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After a year of working collaboratively with Kelsh Wilson Design, Holy Ghost Prep will unveil the results of its rebranding efforts this fall.
Holy Ghost Prep unveils new branding
As part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan, Holy Ghost Prep has set a goal of no longer being the area’s “best-kept secret.”
One of the key initiatives to reach that goal is making sure that the school’s visual identity (its logos, seal, crest) are easily recognizable and that consistent standards are applied to its use.
After a year of working collaboratively with Kelsh Wilson Design, Holy Ghost Prep is ready to unveil the results of its rebranding efforts this fall.
“The visual identity we’re revealing this year is so important because it’s one of the ways in which our story begins to be presented to the multiple audiences that reach us through our website, through our alumni magazine, through our flags, through our business cards, through everything we do across campus,” says Holy Ghost President Gregory J. Geruson ’79.
Holy Ghost Prep developed its refreshed brand in collaboration with Kelsh Wilson Design, a leading branding agency with extensive experience in higher education. Their clients include the University of Pennsylvania, the Hill School, and Malvern Prep.
A relationship built over two decades, HGP's partnership with Kelsh Wilson Design goes deeper than the typical just client and advertiser. This close connection allows HGP’s branding efforts to be fully consistent with its history and values.
“We were not looking to be something new,” said Geruson. “We want to make sure our brand consistently represents our mission and identity in the marketplace and community.”
As the school communicates about its work both internally and externally, it is crucial to be both consistent and effective. To help in that regard, the new branding effort includes a new Graphic Standards Guide to ensure that the school’s visual communications–print or electronic–conveys a cohesive image.
Pictured above are the new logo with text and the new athletic seal. Picture below is a new athletic Firebird logo.
Holy Ghost's third consecutive robust admissions year and stellar retention rate brings the school's total enrollment to 495 students, a significant rise from the 449 students on campus in 2014.
Holy Ghost Prep welcomes its largest freshman class in over a decade
During a time when many independent and Catholic schools are experiencing declines in enrollment, Holy Ghost Prep remains an attractive choice for area families.
Holy Ghost Prep welcomes 134 students in its Class of 2021, its largest incoming freshman class in over a decade. In addition, HGP has four new transfer students into its other high school classes. With the addition of these transfer students, HGP’s net retention is above 100%—well outpacing the national average for independent day schools in the United States.
As part of its Vision 2020 initiative, Holy Ghost Prep has a stated goal of having an enrollment of 510 students by the year 2020 and is making steady progress toward that goal. Holy Ghost’s third consecutive robust admissions year and stellar retention rate brings the school’s total enrollment to 495 students, a significant rise from the 449 students on campus in 2014.
The Class of 2021 comes to Holy Ghost Prep from 43 different grade schools and middle schools. Fifty percent of the freshmen class is receiving need or merit-based scholarship money, and HGP’s Class of 2021 is made up of students from Bucks County (70 percent of the class), Philadelphia (22 percent), New Jersey (four percent) and Montgomery County (four percent).
“Area families are clearly seeing the Holy Ghost difference. They are attracted by Holy Ghost’s proven approach that uniquely prepares its graduates for college and to eventually be the capable leaders the world needs,” says Gregory J. Geruson ’79, President of Holy Ghost Prep. “Our Spiritan mission enables us to challenge our students to engage deeply in learning, appreciate one another, and grow into adults who are intellectually curious, ethically sure-footed, and generous of heart and mind.”
Blessed with these traits, Holy Ghost Prep graduates are annually sought after by some of the world’s most admired colleges and universities. Fifty-two percent of Holy Ghost’s Class of 2017 will attend colleges and universities that are ranked in the U.S. News and World Report’s National Top 100. The Class of 2017 will attend 50 different colleges this fall.
Joe Gdovin '11 has been hired as Holy Ghost Prep's new assistant director of admissions.
He officially joined the admissions office in early July and is thrilled about his return home to Holy Ghost Prep.
Joe Gdovin ’11 is HGP’s new assistant director of admissions
Joe Gdovin ’11 has been hired as Holy Ghost Prep’s new assistant director of admissions.
For the last two years, Gdovin taught English at Notre Dame High School in New Jersey, along with helping coach the Holy Ghost Prep cross country and track and field teams.
He officially joined Ryan Abramson ’94 and Cindy McDonald in the admissions office in early July and is thrilled about his return home to Holy Ghost Prep.
“Holy Ghost Prep has been part of who I am for as long as I can remember,” says Gdovin. “It truly is a dream come true to be able to work at a place that is so special to me.”
Gdovin began his career in education at HGP, teaching and working in the summer enrichment program while he was still a student at Penn State. During this time, he was an inspirational teacher and mentor to many future HGP students. Joe also spent time working for the Trenton Thunder baseball team—helping in the front office, in-game promotions and even dressing as the team mascot.
“Joe’s experience as a member of our summer staff, his time as a classroom teacher, and his passion for Holy Ghost Prep makes him an ideal new member of the admissions office,” says Ryan Abramson ’94, director of admissions. “Cindy and I are very excited to welcome Joe back to HGP and to work with him throughout the year.”
A graduate of Penn State University with B.S. in Secondary Education, Gdovin completed his Pennsylvania student teaching at the Bucks County Technical High School and is certified in both secondary English education and secondary speech communication. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at La Salle University.
