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Five current HGP students(from left to right)—Matt Doucette, Kevin Mulcahy, Paul Bizzaro, Anthony Baum, and Steven Macchione—have qualified to be members of the Latin Honor Society.

Five HGP students become Latin Honor Society members

Five current HGP students—Matt Doucette, Kevin Mulcahy, Paul Bizzaro, Anthony Baum, and Steven Macchione—have qualified to be members of the Latin Honor Society.

The Latin Honor Society requires HGP students to possess an A average and “good citizenship.” In addition, these students must be active members of the Classics Club and help with tutoring in Latin either independently or through National Honor Society. 

 

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Nine members of Holy Ghost Prep's Class of 2018 recently received early-decision acceptance into some of the country's most prestigious universities. (Missing from photo is Brian Gabriele)

9 HGP seniors recognized at early-decision acceptance ceremony

During the Feb. 6 morning meeting, nine members of Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2018 were recognized in front of the entire student body for recently receiving early-decision acceptance into some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

Early decision plans are binding—a student who is accepted as an early-decision applicant must attend that college.

"We begin a new tradition today at Holy Ghost Prep, where we will recognize those students who applied early decision to a college or university and were accepted," said Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson '79 at the school's first-ever early-decision acceptance ceremony. "We are so proud of these young men." 

The nine Holy Ghost seniors, in alphabetical order, who earned early-decision acceptance were:

Corry Arnold                   Boston University

Grayson Bautz                College of the Holy Cross

Ryan Callahan                 Emory University (Emory College)

Eric D’Angelo                  University of Pennsylvania (College of Arts and Sciences)

Connor Fife                     Gettysburg College

Brian Gabriele                 Johns Hopkins University

Matthew Hofmann           University of Pennsylvania (School of Engineering and Applied Science’s VIPER program)

Aleks Seibel                    Lafayette College 

Mark Seibert                   Gettysburg College

“I am extremely proud of these eight Holy Ghost students who gained early-decision acceptance into premier colleges and universities,” said AnnMarie Dougherty, the director of college guidance at Holy Ghost Prep. “They are all prepared to make a difference within their college communities, just like they are doing in ours.”

 

On Feb. 6, Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory Geruson '79 and HGP student-athletes Cole Martillotti, Shawn Donohue, Becket Chapin, and Tony Carbino joined radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show. The show will air Feb. 11.

President Geruson, four HGP students appear on sports radio show

On February 6, Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory Geruson '79 and HGP student-athletes Cole Martillotti (soccer), Shawn Donohue (rowing), Becket Chapin (rowing), and Tony Carbino (cross country, track) joined radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show at the Green Parrot in Newtown, Pa. The topic for that show will be the importance of balancing academics and athletics. 

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 Green Parrot will air from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, February 11.

FYI: After the shows air, they are archived and can be accessed and listened to by clicking here

 
 

 
 

The two HGP students who are part of the National French Honor Society are Mark Pabalan and Owen Sienko.

Two HGP students qualify for National French Honor Society

A pair of Holy Ghost Prep students, seniors Mark Pabalan and Owen Sienko, are members of the national honor society for high school students enrolled in French classes.   

These students went through an induction ceremony last spring and are currently taking AP French Language and Culture. In addition to maintaining a B+ or higher average for each year of French, these seven students are active members of the French Club and offer peer tutoring in French.

 

 

Eight former Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes were inducted into HGP Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 27 at the Maltese Room in Bensalem. (photo by Don Otto/Catalano Studio). Missing from photo is Philip Thompson '97, who resides in Hawaii.

Getting their Hall pass

Eight former Holy Ghost Prep student-athletes were inducted into HGP Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 27 at the Maltese Room in Bensalem.

Each new HGP Hall of Famer received a plaque and a Hall of Fame scarf and was presented for induction by a coach or classmate.  

The eight former standouts that comprise the 2018 HGP Athletic Hall of Fame induction class are:

Sean Simon ’87, basketball

Marc Donohue ’91, soccer

Ken Lawson '91, soccer

Kevin Sharp ’97, baseball

Philip Thompson '97, swimming

Kevin Wilson '97, baseball

Patrick Corcoran '08, hockey

James Budzinski ’10, track and field 

In addition, Holy Ghost Prep’s 1972 state championship basketball team that went 24-3 and beat Pittsburgh Southside Catholic by 22 points in the state title game was recognized as a “Team of Distinction” at the ceremony. 

 

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Holy Ghost Prep's speech and debate team turned in some impressive performances at last weekend's tournament at Columbia University. Seniors Luke Muller and Colin Landers (pictured) took home first place in duo interpretation.

