Cougar Courier: The Year in Review Edition 2022-23
The 2022-2023 academic year was one to remember, as it marked Austin Prep’s 60th Anniversary. Since the arrival of its first students in September 1963, Austin Prep has been guided by the commitment to the formation of the Augustinian hearts of our students. With this rich heritage in mind, the focus of the past academic year was on the continued investment in the people, programs, and facilities at Austin Prep that help to enrich the student experience.
Our Catholic identity and Augustinian heritage was again placed at the forefront with the renovation of the Chapel of St. Augustine and the introduction of the Adeodatus program, while our “unwritten curriculum” provided unique lessons and experiences for our students, most notably the choir’s pilgrimage to Rome to perform for the Pope over the Christmas holiday. Austin Prep’s transition to the NEPSAC was rewarding, as we not only built new relationships with other like-minded institutions, but we enjoyed success on the fields of play. Our continued commitment to growth and our future could be seen in the repurposed science lab and substantial capital HVAC infrastructure project. If our 60th year is any indication, we are well positioned and inspired for another 60 years – and more.
We invite you to take a look back at the stories of 2022-23 that helped shape the Austin Prep community.
The 2022-2023 Academic Year Begins
"Whoever walks in integrity walks securely..." (Proverbs 10:9) adopted as theme for the academic year
The 2022-2023 Austin Prep academic year began on Thursday, September 1st as students were welcomed by faculty and staff and reunited with classmates as we kicked off the next year of our Austin Prep journey together. 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, connect with friends and get their school photo taken.
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 2022-2023 academic year, the theme that we used to fortify the mission of Austin Prep came from the Book of Proverbs: “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” Through this theme, we focused our conversations, lessons, activities, and liturgies on the Augustinian ethos of veritas and deepened our understanding of this essential part of the unwritten curriculum. As St. Augustine tells us in his Exposition on Psalm 33, “Let us listen to the truth from the One who is inside, and then speak from the heart to those who are outside.”
To view photos from the first day of class, click here.
But Before the First Day of Class, There was Orientation
Prior to the start of classes, students were on campus for orientation activities. Middle school students were on campus Monday, August 29th and Tuesday, August 30th, while members of the Class of 2026 and new sophomores and juniors were on campus Wednesday, August 31st. Classes received welcomes from Dr. James Hickey, Head of School and others.
As we continue to examine and live in the Augustinian tradition, this year we launched the Adeodatus program, named after St. Augustine’s son. Adeodatus is a student-led program of interiority and reflection. Student leaders were selected at the end of the last academic year, went to SAVI, and took a class this year taught by Theology Department Chair Dustin Batista. Modeling the program after Adeodatus programs in other Augustinian secondary schools in the United States, the student-facilitators in the Adeodatus class offered a brief daily reflection for one cohort of students (seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen, and middle school) each day of the week. The goal of the program is to dedicate a few minutes of quiet time for every Austin Prep student each week so they can find some personal inward space – a growing challenge in a cell phone-connected and overscheduled world.
Sixth Grade Builds Community with Mini Golf and Ice Cream
Members of the Class of 2029 spent time getting 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. This class activity was planned by the Office of Student Life as part of a series of programs designed to build community among students.
Austin Prep Kicks Off 60th Anniversary with Convocation Mass
On Friday, September 9th, Austin Prep marked the official start of the academic year with the celebration of Convocation Liturgy. Austin Prep welcomed Bishop Mark O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, as the principal celebrant and homilist. The celebration, open to parents and livestreamed to the school community, also served as the kick-off event for Austin Prep's 60th Anniversary Celebration. You can view photos from the day here.
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's liturgy also included a parade of flags representing the national heritages of those in our school community. Over 70 national flags were included.
Anatomage Table Uses Technology to Advance Science Instruction
As noted above, in addition to the renovated Chapel of St. Augustine, last summer Austin Prep’s science facilities were upgraded as part of the School's Faith and Reason Campaign. The summer work involved converting instructional space that was not previously a science lab into space that is now a state of the art classroom. Based on current best practices, this first lab is modular and flexible to support teaching and learning in the life, chemical, and physical sciences in both the Upper and Middle Schools. This renovation was a first step in a multi year plan to upgrade science facilities to ensure that Austin Prep students will be well prepared for college and beyond. The highlight of the new science lab is a new Anatomage Table, which is a 3D anatomy and virtual dissection table used in colleges and medical schools. You can watch the table being used by our students here.
Sixth and Seventh Grade Students Enjoy 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. Austin Prep 6th and 7th Grade students enjoyed a beautiful day outdoors with classmates during the Middle School Fall Field Day. Faculty led students in organized games such as capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, soccer, kickball, and yard games. You can view photos from the day here.
Eighth Graders Travel to Minute Man National Historical Park
During the 6th and 7th grade field day, 8th grade students traveled with faculty off campus to interact with local historic sites. Students visited Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington. This wonderful opportunity aligned with the 8th grade Civics curriculum as students were currently learning about the American Revolution and the role Massachusetts played during this critical time in our history.
SAVI Delegation Departs for Chicago
An Austin Prep delegation visited St. Rita of Cascia in Chicago for the annual Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI). While there, students examined our core values with students from other Augustinian schools. Our students return to Austin Prep with an even greater understanding of our shared Augustinian values and a stronger appreciation of our school’s mission. Following the community meeting before their departure, students received a blessing from Fr. Patrick Armano, School Chaplain. This group will be a part of the Adeodatus program next year.
