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Forty HGP students participated in the 2018 TEAMS competition, a competition for high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering.

Holy Ghost Prep students thrive in TEAMS competition

On March 13, Dr. Stephen Tomshaw, the science department chair and a physics teacher at Holy Ghost Prep, took 40 HGP students to the 2018 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition, a competition for high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Engineering a Greener World.” Students were required to research topics that included Economics of Green Engineering, Efficiency of Solar Power, Green Energy Basics, Green Building Practices, and Insects and Climate Change. The competition includes a written essay, a multiple choice test based on the engineering scenarios, and a design-and-build project. The combined score of these three sections determines the team’s ranking within the state and their qualification to compete in the national competition this summer.

Two of the HGP teams have qualified for the national competition. The senior team of Anthony Baum, Eric Booth, Connor DiMarco, Mason El-Habr, Matthew Hofmann, Sean Kerrigan, Brendan Mindiak, and Mark Pabalan and the sophomore team of Louie DeLuna, Colton El-Habr, Henry Fina, Krishna Mysore, Matthew Watanabe, Daniel Behr, Matthew McGrath, and Charles Mshomba both qualified to attend the National TSA Convention in Atlanta this June. In addition, the sophomore team placed second overall in the state in the ninth and 10th grade division.

“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 outstanding performances.”

 

Holy Ghost Prep junior Andrew Iannacone (pictured) was named the area's Boys Swimmer of the Year by the Bucks County Courier Times. (Photo by Kim Weimer/Staff photographer for Bucks County Courier Times)

Andrew Iannacone earns area's top high school swimmer honors

Holy Ghost Prep junior Andrew Iannacone (pictured) was named the area's Boys Swimmer of the Year by the Bucks County Courier Times. To read the paper's story about Andrew, click here. (Photo by Kim Weimer/Staff photographer for Bucks County Courier Times)

 

 

 

 

Holy Ghost Prep senior goaltender Tristan Devine (pictured) was named the area's Ice Hockey Player of the Year by the Bucks County Courier Times. (Photo by Bill Fraser/Staff photographer for Bucks County Courier Times)

Tristan Devine is named area's top hockey player by Bucks County Courier Times

Holy Ghost Prep senior goaltender Tristan Devine  (pictured) was named the area's Ice Hockey Player of the Year by the Bucks County Courier Times. To read the paper's feature on Tristan, click here. (Photo by Bill Fraser/Staff photographer for Bucks County Courier Times

 

 

 

The 26th Annual Holy Ghost Prep Fine Arts Festival will take place on Thursday, April 26. This event showcases the work and talent of the HGP artists and musicians. (Work of art by Christopher Corr '18)

HGP’s Fine Arts Festival will take place on April 26

The 26th Annual Holy Ghost Prep Fine Arts Festival will take place on Thursday, April 26. This event showcases the work and talent of the HGP artists and musicians. It is a special celebration and recognition of the senior musicians and senior portfolio class of 2018.

This year’s concert, featuring the chorus, jazz band and concert band, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the new Frank Frederico Theater of the Holt Center. The chorus and bands will showcase what they have been taught this year by Holy Ghost’s musical director Beth Vilsmeier.

All visual artists will have work exhibited in Cornwells Hall—with freshmen and sophomores in the dining hall, juniors’ works on the first floor, and the Class of 2018 artists exhibiting in the Geruson Gallery. The art recognition will take place at 6:45 p.m. in the studio. Alex Kuhn ’11, a 2015 Tyler School of Art graduate, is the juror for the senior show this year.

Senior portfolio students have adjudicated junior work in several categories. Awards will be given in drawing, painting, print making, and 2D/3D design categories to students of Karen O’Brien Smallen, the chairperson of the fine arts department and an art faculty member.

The evening is dedicated to the artists and musicians of the Class of 2018.

 

 
A dozen Holy Ghost Prep students excelled in an intense international math modeling competition, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) High School Contest, this year.

HGP students excel in international math modeling competition

A dozen Holy Ghost Prep students excelled in an intense international math modeling competition, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) High School Contest, this year.

Being presented two real-life problems, students were asked to pick one and find the best possible way to resolve it.

Not typical math problems, these are issues that companies face on a day-to-day basis and cannot be fully obtained in a classroom. The competition is a 36-consecutive hour event. Teams collectively write their methodology of solving the problem, and submit their solution paper to the judges at COMAP.

The problems for the 2017-18 competition included one on using drones to create a light display and a second problem asking teams to design a ski resort that would compete on an Olympic level.

All told, there were 938 solution papers submitted. The results for this year’s competition were recently posted, and Holy Ghost Prep’s three teams all fared well.

