Others” by his dedicated service. The ceremony, hosted by Bill Ahearn, ’75, P’01, accompanied a banquet for more than 400 guests, who celebrated the achievements of the Legends Class of 2009: Edward G. McNally, ’17; Walter B. Koszyk, ’60, P’92; Thomas J. Leane, ’65, P’04; Carl S. DeLorenzo, ’67; James C. Horan, ’70; and John V. Caulfield, ’71, P’00,’03. These six Legends, who join 52 individuals inducted previously, truly are “Our Pride & Our Glory,” and the evening truly was a celebration befitting their contributions to the life of Saint Peter’s Prep. For more photos, or to learn more about Legends of Prep, visit www.spprep.org/legends Throughout the evening, Carl DeLorenzo, ’67 displayed the irrepressible sense of humor that has made him a favorite teacher to generations of Prep men.
Inductee Jim Horan, ’70, currently serving as Prep’s vice president for planning and principal giving, recounted memorable moments from his many years at Grand & Warren.
Jack Caulfield, ’71, P’00,’03 Legends inductee and chairman of Prep’s Board of Trustees, accepted the congratulations of his mother, Rose Caulfield, herself a fixture at Prep for decades.
An often unseen but always instrumental player in the development of Prep’s physical plant, and indeed all of Jersey City, Tom Leane, ’65, P’04 enjoyed a moment in the spotlight as he accepted his award.
Cambio para Cambio: A Prep Foundation for Economic Development by Kevin Tolentino, ’10, Peter LiVolsi, ’11, Michael Machado, ’11, Kevin Cunnigham, ’11,
“Third, and most difficult: a firm resolve to be agents of change in society; not merely resisting unjust structures and arrangements, but actively undertaking to reform them.” (Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Men for Others, July 31, 1973)
Vincent Caldas, ’10 and Timothy Mernar, ’10 with Dominic Scibilia, Ph.D. From the first day on campus, a Prep student hears about being a man for others. At assemblies, the school community hears the profiles of Prep Spirit Award honorees, and the descriptions frequently portray the awardees as men for others. Teachers, administrators and alumni remind students regularly that men for others practice the virtues of patience, generosity, charity, and compassion. When cantors Ryan Grusenski, ’03 or Boreta Singleton call on students to sing “We Are Called” during a school Mass, students sing out enthusiastically about acting with justice – an essential dimension of the vocation of a man for others. For three seniors, Vincent Caldas, Timothy Mernar and Kevin Tolentino, their junior course on Catholic social ethics became an opportunity to walk the walk of men for others. As Dr. Dominic Scibilia of the Religion Department recalls, “Kevin was intrigued by Pedro Arrupe, S.J.’s description of a man for others as an agent for social change, but with caution. Vin and Tim were our class’s resident skeptics. They preferred the man for others who held doors for people, shared homework with peers, worked at soup kitchens, or took active part in the Walkathon. Arrupe’s talk about living simply, making a just profit, or altering social structures – they could not see it working.” In Scibilia’s assessment of their first responses, Vin, Tim and Kevin were where most juniors are at the beginning of the class on Catholic social ethics – not ready for the change of heart that Jesuit education brings about. So what happened to Kevin, Tim and Vin? It is called a capstone project. After a semester of study in ethics, third year students select a subject area from the course that genuinely interests them. They immerse themselves in research on the topic; they take apart, examine, and offer moral responses to the questions arising from the particular topic of their choice. The projects cover a variety of themes, from human trafficking to regional conflicts like the stress between Israel and Palestine, to an assessment of profit-taking in the banking industry. During the first step in the capstone process, Vin, Kevin, and Tim expressed interest in efforts to combat poverty through economic development. Vin reflects, “Doc Scibilia suggested that we look at FINCA [the Foundation for
I liked the idea of a bank that was giving people the money they needed to start a business. You know – teach a man to fish.” International Community Assistance].
