Forty-two HGP seniors invited to submit a valedictorian speech
On February 13, forty-two seniors were invited to submit a speech for valedictorian of the Class of 2017. Over the past three-and-a-half years, these 42 students have challenged themselves—both inside and outside of the classroom. They have distinguished themselves by taking the most challenging courses HGP offers, and have excelled and surpassed the high expectations of the faculty. In order to be considered, a student’s cumulative GPA must be at least 3.75. Students are asked to submit speeches to the awards committee, made up of members of the administration, by Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. The valedictorian will give his speech at the commencement ceremony on June 3, 2017.
SEATED: John Skalski, Matthew Marchand, Kevin Dineen, Carlos Abarca, Dylan Carey, George Barbe, Harry Scuron, Conlan McHugh, James Nycz, Thomas Horgan, Paul Horgan, Callahan Lennon. STANDING: Mr. Jeff Danilak, Ryan Deegan, Daniel DiFranco, Dante DeSanctis, Connor Gibbons, Alexander Kuhn, Eric Fenstermaker, Jonathan Beck, Donald Vittorelli, Andrew Adair, Trevor Zuech, Mark Vigliotti, Lian Flood, Gurupreeth Vijay, Patrick Taylor, Nolan Raghu, Noah Tapp, Nicholas Posivak, Cameron Zubey, Adam Gasiewski, Carlo Duffy, Alexander Dale, Nathan Nicastro, Luke Wade, Mrs. Gerri Carmine. NOT PRESENT: Luke Profy, Donimic Macaluso, Justin Letizia, Christopher West, Domenic Principato, Luigi Galzerano.
HGP lacrosse player Conor Sablich '17 signs with Moravian College
With his family, classmates and Holy Ghost Preop lacrosse coach Ryan Tessler (pictured) at his side, HGP senior Conor Sablich signed a letter of intent Feb. 24 to play lacrosse for Moravian College. To read more about Conor, click more.
Holy Ghost Prep celebrates an All-French Mass
Father Thomas Nasta '74 (pictured), pastor of Our Lady of Ransom parish in Northeast Philadelphia, celebrated an all-French language Mass on Feb. 28. To read more about the Mass, click more.
Forensics Pasta Dinner: This Sunday, March 5th
Silent Auction Items Needed: HGP's Spring Auction on Saturday, May 6, 2017
Sophomore Parents Social, March 17
The Sophomore Class Parent Social will be held March 17, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Founders' Hall. Click here for additional information and to RSVP.
Parent meeting for Dominican Republic trip -- March 29
The next Parent meeting for the Dominican Republic Mission trip is Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. i
n the Chapel. All forms and final payments are due at that time. Families are encouraged to submit payment and forms early to Mr. Bob Vierlinck if possible. All checks should be made out to Holy Ghost Prep. Please see the DR Mission trip website for more information or contact Mr. Vierlinck (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with any questions.
HGP to compete in TEAMS Competition on March 7
Best of luck to the 48 kids going to Widener University on Tuesday, March 7 for the Test of Engineering Aptitude Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) competition. The theme for this year's competition is Engineering the Environment. The students have written an essay focusing on a source of renewable energy that is appropriate to Pennsylvania.
Mothers' Guild News
The Mother-Son Dance is Tomorrow
The Mother-Son Dance will take place tomorrow, beginning with 6:00 p.m. Mass in the Chapel. The festivities will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. A list of those who have RSVP'd will be at the Fieldhouse door, so be sure to check in. The theme is "Masquerade Ball", so feel free to add some theme elements to your attire. Enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, and laughter!
If there are any dietary restrictions other than gluten free, or for any other dance questions, please contact Keya at (267) 228-2433.