The HGP team of Matthew Burst, Brian Gabriele, Brendan Mindiak, and Mark Pabalan ranked in the Finalist category. The team’s 30-page solution paper detailed the drones’ positions and paths for their light display. The Finalist category puts this solution in the top 8% of the 938 solutions submitted. This is only the second time that HGP has had a team score in this prestigious award category.

A second HGP team of Anthony Baum, Connor DiMarco, Mason El-Habr, and Matthew Hofmann scored in the Meritorious category for their 35-page paper which included the computer code for their drone light display. The Meritorious category represents the top 21% of the submitted solutions.

These two teams qualified for the second round of the COMAP competition, which meant that they spent five consecutive days in late March working on the problem.

A third HGP team of Andrew Beck, Michael Calcagni, Sean Kerrigan, and Kevin Mulcahy earned an honorable mention for their 31-page solution which detailed the slopes of a ski resort and compared it statistically to top Olympic venues.

“The cool thing about this competition is that there are no correct answers, just optimal solutions,” remarks Holy Ghost Prep dean of studies Gerri Carmine, who teaches math at the school and served as the faculty adviser for all three teams. “Everyone participating in this worldwide event has a different background in which they are coming from.

“I am so proud of these HGP students and all of the hard work that they did in this competition.”

Holy Ghost Prep has traditionally fared well in the COMAP competition. HGP has participated in 16 of the 19 years that the high school competition has been held (including this year) and has entered 36 teams in total with the following cumulative results: National Finalist (2); Regional Outstanding (5); Meritorious (13); Honorable Mention (10); and Successful Participant (3).

 

  

HGP rowing kicked off its 2018 spring racing season with a doubleheader weekend. Pictured is the bronze medal-winning varsity four team at the Neczypor Memorial Regatta: Jack Boyle '20, Shawn Donohue '18, Coach Bridges, Anthony Cancelliere '19, Grayson Bautz '18, and Nick Braun '21.

HGP rowing opens 2018 spring season in grand fashion

Holy Ghost rowing kicked off its 2018 spring racing season with a doubleheader weekend, racing teams from around the region at the Neczypor Memorial Regatta on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. on April 7 and at the 3rd Manny Flick Regatta in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill on April 8. It was a great, but chilly weekend for all the crews—with medals won and several first-place finishes achieved.

On April 7, the novice four raced for the first time, placing fourth out of six boats in their heat against club and scholastic teams. The JV eight also raced, coming in third of four boats against all local scholastic teams. Holy Ghost’s lightweight four won their heat, advancing into the finals and narrowly missing out on a medal. They placed fourth.

The varsity events had finals; the Varsity Four placed third in their heat and advanced to the final, where they bested local rivals and 2017 national champions Father Judge as well as South Jersey RC and Archbishop Carroll, to capture the bronze medal. They only lost to two club teams.

On Sunday at the Manny Flick race, the novice four had a stronger showing, coming in first in their flight with the second fastest time of the day in their category. HGP’s novice four consists of Joel Bevenour ’21, Danny Featherstone ’21, Mike Piscopo ’20, Sean Costigan ’21, and Chris Adams ’21. The JV eight finished fourth of five boats in their heat. They are Will Adams ’19, Beckett Chapin ’19, Connor Bautz ’20, Nick LaRosa ’20, Brendan Gibbons ’19, Pat Wert ’20, Derek Swider ’19, Matt Zwiercan ’20, and Isaak Rubis ’21.

Holy Ghost’s lightweight four and varsity four teams excelled again at the Many Flick race. The lightweight four team of Tom Geib ’19, Aidan Bell ’20, Alex Danna ’18, Anthony Dattilo ’18, and Sam Hicks ’20 won their flight and posted the fastest time of the day in their category. They seem well poised to shoot for a medal at the City Championships this year.

The varsity four team of Shawn Donohue ’18, Nick Braun ’21, Anthony Cancelliere ’19, Jack Boyle ’20, and Grayson Bautz ’19 finished fourth in their flight, but posted the fifth fastest time in the event out of 22 boats and had the second fastest time of all Philadelphia boats. They are also looking to compete at the City Championships in May.

The team competes on the Schuylkill again this upcoming weekend. They are at home on April 21 for the first-ever home race for HGP, at Core Creek Park in Langhorne.