His two older brothers, Jack ’03 and Pete ’05, are also Holy Ghost Prep graduates.
Fifty-two percent of Holy Ghost's Class of 2017 will attend colleges and universities that are ranked in the U.S. News and World Report's National Top 100.
Holy Ghost’s Class of 2017: Where they are headed in the fall
Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2017 is a group of spirited, unique, and talented individuals who have excelled in the classroom, on the stage, in laboratories, in community service efforts, and on the playing fields.
The Class of 2017’s collective talents didn’t go unnoticed as they had a 100% acceptance rate to college and received $19,312,786 in scholarships. Holy Ghost’s Class of 2017 will be attending 50 different colleges. Fifty-two percent of Holy Ghost’s Class of 2017 will attend colleges and universities that are ranked in the U.S. News and World Report’s National Top 100.
“The wonderful array of college admissions offers that Holy Ghost’s Class of 2017 received is a reflection of the students’ many talents in and out of the classroom,” says AnnMarie Dougherty, Holy Ghost Prep’s Director of College Guidance. “As the world of college admissions becomes more competitive every year, it is a source of pride that colleges recognize Holy Ghost’s excellent academic preparation and the significant contributions that our graduates are poised to make to their college communities.”
As part of its Vision 2020 initiative, Holy Ghost Prep has a stated goal of having the top one-third of its class attend top-50 national universities by the year 2020. They are extremely close to that goal already, with thirty-one percent of Holy Ghost’s 115 newest alumni attending premier top-50 national universities this fall, including the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Lehigh, Carnegie Mellon, Villanova, and Penn State.
Gregory J. Geruson ’79, president of Holy Ghost Prep, says: “The Class of 2017 has left an indelible mark on Holy Ghost Prep. We wish our graduating seniors well. They are undoubtedly prepared to make a difference within their college communities, just as they have done in ours.”
Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2017 matriculations
Alphabetical list of four-year schools enrolling HGP Class of 2017 members:
Arizona State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Chestnut Hill College
Florida Institute of Technology
George Washington University
La Salle University
New York University
Penn State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Saint Joseph’s University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seton Hall University
The College of New Jersey
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Alabama
University of Dayton
University of Miami
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Scranton
University of the Sciences
Wake Forest University
West Chester University
Bucks County Community College
HGP's sophomore team (pictured) placed in the top 10 nationally in the TEAMS problem solving competition in Orlando, the first top-10 national finish in school history.
Holy Ghost Prep students excel at TEAMS Nationals
Dr. Stephen Tomshaw, the science department chair and a physics teacher at Holy Ghost Prep, recently took three teams of HGP students 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.
HGP’s sophomore team placed in the top 10 nationally in the problem solving competition, marking the first top-10 national finish in school history.
During the problem solving competition, students were asked to design, build, and test an airborne particulate filter using a limited number of supplies. The filter was weighed before and after a fixed mass of particulates (glitter) was directed at their filter. The team that trapped the greatest amount of contaminants received the maximum score, and everyone else was awarded points based on their relative amounts. During the same time period, the HGP students were also required to answer 25 engineering math problems related to the device and design context.
“I’m very proud of our students and faculty on their efforts and their success,” says Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson’79. “TEAMS is precisely the kind of program we want to encourage, merging strong science and math knowledge with real-world problem solving. It is a great example of our continued commitment two of our strategic imperatives—Collegiate and Unique Gifts.”
Dr. Tomshaw was proud of the effort of all of the HGP competitors.
“In addition to introducing our students to engineering, TEAMS also fosters the four C’s of 21st century learning: critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration,” says Tomshaw. “The boys had a great time and turned in an outstanding performance.”
The three teams of HGP students who competed in TEAMS Nationals were:
Freshmen: Daniel Behr, Louis DeLuna, Colton El-Habr, Henry Fina, John Armentani, Krishna Mysore, and Matthew Watanabe
Sophomores: Thomas Barbaro, Andrew Beck, Michael Calcagni, Jeffrey DiFrancesco, Nicholas Evans, Daniel Kovacevich, and Keegan Pietrak
Juniors: Anthony Baum, Brendan Mindiak, Kevin Mulcahy, Matthew Hofmann, Sean Kerrigan, and Mark Pabalan
Fran Nick (pictured on the left, receiving his Hall of Fame plaque from HGP athletic director Jim Stewart), the former longtime Holy Ghost Prep soccer coach, passed away after a long battle with cancer.
In Memoriam: Former HGP soccer coach Fran Nick
Fran Nick, the former longtime Holy Ghost Prep soccer coach, passed away on June 27 after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
A member of the Holy Ghost Prep Athletic Hall of Fame, Coach Nick led the HGP soccer team for 18 seasons as varsity coach. Under his leadership, the team won the first PIAA State Soccer Championship in the program’s history in 1992. The team also won B.A.L. Championships 17 out of 18 years under Coach Nick, including five PIAA District One titles and four PIAA Eastern State titles.
Fran Nick never left HGP in heart or mind. He served as a volunteer in several roles, including alumni liaison in the Development Office and head coach of the junior varsity soccer team. Above all things, Fran loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Lea, and his five children: Drew, Carol, Chris (HGP ’87), Joe (HGP ’92) and Tricia and his 11 grandchildren.
