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See a gallery of photographs from the Spring Musical GODSPELL >>>

Future Lawyers meet Assistant US Attorney
April 24, 2007



Ms. Michele Brown, Esq., Assistant U.S. Attorney and Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the State of New Jersey, Christopher J. Christie was the guest speaker at the April Future Lawyers Club meeting.  Ms. Brown was graduated from Drew University and Georgetown University Law School before entering private practice and then public service at the U.S. Attorney's Office.  She spoke to the students about the need to get the best grades they can for college and beyond, but also to make sure that they love what they do, as they will spend most of their waking hours doing it. "Life is so short... so be sure to fill your soul with outside activities such as volunteerism as well as loving what you do. Always be prepared for change in your legal careers, meet your deadlines, and be well-rounded expert readers and writers!"
     The Club's adviser is English Department member John Pascal.




Thanks to the Class of 07 for their cooperation in making this picture

[this is not necessarily the final version]

A Trip to West Virginia in Support of
Habitat for Humanity
Easter Break 2007



See a gallery of student pictures from the trip >>>


Freshman English Students Meet U.S. Poet Laureate
March 26, 2007


On April 4, Prep English teachers John Pascal and PJ Butler accompanied a group of freshman students to Montclair State University's Hall Conference Center to meet Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand, who was visiting the university for a poetry reading.
Strand is the author of more than 10 books of poems, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Blizzard of One and his recent collection, Man and Camel. His honors include the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Edgar Allen Poe Prize, and a Rockefeller Foundation Award. He has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation and the Ingram Merril Foundation. Strand was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1990 to1991

more on Mark Strand >>>

photo courtesy of John Pascal


Easter Break Upgrade for Computer Annex
April 10-15,  2007


Over the Easter Break, Director of Technical Services Rod San Cristobal set about the upgrade of the Media Center's Computer Annex, replacing the entire array of computers and monitors with 20 new workstations.
     The machines were upgraded to Pentium D's- 2.80GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1GB RAM, with Dell 17" flat panel LCD monitors. In order to maximize desk space and keep individual work area clutter under control, the PCs were installed in two towers centrally located in the room. To accommodate this setup over 400 feet of extension cables connect the keyboards, video outputs and mouses to the PCs. 
     The project was funded by the local public school board of education and the "Non-Public School Technology Initiative" which grants state funded money from towns to the non-public schools in theirareas.
     The last renovation of the annex was in 2002 and it was simply time to upgrade the heavily used machines. Mr. San Cristobal utilized 20 seniors to help unpack all the components (CPU's, monitors, keyboards, mouses) and clean up in 20 minutes, a project which would normally have taken him two days by himself. Students involved in the actual installation of  components were Akinwunmi Shoyoye, Dan Hill, Vincent Nascone, Brian Castell, Anthony Pontoriero, and Daquanne Dwight, among others.
The room will also get a facelift this spring with the hanging of artwork and the installation of a ceiling mounted video projector and pulldown screen. The annex is a favorite spot for Kevin Williams' Economic Class to work on their "stock portfolios," and for a variety of class internet research projects in a number of subject areas.

Pirates Baseball Pre-Season #1 in America
April 1, 2007


more on spring sports and links to baseball coverage >>>

Class of 1959 Scholarship
presented in the name of their late classmate
April 10, 2007


At an April 10th reception, the Class of 1959 presented their annual scholarship to freshman Christopher Nascone. Remarks by alumnus Peter Kalusian, Jr. '59 noted that this year the scholarship was awarded in the name of Joseph O'Toole '59, a deceased classmate remembered fondly by the entiere class. Over the previous years, scholarship awards have been given in the name of other deceased classmates.