 

Former Holy Ghost Prep baseball star Nolan Jones was recently featured in The Times-Herald newspaper in Willoughby, Ohio. (Photo by David S. Glasier/The News-Herald)

Nolan Jones '16 featured in The Times-Herald  

Former Holy Ghost Prep baseball star Nolan Jones was recently featured in The Times-Herald newspaper in Willoughby, Ohio. To read the feature about Jones, one of the Cleveland Indians' top prospects, click here. (Photo by David S. Glasier/The News-Herald)

 

 

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Eighteen Holy Ghost Prep seniors, pictured here with HGP science teacher Amanda Coopersmith, were recently inducted into the school's inaugural chapter of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) during a brief on-campus ceremony.(missing from photo is Eric Booth)

18 seniors are inducted into Science National Honor Society

Eighteen Holy Ghost Prep seniors were recently inducted into the school’s inaugural chapter of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) during a brief on-campus ceremony.

The formal induction will take place with the Spring Honor Society inductions which will include rising seniors for next year’s group.

The board members of HGP’s Science National Society chapter are president Austin Moran (who spearheaded the formation of the SNHS chapter at Holy Ghost); vice president Zach Nangle; treasurer Anthony Baum; secretary Corry Arnold; and historian Mark Pabalan.

In addition to the five board members, the other seniors inducted into HGP’s Science National Honor Society were: Paul Bizzaro, Eric Booth, Zach Chipperfield, Chris Corr, Connor DiMarco, Mason El-Habr, Matthew Hofmann, Sean Kerrigan, Steven Macchione, Brendan Mindiak, Kevin Mulcahy, Mark Seibert, and Ryan Taylor.

SNHS is open to all seniors (applications are due during spring of junior year or first two weeks of senior year) who have maintained a 3.75 or better science cumulative GPA, who have earned no lower than a “B+” in any Honors or AP science class, have earned no lower than an “A” in any non-honors science class, and have taken or are currently taking an AP science.

 



Seven Holy Ghost Prep students, pictured here with Beth Vilsmeier, participated in annual All-Catholic Chorus Festival on Sunday, March 11 at St. Hubert's High School.

Seven HGP students participate in All-Catholic Chorus Festival

Seven Holy Ghost Prep students participated in annual All-Catholic Chorus Festival on Sunday, March 11 at St. Hubert’s High School.

The seven students chosen to represent Holy Ghost Prep at the event were Patrick Byrnes, Ryan Fitpatrick, Patrick Oniate, Brandon Cimino, Collin Cimino, Benjamin Gollmer, and Jeff DiFrancisco. The concert was conducted by Dr. Mitos Andaya Hart from Temple University and included music from a broad choral repertoire.

Two HGP students, Pat Byrnes and Brandon Cimino, were featured as soloists. Brandon and Collin Cimino were two of only a handful of students who have participated in the All-Catholic chorus for four years. The All-Catholic jazz band was also featured during the concert. HGP sophomore Ben Gollmer performed with the jazz band as well as the chorus.

 

 

 

The Holy Ghost Prep Spring Auction, which benefits HGP students and teachers, will take place on Saturday, April 14. 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, April 14

The Holy Ghost Prep Spring Auction will take place on Saturday, April 14.

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 2018-19 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 the past couple years, multiple dinners will be 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 in Orlando, Florida: One-week stay at a vacation villa near Disney World.

Four luxury suite tickets to a New York Yankees game: Chance to enjoy the Bronx Bombers' home run-hitting duo of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge from the General Manager suite.

Duquesne University scholarships: A pair of $4,000 scholarships to Duquesne University. 

Round of golf at The Ridge of Back Brook: A memorable day on this Tom Fazio-designed course in Ringoes, New Jersey. 

To order tickets for the 2018 HGP Spring Auction, click here

 

John McCrane '17, a former baseball and basketball standout at Holy Ghost Prep, is experiencing success as a relief pitcher at the University of Sciences.

John McCrane '17 is featured in the Northeast Times

John McCrane '17, a former baseball and basketball standout at Holy Ghost Prep, is experiencing success as a relief pitcher at the University of Sciences.  To read a recent Northeast Times feature about John, click here. (photo courtesy of the University of the Sciences)

 

 

Ghost Stories is an online newsletter for alumni, parents, and students of Holy Ghost Prep.
The purpose of Holy Ghost Prep's summer sessions is to provide HGP students with unique elective courses that allow for engaging, real-world experiences with trips to NYSE, Broadway, Philadelphia Magazine and ESPN Studios.

Summer electives for HGP students

HGP began offering summer sessions in 2013. The purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to expand their curriculum through unique elective courses that allow for engaging, real-world experiences with trips to NYSE, Philadelphia Magazine and ESPN Studios. This summer’s offerings are listed below:


Indie Film and Theater ½ Credit

Open to Grades 10, 11, 12

In this course, students will immerse themselves in the world of film and theater, studying films and plays in the classroom and then watching them come alive on stage and on screen. Anyone who has an interest in film, television, or theater as a possible career option, or is simply a movie or theater buff who would like to learn more about great films and plays, should consider taking the course. We will begin in the classroom, where we will study the best classic and contemporary films and plays by their most accomplished creators. Then we will supplement our classroom curriculum by making trips to New York and Philadelphia to see current examples of great film and theater. Students will learn the language of film and theater, including creative arts skills such as writing, acting, directing, staging, and producing successful films and plays.

