Home |
About HGP | News & Events
email page print page small type large type

News & Events

Announcements Buy HGP Event ImagesMonthly E NewslettersPress Releases

_____________________________________________________________

Acclaimed financial writer Jim McTague '67 became the latest HGP alum to serve as Holy Ghost Prep's Executive in Residence.

Jim McTague ’67 serves as HGP’s latest Executive in Residence

Acclaimed financial writer Jim McTague ’67 became the latest HGP alum to serve as Holy Ghost Prep’s Executive in Residence.   

McTague spent his career as a journalist, covering the finance industry and politics and served as a contributing editor to Barron’s and several other publications. He is a credentialed Congressional correspondent and currently is writing a novel, a work of fiction that takes place on Capitol Hill.

McTague spent the entire day at Holy Ghost on October 18, lecturing in several classes and meeting with HGP administrators, faculty, and staff. While in Pat Hoelzle’s creative writing class, McTague discussed his own writing process (he currently spends between two and five hours hours per day on his writing) and told tales ranging from covering mobster trials with the Asbury Park Press to writing about the economy during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.

McTague also offered practical tips to help the current crop of HGP students become more precise wordsmiths.

“Creative writing has to be wedded to technique,” McTague told the students. “You can’t be a good writer without the basics—spelling, grammar, and the ability to structure a story—but a passion for accuracy and the truth is what separates great writers from good writers.”

Holy Ghost Prep’s Executive in Residence program, now in its third year, is modeled from similar experiences found at many top business schools at major universities where senior executives who are alums are integrated into the life of the school.

Prior to McTague, HGP’s two previous Executive in Residence visitors were Ray Glemser ’79, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glemser Technologies and Robert Barber ’75, executive director and senior legal counsel in AT&T’s Washington, D.C. office.

“We were thrilled to have Jim back on campus to serve as our latest Executive in Residence.  Jim was able to bring a truly unique perspective to our students in three completely different classes—AP economics, creative writing, and AP government,” says Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “Our Executives in Residence program is just another avenue for Holy Ghost Prep alums to give back to this school. They provide invaluable insight to our students, and we are grateful for their generous contributions.”


 

 

 
 

Ghost Stories is an online newsletter for alumni, parents, and students of Holy Ghost Prep.
Holy Ghost Prep held its annual Career Day which provided the Class of 2018 with the opportunity to learn about different career paths from distinguished HGP alumni.

Holy Ghost Prep holds annual Career Day for its senior class

On October 11, Holy Ghost Prep held its annual Career Day for its senior class which provided the Class of 2018 with the opportunity to learn about different careers from a distinguished group of nine HGP alumni.

“Holy Ghost has produced thousands of impressive graduates,” says Holy Ghost President Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “It’s quite powerful for our current students to see people who were once in their shoes at Holy Ghost and who have gone on to experience great success since leaving here.

“We are truly thankful to these alumni for taking time out of their busy schedules to give back to the Class of 2018—and to Holy Ghost.”

After a brief introductory talk by lawyer Joe Pargola ’96 about the collective power of the HGP alumni association, groups of seniors spent 10-15 minutes meeting with each HGP alumni speaker, leaving with a deep reservoir of career advice by morning’s end.

The nine alumni speakers at the Oct. 11 Career Day were:

  • Brett Antosh ’09, online content coordinator, Pep Boys
  • Brian Begley ’91, partner and portfolio manager, Philadelphia Investment Partners
  • Joseph Burns ’03, chief technology officer, TeePublic
  • Michael Cavanaugh ’01, securities vice president and director of production, Apogee Insurance Group
  • Tim Flocco ’95, power trader, NRG Energy
  • Michael Klucsik ’11, designer, JKRP Architects
  • Alex Kuhn ’11, artist, Alex Kuhn Art
  • Matt Mullin ’05, sports reporter/web producer, PhillyVoice.com 
  • Andrew Romano ’99, financial advisor, Strategies for Wealth

During their presentations, each Holy Ghost Prep alumnus talked about his experiences in his chosen field and how his time at Holy Ghost uniquely prepared him to succeed.