Author visits English Class, with Personal Insights
April 10, 2007



Breena Clarke is the author of the novel  River, Cross My Heart, which was featured two years ago on Oprah's Book Club. She visited Justin Kiczek's sophomore English class to discuss researching and writing her forthcoming novel from Little Brown Publishers, which is set for a summer publishing date. Her new novel, so far only tentatively titled, takes place during in Civil War-era Washington, D.C. and concerns a recently freed slave family and their fight to keep their freedom and stay together.
     As Ms. Clarke explained to Prep students, writing the novel involved detailed research of period dialects, the history of Washington, D.C., and especially period costume and dress, given that the main character, Gabriel, is a tailor. This was Ms. Clarke's second visit to the Prep.


more on Breena Clark >>>

Class of 59 Commissions Portrait of their Mentor,
Msgr. William Daly
April 10
, 2007



Msgr. William Daly '38, while serving The Prep for 21 years following his ordination in 1946, engendered a special relationship with the hundreds of students of that era. He was first assigned as religion teacher and guidance counselor, then spent 15 of those years as Assistant Headmaster. He became Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark in 1971, serving until 1976, when he was appointed the pastor of St. Philomena's Parish in Livingston. He died in July, 2005, leaving an indelible mark on the history of The Prep and the Archdiocese of Newark.

To commemorate his contribution to the school, and to their class in particular, the Class of 1959 commisioned a portrait of Msgr. Daly, by former Prep art teacher Edwin Havas. Living nowadays in Bethlehelm PA, Havas is Professor of Art Emeritus at Seton Hall University and well known in the New Jersey art scene. Members of the Class of 1959 presented the painting to the school at a Dining Hall reception on April 10.

more on Ed Havas >>>




The Prep 2006-07 Academic Team >>>

May 15, 2006




Seton Hall Prep finished fourth in the 2005 - 2006 Catholic High School Mathematics Competition. The Pirate team competes in the A division, which includes over 30 schools from the Tri-state Area. SHP's score was 1,683, with the first place team scoring 1,754.  Ednan Nuguid, Kelly Fleming, and Casey Ennis all finished in the top 40 individuals out of over 500 competitors. Mr. Steven Ricciardi is the moderator.

<<< Casey Ennis, Edrian Nuguid and team adviser Steve Ricciardi

May 15, 2006


THE PREP ACADEMIC TEAM: Mike Gerini (10), Bridgford Hunt (12), Tom Riley (10), Greg Freeman (9)  Standing (L-R): Brian Goodacre (10), Chester Eng (11), Tom Hathaway (12), Bobby Goddacre (10), Paul Mutter (12), Tom Holl (12), Matt Mariyampillai (12), Dan Bobo (11), Robert Campana (10), Kevin Ciok (12), J.J. Bremberg (10)



On Saturday, May 12, the SHP Quiz Bowl teams participated in the Second Annual Colonia Arch Academic Challenge.  Competing against 30 teams from both New Jersey and New York, the A Team of Tom Holl, Bridgford Hunt, Matt Mariyampillai, Paul Mutter, and Robert Campana went undefeated on the day and won their sixth tournament of the year. This was the team's final competition before traveling to San Antonio, TX over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the National Championships. 
     Special recognition goes to third place individual finisher Paul Mutter who, for the fourth time this year, was recognized as one of the top four individual scorers in the tournament.
Round I  SHP   395 - Columbia B  155
Round II  SHP  495 - Jonathan Dayton  80
Round III  SHP  380 - Pingry A  265
Quarterfinals  SHP  490 - Phillipsburg  140
Semifinals  SHP  400 - Columbia A  185
Finals  SHP  390 - White Plains (NY)  300

[earlier matches>>>]


May 7, 2006



Five freshmen and sophomores from Mr. John Pascal's English classes were published recently in "A Celebration of Young Poets," a compendium of poetry gathered from the nation's schools. [more >>>]

NJ Coaches Association Inducts Two Prep Coaches
April 4, 2006

Bob Farrell and Mike Sheppard,
inducted into the NJ Coaches Association Hall of Fame


The New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association inducted Seton Hall Prep Basketball Coach Bob Farrell and Baseball Coach Mile Sheppard, Jr. into their Hall of Fame at the organization's annual luncheon at the Pines Manor in Edison on Sunday April 2. In cooperation with the NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association [NJSIAA] the Coaches Association annually honors a group of high school coaches from throughout the state who have not only achieved stellar records in their sports but who have set an example of leadership and sportsmanship for those in the profession.
In Bob Farrell's 29 years as Head Basketball Coach he has established a record of 620-144. His teams have won two Tournament of Champions titles, 10 state championships, 14 sectional championships, eight Essex County championships and 20 Iron Hills Conference championships. He has twice been selected NJ Coach of the Year, Tri-State Coach of the Year and the East Coach in the McDonald's All-American game. He has also received the NJSIAA Service Award and the Frank McGuire Award. Coach Farrell has guided 29 student-athletes to NCAA Division I schools and the NBA.
     Mike Sheppard, Jr. has been baseball coach at Seton Hall Prep for 20 years, accumulating 437 wins against 148 losses. His teams have won four state championships, six sectional championships, seven Greater Newark Tournament championships and eight Iron Hills Conference titles. Three times his teams have been ranked #1 in New Jersey and five times finished the season in national Top 20 rankings.  He is a two-time Frank Sayre Sportsmanship Award recipient from the NJ State Umpires Association. He has sent numerous players on to careers at 24 Division I colleges, and eight players into the professional ranks.


