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German exchange program celebrates 25 years in the making

Broadening Horizons Teaching Latin 1 has always been one of my favorite experiences at Prep. The students are energetic and curious, and they come in ready to learn something new every day. Very often, a young man will raise his hand right in the middle of a lesson about third declension adjectives or the imperfect tense to ask a question like, “Why did the Romans make this language so hard?” or the ever-philosophical, “Why do we need to learn this?” Despite the initial mild frustration of having a lesson interrupted, I have to smile. I actually enjoy answering these questions – though the answers are never adequate – because these are good questions. They are inquiries whose answers are more profound than, “Will this be on the test tomorrow?” They seek to broaden students’ horizons and open their eyes to a world that extends far beyond the classroom walls. We as teachers, educators, and staff members work to help our students grow every day. Prep is a place where a great deal of learning takes place outside of the classroom and in the context of the larger world. Many factors are responsible for this – the dynamic, ever-changing landscape of Jersey City, our proximity to New York, and our mission as a school which seeks to serve the greater society. Beyond that, though, we have always had a faculty, staff and administration that strive to take education beyond the campus. One of our great traditions, Prep Day, gives all of us an opportunity to get away from school and to take trips to places like Grant’s Tomb, a Broadway play or the plasma physics lab at Princeton University. For years, our Modern Language program has been running exchange trips to Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. Recently, our Classics Club took a trip into Manhattan to attend a Latin Mass. Our students participate in these activities, and many more, because they want to expand their understanding of the world and their place in it and because their passion for learning is unquenchable. In my additional role as a guidance counselor for seniors, I have been fortunate to witness students asking a new series of questions. Equipped with all of their tools and experiences, they now ask themselves how they can put what they have learned to good use. They reflect on who they are and how they can share their gifts with the society around them. They consider how academically prepared they are to enter college, and how they will carry the Prep spirit with them when they move on. Many students tell me that in their college interviews, they speak a great deal about what they have learned at Saint Peter’s Prep – both inside and outside the classroom. It is this thirst for knowledge, throughout all four years, that makes Saint Peter’s Prep such a unique place.

Erin Kinttel Classics Teacher and College Placement Counselor


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25 Jahre/25 Years: Prep’s German Exchange As Prep’s oldest student exchange program looks ahead to the next 25 years, Prep’s principal, Jim DeAngelo, ‘85 reflects on the inaugural exchange – and what’s next.


Volume 21 - Number 2 Spring 2011 Chris Casazza, ’97 Editor

Robert Reiser, S.J. President

Mike Jiran, ‘03 Managing Editor

James DeAngelo, ’85 Principal

John Irvine, ’83, P’11 Sports Editor Juan Arteaga Jim DeAngelo, ‘85 Dave Donnelly, ‘88 Jim Horan, ‘70 Erin Knittel Rosalie Romano Contributors

Robert Nodine, ’67 Vice President for Finance

Mace Duncan Ohleyer Hotplate Design

James Horan, ’70 Vice President for Planning & Principal Giving


Windows Beyond Grand & Warren A Prep education challenges young men to view the world with a global perspective.


To Whom Much is Given: Anthony Wolleon, ‘02 Meet Anthony Wolleon, ‘02: Jersey City firefighter and consistent Annual Fund supporter.


Christopher Casazza, ’97 Chief Advancement Officer John Irvine, ’83, P’11 Director of Admissions Gary Bogdanski, ’02 Director of Alumni Relations

Mark Wyville, ’76, P’11 Photography

Nancy Cunningham, P’99,’01 Director of Annual Giving

Joseph Villanella, ’79 CD Graphics Printing

Michael Jiran, ‘03 Director of Communications




144 Grand Remembering B.J. Giannone, ‘11; An uncommon performance space bows at Prep; Burke Hall’s transformation begins in earnest; Prep ready to welcome largest class in 20 years.



Photo File A Science Building Rises on Warren Street.

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5 Questions Dave Donnelly, ‘88, Jersey City councilman and former director of alumni relations, on life after Grand & Warren, and what’s next for his hometown.


19 Sports Cross country posts “greatest team accomplishment” for Burgess; Savon Huggins, ‘10 rewrites football record book; Soccer boosted by senior, freshman newcomers.

22 Alumni Remembering Adele LeCalvez and Robert McGuinness; Golf Tournament gets a new home; Passing the torch to young alumni; Spirituality Committee keeps the faith.


ON THE COVER: The 2011 German Exchange participants pose for the traditional group photo on the waterfront. Photo: Mike Jiran


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Prep Remembers B.J. Giannone, ’11 The Prep community, both near and far, was deeply saddened by the sudden passing of B.J. Giannone, ’11. A member of the school’s Campus Ministry team and baseball team, a founder of the “Society for Comedic Appreciation” (a club for students who share an interest in comedy), a participant in the 2010 Italian Exchange and a leader within the school community, B.J. Giannone joined the swim team this year. Students and teachers gathered informally at Prep on the evening of B.J.’s death for a memorial Mass, and a school-wide Mass was celebrated in the gymnasium the following morning. At the request of the Giannone family, the funeral Mass was celebrated at Prep as well, allowing hundreds of friends and family members to participate. From a trying week at Grand & Warren, there emerged a strengthened and renewed sense of community and brotherhood. Sweatshirts and wrist bands celebrating the memory of B.J. Giannone became commonplace on campus, as fellow students remembered their fallen classmate for his good humor and kind nature. On an institutional scale, the B.J. Giannone Memorial Fund, created in partnership with the Giannone family, will help to strengthen the school B.J. was so proud to call home and enrich the Prep experience for the future students who follow in his footsteps. The prayers of the Prep community remain wtih B.J. and his family, as he joins the many fellow Prep men who have left their mark at Grand & Warren before going to their rest. 2

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Ignatian Scholars: Quamplurimi et Quam Aptissimi The 2010-11 school year saw the debut of Prep’s Ignatian Scholars Program, which gave scholars among the freshman class a chance to interact with leaders in the school community, meet prominent alumni and discover what it means to be a part of Jesuit education. Juan Arteaga of Prep’s English department directs the program. “The Ignatian Scholars program is a way for freshmen to be immediately engaged in Saint Peter’s Prep,” he reflected. “The program is unique among Jesuit high schools, and it’s another facet of Saint Peter’s that makes us the special community we are.” The year was filled with opportunities for the freshmen to expand their horizons. They met with Fr. Reiser during “Breakfast with the President,” and heard from “Alumni Achievers” throughout the year. Those speakers included Captain Brian Castelli, ’01, who discussed his experiences leading a platoon in Afghanistan, and his classmate, Billy Bludgus, who talked about creating his own foundation, The House of Blue Hope, while he worked in Tanzania. The group also had the opportunity to work on two service projects in December: the Adopt-a-Family program, organized by the Office of Campus Ministry, and the Fair Trade Sale, organized by Pax Christi. “I loved seeing the Scholars working together with the Campus Ministry Team on these projects,” said Trish Fitzpatrick, P’07, the program’s coordinator. “I hope that this inspires them to consider how they can best become Men for Others.”

In January, the Ignatian Scholars discussed Prep’s microfinance program in Ecuador (Prep Magazine, Spring 2010) with a panel of the program’s founders, including (left to right) Dominic Scibilia of the religion department; Tim Mernar, ’10; Graham Wyville, ’11; Peter LiVolsi, ’11; and Marco Ambrosio, ’03.

When the Ignatian Scholars traveled to Mount Manresa in Staten Island for a Jesuit leadership workshop, several students – including both the freshman scholars and the upperclassmen who serve as Ignatian Scholars Team leaders – remarked that the experience had helped to shape their outlook. Michael Fernandes, ’14 said he “learned to view life from a different perspective,” adding that he would apply the lessons he learned about leadership to his daily life. Sophomore team member Ryan McGann concurred. “The conference was an inspirational experience,” he said. “[It] fine-tuned my skills and created an opportunity for me to distinguish myself as a leader guided by Jesuit ideals.” “The Prep community benefits greatly from encouraging and challenging the Ignatian Scholars to seek out the Magis,” said Ben Brenkert, S.J., who serves as program chaplain. “As a newcomer to the school, the Ignatian Scholars Program allows me to encounter the best that Prep offers.”

Brian Castelli, ’01, a captain in the United States Army, addressed the Ignatian Scholars in November.

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An Uncommon Performance Space The 2010-11 school year witnessed the debut of a new center of daily life on Prep’s campus: the O’Keefe Commons, which opened in the former Saint Peter’s Church building last fall. By day, the Commons is a busy cafeteria,

the refuge of hungry Prepsters looking to refuel before heading to their next class. But when the school day comes to an end, the O’Keefe Commons has another chance to shine, playing host to events ranging from club meetings to the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, from open house to the President’s Reception. In recent months, the commons has found a still more glamorous calling, serving as a home for the performing arts. In December, it played host to the annual Christmas Café Concert, featuring Prep Vox, the Sodality Jazz Band and the Prep Concert Band. Music lovers of all ages gathered around tables filled with seasonal snacks to hear their favorite Christmas music as only Prep’s young musicians can perform it. A few weeks later, Prep Dramatics took the stage for three performances of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The first play staged in the O’Keefe Commons showcased the room’s versatility. As the production progressed, the stage crew was tasked each evening with setting the stage for rehearsals and performances, then returning the room to its cafeteria guise to make way for the next morning’s rush. Three smooth, well-attended performances demonstrated that the O’Keefe Commons is indeed an uncommon performance space – a point that was underscored in late March when it hosted Prep Dramatics’ spring musical, Godspell.