 

 

On Oct. 17, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Mark Seibert, Brett Sternberg, and Ryan Staropoli will join radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show.

Three more HGP students will appear on area high school sports radio show

On Oct. 17, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Mark Seibert, Brett Sternberg, and Ryan Staropoli will join radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show at the Ashburner Inn in Northeast Philadelphia. The topic for that show will be the importance of striking a proper balance between playing for AAU/outside teams as well as your high school team. 

Part of a series of programming that tapes weekly on Tuesday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the High School Sports Show, now on News Talk 990 AM, is a program that is dedicated to discussing all aspects of high school sports. The episode recorded at the Ashburner Inn on Oct. 17 aired from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Holy Ghost Prep's next appearance on the High School Sports Show will be taped on Oct. 24 at the Green Parrot in Newtown, Pa.. The topic for that show will be the importance of student-athletes taking the time to perform community service. 

 
 

 
 

Holy Ghost Prep senior Anthony Baum has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.

Anthony Baum ’18 achieves highest possible ACT score

Holy Ghost Prep senior Anthony Baum has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.  

How rare is the feat that Baum achieved? On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score of 36. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

“Anthony is a highly motivated young man who has excelled as a student at HGP,” says AnnMarie Dougherty, the director of college guidance at HGP. “Anthony is a quietly confident young man with many gifts and talents. Through academics, extracurricular activities, athletics, and the arts, Anthony has contributed his best effort and continues to be open to expanding his talents even further.”

One of the top students in Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2018, the soft-spoken Baum currently takes five AP courses and is involved in numerous extracurricular activities. For instance, he was among a group of HGP students who traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the annual Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition, a national competition for high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering.

In addition, he is an artist, an Eagle Scout, and was one of the top bowlers on HGP’s league title-winning team last winter. Baum is not only a member of the National Honor Society, but also the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and is a National Merit semifinalist. 

“In my humble opinion, Anthony is a genius who flies under the radar,” says Dougherty.

Baum’s perfect ACT score adds credence to Dougherty’s statement. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to Baum recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

 

 

 

 
Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson '79 and current HGP parent Melissa Behr are quoted in a Philadelphia Magazine feature on finding the right private school for your children. (Illustration by Angela Rio)

HGP featured in Philadelphia Magazine private school story

Click here to read Philadelphia Magazine's feature that provides tips on finding the right private school for your children. Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson '79 and current HGP parent Melissa Behr are quoted in the piece. 
 
Holy Ghost Prep hosted its annual Educators' Symposium on October 11. Mariale M. Hardiman, Ed.D. (pictured) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education served as the guest speaker.

HGP hosted annual Educators' Symposium on Oct. 11

Holy Ghost Prep hosted its annual Educators' Symposium on October 11 with Mariale M. Hardiman, Ed.D., from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education serving as the guest speaker.  Dr. Hardiman's presentation topic was “How the Learning Sciences Inform Teaching and Learning: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model®."

Dr. Hardiman serves as the assistant dean of Urban School Partnerships and chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She is the co-founder and leads the Neuro-Education Initiative in partnership with the Brain Science Institute and other units within Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Hardiman’s publications focus on the intersection of research from the neuro- and cognitive sciences and education, bringing to educators relevant research from the brain sciences to inform teaching and learning. She is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national conferences.

Dr. Hardiman also served for more than 30 years in the Baltimore City Public School System as a principal, assistant principal, staff developer, and teacher. Under her leadership, Roland Park Elementary/Middle School received numerous awards for continuous student achievement gains as well as its designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. During her tenure as principal, she devised a teaching framework, the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model®, which has generated interest from educators worldwide.  

The tireless efforts of Cindy McDonald, HGP's assistant director of admissions, made the evening a rousing success as Holy Ghost Prep teachers, as well as educators from throughout the region, enjoyed Dr. Hardiman's presentation. 