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Kevin, citing the FINCA website, wrote in the first project that “FINCA International provides financial services to the world’s lowest income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets, and improve their standard of living.” Vin and Tim viewed themselves as the class realists, and they were interested in genuine answers, not simply theories. They set out to see if FINCA did indeed help poor people become entrepreneurs. Vin’s interest in filmmaking influenced the group’s decision that a documentary would be the most effective medium for reaching classmates. As they developed the script, Vin began to wonder if Prep students could organize and run a microbank. Scibilia encouraged them to go and see if it would be feasible. Even though Scibilia and Prep president Bob Reiser, S.J. were featured interviews in the juniors’ film, they were surprised by the finished product. Tim, Kevin and Vin were proposing that Prep students form a microbank that would provide direct financial services through the Jesuit mission network to people interested in generating an economy where opportunities were severely limited. In class, peers received the film enthusiastically. Classmates like Paul Dimitry, the class expert on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to combat global poverty, wondered
“Could we really do it? It would really make a difference; like the social change Arrupe talked about.” Scibilia seized upon the film as a teachable moment wherein students saw the connection between learning and real life. The students especially caught the spirit of possibility during the film’s interview with Fr. Reiser who observed “that the unique asset of the program was placing resources directly into the hands of those who need the help the most.” When Vin pressed Fr. Reiser to support their desire to make the proposal a reality, Fr. Reiser offered the kind of prudent encouragement that comes with Jesuit discernment. The three young men pressed forward. The watershed moment in the development of the microbank came when the three juniors met a fellow Prep man with ties to the developing world, Marco Ambrosio, ’03. Ambrosio joined Billy Bludgus, ’01, as guest speakers for a student forum on social justice sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry. Ambrosio and Bludgus took to heart the commission at the end of the Mass, “To go in peace and serve the Lord.” Following graduation from college, Bludgus worked as an International Jesuit Volunteer in East Africa,
and Ambrosio traveled throughout Southeast Asia, Nicaragua, India, and Africa researching a number of non-governmental organizations addressing AIDS, malaria, hunger and economic development. Ambrosio spoke about the book he is writing on his work and the generosity of benefactors like the Emily C. Specchio Foundation who make the work of a man for others possible. During a discussion with Vin and Tim after his talk, Ambrosio learned of their proposal for a microbank. He shared with the students important resources to read like The Bottom Billion and Three Cups of Tea. Each book drew both the students and their teacher into the dynamics of global poverty and successful efforts to create educational opportunities and local economies. When Vin suggested that funds from Prep’s mission drive might help fund the microbank, Ambrosio told the juniors about the Emily C. Specchio Foundation Ambassadors Program an initiative he designed. If the students submitted a proposal and the Foundation accepted it for the Ambassadors Program, they would match funds that the students at Prep raised. Director of Campus Ministry Ryan Heffernan told Vin and Tim that mission drive funding could be available. The day after the forum, Scibilia and Vin visited the website of the Emily C. Specchio Foundation. There they learned of Emily, “a dynamic young woman who graduated from Virginia Tech and was an alum of Phi Sigma Pi, an honor society.” Until her death, Emily exemplified “the virtues of scholarship, leadership, and service.” The Foundation carries on her legacy of working for peace, combating
poverty, advocating for economic development and educational opportunities among those who are underprivileged. As the juniors learned more about FINCA and Emily Specchio, courage replaced Kevin’s original caution and confidence in being men for others tempered Vin’s and Tim’s skepticism. E-mails and periodic meetings kept the project growing through the summer, and in mid-September 2009, Marco Ambrosio sent the juniors an enthusiastic announcement: the Emily C. Specchio Foundation named the Prep microbank as the Ambassador Program for 2010. The joy was sobering because with the matching funds came expectations for success. Ambrosio continues to guide the project’s development as mentor on behalf of the Emily C. Specchio Foundation. During the initial meeting between students and mentor, Ambrosio discussed the guidelines of the project and the objectives that have to be achieved by the end of the year. The Foundation requires the ambassadors to develop a project web page (launched in March), seek out speaking opportunities at community centers, schools and before other foundations. An additional senior Josh Barry, ’10, has joined the project as a website manager to attend to all the resources that will be linked to the Prep website.
With the guidance of Dominic Scibilia of the Religion Department, seniors (l. to r.) Timothy Mernar, Vincent Caldas and Kevin Tolentino are ready to travel to Ecuador to lay the groundwork for Prep’s microbank.
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COVER STORY Continuing discussions with project mentor Ambrosio have led students to the realization that the bank is becoming a part of Prep student life, so the designers of the project need to recruit the second generation of student microbank managers. With Scibilia’s counsel Vin, Tim and Kevin invited juniors Peter LiVolsi, Michael Machado, Kevin Cunningham and Graham Wyville to join the project. In fact, the four new team members are adopting as their capstone project for the course on Catholic social ethics the design and implementation of the bank (researching the policies and practices of student-run microbanks that are currently in operation). The student managers continue to meet with Ambrosio, Scibilia, and Fr. Reiser. Scibilia reflects, “There have been moments when I thought that the project might be out of our reach, but
the students’ enthusiasm, Fr. Reiser’s diligent search for partners in the Jesuit mission network, the informative and kind support of campus ministers Maura Toomb and Ryan Heffernan, and the perseverance of Marco Ambrosio raised my spirit.” The second generation of managers are immersing themselves in numerous working models of student-operated microfinance organizations. They are gathering data on the experiences of the work of students at Seattle and Fairfield Universities. Much to their delight, they find that there are no other high schools in the United States with students operating a microbank. That discovery is leading Vin to imagine speaking opportunities this spring at high schools in the Jesuits’ New York Province. “I can see us perhaps hosting a workshop on students and social justice with us as the keynote speakers – for the high schools in our province,” muses Vin.
