Ghost Stories

February 3, 2017 


Getting their Hall pass  

Seven former Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes were inducted into HGP Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 28 at the Maltese Room in Bensalem. To read more about them, click more. (photo by Don Otto/Catalano Studio)




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HGP's Spring Auction: May 6, 2017

HGP Spring Auction - Saturday, May 6, 2017, 6 p.m. at the Firebird Fieldhouse. To donate an Auction item or sponsor please visit 
or contact Christine Seighman, coordinator of special events, at

Mothers' Guild News

Mother-Son Dance - Saturday, March 4, 2017: Registration Now Open!

We invite all moms and guardians to join us on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for our annual Mother-Son Dance. Please come and join us for an evening of dinner and dancing, and some mother-son bonding time. Whether you are a freshman mom, a senior mom, or somewhere in between, this evening promises to be fun for all! This year’s theme is Masquerade Ball. Please click here to register.

Senior Moms - Pictures Needed!

At the Mother-Son Dance, we recognize the seniors in a special way with a senior baby photo contest and a senior slide show. We need you to mail an 8x10 baby photo of your son (COPIES ONLY … NO ORIGINALS!). These photos are displayed at the Mother-Son Dance and voted upon by the students for various awards. The senior slide show is a video of pictures of the Class of 2017 from freshman through senior year. The boys really enjoy seeing these pictures and we need you to email photos to be included in this slide show. Make this night memorable and fun ~ SEND PICTURES!! Please click here to view the flyer containing specific instructions on how to submit your photos.

All photos of HGP seniors must be received by February 17.

Next Mothers' Guild General Meeting - Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. Mass

Please join us on Monday, February 6 for our next meeting. We will begin with 7:00 p.m. Mass in the Chapel, followed by refreshments and fellowship in the Dining Hall.

Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson will be our guest speaker and will share his photos and experiences from his Tanzania trip.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase "HGP Mom" aprons and Herff Jones HGP charms. Tony McBryan of Custom Made Comfort items will be offering two new products: 1) spring sports blankets; and 2) a new HGP blanket for the home. The Aramark school store will be open until the start of the meeting. Hope to see everyone on February 6th!

Hospitality volunteers are needed for the February 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.


Give Back Greetings Fundraiser Update

Thank you to the 16 families that purchased photo Christmas cards from Give Back Greetings. We recently received a check for $176.74 that represents 10% back on these purchases.

Give Back Greetings is an ongoing HGP fundraiser. For those special occasions coming up this Spring—such as graduations, birthday parties, Confirmations, First Holy Communions—be sure to order your invitations, announcements, and thank you cards from Give Back Greetings. It is a great alternative to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and other online greeting card companies, with 10% of each order given back to Holy Ghost Prep. Visit to place your orders.


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



Holy Ghost Prep enjoys chess success

The HGP chess team sits atop the Lower Bucks County Scholastic (LBCS) Chess League. To read more about the team, click here




HGP's bowling team is on a roll

Led by returning first-team All-Bicentennial League (BAL) performers John Schrenk (pictured) and Ryan Callahan, the Holy Ghost Prep bowling team won its first league title in three years. To read about the team's success, click more

Concussion testing and education -- Feb. 8  

HGP Mandatory Concussion Education  

Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Time: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Location: Chapman Arena (HGP Fieldhouse)

All students intending to play spring sports must attend the mandatory concussion education on Wednesday, February 8th, at 6 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Parents who are available are strongly encouraged to attend this presentation. 

**Students who already completed testing for fall and winter sports do NOT have to attend this training/testing.


HGP Mandatory ImPACT Baseline Testing

Date: Thursday, February 09, 2017

Time: 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. (baseball, tennis, crew) and 3:40 - 4:15 p.m. (lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, outdoor track)

Location: Founders’ Hall Computer Labs

**Students who already completed testing for fall and winter sports dppppo NOT have to attend this training/testing.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Alex Shvartsberg at or 215-639-3666.


Great turnout for HGP alumni hoops game

On January 28, former Holy Ghost Prep basketball players came back to their alma mater for some friendly competition at the alumni basketball game. To commemorate the return of this event, the players—no matter what decade they played in—gathered for a team photo with Coach Chapman. Thank you to all for attending!



Class Registration begins for 2017-18  

The 2017-2018 Course Registration process has begun! Juniors met with Department Chairs on January 24 and January 31 to hear information regarding electives and course selection. The College Guidance Department will meet individually with juniors starting Monday, February 6, to discuss options and register classes for senior year. After juniors have met with the College Guidance Department, sophomores will be scheduled with a college guidance counselor to discuss their options. Once courses are entered in PowerSchool they can be viewed by choosing the "Class Registration" tab on the left upon login. A complete description of the course offerings for the 2017-2018 School Year is available on the HGP website under “Quick Links.”