 

Ghost Stories is an online newsletter for alumni, parents, and students of Holy Ghost Prep.
Holy Ghost Prep's distinctive Leadership Externship Advantage Program (LEAP) is the cover story in the new issue of Suburban Life Magazine. (photo by Catalano Studio)

Holy Ghost’s LEAP program to be featured in Suburban Life Magazine

Click Here to Read the Full Article

Holy Ghost Prep’s distinctive Leadership Externship Advantage Program (LEAP) is the cover story in the new issue of Suburban Life Magazine.

LEAP partners HGP students in the junior years with Holy Ghost Prep alumni who have succeeded in the professional world.

The cover of Suburban Life Magazine features a picture of Bob Watters ’81, a partner at Ernst & Young, and the two LEAP students he hosted last year, current HGP seniors Jack Elliott and Matt Doucette.

The program was begun in 2015 by HGP president Gregory J. Geruson ’79 with the goal of giving students the opportunity to learn about fields that interest them, so that they’ll have better ideas about the types of colleges to which they will apply and the course paths they prefer to study. Fifteen students took part in the program during the 2015-16 school year, a number that swelled to 30 last year. Geruson is hopeful that 40-45 students will participate in 2017-18. Students who apply for LEAP are asked to write short essays explaining their motivation, the better to provide insight into their thought processes.

 

Four current Holy Ghost Prep students—Anthony Leipziger '18, Brendan Mindiak '18, Bryan Quigley '18, and Jack O'Connell '18—recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank anyone can receive in the Boys Scouts of America.

Four Holy Ghost Prep students become Eagle Scouts

Four current Holy Ghost Prep students—Anthony Leipziger ’18, Brendan Mindiak ’18, Bryan Quigley ’18, and Jack O’Connell ’18—recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank anyone can receive in the Boys Scouts of America.

In order to attain Eagle Scout status, these young men had to complete 22 or more merit badges, including those on citizenship, emergency preparedness, personal fitness, first aid, personal management, cooking, and family life. In addition, the six HGP students had to design, plan, and execute a significant Eagle service project in the community as well as fulfill leadership positions in their troop. 

An Eagle project is the opportunity for a Boy Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. This is the culmination of the Eagle Scout candidate’s leadership training, and it requires a significant effort on his part.

Leipziger’s Eagle Scout project was to design and install a 30’ by 8’ paver path at the entrance of the Churchville Nature Center. Mindiak’s project was to landscape and make other outside renovations to American Legion Post 210 in Doylestown. Quigley installed shelves, painted and organized clothes at the Dreuding Center, while O’Connell installed a split-rail fence in Tyler State Park.

“Holy Ghost Prep is fortunate to have many Boys Scouts among its student body,” says John Fitzpatrick ’89, chair of HGP’s religion department. “Congratulations to Anthony, Brendan, Bryan, and Jack on earning their Eagle Scout rank this year. We’re really proud of them.”

 

On Sept. 19, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Eric D'Angelo (pictured), Nkosi Graham, and Ethan Ruppersberger joined radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show.

Three HGP students appeared on area high school sports radio show

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Nkosi Graham (soccer), Ethan Ruppersberger (soccer), and Eric D'Angelo (ice hockey) joined Rich Henkels at the Green Parrot in Newtown for the taping of the High School Sports Show’s discussion on how to properly mentally and physically for a sports season.

Part of a series of programming that tapes weekly on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the High School Sports Show, now on News Talk 990 AM, is a program that is dedicated to discussing all aspects of high school sports. The episode recorded at Green Parrot on Sept. 19 aired from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

To access and listen to the episode with Graham, Ruppersberger, and D'Angelo as guests, click here

Holy Ghost Prep's next appearance on the High School Sports Show will be taped on Oct. 24 at the Green Parrot. The topic will be the importance of student-athletes taking the time to perform community service. 