With his unflagging passion for the microbank, Vin has emerged as the public face of the project. He secured an opportunity to speak
with the Watchung Hills Youth Benevolent Association. WHYBA, as Vin calls them, is a non-profit organization of businessmen in the greater Watchung area which, according to its president, Joseph Marino, “is committed to helping local high school seniors pursue their goal of obtaining a college education.” Marino and the members of WHYBA invited Vin, Tim, Kevin and Scibilia to a meeting in December, where the senior managers delivered an informative and impassioned presentation. Marino and association members posed questions that helped the young men to strengthen their communication skills and clarify their talking points. WHYBA announced in January that they would provide funds in support of the microbank – especially to assist
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the students in building a partnership with students in the country where the loans will be made. The WHYBA exchange confirmed the students’ desire to make the project a partnership between Prep students and students in a Jesuit high school in a developing nation. After examining several options, Fr. Reiser directed the students’ attention to Ecuador. Fr. Reiser reports, “I have been in contact with John Halligan, a Jesuit and former Prep teacher.” Fr. Halligan is involved with a group of women who are working in areas like construction to regenerate a struggling local economy. As of this writing, the senior student managers will be traveling with Fr. Reiser to Ecuador over the Easter break to open discussions on a partnership in microfinance. As senior managers plan for travel and spring workshops, the junior managers are doing the research that shapes the design of the microbank. As with any not-for-profit organization, there are governing regulations. Michael Machado’s work is uncovering helpful, credible resources in micro-finance like The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law. In a January 2010 article, legal scholar Timothy R. Lyman writes that “the financial services provide for poor people whose businesses typically lack access to conventional market sources of support.” Michael notes that “our microbank will act as a legal entity (within the Prep institutional organization) that focuses on granting loans of small amounts to citizens in, for example, Ecuador. It is a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization; therefore each loan requires no interest. In the process of loan-transfer, we will abide by both the laws of the U.S. and the regulations in Ecuador.” There is much to learn about both U.S. and Ecuadorian regulations for the rising project managers. Their efforts will serve as the substance of the three seniors’ keynote address at the Emily C. Specchio Foundation’s fourth annual Night with an Angel Dinner at the Madison Hotel in Morristown on May 3. What do the students call the project? Whether it is the original name, Cambio para Cambio: The Prep Foundation , or the Swahili Kubadilisha hata Kujenga: The Prep Foundation ,
the intent remains the same – Change for Change, a witness to Jesuit education for justice. Students become men for others, who are agents
for social change. The junior class in applied Catholic social ethics testifies to Prep education at its best - when learning moves beyond boundaries, when education happens beyond the classroom walls.
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Football Fans visiting the Prep website in August may
have mistaken the football team’s regular season schedule for a listing of playoff opponents. The new alignment meant Saint Peter’s would battle Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco and Saint Joe’s of Montvale during the regular season. Add to that line-up, Jesuit power Saint Joseph’s Prep from Philadelphia and the Marauders faced their toughest campaign in many years. Coach Rich Hansen commented, “This structure afforded us the opportunity to play teams we would want to play.” After dropping the season opener 40-28 – played at Rutgers Stadium – to Saint Joseph’s Prep, the team regrouped during the bye week and then defeated Bergen Catholic 26-23. From there Prep continued its dominance over Hudson County rivals, defeating Bayonne, Union City and North Bergen by a combined score of 159-23. By season’s end, the winning streak against county opponents had reached 76 and a 42-6 victory over Hoboken sealed a ninth consecutive Hudson County Championship.
Junior Savon Huggins of Jackson stiff-arms a would-be tackler en route to a single-game school record 317 yard rushing performance against Saint Joe’s of Montvale.
Senior Gianni McLaughlin of Weehawken led the team in tackles with 106 and was selected by the Star Ledger as the Hudson County Defensive Player of the Year.
The Bergen Catholic victory, along with a 42-19 win over Saint Joe’s Regional and a 42-9 setback to Don Bosco enabled Coach Hansen to begin the state playoffs with a battle-tested team. “We get more out of a loss to a team like Don Bosco than we do from a win over a weaker opponent,” reflected Hansen. He added, “We went down to play Paul VI, an undefeated team with the #1 ranking in South Jersey and for our guys it’s just another game.” That first-round win over Paul VI (47-10) set up a rematch with Bergen Catholic. Prep’s 42-24 defeat of the Crusaders gave Saint Peter’s a trip to Giants Stadium for another showdown against Don Bosco for the Parochial A State Championship. The faithful Prep fans withstood the wintery mix of rain, sleet and snow, but the Marauders could not withstand the offensive attack of Don Bosco dropping the final game 35-15.
Senior quarterback Raphael Ortiz of Rahway posted impressive statistics (1646 yards, 18 TDs) and was recognized by the Star-Ledger as the Hudson County Offensive Player of the Year.
The highlight of the cross country season was a victory at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester. Pictured here at a Hudson County race in Bayonne are juniors Charles Bates of Hoboken, Kevin Garrigan of Clifton and Daniel Smythe of Verona. Garrigan made First Team All County while Bates and Smythe made the second and third teams, respectively.
