Cougar Courier: The Year in Review Edition 2021-22

The 2021-2022 academic year was a busy one as we focused our attention and energy on restoring cherished practices, habits, and traditions that were absent during two years of a pandemic. The restoration of treasured activities and events – moments as simple as a social gathering for parents – deepened our appreciation for what we all know matters most. As we journeyed forward together as a community, we celebrated Convocation Mass with Cardinal Seán – who commissioned the Daughters of Mary after Austin Prep students marched to a parade of flags – and while the previous year saw livestreamed editions of our December traditions, we took The Nutcracker and Lessons and Carols on the road to Stoneham's Greater Boston Stage Company.
Our athletic programs provided a sense of pride this year as well, driven by Austin Prep's announcement of a transition to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) for the 2022-2023 academic year. Austin Prep made the most of their final year in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), with the Austin Prep Girls Ice Hockey and Baseball Teams capturing MIAA State Titles, Max Hampoian '23 winning an individual MIAA Golf Title, the Girls Tennis Team earning MIAA State Finalist recognition, and multiple Boys Track and Field 4 x 400 meter relay titles with the emergence of Tristan Miller '23 as one of the top 400 meter runners in the region.  If the earned hardware wasn't enough, the teams found success in a dominant manner: Girls Ice Hockey and Baseball finished their seasons 27-0 and 25-0, respectively, while Girls Tennis finished their regular season 20-0.
Through it all, we lived out the theme for the academic year: "Love one another as I have loved you."

We invite you to take a look back on the stories of 2021-22 that helped shape the Austin Prep community.



The 2021-2022 Academic Year Begins 

“Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34) adopted as School's theme for the academic year
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School-Wide Student Government Officers Jack Caruso '22, Patricia Bibeau '22, Liam Gildea '22, and Chris Gerety '22 welcomed students to campus.


The 2021-2022 Austin Prep academic year began Wednesday, September 1st as students arrived for the first day of classes, welcomed by faculty and staff, and reunited with classmates as our Austin Prep journey together continued.  On the first day students followed a modified schedule to allow for time to navigate all seven blocks of the daily schedule, enjoy lunch, meet with advisors, and connect with friends outside.

As is the case with every academic year, Austin Prep adopted a theme to help community members advance our mission and live our faith. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Austin Prep’s theme was Christ’s commandment from the Gospel of St. John: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Through that theme, we focused our conversations, initiatives, activities, class lessons, advisory meetings, and liturgical celebrations on the Augustinian ethos of caritas – love.   

To view photos from the first day of class, click here.

Two Day Orientation Program Precedes Day One of Classes 

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New members of the 10th and 11th grade classes participated in orientation activities.


Prior to the start of classes, students were on campus for orientation activities on Monday, August 30th and Tuesday, August 31st.  Classes received welcomes from Dr. James Hickey, Head of School; Mr. Michael McLaughlin, Head of Middle School; Mr. Colin Kiley, Interim Dean of Students, and others.  While on campus, students met with advisors and received instructions in regards to various details of campus life, including dining hall procedures and other safety related measures.  

To view photos from Middle School Orientation, click here. To view photos from the Class of 2025 Orientation, click here.

Student-Athletes Receive Blessing and St. Augustine Medals

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Sub-Varsity fall student-athletes participated in a special blessing.


On Wednesday, September 8th, the day started with a beautiful ceremony in the Chapel of St. Augustine recognizing our fall sub-varsity student-athletes as they received a blessing and St. Augustine medals from Fr. Patrick Armano, School Chaplain. Students were also treated to a wonderful hymn from Sr. Paskazia Nakitende and Sr. Mary Namutebi, Theology Faculty.

Sub-varsity student-athlete blessings as well as varsity sport masses and breakfasts continued throughout the year for winter and spring sports student-athletes.

Austin Prep Community Honors 20th Anniversary of September 11th

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Students observed moments of silence from their classrooms to honor those lost in the September 11th attacks.


On Friday morning, September 10th, Austin Prep students, faculty, and staff took time to reflect, pray and observe a moment of silence to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks and loss of life on September 11th, 2001. Students stood with classmates in their individual classrooms while Father Patrick Armano, School Chaplain, Mr. Michael McLaughlin, Head of Middle School, Mr. Colin Kiley, Interim Dean of Students, Dr. William Driscoll, Assistant Head and Head of Upper School, and Mrs. Claudia Colannino, Registrar, offered reflections and read prayers at the exact time of each of the attacks: 8:46 a.m., North Tower; 9:03 a.m., South Tower; 9:37 a.m., Pentagon; 10:03 a.m., Shanksville, PA.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Hispanic Heritage Month Begins with National Flags and Authentic Cuisine

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Mr. Jaycob Morales, Coordinator of Community Engagement and Inclusion, introduced Hispanic Heritage Month to the Upper School at Community Meeting.

Austin Prep continued its celebration of diverse cultures, starting with Hispanic Heritage Month, which ran from September 15th through October 15th. During this time, we recognized the contributions, achievements and influence of Hispanic Americans on the history and culture of the United States. This month is significant as it includes the date of independence for many Hispanic countries.

Sixth Grade Builds Community with Mini Golf and Ice Cream

Members of the Class of 2028 got to know one another as they played miniature golf and enjoyed ice cream sundaes at Richardson's Farm. Students were placed in foursomes to play their 18 holes of golf and were prompted to dialogue with each other with conversation starters provided by faculty members at different holes on the course. An ice cream treat capped off the afternoon - Death by Chocolate and the Green Monster were student favorites. This class activity was planned by the Office of Student Life as part of a series of programs designed to build community among students. You can view photos from the day here.

International Students, Together Again, Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

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International Students celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Vietnam, as well as by overseas Chinese and Vietnamese communities. It is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. Our international students, back on campus together after a year away, celebrated in the traditional manner: enjoying mooncakes, a Chinese bakery delicacy, with friends.

Middle School Field Day Unites Students


Middle School students enjoyed a day together outdoors during Field Day.

Central to our Augustinian identity is the charism of unitas, or community. This is something we truly cultivate and celebrate through programs within and beyond the classroom. The opportunity to engage with peers and participate in activities contributes to this feeling of community and the special spirit of Austin Prep. The entire Middle School participated in a Field Day on campus, during which time students took part in a full day of structured activities and team building opportunities led by members of the Middle School faculty.

We are grateful for the friendships formed during the initial weeks of the academic year. To view photos from Field Day, click here.

Virtual Back to School Night a Success

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Ms. Alex Dell'Anno welcomed parents during Back-to-School night.

Parents attended Back-to-School night virtually, which was an opportunity to get a brief overview on students' academic schedules and receive an introduction to our faculty.  The collaborative effort between our Office of Academic Affairs and Technology Department was again a success, as we hosted 75 class meetings simultaneously, with 4,213 individual Zoom meeting parent log-ins over the course of the evening. 




Austin Prep Celebrates Convocation Mass and Parade of Flags

 His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, commissions the Daughters of Mary
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His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Bostondelivered the homily at Convocation Mass. 


On Friday, October 1st, Austin Prep marked the official start of the academic year with the celebration of Convocation Mass. Austin Prep welcomed His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, as the principal celebrant and homilist. The celebration, open to parents and livestreamed to the wider community, was highlighted by Cardinal Seán's commissioning of the Daughters of Mary as they began their time as members of the School community.  

Complete with the pageantry expected of Convocation – including the procession of students carrying class banners, welcomed by faculty in academic regalia to the sounds of bagpipers – this year included a parade of flags representing the national heritages of those in our school community. Over 60 national flags were included.



Dr. Hickey welcomed parents, trustees, friends of the Bannabikira Sisters, Cardinal Seán, clergy, members of the Order of Malta, and Augustinian Friars to the celebration. Dr. Hickey made note of the attendance of Fr. Art Johnson, O.S.A., who was instrumental in opening Austin Prep's doors in 1963.

“The theme for the 2021-2022 academic year is the commandment of Jesus from the gospel of St. John. ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’" Dr. Hickey said. "As I reflected upon that, it occurred to me that the decision of the Bannabikira Sisters to come to Austin Prep, a new place, a new community, a new country, 7,000 miles from home is an act of unconditional love, similar to the love that mothers have for their children."

"The arrival of the Bannabikira Sisters is a blessing and opportunity to deepen Austin Prep’s connection to a global world, to broaden our horizons and perspectives about culture, race and the lived experiences of others, and to advance the work we do to spread the Kingdom of God in partnership with the joyful women in the Daughters of Mary.”

Cardinal Seán in his homily continued to reflect on Austin Prep's 2021-2022 theme from St. John's Gospel and told a story of St. John: "St. John would celebrate the eucharist for his community and would give practically the same sermon every week. Finally someone got up enough courage to ask, 'John, why do you continue to give us the same sermon?'"