The Christmas Café Concert inaugurated the O’Keefe Commons as a performance O’Keefe’s former life as Saint Peter’s Church provides several advantages for performances, including numerous options for lighting. venue, attracting a full house to hear the sounds of the Christmas season.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof featured Bobby Slaski, ’12 as Brick and Nicholas Chee, The spring production of Godspell featured Mike Hetherington, ‘11 as Jesus and ’12 as Big Daddy. Dante Carrasco, ‘12 as Judas.


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Welcome,Class of 2015! As of this writing, Prep is set to welcome 283 freshmen this fall as members of the Class of 2015. The students represent 76 communities in 10 New Jersey counties and two New York City boroughs. The Class of 2015 emerged from the largest overall applicant pool in the past six years, with the number of applicants listing Prep as their first choice at its highest mark in a decade. The 248 students who enrolled on registration day in February equaled a 20-year high (it is typical for additional students to enroll after registration day passes, as has been the case this year). Among the incoming freshmen are a school-record 63 Ignatian Scholars (topping the previous mark by 14), and 82 graduates of the summer Higher Achievement Program for middle-schoolers. Of the Ignatian Scholars, 21 are HAP graduates. “The impressive number of registered students is a testament to Prep’s outstanding reputation,” said John Irvine, ’83, P’11, director of admissions. “As one incoming parent remarked to me, ‘From current students and parents to alumni from 50 years ago, it seems everyone has great things to say about Saint Peter’s’.”

Students and parents completed the online portion of the registration process in O’Keefe Commons on registration day.

Taking the Plunge for the Make-a-Wish Foundation With help from juniors Carmine Lombardi and Jack McNulty, music teacher Steve Caslowitz and guidance counselor Jordan Roldan, ‘03 raised over $1,000 from the Prep community in the weeks leading up to the Long Beach, New York, Polar Bear Plunge in February. The yearly event brings thousands of brave swimmers to the Long Island seashore to raise awareness and funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The swimmers, including the two Prep faculty members, kicked off their Super Bowl Sunday by taking a “splash” in the frigid Atlantic Ocean to honor the courageous youngsters that the program supports.

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Students Teleconference with Army in Afghanistan In December, a live video feed connected the classroom of Carl DeLorenzo, ’67 with the U.S. Army’s 43d Sustainment Brigade in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan, represented by their commander, Col. Ed Daly, ’83; operations officer, Maj. Mike Anderson; and command sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Randy Varner. Several teachers brought their classes to join the discussion, spanning a 9 hour, 30 minute time difference and nearly 7,000 miles from Jersey City to Afghanistan. Students learned about the work of the brigade – also known as the Rough Riders – which includes providing for the infrastructure needs of both military personnel and civilians in southern Afghanistan as the Army seeks to establish security and stable governance in a country that has been scarred by war for three decades. The soldiers detailed some of the improvements in conditions they have observed on their current deployment (since March 2010) in contrast with previous deployments, and some of the challenges faced by U.S. forces. These include building trust among the local population in the face of significant cultural differences and a society organized more strongly around personal relationships than institutional ones.

Students from several history classes gathered in the classroom of Carl DeLorenzo, ’67 to speak via live videoconference with members of the U.S. Army’s 43d Sustainment Brigade, 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan.

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Burke Hall’s Transition Begins in Earnest CAMPUS MASTER PLAN

This past February, for the second time within a year, blueprints and artists’ renditions – the crowd-pleasing portions of Prep’s campus master plan – jumped to life as construction began on a major component of Prep’s ongoing campus renovation program. In this case, it was the preliminary construction on what is now referred to as “the new science building.” That building, of course, is the former Burke Hall, which itself entered Prep’s sphere of influence in 1965 as the newest building on the school’s urban campus. At the time, with its small, narrow windows in the upperfloor classrooms and its latticework brick façade on the ground level, Burke signaled a new era for Prep, especially as it sat in the shadow of the school’s other, more traditional structures of various vintages. Even the “modernish” Saint Peter’s Church, completed around the corner on Grand & Van Vorst streets in 1960, did not make an architectural statement to the degree that Burke did. No, Burke was, if nothing else, reflective of its freewheeling mid-60’s era, and the cafeteria, classrooms, activities’ rooms and science labs within its walls served the school well for four decades. But master plans, if done properly, look at existing land and buildings with fresh eyes, and when the school’s strategic plan (completed in 2006) addressed the need to bolster Prep’s science facilities, Burke became the logical place to effect substantial change, given that it already housed four full labs and related science facilities. “Even given the blank slate that the master planning process provided us in its earliest stages in 2007, everything pointed to Burke as being the most logical place for new and expanded science facilities,” said Jim Horan, ’70, vice president for planning & principal giving.

“It already housed an infrastructure very suited to the creation of additional labs, and after 45 years its existing mechanical and other systems were at the point of needing a major upgrade. Also, it fit well into the broader master planning objectives, especially given our desire to create a dramatic new focal point for the campus, including a new main entrance to the school. Thus, on many fronts, this extensive renovation of Prep’s ‘newest’ building made sense.” After relocating the first-floor cafeteria to the former Saint Peter’s Church (now known as the O’Keefe Commons) and moving the basement music practice spaces to the former parish building adjacent to O’Keefe this past summer, the table was set for construction to begin on the basement and first floor levels of Burke. Shortly after the recent Christmas break, contractors began initial demolition in both areas, with classes continuing to be held on the upper two floors. As of this writing, the latticework brick façade has already been removed, and the previous cafeteria space and music rooms have been gutted. The lower two floors will continue to be the focus of construction until midMay when the building’s upper floors will be completely vacated and, thus, available to receive the full attention of the contractors. Less than four months later – the week of Labor Day, 2011 – the former Burke Hall will once again reign as “Prep’s newest building,” but in a style that aggressively reflects yet another era of promise and growth as it takes it place among the finest high school science facilities in the region.

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A sign of things to come, this banner on the Warren Street Plaza shows off the new facility to passersby.

The latest rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle, architects, of the new science building’s exterior. The greatly enlarged windows and the elimination of the “solar screen” latticework at the first floor will drastically improve the natural light inside.


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By late February, crews had begun to remove ceiling panels and interior walls in the basement.

The removal of the acoustic ceiling, designed in hopes of insulating classrooms above from the sounds of hundreds of hungry Prepsters below, revealed the impressive full height of the first floor by late March.

The former cafeteria space on the first floor has been completely emptied, while paint markings on the floor offer a hint as to the new layout, which will include labs, offices and a new reception area.

The latticework of the first-floor façade was removed in early April. While the boards indicate roughly the location of the original interior wall, the new interior will extend all the way to the perimeter columns and new façade.

The “solar screen” around the first floor, along with Burke’s narrow windows on the second and third floors, effectively sacrificed natural light in favor of cooling efficiency in what was Prep’s first air-conditioned building. As modern construction methods and materials will allow light in while still keeping excess heat out, the new science building will be a much brighter place than the old Burke Hall.


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Rotary Club Honors Prep’s President

On March 10, Prep President Bob Reiser, S.J. was among the honorees as the Rotary Club of Jersey City –

Daybreak presented the annual Service Above Self awards. A Prep delegation was, of course, on hand to congratulate him. Pictured left to right are: Tom Leane, ’65, P’04, former trustee; Bill Ahearn, ’75, P’01, chairman of the board of trustees; Jack Caulfield, ’71, P’00,’03, former chairman of the board; Paul Schaetzle, ’71, trustee; Joe Cooney, ’45, P’68, former trustee; Jim DeAngelo, ’85, principal; John Irvine, ’83, P’11, director of admissions; Rich Hansen, P’03, ‘09, director of athletics; Fr. Reiser; and Jim Horan, ’70, vice president for planning and principal giving. It was a busy month for Fr. Reiser, who was also elected vice chairman of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Board of Directors.

Two Seniors Earn Eagle Scout Honors

Saving Lives One Pint at a Time

Two seniors attained scouting’s highest rank in March, at their respective Eagle Scout Courts of Honor. David Lizza, pictured before his ceremony, was honored on March 5 in Summit, followed by Liam Tully on March 19 in Cedar Grove.

Prep’s Siperstein Library was transformed into a busy blood donation center during the annual Prep Blood Drive on March 10.

