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May 26, 2017   


HGP announces 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian  

Luke Profy (left) and Justin Letizia (right) have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for Holy Ghost Prep's Class of 2017, respectively. To read more about them, click more.   



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HGP senior Kevin Dineen receives scholar-athlete award   

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. To read more about Kevin, click more


HGP Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Info 

Senior parents interested in HGP Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement information and logistics can visit


15 students participate in Memory Project

Fifteen HGP artists participated in the Memory Project, a national program where high school artists create portraits of orphans from developing countries. To read more about them, click more

AP Spanish students - Cantina Feliz lunch 

Dr. Edna Ramirez and her AP Spanish students celebrated the end of the school year with a delicious lunch at Cantina Feliz.  The AP Spanish students who made the trip (in alphabetical order), along with Dr. Ramirez, were: Callahan Lennon ’17, Justin Letizia ’17, Brendan Mindiak ’18, Luke Profy ’17, Mark Vigliotti ’17, and Joe Visconto ’17.


Job openings

Maintainance staff

HGP is seeking a dependable person to join our maintenance staff.  This is a full-time position. Hours are Monday-Friday 10am – 6pm. Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.  Competitive salary and benefits.  If interested, please contact Tina Soule at



Development Assistant, Office of Development: Part-time (20 hours/week)

Holy Ghost Prep High School seeks a part-time Development Assistant to support the overall operations and outreach of the school's Office of Development.

The Development Assistant (DA) supports the inside operations and execution of all HGP Development Office administrative activities. The DA will primarily focus on donation gift entry and acknowledgements, constituent updates executed through the Raiser’s Edge fundraising software. The DA will also support duties associated with HGP events and alumni relations activities in addition to donor stewardship, grant coordination, and scheduling of staff related meetings. The DA will also support general Development Office administrative tasks as they arise such as data hygiene projects, invoice and billing preparations, campaign pledge reminder statements, filing and coordination for various meetings, etc.

The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, attentive, pleasant, and professional and have successful experience working in a team environment. Excellent organizational and technology skills required. Must have an advanced level of experience with MS Office Suite (specifically PPT, excel, word), and some social media. Experience with the Raisers Edge Software is a significant plus.  

Qualified candidates should mail or email a cover letter that will include salary range expectations and their resume to:

Holy Ghost Prep

Matthew Dwyer, Development

2429 Bristol Pike

Bensalem, PA 19020



HGP faculty and staff honors Marie Bliss  

HGP faculty and staff (both current and retired) as well as members of the Bliss family gathered at the Yardley Inn to honor Marie Bliss, who is retiring after 46 years of teaching at the school. Faculty members Taylor McKelvie, Mike Pappadakis (pictured here) and Tony Figliola all gave heartwarming remembrances of Mrs. Bliss and what she's meant to the school, as did Holy Ghost principal Jeff Danilak and president Greg Geruson. Thanks to Mrs. Bliss for a remarkable 46 years of service to HGP.


Forensics Reunion for HGP alums from the 1970s, 80s, 90s

Join Fig, JB, and fellow HGP alums from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s for an evening of fellowship, fun, and your favorite forensics memories! 
DATE: Saturday, June 10 on the HGP campus, beginning at 6 p.m.
For additional information and to RSVP, click here.

Athletics News

Rowing Registration Information now posted! View this and all fall sports information at

Save the Date!  Sunday, October 1st - HGP C.A.R.E.S. Walk 2017.  Join the HGP community and Coaches vs. Cancer in the fight against cancer: 8:30am Mass, 9:30am Walk.  Registration Information coming later in the summer.  For now, save the date!  Questions? Contact Jim Stewart at

HGP Seeks Head Outdoor Track & Field Coach.  View the job description and application information at

Access medical forms on HGP's Health page

Ann Bushek, R.N., our school nurse, has continued to keep our students  safe, and most importantly, HEALTHY this school year!  She has also created a new Health page on our school’s website.  On this page, our HGP parents can quickly access forms for school such as asthma, severe allergy, and medication, as well as accessing the 11th grade physical and immunizations form.  The Health page can be reached


HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events

Friday, June 2nd - Baccalaureate Mass Parking: Volunteers are needed to assist with parking for the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. Let’s plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. Please email Ron Spangler if you can assist -

Saturday, June 3rd - Commencement Parking on School Grounds: Numerous volunteers are needed to assist with parking for the Commencement on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. Let’s plan to arrive at 9:00 a.m. to assist with parking onthe grass by the Field House and in the Faculty lot. Please email Ron Spangler if you can assist –

Thanks to Joe. A new slate of officers has been elected to the Fathers Association. A special thank you to Joe Pawluczyk for his direction and guidance during the past year.