"I teach love one another, because Jesus, when he was with us on the Earth, he repeated it over and over again. That is what brings meaning to our lives," St. John responded.

"Real success is being able to love, being able to make a gift of our lives to God and to others." Cardinal Seán stated.

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Cardinal Seán officially commissioned Sister Paskazia Nakitende and Sister Mary Namutebi as members of the Austin Prep community, with other Daughters of Mary watching on.


After the homily, Cardinal Seán officially commissioned Sister Paskazia Nakitende and Sister Mary Namutebi as members of the Austin Prep community: "Grant we pray, that these sisters that you have chosen for this special calling, may by their way of life shown to the Church and the world a clear sign of Your Kingdom," Cardinal Seán said.

To mark the occasion, School-Wide Student Government Officers Patricia Bibeau ’22 and Jack Caruso '22 presented the Class of 2022 banner, which was eventually hoisted to the rafters of Meelia Hall, where it remained until being lowered at Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement in May, 2022.

Community Celebrates Autumn at Austin

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Autumn at Austin got off to a great start with a community wide pep rally.


The Annual Autumn at Austin event returned with a pep rally, a full weekend slate of  home athletic contests, and activities for alumni and families including campus tours and an alumni memorial mass.  

Autumn at Austin leads into Spirit Week

Austin Prep students celebrated Spirit Week in October.


From Monday, October 18th to Thursday, October 21st Austin Prep celebrated Spirit Week, complete with themed dress down days and daily contests for both staff and students. 

To participate in Spirit Week, students made at least a $20 donation to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment, with a commitment to no child being denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been the beneficiary of Austin Prep's charitable efforts for the last several years. This student-driven initiative promotes unitas and caritas by generating a strong sense of community and directs our efforts to benefit children and families in need.

You can view Spirit Week photos here.

Eighth Grade Walks in the Footsteps of History

In Civics, eighth-grade students learned about the American Revolution and the importance of local historical sites. Students and faculty were able to travel off campus for two immersive history experiences.



One group visited Minuteman National Park in Lexington. Students were guided along Battle Road by Mr. Jack Brady, History and English faculty. Mr. Brady regaled students in the story of Paul Revere's capture by British soldiers and the end to the famous "midnight ride." As students traversed the route from Lexington to Lincoln, they considered architecture as a primary source and visualized the events that took place in April 1775. A highlight of the trip was an interactive demonstration at the site of Hartwell Tavern. Here, students heard from costumed historical interpreters about life in colonial Massachusetts and witnessed a musket demonstration.

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The second group spent the day in the Charlestown Navy Yard at the USS Constitution Museum with Civics teacher Ms. Kristen Donnelly. October 13th was the 246th birthday of the US Navy, and Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro was in Boston for the festivities. Students arrived at the Navy Yard to the sound of a 21-gun salute and later had the opportunity to speak with Secretary Del Toro and ask him questions. Students boarded the World War II Destroyer the USS Cassian Young and interacted with rangers who talked about the history of the ship. At the Museum, students explored exhibits and engaged in various activities about the life of a sailor on the USS Constitution with Museum educators.

Students returned to campus ready to share their different experiences with classmates and make further connections between their time off campus and lessons in class.

Girls Soccer Team Highlighted in Boston Globe

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The Austin Prep Girls Soccer Team accumulated plenty of wins in the fall, but they also made headlines for their charitable work off the field. The team's efforts were highlighted in the Boston Globe. You can read the article here. Great work! 

Max Hampoian '23 Takes State Golf Title


Max Hampoian '23 was all smiles, winning the MIAA Division II state championship.


Despite the unfavorably raw, wet, and breezy conditions, Austin Prep's Max Hampoian '23 rose to the occasion, shooting a 3-under 69 to claim the MIAA Division II state championship at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland on Monday, October 25th. Max finished one stroke ahead of St. Mary's of Lynn golfer Aidan Emmerich and Tyngsborough's Trevor Drew, both of whom finished at 2-under 70. Max's efforts also led the team to a tie for fifth place in the event.

"I played my best golf ever on Monday, and it just happened to be the most important round of my life," Max said. "It was a close finish, and I was paired with the guy (Emmerich) I ended up beating by a stroke. On 18 I hit driver and he hit the ball into the woods, and I was pretty confident at that point."

With the individual title, Max adds to the Hampoian golf legacy at Austin Prep. Max's brother, Nick '18,  was the MIAA Division III state individual champion as a junior. 

"Joining my brother is awesome," Max said. "He has been giving me a bad time for a while about not having a ring and now I finally have one."


APS Media Presents..."Thriller!"

As is tradition, to celebrate Halloween, members of APS Media and our Middle School Dancers proudly presented Austin Prep's annual interpretation of "Thriller." Take another look above!



All Saints' Day Masses Begin Remembrance Month

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Paige Barlow '22 was a student lector at the Upper School All Saints' Day Mass.


The remembrance month of November began with the celebration of All Saints' Day Mass from Richard J. Meelia '67 Hall. Two separate Masses were held for Middle and Upper School students. Father Patrick Armano, School Chaplain, encouraged those in attendance to remember the saints of the church, and all those who have reached heaven.

 "Saints are those who have emptied themselves to allow themselves to be filled with God, but there are many people in heaven, and those are who we celebrate today. Our goal is to be in heaven, and to be prepared for the next life. And that is what we are doing here at Austin Prep right now," Father Patrick said.

The next day, on All Souls' Day, Austin Prep invited all those within the School community to submit the names of deceased loved ones, which were placed at the foot of the altar in the Chapel of St. Augustine to be remembered in our masses, prayers, and sacrifices, as an expression of our faith and in gratitude for being part of the Austin Prep community. Our faith assures us that the bonds of love that we have shared with them do not end with death.

Dr. Kuykendall Makes First Visit of 2021-2022 Academic Year

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Dr. Crystal Kuykendall with Upper School Students after her presentation.


Dr. Crystal Kuykendall made her first visit to Austin Prep this academic year on Tuesday, November 2nd and Wednesday, November 3rd, and addressed our students on the importance of creating a sense of belonging for all students, developing personal responsibility, and being role models. She focused on these topics through the lens of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas.

Dr. Kuykendall first came to campus in March 2020 at the invitation of the Head of School to be the keynote speaker at the 2020 St. Augustine Lecture. She joined our team in the summer of 2020 to be our partner to advance our ongoing work to educate for justice, and we are grateful that our new students had the opportunity to attend her lectures with classmates.

Iannibelli '22 Leads String of NCAA Commitments


Jack Iannibelli '22 with sister Juliana '24 and parents, Jim and Maryellen.​​​


November saw the first National Letter of Intent signing of the academic year.  Jack Iannibelli '22 signed his Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Stonehill College. Student-athletes who committed this year to continue their athletic careers after Austin Prep included: 

Jack Iannibelli - Stonehill College - Baseball
Evan Blanco - University of Virginia - Baseball
Matt Bellis - St. Michael's College - Lacrosse
Jack Seibel - Nazareth College - Lacrosse
Maeve Carey - Stonehill - Ice Hockey
Kathryn Karo - Stonehill - Ice Hockey
Lauryn Hanafin - Stonehill - Ice Hockey
Andrew Fetten - Randolph Macon - Soccer 
Catherine Gallagher - Wesleyen - Soccer
Tommy Skeffington - Endicott - Football
Colby Medeiros - Assumption University - Track and Field
Steven Galatis - Stonehill College - Track and Field and Cross County 
James Mahoney - Assumption University - Baseball
Jodee Domey - DeSales University - Softball
Emma Guthrie - Assumption University - Ice Hockey
Nico Fanuele - Providence College - Track and Field 
Matthew Chatelle - Merrimack College - Baseball
Samantha MacCormack - Endicott College - Soccer

Class of 2022 Visits Happiest Place on Earth

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This academic year, we enjoyed resuming Austin Prep traditions that were at times not possible during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the top of that list was the Walt Disney World Trip for the Class of 2022. Austin Prep Senior Classes always remark that the Disney trip was a highlight of their Austin Prep experience. The Class of 2022 had the opportunity to visit Disney World and celebrate friendships that have formed during their Austin Prep Journey.

Blue Mass Honors First Responders

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Bishop Mark O’Connell blessed first responders in attendance at the conclusion of the annual Blue Mass.


​Representatives from the Reading Police and Fire Departments, as well as first responder parents from the Austin Prep community, turned out for Austin Prep’s 5th Annual Blue Mass and Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday, November 22nd. The Mass, held annually in gratitude for all those who put their lives on the line for others, returned to campus for the first time since 2019 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can view photos from the event here.

