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December 19, 2014


Gifts in Support of the Holy Ghost Fund

By December 31, we hope that you will join fellow HGP alumni, parents and friends by making your 2014 year-end charitable gift in support of Holy Ghost Prep. Your participation and support are among the most impactful gifts you can make this year – no matter the size of your contribution. 

Gifts to the Holy Ghost Fund help to provide funding for scholarships, academic programs and technology enhancements – just to name a few. Your gift, at any level, will provide young men at Holy Ghost a unique academic experience. Your contribution will also offer support immediately!

 All gifts directed to Holy Ghost Preparatory School and postmarked by December 31 will be receipted and acknowledged for the 2014 calendar year. Gifts can also be made online via Holy Ghost’s secure website here. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Alexis Gettings, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement, at or 215-639-2102 ext. 204.


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Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Classic on Saturday, December 20th

Coaches vs. Cancer Marathon Saturday, December 20th and Winter Sports Team Updates at

Gifts of Stock Provide A Margin of Excellence at HGP

With the stock market reaching historic highs in recent months, a gift of appreciated stock to Holy Ghost Prep provides both a significant impact in support of an HGP education, not to mention a welcomed tax deduction as the end of the calendar year approaches. Consider a consultation with a financial advisor and click here to find out more about the process and how to direct a gift to the Holy Ghost Fund or to a fund of your choice.

Reunion Event for the Class of 1975

The Class of 1975 at both Holy Ghost and Nazareth Academy High School will join together for a reunion dinner at Marco Polo Ristorante in Elkins Park, PA, on Saturday, December 27.  HGP alums are encouraged to contact classmate Albert Countryman at 856-456-1199 or 856-345-4725, or via e-mail (  Friends from other graduation classes are also invited. 

Interested alumni may also contact Peter Manetas, Executive Director of Advancement at Holy Ghost Prep via e-mail ( or phone (215-639-2102, ext. 203).

HGP Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Saturday, January 31

Holy Ghost Prep’s Athletics Hall of Fame will have its ranks swelled by six outstanding alumni during annual induction ceremonies slated for Saturday, January 31, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Maltese Room in Bensalem, located less than a mile from the HGP campus and located on the grounds of the Cornwells Fire Company. 

Selected by the School’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee are:

George Afflerbach `65 - Baseball

Frank Ferry `70 - Track & Field

Larry Scheetz `98 - Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Fran Pitonyak `01 - Soccer

Steve Tyburski `02 - Baseball

Lenwood Jason Greenwood `04 - Basketball

Phil Bartholomew `06 - Golf 

Tickets are $45 and include a buffet dinner and open bar (for additional information/registration, click here*).  For further information and to receive a formal invitation, contact HGP Athletics Director Jim Stewart at or the Advancement Office at or via phone at 215-639-2104, ext. 219.

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Seniors - Reminder About SATs and ACTs

Students must send their standardized test scores directly from the testing agencies to the colleges to which they are applying. Test scores do not appear on the high school transcrip

College Acceptances and Scholarship Notification

Copies of letters of acceptance and scholarship awards should be brought to Ms. Dougherty in the College Guidance Office.  Teachers should be notified and thanked for their letters of recommendation.

Reminder to All Sophomore and Junior Parents

If you have not done so please register for Naviance Family Connection.  You received your login and password earlier this month.  If you have any questions please contact AnnMarie Dougherty at

Parents please be aware that your son received his PSAT results on Tuesday, December 16th

HGP Students Get PSAT Results

Each year HGP administers PSATs to students. Results are used as part of the National Merit Scholarship Program and HGP's Strategic initiative. For a complete review of the 2014 test, click here

Soccer Team Celebration

This season, the Firebirds' Soccer Team became Holy Ghost Prep's first team to successfully capture back-to-back state championships. This success gives us reason to CELEBRATE! 

Join us in the Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. for an alumni reception with recognition of HGP's Soccer Team for its 2014 state championship, before the Varsity basketball home game vs. Bensalem High School. 

Ceremonies begin at 6:45 p.m.

Game tip-off at 7:00 p.m

Author and Holy Ghost Prep Alum Mom Lisa Fernandez Visits HGP Creative Writing Class

On December 10, Mrs. Fernandez, mother of Tim '08 and Matt '14, also author of "The Shoebox," spoke to our Holy Ghost aspiring creative writers, sharing her expertise about writing and publishing. 

"You are already doing what it takes to become a writer," she said. "All you have to do is write, write, write. Write every single day."

She talked to the students about being good observers and noticing what is going on around them. She said, "Observing people's emotional state will enrich your characters and their characterization."
The students were shocked when she told them that she told her story from the point of view of a man. They asked how could that be? How could she possibly take a male perspective? She answered she has two sons and husband, and she believes emotion is emotion.She also encouraged them to write about what they know, but not limit themselves to only their own experiences. 
It was a riveting hour of conversation with a wonderful, generous creative writer. Thank you, Mrs. Fernandez, for sharing your knowledge with our Holy Ghost boys.


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