Mothers' Guild News 

2017 Mothers’ Guild Craft Show - Volunteers Needed for Committee Positions

HGP Mothers’ Guild runs the most successful craft show in the area. Planning has already begun for the 2017 craft show, which will take place on November 11th & 12th. At this time, we are recruiting a Committee Co-chair for Cafe. In addition, “shadows” are needed for Relief, Cafe, and Baskets. The shadow volunteers will learn from this year’s chairs with the goal of becoming a chair in 2018.

For a description of these positions, please click here. Be a part of this exciting event! For more information, please contact Ellen Rusnak at


Senior Class of 2017 Portrait  

The portrait can be ordered from Catalano Studios by clicking here. You may also call the studio directly to order at (215) 604-4000.


Senior Memory Video

Please click here to print out the order form and mail your payment. The deadline for orders is Thursday, June 1.


Graduation Reception - Saturday, June 3

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the graduation reception. If you are donating food or drinks, please drop them off at the Fieldhouse on Friday, June 2nd between 1:00-3:00 PM or on Saturday, June 3rd between 8:00-11:00 a.m. Non-perishable donations can be dropped off at any time on Friday, June 2nd at the Fieldhouse. We are looking to fill a few final volunteer/donation spots. Please click here to access the Sign-Up Genius and be a part of the 2017 graduation! If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Rusnak at


Save the Date! HGP Mother's Tea - Sunday, September 17, 2017


Enjoy your summer!

The Mothers' Guild wishes everyone a happy, safe, and healthy summer. Congratulations and best wishes to the HGP Class of 2017! 


Lunch accounts -- Class of 2017 students

If you are the parent of a graduating senior who participates in the online lunch payment program Pay for It, please go onto the program and turn off the auto refill function.

Aramark has started to refund the students' accounts.  If you are an HGP family that has a younger siblings attending here, the balance gets transferred into the younger sibling's account. Otherwise, we put the refund money in an envelope that your son will receive at graduation.

If you have any questions, email Kellie Bonner at



Summer Class: Indie Film and Theater 

Spots are filling up fast! Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at 

Overview: This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of classic and contemporary film and theater. We will take both a critical and experiential approach to these films and plays. In other words, we will study and research them critically, and then see them performed. We will follow various works from page to stage, studying them first in the classroom and then watching them come alive on stage and screen.

Class Schedule: Tuesdays through Thursdays for 5-6 weeks in the first half of the summer. The class should be completed by the third week of July at the latest. In scheduling those 5-6 weeks, we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s summer plans. Last year, we scheduled around the service trip to the Dominican Republic. We can do the same for the week of July 4 if necessary.  

Classes meet from 9:00-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesdays are field trip days. On those days, we will meet between 10:00-11:00 and return to school between 4:00-6:00, depending on the activity. Trips will only be planned on class dates. One Wednesday trip will be an overnight trip to New York. We will leave Wednesday morning from Holy Ghost and return to school by noon of the following day.

Summer 2016 Field Trips

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY

Film: Under the Sun (documentary), Film Forum, New York, NY

Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Ritz 5 Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Play: Hillary and Clinton, Philadelphia Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Play: 36 Views, Lantern Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Museum Exhibit: The Science of Pixar, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Museum: National Museum of American Jewish History

Reading: Rutgers Summer Writing Conference, Camden, NJ


In-Class Screenings

The films that we watch in class are chosen to expose students to a range of styles, genres, cultures, and subjects. Some films we watched last summer:

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)

Chinatown (Roman Polanski)

Shane (George Stevens)

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)

Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at mjordan@holyghostprep for more information.


Summer Rock Band Camp 
Camp Dates: July 10 to July 14, 2017
Camp Times: 2:00-5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
Camp Instructors: Pete Devine and William Marconi
Camp Cost $175 per camper
The HGP Summer Music Camp will take place in our newly renovated and air-conditioned Music Technology Studio and include instructors Peter Devine and Wlliam Marconi. This Summer Program is open to boys and girls, grades 6, 7, and 8, as well as to high school boys and girls. Large Ensemble, music theory, individual coaching and small ensembles are all part of this learning experience.


Catalano Studio -- HGP sports and events photos  

Looking for a meaningful graduation gift for a member of the HGP Class of 2017? Catalano Studio took photos of many of the important school events this academic year. To browse through the Catalano photos from this school year that are available for purchase, click here. 



Order your 2017 Firebird Yearbook today

The 2016-17 school year at Holy Ghost Prep will end soon, but yearbooks last forever. So please click here to order the 2017 Firebird Yearbook today. 


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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