The annual Prep Blood Drive took place in the Siperstein

Library on March 10. The Prep Library was transformed into a donation center for the day, as New Jersey Blood Services technicians interviewed and examined prospective participants and collected donations. In all, 109 students, teachers and administrators volunteered to roll up their sleeves to help others. The efforts yielded a total of 70 units of whole blood, plus another 48 units of red blood cells collected using the Alyx system – an automated device which safely collects two units of red cells while immediately returning the donor’s other blood components. The blood drive was arranged by Prep’s school nurse, Maureen Sheppard, R.N., P’98; David Lagerstrom of the science department; Dan Healy, ‘01, assistant dean of students; and student organizers Brett Brachman-Goldstein, Furukh Khan, Jack McNulty, Dylan Rothenberg and Aakash Shah, all members of the Class of 2012. 8

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Photo File: A Science Building Rises on Warren Street The 1965 Petrean documented

the rise of Prep’s new science building, then rising at the corner of York and Warren Streets, and soon to be known as Burke Hall. The building is currently in the midst of a transformative return to its roots, as construction crews are busy converting the 45-year-old classroom building into a stateof-the-art facility, dedicated to the sciences.

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25 Jahre/25 Years: Prep’s German Exchange By Jim DeAngelo, ´85

For over 25 years, Prep’s German Exchange program has given students the opportunity to experience not just a language but a culture, not just an academic subject but a way of life. As Prep’s oldest student exchange program looks ahead to the next 25 years, Prep’s principal – a participant in the very first exchange in 1985 – reflects on that first experience with Clara-FeyGymnasium, and what’s next. This year, Prep celebrates the silver anniversary of its German Exchange program with Clara-Fey-Gymnasium. Since its inception in 1985, some 200 Prep students have had the opportunity to participate. The model is simple and repeats itself every other year: Prep students host a group of German students and teachers in their homes for a couple of weeks in the spring, with a return visit to Germany in the summer. This spring, Prep welcomed the 14th group of Clara-Fey students taking part in the 2011 exchange between our two schools. In the early months of 1985, first-year history and German teacher, Bill Donahue, floated the idea of a student exchange with the school administration. After receiving the initial go-ahead, Donahue quickly went about finding an appropriate partner school with which to begin an exchange. As luck would have it, Clara-Fey-Gymnasium, a

in Schleiden and the surrounding towns with names like Gemünd, Blankenheim, Hellenthal and Oberreifferscheid. “For some of the Prep kids, this was their first encounter with rural culture,” recalls Bill Donohue. “Some lived with families on farms, getting up at 4:45 a.m. to do the chores before coming to school. It was new for me too: I had never seen this side of Germany before.” As plans for the first German exchange were being finalized, I was a second semester senior, who, admittedly, was a little skeptical that anyone – much less a group of Europeans – would want to spend time in Jersey City. As a student in Donahue’s political science class, every so often I would overhear him speaking with students from

For some of the Prep kids, this was their first encounter with rural culture. college-prep high school in what was then West Germany, was also looking to initiate an exchange. He remembers, “The big part was getting the Prep to approve a student exchange with a girls’ school— remember, that is the way the Clara-Fey was then thought of, basically as a girls’ school that had just started accepting some boys. I frankly didn’t think it was very likely, but was delighted to hear that [thenpresident] Joe Parkes, S.J., ‘62 had approved. This was a lifetime ago, when a mix-gender exchange of this length – with homestays – was his German classes, practicing some key phrases in German for the not something to be taken for granted.” arrival of our guests. As for my own foreign language experience At first glance, one could think that the differences between both of to that point – suffice it to say that I was a “recovering” student of French who found the prospect of ever speaking a foreign language our schools would prove just too great to engender the long-term fluently a lost cause given my misexperiences in sophomore and institutional relationship that has developed over the years. As junior years. Donahue notes, Clara-Fey was essentially an all-girls’ school about half the size of Prep with a very small number of boys in the upper As the date of our guests’ arrival drew near, it was difficult not to grades. Also, the school was located in the far western reaches share in the enthusiasm and pride that Donahue exuded whenever of the country, the Eifel region, where, it seemed, the number of he spoke of the importance of such an exchange. In the mid-1980s, cows grazing on the hills far exceeded the number of inhabitants 10

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(or French for that matter!) and wasn’t hosting a student. Plus, unlike most other Americans they encountered, I was much less interested in learning about the Nazi era than their impressions of East Germany, which, it turned out, was as “foreign” to them as it was to us. My first and most lasting impression of my first contact with our guests from Clara-Fey was how well they all could speak English. Over the time they were here, I tried to learn a few words of German, but was embarrassed by my own inability to speak a foreign language. Still, those cold and gray early spring days of March 1985 are among the most cherished of my high school memories. the Cold War was the dominant geopolitical factor at work in the world, and our class spent a good amount of time learning about Germany’s experience of the post-war era. I was mesmerized by the division of a country and more so by the division of the city of Berlin into east and west, communist and capitalist. The fact that Donahue had actually studied in Berlin and had spent time in East Germany – and survived! – awakened in me a desire to learn more. The first exchange group to visit Prep consisted of 11 students (nine girls and two boys) and two teachers, Ms. Gertrud Gehrt, an English teacher at Clara-Fey, and her husband Leo, a teacher at another high school. From the first moment, I was one of those hangerson – always willing to “help out” in any way that I could by taking part in various exchange activities such as a Broadway play or a trip the observation deck of the World Trade Center. I’m sure that I was a curiosity for the Germans – I didn’t speak a word of German

I jumped at the opportunity to return to Prep as a German teacher.

After they returned to Germany, I asked Donahue if it were possible for me to join in the second part of the exchange, the three-week stay in Germany at the end of that summer. After some negotiation with Frau Gehrt, I was set up with a host family and spent the summer trying to memorize words out of a German vocabulary book. Despite my limitations, I gave it my all while in Germany that summer, whether it was dealing with East German border guards on the train trip from Frankfurt to Berlin or negotiating the everyday details of being a houseguest with my host family. I finished up that trip with a heightened understanding of what I didn’t know, but I started Boston College that fall determined to change that. I spent junior year studying abroad at the university in Freiburg and visited my Clara-Fey friends, this time, however, able to string together (mostly) coherent sentences and thoughts. I was grateful to them for their patience just a couple of years before and for their help in encouraging me to learn German and study German history. After graduating from BC, I jumped at the opportunity to return to Prep as a German teacher, as Donahue moved on to his doctoral program in German at Harvard. I was equally excited about teaching

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COVER STORY German as carrying on the “tradition” of the German exchange, which had taken place twice more since 1985. Going back to Schleiden in 1991 as the teacher in charge was an awesome feeling

The German Exchange in and of itself is a great act of trust for everyone involved. for me. I was given the chance to continue what Donahue had started. As a teacher of German myself, I finally understood what was at the base of Bill’s motivation for starting the exchange. He says, “The main thing about the exchange – and the reason I direct Duke’s exchange program in Berlin now – is what every language teacher knows: it is only worth all the pain of conjugating, case endings, and verb placement, if kids know they have a chance to actually use German in some way. The Exchange gave them that not only in the short run, but for many this has been a lifelong connection to German families.” Prep’s current German teacher, Ryan Grusenski, ’03, concurs. He, too, knows the exchange from both sides as both a student participant and director. He remembers, “Experiencing Germany at such an impressionable age changed how I perceived the language that I was learning. It was no longer words in my head, but a way to communicate with people and with a place that I love. I think the reason why I love bringing students to Germany is because the student exchange experience still takes my breath away, the same way it did when I was the student. Living in someone’s home is uncomfortable to think about, trying to communicate in what is not your mother tongue can be unbearable when you know that you are bound make mistakes.”

was immediately integrated into my host family – and even those of some of the neighbors!” When I took part in that first exchange in the mid-1980s, the cultural gaps that existed between us Americans and our West German friends were quite palpable – popular music, fashion and political opinions. With each successive exchange since then, I have noticed how those differences have pretty much disappeared. The effects of globalization and electronic communication have in so many ways flattened our world, to borrow a phrase from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Helmut Schuster echoes this thought: “In the last 25 years we have gotten used to think ever more globally. We have realized that our main problems such as environmental protection, global warming, climate change, energy conservation as well as the banking and financial crises can only be solved on a global level.”