 
 

 
 

Holy Ghost Prep held its annual Career Day which provided the Class of 2019 with the opportunity to learn about different career paths from distinguished HGP alumni.

Holy Ghost Prep holds 2017 Career Day

On September 22, Holy Ghost Prep held its annual Career Day which provided the Class of 2019 with the opportunity to learn about different careers from a distinguished group of six HGP alumni.

“Holy Ghost has produced thousands of impressive graduates,” says Holy Ghost President Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “It’s quite powerful for our current students to see people who were once in their shoes at Holy Ghost and who have gone on to experience great success since leaving here.

“We are truly thankful to these alumni for taking time out of their busy schedules to give back to the Class of 2019—and to Holy Ghost.”

Groups of juniors spent 20 minutes meeting with each HGP alum, leaving with a deep reservoir of career advice by morning’s end.

The six alumni speakers at the Sept. 22 Career Day were:

  • Marty Connor ’82, CFO, Toll Brothers
  • Chris Deon ’89, global corporate controller, AgroFresh
  • Chris Dorosky ’93, engineering and technology manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Alex Iuliano ’10, market specialist/subject matter expert, trading data services, Thomson Reuters
  • Chris Vito ’03, associate director of communications and media relations, Temple University’s Fox School of Business
  • Ed Walsh ’95, independent writer and consultant to senior leaders in business and government

During their presentations, each Holy Ghost Prep alumnus talked about his experiences in his chosen field and how his time at Holy Ghost uniquely prepared him to succeed.

 

On Friday, September 29, 2017 HGP will host Bring Your Brother to School Day. Sign up soon. Catered by Carlucci's Grill, Yardley, PA.

BRING YOUR BROTHER TO SCHOOL DAY 2017

September 29, 2017 

On Friday, September 29, 2017  HGP will host Bring Your Brother to School Day.  Please read the following information carefully and sign up:


(1)  Bring Your Brother to School Day is exclusively for current students and their younger brothers in 6th, 7th or 8th grades.  Participants must be biologically or legally related brothers to participate.  Cousins, neighbors, friends, etc are not eligible.   Seniors with brothers in grades other than 6, 7 or 8 may be granted an exception to the age rule by making a request to the admissions office.

(2)  Students and their brothers should arrive at 7:45am to the Firebird Fieldhouse to check in.  Visitors will go around to classes with their brothers all day.

(3)  Parents must arrange for transportation to and from Holy Ghost Prep.  Students and brothers are not able to take a school bus on Bring Your Brother Day.

(4)  Visitors should wear a school uniform (or) can wear a shirt, tie and dress pants.  No shorts, polos or sneakers are permitted.

(5)  Both current students and their brothers will be invited to a special lunch .

(6) Brothers will need to stay together all day.  Teachers are aware of all of the extra visitors during the day.

(7)  The day will end at 2:30pm

(8) SENIORS ONLY OPTION:  If a current HGP Senior has a brother younger than 6th grade and wants to bring him to HGP for Brother Day, he may request, in writing, for permission.  This option is only available to current seniors.  No other students may request this option.  

(9)  Contact the admissions office with any questions at 215-639-0811 or admissions@holyghostprep.org.

(10)  Online Registration is required.  The deadline to sign up is September 27th at 9am

Click Here to Sign Up.

The Wednesday math sessions will cover introductory pre-algebraic and algebraic concepts, as well as word problems, teamwork in solving math problems, projects, and math games.

HGP Math Skills Clinic

for 7th and 8th Graders

DATES (All 4:00pm to 5:30pm)

 

Wednesday, October 4th 

Wednesday, October 18th 

Wednesday, November 1st 

Wednesday, November 15th 

Wednesday, November 29th 

 

Saturday, December 9th - 10:00am to Noon 

 

The Wednesday math sessions will cover introductory pre-algebraic and algebraic concepts, as well as word problems, teamwork in solving math problems, projects, and math games.