Summer field trip experiences will include day and overnight visits to Philadelphia and New York City to see the best movies and plays of the summer. Film trips will include visits to the Ritz Theater in Philadelphia, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and New York’s Film Forum. Theater trips will include visits to professional productions of plays and musicals, both on and off Broadway, in New York; as well as productions by well-regarded companies in Philadelphia.

If you are interested in having your son enroll in Indie Film and Theater this summer, contact Mr. Matthew Jordan at mjordan@holyghostprep.org.



Journalism ½ Credit

Open to Grades 10, 11, 12

This course offers a range of educational opportunities including reporting, interviewing, writing and editing. Students in the course are introduced to the journalistic styles including news, editorial, feature, column, and review, with complete assignments in each type. In addition, elements of layout design, photography, art/cartooning, computer use and desktop publishing are taught. The class emphasizes the development of critical reading skills, problem solving, social awareness, interpersonal relationships, responsibility, objectivity, and a willingness to deal with timely and/or controversial topics. At the same time, the course demands a practical approach to "on-the-spot" writing and the continued use of good grammar and punctuation.

Summer field trip experiences will include several visits to the Philadelphia Magazine office where students will meet top editors to get a sense of the inner workings of the world of journalism. A trip is also planned to the ESPN campus in Connecticut.

If you are interested in having your son enroll in Journalism this summer, contact Mr. Justin Goulet at jgoulet@holyghostprep.org.



Finance ½ Credit

Open to students in Grade 12 registered for AP Economics or Economics

Students in this course will evaluate various investment theories; analyze technical investment data and evaluate conflicting expert investment analysis; perform long-rang investment strategy while balancing investment risk. Students will participate in a seminar setting discussing famed Princeton economics professor, Burton Malkiel's classic guide to investing A Random Walk Down Wall Street. In addition to reading Malkiel's seminal work on financial investment students will be learning by doing. Students will be interacting with the world of financial investment by developing their own investment strategies and testing them using real-world data. All students enrolled in this class must be registered for AP Economics or Economics in their senior year. This course will prepare students for participation in managing real money on behalf of HGP as fiduciaries of the Frank Frederico Student Investment Fund.

Summer field trip experiences will include several trips to financial investment offices and an extended trip to world finance capital, New York City which will include the Museum of American Finance, the gold vault tour at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and meetings with several financial experts including lunch with a CEO.

If you are interested in having your son enroll in Finance this summer, contact Mr. Thomas Murtaugh at tmurtaugh@holyghostprep.org.



 
During the March 16th dedication ceremony of the Brennan Family Innovation Center, Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson '79 had the opportunity to thank John and Jean Brennan for their generosity toward STEM education at Holy Ghost Prep.

Brennan Family Innovation Center is officially dedicated

During the March 16th dedication ceremony of the Brennan Family Innovation Center, Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson ’79 had the opportunity to thank John and Jean Brennan for their generosity toward STEM education at Holy Ghost Prep.

“John and Jean Brennan are the type of change agents that every school needs to move forward,” Geruson told the audience at the dedication ceremony. “They were passionate about the need for STEM-based, hands-on learning and invested their time, talents, and treasure to ensure that this Brennan Family Innovation space became a reality.”

Rev. Jeffrey T. Duaime, C.S.SP. ’76, provincial superior for the U.S. Congregation of the Holy Spirit, officially blessed the Innovation Center and, like Geruson, thanked John and Jean Brennan for their foresight and support.

John and Jean Brennan were joined by their son Tom ’03 and daughter- in-law Liz. The family was treated to a robotics exhibition by student members of HGP robotics team and had an opportunity to chat with Brandon Petcaugh, the computer sciences department chair who runs the robotics program, along with Holy Ghost Prep principal Jeff Danilak and Michael Jacobs ’03, HGP’s director of information technology. Both Danilak and Jacobs are key members of the school’s STEM team. In addition, current HGP teachers Beth Bruno, Gerri Carmine, Taylor McKelvie, Ryan Abramson ’94, and Diane Joganich also attended the ceremony. 

Since it opened in August 2017, the Brennan Family Innovation Center has become a space that bustles with activity and innovation. All Holy Ghost Prep ninth graders take the Introduction to Engineering Design class in the center. In those classes, the students actively participate in the engineering process: identify, brainstorm, develop, build, and redesign. In addition, Holy Ghost Prep’s VEX robotics team collaborates in this space, and electric circuit classes are also taught in the Brennan Family Innovation Center.