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On national signing day, three seniors committed to playing college football at excellent programs. Raphael Ortiz (William & Mary), Corey Davis (James Madison) and Jake Kaufman (University of South Florida) are pictured with Prep’s president Bob Reiser, S. J., head coach Rich Hansen and principal Jim DeAngelo, ‘85.
Soccer Each new season brings with it challenges and uncertainty.
For the 2009 soccer team, playing in the inaugural season of the Tri-County Conference Hudson Division brought a drastic change to the schedule Prep had played for more than two decades. Lincoln and Marist were gone from the schedule, replaced by perennial soccer power Kearny. In addition, the team faced each of its opponents twice, which left only two independent games. The team opened the season with a 4-0 win over one of those independent opponents – Regis. The shutout was the first of 9 for junior goalie Mark Zatta and sent Prep on its way to an impressive 8-1 start (seven of those wins via shutout). Coach Josh Jantas, ’95 commented, “Starting the season so well is important because it puts the team in good standing when playoffs begin.” The Hudson County Tournament also underwent a significant change in 2009 as every team in the county was invited to participate. Saint Peter’s earned the third seed behind Kearny and Harrison. Reflecting on the new format Jantas said, “It’s great for Hudson County soccer. Finally, all the teams will compete for an undisputed County Championship.” Prep began the postseason with a 5-0 win over Weehawken, and followed that with a 4-1 victory over High Tech. Senior striker Andrew Hayes netted two goals in each of those matches raising his season totals to 26 goals and 12 assists. In the semi-finals match the Marauders dropped a well-played 3-1 decision to eventual champion Harrison. Prep’s season ended with a 1-0 shootout loss to Pope John in the State Tournament giving the squad a final record of 13-7-1. Despite the final score, the game was indicative of the quality soccer the team played all year. The team’s success earned Zatta, Hayes and senior Matt Woods First Team All-State recognition.
Mark Zatta’s steady play in goal earned him an All State selection as one of the top 10 goalkeepers in New Jersey.
Senior Matt Woods (8 goals, 6 assists) provided an offensive spark from his stopper position.
Winter Sports in Focus It was an action-packed season for Prep’s “boys of winter,” with Marauders posting impressive results across the board. Prep Magazine’s print deadline prevents us from providing season recaps here, but you can relive these moments from the winter sports season through the lens of Mark Wyville, ‘76, P’11. Season recaps will be posted at www.spprep.org/prepmag as they become available. Prep Basketball stands as a team for the national anthem before their 64-54 win over Seton Hall in the NJSIAA Parochial A North sectional final at Rutgers University. Though Camden Catholic would ultimately take the state title a week later, the Marauders’ first sectional crown in 26 years was a well-earned reward for an incredible season.
Sophomore Najee Glass runs the anchor leg of a 4x200 relay at the Jersey City Armory. Glass proved a potent threat as part of a relay team, but shone brightest in the 400 meter run, where he shattered record after record. By season’s end, his 47.87” best time was good for the top high school ranking in New Jersey and #6 in the nation.
Forward Ronald Roberts jams home two points during a state playoff duel with Don Bosco. The Saint John’s-bound senior scored a total of 19 in an emotional victory at home.
Senior wrestler Kevin Innis (standing) takes down an opponent from Don Bosco. Innis finished his Prep career as the program’s all-time wins leader.
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Prep Swimming dove right into a challenging 2009-10 schedule, and emerged with an overall record of 14-3, earning the team some welldeserved recognition beyond their home “pond” of Hudson County. Freshman forward Vinny Addeo (#44) is congratulated by his teammates after his goal with 4.1 seconds to go in the game propelled Prep Hockey to a tie with Don Bosco in January.
As Prep Fencing continued to develop, senior Matt Grapstul remained a force to be reckoned with in the foil category.
Coach Bob Zawistowski watches Prep Bowling in action from his familiar perch at Hudson lanes. Though already retired from the Prep science labs he called home for over 20 years, “Mr. Z” remained a steady presence for Prep’s keglers through his final season as their coach.