One-Man Drama Offers Lenten Meditation
March 20, 2006


In a special Lenten presentation by the Prep's Campus Ministry Office, the well-known actor Doug Barry offered his renowned one-man drama portraying the life, passion and death of Jesus Christ for two assemblies on March 22. Produced by the Nebraska-based group "Radix," the un-scripted and viscerally emotional "Meditation on the Passion" has been performed all over America. Barry prefaced the play by describing his life as a student, athlete and "everyday kind of teenager" and challenged the young audience to recognize and stand up to the vices and depravity today's world confronts each individual with. He was accompanied before and during the performance by composer and musician Eric Genius. The uniqueness of the both the production and presentation of the concepts stirred considerable conversation following the assemblies.

"Radix" visits the East Coast only rarely during the year. Campus Ministry gratefully acknowledged the contribution of a Prep family that contributed greatly to covering the expenses of the production. 

Authors visit English Classes
March 20, 2006





On March 17, Class of '87 Prep graduate Troy Tompkins returned to SHP for a visit with William Seidler's English Honors Seminar and Chris Heintz's Creative Writing class. He discussed his budding writing career and his indebtedness to Seton Hall Prep in general, and Dick Binkowski and retired Seminar teacher Harry Dawson's class in particular. He credited the Seminar with his ability to see the "connectivity in life" —connections between various life elements, such as the arts, myth and personal values, and the manner in which they are portrayed and played out in the movies and on television.

In addition to offering examples of how well the Prep experience prepared him for his undergraduate and masters work at NYU, he talked about his life-long dream to write a book that would appeal to a wide audience of young people who have an aversion to reading. Inspired by his early attraction to the movie "Goonies," over the past few years he has written that book, "Marvelous World," as his response to his personal dream of ensuring that young people of color can find heroes and characters like themselves in an engaging and wonderous fantasy world like that of Harry Potter. He described in detail his efforts to network and make connections with such publishing moguls as Daryl Mandryck (formerly of video game giant EA Sports, currently with Disney's Propaganda Games), who produced the promotional poster that appears as the book's cover art, and Joe DiVelario (Visual Designer for Mr. and Mrs. Smith) who provided additional art; with Billy Orr (Power Moves) and Mariya Shikir (Psyop), who have provided friendship and encouragement for what they have told him they believe to be a "unique and interesting" project. Currently he reports working long hours to "create a buzz" about the book, including selling 500 books out on the streets of Harlem, and visits to inner city schools where he has found reading to be low on the list of young peoples' priorities.

Just two days later, Breena Clarke, author of the best-selling "River, Cross My Heart," visited Justin Kiszek's English classes to discuss her novel, inspiration and the writing process. The Jersey City resident, and neighbor of Mr. Kiczek, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show when her book was featured as an "Oprah Book Club Selection." It is set in 1920's Washington DC and concerns how a family deals with a daughter's tragic death in the Potomac River.

Both of these visits provided unique opportunities forPrep students to rub elbows with working writers and to experience some of the concrete outcomes of the study of English.