The Brenan Family Innovation Center marks the first phase of the two-phase project that result in a STEM Tower in the Northeast wing on Cornwells Hall. This summer, the school’s biology, chemistry, and physics laboratories will become STEM-based labs and combine with the Innovation Center in a STEM Tower that will make HGP one of the area’s leaders in science and technology education as these state-of-the-art spaces will allow Holy Ghost Prep to expand and develop its curriculum and eventually partner with area colleges to tackle real-world problems.

 

 

Andrew Iannacone's time of 58.27 set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke and also earned the Holy Ghost Prep junior a fifth-place medal at states.

Andrew Iannacone ’19 enjoys sweet success in the pool

When Holy Ghost Prep swim coach Sheree Marsh informed Andrew Iannacone ’19 that he had just broken his own school record in the 100 breaststroke at the PIAA state championships at Bucknell University, Iannacone’s one-word response to her was “sweet.”

It was sweet, indeed. Iannacone’s time of 58.27 set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke and also earned the Holy Ghost Prep junior a fifth-place medal at states. Iannacone had previously set the school mark in the 100 breaststroke just two weeks earlier at the PIAA District One meet in early March with a time of 58.65.

“The key to my performance over the past few weeks has been practicing hard, working with my coaches to improve my stroke technique, eating healthy, and getting rest in order to be prepared,” says Iannacone.

“I was excited that I medaled in my best event (the 100 breaststroke). Improving my time so soon after our district meet was a goal I was happy to achieve. Matt Doucette, our team captain, also dropped time in his event (the 100 butterfly). We were able to support each other at the state meet, and we were lucky to have our three high school coaches there to cheer us on.”

Marsh was thrilled that Iannacone, a hard-working, team-first type of swimmer, was able to medal at states in a school-best time.

“Andrew never complains, but it is obvious that he works very hard in the water and out of the water (dry-land training),” says Marsh. “Andrew will swim where ever I put him because he knows that is where I need him to swim.

“Andrew is definitely college material and if he stays healthy, that is where he is headed. I’m sure Andrew would like to break more school records, but at the end of the day Andrew truly just does what the team needs him to do, swim fast!”

Iannacone’s ultimate goal is be a collegiate swimmer (he’s been hearing from college coaches over the past calendar year), and he is working tirelessly to make that a reality. In fact, Iannacone was right back in the water after his school record-setting swim at states, preparing for the Middle Atlantic Short Course championships at the end of March.

“My club team is George School Aquatics. We have practice six days a week and practices range from two to three hours every day,” says Iannacone. “We are always in the pool for two hours and we have dry-land practice three times a week for an hour each session. The high school team has meets two times a week and my club team usually has swim meets once a month. The short course season runs from September to March, and our long course season runs from April to July.

“My average day during the school year is sometimes going to morning practice and then getting ready for school. I’ve managed my workload by doing as much as I can during breaks and I start on homework right when I get home from school. I leave for practice at five o’clock after having dinner and get home from practice around nine o’clock when I have my second dinner. I then do as much studying as I can for school before I pass out.”

Marsh is proud of all that Iannacone has already accomplished both in and out of the water. But she’s most proud of the quality young man that Iannacone is.

“Holy Ghost couldn't ask for a better person to have on their team,” says Marsh.

 

 

On March 16, Holy Ghost Prep held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Holt Center, the school's new 27,000-square foot performing arts, athletic, and activity space. (photo by Catalano Studio)

Holt Center ribbon-cutting ceremony marks a historic day for HGP

On March 16, Holy Ghost Prep held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Holt Center, the school’s new 27,000-square foot performing arts, athletic, and activity space. 

The ceremony marked an exciting new chapter in Holy Ghost Prep’s history and was a true community event attended by the entire student body, HGP faculty, staff, and administrators. In addition, the March 16 celebration attracted members of the HGP Board of Trustees, members of the Holt family, Dominic and Michele Frederico ’00P, John Di Paolo ’87, other key Vision 2020 donors, alumni, friends, and local politicians who helped make the Holt Center possible. 

“This building is a giant step toward us realizing our vision of being premier,” said Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “And today’s monumental step forward would not have happened without the time, talents, and generosity of so many people in this gymnasium this morning.”

During his remarks which were often interrupted by enthusiastic cheers from the student body, Geruson took time to thank everyone who made the historic day possible. In addition to Geruson, the short program of speakers also included Frank Frederico ’00, Thomas Holt Jr.’81, and Pa. state representative Geno DiGirolamo, whose son Anthony attended Holy Ghost.