The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Mark O’Connell, JCD Episcopal Vicar of the North Region of the Archdiocese of Boston, who emphasized the importance of giving back while looking out for everyone, especially those on the margins.

“At Austin Prep, you have been given a great foundation, but it is important what you do with it,” Bishop O’Connell said. “Do something with your life that is virtuous. There is no better example than first responders. We saw this during the pandemic. Because of them, we can be safe in our homes, protected from disasters.”

“It is important to be aware of everyone, including the people on the edge, because that is imitating our Lord,” Bishop O’Connell added.

At the conclusion of the Mass Dr. Hickey offered his thanks: “On behalf of the Austin Prep community, I extend our gratitude to all the first responders who are present this morning, and those who are present in our thoughts, including the families of first responders who share in the burden and the sacrifice.”

After Mass, Bishop O’Connell blessed the emergency vehicles in the school parking lot and gave a special blessing to the first responders. Following the Mass, first responders enjoyed breakfast in the Heritage Room with Austin Prep faculty and staff. The Blue Mass comes on the heels of the recent National First Responders Day, which was recognized on October 28th.

Austin Prep Sponsors Thanksgiving Basket Initiative


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This past Thanksgiving season Austin Prep students and staff assembled and donated 60 Thanksgiving baskets to families from St. Mary the Assumption Parish in Lawrence, a parish with deep ties to the Augustinian Friars who founded Austin Prep in 1961. Students delivered the baskets two days before Thanksgiving, a gesture that reminded us to be thankful for all that we have while also helping those less fortunate. Thank you to everyone who helped support the effort. Similar initiatives took place for the Christmas and Easter holidays.

Remember Them?

The Class of 2020 returned for their Alumni breakfast prior to Thanksgiving
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Although a year delayed, Austin Prep continued the tradition of welcoming back the past year's graduating class for an alumni brunch the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. On Wednesday November 26th, members of the Class of 2020 gathered in the Dining Hall to connect with classmates, faculty and staff as a kick-off to the holiday weekend. This class is especially noteworthy, because as Most Rev. Mark O’Connell, JCD told the Class at the Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2020,  "you have had the strangest Senior Year of any class at Austin Prep in its history." Thank you to all who returned back to campus!



We Had a Great Night at the Signature Event!

Ms. Susan Belanger, Assistant Head of School, and Dr. James Hickey drew the winning Tuition Raffle ticket at the Signature Event. Congratulations to Dr. Dan Little P'20, '22, '23, '25, '29!


The Signature Event took place on Saturday, December 4th and was another wonderful evening in support of Austin Prep.  This year, the parent community celebrated the Christmas spirit with the theme of "Oh What Fun..." Nearly 300 people attended in support of programs and initiatives for students and faculty. Although the Tuition Raffle winner was not in attendance, Dr. Hickey was able to connect with Dr. Dan Little P'20, '22, '23, '25, '29  to inform him he was the  winner of this year's Tuition Raffle. Congrats, Dr. Little! Additionally, we would like to recognize Mrs. Mannie Gouveia P'23, who worked tirelessly as this year's event chair.  After a year away, Mannie successfully managed many challenges presented as a result of the pandemic, and hosted yet another great event. 

Academic Decathlon Returned to In-Person Competition


The Academic Decathlon team returned to in-person competition for the first time since March 2020 on November 20th with the First Round Competition at Arlington High School, where they finished in ninth place statewide. Michelle Laferriere '23 was the team's top scoring student with a total of 2,800 points. She also earned Honorable Mention in the Honors Division for Economics, Literature, Art, and Social Science. Lily Seville '23 was the top scorer among Scholastic students, earning Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Division for Math, Music, Science, Literature, and Art. Christian Alfieri '23 won Honors Division Honorable Mentions for Economics and Art, while Rahul Gupta '23 earned Honors Division Honorable Mention for Social Science. In the Scholastic Division, Val Centinaro '23 obtained Honorable Mention for Math and Music and Bhoomika Chopra '23 did likewise for Music, Science, Literature, and Art. 

Speaker Addresses Topic of Bullying with Austin Prep Community

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Mr. John Halligan spoke to the Austin Prep Community about cyberbullying.


The foundational values of an Austin Prep education insist upon the community living in harmony with one another. We are committed to promoting veritas, unitas, and caritas throughout all areas of student life, including a comprehensive bullying prevention program. We are committed to taking serious, proactive steps to curb a problem that is found in schools everywhere. Our efforts this year have focused on raising awareness about bullying and cyberbullying with students and parents. 

Mr. John Halligan, an international speaker and author presented for students,  relayed his own tragic experience as a Dad whose 13-year-old son took his own life in 2003, after being bullied by peers since the 5th grade, both in school and online. Mr. Halligan further shared that Ryan wrestled with underlying mental health issues and depression and that these factors contributed to Ryan’s vulnerability and ultimate suicide. 

Mrs. Choate Announced as Lumen Award Winner


Mrs. Stephanie Choate with Dr. James Hickey and Board of Trustees Chair Dan Bouchard P’10, ’14, ’15.​​​​


Mrs. Stephanie Choate was named this year's recipient of the St. Augustine Lumen Award. The Lumen Award was established by the Austin Prep Board of Trustees to recognize outstanding teachers. Dr. Hickey and Board of Trustees Chair Dan Bouchard P’10, ’14, ’15 presented Mrs. Choate with a certificate that noted  "Mrs. Stephanie Choate places the holistic formation of students as the foundation of a life well lived in the vocation of teaching.  Inspired and inspiring, the St. Augustine Lumen Award Recipient is a beacon of light, bringing out the best in others and being a shining example of what it means to personify Austin Prep's mission.”

Strategic Plan Update

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In December Dr. Hickey sent an update on the progress Austin Prep has been making on the Strategic Plan. It was a comprehensive document detailing our growth and achievements. In case you missed it, you can read the Strategic Plan Update here.

Lessons and Carols Gets Community in the Christmas Spirit

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Mr. Joe Leary directs the Austin Prep Band during the first Lessons and Carols performance.


The Austin Prep community gathered for two shows of the annual Christmas tradition of Lessons and Carols, first with a performance for parents at the Greater Boston Stage Company Theatre in Stoneham, followed by a performance for students and staff on campus. The shows included traditional Christmas hymns and carols by the Austin Prep Choir and Austin Prep Band, as well as scripture readings and short passages about the true meaning of the season. The night showcased the talents of Austin Prep students, who were led throughout the performance under the exceptional direction of Mr. Joe Leary and Mr. Stephen Williams.  Mrs. Marla Pascucci-Byrne P'26 and the Austin Prep Facilities team were also vital in managing the details of taking our arts performance on the road. Photos from the show at the Greater Boston Stage Company can be viewed here.  Click here to view photos from the on campus show. 

Creative Efforts Displayed in Middle School Elf Hat Challenge



The Office of Student Life sponsored the 2021 Middle School Elf Hat Challenge. Every Middle School student received an elf hat to decorate and wear to school on Friday, December 10th, and Thursday, December 16th. All students who participated were entered into raffles at the spirited Middle School Community Meeting on December 10th for prizes like candy, shortbread cookies, Nutcrackers, games, books, and Christmas cocoa.  Middle Schoolers also wore the hats during gingerbread cookie decorating on Thursday, December 16th. Check out some of the amazing elf hats here.

The Greater Boston Stage Company Hosts Sold Out Performances of The Nutcracker

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December is a month filled with Austin Prep Christmas traditions, and Austin Prep took those traditions to another level with two sold out performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Greater Boston Stage Company Theater in Stoneham. You can view the performance here. After performing the show for the school community via Zoom in 2020, students welcomed the return to an in-person audience in a theater well suited to display the talent and artistry of the performers. Photos from the event can be viewed here and here

Austin Prep Brings Christmas Cheer Through Continued Charitable Efforts

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Through our advisory program, students collected Christmas gifts for adopted families at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.  Over 850 gifts were collected to create 75 gift packages for families. Thank you to all the families who participated, it was a great example of caritas in action! You can view photos from the assembly and delivery day here.

Advisories Deck the Halls with Annual Door Decorating Contest

As is tradition, advisories decked the halls by designing imaginative door decorations for campus. Whether calling to mind classics like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or taking a creative spin on a theme, the doors were a fun collaboration and enhanced the festive feeling of campus. Oh, there were winners, too. This year's victors for best decorated doors were as follows:

Upper School Winners

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First Place - Mrs. Pascucci-Byrne's '26 Advisory.

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Second Place - Dr. Driscoll's Advisory.

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Third Place (tie) - Ms. Huston's Advisory.

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Third Place (tie) - Mrs. Putney's P'26, '28 Advisory.