Eliza Martin '25, Janna Vounessea '25, Neve Fitzgerald '25, Bree Anderson '25, Michael McCarthy '25, Ben Bradshaw '25, Alex Fernandes '25, and PJ Connor '25 were accompanied on the trip by Mrs. Michelle Connor, Assistant Head of School and Head fo the Upper School, and Mr. Dustin Batista, Chair of the Theology Department and Coordinator of Service.
Class of 2025 Visits Boundless Adventures
The Class of 2025 had a great class trip to Boundless Adventures! It was a beautiful day for sophomores to spend time together and create memories with friends and classmates. The week prior, the Freshman Class of 2026 visited Boda Borg Boston. The Office of Student Life looks forward to planning class trips annually to help students make valuable connections with classmates.
Unitas Leadership Academy Meets for First Time of 2022-2023 Year
Campus Ministry Club Leads All School Rosary
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. October 7th was the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Office of Campus Ministry prepared an all school Rosary for the entire Austin Prep community to end the school day today. The Rosary was led by students in the Campus Ministry Club.
Faculty Members Attend Women's Leadership Conference in Philadelphia
Austin Prep faculty members Mrs. Michelle Connor P'25 '28, Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School, Mrs. Marla Pascucci-Byrne P'26, Art and Design Department Chair, and Ms. Alicia Varraso, Assistant Dean of Students, attended the 2022 Heads Network Fall Women's Leadership Seminar at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. This seminar, taught by a faculty of female heads of school from across the country, is designed to both equip and inspire independent school leaders. Seminar topics included: Women’s Ways of Leading; The School Culture: Balancing Multiple Constituencies; Finance/Reading & Building Budgets; Organizing the Board and Your Team; Interviewing and The Search Process; Mentor Paths to Leadership among other topics.
This is another professional development opportunity made available to our faculty as a result of generous support of the Austin Prep Fund. We thank our loyal supporters for their part in making experiences such as this one possible.
Dr. David Langenau P'26 Visits With Medicine and Science Club
Dr. David Langenau P’26 visited Austin Prep to speak to the Medicine and Science Club about his pediatric cancer research and initiating an exciting opportunity for our students to pursue internships with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Langeneau’s remarks focused on his own educational journey through the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University. His research is recognized for breakthroughs on identifying the growth of healthy and cancerous cells in zebrafish. This work has led to trials in human beings to slow the growth of cancerous cells. He encouraged students to be inquisitive and not be afraid of failure. President of the Medicine and Science Club Katherine Millett '24 stated that “We are thankful that Dr. Langenau came to speak to us and share his perspective on the medical field.” Dr. Langenau met with members of the Science Faculty to plan additional opportunities for our students to meet with other researchers, visit area labs, and promote future internships.
Dr. Crystal Kuykendall Visits Austin Prep, Talks Inclusion
Dr. Crystal Kuykendall visited campus and addressed students on ways to help create inclusive learning environments, especially as it pertains to those with physical and learning disabilities. She focused on these topics through the lens of veritas, unitas, and caritas, and in the context of our theme for the year: Whoever walks in integrity walks securely... (Proverbs 10:9)
We are grateful that students new to the Austin Prep community had the opportunity to attend her lecture, as Dr. Kuykendall has been a regular visitor to campus in recent years. Dr. Kuykendall first came to Austin Prep in March 2020 at the invitation of the Head of School to be the keynote speaker at the 2020 St. Augustine Lecture, Austin Prep’s most celebrated opportunity to enrich the intellectual life of the School. As a recognized expert who has astounded audiences across four continents and brought her lifetime of experience to Willow Street, Dr. Kuykendall deeply impressed faculty and students with her powerful storytelling and warm personality. She joined our team in the summer of 2020 to be our partner to advance our ongoing work to educate for justice.
Dr. Kuykendall has also taught at Seton Hall University and Montclair State University and is the former Executive Director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. She has also served as the Director of Urban & Minority Relations for the National School Boards Association and the Director of the Citizens Training Institute of the National Committee for Citizens in Education.
Nearly 300 Families Visit Austin Prep for Open House
The annual Fall Open House was a huge success! Nearly 300 families and an estimated 1,000 people visited campus to learn more about the Austin Prep journey. To learn more about the application process, or to schedule a tour of shadow day, please reach out to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APS Media Presents..."Thriller"
To celebrate Halloween, members of APS Media, our Middle School Dancers, (and Reagan) proudly present Austin Prep's annual interpretation of "Thriller." Enjoy!
Austin Prep Celebrates All Saints' Day Mass
Austin Prep began the November Month of Remembrance with a school-wide All Saints’ Day Mass celebrated by Fr. Michael Senfuma. Fr. Senfuma, a Boston Celtics fan, engaged students by energetically drawing parallels between the wonders of his first trip to TD Garden, and the experience of entering Heaven after a lifetime of contemplating what awaits upon our arrival. “All Saints’ Day gives you perspective into what happens in Heaven. Despite different backgrounds, languages or cultures, when in Heaven you are with those who have triumphed and are in the presence of God,” Fr. Senfuma said. “Saints lead ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. Saints have a way of showing mercy to those in need. You can be a saint. You can choose to be among them. You can be one of them, as you, too, can show mercy to others.”
Ms. Doreen Fuller Announced as Lumen Award Winner
Ms, Doreen Fuller P'09, '13 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. Head of School Dr. James Hickey and Board of Trustees Chair Dan Bouchard P’10, ’14, '15 presented Ms. Fuller with a certificate that noted "Ms. Doreen Fuller 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.”
The award was presented in front of faculty, staff, and members of the Austin Prep Board of Trustees.