“We have lost an icon in the HGP and soccer coaching community. Fran Nick truly loved HGP soccer, our student-athletes, and everything that our school strives to teach,” says Holy Ghost Prep athletic director Jim Stewart. “Above all things, Fran truly loved his family and set such a great example for everyone that he has led. We will miss his enthusiasm, presence, and leadership.”
Nick left an indelible mark on current HGP varsity coach Ken Lawson, who played for him for three of his four years at Holy Ghost Prep and was a captain on the 1991 state finalist team.
“Holy Ghost Prep soccer wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for Fran Nick,” says Lawson. “It was his vision, his hard work, and his dedication that transformed the program into one of the top programs in Pennsylvania. I was very fortunate to play for him. He not only made his players better, but he helped to mold them into the men they are today.”
Says Holy Ghost Prep principal Jeff Danilak: “For so many years, Fran was more than a great soccer coach. He played an integral role fostering and developing the lives of young HGP men, and did it with character, commitment, and class which is core to the mission of Ghost.”
A viewing will be held Friday, June 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fluehr Funeral Home, 864 Bristol Pike in Bensalem. Friends are also welcome to attend a viewing Saturday morning, July 1 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at Saint Charles Borromeo (1704 Bristol Pike in Bensalem), followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.
Holy Ghost Prep President Gregory J. Geruson '79 is blogging from the annual HGP service and mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Follow HGP President Gregory J. Geruson's travel blog from Dominican Republic service trip
Holy Ghost Prep President Gregory J. Geruson '79 is blogging from the annual HGP service and mission trip to the Dominican Republic. To read his blog, click here.
Eric D'Angelo, Luke Aquaro, and Casey Buck (pictured) were among the 36 members of the Class of 2018 recently inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS).
Holy Ghost Prep inducts new NHS members
Thirty-six members of the Class of 2018 were recently inducted into the Venerable F. Libermann Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) of Secondary Schools.
The NHS provides a model of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character for the entire Holy Ghost Prep community.
The newest inductees, in alphabetical order, are: Chris Aileo, Luke Aquaro, Corry Arnold, Anthony Baum, Jack Bishop, Paul Biazzaro, Eric Booth, Casey Buck, Ryan Callahan, Zachary Chipperfield, Chris Corr, Eric D’Angelo, Connor DiMarco, Matt Doucette, Mason El-Habr, Jack Elliott, Brian Gabriele, Matt Hofmann, Richard Johnson, Sean Kerrigan, Dillon LaCorte, Jacob Lawall, Ryan Lucas, Steve Macchione, Cole Martillotti, John Martin, Brendan Mindiak, Austin Moran, Kevin Mulcahy, Zachary Nangle, Mark Pabalan, Bryan Quigley, William Russell, Alek Seibel, Owen Sienko, and Ryan Taylor.
Next year’s NHS officers are:
President: Chris Aileo
Vice President: Connor DiMarco
Secretary: Cole Martillotti
Treasurer: Luke Aquaro
Coordinator of Special Projects: Eric Booth
Tutoring Chair: Steve Macchione
Pat Hoelzle ’01 serves as the faculty advisor for Holy Ghost Prep’s NHS chapter. The NHS provides important service to the school at key events and raises funds annually for a number of single-year scholarships for members of the rising sophomore class.
In addition, one of the most important services provided by the NHS is a tutoring service to the entire HGP student body.
Holy Ghost’s NHS chapter was chartered on November 11, 1969.
Holy Ghost President Gregory J. Geruson '79 hugs Bob Watters '81, a member of Holy Ghost Prep's Board of Trustees, as he presents him with the Reverend James P. McCloskey, C.S.Sp. '70 Award.
Bob Watters ’81 receives the McCloskey Award
During the 2017 commencement exercises, Bob Watters ’81, a member of Holy Ghost Prep’s Board of Trustees, was presented with the Reverend James P. McCloskey, C.S.Sp. ’70 Award. The award is given annually to “the alumnus whose profound generosity, commitment, and support demonstrates a unique understanding of the mission of Holy Ghost Prep.”
Watters is certainly a deserving McCloskey Award recipient.
“Bob is one of the most genuine, thoughtful, gracious people I know. From his graduation day in 1981 until today, Bob has been one of our most loyal and engaged alums—lending his time and talents as a member of the Holy Ghost Prep Board of Trustees and a member of the school’s finance committee,” says Gregory J. Geruson’79, president of Holy Ghost Prep. “In addition, he is a partner at Ernst & Young and has hosted our students as part of our LEAP program the past couple years. And in typical Bob Watters’ fashion, he goes the extra mile to ensure that each HGP student who comes to Ernst & Young as a LEAP participant has a truly unique experience.”
Fellow trustee and finance committee member John Di Paolo said of Watters: “Bob Watters possesses that rare ability to personally connect with individuals, understand their concerns beyond the words they articulate, and humbly offer meaningful, generative solutions. In doing so, he ensures HGP’s ongoing vibrancy and has indelibly shaped the HGP experience of those graduating today. ‘We are Holy Ghost’ because Bob embodies ‘One Heart, One Mind.’”
A vocal supporter of advancing HGP’s mission through programs and capital projects, Watters has been a lead donor to major projects ranging from Founders Hall to the new Holt Center.