 

The Saturday morning session will be mini math modeling competition where the students are broken up into teams with HGP's top math students.

 

The math sessions are valuable test preparation for 7th & 8th grade Entrance Exams and Placement tests.

 

Students must attend at least 3 Wednesday sessions in order to register.

 

The cost is $25 total - for all five Wednesday sessions and the Saturday session.

 

The dress code is casual.  

 

The Math Clinic takes place in Founders' Hall.  Parents can park in the Fieldhouse parking lot. Click Here for directions and to see a map of the Holy Ghost Prep campus.

 

Sign Up by Clicking Here.

Holy Ghost Prep officially kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with an outdoor Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 10 in the school's courtyard.

Holy Ghost Prep celebrates its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit

On a sun-soaked Sep. 10th morning, the Holy Ghost Prep community officially kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with an outdoor Mass of the Holy Spirit in the school’s courtyard.

The Mass was attended by a crowd of over 500 Holy Ghost students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. The Mass seeks the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit for the school and its mission.

The Very Rev. Jeffrey T. Duiame, C.S.SP ’76, provincial superior for the U.S. Congregation of the Holy Spirit, concelebrated the Mass—along with Rev. Phillip Agber, C.S.SP., Rev. Christopher McDermott, C.S.SP., and Rev. Silvio D’Ostilio, C.S.SP.

“As we begin a new (school) year, we start as a blank slate,” said Fr. Duaime during his homily. “Under the guidance of the Spirit, we prepare ourselves to be formed and transformed. If we are not different this time next year from who we are today, shame on us! We have not taken advantage of the great opportunity that has been given us. 

“Whether we are freshmen just beginning our high school experience, a dedicated parent willing to make the sacrifice to enable your son to have this great opportunity, a teacher with years of experience in academia, or a seasoned administrator working hard to enflesh the mission of Holy Ghost Prep, we have much to look forward to. There is so much to learn and still a great amount of work to do in terms of discovering the true magnificence and unbelievable complexity of God’s great masterpiece.”

Near the conclusion of the Mass, a service that was filled with hymns beautifully sung by Holy Ghost Prep students, President Gregory J. Geruson ’79 delivered his annual state-of-the-school address. In his speech (which he cleverly structured in the form of a 10-minute meeting), Geruson outlined the considerable progress that the school has made during the past 12 months against the stated goals in the school’s Vision 2020 strategic plan. And then as Geruson often does in school-related meetings, he assigned the audience four concrete next steps that they could undertake to help HGP become the area’s premier Catholic college preparatory school in the area:

1. Get a lawn sign. “We want to achieve our Vision 2020 enrollment goals. We no longer want to be known as the area’s best-kept secret,” said Geruson. “And you can pick up your sign from (Holy Ghost Prep director of admissions) Mr. (Ryan) Abramson after Mass today! In fact, let’s make so many requests for lawn signs that Mr. Abramson has to place additional orders!”

2. Be a shameless promoter of HGP. “Spread the word—talk to friends, neighbors, family members, colleagues at work, parents on the sidelines—and tell them what makes Holy Ghost Prep unique, why you chose Holy Ghost, let them even talk with your son about HGP,” said Geruson.

3. Incorporate being Spiritan in your life. “Seek God in the everyday,” said Geruson. “Encourage your son to pursue an immersion experience and go to St. Francis Inn or even Tanzania; become engaged in a service effort with your son.”

4. Share your treasure. “I ask you to make a commitment, a pledge to make our vision a reality,” said Geruson. “Because of those who came before you, you have benefitted from their generosity.  I ask you to join me and be a leader by giving to our future.”

Following the conclusion of Mass, the HGP community gathered for an outdoor lunch and toured the school’s brand-new Brennan Innovation Center (which had been blessed by Father Duaime earlier that morning).

 

 

On Sept. 19, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Nkosi Graham, Ethan Ruppersberger, and Eric D'Angelo will join radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show.