Lessons and Carols gets Community in the Christmas Spirit
The Signature Event took place on Saturday, December 3rd and was another wonderful evening in support of Austin Prep. This year, the parent community celebrated the Christmas spirit with the theme of "Holiday Cheer for our 60th Year." Nearly 300 people attended in support of programs and initiatives for students and faculty. This year, the Tuition Raffle winner was in attendance, and a special congratulations goes out to Armen and Christine Kourkounian P'22, '25 for taking home this year's prize! Additionally, we would like to recognize Mrs. Mannie Gouveia P'23, who worked tirelessly in her final year as the event chair. Thank you, Mannie, for your unwavering commitment to Austin Prep over the years!
Dr. James Hickey Leadership Medal Established in Honor of 10th Year
The 2022-2023 academic year marked Dr. Hickey's 10th year as Head of School at Austin Prep. To commemorate this occasion, at the December 3rd Signature Event, the Austin Prep Board of Trustees commissioned a new award, the Dr. James Hickey Leadership Medal. Announced by Trustee Mr. Joey Carregal '05 on behalf of Board Chair Mr. Dan Bouchard P'10, '14, '15, this medal will be awarded annually at commencement to the student who best exemplifies the following characteristics: ambition, integrity, and service before self. The award will honor a graduating senior who has exhibited the capacity to lead and serve, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to mission, and has had a significant impact on the Austin Prep community.
Deeply committed to the mission of Austin Prep, over the last decade Dr. Hickey has led the school through successful transformation, innovation and growth, and his leadership has contributed to the overall success, strength, and stability that Austin Prep maintains today. At the Signature Event, a video was played which reflected on Dr. Hickey's tenure at Austin Prep. The video can be viewed above. Austin Prep continues on the upward trajectory of excellence and we are grateful for Dr. Hickey's leadership. Thank you, Dr. Hickey!
Immaculate Conception Mass Celebrated
Austin Prep welcomed Fr. Daniel Madden, O.S.A. to campus to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Daughters of Mary, with Theology Faculty Mr. Raymond Kabunga, participated in the Mass with the singing of “Mary Loving Mother.”
"Mary was born in a backwater town in Nazareth, the edge of the Roman Empire," Fr. Madden said. "Mary, to whom Gabriel was sent to say, 'You will become the mother of God.' Mary, who was from the very moment of her conception made without sin, so that God could undo the sin of the world. We can't do much but stand in awe of what God has done through Mary."
Students Impress With Two Performances of The Nutcracker
Austin Prep continued its nearly 30 year Christmas tradition of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with performances at the Collins Center at Andover High School. Over 150 students participated in the shows, which were widely received as perhaps Austin Prep's best performances to date. You can view photos from the first performance here. You can watch the performance of the first act finale, "Waltz of the Snowflakes," by clicking above. A special thank you to all those across our school community who help make the shows a reality!
Head of School Christmas Open House
Austin Prep Seniors were welcomed to Head of School Dr. James Hickey's office for the annual Head's Christmas Open House. They shared Christmas cheer, complete with breakfast bites, refreshments, pastries, cookies, and more. How about those Christmas sweaters?
Austin Prep Families Demonstrate Caritas This Christmas Season
In the spirit of our mission, we live out our Augustinian value of caritas by embracing others and sharing our blessings this Christmas season. As is tradition, student advisory groups assembled gift packages which were delivered to St. Mary of the Assumption parish in Lawrence. Thank you to everyone who helped support the gift drive!
Families Learn Why it Really is a Wonderful Life at Austin Prep
Austin Prep welcomed prospective 6th grade families to Austin Prep to learn more about the Austin Prep community and engage with faculty, school leadership, and students. Prospective parents experienced an Adeodatus reflection, met with faculty, and participated in a panel with current students and parents. Prospective students experienced a sample Latin and Science Class and decorated Christmas cookies. And there was even a guest appearance from Santa!
Austin Prep Staff and Families Celebrate Christmas Eve Mass
Christmas Eve was a special night on campus as The Daughters of Mary celebrated their Christmas Eve Mass in the Chapel of St. Augustine with members of the Austin Prep staff. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Patrick Armano, School Chaplain. You can view photos from the Mass here.
Austin Prep Choir Begins New Year with Rome Pilgrimage
The Austin Prep Choir participated in a week-long tour of Italy, where students had the opportunity to sing at Saint Peter’s Basilica and for Pope Francis during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Saint Peter’s Square. The Austin Prep contingent consisted of a group of nearly 100 students, staff and families who journeyed to the Eternal City. Austin Prep made a similar trip during the 2019-2020 Christmas break.
During their trip, which took place December 28th to January 5th, Austin Prep students and families enjoyed excursions to historic sites, and the Austin Prep Choir performed at churches across Rome, including a public concert at the Basilica of Saint Augustine, Austin Prep's Patron Saint. The trip also included Masses celebrated by Fr. Ray Dlugos, OSA, Austin Prep Trustee, and Fr. Patrick Armano, School Chaplain, and was particularly unique as the world mourned the passing of Pope Benedict XVI during the group's time to Rome.
The highlight of the trip took place on New Year’s Eve. After his annual December 31st Liturgy, Pope Francis exited Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican into the piazza, where he was greeted by dignitaries and others in attendance. After blessing the Nativity at New Year’s Eve Vespers, Pope Francis continued on across the piazza, where he began to make his way to the Choir as they sang traditional Christmas hymns. He lifted one hand to his ear and raised the other hand, encouraging the Choir to sing louder, and the choir obliged.
To view a Vatican News clip of Pope Francis with the Austin Prep Choir, click here.