HGP’s forensics team excels at Columbia University

Holy Ghost Prep’s speech and debate team turned in some impressive performances at last weekend’s tournament at Columbia University.

Seniors Luke Muller and Colin Landers took home first place in duo interpretation.

“I’m proud of their focus, dedication, attitude,” says Tony Figliola, who has run Holy Ghost’s highly successful forensics program for decades. “They understand process and they have talent.”

Other stellar HGP results at the Columbia University competition were turned in by Colton El-Habr (semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking); Stefano Arnone and Kevin Nowicke (semifinalists in duo); Pat Byrnes and Kevin D’Auria (quarterfinalists in oral interpretative); and Matt Davies (quarterfinalist in dramatic interpretation). 

 

Holy Ghost Prep senior Owen Yake captured first prize in painting on January 20 for his self-portrait at the Phillips Mill Community Association 5th Annual Youth Art Exhibition.

Senior Owen Yake captures first prize for painting

Holy Ghost Prep senior Owen Yake captured first prize in painting on January 20 for his self-portrait at the Phillips Mill Community Association 5th Annual Youth Art Exhibition.

“Owen’s success in art has its basis in his extraordinary work ethic. From the time he was a freshman, he has spent very free period, break, and lunch in the studio,” says Karen Smallen, Holy Ghost Prep’s  renowned art teacher for the past 25 years.  

“Today, there is nothing he cannot draw. In Senior Portfolio, he is painting at a college level. He works from his own photos and has a good eye for subject and composition. Owen is learning to push boundaries with color—again, at a college level. Great art does not happen without taking risks. I cannot wait to see what Owen does in college!”

Yake’s first-place finish, and the $200 prize, is impressive because the show features 126 student artists from 18 different area schools. This community gallery, located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, invites schools within a 30-mile radius of “the mill” to participate.

The exhibit is on display from 1 to 5 p.m. this weekend, as well as Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at the historic Phillips Mill, 2619 River Road in New Hope. Admission is free. The exhibit features paintings, pastels, drawings, collages, digital works, photography, ceramics, and sculptures.

In addition to Yake, six other Holy Ghost Prep students have their work on display at this Phillips Mill show: senior Chris Aileo (painting); senior Jake Lawall (drawing); senior Stefano Arnone (intaglio print); juniors Will Krohn and Jack Rittenmeyer (prints), and sophomore Schuyler Cauley (a book in the 3-D category).    

 

 

HGP senior Michael DiNofa was presenting in his economics and political science elective course on Jan. 25 about the recently passed tax cut legislation when U.S. representative Brian Fitzpatrick (center), who voted in favor of the law, walked into the room.

Michael DiNofa ’18 gets unexpected visit from Congressman Fitzpatrick

Public speaking can prove stressful enough under normal circumstances, but when you are presenting on public policy and the enactor of that policy unexpectedly walks in the room, it could become an even more nerve-wracking experience.

This was the case for Holy Ghost Prep senior Michael DiNofa, who was presenting in Tom Murtaugh’s economics and political science elective course on Jan. 25 about the recently passed tax cut legislation that was signed into law in December 2017.

DiNofa was in the midst of explaining the tax cut legislation and its economic impacts when HGP principal Jeff Danilak walked in with U.S. representative Brian Fitzpatrick, who voted in favor of the law. DiNofa continued, without missing a beat, and the congressman thought he did so well that he invited the Holy Ghost senior to apply for a job in Washington.

For the remainder of the class period, Rep. Fitzpatrick further explained the tax law, took questions from Holy Ghost Prep students on a range of issues, and told stories about his career, including his experience as a freshmen member of Congress and his previous experience in the FBI. His main message to the students was the need for greater bipartisan cooperation in Washington, D.C. and some of the efforts he has made in that regard through his participation in the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House or Representatives comprised of both Democrats and Republicans.

Fitzpatrick, a Levittown native, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 to serve Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional district. Fitzpatrick—a certified CPA, attorney, and registered EMT—began his public service as an FBI special agent where his focus was fighting political corruption and supporting global counter-terrorism efforts. As an FBI agent, Fitzpatrick served our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the largest of several active fronts in the War on Terror. He also served as the National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement program, and as a national supervisor for the FBI's Political Corruption Unit.  

Fitzpatrick was joined by Connor DeFilippis a 2013 HGP alum who recently graduated from Villanova University and currently works in Fitzpatrick’s congressional office.

 

Greg Wozniak '13 was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the fifth round of the 2018 Major League Lacrosse's supplemental draft in mid-January.