Three HGP students will appear on area high school sports radio show

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes Nkosi Graham (soccer), Ethan Ruppersberger (soccer), and Eric D'Angelo (ice hockey) will join Rich Henkels at the Green Parrot in Newtown for the taping of the High School Sports Show’s discussion on how to properly mentally and physically for a sports season.

Part of a series of programming that tapes weekly on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the High School Sports Show, now on News Talk 990 AM, is a program that is dedicated to discussing all aspects of high school sports. The episode recorded at Green Parrot on Sept. 19 will air from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.
 
With topics ranging from parental roles to proper nutrition to what it takes to have a future in athletics, the High School Sports Show is a valuable resource for high school athletes and parents alike. The Sept. 19 taping will take place live at the Green Parrot (240 N. Sycamore Street, Newtown, PA 18940).

 
 

Holy Ghost Prep received the 2016-17 PIAA District 1 Sportsmanship Award at the September meeting of District 1 principals and athletic directors.

Holy Ghost Prep receives PIAA District 1 Sportsmanship Award

Holy Ghost Prep received the 2016-17 PIAA District 1 Sportsmanship Award at the September meeting of District 1 principals and athletic directors at the Westover Golf Club in Norristown.

It marks the second consecutive year that HGP has won the District 1 Sportsmanship Award and the fifth time overall.

“This honor is a tribute to our students, coaches, parents and fans of HGP athletics,” said Holy Ghost Prep athletic director Jim Stewart. “We have a proud tradition of success in athletics, and to be considered a leader in sportsmanship is just as meaningful.”

Holy Ghost Prep principal Jeff Danilak was thrilled to see the school’s athletic program receive this recognition for a second straight year for its collective sportsmanship.

“Congratulations to Jim Stewart and the entire athletic department for receiving the PIAA Sportsmanship Award! Recipients of this award demonstrate, in more than one instance, a special effort that reflects a true understanding of sportsmanship as it relates to interscholastic athletics,” said Danilak. 

Seven Holy Ghost Prep seniors were recently recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program for their outstanding academic prowess.

Seven Holy Ghost Prep students receive National Merit recognition

Seven Holy Ghost Prep seniors were recently recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program for their outstanding academic prowess.

Holy Ghost Prep seniors Anthony Baum, Mason El-Habr, Brian Gabriele, and Kevin Mulcahy were all named National Merit semifinalists, meaning that their test scores placed them in the top 1% of the over 1.6 million students who entered the program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring.

In addition, three Holy Ghost Prep students—Zach Chipperfield ’18, Owen Sienko ’18, and Brendan Mindiak ’18—were recognized as National Merit Commended scholars, placing them among the top 5 percent of all 2016 PSAT test takers nationwide.

“I am extremely proud of these seven Holy Ghost students who were recognized by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program,” said Holy Ghost Prep principal Jeff Danilak. “This remarkable accomplishment is a testament to the diligence and determination that each of these students puts toward their academics.”

 

Holy Ghost Prep Orientation Highlights Produced and Filmed by Jack Pinkstone '19, Teddy Ciarciello '19 and Matt Davies '19
John Fitzpatrick '89 has completed the Wood Badge program, an adult leadership course offered through the Boy Scouts of America.

John Fitzpatrick ’89 completes leadership training

This past June, John Fitzpatrick ‘89 completed the Wood Badge program, an adult leadership course offered through the Boy Scouts of America and based on the corporate world model of “Forming and Leading High-Performance Teams.” 

After completing the classroom portion last year, Fitzpatrick shared some lessons with members of the school’s student athletic council.  This school year, Fitzpatrick plans to work with HGP social studies teacher Bob Vierlinck ’03 and math teacher Taylor McKelvie, the moderators of student government, to offer leadership training and possibly a leadership retreat for student senators.