In addition to graduating from HGP, Watters is a 1985 graduate of Lehigh University. And much like he has given back to Holy Ghost Prep, Bob applies the same pay-it-forward strategy at Lehigh, serving as the chair of Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics Advisory Board. He lives with his wife, Margi, and his son Robert Jr. in Chester Springs, Pa.
Holy Ghost Preparatory School graduated 115 seniors at its commencement exercises on Saturday, June 3 on the campus lawn behind Cornwells Hall.
Holy Ghost Prep graduates its Class of 2017
Holy Ghost Preparatory School graduated 115 seniors at its commencement exercises on Saturday, June 3 on the campus lawn behind Cornwells Hall.
During the ceremony, students were recognized for their accomplishments and were reminded that they will always be brothers not only with members of the Class of 2017 but with all other Holy Ghost Prep graduates.
“Today, you will become members of the unique branch of the Holy Ghost Prep family tree called alumni,” said Holy Ghost Prep President Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “We are a brotherhood that is blessed and united by our mission, by our common experience of the seven Core Components of a Spiritan School, and by the Holy Spirit.”
Besides Geruson, the other featured graduation speakers were valedictorian Luke Profy and Ed Walsh, a 1995 HGP graduate who has been a successful communications adviser to senior leaders in business and government for nearly 20 years.
Profy cited the orientation candle the group had received just prior to their freshman year as “the first uniform bond we shared as a brotherhood” and then wove the theme of light throughout his speech.
“Our flames will burn as we walk down the path one last time together, as we drive away, as we board trains and planes to travel the country and the world next year as we head off to college,” said Profy. “It only takes a spark to ignite a fire. We must be that spark for others and set the world ablaze.”
In a perfectly constructed commencement address, Walsh told the graduates how HGP had prepared him to work on the White House speechwriting staff for former President George W. Bush at the age of 25 and advised them that their HGP education would serve them well too.
“The years ahead are going to be exciting for you. And you’re ready for them,” Walsh told the graduating seniors. “Exactly where you’re going may seem unclear right now. But as you find subjects that motivate you in the classroom, and you gain experiences and meet new people outside the classroom, you’ll start to figure it out. Twenty-two years removed from my graduation, I know I don’t have it all figured out. But I’ve had a lot of great experiences along the way. And I owe it to the Holy Ghost education that we all share.”
Salutatorian Justin Letizia delivered his address the evening before at the beautiful Baccalaureate Mass. In his salutatorian speech, Letizia reflected on the shared milestones that the Class of 2017 had accomplished at Holy Ghost Prep before examining what lies within HGP’s latest graduating class.
During the graduation ceremony, special prizes and awards were presented to the following graduating seniors:
The School Spirit Award: Peyton E. Birch
The Holy Ghost Fathers’ and Brothers’ Award for Christian Living: Carlo G. Duffy
The Sedes Sapientiae Award for Scholarship, Leadership and Achievement: Luke Thomas Profy
National Honor Society Service Medal: Luke Thomas Profy
Medal, Overall Excellence in Mathematics: Carlo G. Duffy
Diane Garforth Medal, Overall Excellence in English: Nolan J. Raghu
Medal, Overall Excellence in Writing: Justin Thomas Letizia
Medal, Overall Excellence in Religion: Carlo G. Duffy
Medal, Overall Excellence in Science: Mark Vigliotti
Medal, Overall Excellence in Social Studies: James Michael Nycz
Medal, Overall Excellence in Art: Luke Thomas Wade
Medal, Overall Excellence in Music: Luigi Alfonso Galzerano IV
Medal, Overall Excellence in the Performing Arts: Charles Lucas Lawall
Medal, Overall Excellence in Computer Science: Hengrui Ricky Wang
Medal, Overall Excellence in Latin: James Michael Nycz
Medal, Overall Excellence in Spanish: Joseph M. Visconto, Jr.
Medal, Overall Excellence in French: Thomas P. Horgan
Paul J. Pomeroy, Jr. Student Marshal Medal (Highest cumulative GPA): Luke Thomas Profy
Silver Cups of Recognition (Highest academic achievers in senior class)
Carlos A. Abarca
George Theodore Barbe
Carlo G. Duffy
Conor J. Gibbons
Thomas P. Horgan
Justin Thomas Letizia
Dominic Michael Macaluso
James Michael Nycz
Luke Thomas Profy
Nolan J. Raghu
Patrick A. Taylor
Trevor J. Zuech
The Holy Ghost Prep students receiving diplomas were:
Carlos A. Abarca
William Joseph Abbamont
Andrew M. Adair
Ryan Attryde (posthumous)
Nicholas M. Aregnano
Zachary James Babst
George Theodore Barbe
Aidan Patrick Bauer
Jonathan D. Beck
Peyton E. Birch
Joseph Charles Calvin
Dylan G. Carey
Nicholas P. Chimbos
Hugh Patrick Collins
David W. Connuck
Piotr John Cymbalski
Alexander C. Dale
Triet M. Dao
Ryan Timothy Deegan
Dante Joseph Antonio DeSanctis
Daniel Louis DiFranco
Kevin Michael Dineen
Sean M. Dixon
Carlo G. Duffy
Alec K. Duris
Thomas A. Eckert
Alexander J. Fallon
Mark E. Featherstone
Erik J. Fenstermaker
Liam P. Flood
Ryan Christopher French
Dylan J. Fritz
Andrew M. Galasso
Luigi Alfonzo Galzerano IV
Matthew T. Gemerek
Joseph T. Giannos
Conor J. Gibbons
Stephen Raymond Hackman
Thomas P. Horgan
Paul Leonard Horgan, Jr.