Middle School Winners

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First Place - Mr. McLaughlin and Ms. Belanger's Advisory.

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Second Place - Ms. Hibbard's Advisory.

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Third Place - Ms. Dell'Anno's Advisory.


Head of School Open House

Another Austin Prep holiday tradition occurs when seniors are welcomed to Dr. Hickey's office the day before Christmas break for the annual Head's Christmas Open House. Seniors shared Christmas cheer, complete with breakfast bites, refreshments, pastries, cookies, and more.

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Austin Prep Celebrates Advent Masses


Throughout the month as we prepared for Christmas, Austin Prep students had opportunities to celebrate Mass with their Theology classes in the Chapel of St. Augustine. We are grateful to be able to come together with classmates in prayer as we celebrate the Christmas season.



Austin Prep Announces Transition to the NEPSAC


On January 20th Austin Prep made the announcement that it will join the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), effective at the start of the 2022-2023 academic year. It was exciting news for our students and school community as a whole.

The NEPSAC is an association of accredited independent and faith-based schools across New England.  With membership in the NEPSAC, Austin Prep will advance the School’s mission by aligning and building relationships with other like-minded institutions to support Austin Prep students in their academic, social, and athletic development.  In the first year of NEPSAC membership, Austin Prep’s boys and girls athletic teams will compete against schools from several leagues within the NEPSAC.

Dr. Hickey stated that “the decision to join the NEPSAC is an inflection point in the history of Austin Prep. The School’s membership in the NEPSAC creates opportunities to engage in athletic competition that maximizes the balance of academics and athletics, increasing visibility in the college athletics recruitment process, and competing at athletic facilities on par with our own.”

As Austin Prep begins membership with the NEPSAC in 2022-2023, it will conclude its membership in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) with deep gratitude for the countless experiences over the years with MIAA member schools.

“We are extremely thankful to all the schools we have competed against over the years, especially our fellow Catholic schools and our friends in the Catholic Central League,” Dr. Hickey noted in a recent message to the School community. “The long history we have shared with the CCL is inseparable from the solid foundation on which our athletic department was built.”

Director of Athletics Patrick Driscoll '97 said “We are excited to see what the future holds for Austin Prep as a member of the NEPSAC, and grateful to the leadership of the NEPSAC and all its member schools for welcoming us to this exceptional association.  We are honored to have been extended this opportunity and look forward to working with all NEPSAC member schools to advance excellence.”

To learn more about the transition, click here.

Students Connect with Alumni During Career Day


On January 28th, Austin Prep hosted Career Day, welcoming over 40 alumni to campus to share their professional experiences with students through panel discussions organized by profession, and a career fair including a resume-building help station.  Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 participated in the day, with faculty and staff serving as moderators.


Dr. Hickey, after an opening welcome to visiting alumni, addressed students before they broke-off into panel discussion groups. "An important part of the unwritten curriculum are the days that you'll remember years from now, and today will be one of those days," Dr. Hickey said. "You'll hear from people further along in their journey than you with successful careers in various professions who are in a position to return to campus and share their experiences with you. Hopefully one day, you will return, too." 

Jennifer Hodgdon, Director of Alumni Relations and Giving, organized the event, and encouraged students to be “present by listening to our speakers with open minds; and to ask meaningful, engaging questions. Career Day is your ‘today.’ It is your time to begin building on your future and preparing for your own journey as alumni.”


Students had the opportunity to attend two panel discussion sessions, broadly covering the following professions: Athletics, Broadcasting/Media, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship/Business, Finance, First Responders, Government Relations/Politics, Health & Wellness, Legal Services, Marketing/Communications, Military, Performing Arts, Real Estate/Sales, Sciences, Technology, and Writing/Journalism. Austin Prep Faculty served as moderators for these discussions. After the panel discussions, students were given time to interact on a more individual basis with alumni in Meelia Hall during the career fair.


Taylor Vanderwoude '08, a Navy recruiter and nurse, officially commissioned a new orthopedic surgeon into the Navy at the completion of Career Day.


Career Day brought some additional highlights. Taylor Vanderwoude '08, a Navy recruiter and nurse, flew in for the event. While she was here, she officially commissioned a new orthopedic surgeon, George S.M. Dyer, MD, into the Navy. Additionally, Britt Denaro '03, the guitarist for Vixen and Producer for Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp offered via a prerecorded portion of her panel discussion a surprise internship to a lucky Austin Prep student. The internship allows the student to shadow her on tour based on location and help manage her social media platforms.

Another Record Enrollment Year as Admissions Decisions are Released


In late January Austin Prep sent via email admissions decisions to applicants who completed their applications by the December priority deadline. In just the few short days after admissions decisions were released, we were overwhelmed by the response from those families who quickly enrolled, including our first enrollee! We are grateful for those in our community and beyond who believe in and support our mission on a daily basis, and we can't wait for all our accepted students to start their #AustinPrepJourney!

"Austin Prep is incredibly blessed to have had yet another outstanding admissions season, which is due, in part, to the overwhelming support of our entire community.  The Office of Admissions is incredibly thankful to everyone who played invaluable roles in guiding the future of our school through these continuing to be challenging times," Director of Admissions, Steve Silverthorn said. "Whether it be spreading the good word about Austin Prep throughout your local communities, supporting Austin Prep on social media, or participating in an admissions event or as a host, many current students and parents have played a role in the strength of our community, and we thank you." 



Austin Prep Celebrates Augustinian Vocations Mass

Fr. Joseph L. Narog, O.S.A. celebrated the Augustinian Vocations Mass.


Austin Prep celebrated a school-wide Mass with Fr. Joseph L. Narog, O.S.A., Vocations Director, Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, who visited Austin Prep for the first time since November 2019.

"Where is God calling us to commit our lives? The foundation you lay at Austin Prep will help you answer tough questions down the road. Be humble, be kind, be childlike, and find ways to give to a life of service," Fr. Joe said.

Dr. Hickey further reflected on the theme. "Today we give thanks to vocations and to a life of service. Your current vocation is to be a student, the best student you can be. To come to school, work hard, and treat others with kindness."

Dr. Hickey also noted that the Mass was another step forward in our efforts to put community first. "Things haven't been what we are used to, but God willing, there will be more opportunities to come together as an entire school. That is our commitment to one another."

Fr. Joe  closed the Mass by referencing a recent event at Villanova University honoring Villanova students from Augustinian high schools across the country.  He noted that one of the attendees was Alyssa Vounessea '21 which drew cheers from students in attendance.

"There is something that unites us in this Augustinian family, and it is our commitment to veritas, unitas, and caritas," Fr. Joe concluded.

Special Programming Scheduled for Black History Month

Collection of Black History Month Books Available in the Library


Austin Prep celebrated Black History Month in February with a series of educational, extracurricular, and schoolwide events organized around the school’s yearlong theme of "Love one another as I have loved you" as is embedded in our Augustinian heritage and Catholic tradition. The theme was inspired by the Gospel of St. John and guides us in our yearlong planning across multiple departments.

A highlight of the month was the Reading Circle in the library, where a collection of classic and popular books in honor of Black History Month and the Chinese Lunar New Year were assembled. New acquisitions were added to this space throughout the month.

Sage Dining Prepares Meal Inspired by Celebrity Chef

Sage Dining Food Service Director Mr. Todd Moriarty and his staff prepared a meal inspired by celebrity chef Carla Hall, who has appeared on Bravo's Top Chef and is a Howard University graduate with several restaurants around the Washington, D.C. area. For her Millet Pilaf recipe, click here.

Senior Paints Portrait of Renowned Black Scientist 

Jacqueline Plante '22 with her portrait of Katherine Johnson.


Artist and aspiring STEM professional Jacqueline Plante '22 completed a portrait of Katherine Johnson, which is displayed in our Science wing. Jacqueline honored Johnson for her contributions to science, recognizing her achievements as a Black woman working in STEM. Johnson was featured in the film “Hidden Figures” which documents the true story of three brilliant Black female mathematicians who used their intellect to supersede both segregation and sexism at NASA and helped propel the United States in the space race that dominated the 1960s. Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in a faculty-facilitated screening of the film during Black History Month.

Dr. Kuykendall Visits Austin Prep to Help Celebrate Black History Month


Dr. Crystal Kuykendall visited Austin Prep for Black History Month, and with the help of the student audience, including Jaqueline Plante '22, Mckenzie Morris '23 and Marcos De la Cruz'23, Dr. Kuykendall facilitated discussion focusing on Black Americans who exemplified the characteristics of courage, resilience, persistence, and creativity. "It is a dark past but it has also taught us so many lessons. That is why we study Black history," Dr. Kuykendall said. You can view photos from the day here.