Greg Wozniak ’13 gets drafted by Denver Outlaws

Greg Wozniak ’13 was selected in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse’s supplemental draft in mid-January.

Wozniak, one of the most dynamic long-stick midfielders in college lacrosse for Boston University last season, was drafted in the fifth round by the Denver Outlaws.

As a senior at Boston University, Wozniak was a 2017 second-team All-Patriot League honoree after he finished the year second on the team ground balls (52) and also recorded 17 caused turnovers in addition to one goal. Wozniak had at least one ground ball in every game and tallied two or more ground balls in 13 of the 16 contests in which he played.

Wozniak was a key contributor on both face-offs and in the defensive end of the field while also helping Boston University get out in transition—skills that he’ll no doubt put to good use as a member of the Denver Outlaws. 

 

The seven HGP students who are part of the National Spanish Honor Society are (from left to right): Brian Gabriele, Alex Taylor, Brendan Mindiak, Chris Aileo, Matthew Hofmann, Connor DiMarco and Albert Johnston-Ramirez.

Seven HGP students qualify for National Spanish Honor Society

Seven Holy Ghost Prep students are members of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, a national honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

The seven students who are part of the National Spanish Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) are seniors Brian Gabriele, Brendan Mindiak, Chris Aileo, Matthew Hofmann, and Connor DiMarco as well as juniors Alex Taylor and Albert Johnston-Ramirez.

These students went through an induction ceremony last spring and are currently taking AP Spanish Language and Culture. In addition to maintaining a B+ or higher average for each year of Spanish, these seven students are active members of the Spanish Club and are actively involved in Spanish-related community service and offer peer tutoring in Spanish.

 

 

The Holt Center construction project is nearing its completion. March 1 is the anticipated soft opening for The Holt Center, the day when the school will begin using the facility.

The Holt Center is nearing its completion

The Holt Center construction project is nearing its completion. Once completed, the 26,000-square foot performing arts and athletic space will benefit Holy Ghost Prep and the surrounding community. 

Over the next 4-6 weeks, Holy Ghost Prep President Gregory J. Geruson ’79 reports that some key finishing touches to the building will be completed:

  • The Frank Frederico Performing Arts Theater fit-out (specialty audio, video, and lighting) will be installed
  • The general contractor will complete a punch list of final adjustments, touch-ups, and modifications
  • The school will then move equipment and furnishings into The Holt Center and work on campus connectivity needs with the new building

“We are excited about the impact that this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility will have on Holy Ghost,” says Geruson.

March 1 is the anticipated soft opening for The Holt Center, the day when the school will begin using the facility.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on March 16. In attendance for that event will be HGP faculty/staff, students, key donors, friends, and community leaders who helped make The Holt Center possible.  The building will be officially dedicated next fall as part of Holy Ghost Prep’s Vision 2020 Celebration Weekend on Sept. 15-16. 

 

Senior Jack Elliott played a fine all-around game and Jack Rittenmeyer made the game-winning shot in the Firebirds' 47-46 win over first place Lower Moreland.

Jack Elliott's gritty play gives Holy Ghost Prep a lift

Senior Jack Elliott stuffed the stat sheet (six points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals) and Jack Rittenmeyer (team-high 13 points) hit the game-winning 12-footer in a 47-46 Holy Ghost Prep win over first place Lower Moreland. To read a Philadelphia Inquirer story about the game, click here. (photo courtesy of Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer)

 

 

Seven HGP artists will exhibit their work at the Phillips Mill Youth Art Exhibit. Five of the seven artists are pictured above: (from left to right) Jack Rittenmeyer, Owen Yake, Will Krohn, Jake Lawall, and Chris Aileo.

Seven HGP artists display their work at Phillips Mill

Holy Ghost Prep artists will once again exhibit their work at the Phillips Mill Youth Art Exhibit.

The Phillips Mill Youth Art Exhibit is in its fifth year. This community gallery, located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, invites schools within a 30-mile radius of “the mill” to participate.

This year, the seven HGP artists who are exhibiting are: seniors Owen Yake and Chris Aileo (painting); senior Jake Lawall (drawing); Stefano Arnone (intaglio print); juniors Will Krohn and Jack Rittenmeyer (prints), and sophomore Schuyler Cauley (a book in the 3-D category).    

Five of the seven artists are pictured above: (from left to right) Jack Rittenmeyer, Owen Yake, Will Krohn, Jake Lawall and Chris Aileo. 