HGP to host leading expert on the development of the teenage mind

As part of its 2016-17 Parent Education Series, Holy Ghost Prep will welcome Dr. Phillip Kendall (pictured), the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, to discuss the development of the teenage mind on Tuesday, February 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. If you plan to attend either Dr. Kendall's 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. sessions, please RSVP via email to Steve Stunder at sstunder@holyghostprep.orgTo learn more about Dr. Kendall, click more

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



More "Save the Dates"

Junior Class Parent Social February 17, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Founders' Hall. Click here for additional information and to RSVP. 

The Forensics Pasta Dinner will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. To purchase tickets online, click here or contact us via email at

Athletic News

Winter Sports Updates at


Spring Sports Registration Wednesday, February 8th.  Read the information at


Grade School Basketball Clinic for boys and girls grades 3-8.  Register at


HGP Coaching Staff Openings: View the current job openings at


Bowling clinches the BAL Title and undefeated league season!  Read more at



Important News from College Guidance

Reminder to All Seniors 

Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral as well as scholarship awards should be brought to or emailed to Ms. Kudla at in the College Guidance Office.  This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.



The Maguire Foundation

Holy Ghost Preparatory School is a partner with the Maguire Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise  founded by James J. and Frances Maguire in October, 2000 that focuses its resources on education. The Maguire Foundation provides grants to grade school, high school, and college students so that they may have an opportunity to benefit from a quality education.

The Maguire Foundation’s mission is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola of being men and women for others. The foundation believes that partnering with educational institutions to provide scholarship assistance to children and young adults will help build a strong foundation for success.

HGP’s partnership with Maguire Foundation brings unprecedented value and opportunity to students. The partnership provides scholarship assistance to freshmen each year and supports them through four years of high school, as well as college students with scholarship opportunities to support students in selected institution’s through four years of matriculation.  The goal of the Maguire Scholars Program is to support and enrich the leaders of tomorrow.

The Maguire Scholars Program

These need-based scholarships are available to seniors in high school who are applying to select colleges that are members of the Maguire Scholars Program (see list below). All applications are due to Ms. Dougherty in College Guidance no later than February 21, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email

To be eligible for the Maguire Scholarship Program students must:

- Demonstrate financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-10,000.

- Qualify for admission to selected institutions (see below).

- Have at least a 3.0 GPA or equivalent in high school.

- Be engaged in community service and/or extracurricular activities.

- Participate in regular counseling in accordance with university requirements.

- Agree to participate in an annual Maguire Scholars Program event.

- Complete a Maguire Scholars Program application (include a letter of recommendation from supervisor of a volunteer/community service or extracurricular activity).

- Student or family must contribute at least $5,000 per year to tuition, room, and board ($1,000 at a community college).

The following is a list of participating colleges: Boston College, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, College of the Holy Cross, Drexel University, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Gwynedd Mercy University, Immaculata University, LaSalle University, Loyola University Maryland, Neumann University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Penn State - Main Campus, Philadelphia University, Rosemont College, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Scranton, Villanova University, Widener University, Community College of Philadelphia, and Montgomery County Community College.

To read more about the Maguire College Scholars program, click here


Kaplan STAT Prep Class

Holy Ghost Prep is partnering with Kaplan to prepare our students for the SAT test. Through this partnership, Kaplan will provide, at a discounted price, a Fundamental SAT Test Preparation course for students at Holy Ghost Prep. This prep class will be for the March 2017 SAT Test.

To find out more information and if you are interested in registering for this SAT Course, please see the attached flyer.   If you have any further questions please contact AnnMarie Dougherty, Director of College Guidance at




HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events

Registration for the Fathers' Association annual Ski & Snowboard Trip is now open
This year's trip is scheduled for Sunday, February 26 at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, Pa. This Fathers’ Association event is open to the entire HGP community and families are encouraged to participate. Lift tickets are $71.00 and include a $15.00 voucher for lunch. Ski and snowboard rentals are also available and are listed on this attached form

Registration forms and payments made payable to HGP Fathers Association should be mailed to Greg Braun at the address below no later than February 17.


Next Fathers' Association General Meeting: Monday Feb. 13th at 7 p.m., Sager Conference Room in Founders Hall.

Communion Breakfast: May, 2017
Suggestions welcomed for both keynote speaker and Service Award nominees


Admissions Office News

7th grade practice exam - Saturday, Feb 25 -

Transfer applications for new students for 2017-2018. Contact the admissions office. 



February 2017 Cafeteria Menu  


Baby on the way?

Know an alum who recently had a baby? If/when you get the news about the child, can you pass along that information (boy/girl & name) to Advancement? We can be sure that our database gets updated while taking the opportunity to send a gift to the newborn! 

Contact Alexis Gettings:




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