Students Visit Museum of African American History


Mr. Jaycob Morales, Coordinator of Community Engagement and Inclusion, accompanied a group of students on a trip to the Museum of African American History and the African Meeting House. The Museum is dedicated to Black history in New England, and the African Meeting House is the oldest extant Black church building in the nation.

JT Harold '05 visits campus


Mr. Jaycob Morales, Coordinator of Community Engagement and Inclusion,  and Mrs. Jennifer Hodgdon, Director of Alumni Relations and Giving, hosted alumnus Trod (JT) Harold '05, who met with students to share both his "Lifer" experience at Austin Prep, and his personal and professional journey beyond 101 Willow Street. Harold is a police officer with the Cambridge Police Department, having graduated first in his class from the Cambridge/Northeastern University Police Academy. He was inducted into the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021 for his exceptional performance on the football field.


After sharing pieces of his story, Harold led students in a broad and lively conversation covering topics from the daily commute to/from Austin Prep, favorite books to read, post-high school plans, the influence his parents and friends have had on his journey, and advice that he would give to his 17-year-old self now, 17 years after graduating from Austin Prep.

Students Gather for the Lunar New Year


The Lunar New Year began on Tuesday, February 1st and we wished a Happy Lunar New Year to all those who celebrate. Our International Students led classmates in a fantastic celebration including food, stories and traditions. You can view photos from the celebration here.

Student-Athletes, Coaches, Honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day


On Wednesday, February 2nd Austin Prep took part in celebrating National Girls & Women in Sports Day. This year, over 300 female student athletes participated in Austin Prep athletics in 16 varsity and 16 sub-varsity sports, led by 46 female coaches, staff and volunteers. We are proud of their contributions to the Austin Prep community. To learn more about how sports has impacted their lives, click the links to hear from Head Cross Country and Assistant Track and Field Coach Nicolle Renick and Cat Bravo '20.  

Model UN Returns to Annual Harvard Event


The Austin Prep Model United Nations team participated in the 69th session of Harvard's Model United Nations, representing Sierra Leone.  In this unprecedented time in world history, the value of Model United Nations has never been clearer. From pandemics to financial crises, the dangers our world faces demand responsible and equitable action grounded in the spirit of international collaboration. Well over 2,000 high school delegates and their faculty advisors joined the Austin Prep delegation along with a staff of over 230 Harvard University undergraduates at the Boston Sheraton and Marriott to learn about diplomacy, to connect with friends from around the world, and to offer solutions to some of the most pressing issues faced by our world today.

Every year, Harvard Model United Nation attracts some of the most promising young leaders from around the world, and this year, we need these young leaders more than ever. The size and international nature of the conference allowed the Austin Prep team a learning opportunity that extended well beyond the classroom and committee sessions. For their efforts, the Austin Prep delegation received an honorable mention recognition and a valuable learning experience that only a conference of this magnitude can provide. Most notably, it furthers our efforts to provide experiential learning that engages students in becoming global citizens. 

Austin Prep Welcomes Holocaust Survivor


Austin Prep was honored to welcome Holocaust survivor Kati Preston to campus. Her powerful message to staff and students in grades 8 - 12 addressing loss, resilience, and tolerance resonated across the entire school community, and helped to  ensure that the atrocities of the Holocaust are not forgotten. (She returned to campus later in the year to address grades 6 and 7). Preston, who came from an interfaith family, detailed her Holocaust experiences, including hiding in a barn for months so she would not be found, and losing the entire Jewish side of her family, including her father. "I am often asked what my religion is now," Preston said. "And I answer that my religion is love."

Preston's visit to campus was a part of Austin Prep's continued effort to offer students new perspectives on the global world. In an edition of Journey of the HeartHead of Middle School Mr. Michael McLaughlin detailed faculty professional development efforts which resulted in a new class in the History Department examining the Holocaust. You can read Journey of the Heart here.

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay Captures MIAA Division 4 State Title

The Boys 4x400 meter relay team of Colby Medeiros '22, Steven Galatis '22, Nico Fanuele '22 and Tristan Miller '23  at the MIAA Division 4 Indoor State Meet.


The development of the Austin Prep Boys 4x400 meter relay team and its individual members was a highlight of the winter and spring months, beginning with the MIAA Division 4 Indoor State Meet February 17th at the Reggie Lewis Center. The team of Colby Medeiros '22, Steven Galatis '22, Nico Fanuele '22 and Tristan Miller '23 took home the relay title in a time of 3:30:93. The quartet would later participate in the New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York City before turning their attention to more accolades outdoors in the spring.

The Boston Globe Features the Daughters of Mary


Austin Prep is grateful that the Daughters of Mary are a part of our community, and for their inspiring example for our students and staff. The Sisters were featured by The Boston Globe columnist Tom Farragher in the paper edition of the Globe. You can click here to read the story online. We thank The Boston Globe for visiting campus, and for letting the broader community know about the impact the Sisters are having at Austin Prep.

Robotics Team Wins Design Award


Austin Prep's robotics team competed in FIRST Tech Challenge's Freight Frenzy competition on February 13th at Andover High School. The students came away with the Design Award: "This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. The Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The robot should be durable, efficiently designed, and effectively address the game challenge." Congratulations to Emily Clay '24, Rahul Gupta '23, Maddy Shih '24, Victor Villarroel '24, and Michael Young '24.



Austin Prep Celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass 

"God who created you without you, will not save you without you."

- St. Augustine

Father Patrick Armano, School Chaplain, delivers the homily at the Ash Wednesday Mass.


The Austin Prep community gathered on March 2nd to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass, and we wished everyone a blessed Lenten season. You can view photos from the day here.

Austin Prep Recognizes Women's History Month



In March, Austin Prep honored Women's History Month by recognizing the vital influence and contributions of women on the history of the United States and the world. We also celebrated remarkable women in the Austin Prep community.

Reflect on Austin Prep's 1992 Co-Ed Transition in Journey of the Heart

Ms. Celia Barletta (center), with fellow Lumen Award recipients Ms. Marla Pascucci-Byrne '26 and Mrs. Stephanie Choate.


Ms. Celia Barletta started her Austin Prep Journey in 1985. Just finishing her 37th year of service, Ms. Barletta has served as a faculty member in the World Language Department, Dean of Student Activities, Assistant Head for Academic Affairs, and was the 2020 Lumen Award recipient for teaching excellence. She was able to witness first hand Austin Prep's transition to a co-educational school in 1992. In Journey of the HeartMs. Barletta reflected on that experience, and specifically recalls working with the first group of admitted women students as they demonstrated our core values in action.

Girls Ice Hockey Captures MIAA Division I State Title

With the MIAA Division I State Championship victory over Arlington, the Girls Ice Hockey team finished the 2021-2022 season 27-0-0. 


The Austin Prep Girls Ice Hockey team captured the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 1 State Championship with a 4-1 victory over Arlington High School on Sunday, March 20 at TD Garden. The win capped a historic season for the Cougars, finishing a perfect 27-0-0. Additionally, it marked the program's third state title, adding to the 2016 championship and the 2020 co-championship which was awarded to the team after the state final was halted as a result of the emerging  Covid-19 pandemic.

McKenzie Cerrato '23 scores in the State Championship Game.


With goals by Bree Anderson '25, Kathryn Karo '22,  McKenzie Cerrato '23,  and Isabel Hulse '22, and with 17 saves from Lauryn Hanafin '22, the title game was a display of Austin Prep's dominance this season, in which the Cougars outscored opponents by a staggering 145 goals, 156-11.

“Essentially this group has cemented themselves as the most successful sports team in the history of Austin Prep athletics. We knew the potential was there, but I didn’t know if we knew just how vast that greatness could be. It’s also very hard to be at A+ every single game. There have been games we’ve really had to grind through and dig deep. It’s an incredible accomplishment for this team, but easier said than done. And to go 27-0-0, that’s a rarity in any sport. Any gender. Any level, " Head Coach Stephanie Wood said.

With all of Austin Prep's athletic programs joining the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) for the 2022-23 school year, in winning the 2022 state title the Girls Ice Hockey program departed the MIAA on top. 

To read more about the game, visit the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.  For photos from the game, click here. (Photos Courtesy of Brendan Carpenter '16)

Austin Prep Prays for Peace

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Austin Prep Community joined together with Pope Francis and the bishops and priests from throughout the world in praying for peace. Pope Francis asked the bishops of the world and their priests to join him as he Consecrates Russia, Ukraine, and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Holy Father offered the prayer of consecration at 5:00 p.m. Rome time, while in the Chapel of St. Augustine, Austin Prep had Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 12:00 p.m. followed by the Prayer of Consecration in union with the Pope and finally Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Austin Prep Supports Ukraine Relief Efforts Through Charitable Drive

This year we witnessed the effects of the war in Ukraine, and have seen the devastation that it has brought upon its people. Millions of victims have fled their homes to find refuge in foreign nations. They are displaced, and when the time comes that they can return, they will return to the ruins of their homes, schools, hospitals, churches, and places of work.