“Eleven members of our family have graduated from Holy Ghost Prep over the years, and as I said when we broke ground on this facility, it’s only fitting that we’re opening the Holt (Activity) Center, since Holy Ghost has been the activity center for the Holt family for more than 40 years,” said Thomas Holt Jr.’81.

DiGirolamo, for one, was overwhelmed by the magnificence of the Holt Center.

“When I walked in here today, I just thought, ‘Wow, what an amazing accomplishment,’” said DiGirolamo.

The Holt Center will have a major impact on the performing arts and athletic programs at Holy Ghost Prep. The building is home to the Di Paolo Family Gymnasium, a practice gym with six basketball hoops; the the Frank Frederico ’00 Performing Arts Theater, a state-of-the-art performing arts space for school plays and concerts; music rehearsal spaces specifically tailored to accommodate both group and individual instruction; an erg room for the HGP rowing program; indoor batting cages and pitching mounds; and track and field practice space so HGP athletes can sharpen their skills all year round.

“The acoustics in the (Frederico) Theater are great, and it will give us so much of a better experience both for concerts and to rehearse,” said Holy Ghost junior Adam Lawall, who plays saxophone in the band.

Although it just opened, Geruson has already seen the enormous impact that Holt Center, which bustles with after-school activity each day, is having on HGP.

“What we have here in the Holt Center is unparalleled among our competitors,” says Geruson.

After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, which lasted 30 minutes, those in attendance were among the first to tour the new facility.

The building will be officially dedicated next fall as part of Holy Ghost Prep’s Vision 2020 Celebration Weekend on Sept. 15-16, 2018. 

 

  

Father Alain Mayama, C.S. Sp., a Spiritan priest and a member of the order's general council from Rome, will visit Holy Ghost Prep on March 27 as part of a three-week stay in the United States.

Father Alain Mayama to visit HGP

Father Alain Mayama, C.S. Sp., a Spiritan priest and a member of the order’s general council from Rome, will visit Holy Ghost Prep on March 27 as part of a three-week stay in the United States.

Generalate visits to the U.S. Province are scheduled once every eight years, and provide opportunity for spiritual reflection, fraternity, and collaboration among members of the General Council and U.S. Province.

Fr. Mayama arrived in the United States on Sunday, March 18 and began his visit in Pittsburgh, spending time at the Provincial Office and Libermann Hall in Bethel Park, Pa. and Duquesne University and St. Stephen’s Parish in Pittsburgh.

During his U.S. visit, Fr. Mayama will then tour Holy Ghost Prep and will meet with some HGP students, faculty, and administrators. In addition, he will visit with the Spiritan community at HGP, as well as Spiritan communities in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, and Michigan.

He speaks three languages (French, English, Portuguese) and is from the French speaking portion of the Congo.

Fr. Mayama will reconvene for additional meetings in Pittsburgh before departing for Rome on April 10.

 

 

Four of the HGP artists whose work will be exhibited next month at Bucks County Community College are pictured here:(left to right) Jack Keating, Andrew Iannacone, Bruce Jiang, and Shane Marotta.

HGP students will be featured at Bucks County High School Art Exhibit

Six Holy Ghost Prep artists will participate in the 23rd annual Bucks County Community College High School Art Exhibit. Public, private, and parochial schools from all over Bucks County are invited to participate.

The six HGP artists whose drawings and prints will be exhibited this year are Henry Glunz ’19, Shane Marotta ’19, Bruce Jiang ’19, Andrew Iannacone ’19, Jack Nycz ’20, and Jack Keating ’20.

The show is held in the Hicks Art Center at Bucks County Community College from April 2 through April 11, 2018. A reception will be held April 8 from 2 - 4 p.m.

 

Ten Holy Ghost Prep students have their work displayed at the "Emergence II" art show in Bristol, Pa. and HGP's Austin Moran (pictured) received the "Best in Show" honor for his oil painting.

HGP student Austin Moran wins Best in Show at "Emergence II" art show

Ten Holy Ghost Prep student artists have their work displayed at the “Emergence II” art show at the Centre for the Arts in Bristol, Pa., and HGP's Austin Moran received the "Best in Show" honor for his oil painting entitled “Savannah, GA, Summer 2017."

Moran's work, along with the works of nine other HGP students, is on display at the “Emergence II” exhibit that opened at the Centre for Arts, located at 308 Mill Street in Bristol, on March 8 and runs through April 2. In addition to Holy Ghost Prep, the art exhibit featured works from student artists representing Bensalem, Bristol, Harry S. Truman, Conwell-Egan, Nazareth Academy, and Neshaminy High Schools.