At the same time, it is no less exciting for a Prep student to take part in the Exchange. Senior Conor Kearns is excited to take part in the exchange for a second time this year. One of the highlights from 2009 was visiting Berlin. He says, “It was such an interesting place to be. It’s a city saturated with history.” His older brother, Kevin, ’00, also participated in the exchange and returned during and after college to Germany with the Fulbright program. Conor remembers his host family “had to make accommodations for [his] lack of advanced German. This time, I’m excited to see how I will do with the German I have learned since then.” He also feels a “bit like an ambassador,” since he will host Alina Gerhards, daughter of one of the participating Clara-Fey teachers. Over the past quarter century, some 200 Prep students have taken part in the German Exchange and more than a few have returned to visit their host families, study at a German university or been awarded Fulbright fellowships and scholarships. George Griffin, The German Exchange in and of itself is a great act of trust for ’01, a two-time exchange participant in 1999 and 2001, this year everyone involved. The openness and maturity needed to host a student from another country is not something that comes naturally. is actually teaching at a German high school not too far from Schleiden – quite an accomplishment given highly restrictive and Parents on both sides of the Exchange have encouraged their sons competitive regulations governing work visas in the European Union. and daughters (and sometimes picked up the slack) to make every He says, “Taking part in the exchange has had a lasting impact on exchange a mutually exciting, important and fun experience for all participants – both students and adults. Helmut Schuster, principal my life. I will never forget the feeling of excitement that I had when we first arrived in Germany and I had the chance to be immersed in of Clara-Fey, says the same is true in Germany: “I am thankful a new culture for the first time. Since then, my study of German has to the parents who throughout the years have taken care of their led me on a journey that has provided me with the opportunity to American guests. Through this school program, we also allow our live and teach in several countries and deepen my understanding not exchange students the opportunity to get authentic impressions only of German culture but also of my own.” of different schools, as well as different cultures. The central part of every exchange, however, has been the experience of being a member of a host family.” A Clara-Fey student adds, “the first thing Many things have changed both in Germany and the United States since that first exchange. The Berlin Wall, the defining characteristic I noticed was the hospitality of the American students and their families. The people I met were always very friendly and open and I of a divided postwar Germany, collapsed in 1989 and the two 12

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German states have united and remain a major player at the heart of European politics. The end of the Cold War has also had its effect on the U.S. and its image in the world. Prep and Clara-Fey have similarly changed in big ways and small as well. The teachers who originally planned and executed the exchange between our two schools have moved on – Gertrud and Leo Gehrt to retirement and Bill Donahue is now a professor and chairperson of the German Department at Duke University. Both schools have also seen a growth in enrollment and exciting new building projects in Jersey City and Schleiden point toward an exciting future.

new window and new perspective through which to view the world. It is amazing to see the love that our schools share every two years in an exchange of stories and homes and cultures. It is impressive, and that feeling is what keeps me coming back.” Personally, I have been privileged to take part in all but one exchange between Prep and Clara-Fey, and have come away from every one energized and optimistic for the future of our two schools and our world. In the end, the personal experiences on a human level keep the exchange between our two schools going. Rosie put it this way:

Over the years that I was directly responsible for the exchange from 1991-2007, I was very lucky to work with colleagues who helped out immensely to ensure the success of each exchange both here and abroad: Peter Froehlich, ’85, former Prep math teacher; Marie Curry, former Prep history teacher; and Jack Raslowsky, ‘79, former Prep principal. On the German side, there have been many more teachers who have collaborated with me in addition Gertrud and Leo Gehrt: among them, Roswitha Schütt-Gerhards and Heike Jäckel, who returned this year with the 14th Clara-Fey group to visit Prep. On our end, Ryan Grusenski, ’03, an exchange ’01 alumnus himself, directed the exchange for the second time. Roswitha, known to her Prep colleagues as Rosie, says interest in the exchange at Clara-Fey remains high: “Long before the preparations for the next exchange starts, students come and ask when the ‘ticket booth’ opens and what the requirements are.” Looking back over the past quarter century of the exchange, it’s quite easy to see how the exchange has not just survived but also thrived through the many changes and challenges: openness to growth, one of the hallmarks of a Jesuit education. In the mid1980s, both Prep and Clara-Fey were blessed with visionary leaders in Joe Parkes, S.J., Prep’s president at the time, and Volker Schwinn, Clara-Fey’s principal, who recognized the potential value of an exchange between our two schools and nurtured the ongoing institutional relationship. Of equal importance is the continuing openness of both Prep and Clara-Fey students and their parents who have shared their homes and their hearts with students from another place with the hope that something good and valuable would come of it. As Ryan Grusenski says, “The tears, the speeches, the real meaning behind how special and important this event, this relationship is, cannot be quantified. I am blessed to be able to provide it to other students, maybe change a life, and offer a

“A different approach to life opens up to our students when they share school life with the boys from Saint Peter’s Prep. Most of our students find their free time filled with being engaged in various clubs. In Jersey City, they experience socializing beyond school life. As exchange students at Prep, they experience something new: the identification and strong bonds to the school, culminating in a great pride of what they have succeeded in as a school team being active in various extracurricular activities.” Christine Becker, an exchange participant from 2009 sums it well, “I personally try to keep a little portion of those American values and will try hard to teach and pass them on to my later pupils because the exchange also strengthened my wish to become a German and especially English teacher. In my opinion the exchange was – and still is – an enrichment for all of us because we learn about another culture in a very vivid way which cannot be replaced by any grammar or text book in school.” If the past is prologue, then the next 25 years of the German exchange promises to endure and bring about benefits we can scarcely imagine today.

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Windows Beyond Grand & Warren A Prep education has long challenged young men who might never before have pondered life outside Hudson County to become citizens of the world. The chair of Prep’s modern language department – along with several alumni living and working abroad – share their perspectives on this worldwide view with Prep Magazine.

Jim Croghan. S.J., ‘73 recently

returned to the U.S. after 23 years living and working in Chuuk, Micronesia, in the western Pacific. A Jesuit since 1974, his work since his 1985 ordination has focused primarily on education. “I would give credit to most of the teachers I had for opening me up to the much bigger world that lay beyond Prep and Jersey City,” he says. “ Prep not only helped to introduce me to a larger world, more importantly, it gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to enter into and engage that world with confidence.” Besides Micronesia, he has spent time in Nigeria and India, in addition to visiting numerous countries in Europe, East Asia and the Pacific. “At Prep, I learned to value diversity and to be open to new people, ideas and experiences,” he recalls. “That has served me very well in the intervening years.”

By Rosalie Romano For the past eleven years as Italian teacher at Saint Peter’s Prep, I have slowly begun to realize that I do more than just teach: I am also a salesperson. Each day, I stand in front of my audience and sell them “Italy” – its language and its culture. The buyer? The student who realizes that by studying French, German, Italian or Spanish at Saint Peter’s Prep, he is accomplishing much more than simply fulfilling a requirement for graduation. He comes to embrace this new and unique culture, he dreams of visiting this new country, he looks forward to experiencing diverse traditions, to enriching his senses with a multitude of vivid sights, sounds, smells, tastes while his eyes, mind and heart enthusiastically expand in awe of this new world! When they come to class, our students walk not just into a classroom, but also into the country of their chosen language. We speak, read, write, listen, think, sing and pray in our target language. For those forty minutes every day, our students depart Grand & Warren and stroll along the Champs d’Elysees in Paris, or Via Veneto in Rome, or Plaza Mayor in Madrid, or Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. We realize, however, that those forty minutes do not suffice, so we endeavor to engage these minds deeper into the language, beyond 14

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Peter Arndt, ‘75

has lived abroad since 1990, making his home in Vienna, Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, Paris and, currently, London. He works as an interim executive/consultant, specializing in sales management. Looking back to his time at Grand & Warren, he credits Prep with laying the groundwork for the cosmopolitan life he has led. “All the teachers prepared me by indulging my interests in history (religious and secular) and encouraging open communication about every single subject I encountered (in the Jesuit tradition),” he says. “I came to understand that there was a world beyond North Jersey and how to interact with it.” He particularly credits his French teacher, Steve Sekel, ‘66, P’98, with preparing him well for his three years in Paris, as well as Richard DiClemente, Steven Harz, Tom Murray, S.J. and Tony Azzarto S.J., for inspiring him to look beyond Prep’s walls to the greater world beyond.


Tony Ferraro, ‘86 has lived in

Singapore along with wife Kelly and their two children for the past three years, following time in Italy and Thailand. As ChevronTexaco’s general manager of asset management for Asia, he is currently working on power plant projects in Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Vietnam. “I remember coming back from the German exchange and knowing that I wanted to live overseas,” he recalls. “It took more than 15 years and several career path choices to make that happen.” Tony credits his English class with Jack Campion, who “taught me to think,” with helping him to develop the open mind necessary to thrive in a foreign environment. “I’m not sure anything can prepare you for the day you realize you aren’t in your home country and you aren’t just visiting,” he reflects. “You aren’t living in a hotel, but in your own apartment and you don’t have a ticket to go back home. It’s strange, wonderful, scary and exciting all at the same time.”