Next Mothers' Guild General Meeting - Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Mass
The next meeting will be Monday, March 6, 2017. Wear your green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Mothers' Guild! We will have a presentation by SPEAK UP! that you will not want to miss. SPEAK UP! is an organization that helps teens and parents to communicate effectively about topics that are relevant to teens but may be difficult to discuss. Please join us for 7:00 p.m. Mass in the chapel, followed by the presentation, refreshments, and raffle drawings in the Dining Hall. You will have the opportunity to purchase "HGP Mom" aprons and Herff Jones charms. Tony McBryan of Custom Made Comfort will be showcasing his signature "HGP" products.
Hospitality volunteers are needed for the March meeting. If you would like to donate a dessert/appetizer or help with set up, please click here.
Call for Nominations
Nominations for the 2017-18 Mothers’ Guild Executive Board will be accepted at the March 6th Mothers’ Guild meeting. If you or someone you know has been considering joining the Mothers’ Guild board, now is your opportunity! Open positions include President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Recording Secretary, and Alumni Secretaries (2). Please click here for more information on this opportunity.
April Meeting and Alumni Mother Party
Stay tuned for more information on our April meeting honoring our alumni moms. The senior moms will be hosting this event and will be in need of senior moms to volunteer.
Mothers' Guild Dues
We will continue to collect dues throughout the remainder of the school year. These dues help to fund the many community building social events for both students and Mothers' Guild members. If you have not yet paid your dues for the 2016-2017 school year, you may bring your dues donation to any Mothers' Guild meeting, or conveniently pay online. Click here to submit your dues payment and read more about the events funded by the dues. Thank you!
Senior Class of 2017 Portrait
The Senior Portrait will be taken in the spring. The portrait can be pre-ordered from Catalano Studio by clicking here.
Give Back Greetings
Remember to visit the Give Back Greetings website at HGP.givebackgreetings.com while planning your upcoming special events, such as birthdays, graduations, Confirmations, and Communions. Use discount code HGPSAVE to enjoy a generous 35% off through June 30 on invitations, announcements, thank you notes, etc. 10% of each order is given back to HGP!
Save the Dates for Spring Show: Anything Goes
March Madness: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7 p.m.
Join the HGP Alumni Association for the 3rd Annual March Madness Event at Chickie's & Pete's in Parx Casino. Your first drink is on us! Click here to RSVP! *Must be 21 or older to enter Parx Casino*
Save the Date: Tony Chapman to be honored April 5
Five high school coaching legends, including HGP's own Tony Chapman, will be honored at a Coaches vs. Cancer dinner on April 5 at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken. If you have questions about the event or plan on buying tickets to attend the event, please contact Bill Doherty, HGP's director of communications, at email@example.com.
HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events
The Mothers Guild has forwarded a request to assist with cleanup after the Mother Son dance coming up this Saturday March 4, 2017. It is a busy weekend at HGP with the dance Saturday evening and the Forensics’ Pasta Dinner Sunday, contact Christine Seighman, (215) 639-2102 (ext. 231) for additional information. This schedule requires a quick turnaround for the Field House on Saturday evening. If you could volunteer to help clean up Saturday evening after the dance, your effort would be greatly appreciated! Please click on this link
to sign up.
Fathers’ Association General Meeting: Just a reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, March 13th at 7 p.m. in the Sager Conference Room at Founders Hall.
Communion Breakfast, May 2017: Suggestions welcomed for both keynote speaker and Service Award Nominees.
Fathers’ Association 2017-2018 Executive Board Nominations: We will be electing a new executive board in April. If you would like to be considered for position of president, vice president or treasurer, please contact Joe Pawluczyk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ron Spangler (email@example.com)
SpeakUp! event will offer HGP students, parents the opportunity for open dialague
Balancing schoolwork, achieving good grades, filling out college applications, making the varsity roster or the school play, having an active social life—these are just a few of the various pressures high school students face every day.
For some, talking about dealing with these pressures can become even more taxing than the pressures themselves.