March 8, 2006


As the state basketball tournament got under way, a couple of Pirate hardcourt standouts put aside their x's and o's to promote READING among those of the much younger set, travelling with their coach Bob Farrell to visit his daughter Kelly's Highland Avenue Kindergarten class in Linden. Snowed out at first on the actual birthday of Dr. Seuss, Pirate Alex Wujciak and guard Gary Wallace thrilled the little ones a couple of days after the storm, leading them in readings of  "Star of the Week" and "Mabel O'Leary Put Pears in Her Ears," and then giving a coloring lesson.

for photos of the pair in tournament action >>>



January 30, 2006,



• Visit with the school's youngest alumni as they return to The Prep on their special day >>>


January 29, 2006


On Saturday, January 28, three Prep Quiz Bowl teams competed in the 13th Annual Bloomfield Academic Tournament. The team of Tom Holl, Paul Mutter, Bridgford Hunt, and Matt Mariyampillai went 9-0 on the day, earning their third Championship trophy of the year.  Defeating teams from Livingston, Half Hollow Hills (NY), Secaucus, Colonia, Lyndhurst, and Lenape Valley, the team was in third place after preliminary rounds.  In the playoff rounds, the team never looked back, easily defeating Pingry in the quarterfinals, Livingston in the semifinals, and Millburn in the finals.  For their victory, the men earned a $500 prize for the school. The tourney hosted 26 teams from New Jersey and New York.

Prelims:   Jeopardy style competition.
   30 questions, alternating teams choose categories and points.
   2 sixty second (lightning) rounds after 15 questions.
   Round 1:   SHP   620   Livingston A       550
   Round 2:   SHP   690   Half Hollow Hills A   560
   Round 3:   SHP   810   Secaucus   260
   Round 4:   SHP   790   Colonia B   470
   Round 5:   SHP   960   Lyndhurst   50
   Round 6:   SHP   530   Lenape Valley   160
Team was seeded 3rd after prelims …
1:  Governor Livingston   2:  Millburn A   3:  SHP   4:  Livingston   5:  Half Hollow Hills    6   Pingry   7:  Millburn B   8:  Pingry B

Playoffs:  Format switches to "Four Quarter Buzzer Format"   Round 1:  Ten 10-point tossups,    Round 2:  Ten 10-point tossups with 30 point bonuses,    Round 3:  Lightning Round (10 questions … 60 seconds),   Round 4:  Ten 10-point tossups.
Quarterfinals:   SHP 245-Pingry 220
Semifinals:   SHP 315-Livingston 85
Finals:   SHP 275-Millburn 150



January 19, 2006

The Prep's highly ranked Academic Team earned the title of Grand Champions at the prestigious 12th Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational Tournament in Dix Hills, NY on January 7. Comprising Matthew Mariyampillai, Thomas Holl, Bridgford Hunt and Paul Mutter, the Pirate team defeated schools from three different states, besting the side from White Plains, NY in the final round.  Hosting 72 teams from half a dozen states, this is the largest tournament held in the Northeast.

Round 1:  vs Ward Melville (NY), 470-170 (1st Place overall) • Round 2:  vs Great Neck South (NY), 535-275 (1st Place overall) • Round 3:  vs Eastport  (NY), 470-170 (2nd Place overall) • Round 4:  vs Edgemont  (NY), loss, 400-280 (13th place overall).

Top 32 teams qualified for playoffs. • Round of 32: Beat #20 seed SHP B team, 400-245 • Round of 16: Beat #4 seed Charter School of Wilmington (DE), 485-270 • Quarterfinals: Beat #5 seed Pingry (NJ), 315-210.

Semifinals: Beat #1 seed Millburn (NJ), 386-365: With The Prep holding slim leads after each of the first three periods, the fourth quarter began with Millburn snagging six of the first nine questions at 20 points each, The Prep getting only one. The Prepsters, down 345 to 285 went on a roll, nailing five of six, including the last question to win the game 385 to 365.  After the semi-final win over cross-county rival Millburn, the final was nearly anti-climactic, with The Prep beating #2 seed White Plains (NY), 380-325.  [early Academic Team action >>>]


January 19, 2006

photos 1- Frank Vincent's about-to-be-released book.  2- Vincent, with Cinema teacher Dick Binkowski and 3- with club adviser PJ Butler prior to the start of the session. 4-7 Vincent during the Q & A.