Pete Capizzi, ‘87 has lived in Tokyo

for over three years, along with his wife, Gina, and their three children – A.J., Mia and Dean. He serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Prudential’s Japanese Insurance Operations, no small task given the company’s 23,000 employees in Japan alone. Reflecting on his time at Prep, three teachers stand out as having influenced him to view the world more broadly: Mike Tunney, S.J., whose “passion for art inspired me to think about the history of art and the way art was influenced by movements around the world,” during freshman and sophomore English; “Doc” Kennedy, who “motivated me to want to understand the world from different cultural viewpoints;” and Bill Donahue, who, as a forensics coach, “pushed us to realize that the world is bigger than Jersey City, with a lot to offer, as evidenced by his beginning the German Exchange Program.” Of his time in Asia, which has included visits to nine countries outside Japan, he remarks: “For my children, their world (and quite frankly, ours as well) is now so much broader and richer.”

the classroom environment. Our task is to make our students want to pursue their language studies beyond their two or three years of study at Prep. I truly believe that throughout the years the department has been successful in doing so. We have been fortunate at Prep to have produced quite a few language teachers, including our current German teacher, Ryan Grusenski, ’03, and of course, our principal, Jim DeAngelo, ’85, a former German teacher himself. In addition, six of my former students are or will soon become Italian teachers: Robert Bradfield, ’01; Joe Dacchille, ’01; Anthony Fischetti, ’02; Mauro Raguseo, ’03; Phil Dacchille, ’05; and Patrick Comey, ’06. Countless other alumni have successfully applied their language skills to professions in business, medicine, industry and government. Ana Garcia, who has been teaching Spanish at Prep since 1972, developed courses approximately ten years ago, entitled, “Spanish for Medical Personnel” and “Spanish for Business and Finance,” so that these students may begin to envision a logical and natural union of language and career. It is in engaging this “real world” outlook that our main objective becomes empowered. In addition to creating new courses or simply bringing the culture into the classroom via the use of varied media technologies, Prep’s Modern Language Department encouragingly organizes activities, events, participation in greater community competitions – but most importantly our study abroad and exchange programs. These are crucial and essential elements in expanded planning throughout the academic year and beyond. In order to excel in a language, we know that the student must apply his skills and experience social interactions firsthand. We invite our students, therefore, to join us on excursions in New York City – to Spanish or Cuban restaurants, Flamenco dance performances, Italian Mass on Sunday mornings, and German or Italian operas at Lincoln Center. We are proud of our cultural events in Manhattan, but we are prouder still to cross not just the Hudson River, but the Atlantic Ocean. Through our study abroad and exchange programs our students become fully immersed in the language and culture as they live with host families, visit classrooms and assist in lessons at our partner schools in Spain, France, Germany and Italy. This June, Ms. Ana Garcia will accompany to Spain a group of students who will study the Spanish language at the Collegio de Espana in Salamanca. Within the same week, Mr. Ryan Grusenski’s exchange

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group will depart to Schleiden, Germany, continuing a tradition that has lasted more than 25 years which marks a special anniversary that underscores the great history and dedication to language learning that Prep has exhibited for almost 30 years as is noted in this issue of Prep Magazine. Since the year 2000, the French Exchange has also maintained a relationship with the same partner school, Institut Sainte Marie in La Seyne sur Mer, France. In addition, this year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Italian Exchange with our Jesuit partner schools beginning in Rome (Istituto Massimiliano Massimo, 2001, 2003, 2004) and now currently in Sicily (Istituto Centro Educativo Ignaziano, 2006, 2008, 2010). Countless friendships have developed throughout these numerous years of exchange programs, many of which still exist today. Today, our department continues to evolve and create programs so that we may best prepare our students for this very competitive global market. For example, Chinese was offered for the first time at Prep as part of the Summer Enrichment Program in 2010. This course was taught by alumnus, Pat McGovern, ’99, who had spent some time in China soon after his studies at Georgetown University. In addition, the national language exams are administered in all four languages and for the first time this year the French, German, and Italian Honor Societies will participate in the induction ceremony together with the Spanish Honor Society which has been organized by Spanish teacher, Nery Gomez. Another essential factor which is difficult to document on paper is the passion for the language that we teach. Sometimes it is not the perfect teaching method, lesson plan, activity or project that will motivate the student, but rather the passion for the language that is exhibited by his teacher. I want to thank my colleagues for loving what they teach and for making their passion become contagious. It is this inspiring dedication and love of the language that easily allow our students to open many “windows beyond Grand & Warren.”

Jim O’Day, ‘96 splits his time between

Houston, Texas and Neuenhof, Switzerland – where he can put the German he studied at Grand & Warren to work. Perhaps more important than the language learning itself, though, was the cultural learning that took place both in the classroom and on the German Exchange. “The chance to live and go to school with someone in a foreign country gives you the chance to experience life firsthand from their perspective,” he says. “Ultimately, it shows you that even if we do things slightly differently, and have different beliefs and opinions, at the end of the day we are much more alike than different.” Jim believes that a global perspective – like the one he began to form in his Prep years – is essential to success in life. “When it comes to decision making,” he says, “it’s critical to have input from different opinions, experiences and points of view to be able to come up with an optimal solution.”

James Reuter, S.J., ’34 and John Ruane, S.J., ’38 both

entered the Society of Jesus shortly after graduating from Prep in the 1930s. Both found themselves working in the Philippines at the outbreak of World War II, and both (along with about 85 other American Jesuits) were imprisoned by the Japanese forces that occupied the country. The experience would shape the careers of both men. Fr. Ruane would return to the Philipines after completing his doctoral studies in Belgium, teaching philosophy in Cebu and at the Ateneo de Manila. Following several decades working Stateside, he retired from teaching at Saint Peter’s College in 2010. Though he left the Philippines, the Philippines never left him, but rather formed a man of patience and reflection, highly regarded in his pastoral work as well as his academic pursuits. Fr. Reuter has now spent most of his life in the Philippines, where he has become familiar to millions of Catholics through his work as a playwright, journalist and television personality – efforts which, in 1981, earned him an award, “ For Outstanding Service to the Catholic Church in the field of Mass Media,” personally presented by Pope John Paul II.

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With Dave Donnelly, ’88, Jersey City councilman and former Prep alumni director

Now in the midst of his first full term as the councilman for Jersey City’s Ward B (Westside), Dave Donnelly, ’88, served Prep as director of alumni relations from 2000-2004. He stopped to chat with Prep Magazine about life after Grand & Warren, and what lies ahead for him and his hometown. Prep Magazine: Public service runs in your family, it seems. Did you always anticipate following that sort of career path? Dave Donnelly: Public service certainly does run in my family. In my immediate family I have three teachers, a librarian and a former councilperson. My great-grandfather was a Hudson County freeholder and helped to administer the WPA during the Great Depression, and my grandfather was the director of the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital. In my day job at the United Way of Hudson County, part of my job is to address homeless issues and work with those who could become homeless. I really thank God that I’ve followed a career path that has in turn become my vocation. I have always had the distinct honor of being able to work at making my community a better place to live. PM Your seat on the city council was held by your mother, Mary Donnelly, from 1997-2005. Do you ever find yourself receiving parental advice (solicited or otherwise)? DD My mom only offers advice when I need it. However, I need that advice a lot (laughs). She brings a different perspective with than I get from other people. Even at this local level, one cannot truly understand the demands of this office unless you have done it. In that respect, my mom’s advice is invaluable. If I can be half as successful and thoughtful, as both of my parents are at anything they do, I will be happy.

PM Prep’s loyalty to its hometown has been rewarded in recent decades, as Jersey City – and downtown in particular – has experienced tremendous growth. What would you say is most important to sustaining that growth in the coming years? DD Downtown’s growth and renaissance have been great for Jersey City. The problem is that we are on the path of two very different cities: Downtown for the upper middle class, and the rest of the city where everyone else struggles. The most important thing to sustaining growth anywhere is to develop an educated, well rounded, employable populace. Everything else can be built on that foundation. However, there is no one answer that begins to march us in that direction. The answer to solving the scourge of poverty does not come in some nice, pre-packaged, one-size-fits-all box. PM Are there any words of wisdom from your Prep teachers or colleagues that have shaped your career? DD In the words of Bob McGuiness: If it is raining out, you get wet, but if you’re wet it is not necessarily raining out.

PM Looking ahead, is there another office or capacity in which you hope to continue in public life beyond the city council? DD Right now serving in any capacity in public service is very challenging. Poverty, quite simply, must be attacked every day. We must truly live the Jesuit mantra – being people for others – so that we can honestly say we offer every citizen a fair shot at the “American Dream.” I don’t have to look any farther than my own neighborhood to see the problems that poverty causes. I would one day like to be mayor of Jersey City, but that is still somewhere in the distant future, because there are problems in the Westside Ward that I need to attack. PREP PREP Magazine Magazine  SPRING SPRING 2011 17 2011 17

To Whom Much is Given... Anthony Wolleon, ‘02 is a Jersey City firefigter

– a member of Ladder 9, on Sip Avenue near Journal Square. On the job, he is part of a team of brave individuals who put their lives on the line to help protect others from danger. That spirit of generosity carries over into his personal life as well, where year after year, this young alumnus supports the Jesuit mission of Saint Peter’s Prep by supporting the Annual Fund. “Looking back, I can honestly say my Prep experience was four of the best years of my life,” he recalls. “Obviously, Prep prepared me academically as I continued my education at Rutgers and then NJCU, but more importantly…many of my closest friends today are those I met at Grand & Warren.”

“Giving back to Prep is a simple way to be a ‘Man for Others.’ It is my way of giving back to a place that gave me so much.”

Asked why supporting the Annual Fund is important to him, he explains,

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Cross Country Prep’s runners opened the fall season with a second place finish at the Saint Dominic Academy Invitational. All three races – freshman, junior varsity and varsity – saw Marauders among the top finishers.

One week later, at The Bernie Magee Class Invitational at Warinanco Park, Saint Peter’s enjoyed one of the best days in the school’s cross country history. It began with a fourth place finish by the freshmen, led by James Sause (12:57) who was 10th. The sophomores also placed fourth, paced by Neil Harkins’ (18:39) 14th place finish. Senior, Charles Bates (16:42) led the varsity to a fourth place medal. His time is the fastest ever posted by a Prep runner at the Magee Invitational. Kevin Garrigan (17:22) also ran a tremendous race, placing 19th. On his team’s performance, Coach Mike Burgess commented, “This is the greatest team accomplishment in my 27 years at Prep.” The harriers ended their season with a 4th place finish at the Catholic Track Conference Championships. Seniors Bates and Garrigan placed 7th and 22nd respectively, followed by sophomore Ryan McGann (40th) and junior Liam Doherty (50th). This marked the best finish Prep has had in this elite race and was a fitting end to a successful season.