The show is open to the public 1-5 p.m. on January 21, 27, 28 and February 2, 4, 10, 11. A reception for artists, their families, and teachers will be held January 20, 2018. This is an adjudicated show and prizes are awarded in several categories.

The New Hope-based Phillips Mill is on the register of historic places. 

 

Holy Ghost Prep senior Mark Seibert has committed to play baseball at Gettysburg College, where he will study engineering.

Mark Seibert '18 commits to Gettysburg College

Holy Ghost Prep senior Mark Seibert will study engineering and play baseball at Gettysburg College next year. To read Steve Sherman's story about Mark's decision, click here

 

Philly Voice traced HGP alum Ryan Gunderon's ride from Holy Ghost Prep to a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic team.

Philly Voice profiles HGP alum Ryan Gunderson

Philly Voice traced HGP alum Ryan Gunderon's ride from Holy Ghost Prep to a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic team. To read the terrific profile, click here

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Six HGP artists participated in the Memory Project during the fall of 2017. The Memory Project is a national program where American high school artists create portraits of orphans from developing counties.

Six HGP students participate in the Memory Project

Six HGP artists have participated in the Memory Project during the fall of 2017. The Memory Project is a national program where American high school artists create portraits of orphans from developing counties. 

This past fall, Anthony Baum, Owen Yake, Patrick Oniate, Chris Aileo, Jake Lawall and Graham Gibbs created portraits of children from war-torn Syria. The drawings are done in the medium of choice of the artists. These include graphite, pastel, and charcoal. Of the five million people who managed to leave Syria, 500,000 currently reside in refugee camps and 200,000 of those are under the age of 20.

The Memory Project leaves the children with a positive memory of their childhood and honors their culture and heritage. The artists, in turn, learn empathy. HGP artists usually come to refer to the children by name while in the process of making the drawings.

The drawings will be delivered to the children in March. 

 

Michael Byrnes, the father of Patrick Byrnes '19, recently served as a guest speaker for Holy Ghost Prep's forensics science students.

FBI agent Michael Byrnes speaks to HGP’s forensics science students

Michael Byrnes, the father of Patrick Byrnes ’19,  recently served as a guest speaker for Holy Ghost Prep’s forensics science students.  Special agent Byrnes is a graduate of Villanova University with a B.S. in chemistry, and a graduate of University of Florida with a M.S. in forensic toxicology.

Byrnes talked to the forensics science class about his studies, his career path, and some of his fascinating experiences in the FBI.

After graduating from Villanova, he began his career as a chemist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.  Byrnes continued his work in chemistry at a biotech company in the Philadelphia where he participated in a number of research projects during his tenure and has been published in a number of domestic and international scientific journals, as well as methodology textbooks.

In 1996, Mr. Byrnes began his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his almost 22 years with the FBI, he has served in the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia field offices.  He has worked white collar economic crimes, organized crime and has been involved with the FBI’s Evidence Response Team (crime scene team) for his entire career.  

For almost nine years, Special agent Byrnes was in charge of running the FBI New York City Evidence Response Team. His work investigating and processing crime scenes has repeatedly taken him to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Some of the more high-profile investigations he’s worked on include the 9-11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing, New York Times Square bombing attempt, Benghazi (Libya) attack on Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and the Westgate Mall terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya.


 

 

 

 

Mark Kuhn '08, the CEO of Oat Foundry, is featured in the Style section of the January 2018 issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

Mark Kuhn '08 is featured in Philadelphia Magazine

Mark Kuhn '08, the CEO of Oat Foundry, is featured in the Style section of the January 2018 issue of Philadelphia Magazine. Click here to read the article about Mark. 

 

 

 

 

Sixteen of Holy Ghost Prep's AP Economics students toured the financial district and visited the New York Stock Exchange for the closing bell on Dec. 15.

AP Economics students gain real-world experience at New York Stock Exchange

Sixteen of Holy Ghost Prep’s AP Economics students toured the financial district and visited the New York Stock Exchange for the closing bell on Dec. 15.

The group left Trenton Transit Center at 8:30 a.m. and traveled by train to the World Trade Center and began a guided tour of the history of the financial district in the Oculus station. Other tour stops included visits to the 9/11 Memorial and its “survivor tree,” Alexander Hamilton’s grave, the famous “charging bull” and “fearless girl,” historic Stone Street, the Merchant’s Exchange Building, Morgan Bank Building, Federal Hall (the site of George Washington’s inauguration), a U.S. customs house, and Zucotti Park (the center of the Occupy Wall Street protest).