Our faith calls us to act in solidarity, to understand that we are brothers and sisters in Christ and to actively work for the good and care of others.  In the spirit of veritasunitas, and caritas, Austin Prep families contributed over $2,500 to support Ukraine and its people. We made this collective donation to the Sovereign Order of Malta, who is providing direct relief services in Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries.

We are grateful for the generosity of our Austin Prep families, and ask friends and family of Austin Prep to join us in praying for a peaceful end to all war.



Fr. Bill Gabriel Addresses Community as St. Augustine Lecturer

Fr. Bill Gabriel, O.S.A. was the 2022 St. Augustine Lecturer


Fr. Bill Gabriel, O.S.A., an Augustinian priest and Associate Pastor for the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish – and also one of the youngest Augustinians at the University – added perspective and context to Austin Prep’s shared theme for the 2021-22 academic year as this year’s St. Augustine Lecturer. To view photos from the event click here.

The event featured a welcome from School-Wide Student Body President Patricia Bibeau ‘22 and Dr. Hickey with a student panel participating in a question and answer segment with Fr. Gabriel at the conclusion of his lecture. 

The St. Augustine Lecture Series is a hallmark of the Austin Prep experience, designed to enrich the intellectual life of the school community by exposing students to accomplished individuals who share their experiences and lessons learned in life.

Fr. Gabriel drew connections between Austin Prep’s theme for the 2021-22 year from St. John’s Gospel “Love one another as I have loved you,” and the central Augustinian concept of the Spirit of God piercing our hearts, calling us to continued growth in faith, hope and love.  

“How has Christ pierced our hearts?” Fr. Gabriel asked those in attendance. “He has done so in three ways, through forgiveness, sacrifice, and resiliency.”

“For us to truly love one another, our love must be forgiving, sacrificial, and resilient until the very end.”

Fr. Gabriel also reflected on what connects Austin Prep with other Augustinian communities, such as his current home of Villanova.

"Augustinian communities challenge each other to greatness. Rethinking and re-evaluating behavior is a part of our role together.”

Middle School Robotics Class gives New Meaning to "Hands to Serve"

In this video, the Middle School Robotics class shared about their experience with Project-Based Learning in applying the mechanics they learned in class to the 3D printing and assembly of prosthetic hands with the e-NABLE Project. The project gave new meaning to our mission of "Inspiring hearts to unite, minds to inquire, and hands to serve."

Day of Giving a Tremendous Success


THANK YOU! On April 7th Austin Prep held its 4th Annual Day of Giving and raised over $150,000 for the Austin Prep Fund.

This incredible accomplishment would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the Austin Prep Community. Your generosity helped support the academics and extracurricular experiences that make an Austin Prep education so enriching for students. We are especially grateful to our parents and alumni that initiated challenges to their peers to bolster participation.  We appreciate your generous support.

Middle School Dancers Perform Stations of the Cross

Students in Mrs. Marla Pascucci-Byrne's P'26 Middle School Dance Performance and Production class led the Austin Prep community in prayer through their annual Stations of the Cross presentation. The students represented the scenes of Christ's passion through a series of silhouettes which were then backlit on stage. Sr. Paskazia Nakitende narrated the Stations, and provided verbal context to the imagery depicted on the stage. We invite you to view this year's prayerful performance by clicking the video link above.

Eighth Graders Share Projects at Science Expo

Derek Langenau '26 and Braeddon Dyment '26 describe details of their eco-friendly rocket to Mr. Raymond Kabunga.



From projects on solar and electric cars to wind turbines, water filtration, and greenhouse gas emissions, students in the Class of 2026 held a Science Expo in the Father Smith Library. Throughout the quarter, eighth graders explored concepts connected with sustainability and the environment, from pollution and emissions to reusable energy. Students developed research questions, conducted experiments, analyzed data, and drew conclusions as they made parallels to lessons learned in class. The Middle School Science Expo was an extension of the Middle School Strategic Plan for 2021-2026 and Austin Prep’s efforts to inspire and prepare students for experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Driscoll Named Athletic Director of the Year

Director of Athletics Pat Driscoll '97 was named the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association (MSSADA) District 6 Athletic Director of the Year.


Director of Athletics Pat Driscoll '97 was named the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association (MSSADA) District 6 Athletic Director of the Year. This award recognizes athletic administrators from across the state who have excelled in the profession, and those who have made significant contributions within the field of athletic administration at the local, state, and national levels.

"We are grateful for the leadership Mr. Driscoll provides our coaches and student-athletes as they pursue their goals in the classroom and on the fields of play." Dr. Hickey said. “We are very fortunate to have him as a member of our School community.”

Annual Austies Recognize Student Filmmaking


The Austie Awards, Austin Prep’s very own video award show, made a successful return last Friday, April 8th. The APS Media sponsored event celebrated the filmmakers within the Austin Prep community. Photos from the event can be viewed by clicking hereCongrats to all the nominees and award winners, and thank you to all the faculty and staff who helped support the event!

Over 80 Austin Prep Siblings Attend Sibling Day

Austin Prep siblings during Sibling Day.


The Office of Admissions hosted Sibling Day, held in person for the first time since 2019. The day was a great opportunity for any Austin Prep siblings currently in 4th through 9th grades to spend a day shadowing their sibling, following their regular academic schedule, and making new friends! Check out this photo album including some of the Austin Prep siblings who visited campus this week for Sibling Day. 

A Week at Austin Prep Highlighted by National Honor Society Inductions

National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and World Languages Honor Society Induct New Members

Members of Austin Prep's chapter of the National Honor Society.



On Tuesday, April 26th, 66 students were inducted into Austin Prep's Chapter of the National Honor Society. Inductees were joined by family in the Chapel of St. Augustine. The program for the evening can be viewed here.

National Honor Society member Patricia Bibeau '22 welcomed fellow members Jacqueline Plante '22, Jack Caruso '22, Liam Gildea '22 and Megan Silva '22, who reflected on the four pillars of NHS: character, service, scholarship, and leadership.

The evening closed with remarks from Colleen (Owens) Graham '96 , who started at Austin Prep as a freshmen in the fall of 1992 and graduated with the first group of female students. Graham is the Founder and CEO of Iridium Clinical, LLC serving as a Senior Clinical Operations Consultant. In the fall of 2022, Colleen’s journey will come full-circle when her two oldest children begin their journeys at Austin Prep in the 6th and 8th grades. She was joined at the induction by her husband, Rick, also an Austin Prep graduate of 1996, her children Jaxson, Cooper and Sydney, and her mother Cynthia.

The newest members of the National Junior Honor Society.


The Austin Prep Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society held its Induction Ceremony in the Chapel of Saint Augustine on Wednesday, April 27th. The program for the evening can be viewed here. Chapter President Nareg Minassian '26 welcomed family and current members who gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of this year's inductees and their commitment to the pillars of Scholarship, Service, Citizenship, Leadership, and Character. Dr. Hickey delivered a keynote about the value of Character, words that were echoed in the remarks of inductee Emerson Byrne '26 who used cartoon characters to illustrate the value and concluded "We can solve problems, work together, and try to put good into the world. Most importantly, we can be the best versions of ourselves and try to reach our goals."


World Languages Honor Society Inductees


Also on April 27th was an induction ceremony and reception for those students inducted into their respective world language honor societies. Austin Prep is proud of these students' accomplishments in learning world languages and gaining a greater appreciation of the varied cultures of the world.

Students Enjoy the Night at Prom


We had a great time celebrating the Austin Prep prom April 28th, both at the promenade on campus before the event as well as with dinner and dancing at the Andover Country Club. Check out the promenade photos and the prom photos!



Delegation Attends Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI)


An Austin Prep delegation spent a weekend at Villanova Prep in Ojai, California, for the Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI). While there, students examined our core values with students from other Augustinian schools. Our students returned home with an even greater understanding of our shared Augustinian values and a stronger appreciation of our school’s mission. Following a community Mass, the students received a certificate and cross from Fr. Patrick Armano, School Chaplain.  Jared Hickey '24, Ava Intoppa '24, Will Cacciatore '24, Ally Fanuele '24, Katelin Farris '24, and Lexi Sherry '24 were accompanied on the trip by Dr. William Driscoll, Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School, and Mrs. Michelle Connor, Dean of Academic Affairs.