The freshman squad culminated a very successful season, capturing a first place trophy at the Jesuit Championships in Van Cortlandt Park. It marked the first time a Prep team won gold at the prestigious event. The Hudson County Track Coaches Association recognized the outstanding season of senior Charles Bates of Hoboken with a First-Team All County honor.

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Football In a season filled with many notable team achievements

– 93rd consecutive victory over county opponents, a Hudson County Championship, a top 10 state ranking – one player’s accomplishments stood out in impressive fashion. Savon Huggins, a senior from Jackson, reached milestones no Saint Peter’s football player had ever reached. The 6’, 200 lb. running back, capped his career rushing for a Prep single-season record 1891 yards on just 173 carries. In six of the team’s wins, Huggins played in only the first offensive series; yet he still managed to find the end zone 35 times. His performance on the field, and as a team captain, helped lead Prep to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Non-Public Group 4 playoff semifinals. Savon Huggins will be taking his skills to Rutgers next fall. He is the first New Jersey Not long after the conclusion of the season and the end of Huggins’ high school football career, Gatorade Player of the Year to play for the accolades began mounting. He received first team honors at both the county and state levels Coach Schiano. and topped those with his selection as the North Jersey Player of the Year. After being named to he USA Today All America First Team, Huggins was invited to play (and start) in the prestigious Under Armour Senior All Star Game. His final – and most impressive – accolade was the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year Award.

The Gatorade Award recognizes academic achievement and community service as well as football prowess. Coach Rich Hansen stated, “Savon desperately wanted to be here at Prep and to be successful here at Prep. A long commute and challenging classes can be used as excuses for not finding success. Savon is proof that a student-athlete can do it all with the right work ethic.” Huggins heads for the end zone in a state playoff game against Notre Dame. His 35 touchdowns placed him second in the state in scoring.


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Soccer Players new to any program rarely make an immediate impact, but two new additions to the soccer roster played

significant roles in the team’s successful season. One a senior and the other a freshman, contributed in different ways as Prep posted a 15-7 record and earned noteworthy victories over Columbia, Kearny and Immaculata. Senior Mateusz Brela moved to the United States from Poland and on the recommendation of Steve Wieczorek, ’00 (now an assistant coach at Sienna College) applied for transfer to Saint Peter’s. Brela (3g, 5a) earned a starting spot on defense and with senior goalkeeper Mark Zatta and junior Roberto Chernez, solidified a defense that posted nine shutouts. For his contributions, he was selected to the AllState and All-County Senior All-Star Teams and was awarded All-State recognition. Ajani Phillips, a freshman forward from South River, accomplished a feat rarely seen in the soccer program or any of the athletic teams at Prep. He made the varsity, became a starter, led the team in scoring (14g, 7a), and earned All County and All State honors. Coach Josh Jantas, ’95 remarked, “Throughout the season Ajani scored big goals in important games. As a freshman, he is already one of the best strikers in the state.”

Freshman, Ajani Phillips is already being compared to former Prep soccer greats Tom Schember, ’79 and Matt Foster-Moore, ’00.

Coach Jantas said of senior Mateusz Brela, “It’s rare to have a senior, who was not in the program last year, play such an integral role.”


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A New Home for Prep’s Golf Tournament

The warm summer breezes, the thwack of a perfect tee shot, the stiff competition to avoid the dubious distinction of being named “most honest golfer,” and above all, the laughter and camaraderie of Prep men (and women!) of all ages – these are just a few of the things that make the annual Prep golf tournament a highlight of the alumni calendar.

The fairways of the Upper Montclair Country Club will welcome the 34th Annual Saint Peter’s Prep – Frenkel & Co. Golf Tournament on June 20.

This year, the 34th Annual Saint Peter’s Prep – Frenkel & Company Golf Tournament tees off in a great new location. The Upper Montclair Country Club, located in Clifton, will host the tournament on June 20. Players of all skill levels will find a perfect combination of fun and challenge in the club’s 27 beautiful holes, designed by legendary architects A.W. Tillinghast and Robert Trent Jones. Located minutes from Prep, adjacent to Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway, Upper Montclair is easily accessible, making it more convenient than ever for new golfers to join in the fun of this Prep tradition. “I am very excited to have the golf tournament at Upper Montclair Country Club,” said Gary Bogdanski, ’02, director of alumni relations. “Their excellent course and facilities, along with our sponsors and players, are going to make this the most successful golf tournament to date.”

The location is new but the game remains the same: great friends and great golf for a great cause!

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Passing the Torch: Prep’s Young Alumni Committee Seeking to continue the long, proud tradition of alumni support for the mission of Saint Peter’s Prep, the Office of Alumni Relations embarked on a new venture last fall, overseeing the establishment of a Young Alumni Committee. Tasked with keeping young alumni – defined roughly as having graduated college within the past ten years – connected with their alma mater and their classmates through both real-life and virtual networking, the committee first met in late October. The committee’s first event took place over Thanksgiving weekend, as 112 guests flocked to The Brass Rail in Hoboken (co-owned by Joe San Philip, ’97) for a Young Alumni Happy Hour. Guests enjoyed an open bar, as well as a chance to catch up with classmates, with proceeds supporting Prep’s Annual Fund. John Mahoney, ’02 has been appointed chair of the committee, and represents its interests as a member of the broader Alumni Board. “We’re hoping to have this be a fully functioning part of the Alumni community,” said Mahoney. “Ideally, we want not only to strengthen the connection of our younger alumni to Prep, but also to have a strong connection with seniors as they graduate and become alumni, so they remain involved with their classmates and with Prep as a whole.” 22

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Celebrating Prep’s Great Athletes

More than 330 guests gathered in November to share in the fourth Saint Peter’s Prep Athletic Hall of

Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, sponsored by the Prep Alumni Board. The evening saluted eight individuals and two teams for their outstanding contributions to the proud tradition of Prep Athletics, whether on the court or on the track; in the trenches of the gridiron or on the sidelines of the soccer pitch. The evening began with the induction ceremony, hosted once again by former Prep President Joe Parkes, S.J., ‘62. The honorees expressed their gratitude for the Prep tradition of producing athletes who excel in the classroom as well as on the field, and who are as ready to meet life’s challenges as they are to meet a tough opponent. As John Irvine, ‘83, P’11 – who was inducted both for his excellent goalkeeping as a Prep Soccer player and for his tireless dedication and quiet dignity as a Prep Soccer coach for nearly two decades – put it, the true meaning of Prep athletics is “never about the instant gratification of a win or a championship. It was always about teachable moments, life lessons and establishing relationships that would stand the test of time.” Those relationships were renewed afterwards during a reception and dinner in the O’Keefe Commons. Great friends and great food were the order of the evening, as warm laughter and tales of athletic glory filled the room. The Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010: Mike Burgess (Track & Field Coach) Jack Cassedy, ’48 (Track) Jim Deveney, ’53 (Baseball & Basketball) Doug Gronda, ’86 (Wrestling & Football) Mike Hurley, ’56 (Football) John Irvine, ‘83, P’11 (Soccer Player & Coach) Tony Mendolla, ’62 (Football) Jerry Vayda, ’52 † (Basketball and Baseball) The 1951-52 Basketball Team The 1952-53 Basketball Team

The individual honorees show off their Hall of Fame plaques. Left to right: Mike Burgess; John Irvine, ‘83, P’11; Mike Hurley, ’56; Doug Gronda, ’86; Tony Mendolla, ’62; Priscilla Vayda (accepting for the late Jerry Vayda, ’52); Jack Cassedy, ’48 and Jim Deveney, ’53.

 To learn more about the inductees, visit

† Jerrry Vayda’s posthumous award was accepted by his widow, Priscilla Vayda.

Over the past few months, a full slate of lectures, Masses, retreats, discussions and other events have been open to alumni – as well as others in the Prep community – all with the goal of helping to develop Ignatian spirituality and reflection as an important part of life after Grand & Warren.

Keeping the Faith

The Alumni Spirituality Committee, an offshoot of the Prep Alumni Board, began meeting last fall, under the guidance of Prep’s alumni chaplain, Tony Azzarto, S.J. Activities have included a lecture by John O’Malley, S.J., a Georgetown University historian, known as “the dean of American historians of Christianity,” and two editions of “Theology on Tap.” The latter is a series of informal discussions, moderated by guest speakers, where alumni are invited to reflect upon their faith over drinks and light snacks. For more information about the Alumni Spirituality Committee, contact Fr. Azzarto at or 201-547-6412. In December, the Alumni Spirituality Committee hosted Georgetown University historian John O’Malley, S.J., for a lecture entitled “What’s Special About Ignatius…For Us Today?” Deacon Mike Malecki, ’66 moderated the second of two Theology on Tap group discussions, “The ‘I’ in Faith” on February 28 at the Powerhouse Lounge.