After lunch at Hudson Eats in Brookfield Place overlooking the Hudson River, the HGP students then toured the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)—meeting with market makers, representatives on the exchange who facilitate the buying and selling of stocks; touring the trading floor, the NYSE podium and bell; checking out the various media outlets at the NYSE, including CNBC anchors Bill Griffeth and Kelly Evans; celebrated the closing bell with CEO Howard Lance of Maxar Technologies to highlight their new listing on the NYSE.

The 16 students in Tom Murtaugh’s AP Economics class who took the New York City trip were Jack Bishop, Casey Buck, Zach Chipperfield, Eric D’Angelo, Matt Doucette, Kyle Gardyan, Graham Gibbs, Ricky Johnson, Rick Liberatore, John Martin, Zach Nangle, Mark Palaban, Matt Rueter, George Rusnak, Alek Seibel, and Jason Tyrell.

The visit to the Stock Exchange was made possible by George Rusnak, head of global fixed income at Wells Fargo and father to HGP senior George Rusnak. The cost of the field trip for students was also fully funded by an anonymous donor.

“It’s the real-world opportunities like this New York City trip that alums and current parents provide us with that really make the difference between a Holy Ghost Prep education and one at another high school,” says HGP senior Eric D’Angelo, who will head to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. “So many people connected with Holy Ghost genuinely want to give back by helping current HGP students however they can—whether that’s by granting us access to the Stock Exchange, offering career advice, and being willing to answer any questions we might have.”

 

 

 

 

Twelve different HGP musicians will represent the school at the All-Catholic music festivals at various high schools and at a Concert of Excellence later this upcoming spring.

12 Holy Ghost Prep musicians earn All-Catholic honors

This year, 12 different HGP musicians have been chosen to represent the school at the All-Catholic music festivals at various high schools and at a Concert of Excellence later this upcoming spring at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia.

The HGP students were chosen in the following categories:

Chorus: Patrick Byrnes, Brandon Cimino, Colin Cimino, Jeffrey Di Francesco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Patrick Oniate, and Benjamin Gollmer

Jazz Band: Benjamin Gollmer

Orchestra: Andrew Zubyk

Concert Band: Michael DiNofa, John Schrenk, Benjamin Gollmer, Matthew Stauffer, Jonathan Pinkstone

All-Catholic festivals will be held on the following dates: Concert Band at Little Flower High School, February 2-4 (the concert will be on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.), Orchestra at Bonner-Prendergast High School February 16-18 (the concert will be Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.), Chorus at St. Hubert High School, March 9-11 (the concert will be held March 11 at 2 p.m.)

The All-Catholic jazz band performed twice this week in downtown Philadelphia at Liberty Place on Dec 18 and at the Sheraton Hotel (Dec. 21) for the BLOCS Christmas Party sponsored by Archbishop Chaput.

In addition, all of the All-Catholic ensembles will perform at a Concert of Excellence at Verizon Hall on April 17, 2018.

“We are very proud of all of talented young musicians,” says Holy Ghost Prep’s music director Beth Vilsmeier.

 

Eight members of Holy Ghost Prep's Class of 2018 recently received early-decision acceptance into some of the country's most prestigious universities.

8 HGP seniors gain early-decision acceptance into top-tier schools

Eight members of Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2018 recently received early-decision acceptance into some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

The eight Holy Ghost seniors, in alphabetical order, who earned early-decision acceptance were:

Corry Arnold                   Boston University

Grayson Bautz                College of the Holy Cross

Ryan Callahan                 Emory University (Emory College)

Eric D’Angelo                  University of Pennsylvania (College of Arts and Sciences)

Connor Fife                     Gettysburg College

Brian Gabriele                 Johns Hopkins University

Matthew Hofmann           University of Pennsylvania (School of Engineering and Applied Science’s VIPER program)

Mark Seibert                   Gettysburg College

“I am extremely proud of these eight Holy Ghost students who gained early-decision acceptance into premier colleges and universities,” said AnnMarie Dougherty, the director of college guidance at Holy Ghost Prep. “They are all prepared to make a difference within their college communities, just like they are doing in ours.”

 

The Bucks County Courier Times has selected Holy Ghost Prep senior Connor Fife, this year's BAL Independence Division MVP, as its 2017 Boys High School Soccer Player of the Year. (photo courtesy of Bucks County Courier Times)

Connor Fife '18 is named Bucks County Courier Times Soccer Player of the Year

The Bucks County Courier Times has selected Holy Ghost Prep senior Connor Fife, this year's BAL Independence Division MVP, as its 2017 Boys High School Soccer Player of the Year. Click here to read the Soccer Player of the Year article about Connor. 

 

 

 

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