“It was a tremendous opportunity to travel with Austin Prep's Choir as they visited the Eternal City and shared the gift of song with the citizens of Rome and the pilgrims from around the world that we met on our travels,” Head of School James Hickey, Ph.D. said.
The Rome trip was an extension of the liturgical experience and Art and Design curriculum at Austin Prep. As with all of the school’s academic programs, opportunities for students to showcase skills learned in an authentic way help create unforgettable experiences that neither textbooks nor classroom lessons can impart. A library of video and photo highlights from the trip can be found below. Special recognition is due to Calvin Pardee '23 for his video and editing work throughout the trip.
ROME TRIP MEDIA LIBRARY
As the Austin Prep students returned to campus from their Rome travels, they began 2023 both inspired and enriched by their experience.
“My favorite part of the trip was seeing the Pope, who I got to see three times on the trip. He had such a good connection with us, and was cheering on," Jared Cruz '23 said, referring to the New Year's Eve encounter. "[Him seeing us sing in the Square] was a really sweet moment."
Annual NaNoWriMo Writers Celebrated
The NaNoWriMo Project is a capstone experience in seventh grade English. During the month of November, students are challenged to compose a minimum 10,000-word novel. Students are supported in this endeavor with an extensive planning period in the fall and incentives throughout November. English teachers Mrs. Leeann Blais and Dr. Christy Lawrence joined Head of Middle School Mr. Michael McLaughlin to celebrate the students' work as descriptions of each novel were read for the class. Additionally, students who exceeded 15,000 words were also recognized. Siena Fantozzi '28 penned over 32,000 words. Well done, seventh grade! And thank you to Mrs. Blais, for her work on this annual initiative. We have no doubt you'll be finding many Austin Prep authors' work on the shelves of a bookstore near you in the future!
Austin Prep Celebrates Lunar New Year
Austin Prep had several activities planned to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Students in the Chinese Club gave an overview of the Lunar New Year to students at community meeting.
Later that day, students in World Language Faculty Ms. Lei Xue's Mandarin Honors classes designed traditional Chinese paintings and artwork in honor of the occasion. You can view photos here.
To end the day, Mandarin students came together to celebrate with traditional games and food served by Sage Dining.
Finally, Mandarin classes designed traditional prepared dumplings in the Dining Hall.
Admissions Acceptances 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 first days after admissions decisions were released, we were overwhelmed by the response from those families who already enrolled. 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, Ryan Patrie 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."
Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Play at TD Garden
Black History Month Highlighted by Special Programming
Austin Prep celebrated Black History Month with a series of educational, extracurricular, and school wide events organized around the school’s yearlong theme of "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out," (Proverbs 10:9) as is embedded in our Augustinian heritage and Catholic tradition.
Students in Mr. Davíd Cárdenas' Middle School art classes summarized significant Black History events through art. Students conducted historical research on notable Black individuals, who by refusing to take up positions of inequity, left a lasting impression. The students were to choose a person or event and then use collage to create a poster that would graphically depict that individual using aspects from their person's life narrative. They further emphasized the significance of each individual or historical event by utilizing magazines, printed photographs, hand drawings, and other tools like paint and markers. These posters created a timeline of Black History through the lives of historical figures and events. The work was on display in the Fr. Smith Library.
Austin Prep Celebrates Catholic Schools Week
Austin Prep celebrated National Catholic Schools Week (CSW), an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Austin Prep kicked off the week with Sunday's Community Mass in the Chapel of St. Augustine, and began each day with a special prayer aligned with the daily themes for Catholic School Week. You can listen to the prayers below:
To hear some of our students' favorite part of attending a Catholic school, watch this short video.
Austin Prep was also featured in a special Catholic Schools Week edition of The Pilot. The story highlighting Austin Prep's Adeodatus program can be found on Page 5.
Austin Prep Students Attend Girls in STEAM Leadership Summit
Members of the Austin Prep community attended the inaugural Girls in STEAM Leadership Summit at Cushing Academy. The Summit included six different workshops in the areas of Science, Technology, Engine
In addition to the six students who attended the conference, one of the six workshops was hosted by Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach, Jessica Driscoll, who works for Sanofi as a Senior Medical Science Liaison in Hematologic Oncology. Information on the presenters can be found here.
Austin Prep Welcomes Augustinians to Campus for Mass
Fr. Joseph Narog, O.S.A. was on campus to celebrate Mass for World Day for Consecrated Life, and while here, introduced Fr. Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. to the Austin Prep community. Fr. Hiers delivered the homily: “When we pray for things in life, God sends people – parents, teachers, friends – into our life to help us. What does God ask from you in return? For you to go and do the same.”
To close the Mass, Fr. Narog reflected on this visit to Austin Prep as well as visits in past years, noting how much he enjoys the trips to Austin Prep, crediting us for being very "Augustinian," from the statue of St. Augustine in the foyer to the Austin Prep choir singing the "Prayer of St. Augustine" during Mass. You can view photos from the Mass here.
Sixth Grade Students Present the Egyptian Museum
Sixth grade students and their families gathered in the Father Smith Library for the seventh annual Egyptian Museum. This annual capstone is the product of students' recent work in their History and English classes. Students collaborated with classmates to create exhibits such as models of Egyptian pyramids and other architectural sites or hieroglyphic displays and individually filmed and edited book talks on literature set in ancient Egypt. At the Museum, students acted as docents in escorting friends and families through the exhibition and sharing facts about particular topics that they individually researched like King Tut, cats, Cleopatra, and the mummification process. Students then set sail for ancient Greece and Rome as their Becoming Historians course continued. A special thanks to the following teachers for designing the projects and organizing the Museum Capstone: Mrs. Leeann Blais, English Faculty, Mr. Jack Brady, History Faculty, Ms. Alexandra Dell'Anno '12, English Faculty, and Ms. Alicia Varraso, History Faculty and Assistant Dean of Students for the Middle School. You can view photos from the event here.