Class of 2024 Enjoys Year End Trip


The Class of 2024 enjoyed an end of year trip to Boundless Adventures in Berlin, MA. Sophomore classmates bonded while challenging themselves both mentally and physically on the high ropes course. The trip was an opportunity to bond more closely with classmates and foster meaningful connections and provided lasting memories of times well spent with friends and classmates! You can view photos from the trip here.

Austin Prep Dancers Prove to be "Red Carpet Ready"


Our student dancers stole the show at the spring show "Red Carpet Ready," which took place Saturday, May 7th in Richard J. Meelia '67 Hall.  A special congratulations goes out to the dancers from the Class of 2022 who performed in their final spring show. That group includes Jenna Nadeau '22, Arianna Shalhoub '24, Meredith McDonough '22, Olivia McDonald '22, Annie Hamilton '22, and Madeline Hickey '22. The full program for the show can be viewed here.

Fr. Art Johnson, O.S.A. Awarded Head of School Medallion


On Thursday, May 12th, Austin Prep participated in a special event celebrating the Augustinians. Dr. James Hickey, Head of School, delivered the keynote address on Augustinian leadership and later presented the Head of School Medallion to Fr. Arthur Johnson, O.S.A. for his abiding presence at Austin Prep for 60 years. 

The tradition of the Head of School Medallion began in 2018. To date, Head of School Medallions have been awarded to the following:  The 2018 Baseball State Championship team, the 2019 Softball State Championship Team, former Parents Association President Susan Ardizzoni P'19, the 2020 Girls Ice Hockey co-State Championship Team and the 2020 Girls Indoor Track and Field State Championship Team.

Class of 2022 Enjoy Fun Filled Senior Week

The Class of 2022 participated in a Super Soaker battle during Senior Week.


Coinciding with the last week of classes for Seniors was Senior Week for the Class of 2022. Seniors dyed shirts, decorated parking spots, played flag football against the junior class, held a Super Soaker battle, and enjoyed Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and class favorites from Sage Dining. We hope it was a great week and that seniors found time to enjoy friends, classmates, and faculty members who walked with them on their journey.

Guys and Dolls Concludes with Three Shows


Austin Prep's spring musical, Guys and Dolls, came to Richard J. Meelia '67 Hall for three performances May 13th - 15th. It was another display for the singing, acting, and dancing talents of our Art and Design students. Photos from the show can be viewed here. Thank you to everyone who came to a show!

May Tea Returns for First Time Since 2019



On Wednesday, May 18th Austin Prep seventh graders participated in the May Crowning Prayer Service and May Tea. This annual event (although held for the first time since 2019) is an opportunity for students to invite one special guest - a mother, grandmother, aunt, or neighbor - to join them in the Chapel of Saint Augustine for prayers followed by a small reception in the Dining Hall to celebrate Mary and motherhood in all its forms. Students and their guest were invited to bring flowers or a small plant to place around the Statue of Mary as a part of the celebration. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

Latest Group of Lifers Complete Their Journey


Being an Austin Prep "Lifer" is a special recognition within our School community. Lifers are individuals who have been students at Austin Prep from 6th through 12th grade. We would like to recognize the 20 students from the Class of 2022 who are part of this unique group. #AustinAlways

Class of 2022 Celebrated at Baccalaureate Liturgy and Commencement



Austin Prep celebrated the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Commencement for the Class of 2022, Friday, May 20th on Father Seymour Field.  Friends, family, faculty, staff, Austin Prep Board of Trustees and graduates came together for Mass and the conferring of diplomas for members of the Class of 2022. A full program for the Baccalaureate Mass can be found here.  In case you missed it, all the details from the day can be found here.

Celebrant Most Rev. Mark O'Connell, J.C.D., emphasized to graduates the lessons of adapting and change, especially as a result of the challenges presented in recent years by the pandemic. "I was here at the original one of these," Bishop Mark noted, referencing the 2020 Baccalaureate Mass – the first Austin Prep year end celebration held outside as a dual ceremony – in which he was the celebrant. "Not embracing change leads to loneliness and bitterness. Those who change too much become narcissistic and depressed. It is important to find a balance. This is a skill you learned at Austin Prep during the pandemic which will be with you for the rest of your life."


Brendan McCarthy, Class of 2022 Salutatorian, also focused on change, specifically referencing improvements to campus aesthetics and the Dining Hall experience. "Things have changed dramatically for us over the last few years. Changes are not a negative thing, they are an opportunity," Brendan said. "My new advisor is a godsend and the new teachers we’ve gained more than fill the gap that was left during Covid. I’m proud to say that Austin Prep is a finer institution than when I first joined the class of 2022 and it’s on an upwards trajectory."


Like Bishop Mark, Class of 2022 Valedictorian, Vikramaaditya Gonuguntla, encouraged classmates to find a balance in life. "By going through hardships like remote learning, we have learned more than any other graduating class that a balance between our well-being and our work is crucial to living a fulfilling life.  I know I regret taking harder classes that sacrificed great times with friends, so take it from me and live your life to the fullest.  Our years in college will be hard, but as long as we have fun, we will remember them as the greatest and most rewarding times of our lives."

Dr. Hickey referenced the astonishing literary output of Austin Prep's patron St. Augustine, while extrapolating from those writings two potential pieces of advice to navigate the journey ahead. "First, there is no one in the human race to whom we do not owe love. If we let love prevail, then God is with us on the journey. 'Love one another, as I have loved you.' Second, we were all made in the image and likeness of God, for God, and the journey we are on is a journey back to God."

Dr. Hickey continued: "The Augustinian hearts that you have formed during your time at Austin Prep is the center of love, the center of caritas. Go boldly into the world with your Augustinian heart. It is exactly what the world needs to become more just, more loving and more compassionate to create here on Earth, the City of God. Members of the Class of 2022 may your journey be long, may it be happy, fulfilling, meaningful and healthy, and may it bring you to that moment, when your heart is no longer restless, and is resting in the love of God."

The event included remarks from Board of Trustees Chair, Mr. Daniel Bouchard, P’10, ’14, ’15, who congratulated the Class and reflected on the "unwritten curriculum" that has benefitted his own children as they carved a path for their own lives after they departed Austin Prep. Mr. Bouchard also noted that the Class of 2022 has been collectively awarded more than $28 million in scholarships to some of the top colleges and universities in the United States.

Class of 2026 Middle School Journey Concludes with Final Assembly

Class of 2026 members (l to r) Colbie Buck, Cecilia Goldsmith, Braeddon Dyment, Jackson Guy, and Aiden Titcomb spoke at the 8th Grade Final Assembly.


On Wednesday, May 25th Austin Prep eighth graders celebrated the conclusion of their Middle School Journey with the Class of 2026 Final Middle School Assembly. Dr. Hickey and Head of Middle School Mr. Michael McLaughlin offered remarks, and those in attendance had an opportunity to hear musical pieces performed by the Middle School Band. Members of the Class of 2026 also offered reflections on their Middle School experience. A full program from the ceremony can be found here.

Braeddon Dyment '26 reflected on the Middle School Journey: "I’ve come to realize that while the journey itself is important, it’s those that share the journey with us that ultimately determine its path.  We’ve had awesome teachers, supportive advisors, wonderful Heads of School in Dr. Hickey and Mr. McLaughlin, and some great coaches too.  But the most important people have been all of you, our Middle School classmates. We have supported one another, collaborated, competed, and we are all the better for it."

While examining our shared value of veritasAiden Titcomb '26 took a distinctly Augustinian approach. "St. Augustine once said, 'Where I found truth, there I found my God, who is the truth itself.' Throughout our life, we find our pursuit of truth to not be a sprint, but a marathon. We often think that we are complete with our journey, but soon  discover that we still have questions, and we are still yearning for answers; we are 'restless.'"

Colbie Buck '26 identified ways in which she felt the charism of unitas at Austin Prep. "Within Austin, we each have found our own friend groups. They help us when we are having a bad day. They also just make us laugh everyday. We are so lucky to have met these kinds of people. What makes Austin really special is that our support system is so much bigger than just our friends. Our teachers are always here to lend a helping hand and listen to our problems.

"We are all individuals with unique talents, and we will each take a different path through high school," Cecilia Goldsmith '26 noted when reflecting on our shared value of caritas. "But remembering that God loves all of us the same and that we all have an obligation to share caritas with each other is what will tie us together for the rest of our lives."

Benefactors and Students Recognized at Memorial Scholarship Ceremony

Kylie McDonald '24 was the recipient of the Michael G. Sverdlove '14 Memorial Scholarship.


