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Holy Ghost Prep's 242-A team of Mason El-Habr, Jack Pinkstone, Sean Smith, Aiden Schmidt, and James Castner travelled to Western Pennsylvania and bested the other 22 other teams in the competition.

Holy Ghost’s VEX robotics team captures Western Pa. tournament

In its final regular season competition before the state championships on March 3, the Holy Ghost Prep’s first-year VEX robotics program won the tournament championship at the Forest Hills VEX in the Zone Tournament in Gilman, Pa. last weekend.

Holy Ghost Prep’s 242-A team of Mason El-Habr, Jack Pinkstone, Sean Smith, Aiden Schmidt, and James Castner travelled to Western Pennsylvania and bested the other 22 other teams in the competition. 

The tournament victory served as the perfect tune-up for the 2017-18 Eastern Pennsylvania state championship competition at Norristown High School, a competition that will pit the 75 best teams on this part of the state against one another on March 3.

In addition to competing in the tournament, the Holy Ghost Prep students were given a private tour of the Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center, met the school’s racing team and saw its electric Formula SAE race car, and also toured the RobboMatter, Inc. headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh (where they are developing new products for VEX).

 

 

Holy Ghost Prep senior Ryan Callahan captured the 2018 Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) singles title on Feb. 14 at Delmor Lanes in Morrisville.

Ryan Callahan ’18 wins BAL bowling title

Holy Ghost Prep senior Ryan Callahan captured the 2018 Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) singles title on Feb. 14 at Delmor Lanes in Morrisville.

Callahan won four straight matches to win the 2018 title. After rolling the tournament’s high game of 256 in the semifinals, Callahan, who will attend Emory University in the fall, beat Bristol's Xavier Corbin in the final, 203-182. This marks the second straight season that Holy Ghost Prep has won the BAL single crown. Last year’s final was all-HGP affair as John Schrenk bested Callahan, 226-170 in the final.

"Ryan Callahan deserves this. After being the runner-up last year, he was due,” says Holy Ghost’s clearly proud bowling coach Tom Eckerle.

Both Callahan and Schrenk, Holy Ghost Prep’s bowling co-captains, are headed to Reading in March for the Eastern regionals, bowling’s version of the district playoffs, as singles competitors.

Tomas Vallejo is one of eight students—four in the Class of 2020, four more in the Class of 2021—who are attending Holy Ghost Prep through the Maguire Independent Schools Scholars program.

Maguire Scholar profile: Tomas Vallejo ’21

Holy Ghost Prep freshman Tomas Vallejo can’t help but shake his head as he discusses the many sacrifices that his parents have made for him.

“Back in 2000, my parents had one child, my older brother Santiago, and courageously decided to leave behind everything they knew—their home, friends, family and their jobs—to come to America in hopes of a better life,” says Tomas, who was born in the United States.

“We’ve had our struggles. But fortunately everything worked out.”

Inspired by the courage, faith, and work ethic that their mom, who works as a maid, and dad, a landscaper, have displayed, Santiago is now a college student in Connecticut, while Tomas is attending Holy Ghost Prep as a Maguire Scholar.

“I wouldn’t be at Holy Ghost Prep without the generosity of the Maguire Foundation,’ says Tomas. “My parents have always stressed that studying and working hard is the way to get ahead in this country, so I’ve always tried to give maximum effort first in grade school at St. Martin of Tours, then in the Inn Dwelling program which I joined in seventh grade, and now here at Holy Ghost.

“Everything my mom and dad do is with 100% effort, so that’s where my work ethic and desire to do well come from.”

Vallejo has been a valued member of the Holy Ghost community from the day he arrived on campus from his Mayfair home. In addition to being an honor roll student and keeping his three-days-after-school commitment to Inn Dwelling, Tomas was elected to Holy Ghost’s student government and also joined the school’s nationally-renowned speech and debate program, where he is showing great promise in declamation.

“Tomas has amazing potential as a speaker. In his declamation, he puts forth the understanding, compassion, and energy needed to move any audience,” says Patrick McGhee ’03, one of Holy Ghost Prep’s speech and debate coaches. “As a young man, Tomas is one of the best. Dr. (Trish) O'Connor and I lovingly call him ‘Mr. President’ because he is always so polite and interested in your day; he wants to know how you are doing. The school has been blessed with his attendance.”

Others clearly agree with that assessment as Vallejo was elected to student government despite the fact that he is the only member of HGP’s freshman class from St. Martin of Tours.

“Tomas is one of the most conscientious students I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” says Bob Vierlinck ’03, a social studies teacher who serves as one of the moderators of HGP’s student government association (SGA).

“While just a freshman, he has one of the best attitudes in all of SGA and easily communicates whenever he has a conflict, question, or concern. It's no doubt that his classmates recognized those traits and elected him to SGA on merit. I have no doubt that, as he continues to grow at HGP, he will become one of the most accomplished leaders the school has produced.”

Vallejo is one of eight students (four in the Class of 2020, four more in the Class of 2021) who are attending Holy Ghost Prep through the Maguire Independent Schools Scholars program—the others being sophomores John Burke, Nicholas LaRosa, Shane Love, and Joseph Tufo as well as fellow ninth graders Philip Lee, Syed Naqvi, and Jared Seehusahai.

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. As part of this exceptional program, Maguire scholars are required to achieve benchmarks in academics, class attendance, and community service participation.

“We are so grateful for our relationship with the Maguire Foundation,” says Holy Ghost president Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “Their philanthropy has allowed eight tremendous young men to become integral parts of our Holy Ghost community. We look forward to welcoming future Maguire Scholars in the years to come.”

 

 

 

On Feb. 21, Holy Ghost Prep held a signing day ceremony to celebrate eight members of the Class of 2018 who have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers in the fall.

Eight more HGP seniors commit to play college sports

On Feb. 21, Holy Ghost Prep held a signing day ceremony to celebrate eight members of the Class of 2018 who have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers in the fall.

“We are so proud of the successes these young men have had at Holy Ghost Prep, and we look forward to continuing to watch and cheer for them as they play at the next level,” said Jim Stewart, Holy Ghost Prep’s athletic director.

The eight HGP seniors, in alphabetical order, who gathered together with family and friends to celebrate their commitment to play collegiate sports on Feb. 21 are:

Grayson Bautz (rowing), College of the Holy Cross

Brendan Eagen (soccer), Catholic University

Connor Fife (soccer), Gettysburg College

Phil Rueter (lacrosse), Elizabethtown College

Mark Seibert (baseball), Gettysburg College

Luke Verga (baseball), Ursinus College

Zach Vittorelli (baseball), DeSales University

Owen Yake (lacrosse), Elizabethtown College

All told, 10 Holy Ghost Prep seniors have now committed to play college sports next year. Back in November, HGP lacrosse captains George Rusnak and Matt Rueter signed to play Division I lacrosse at Siena College and New Jersey Institute of Technology, respectively.

“These students have demonstrated hard work and dedication inside and outside of the classroom,” said AnnMarie Dougherty, HGP’s director of college guidance. “They will be wonderful ambassadors for Holy Ghost Prep.”

 

 

  

 

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.


 

 

 

 

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