Accepted Middle School Parents Welcomed to Dinner Event
Ice Hockey Programs Participate in Best Buddies Program
Austin Prep's Best Buddies club participated in an event run by Northeast Arc at the Lynnfield MarketStreet Skating Rink. The boys and girls ice hockey teams attended this event in order to teach children with autism how to skate. It was a display of caritas in action and a great collaboration between Austin Prep athletics, the Best Buddies program, and Northeast Arc.
Austin Prep Boys Ski Team Takes Home NEPSAC Championship
The Austin Prep Boys Ski team captured the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class C Championship at Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire. Additionally, the girls ski team also fared well, taking second place in the team competition.
"The team displayed hard work and determination all season and earned this NEPSAC Class C Championship," Head Boys Ski Coach and World Languages Faculty Member Linda Filadoro said. "They competed against seasoned racers from both the New England region and different parts of the world like Spain and Italy. Each racer played a strategic role and our entire team should be proud of this impressive accomplishment in their NEPSAC debut."
In the giant slalom event, Luke Bartley '23 and Nareg Minassian '26 led the way for Austin Prep. In the slalom race, Luke was joined by Dario Filadoro '23 at the top of the results.
The Boys Ski Team victory was Austin Prep's second title in the School's inaugural year in the NEPSAC, with Girls Cross Country claiming the Division 2 championship in November.
Spirit Week Activities Support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Austin Prep celebrated multiple Spirit Weeks during the year. During February's Spirit Week, Austin Prep welcomed Siobhan Dunn of St. Jude, who spoke to our students about the Hospital’s mission to advance cures, prevention, research and treatment for pediatric catastrophic diseases. Students wore red for the day in support of the St. Jude charitable efforts. Ms. Dunn is pictured above with our School-Wide Student Government Officers (left to right) Sasha Callaway '23, Taylor Grohe '23, Preet Patel '24, and Jackie Brand '23.
Read below to see how much we raised!
Jersey Day brings out team spirit
Sumo Wrestling entertains students at Cougar Block
Also during Spirit Week, students came to Meelia Hall to enjoy sumo wrestling, with participating students equipped with special sumo wrestling suits. The "main card" included seven pairings of students, participating in two-minute bouts. Well done to all the participants!
Robotics Club Excels at Local Competition
The Austin Prep robotics teams competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robostorm 8.2 at Andover High School. Team 15626, represented by Jamey Bergeron '25, Max Betts '25, Kyle Brickhouse '25, Aaden Caralis '25, Nick Kuntz '25, and Aaron Wilcox '25, advanced to the semi-final elimination round and brought home the Innovate Award. The Innovate Award celebrates a Team that thinks imaginatively and has the ingenuity, creativity, and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This judged award is given to the Team that has the most innovative and creative Robot design solution to any specific components in the FIRST Tech Challenge game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole Robot or of a sub-assembly attached to the Robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a Robot does not have to work all the time during matches to be considered for this award. The Team’s engineering portfolio must include a summary of the design of the component or components and the Team’s Robot to be eligible for this award. Entries must describe how the Team arrived at their solution.
Team 9006, represented by Rahul Gupta '23, Maddy Shih '24, Victor Villarroel '24, and Michael Young '24, advanced all the way to the final elimination round, and brought home 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.
Later in the winter, the Austin Prep robotics team competed in the Massachusetts FTC State championships. Of the 94 teams in the state 36 of them qualified to compete in the state competition. One of Austin Prep's teams advanced to states. Team members included Rahul Gupta '23, Avi Mishra '24, Maddy Shih '24, Michael Young '24, and Victor Villarroel '24. With an impressive performance, they advanced all the way to the semi-finals. They had one of the highest-scoring and most consistent autonomous programs.
Austin Prep Faculty and Staff Participate in Professional Development Over February Break
Austin Prep Delegation Attends National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) held their annual conference February 22nd - 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the presenters at the conference was Dr. James Hickey, Head of School. Also attending the conference was AJ Benning, Dean of Students; Stephanie Choate, English Department Chair; Michelle Connor, Interim Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School; Francesco Donato, Science Faculty; Alison Fish, Math Department Chair; Tyler Fleming, Director of Communications; and Laurie Gillis, Director of Annual Giving.
Meanwhile, Austin Prep Faculty and Staff Attend Augustinian Values Institute (AVI)
Austin Prep sent a delegation of faculty, staff and administration to the 19th Gathering of the Augustinian Values Institute on February 17th-20th hosted by St. Augustine High School in San Diego. The conference was sponsored by the Augustinian Secondary Education Associate. The purpose is to bring together educators from all of the Augustinian Schools in North America to create clarity and develop a deeper understanding of the Augustinian mission. This year schools from Austria and Ireland were also in attendance.
Teachers, faculty, and administrators join together to share their experience and explain how they apply the mission in their respective school and to learn how others apply the core values of the Augustinian Order. The conference includes prayer, reflection, and guest speakers to further support educators in focusing on how they might live their vocations. Upon reflection from the weekend, World Languages Faculty Cori Russo shared that “I learned a wealth of information and inspiration relating to Augustinian education over the course of the weekend, and I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to connect on a personal level with the cohort from Austin Prep.”