Thanks to a local organization called SpeakUp!, Holy Ghost Prep students and parents are invited to speak up on Thursday, March 16 about their daily life challenges in a confidential, yet open environment. Breakout sessions will be held to encourage students and adults to speak openly about critical issues, such as anxiety, body image, depression, mental health and other critical topics facing today’s youth.
This event is open to all members of the HGP community. In fact, the more participants we have, the more fruitful the conversations end up being. So even if you have attended a Parent Education Series event this year, please consider coming to this one too. All attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-register for this event.
To pre-register, please click here and scroll down to the March 16th HGP event.
Eight HGP students earn All-Catholic Band honors
Eight members of the Holy Ghost Prep band performed with the All-Catholic Band on Sunday, February 19th at Archbishop Wood. To read more about them, click more.
Holy Ghost Prep Junior-Senior Prom
Friday, April, 7, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The National Constitution Center
All prom forms and payments must be dropped off in the main office by Friday, March 17th.
Prom Cost: $200.00 per couple
Checks can be made payable to Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Don't forget: At least one parent must have attended one of the talks in our Parent-Education Series in order for your son to go to the Junior/Senior Prom on April 7, 2017.
Annual Faculty-Student Bowling event
On Tuesday Feb. 28, 18 faculty members and 12 HGP team bowlers enjoyed the Annual HGP Faculty-Student Bowling event at the Brunswick Zone in Feasterville, PA. Good food, good fun and even some good bowling were the order of the day!
The King Pin (top male faculty bowler) was Pete Puleo and the Queen Pin (top female finisher) was Moira Devlin. Both are pictured below and both are members of the HGP math department. Gerri Carmine, a math teacher herself, wisely explained Puleo and Devlin's bowling prowess, saying: "Math teachers know their angles!"
Pre-order the HGP Class of 2017 portrait today
Catalano Studio will once again be taking the Class of 2017 Senior portrait order. If you are interested in pre-ordering the portrait, please click here.
Catalano - HGP sports and event photos
Catalano Studio also takes photos of important school events and team sports. To browse through the Catalano photos from this school year that are available for purcahse, click here.
Class Registration Underway for 2017-18
The 2017-2018 Course Registration process is well under way! Juniors met with department chairs on January 24 and January 31 to hear information regarding electives and course selection. College Guidance Counselors have met with all members of the junior class and have begun scheduling meetings with current sophomores to discuss their options. Freshmen and their parents received a Google Form through email on February 13 and those responses were due Friday, February 24. Once courses are entered in PowerSchool, they can be viewed by choosing the "Class Registration" tab on the left upon login. Please check the course requests regularly, and, if there are any concerns, please contact the current teacher, Department Chair or Dean of Studies. A complete description of the course offerings for the 2017-2018 school year is available on the HGP website under “Quick Links.”
Going the extra 26.2 miles
Dave Ventresca ’87, senior manager of marketing and digital strategy at Accenture, Inc, lost his wife My Luu to cancer in September, 2015 to cancer. In addition to her many professional achievements, My Luu was on a quest to run marathons on all seven continents. She completed eight races on six continents, missing only Antarctica. In March of 2017, Dave Ventresca and My’s brother Sang Luu (pictured here with Dave and My on their wedding day) will be running the Antarctica Marathon as a tribute to her and to help promote the the My Luu Memorial Fund, which benefits Y-Apply, a national 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to educating high-achieving public school students from diverse backgrounds on the applications and financial aid processes for top-tier colleges and institutions. To learn more about Dave's tribute to My Luu or to make a donation, click here.
Good luck to our bowlers competing at the Eastern Regional Championships March 3rd and 4th in Lancaster, PA! Keep track of the results by following them on twitter, @hgpbowling!
Flyers Cup play begins March 9th vs. the winner of Archbishop Wood vs. Archbishop Carroll, 7:20pm at Grundy. See the bracket with dates, times and locations at this link.
Good luck to the HGP swim team competing at the District One Champs Thursday and Friday, March 2nd and 3rd at La Salle University!
Follow meet results at this link
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