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Remembering Adele LeCalvez and Robert McGuinness Last fall, Prep bid farewell to two former mainstays of the faculty. Adele LeCalvez died on November 30, and Robert McGuinness, P’69,’73,’80 on October 17. Together, they represented 65 years of service at Grand & Warren. Ms. LeCalvez came to Prep following 33 years as a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, during which time she was known as Sister Agnes Maurice, S.S.J. Throughout her time as an educator, she committed countless hours to providing students with the knowledge needed to thrive at the next level. Her teaching career took her from John Caroll High School in Maryland, to Queen of Peace in North Arlington, to Holy Family of Bayonne – where she began a successful student service program – before leading to Grand & Warren in 1985. As a member of the mathematics and science departments, she earned the respect of both her peers and her students, balancing an ability to cultivate a rigorous classroom environment with a genuine concern for each student’s intellectual growth.

For Mr. McGuinness, a career that would earn him accolades including the 1988 Petrean dedication and a 2001 induction as a Legend of Prep, began humbly. In 1952, fellow future Prep Legend Joseph Sinnott fell ill, leaving the school’s administration to find a “temporary” replacement. The young veteran of World War II and Korea would go on to “fill in” for 42 years, his service in the Marines shaping everything from his perfect crew cut to his respectful demeanor to the precise organization of his classes. As chairman of the math department, he introduced calculus to the Prep curriculum. As both a teacher and a role model, he shaped the lives of generations of Prep men – better prepared to take on advanced math thanks to his patience and thoroughness; better prepared to take on life’s responsibilities thanks to the dignity and honor of a man committed to God, country and family. The dedication of the 1988 Petrean – the first voted by the full senior class rather than just the yearbook staff – described him as “dedicated, reserved, dependable and talented,” and it’s hard to imagine a better way to remember a legendary presence in the Prep classroom. 24

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The ’50s

Ken Hartnett, ’52, is one of the sportswriters featured in Lombardi, an HBO documentary that premiered in December. He covered the Green Bay Packers for The Associated Press from 1965 to 1968, when the legendary Vince Lombardi left Green Bay, then continued covering the legendary coach with the Washington Redskins in 1969. Ron Semple, ’52, completed a three-week training course in Alabama to qualify as a surge capacity specialist with FEMA. He has been a FEMA reservist since 2004. Hank Quense, ’56, won a 2010 Readers’ Favorite award and was named a 2011 EPIC finalist for his book, Tales From Gundarland, a collection of science fiction stories and novellas. His new book, Zaftan Entrepreneurs is out now in e-book and print forms. Charlie Glashausser, ’57, retired as chair of the physics department at Rutgers University in 2008, and now spends most of his time in Paris and in Cortona, Italy, translating the letters of the marquise du Châtelet (the 18th century physicist) or picking olives. John Riordan, ’59, celebrated daughter Mary Jo’s graduation from Georgetown Law in 2010.

Club of Chatham/Millburn/Short Hills for his extraordinary commitment to the organization’s annual luminary sale, which has raised $100,000 for community projects over the past decade. Tony Martucci, ’60, has been named pastoral associate at Saint Pius X Church in Forked River, New Jersey. He has been a deacon since 1987, and recently served in a similar role at Saint Mary of the Lake in Lakewood. Tom McFeely, ‘60, a permanent deacon for the diocese of Richmond, Virginia, was recently elected to the National Advisory Council for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Ed Regenye, ’63, and wife Judith continue to enjoy retired life in the Caribbean. He has written four novels under the name Ed Arre, with the latest, entitled Rapacious out in February. He was profiled in January by the Daily Herald, a local newspaper in St. Maarten.  Find a link to the profile at Ray Zarnowski, ’63, retired recently. He and wife Carolyn split their time between Vero Beach, Florida and the Jersey Shore. Bill Sette, ’65, recently retired from the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington after 31 years as a toxicologist and senior scientist.

Members of the Class of ’59 gathered at the Coach House restaurant in Hackensack, operated by George Pappas, ’59. Pictured from left front are Dave Harper, Larry Gladysz, Gerry Manna, Dave Gallgher, John Cozzi, Ken Hampton (obscured), Walter Dorgan, Art Crosta, Bob Goger, Leo Clossey, Ed Alberque, Tony “Satch” Lancia and George Pappas.

The ’60s

Jim Linehan, ’60, picked up two awards recently. The first was his fourth Jetro/Restaurant Depot #1 Vendor award for his “outstanding services and commitment.” The second was presented by the Rotary

Ken Zienkiewicz, ’65, is recently retired and dedicating his time to studying classical Latin, Greek and Hebrew, crediting Prep with providing “the spark that led to a lifetime of learning.” He adds that he has “four adult offspring and will try to get to a class reunion before Saint Peter calls.” PREP Magazine   SPRING 2011




Tom Belton, ’67, is the author of Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State, published by the Rivergate Books imprint of Rutgers University Press in December.

The ’70s

Tom Chiccone, ’70, was appointed clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School. George Gurdak, ’70, a former Prep trustee, is running the business office at Saint Aloysius School, the Jesuit school in Harlem. Matt Krautheim, ’71, recently retired after spending 25 years with the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, all of them in his hometown of Paterson. His career included more than a decade working directly with at-risk teens in the city’s poorest areas. He continues to devote his spare time to community organizing efforts in the Ironbound section of Newark, and credits Prep with “teaching me how to think critically and helping me develop a social conscience.” Paul Schaetzle, ’71, was elected president of the International Fire Buff Associates during their annual meeting in October. Founded in 1953, the organization works, “To serve as a common ground for Fire Buffs, active in promoting the general welfare of Fire Departments, allied emergency services, their officers and members.”

Bob Zito, ’71 Launches Branding Consultancy Following more than three decades as a highly successful architect of branding and marketing strategies for firms including Sony, the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bob Zito, ’71 has launched his own strategic branding consultancy, Zito Partners, in January. Some of Zito’s past accomplishments include increasing the NYSE’s global visibility by encouraging media to broadcast from the trading floor, while turning the opening and closing bells into a “must see” experience; rebranding Bristol-Myers Squibb as it downsized and evolved into a pure biopharmaceutical firm; and shaping Sony’s image as a global leader in entertainment as it acquired Columbia Pictures and CBS Records. As he moves into the next phase of his career, he has joined with former colleagues to create a firm designed to help clients build, energize and defend their brands. “The strength of our people and partners helps us get to solutions quickly and smartly,” says Zito. “This partnership has some of the most talented and experienced individuals I have had the good fortune to work with in my 30-plus year career. They have faced some of the most difficult brand and communications challenges imaginable in the U.S. and abroad.”

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Garry Stoldt, ’74, was appointed chief financial officer at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick in August. Al Fazio, ’77, was installed as the 117th president of the Hudson County Bar Association on January 20. Joe Kalinowski, ’78, was promoted to senior director of tax reporting at Johnson & Johnson.

The ’80s

Ben Williams, ’80, was ordained a priest in June 2010 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson. He graduated from the Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University with a masters’ degrees of divinity and theology, and currently works at Sacred Heart and Holy Rosary Parishes in Dover, New Jersey. Steve McGill, ’83, was promoted to the rank of battalion chief in the Jersey City Fire Department in May 2010. Erik Harrison, ’85, is an attorney, currently working for the legal publishing house Thomson West. Greg Bellotti, ’88, will be inducted to the athletic hall of fame at The College of New Jersey in October. A tri-captain on Prep’s 1987 team, he was a starting safety at what was then Trenton State by his sophomore year; went to the NCAA East championship game against Hofstra; served as captain in his senior year; and still holds the TCNJ school record with 13 career interceptions. Tommy O’Hare, ’88, reports that he is alive and well and serving in the NYPD and the Army National Guard, adding that “rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.”

The ’90s

Lt. Cmdr. Todd Boland, ’91, is halfway through a one year deployment to Afghanistan as a Navy Individual Augmentee, serving as Officer in Charge of the Tactical Document and Media ExploitationAfghanistan Division Management Team for Regional Command South based at Kandahar Air Field. He will return this summer to his usual post on the staff of the Chief of Navy Reserve at the Pentagon. Lt. Cmdr. Bill Dwyer, ’91, is currently assigned at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, as operational attorney in the office of legal counsel. Along with wife Erin and twin daughters Mary and Martha, he transferred to Germany last summer from Alaska, where he had served as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau. Mike Gomez, ’91, who serves as principal of Saint Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, was elected in March to the board of directors of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.

ALUMNI CLASS NOTES Andrew Moe, ’99, was recently promoted to president of Bay Safety and Security, a 30-year-old security firm located in Bay Head, New Jersey.