Samuel Charles Huslin
Michael John Kennedy, Jr.
John William Kiczek
Jacob C. King
Nicholas F. Klein
Alexander F. Kuhn
John Charles LaRosa
Charles Lucas Lawall
Sean Patrick Lawall
Luke Christopher Ledes
Callahan Aidan Lennon
Kyle Gregory Leon
Justin Thomas Letizia
Eric Christopher Lorenzo
Dominic Michael Macaluso
Matthew H. Marchand
Walter Ronald Marcinhowski
John P. McCrane
Luke T. McDonald
Michael Dennis McFadden
Conlan J. McHugh
Robert J. McLoughlin
K. Garrison Moore
George N. Mundy
Owen P. Murphy
James Michael Nycz
Robert Ovecka III
Cooper O. Pandorf
Daniel Robert Pawluczyk
Konstandinos A. Petsos
Timothy Michael Price, Jr.
Luke Thomas Profy
Nolan J. Raghu
Sean R. Reading
Daniel I. Reifsnyder
David John Robbins
Michael R. Roche
Conor William Sablich
Harry F. Scuron
Thomas James Seffrin
John Joseph Skalski III
Jack Robert Smiley
Andrew T. Smith
Edward Francis Stokes, Jr.
Noah M. Tapp
Patrick A. Taylor
Sean Michael Terry
Thomas Elvis Theuer
Joseph M. Visconto, Jr.
Donald Edward Vittorelli
Luke Thomas Wade
Hengrui Ricky Wang
Albert E. Wilson IV
John J. Wisniewski
Matthew J. Young
Jake A. Zelinsky
Cameron Christopher Zubey
Trevor J. Zuech
Chris Crawford '12 qualified for his second consecutive U.S. Open appearance after firing an 8-under 134 over 36 holes to tie for second at the sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook Country Club. (photo courtesy of Drexel University)
Chris Crawford '12 punches ticket to second straight U.S. Open
Chris Crawford '12 qualified for his second consecutive U.S. Open appearance after firing an 8-under 134 over 36 holes to tie for second at the sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook Country Club. The 117th U.S Open will take place June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. To read more about Chris, click here.
On June 5, Holy Ghost Prep alum Grant Cooper and HGP student-athletes Luke Aquaro and Tony Carbino (pictured) joined radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show.
Two HGP students appear on area high school sports radio show
On Monday, June 5, Holy Ghost Prep alum Grant Cooper '11 (CEO of Social Vantage) and HGP student-athletes Luke Aquaro (hockey) and Tony Carbino (track) joined Rich Henkels at the Green Parrot in Newtown for the taping of the High School Sports Show’s discussion on the topic of social media.
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 June 5 will air from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.
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 June 5th taping took place live at the Green Parrot (240 N. Sycamore Street, Newtown, PA 18940).
This show marked the third time this spring that an HGP contingent of student-athletes has appeared on the High School Sports Show.
Peyton Birch '17 (pictured), who just signed a letter of intent to play Division I baseball at Hofstra University, served as the student speaker at the annual Athletic Recognition Night on June 1.
HGP holds annual Athletic Recognition Night
Holy Ghost Preparatory School held its annual Athletic Recognition Night on Thursday, June 1 on campus in the Chapman Arena. Over 350 members of the Holy Ghost Prep community attended to celebrate another year in the proud tradition of Holy Ghost athletics.
Peyton Birch ’17, who just signed a letter of intent to play Division I baseball at Hofstra University, served as the student speaker for the event, and the following special awards were handed out.
Track & Field
The David Proven Memorial Award: Samuel Huslin ’17
David Betz Memorial Baseball Award: Peyton Birch ’17
The Jack Schott Memorial Basketball Award: Kyle Cartin ’17
The Brian Tibbles and Jim Britt Award (Supported by the Ray Schultz Memorial Fund):
George Mundy ’17
The Joe Boback Memorial Coach’s Award for Swimming: Walter Marcinkowski ’17
Team Sportsmanship Awards:
Cross Country: Thomas Horgan ’17
Golf: Jack LaRosa ’17
Soccer: Alec Duris ’17
Basketball: Luke McDonald ’17
Bowling: Dan Reifsnyder ’17 and John Wisniewski ’17
Ice Hockey: Zach Babst ’17
Indoor Track & Field: Samuel Huslin ’17
Swimming & Diving: Erik Fenstermaker ’17
Baseball: Andrew Galasso ’17
Lacrosse: James Brook ’17
Rowing: Kyle Cartin ’17
Tennis: Carlo Duffy ’17
Track & Field: Daniel Pawluczyk ’17
Ultimate Frisbee: Dylan Fritz ’17
HG Red Club Award for Athletic Participation in Multiple Sports:
Kevin Dineen ’17
Sean Dixon ’17
Mark Featherstone ’17
Erik Fenstermaker ’17
Liam Flood ’17
Sam Huslin ’17
Callahan Lennon ’17
The Ted Grabowski Scholar-Athlete Award: Callahan Lennon ’17 and John McCrane ’17
Holy Ghost Prep alum Edmund A. Walsh '95 will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2017 on Saturday, June 3.