Seton Hall Prep students could have been excused last week for doing a double take in the direction of what they were sure was a "made man" and one of the "goodfellas" heading down the back hallway after school and entering Room 230. As a matter of fact they were right on target, as one of television and the movies' most well-known character actors, Frank Vincent, was there to pay a visit to the Prep's Cinema Club.
   A Jersey guy since his youth, Vincent grew up in Jersey City and made his feature film acting debut in Ralph DeVito's Death Collector opposite another Jersey native, Joe Pesci. Impressed with that piece of Vincent's work, noted director Martin Scorcese cast him in the 1980 Oscar nominated film Raging Bull opposite Robert DeNiro and Pesci. His career now includes roles in over 60 films, television shows and music videos, as well as computer games and the animated feature Shark Tale. He is perhaps best known for his role in Goodfellas as the just-out-of-prison Billy Batts, whose wise-guy across-the-bar put-downs of Joe Pesci get him rubbed out, stuffed in the trunk of a car and buried, then un-buried in upstate New York.
   Vincent has worked with some of the most popular and acclaimed directors in the film industry, notably Martin Scorcese, Spike Lee, Brian DePalma and Edward Burns among others. Besides DeNiro, he has worked opposite such stars as Richard Dreyfuss, Sharon Stone, Adrien Brody, Jennifer Aniston, Rodney Dangerfield, Sylvester Stallone, James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco. He currently plays Phil Leotardo on the Emmy Award winning HBO series The Sopranos.
   After an introduction by Cinema Club Co-Adviser PJ Butler and a screening of clips from his career, Vincent fielded questions from club members in an articulate and humorous manner which occasionally revealed glimpses of the characters he has played over the years.
   He described the family-type atmosphere and camaraderie the cast enjoys on the local sets of The Sopranos and how that contrasts with some of the shooting requirements involved in film making and voice roles for animated films or video games where no other live actors are even present.
   Responding to Ryan Ripp's question about his efforts to avoid being typecast, Vincent wise-cracked, "It's better to be typecast than not cast at all." He continued his remarks to indicate that he does try to get involved in other types of roles, but "what people want is a look, and this is the way I look."
   Further questions elicited Vincent's views on directors, cinematographers and the techniques needed to stay in character even when movie sequences are shot out of order. He revealed to the group that he has a book coming out soon—"A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man."
   Near the end of the session Dan Rutherford '07 tried to pump Vincent for a little advance notice on what audiences could expect to see in the upcoming next-to-last season of The Sopranos. Vincent dead-panned, "I really can't tell you. If I did I'd have to kill ya." This time it sounded a little more menacing than usual.


January 11, 2006


go to
the Sesquicentennial Mass >>>

A very special celebration took place in Giblin Auditorium to spiritually and prayerfully mark the Prep's Sesquicentennial... >>>

January 4, 2006



Governor-elect Jon Corzine, in making his first Cabinet appointments, on January 3rd chose Nina Mitchell Wells as Secretary of State. A former Vice-President of Public Affiairs for Schering-Plough and a former assistant dean at Rutgers University School of Law, Nina Wells is also a former Prep Parent [Phillip, '98] and currently a member of the Prep's Board of Trustees. Her involvement at the Prep includes her role as sponsor and advisor to the Thomas A. Griffin Bridges Program, the Prep's scholarship and support system for inner-city young men.

<<< in 2004 Prep Headmaster Msgr. Kelly presented Nina Wells with an honorary SHP diploma in recognition of her long-standing support of the Prep, its goals and activities.

    The Secretary of State oversees arts, cultural and historical programs. In accepting the nomination, Wells said "I look forward to being a champion for New Jersey's extraordinary cultural and arts institutions."
    Nina Wells is married to noted defense attorney and television legal analyst Ted Wells. He currently represents a number of Bush Administration officials in on-going cases.



November 5, 2005
Governor Codey and Steroids Commission

November 26, 2005
2005 Turkey Trot

December 12, 2005
Academic Honors for Prep Students

December 16, 2006
Wujciak signs with Maryland

November 15, 2005
Prep Theology Teacher: Author
Prep Theology Department member Kevin McNulty recently authored a text designed for use in a Freshman Religious Education Program.

TOWER REVISITED honored at CASE professional advancement conference
February 15, 2005

Seton's Spanish Teacher to put classroom skills to the test in Central America
February 6, 2005

Bob Farrell wins 600th , joins very exclusive club- A milestone night at Seton Hall Prep
Wednesday, January 19, 2005   

Santa and his helpers, center stage at a Children's Institute Christmas Party
December 23, 2004

Seton Hall Prep Pirates, signing up and getting prepared
November 20, 2004  

Seton Hall Prep to mark the dedication of three athletic facilities at Kelly Complex
October 1, 2004