Those who attended included: Nicole Barletta, Main Office Administrative Assistant; Rebecca Martiniello, World Languages Faculty; Sr. Immaculate Kyampeire, Science Faculty; Sr, Maria Nassali, Director of Campus Ministry; Jon Whalen, History Faculty; Cori Russo, World Languages Faculty; Dr. William Driscoll, Dean of Faculty; Dustin Batista, Theology Department Chair; Fr. Patrick Armano, School Chaplain; and Dr. Hickey, Head of School.
Austin Prep Celebrates 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.
International Women's Day March 8th
Wednesday, March 8th was International Women’s Day. We are grateful for School-Wide Student Government Officers (left to right) Taylor Grohe ’23, Vice President; Sasha Callaway ’23, Secretary; and Jackie Brand ’23, President for their leadership and service to the Austin Prep student community!
To celebrate Women's History Month, we spoke to Austin Prep students about the women in the Austin Prep community who have inspired them. Watch the video above to learn more!
Math Team Wins League Championship
Austin Prep’s Math Team concluded this year’s competition schedule in the Massachusetts Mathematics League (MML) with a first place finish in a meet hosted by Austin Prep on March 2nd. The competition schedule included six meets, dating back to October 2022. Congratulations to Bernice Yu ’24 (Captain), Hayden Bai ’25 (Captain), Rahul Gupta ’23, Jordan Wang ’23, Doris Du ’24, Chris Ellis ’24, Avi Mishra ’24, Maddy Shih ’24, Olivia Xia ’24, Kai Chari ’25, Fiona Hyland ’25, Nick Kuntz ’25, Dilan Patel ’25, Keira Reid ’25, and Meredith Rhodes ’25 and Coach and Math Faculty Member Zheng (Jason) Sun.
WBZ / CBS Boston's Steve Burton Speaks to the School Community
Well known Boston sportscaster encourages hard work and embracing struggle
Austin Prep was honored to welcome Steve Burton of WBZ / CBS News Boston to campus to speak to the school community. Mr. Burton detailed his experiences in athletics, sportscasting, and raising a family, and conveyed to students the importance of hard work while being a person of great faith and character. An important theme within his message was, "Learn how to draw a crowd, then learn how to withdraw from a crowd, when the crowd isn't going to do you any good."
Mr. Burton invited students to take part in a mock live report before concluding the presentation by answering questions from a student panel. Mr. Burton left students with this final tip: "Practice when everyone else is practicing. Then practice when everyone else is sleeping."
Class of 2027 Enjoys Capstone Trip to Washington D.C.
The Class of 2027 traveled to Washington, DC for their Class Capstone Trip. Students visited a number of monuments and sites celebrating the history and heritage of the United States. While at sites like the Lincoln Memorial and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, students delivered presentations to their classmates about the significance of the site and notable features of the monument. The experience of students learning from each other represents the immersive way in which teachers designed lessons prior to the trip and experiences in the itinerary to provide students with ownership of their learning and contribute their voices to the program. Students also explored a number of Smithsonian Museums and were fortunate to spend time with Dr. Crystal Kuykendall at the National Museum of African American History and Culture where students made connections to research completed in their English classes in February. The Class Trip was a unifying experience for the students with experiences like a class dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and an outing to the National Harbor and the celebration of a Mass for the class at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. Students returned to campus excited to share their stories and memories from the trip with fellow advisees and their families. For a video reel highlighting the students' trip, please click here.
Juniors and Seniors Enjoy Campus Ministry Retreat
The Office of Campus Ministry hosted a meaningful off-campus retreat for juniors and seniors, providing an opportunity for reflection and for connecting with classmates. The retreat took place at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Kennebunkport, Maine. The retreat was conducted by Fr. Michael Senfuma, who is familiar to the Austin Prep community as he celebrated November's All Saints Day Mass. Over 30 students were accompanied on the retreat by Director of Campus Ministry Sr. Maria Nassali, Dean of Faculty Dr. Bill Driscoll, Math and Theology Faculty and Deacon Bill Reidy, Theology Faculty Mr. Raymond Kabunga, Technology Specialist David McPherson, and Theology Faculty Ms. Kayla Greenwood.
"I was so touched by how much the students shared during the retreat, " Sr. Maria said. "There were different activities students engaged in and every student actively participated. Some students said they are going to recruit more students to join next year because they had a great experience."
Austin Prep Welcomes Grandparents to Campus
Austin Prep welcomed guests to campus on Friday, March 24th for Grandparents' Day. Over 250 grandparents arrived to campus for a continental breakfast and fellowship, before being joined by their Austin Prep grandchildren for a special prayer service in Richard J. Meelia '67 Hall. The day celebrating the special bond between grandparent and grandchild concluded with a grandchild-led tour of campus. The program for the prayer service can be found here.
Those in attendance at the prayer service gained insight into perhaps the origins of Austin Prep's commitment to the "Unwritten Curriculum" as Head of School James Hickey, Ph.D. gave a reflection into his own experience as a highly driven doctoral student. When describing his academic research to his grandmother, Dr. Hickey's grandmother responded, "This is all very nice, but it is boring. Too much work makes you boring. You need to have more fun." The advice changed his perspective and provided him a deeper appreciation for things such as time with family and friends.
Dr. Hickey also acknowledged the impact that grandparents have on the lives of our Austin Prep students. "As grandparents, you are important in the lives of our students. And as a result, you are important to us," Dr. Hickey said.
Students Display Talents with Two Performances of Chicago
Austin Prep's spring musical, Chicago, hit the road for two performances at the Greater Boston Stage Company. 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, and everyone who played a role in the production!