Edmund Walsh ’95 to deliver HGP’s 2017 commencement address
Holy Ghost Prep alum Edmund A. Walsh ’95 will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2017 on Saturday, June 3.
“We are thrilled that Ed will return home to Holy Ghost Prep to speak at this year’s commencement,” says HGP president Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “He has had a remarkable career—serving on the White House speechwriting staff for former President George W. Bush—and I am certain that Ed will deliver an inspiring message to our graduating seniors.”
Walsh, who credits HGP speech coaches Tony Figliola and Fr. John Sawicki with helping him begin to hone his communications skills as a high schooler, has been a successful writer and communications adviser to senior leaders in business and government for nearly 20 years.
After an early foray into journalism, he joined the speechwriting staff of President George W. Bush, where he wrote on a variety of domestic and foreign policy topics. He later served as head writer on the president’s re-election campaign and as the sole speechwriter to Laura Bush.
In the summer of 2006, Ed worked for the State Department’s Global Outreach team at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. He coordinated media coverage of recovery, reconstruction, and human interest stories in Iraq. His service in the Bush Administration also included stints as the deputy press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education and as chief speechwriter to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.
After leaving government, he worked as a speechwriter for the CEO of TIAA-CREF and as director of policy communications for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Since 2013, he has been an independent writing and communications consultant, working with companies and foundations in the financial services and education fields.
Following his time at HGP, Walsh attended American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Fifteen HGP artists participated in the Memory Project, a national program where high school artists create portraits of orphans from developing countries.
15 students participate in the Memory Project
Fifteen HGP artists participated in the Memory Project during the 2016-2017 school year. This is a national program where high school artists create portraits of orphans from developing countries. The purpose of the program is to provide the children with a special memory of their youth and to honor their heritage and identity. The artists in turn practice kindness,empathy and service to others.
This year, HGP artists created portraits of children from Tanzania. Karen Smallen and her students were especially happy to get the photos of Tanzanian children because of the Holy Ghost Fathers’ presence in that African nation. The drawings took several hours to complete.
This year’s Memory Project artists were Hugh Collins, Graham Gibbs, Pioty Cymbalski, Jake Lawall, Dante DeSanctis, Jack Zhou, Cooper Pandorf, Patrick Oniate, Tom Forkin, Chris Aileo, Own Yake, Bryan Kelleher, Bruce Jiang, Eric Lorenzo and Dean Guiliano.
This was HGP’s seventh year participating in The Memory Project. Each year, Holy Ghost Prep students have the opportunity to make portraits of children from different countries.
“We are proud of the work these HGP artists do and plan to continue participating in this project,” says Smallen.
The portraits will be delivered to the children this summer. To learn more about the Memory Project, visit thememoryproject.org.
Luke Profy and Justin Letizia have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for Holy Ghost Prep's Class of 2017, respectively.
HGP announces 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian
Luke Profy and Justin Letizia have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2017, respectively.
The graduating senior with the highest GPA in his class, Profy successfully continued his family’s legacy at Holy Ghost Prep. Given his accomplishments and his family ties to HGP, Profy seems perfectly suited to be the valedictorian, a role in which officially bids farewell to the school for the Class of 2017 during the graduation ceremony on June 3.
“My years at Holy Ghost have been a blessing to me and my family. My involvement in student government, campus ministry, Ghost Around the World, and many other clubs and activities has helped shape me into the person that I am today,” said Profy earlier this spring at the President’s Reception. “The friendships and bonds that I have made with classmates and friends will remain a part of who I am forever.
“Most importantly, my time at Holy Ghost Prep has allowed me to be more than just a student leader and more than just an active member of our school. Holy Ghost has challenged me to be the best version of myself. I have been blessed.”
Profy will attend the University of Pittsburgh on a full Stamps Scholarship beginning this fall. In partnership with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh awards the Stamps Scholarship to only a handful of incoming freshmen from Pennsylvania. Profy’s Stamps Scholarship covers full tuition; room and board; an allowance for books and supplies; and an enrichment fund for study abroad, research, unpaid internships, leadership training, or other academic opportunities.
As the salutatorian, Letizia will welcome the entire Holy Ghost Prep community to graduation weekend by giving an address at the Baccalaureate Mass on June 2. To be a candidate for salutatorian, Holy Ghost Prep students must earn distinguished or first honors,be an active member of the graduating class, and then must submit an essay and be voted the salutatorian.
The mature-beyond-his-years Letizia was an excellent selection. Letizia will attend Boston College in the fall, where he is a candidate for admission into the school’s honors program. A member of HGP’s National Honor Society, Letizia was heavily involved during his four years at the school—serving as an Unum leader, playing in the jazz band (he’s played piano for a decade), playing some baseball and now serving as the varsity team manager, and being a member of the Cooking Club, peer ministry, mock trial, and Ghost Around the World.
“Justin Letizia is a remarkable young man,” says Ryan Abramson ’94, director of admissions at Holy Ghost Prep. “A scholar, athlete, and musician, he embodies the HGP mission of celebrating unique gifts and humbly shares these gifts with the community around him.”