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Honoring Prep’s Men for Others In 1981, the late John Browning, S.J., ‘46, then principal of Prep, began the tradition of the Prep Spirit Award – an award given to young men who model for the entire community the qualities and values that define a Prep student – the characteristics defined in Prep’s mission statement and the Grad at Grad which speak about Prep’s desire to form men who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. The Pride & Glory Award was created in 2008 as an extension of Fr. Browning’s vision. As young men leave Prep, they are encouraged to continue to embody the ideals and spirit of their alma mater in their everyday lives and continue to serve the community as alumni. The Spirit Award and, now, the Pride & Glory Award remind us that heroes come in many different forms, and that we should recognize them among us. Paul Schaetzle, ’71 was the first recipient of the Pride & Glory award in 2008, in recognition of his nearly four decades of dedication to not only to Prep, but also to Jersey City. In 2009, Joe Villanella, ’79 was presented with the award for his years of service as printer of a panoply of Prep publications (this one included!) and as one of the loudest voices in the Prep cheering section. This year’s Pride & Glory Award will go to an alumnus who is equally ever-present in the daily life at Saint Peter’s. Jim Feeney, ’78 is a member of one of Prep’s most recognizable families; he is the brother of Robert, ’74; Terence, ’76; and John Feeney, ’80. And he is carrying on the Prep tradition through his sons, current senior, Matthew, ’10, and Michael, who will be starting as a freshman at Prep in the fall. But it is more than just familial relations that defines Jim; he has been a consistent and helpful presence at Prep, ranging from attending Legends to volunteering at Phonathon. He is an active member of the Prep Parents’ Association Executive Committee, lending a helping hand at open houses, the annual Fashion Show and countless picnics and receptions. His eagerness to offer assistance and his quiet dedication make him the embodiment of a Man for Others. You can offer your congratulations to Jim, and get a chance to catch up with all your Prep buddies at the 2010 Pride & Glory Night on Friday, June 12, part of Prep’s Alumni Weekend.
BELOW Left: Joe Villanella, ’79 shows off his 2009 Pride & Glory Award, joined by his family and Fr. Reiser. BELOW RIGHT: Paul Schaetzle, ’71 received the inaugural Pride & Glory Award in 2008. Right: Jim Feeney, ’78, pictured here with son Matt, ’10, at the 2009 PPA Fashion Show, will be honored during the third Pride & Glory Night in June.
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Alumni Weekend – The Biggest Event of the Year! Prep’s premiere Alumni Weekend will combine some of the most popular spring alumni events into a fun-filled weekend. Hundreds of alumni and friends from across the country are welcome to reconnect with classmates, rediscover Prep and relive their student days. With a variety of events, there’s something for everyone: with your Prep buddies at Pride & Glory Night, Friday night’s all your can eat beefsteak • Reconnect dinner or the Milestone Reunions dinner on Saturday night to the field of play during football, lacrosse or rugby homecomings; or take part in the first • Return Pride & Glory 5k Run a round of golf and support Prep’s longest running fundraiser at the 33rd Annual Saint Peter’s Prep – • Enjoy Frenkel & Co. Golf Tournament on Monday, June 14
Classes ending in “0” and “5” will be celebrating their reunions, but the rest of the festivities are open to everyone, so save the date for June 11-14 and return to Grand and Warren for Four Days of Pride & Glory!
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Frenkel & Co. to Sponsor Prep Golf Tournament In January, Prep introduced the international insurance brokerage Frenkel & Co., Inc. as the new title sponsor of the annual Saint Peter’s Prep Golf Tournament, attended by hundreds of parents, alumni and friends each summer. The 132-year-old firm, headed by John Kelly, P’04, with corporate headquarters in downtown Manhattan and significant operations at Exchange Place in Jersey City, has made a two-year commitment to serve as title sponsor for Prep’s oldest fundraising event. “We are very excited at this new sponsorship,” said Francesca Lanning, P’10, Prep’s vice president for advancement. “I think the partnership will be beneficial for both organizations, and it is especially fitting given Frenkel’s office just a few blocks away from Prep’s campus.” The 33rd Annual Saint Peter’s Prep – Frenkel & Co. Golf Tournament returns to the Spring Lake Golf Club on Monday, June 14, as part of Alumni Weekend. Invitations and registration for the tournament will be available beginning in April. For additional sponsorship opportunities contact Chris Casazza, ’97, director of alumni relations and annual giving, at 201-547-6413.
Correction to the 2009 President’s Report In, the 2009 President’s Report, published in the Fall 2009 issue of Prep Magazine, Mr. Christopher S. Hudik, ’81 was inadvertently omitted from the listing of contributors at the Grand & Warren Society level, as well as from the listing of donors for the Class of 1981. We apologize for the oversight, and thank Chris along with all whose generosity helps Prep to form young men of competence, conscience and compassion. PREP Magazine www.spprep.org SPRING 2010
Ed Grant, ’43, a sportswriter covering track and field for the past 66 years, was presented with the Stan Saplin Sports Media Award during the Eastern States Indoor Track Championships at the 168th Street Armory in February. Tom Potter, M.D., ’46, was nominated for Alumnus of the Year honors at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago. Tom is a member of the Stritch class of ’54. Ed Loniewski, D.O., ’49, and his wife Mary Joanne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 28, 2009.