The 10 HGP artists who have work displayed in this adjudicated show are: Owen Yake, Jacob Lawall, and Patrick Oniate (drawings); Austin Moran, Christopher Corr, and Graham Gibbs (paintings); Thomas Forkin and Richard Johnson (relief prints); Jeffrey DeFrancesco and Aiden Schmidt (intaglio prints).

 

Holy Ghost Prep speech and debate team finished in fourth place in the team competition at the 2018 Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Tournament held March 16-17 at Bloomsburg University.

Holy Ghost Prep forensics team finishes fourth at states 

Holy Ghost Prep speech and debate team finished in fourth place in the team competition at the 2018 Pennsylvania High School Speech League State Tournament held March 16-17 at Bloomsburg University.

For the second year in a row, seniors Colin Landers and Luke Muller captured the state title in duo interpretation. Landers and Muller became the first duo to repeat as state champs in that event since HGP alums Michael Dobuski and Sean Jordan accomplished the feat in 2012 and 2013.

Junior Albert Johnston-Ramirez was crowned a 2018 state champion in persuasive speaking—marking one of a number of top-flight finishes turned in by HGP underclassmen this past weekend at Bloomsburg.

Other impressive HGP finishes from the March 16-17 state championships were turned in by:

  • Patrick Byrnes ’19, second place in Oral Interpretation: Prose

 

  • Justin Gabriele ’21, third place in Oral Interpretation: Poetry

 

  • Kevin Landers ’20, third place in Humorous Interpretation

 

  • Christopher Galasso ’19, fourth place in Impromptu Speaking

 

  • Charles Mshomba ’20, fourth place in Informative Speaking

 

  • Patrick McLean ’18 and Henry Fina ’20, fifth place in News Broadcasting

 

  • Colton El-Habr ’20, fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking

 

  • Brian Gabriele ’18, 7th in Dramatic Interpretation

 

  • Shane McHugh ’18, ninth place in Student Congress: House

 

 

Holy Ghost Prep students, faculty, and staff took part in the nationwide walkout/remembrance of the Parkland, Florida shooting victims on March 14.

Holy Ghost Prep honors Parkland, Florida victims

Holy Ghost Prep students, faculty, and staff took part in the nationwide walkout/remembrance of the Parkland, Florida shooting victims on March 14.

Holy Ghost’s remembrance ceremony began at 10:00 a.m. in the school courtyard with 17 candles, each marked with the name of a victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, placed on a table in front of the school's Blessed Mary statue.

Beginning at 10:01, a chime was sounded every minute until 10:17 a.m. At the sound of each chime, a Holy Ghost Prep student or faculty member read the name of a victim, lit that victim’s candle, and placed the candle on the table. The solemn event concluded with a short reflection.

Andrew Iannacone (pictured) broke his own school record in the 100 backstroke in a winning time of 58.65 at the PIAA District One meet. He'll be headed to states in that event.

The Holy Ghost Prep swim team finished fifth overall with 213.5 points at the PIAA District One championships at La Salle University on March 3-4. All told, HGP swimmers took home 18 All-District One certificates and five medals.

Andrew Iannacone broke his own school record in the 100 backstroke in a winning time of 58.65. He will be headed to the state championships in the 100 backstroke, one of a pair of Holy Ghost swimmers who qualified for states. Joining Iannacone at states will be Matt Doucette, who will be an alternate in the 100 butterfly, an event in which he finished in fourth place at the District One meet in a time of 55.29.

The impressive fifth-place team finish caps off a strong season for the Firebirds (7-3 record in meets this season).

A full list of the notable HGP finishes at the District One swimming championships are below:

 

100 Breaststroke

Andrew Iannacone, 1st place, 58.65 (new school record)

 

200 Medley Relay     4th place    1:42.70

Fred Li, Andrew Iannacone, Matt Doucette, Liam Farrell

 

200 Freestyle

Fred Li, 6th place, 1:52.81

Nicholas Polidoro, 11th place, 2:00.42

 

200 IM

Andrew Iannacone, 7th place, 2:05.78

 

50 Freestyle

Matt Doucette, 6th place, 22.73

Nicholas Gill, 13th place, 24.98

 

100 Butterfly

Matt Doucette, 4th place, 55.29

Joseph Noto, 11th place, 1:02.46

Philip Lee, 12th place, 1:03.34

 

200 Freestyle Relay    5th place    1:39.26

Nicholas Gill, Philip Lee, Nicholas Polidoro, Liam Farrell


100 Freestyle

Fred Li, 4th place, 49.98

 

500 Freestyle

Nicholas Polidoro, 11th place, 5:35.66

 

400 Free Relay    5th place    3:24.24

Matt Doucette, Andrew Iannacone, Liam Farrell, Fred Li

 

 

On March 16 at 9:30 a.m., Holy Ghost Prep will hold the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 27,000-square foot Holt Center.