Currently the committee chair of Troop 304 in Glenside, Fitzpatrick enjoys working with Mark Whartenby, himself an Eagle Scout, to support HGP students who are Boy Scouts through everyday conversations, providing direction with Eagle Scout project planning, or perhaps serving as a reference for the Eagle Scout rank application and/or Eagle Scout scholarship applications.

“It is not uncommon for five to eight HGP students to earn the rank of Eagle Scout annually, and the school benefits tremendously from their leadership experience,” says Fitzpatrick, the chair of Holy Ghost Prep’s religion department. “We are proud of their accomplishments and are delighted to have them among our ‘ranks.’”

 

 

A group of 19 fifth through ninth-grade students explored performance, debate, and even rhetoric with the nationally-renowned Holy Ghost forensics team this summer.

HGP forensics team hosts successful summer camp

A group of 19 fifth through ninth-grade students entered Founders Library to explore performance, debate, and even rhetoric with the nationally-renowned Holy Ghost forensics team this summer.

One of the camp's counselors and co-president of the team, Brian Gabriele, felt the program helped these students greatly. 

“Through games and improv, they really discovered their own skills,” Gabriele said. “I really feel they’ll be more confident speakers and, hopefully, leaders back at their schools.”

Mason El-Habr, the team’s other co-president (and the student government president), led the program’s strong debate component. 

“They were awesome at figuring out how to win arguments,” said El-Habr. “We started them off with simple things, debating ‘Who is better, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry?”

Working from there, the forensics team guided the campers to more weighty topics, such as plans for infrastructure. “We have several incoming freshmen who will be joining the debate team, which is great,” says El-Habr. We’re just going to get stronger and stronger.”

As the team now looks to Yale’s Invitational Tournament on Sept 17-18, they will work on their own confidence, their own skills, their own goals.  

 

 

Holy Ghost Prep will officially kick off the 2017-18 academic year with an outdoor Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 10 in the school's courtyard.

Holy Ghost Prep will celebrate annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 10

The Holy Ghost Prep community will officially kick off the 2017-18 academic year on Sunday, September 10 at 10 a.m. with an outdoor Mass of the Holy Spirit in the school’s courtyard.

Traditionally known as the “Red Mass” because of the red vestments worn by the priests to represent the fire of the Holy Spirit, it is also a typical for those who gather for the Mass to wear a piece of red clothing to signify our dedication to the Holy Spirit as a faith community.  

Near the conclusion of the Mass, a service that is always filled with hymns beautifully sung by Holy Ghost Prep students, President Gregory J. Geruson '79  will deliver his State of the School address.  After Mass, there will be tours of the new Brennan Innovation Center and a free bunch on the Clock Tower lawn.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, September 6 at www.holyghostprep.org/mass.

 

Eight former Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes will be inducted into the HGP Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 27, 2018. They'll join these men pictured (and others) as HGP Athletic Hall of Famers.

HGP announces 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees  

Eight former Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes will be inducted into the HGP Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 27. 

The eight former standouts that comprise the newest HGP Athletic Hall of Fame induction class are:

Sean Simon ’87

Marc Donohue ’91

Ken Lawson ’91

Kevin Sharp ’97

Kevin Wilson ’97

Philip Thompson ’97

Patrick Corcoran ’08

James Budzinski ’10

In addition, HGP's 1972 state championship basketball squad will be honored as a “Team of Distinction.”

More information on the Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony will be released in November, but please save the date.   

 

 

 

Jim Britt '00, who serves as the director of team operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, spent his day with the Stanley Cup at Holy Ghost Prep on August 28.

Jim Britt '00 brings the Stanley Cup to HGP

Jim Britt ’00, who serves as the director of team operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins, spent his day with the Stanley Cup at Holy Ghost Prep on August 28. To read a Philadelphia Inquirer column about the visit, click here. (photo courtesy of Michael Branscom)

 

 

Ghost Stories is an online newsletter for alumni, parents, and students of Holy Ghost Prep.

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2429 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA 19020
P 215.639.2102   F 215.639.4225

powered by finalsite