Tim Kennedy, ’53, and Meg, his “prom date” of 58 years, celebrate life at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence. Meg loves to cook, which keeps Tim smiling when he’s not chasing golf balls or luring fish. Tim offers this advice from the Letter of Paul to the Hebrews: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have entertained angels unaware.” Terry McGurn, ’53, Since retiring from the CIA in 2000, Terry has continued to consult on various government programs. He also serves on several advisory boards, including one chaired by Dr. James Schlesinger which advises on global positioning system (GPS) policy. Jim Merz, Ph.D., ’54, retired from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Don Williamson, ’54, currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for General Form Plastics Corp. and Beckett, Inc. in Norfolk, Virginia. Jack Nies, ’55, retired from the NBA after 31 seasons as a referee. George Blaney, ’57, former head basketball coach at Holy Cross, Stonehill, Dartmouth and Seton Hall, found himself in the head coaching role once more at UConn this winter. When illness sidelined head coach Jim Calhoun, Blaney, an associate head coach for the past nine seasons, took the helm again. Highlights of his interim head coaching stint to date have included a victory over #1 ranked Texas, the first home victory over a #1 team in UConn history. John Buffington, Ph.D., ’59, retired as western regional director of the U.S. Geological Survey in 2006. He reports that “aside from the occasional deer in our garden, Bainbridge Island [in Washington State] is the perfect place to live.” He and wife Mary have a daughter in Dallas and a son and two grandchildren in Indianapolis. Larry Levine, ’59, writes that he’d “like to thank the entire Prep family for organizing and executing the 50th reunion for the Class of ’59. The Jesuit and lay community continue to work, Ad majorem Dei gloriam.”
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John Middleton, M.D., ’62, was named a master of the American College of Physicians in the spring of 2009. Ken Zienkiewicz, M.D., ’65, retired in December following 37 years of medical practice. He will be splitting his time between Tampa, Florida, where he served as an Air Force flight surgeon, and Hawaii, where he finished his career as medical director of a county jail. Dan D’Alessandro, ’67, was sworn in as a judge of the Superior Court of Hudson County on January 29.
Joe Hearns, ’67, brought his favorite Prep headgear along when he drove to Zion National Park, Utah, to visit his son Tim, ’02, a National Park Service ranger. No word yet on whether they will be forming a club for Prep men with excellent taste in hats.
Rick Paternoster, ’69, continues to practice dentistry full-time in his hometown of Clifton. His wife Mary Catherine serves as bursar at Seton Hall University, while daughter Maura works as a graphic designer for Victoria’s Secret in New York and son Paul, ’09 is completing his freshman year at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Steve Smith, ’73, sends “many thanks to classmate Dr. Pat Savlino, M.D., ’73 for all his help and kindness toward me.” He adds a hearty, “Hi, Pat!” Len De Pinto, ’76, reports that he’s “not among the missing” but rather has “returned from experiencing life for a few years in Houston, Texas.” He is working with Railroad Construction Company in Paterson, where he had previously spent 22 years, and was recently married (see alumni weddings). Ron Rand, ’77, marks 20 years with the fragrance maker Takasago Corporation, where he heads the transportation department. His twelve year old son (Prep 2015?), like his dad, is a hockey enthusiast. Ron guarded the net as Prep’s goaltender in the early years of Prep Hockey. Mike Polese, ’79, general manager of the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, wrote the music and lyrics for the one-man show Trent Armand Kendall: Picture Incomplete which appeared off-Broadway at the Beechman Theatre this past fall.
ALUMNI CLASS NOTES
Ken French, ’80, has been appointed director of the East Rutherford Public Library. Ken previously spent five years at the Bloomfield Public Library and seven years at the Jersey City Public Library. John Dennis, ’81, is, as of press time, running in the Republican primary for Congress in California’s 8th District, the seat currently held by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Bassem Demian, D.P.M., ’83, has a private podiatry practice in Brick, New Jersey. He and wife Jeanne have been married 15 years and have three children, ages 14, 12 and 9. Tom Finn, ’83, was recently promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Rosina Food Products. Tom’s son, Ryan, is a freshman at Prep and a fourth-generation Prep man. Bill Herenda, ’84, was named executive director of the Positive Coaching Alliance in Sacramento, California, where he heads the non-profit organization’s effort to provide all Sacramento-area youth and high school athletes with a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Mike Downey, ’87, completed the second module of his chartered financial consultant designation through The American College, Byrn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His wife, Lynn, completed her fellowship in anti-aging medicine with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine this fall.
Dave Donnelly, ’88, formerly Prep’s director of alumni relations and later a special aide to Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, was sworn in as a member of the City Council for Ward B in October. He follows in the footsteps of his mother, Mary Donnelly, who held the same seat from 1997 to 2005. Phil Swabsin, ’88, and wife Kimberly are, as of press time, expecting their second child in mid-April (details to follow in the Fall issue, no doubt). Their daughter, Annika, was born in 2006. Dennis Degnan, Ed.D., ’89, was a 2009 recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Simpson Baber Foundation for the Autistic.