Austin Prep's 5th Annual Day of Giving a Success
Thank you for helping Make Extraordinary Possible!
Thank you! Austin Prep held its 5th Annual Day of Giving, and it was a tremendous day in support of Austin Prep. This incredible accomplishment would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the Austin Prep Community. Your generosity helps 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.
Students Attend Seminarian Dinner with Cardinal Sean
Members of the Austin Prep community traveled to St John's Seminary for a night of prayer and reflection. Students joined the seminarians in adoration and evening prayer, had dinner, took part in discussions with seminarians about their journey towards the priesthood, and received a tour of the seminary. The night also included a reflection from Cardinal Seán O'Malley, who also answered questions from students. Our prayers are with all the seminarians preparing for the priesthood and the communities they will be shepherding.
Seniors Shine in Spring Dance Show
Our student dancers stole the show at the Spring Dance Show which took place Wednesday, April 13th at the Collins Center in Andover. A special congratulations goes out to the dancers from the Class of 2023 who performed in their final spring show. Thank you for all that you have done for the Austin Prep dance program! That group includes (pictured left to right above), Emily Schena '23, Marissa Gallozzi '23, Kate Beckel '23, Olivia Ferri '23, Alyssa Joseph '23, Sammy Smith '23. The full program for the show can be viewed here.
Austin Prep Welcomes Siblings to Campus
Sibling Day is always one of the best days of the year! Austin Prep families help form some of the special bonds within our school community. Over 80 Austin Prep siblings enjoyed a day in the life of an Austin Prep student, including class, Cougar Block, lunch with classmates, and more! Check out photos from the day here and here.
World Languages Department Inducts Honor Society Students
On Tuesday, April 4th, the World Languages department hosted 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. The full program from the evening can be found here.
Katherine Millet '24 delivered the Latin address, noting that in Latin "we break down Latin passages and stories and look to not only understand the words, but to comprehend the context of those words. As the courses progress, the translations get more complex and six years of practicing Latin translations has taught me how to take something foreign, translate it, and then look beyond the words into the deeper meaning behind them. In other words, studying Latin has opened a window in my brain, so that whenever I look at anything – writing, world events, or even complex math problems – I find myself asking: Why?"
"To be inducted into Austin Prep’s Chapter of the language society is no easy task," World Languages Department Chair Linda Sherry P'24, '27 noted. "It is one to be truly celebrated. To be considered for induction, a student must have earned an A- or higher for three consecutive semesters, actively participate in their respective language peer tutoring program, intend to study at the highest level possible – for most of the students that will be the fourth year of the chosen language – and most importantly they must receive the recommendation of their current teacher with regard to character."
Academic Year Culminates with Over $40k to St. Jude
Members of Austin Prep Student Government and Dr. Hickey presented a check to Sarah Potter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at a Community Meeting (see earlier story from Spirit Week regarding efforts to support St. Jude). The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures, prevention, research and treatment for pediatric catastrophic diseases, and the Hospital has been the beneficiary of Austin Prep's charitable efforts in recent years. Collectively, this year Austin Prep raised over $40,000 for St. Jude! We appreciate the generosity of our families, and thank St. Jude for their continued efforts in treating the toughest childhood diseases.
Austin Prep Inducts Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023
The Austin Prep Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals and teams who have made significant and lasting contributions to Austin Prep athletics and have achieved a high standard of athletic success.
The Austin Prep Athletic Hall of Fame Committee was proud to honor the athletes and coaches selected for the Austin Prep Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023:
The Class was inducted on Saturday, April 29th at a ceremony on campus. Photos from the ceremony can be viewed here.
Relive Your Prom Memories With Photos From the Evening Celebration
We had a great time celebrating the Austin Prep prom April 27th, 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!
National Honor Society Students Inducted
This year, 65 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 Jackie Brand '23 welcomed fellow members Christian Alfieri '23, Valeria Centinaro '23, Jonathan Brand '23 and Alison Perault '23, who reflected on the four pillars of NHS: character, service, scholarship, and leadership.
The evening closed with remarks from Meaghen Hamill '06, who is the Senior Director of External Relations and Strategic Communication for Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC), where she is responsible for building relationships between the LCHC and community and government partners while elevating LCHC's mission, values and goals within the Lynn community. Prior to joining the LCHC, her career focused on policy and community relations in the public sector.
2023-2024 Schoolwide Government Officers Announced
Students elected to serve on Austin Prep's Schoolwide Government for the 2023-2024 school year were introduced at a Community meeting, then closed the meeting with a prayer. We look forward to their leadership! Congrats to (left to right above): Ryan O'Malley '24, Class Representative; Lauren Neal '24, Class Representative; Lily Caron '24, Public Relations; Jared Hickey '24, Secretary; Preet Patel '24, Vice President; Jaya Gupta '24, Vice President and Ava Intoppa '24, President.
Best Buddies Program Supports Annual Unified Game Day
Cullen '23 Presented with Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy
Prior to Commencement, Fiona Cullen ’23, was presented with an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 2027. Mr. Pat Taylor, a 2014 U.S. Naval Academy graduate and current Blue and Gold Officer who supports admissions efforts in this area, was on hand for the presentation. Fiona was also joined in the Chapel of St. Augustine by the entire Class of 2023 and 2024, select faculty and staff, and family. Congrats, Fiona, and best of luck at the Naval Academy! You can view photos from the presentation here.
Seniors and Parents Welcomed to Campus for Head of School Reception
As Commencement approached we began to celebrate the Class of 2023! Austin Prep hosted the Head of School Class of 2023 Parent and Senior Reception. It was a wonderful evening with so many members of the Class celebrating their Journey together. View photos from the evening here.