We were honored to announce Memorial Scholarship recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year at a special breakfast and ceremony on Wednesday, May 25th. A program for the event can be found here. Students in Grades 9-11 were eligible to apply for the awards and recipients demonstrated significant academic achievement and service contributions to the Austin Prep community, among other qualities. Memorial Scholarships are available to our students due to the generosity of Austin Prep families and friends who have created funds in memory of a loved one. We are proud of our students and grateful for the support of those who make these scholarships possible. You can view photos from the event here. Thank you to all who make these scholarships possible. #Caritas 

Final All-School Mass to Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension

Rev. Daniel Madden, OSA was the celebrant for Ascension Thursday Mass.


At the Feast of the Ascension all-school Mass, Austin Prep was joined by Rev. Daniel Madden, OSA of Merrimack College who told students, "You are at a place where Heaven and Earth come together. This is our call to stop looking towards the sky, but to go be witnesses." During the Prayers of the Faithful, the community prayed for those impacted by the violence in the Ukraine, Buffalo, California and Texas.

Later that day, Dr. Hickey sent a message to the School community addressing recent violence, noting, in part: "As we journey forward as an Augustinian community through very unsettling times, we stand firm in our calling to promote God’s love. Today, all Austin Prep students and staff gathered for mass in Meelia Hall to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. As a Catholic community, we prayed during the liturgy for healing, for the souls of the victims, for the solace of their loved ones, and all who are impacted by violence or racism."

34th Annual Austin Open Golf Tournament a Success

It didn't take Chris Gerety '22 long -- three days to be exact -- to attend an Austin Prep function as an alum. He was joined by Varsity Shot golfers Zachary Bova '25  and Jonathan Burke '24.


We were blessed with a beautiful day for the 34th Annual Austin Open Golf Tournament, held at Indian Ridge Country Club. The event was a great success with a full-flight of golfers!

The Annual Golf Tournament is vital in our efforts to continue to provide exceptional educational experiences for all our students. A special thank you to alumni families for their 2022 Title Sponsorships: Pimentel Construction and Quirk Construction Corp.  This year's tournament raised over $85,000 and will support the creation of a multi-purpose laboratory in our science wing which will be a best-in-class space for middle school and upper school science instruction.

Book Award Recipients Recognized


Each spring, members of the junior class are awarded books and prizes for their scholastic, extracurricular, and community efforts. These awards are sponsored by college and university local alumni chapters, offices of admissions, faculty, and community members.  Congratulations to this year's recipients.

Class of 2023 Year End Trips

Members of the Class of 2023 on a Duck Boat Tour.


The Class of 2023 celebrated Junior Week with class trips to Dave and Busters and a Duck Boat tour of Boston.  This was an opportunity to bond more closely with classmates and foster meaningful connections. We hope that these events will leave positive, lasting memories of times well spent with friends and classmates. We look forward to your campus leadership during the 2022-23 Academic Year!

Best Buddies Club Receives Honor

Best Buddies Club at an event on campus.


Austin Prep's Best Buddies Club received recognition as the 2022 Outstanding Promoter chapter in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The club organizes initiatives helping children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The initiatives included kickball games, bike clinics, card drives, and disabilities etiquette training.  Olivia Ferri '23, incoming President of the club noted, “We are grateful for Jenna Nadeau’s '22 leadership as Best Buddies Club president. She set high standards for our work and Kate Beckel '23 and I are excited to continue her legacy through our work.”

Class of 2022 | A Final Farewell


During Senior Week, the Senior Class gathered for a class photo, shown above with seniors in sweatshirts representing their college or university of choice.  We wish them the best of luck as their Journey continues. #AustinAlways.



Miller, Boys 4x400 Meter Relay Team Earn MIAA Division 5 Titles

Miller then caps off stellar 400 meter season with 49.14 second, runner-up finish at the Meet of Champions

Tristan Miller '23 claimed the MIAA Division 5 400 meter Title.


Miller joined Colby Medeiros '22, Jon Brand '23, and Nico Fanuele '22 to win the 4x400 meter relay at the MIAA Division 5 State Meet.


Austin Prep Track and Field continued their record season by claiming a pair of state titles at the MIAA Division 5 State Meet. Tristan Miller '23 developed into one of the region's top quarter milers, as evident with his win in the 400 meters in a time of 49.55. Miller also ran a leg on Austin Prep's victorious 4x400 meter relay team that brought home the title in a time of 3:27.39. The quartet also included Colby Medeiros '22Jon Brand '23, and Nico Fanuele '22. The winning time was also an Austin Prep school record.

Miller -- also running the 200 meters -- and the Boys 4x400 team advanced to the MIAA Meet of Champions, joined by the Boys 4x800 meter relay, Steven Galatis '22 in the Mile, Medeiros in the 800 meters, the Girls 4x400 meter and 4x800 meter relay teams, and Isabella Tomic '24  in the 400 meter hurdles. Miller ultimately finished second in the 400 meter in a time of 49.14.

Austin Prep Baseball Captures MIAA Division 3 Title

The victory caps a 25-0, nationally ranked season, earning second MIAA State Title in five years.

The 2022 MIAA Division 3 Austin Prep State Champion Baseball Team.


The Austin Prep Baseball team captured the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 3 State Championship with a 2-1 victory over Newburyport High School on Saturday, June 18th at LeLacheur Park on the campus of UMass Lowell. The win capped a historic season for the team, finishing a perfect 25-0 which included a No. 24 national ranking by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) and an overall No. 1 ranking in the state by the Boston Globe. Additionally, it marked the program's second MIAA state title, adding to the 2018 championship. You can view video from the day here.

The championship game was highlighted by Jack Iannibelli’s ’22 complete game, in which he allowed three hits and one unearned run while striking out nine.

Austin Prep grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as CCL Rookie of the Year Jake Zawatsky ‘24 singled then ultimately scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Chatelle '22, the CCL Most Valuable Player. Newburyport answered with a run in the second where it remained tied until Austin Prep took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Brendan Walsh ‘22 lined a pitch over the center fielder’s head, rolling to the fence and allowing the Walsh to beat the throw home for an inside-the-park homer.

Winning Pitcher Jack Iannibelli '22.


Iannibelli took it from there, retiring nine of the last 10 he faced including striking out the side in the seventh inning to capture the title.

This season, Austin Prep scored 213 runs while finishing with 13 shutouts and 16 total runs allowed. Partnering with Iannibelli and Zawatsky in the dominance from the mound this season was Virginia-bound Evan Blanco ’22, who was named the MaxPreps Massachusetts State Player of the Year.

"To win a state championship is always special, but to win it at your alma mater is an experience that can’t be replicated. I’ve been blessed to play and coach around the world, but this is absolutely the pinnacle of my baseball career,” CCL and Boston Globe Coach of the Year Jonathan Pollard ’97 said.

Similar to the Girls Ice Hockey State Championship from March, the baseball team exits the MIAA on top with the NEPSAC transition occurring this fall.

“You talk about an elephant in the room, we had an elephant exhibit,” Pollard added. “The number one [state] ranking, then all of a sudden national ranking. Then there was the moving out of the MIAA. It kept getting louder but we didn’t let it get us distracted.”

For photos from the game, click here. (Photos Courtesy of Brendan Carpenter '16)

Girls Tennis Completes Memorable Season as MIAA Tournament Finalist

Top singles player Alexa Schiela '24 led the Girls Tennis Team to the strongest finish in Team History.


The Austin Prep Girls Tennis team completed a campaign of historical proportions this spring, finishing the regular season 20-0, capturing the CCL Cup, and dominating the state tournament before their incredible run concluded with a runner-up finish in the MIAA Division 4 Championship on Saturday, June 18th. Austin Prep fell to Newburyport 3-2 on the MIT campus to finish the year 24-1.

"The Girls Tennis team had an incredible season and I am extremely proud of the entire team, Head Coach Mike Collins said. "We had many team and personal accolades but the entire team contributed in some way including a second doubles team (Riley O’Connor '23 and Ali Kennedy '23) victory to send us to the state finals. Probably most importantly, the girls were a pleasure to coach and are a great group of kids off the court and in the classroom." 

Building on the accomplishments of this year, the team is poised for success next year in NEPSAC play, as the squad returns the top three singles players and both doubles teams who participated in this year's state tournament. "Not losing any starters, I am looking forward to next season and a strong inaugural season in the NEPSAC," Collins said.


2022-2023 School-Wide Student Government Officers Announced 


Austin Prep held an election for 2022-2023 School-Wide Student Government Officers. All Middle School and Upper School Students were eligible to vote in the School-Wide Student Government Election. Your 2022-2023 School-Wide Student Government Officers are noted above. We look forward to a great year under their leadership!

Enjoy the Rest of Summer!


We hope you enjoyed a look back at the 2021-2022 academic year, and we look forward to connecting with you again in the fall. Have a great summer!