Senior Kevin Dineen (pictured) was one of 38 area high school students recognized at the 19th annual Courier-Kiwanis Scholar-Athlete Awards ceremony on May 24 at the Bucks County Visitors Center.
HGP senior Kevin Dineen receives scholar-athlete award
Senior Kevin Dineen, one of the leaders on Holy Ghost Prep’s Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) championship winning cross-country and track teams this year, was one of 38 area high school students recognized at the 19th annual Courier-Kiwanis Scholar-Athlete Awards ceremony on May 24 at the Bucks County Visitors Center.
One of the top students in the senior class and an All-BAL selection in both cross country (where he helped the Firebirds to the PIAA District 1 Class AA team title last fall in addition to a league crown) and track, Dineen will continue his running career at Fordham University in the fall.
“Kevin has excelled in the classroom and in three sports,” says Holy Ghost Prep athletic director Jim Stewart. “He is a leader in so many ways. We are very proud that Kevin’s living of our school mission has paid off for him.”
The Scholar-Athlete Awards were presented from the Dick Dougherty Scholarship Fund, which happened as a result of a longtime collaboration between the Bucks County Courier Times and the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis Club. The scholarship fund was established in memory of the late Dick Dougherty, a former sports editor at the Courier Times.
Senior Peyton Birch pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead Holy Ghost Prep to a 5-1 win over Wissahickon in a PIAA District 1 Class 5A baseball playoff game.
Peyton Birch gains redemption in HGP's playoff baseball win
Senior Peyton Birch pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead Holy Ghost Prep to a 5-1 win over Wissahickon in a PIAA District 1 Class 5A first round baseball playoff game. To read a Philadelphia Inquirer story about the game, click here. (photo courtesy of William Thomas Cain/Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer)
For the 23rd consecutive spring, the Holy Ghost Prep track and field team won the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
HGP track and field makes it 23 BAL titles in a row
For the 23rd consecutive year, the Holy Ghost Prep track and field team won the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) Outdoor Track and Field Championship, held on May 10-11 at Holy Ghost Prep. The team placed first with 148.5 points to best second-place finisher Dock Mennonite Academy, a mere 25 points behind in 123.5 points.
Holy Ghost’s seniors led the way for the team, scoring over 70% of the championship points for the Firebirds. Many athletes sacrificed personal glory to help the team keep the streak of consecutive team championships alive.
Holy Ghost Prep had only three individual BAL champions: Callahan Lennon ’17 in the 3200-meter run (10:10.32), Samuel Huslin ’17 in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (40.71), and Tony Carbino ’19 in the 800-meter run (2:03.62). The other top scorers in double digits for the team were Sean Lawall ’17, Kevin Dineen ’17, Sean Dixon ’17, and Liam Flood ’17.
Other key scorers included Daniel Pawluczyk ’17, Paul Horgan ’17, Jarrett Zelinsky ’19, John Gasiewski ’19, Adam Lawall ’19, Mark Featherstone’ 17, and Ryan Lucas ’18. Rounding out the scorers for the Firebirds were Matthew Ginnetti ’20, Kevin Trusdell ’18, Andrew Beck ’19, Jarrod Padilla ’18, and Alexander Borda ’20.
Holy Ghost Prep's annual spring mission trip to West Virginia allowed 16 HGP students the opportunity to practice Spiritan principles and serve people in need.
HGP’s mission trip to West Virginia is a rousing success
Holy Ghost Prep sponsored its 24th annual mission trip to West Virginia on April 11-15. Sixteen juniors and seniors were joined by two teachers—John Fitzpatrick and Bob Vierlinck— and two dads (Mr. Klein and Mr. Kelleher) on the excursion to Hampden, West Virginia.
The HGP contingent split into two groups to tackle two large projects. The one group was charged with building a front porch and ramp and a new back porch for a married couple who both have special needs. Previously, they had no exit from the front of their home. The second group was tasked with building a deck and 28-foot ramp for a family caring for their elderly mother with congestive heart failure. The deck and ramp were needed to get her safely in and out of the house and into a waiting ambulance, if necessary.
Three glorious days of sunshine and warm temperatures helped the HGP team accomplish their tasks before departing for home. Aside from learning a bit about missionary life (missing comforts of home, adapting to a new place, etc.), the students also were able to gain insights into some key Spiritan principles, namely a willingness to go places where the church has difficulty finding workers, the importance of developing a global vision, and the baptismal call to provide generous service to the poor.
The 16 HGP students who experienced the 2017 West Virginia mission trip were: Teddy Barbe, Joe Carrado, Nick Chimbos, Dale Glova, Bryan Kelleher, Nick Klein, Alex Kuhn, John Martin, Patrick Oniate, Dan Pawluczyk, Andrew Phillips, Domenic Principato, Dave Robbins, Tom Seffrin, Sean Terry, and Tom Wolfe.
HGP's lacrosse team improved to 11-6 in 2017 after defeating Neshaminy (on Senior Day for Jimmy Brook, Conor Sablich, and Nick Aregnano) and then Archbishop Wood.