Ken Nippes, ’90, recently joined the New York office of CramerKrasselt as vice president and media director. Vincent Collado, ’96, is on track to graduate with honors from the Rutgers Executive M.B.A. program in May. Ed Mullins, ’98, is now an associate with Reed Smith L.L.P. in Princeton, focusing on aviation litigation and general products liability and negligence cases.
Huerta Neals, ’87, is a founding partner and serves as director of architecture at CleanEdison.com, a green building consultancy and education firm. His career in architecture has included a stint at the firm of Beyer Blinder Belle, where he worked on the restoration of Lincoln Center and the TWA Flight Center at Kennedy International Airport, as well as new construction at the World Trade Center site.
(Future) Officers and (current) Gentlemen
Ray Delfino, M.D., F.A.A.P., ’41, now retired after 40 years practicing pediatric medicine, joined grandson Matthew Delfino Lyons at his white coat ceremony, marking the start of his first year at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk last fall.
Among the 69,541 in attendance for the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia this December were several young Prep alumni training to become military officers (from left): Bryan Robinson, ’08 (Villanova University Navy ROTC); Dan LiVolsi, ’08 (U.S. Military Academy) Alex Yu, ’09 (George Washington University Army ROTC); Phil Reynolds, ’09 and Chris Hetherington, ’08 (U.S. Naval Academy). Also on hand, but not pictured, was Joe Livi, ’09 (U.S. Naval Academy).
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Vita Mutatur Non Tollitur (Life is changed, not ended) | WEDDINGS | BIRTHS | ADOPTIONS Current as of 2-24-10
Raymond P. Beach, K.S.G., ’35 John P. Beronio, ’38 Francis J. Tarrant, ’41 Donald F. Alfano, ’42 Garret J. Wishbow, ’42 Brother of Alexander Wishbow, ’40† John V. Kelly, ’44 Grandfather of John Kelly, ’03 Francis X. Dolan, ’44 Brother of Rev.Charles F. X. Dolan, S.J., ’32 † Rev. James F. Dolan, S.J., ’38 †, John F. Dolan, ’39 †, and William S. Dolan, ’41†; uncle of Martin Dolan, ’68 and Marc Dolan, ’79; great-uncle of Sean Adams, ’91 and Ryan Adams, ’03 Christopher A. Enright, ’45 Brother-in-law of Almerindo Portfolio, ’40†; father-in-law of Patrick Lally, ’80 Thomas Burde, ’48 Charles P. Daly, ’48 Norman C. Murtagh, ’49 Brother of Richard Murtagh, ’52 Joseph M. Healy, ’51 Robert Stahley, ’53 John R. Barry, ’54 Donald Sebold, ’55 Stanley Vernovage, ’55 Raymond Miko, ’56 Robert Porowski, ’56 Philip Sheeran, ‘57 Joseph Anstett, ’58 John F. Connors, ’58 Rev. Joseph W. Kukura, ’59 Godfather of Kevin Cevasco, ’10 Michael J. Hickey, ’60 Brother of James Hickey, ’69 & Peter Hickey, ’72 Raymond V. Zanowski, ’61 Robert C. Schiebel, ’63 Michael P. Lennon, ’65 Son of Michael Lennon, ’26†; nephew of Thomas Lennon, ’30†; cousin of Edward Lennon, ‘71 Joseph Cascio, ’71 Mark J. Bennett, ’74 Patrick Brennan, ’75 James Guilbert, ’76 Louie D. Ramos, ’91
Family of Alumni
Mildred Ahearn Mother of William Ahearn, ’75; grandmother of Liam Ahearn, ’01 Lovensito Ang Father of Lloyd Ang, ’89 Barbara Banko Wife of Victor Banko, ’55 Richard Bomba Father of Ryan Bomba, ’07 Grace R. Bonner Mother of Mark Bonner, ’74† Catherine Beirne Widow of Francis Beirne, ’32† Theresa Caldas Mother of Joseph Caldas, ’76, and Mark Caldas, ’77; mother-in-law of Mark Wyville, ’76; grandmother of Vincent Caldas, ’10 and Graham Wyville, ’11 Robert J. Couillou Father of Gregory Couillou, ’01 and Michael Couillou, ’03 Noreen Crowley Wife of Walter Crowley, ’55 Rose Dabrowski Mother of Thomas Dabrowski, ’84 Anna Giordana Grandmother of John Giordano, ’83† Harry L. Hart Father of Louis Hart, ’06 Bernadette Jantas Mother of Josh Jantas, ’95 Rosemary Judge Mother-in-Law of Ronald Witkowski, ’53 and grandmother of Ron Witkowski, ’82 Joseph J. Kalinowski Father of Joseph Kalinowski, ’78 and David Kalinowski, ‘81 Anthony Krywy Father of Matthew Krywy, ’94 Derek Lagos Brother of Justin Restrepo, ’09 Melinda Lally Jimenez Mother of Patrick Lally, ‘80 and Christopher Lally, ‘81; sister of Joseph Urcioli, ‘58