May, New Jersey. The Vigorous is assigned to search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties, maritime defense and protection of the marine environment. Brian Dalton, ’06, is currently teaching English and German in Hiroshima, Japan. He graduated from Rutgers last spring with majors in Japanese and German, as well as a minor in religion. Dan Brennan, ’07, was profiled on the Muhlenberg College website in the school’s “Theory of Connectivity” feature, highlighting his cocurricular work as studio productions coordinator for the Muhlenberg Theatre Association.  Find a link to the profile at Kevin DePinto, ’08, completed his first 6-week increment at the US Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA in August; he will attend the second increment next summer. He is on course to be commissioned a Marine Second Lieutenant immediately after graduating from Saint Vincent’s College in Pennsylvania in 2012. He hopes to be sworn in by a higher ranking Marine officer – his brother, Vincent DePinto ’05 – and return his first salute to an enlisted Marine – C.J. Di Giacomo, ’05.

Mike Evans, ’10 attained Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, at his Court of Honor on November 27, 2010. He is pictured with Prep’s own Rich Peters, ’85, a fellow Eagle Scout in addition to being chair of Prep’s English department. Tony Azzarto, S.J. was also on hand to represent Prep as alumni chaplain. During the ceremony, Mike was presented with Apostolic Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, by Rev. Msgr. John G. Judge, Pastor of St. Cassian Church in Upper Montclair. Mike is currently a freshman at the University of Scranton, studying Italian and International Studies.

The ’00s Greg Conti, ’00, will be starting his medical residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in July, 2011. Peter Cecinini, ’02, is currently employed as an assistant city attorney in Bayonne, after graduating from Rutgers Law and passing the New Jersey bar in the spring of 2010. Peter taught English at Prep during the 2006-07 school year. Ron Cardoso, ’03, graduated from Lockheed Martin’s three-year Engineering Leadership Development Program last year, and also completed his master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Central Florida in December 2010. He is currently designing tracking algorithms for aircraft targeting systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, Florida. Phil Rodino, ’05, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard in November. He serves as an engineer aboard the USCG Vigorous, a 210-foot cutter based in Cape

As one would expect, Prep was well-represented at the wedding of Liam Ahearn, ’01 and Ally Kelly in December. Pictured left to right, front row: Liam and Ally. Second row: Chris Caulfield, ’03; James Doolan, ’06; Kevin McGrath, ’01; Pat Smith, ’01; and Jim Keenan, S.J., former president; Third row: Tony Azzarto, S.J., alumni chaplain; Ed Caulfield, ’00; Bill Ahearn, ’75, chairman of the board of trustees; Chris Fernando, ’00; and Bob Reiser, S.J., president. Fourth row: Jed Doolan, ’69; Jack Caulfield, ’71, former chairman; Jim Gregory ’75; and Victor Paparazzo ’78. Back row: Robert Ryan, ’93 and Billy Bludgus, ’01.

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Vita Mutatur Non Tollitur (Life is changed, not ended) | WEDDINGS | BIRTHS | ADOPTIONS Current as of 2-28-11

Current Student

William J. “B.J.” Giannone, ’11


George A. Smith, ’33 Frank P. Soden, ’36 John F. Burke, ’41 Francis W. Farley, ’42 Brother of William P. Farley, ’47 Philip F. McGovern, ’43 Brother of Joseph McGovern, ’50 Father of Philip F. McGovern, ’76 and John M. McGovern, ’80†; grandfather of Philip F. McGovern, ’11 Patrick V. Cuviello, ’44 John J. Massarelli, ’44 Brother of Daniel J. Massarelli, ’49; Uncle of Daniel R. Massarelli, ’77 and Joseph A. Massarelli, ’80, former faculty member; Cousin of S. Robert Massarelli, ’46; Nephew of Sylvester F. Massarelli, ’27† Robert T. Deveney, ’45 Joseph L. Hoffmann, ’46 William A. Noughton, ’48 Grandfather of William A. Noughton, ’06 and John A. Noughton, ’09; Cousin of Timothy J. Horgan, ‘47 Richard S. Elminger, ’49 Brother of George Elminger, ’41†; Cousin of Robert T. Walsh, ’53 and James J. Barry, ’61 John J. Royce, ’49 Bernard J. Siebel, ’49 Paul J. Cunningham, ’50 Edward T. Richards, ’50 Richard F. Tambouri, ’50 William J. Bate, ’51 Brother of Raymond K. Bate, ’56; Father of William E. Bate, ’84 Richard O. Scott, ’53 James F. Branon, ’54 Brother of Mark E. Branon, ’63 Patrick A. Barry, ’56 Patrick Fitzpatrick, ’57 Brother of Joseph P. Fitzpatrick, ’49† and Eugene Fitzpatrick, ’51; Father of Patrick F. Fitzpatrick, ’96; Nephew of Patrick F. Fitzpatrick, ’30 Robert A. Kane, ’59 Paul A. McGee, ’61 Brother of Frank J. McGee, ’62 and John R. McGee, ’76 A. Thomas Tebbens, ’61 Bernard Moore, ’63 Uncle of Kenneth M. Moore, ’88 and Thomas J. Moore, ’88 James A. Sutcliffe, ’64 28

Thomas M. DeLuca, ’66 Father of Dallas S. DeLuca, ’89 and Darrow D. DeLuca, ’98 James R. Kowalik, ’67 Edward J. Adam, ’79 Brother of Thomas J. Adam, ’76 Robert D. Dimler, ’88 James Lynch, ’89 Joshua R. Esformes, ’05

Michael McGuinness, ’73 and Brian McGuinness, ’80

Family of Alumni


George Botsolas Father of Peter Botsolas, ’00 and George Botsolas, ’03 Pasquale Calderola Father of Maurice Calderola, ’82 Daniel Downey Father of Daniel F. Downey, ’72 Robert Glasser Father of Robert F. Glasser, ’92 and Sean V. Glasser, ’00 Raul Gutierrez Grandfather of Christopher Hetherington, ’08 and Michael P. Hetherington, ’11 Dorothy Junio Sister of Robert P. Sinchak, ’51 Peter E. “Butch” Kachel Father of Jeffrey Kachel, ’89† and Brian M. Kachel, ’94 Robert E. Nadler Father of Robert E. Nadler, ’93 and Stephen C. Nadler, ’97 Louis Nasti Father of Edward Nasti, ’04 John Regan Father of John J. Regan, ’80 Jane Regan Houghton Mother of James S. Regan, ’65, John J. Regan, ’66 and Richard F. Regan, ’69 Robert J. Salmon Father of James Salmon, ’91 and Robert P. Salmon, ’91 Margaret W. Schaetzle Mother of J. Paul Schaetzle, ’71 and Raymond Schaetzle, ’75 Mary Simko Mother of John K. Simko, ’77

Former Faculty & Staff

Erwin G. Beck, S.J. Former guidance counselor Adele LeCalvez Former mathematics and science teacher Robert A. McGuinness Prep Legend and former mathematics teacher. Father of James McGuinness, ’69,

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Family of Faculty & Staff

Charles L. Reiser Father of Prep President Robert E. Reiser, S.J. † Deceased

Brian McCarthy, ’01 and Danielle Nichols, September 25, 2010 Erich Sekel, ’98 (former assistant director of campus ministry) and Julia Romero, October 23, 2010 Renee Rivera (advancement database manager) and Keith Conway, January 22, 2011 Matt Scannapieco (classics teacher) and Franny Tursi (former science teacher), February 11, 2011

Births And Adoptions

Joe Murray, ‘73 and wife Josephine: Son Julian Francis, born March 2, 2010 Faculty member Ryan Grusenski, ’03 and wife Beth: Daughter Sophia Rae, born October 4, 2010 Alex Drummond, ’94 and wife Rachael: Son Andrew Gerard, born October 20, 2010 Sean McDonald, ‘93 and wife Susan: Son Logan John, born December 27, 2010 Advancement database manager Renee Conway and husband Keith: Son Henry Thomas, born January 30, 2011 Faculty member Anthony Locricchio, ’96 and wife Claudia: Son Angelo Jorge, born April 18, 2011

Painting the Town Maroon: A look back at Prep’s 2010-11 events







The 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner 1. Joe Parkes, S.J., ’62; Jim Deveney, ’53 and Bob Reiser, S.J. 2. Chris Caulfield, ’03; Pat Mallea, ’04; Drew Buzzio, ’03; John Irvine, ’83; Matt Foster-Moore, ’00; and Joe Battista, ’02. 3. Mike Burgess with his daughter Timika Burgess-Hobdy and grandchildren Kala and Corey Fogg. Dramatics Homecoming 4. Jack Campion surrounded by Zach Lanning, Matt Mazzari, Ben Glassen, Jonathan McCarthy, Johnny Kelley, and Daniel Seara – all members of the Class of 2010.


Young Alumni JUG Night 5. A full house in the O’Keefe Commons


The PPA Fashion Show & Luncheon 6. The Hetherington Family 7. Linda LaBau, P’11 and Matt LaBau, ’11 8. Mary Beth LiVolsi, P’06, ’08, ’11 and Peter LiVolsi, ’11.


Milestone Reunion 9. The Class of 1971, celebrating 40 years.


The Fourth Annual 144 Grand Gala 10. Dancing the night away! 11. Kofi Boadu, ’12 12. Jimmy Rizzo, ’77, P’10 and Ralph Aquila, ’75, P’06, ’11 13. Mary Beth Caulfield, P’00, ’03; Barkha Cardoz, P’11, ’15; and Marianne Sweeney, P’04, ’06, ’09.




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