Exciting times for HGP lacrosse team
On May 8, the Holy Ghost Prep lacrosse coaches and players celebrated Jimmy Brook, Conor Sablich, and Nick Aregnano on Senior Night vs. Neshaminy. Inspired to give maximum effort for their seniors, the Firebirds came out flying and won the game, 16-7.
Sophomore goalie Zach May had 15 saves and four groundballs to lead the defense. Sam Summer scooped up eight groundballs. Zach Nangle scored two goals and four assists, while Dan Kovacevich added two goals to pace the attack. Phil Rueter spearheaded the midfield with three goals. His brother Matt dominated the faceoff X, winning nine of 16 faceoffs and scoring a goal. Conor Sablich added a goal as well. Freshmen Ben Morschauser was a jack of all trades—winning five of seven faceoffs, scooping five groundballs while notching three goals and assisting on another.
The following day, the team took on Archbishop Wood. The team had a slow start, trailing 2-1 at half. But the team stormed back and won, 10-5. The triumph improves Holy Ghost Prep’s record to 11-6 in 2017, a vast improvement over last year’s one-win season.
Zach May continued his strong play in the cage with 12 saves and was excellent in the clearing game vs. Wood. Zach Nangle had one goal and one assist. George Rusnak had a huge game with two goals and three assists. Dan Kovacevich had two goals vs. Archbishop Wood, giving him a team-best 37 goals this season. Owen Yake and Phil Rueter chipped in two goals each to lead the midfield. The defense was led by strong play with Nick Appolonia locking down the Wood attack. Matt Rueter continued to control the faceoff area, winning nine of 13 faceoffs and adding in two assists.
HGP students Jack Pinkstone, Brendan Mindiak, Cooper Pandorf, Tom Horgan, Paul Horgan, and Trevor Zuech '17 (not pictured) recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Six Holy Ghost Prep students become Eagle Scouts
Six current Holy Ghost Prep students—Jack Pinkstone ’19, Brendan Mindiak ’18, Cooper Pandorf ’17, Tom Horgan ’17, Paul Horgan ’17 and Trevor Zuech ’17—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.
“Holy Ghost Prep is fortunate to have many Boys Scouts among its student body,” says John Fitzpatrick ’89, the chair of HGP’s religion department. “Congratulations to Jack, Brendan, Cooper, Tom, Paul, and Trevor on earning their Eagle Scout rank this year. We’re really proud of them.”
All told, 10 current Holy Ghost Prep students have become Eagle Scouts over the course of the 2016-17 academic year. Earlier in this school year, four Holy Ghost Prep students—Alex Kobilnyk ’19, Hugh Collins ’17, Garrison Moore ’17, and Walter Marcinkowski ’17—earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
HGP students Will Abbamont '17 and Tony Carbino '19 were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the 2017 NFL draft as student reporters.
Two HGP students enjoy inside access to the 2017 NFL draft
On Friday, April 28, Will Abbamont ’17 and Tony Carbino ’19 were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the 2017 NFL draft as student reporters.
Abbamont and Carbino were invited to the draft through the NFL’s Youth Strategy Coordination program, an initiative that allowed about 20 other student reporters from Philadelphia area schools to witness the 82nd annual NFL draft.
As part of the program, Abbamont and Carbino were given a private tour of the NFL media pavilion, the NFL draft red carpet, and the draft pick stage. During the tour, the two reporters were lucky enough to meet NFL legends Thurman Thomas, Anthony Muñoz, Robert Mathis, Tony Boselli, John Randle, Mike Alstott, and Joe Klecko. In addition, Abbamont and Carbino had the opportunity to interview Klecko, a member of the infamous “New York Sack Exchange” front four.
“It was really cool to meet and interview NFL legend Joe Klecko,” says Carbino. “As an avid New York Giants fan in Philadelphia, it was neat to see some New York players represented at the draft. Thanks to Mr. Goulet and the NFL Youth program, I was given a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
After the tour and interview experience, Abbamont and Carbino were allowed to watch the draft picks and visit the many sponsor booths that dotted the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
For these HGP students, that sunny Friday in late April will never be forgotten.
The Holy Ghost Prep Spring Auction, which benefits HGP students and teachers, will take place on Saturday, May 6. Among the live auction items is an authentic Italian dinner prepared for you by HGP president Gregory J. Geruson '79.
Tickets still available for HGP's Spring Auction on Saturday, May 6
The Holy Ghost Prep Spring Auction will take place on Saturday, May 6.
All proceeds from the Spring Auction benefit HGP students and faculty, the school’s academic programming and extracurricular activities at Holy Ghost Prep.
Some of the highlights of the Spring Auction include mobile bidding; a tuition raffle (full tuition for 2017-18 school year or $10,000 in cash; $100 per ticket or $200 for 3 tickets); catering by Carlucci’s; cool HGP items; and a wide array of great silent auction items.
In addition, there is a live auction with must-have items such as:
- Authentic Italian dinner prepared by Chef Greg Geruson ’79 (pictured below, photo by Catalano Studio): Due to popular demand last year, two dinners were auctioned off. Don’t miss the opportunity to have HGP’s world-class chef prepare an Italian dinner for eight people in your home.
- Unforgettable vacation to St. Maarten: One-week stay at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort.
- Golf at the Union League: Foursome and complimentary lunch at MacAlester's Dining Room.
To order tickets for this Saturday’s event, click here.