Loretta Lamb Mother of Paul Lamb, ’66, Christopher Lamb, ’67, John Lamb, ’70, James Lamb, ’78 and Michael Lamb, ’82 Ann Madden Mother of Gerald Madden, ‘81 and James Madden, ‘82 Josephine McIntyre Mother of Jack McIntyre, ’55 Paul Opsasnick Father of Phillip Opsasnick, ’07 Raymond Pickett Brother of Edward Pickett, S.J., ’47† and William Pickett, ’49; uncle of Edward Pickett, ’00 Josephine Rinn Mother of Al Rinn, ’66 and Ron Rinn, ’68 Michael Salmon Brother of former Prep President, Edward Salmon, S.J., ’54 Rosemary Scully Mother of Robert Scully, ’59, Mark Scully, ’63 and David Scully, ’68 John Simko Father of Robert Simko, ’72, John Simko, ’74, and Paul Simko, ’81; grandfather of Lucas Simko-Bednarski, ’06 Joan Troescher Sister of Thomas Schember, ’55
Former Faculty & Staff
Catherine Collins Prep Legend, former librarian and Prep’s first female faculty member Joseph A. Novak, S.J. Former classics and English teacher Harold J. Oppido, S.J. Former classics teacher
Family of Faculty & Staff
Ellie Castro Mother of staff member, Liz Walsh Lee Mulvihill Wife of Prep Legend and former English teacher, Robert Mulvihill Carmelita and Renato Eleria Parents of music teacher, Gian-Paolo Eleria Oneyda Gomez Sister of Spanish teacher, Nery Gomez † Deceased
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Alumni Weddings Kevin Brodbeck, ’89 and Megan Hobbs, June 6, 2009 Len De Pinto, ’76 and Carol Woodward, September 27, 2009 Matt Pike, ’95 and Karrianne Humen, October 9, 2009 Bobby Wallace, ’98 and Jean Savage, July 10, 2009
Births And Adoptions Josip Gazic, ’94 and wife Deborah Dellmore: Daughter Angelica, April 10, 2009 Dave LaBruno, ’86 and wife Laura: Daughter Maeve Elizabeth, June 30, 2009 Jeffrey Bouquio, ’98 and wife Joanne: Son Corbin Benjamin, July 26, 2009 Dan Simone, ’99 and wife Samantha: Daughter Gabriella Marie, September 2009
Joe Giglio, ’87 and wife Nora: Son Dylan Jackson, September 23, 2009 Adam Kloza, ’94 and wife Jennifer: Daughter Grace Marie, October 2009 Former faculty member Charles Crosby, and wife Cathleen: Daughter Eva Marie, October 4, 2009 Dennis Corwin, ’87 and wife Elizabeth: Adopted daughter Alexandra, October 8, 2009 John Sheeran, ’88 and wife Beth: Daughter Caroline Maeve, October 17, 2009 Mike Cardino, ’92 and wife Jennifer: Daughter Valentina Mary, November 18, 2009 Chris Metcalfe, ’87 and wife Naty: Son Michael Aidan, December 1, 2009 Faculty member Jeff Hartling and wife Madeline: Daughter Elsie, December 2, 2009
Construction work will soon be underway at Grand & Warren once more. Here was the scene November 26, 1947, as ground was broken for Prep’s Memorial Gymnasium. Prep’s president Vincent Hart, S.J., is at the helm, as project engineer Hugh Clarke and moderator of athletics Joseph McEvoy, S.J. (along with a throng of enthusiastic Prepsters) look on.
Danny Stupinski, ’96 and Karen Gaffin were married March 20, 2010 in the Memorial Chapel at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with Prep’s president Bob Reiser, S.J. presiding.
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Class of 2014 Parents’ Orientation
Spring Open House Prep Cafeteria
May 2 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sophomore Conversations Siperstein Library
May 4-6 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Prep Parents’ Association End-of-Year Party
Class of 2014 Spring Orientation
Prep Dramatics Spring Musical, Pippin
May 14-15, 21-22
Roy Irving Theater, Saint Peter’s College
Student Art Exhibition
Baccalaureate Mass, Class of 2010
132nd Commencement Exercises
Yanitelli Life Center, Saint Peter’s College
Alumni Weekend 2010
Featuring: Pride & Glory Night, The Jerome Pedersen, ’92 Football Classic, Milestone Reunion, classes of ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, The Pride & Glory 5k, Mass at OLC Church, Lacrosse & Rugby Homecomings, The 33rd Saint Peter’s Prep – Frenkel & Co. Golf Tournament For specific times and locations, visit http://alumni.spprep.org
Looking Ahead President’s Dinner
Valley Regency, Clifton, NJ
The Fourth Saint Peter’s Prep Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Location TBA
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From microfinance lending to housing the birds of Bayonne, Prep students make their mark on life outside the classroom, both close to home a...
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From microfinance lending to housing the birds of Bayonne, Prep students make their mark on life outside the classroom, both close to home a...