Holt Center ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held March 16

On March 16 at 9:30 a.m., Holy Ghost Prep will hold the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Holt Center, the 27,000-square foot performing arts, athletic, and activity space that will benefit the school and the surrounding community. 

The ceremony to mark this exciting new chapter in Holy Ghost Prep’s history will be a true community event attended by the entire student body, HGP faculty, staff and administrators, members of the HGP Board of Trustees, members of the Holt family, Dominic Frederico ’00P, John Di Paolo ’87, other key Vision 2020 donors, alumni, friends, and local politicians who helped make the Holt Center possible. 

“We are excited to unveil this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility and to see the substantial impact it undoubtedly will have on Holy Ghost Prep and our entire community,” says HGP president Gregory J. Geruson ’79.

After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, expected to last 30 minutes, those in attendance will be among the first to tour the new facility.

The building will be officially dedicated next fall as part of Holy Ghost Prep’s Vision 2020 Celebration Weekend on Sept. 15-16, 2018. 

 

Senior Mason El-Habr (pictured), the current recipient of the Edwin and Leona Downey scholarship, served as the student speaker at the annual President's Dinner on February 23. (photo by Catalano Studio)

President’s Dinner celebrates HGP donors and students

Holy Ghost Prep held its annual President’s Dinner, a special event which simultaneously honors generous and committed HGP donors as well as some of the school’s talented students, at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale on February 23.

The annual dinner is a heartwarming event; the students and their families are delighted to meet some of the donors who have literally invested in the school’s success. The donors left the dinner clearly inspired by the young people they met and in knowing that their investment is helping transform lives.

During his remarks, Holy Ghost Prep president Gregory J. Geruson ’79 briefly thanked the donors for the generosity to the school.

“Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. Please continue to lend your time, talents, and treasure to Holy Ghost Prep. It truly ensures the future of Holy Ghost Prep and is helping us create the leaders of tomorrow,” said Geruson. “And the students in this room, be grateful for the opportunity you have to attend HGP. Thank your parents, thank our faculty, and thank the generous individuals in the room tonight.”

Senior Mason El-Habr, the current recipient of the Edwin and Leona Downey scholarship, delivered a heartfelt appreciation for the Holy Ghost Prep community’s willingness to go the extra mile to develop each student’s unique gifts.

“I realize what makes HGP such an exceptional school: it’s the way that HGP is more than a school,” says El-Habr. “It’s that extra step, the additional hours, the way that students, faculty members, families, alumni, and all the members of the HGP community go the distance to ensure that everyone is the best that they can be.

“That’s why the community truly shines in the moments beyond the classroom, after the ring of the 2:30 bell. Even after the school day has ended, students, faculty, and other members of the HGP community can be found all across campus, exploring their interests and fully recognizing their gifts.”

El-Habr was one of 14 appreciative scholarship recipients who attended the dinner—the others being senior Matt Doucette (Francis J. Marx V Memorial scholarship), sophomore John Burke (Maguire Foundation scholarship), sophomore Charles Mshomba (Spiritan scholarship), freshman Syed Naqvi (Maguire Foundation scholarship), senior Mark Jonathan Pabalon (Class of 1979 scholarship), junior Stephen Joyce (Class of 1979 scholarship), junior Adam Lawall (Clare McGovern Warning scholarship), freshman Philip Lee (Maguire Foundation scholarship), sophomore Henry Fina (Class of 1979 scholarship), sophomore Rafael Bonner (Spiritan scholarship), junior Sean Sylvester (Venne Family scholarship), sophomore Kevin McHugh (Sally R. Saginaw scholarship) and senior Patrick McLean (Amy Kohler Memorial scholarship).

In addition, the music for the evening was provided by “Still Undecided,” a band comprised of current HGP juniors Jeff DiFrancesco (vocals, piano), Albert Johnston-Ramirez (guitar, vocals), Alex Kobilnyk (guitar), Matt Davies (drums), and Matt Burst (bass guitar).

At the end of his remarks, El-Habr thanked benefactors for their life-changing scholarship gifts to today’s HGP students and urged his classmates to strive to become supporters themselves one day.

“We have much to be thankful for: our beautiful campus, our resources, but above all, we are immeasurably grateful to the people that are the HGP community. The students, faculty, alumni, friends, family, supporters, and all the members of HGP are the core of what makes everything we do possible,” El-Habr said. “The lessons and experiences that we’ve gained here are memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

“So on behalf of my classmates, the students before me, and those that will come after: Thank you. Thank you for your generosity, your spirit, and your invaluable support. Because of you, one day we will be able to step forward and provide the same experience to a new generation of our community.”

 

 

 

  

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