Class of 2023 Enjoy Fun Filled Senior Week
During Senior Week for the Class of 2023, seniors dyed shirts, decorated parking spots, held a Super Soaker battle, and enjoyed class favorites from Sage Dining. We hope it was a great week and that you found time to enjoy your friends, classmates, and faculty members who have walked with you on your journey.
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 27 students from the Class of 2023 who are part of this unique group. You can learn more about the lifer experience here.
Thank You Green Key Ambassadors
Green Key Ambassadors are an invaluable connection between our admissions office & prospective families, interacting with families at events, serving as tour guides, & hosting students for shadow days. Thank you, 2022-2023, Green Keys for a great year!
Seventh Graders Welcome Guests to Campus for May Tea
Austin Prep seventh graders participated in the May Crowning Prayer Service and May Tea. This annual event 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 are 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.
Year of Performing Arts Events Comes to a Close
Austin Prep hosted the annual, year-end Band and Choir Concert in Richard J. Meelia '67 Hall. With it came to an end another amazing year for Austin Prep's Performing Arts. From the Nutcracker, to Lessons to Carols, to Chicago, to the Spring Dance Show and finally the Band and Choir Concert, our students always put on a great show.
Class of 2023 Celebrated at Baccalaureate Liturgy and Commencement
Austin Prep celebrated the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Commencement for the Class of 2023 on Friday, May 19th 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 2023. A full program for the Baccalaureate Liturgy can be found here.
Celebrant Most Rev. Arthur L. Kennedy, Ph.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, gave great insight into the development of a young St. Augustine, detailing three major conversions in his life: one intellectual, one religious, and one moral. In doing so, Bishop Kennedy affirmed for the graduates the great Augustinian tradition in which they have been trained while at Austin Prep. "But this experience is not over yet, " Bishop Kennedy said. "This is just one stage in the Journey."
Caroline Kelly, Class of 2023 Salutatorian, addressed the wide array of opportunities she was presented while at Austin Prep, specifically opportunities that came about unknowingly or as a result of adversity. Caroline referenced the new friends she made as a result of her COVID-19 related academic cohort (members of the Class of 2023 were freshman in March of 2020), and Austin Prep's flexibility surrounding the Senior Class trip to Disney World, which allowed her to both win a NEPSAC Championship in cross country and visit Disney with classmates. "Our Austin Prep journey has been full of trial and error, but has led us to a better understanding of ourselves. Whatever path you chose, Austin Prep allowed all of us to find our passions," Caroline said.
Class of 2023 Valedictorian, Olivia Ferri, reflected not only on the legacy that will be left behind by the Class of 2023, but also how that legacy has helped provide the tools of intelligence, leadership, integrity, and compassion for the class as they move on in their Journey. "As we step out of the classroom and into the world, I hope your choices are coupled with introspection, your brilliance with comedy, your accomplishment with humility, and your warmth with sincerity. I hope you consider how you choose to sow the seeds of your life and foster their growth. And most importantly, I hope you remember your classmates at Austin Prep, the years you gave to them, and the years they gave back to you," Olivia said.
While addressing the graduates, James Hickey, Ph.D. P’22, ’23, ’24, '27, in his tenth year as Head of School at Austin Prep, pondered the question "how can we end polarization?" But he did so through two seemingly different and conflicting lenses: the Augustinian hearts developed in Austin Prep graduates to help guide, inspire, and give courage on the Journey ahead, and ChatGPT, the natural language processing tool driven by AI technology that allows you to have human-like conversations and much more with a chatbot. The ChatGPT response to ending polarization was Augustinian in nature, emphasizing unity, shared purpose, humility, love, respect, and belonging. "It occurred to me that 21st century ChatGPT could be a direct descendent of 4th century Augustine," Dr. Hickey said. "Essentially, 1,600 years ago St. Augustine offered some timeless advice, and that advice which is applicable to the challenges of 2023, was picked up by AI."
"Artificial intelligence, however, will not stop wars between nations, it will not stamp out bigotry and intolerance, it will not promote unconditional love, or solve the societal challenges that just seem to be multiplying," Dr. Hickey added. "What will make the world better is the human intelligence of an Augustinian Heart and with your Austin Prep diploma in hand, you leave here today and begin the next part of your Journey – with an Augustinian heart. And the world needs more Augustinian Hearts out there."
The event included remarks from Board of Trustees Chair, Mr. Daniel Bouchard, P’10, ’14, ’15, who expressed admiration for the Class of 2023 for the wisdom and growth class members attained as a result of the persistent change, adjustment, and expansion experienced during the Austin Prep Journey. Mr. Bouchard also referenced the impact of the Austin Prep experience on his own children, all three who have since graduated from college and are pursuing their professional lives. " I remain extraordinarily grateful for all that Austin Prep did to prepare them for college and life beyond," Mr. Bouchard said. "When they graduated, they may not have fully understood the real gift of the education they received. But as young professionals, they now see the importance of the indispensable values of service and citizenship. They now appreciate that the fullest life involves a commitment to act for the benefit of other people."
Mr. Bouchard also noted that the Class of 2023 has been collectively awarded more than $31 million in scholarships to some of the top colleges and universities in the United States.
Following that, to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of Dr. Hickey's tenure as Head of School, Mr. Bouchard announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees the commissioning of a new award, The Dr. James Hickey Leadership Award. This award will be presented annually to a student who best exemplifies Dr. Hickey’s qualities of integrity, leadership, and service before self. The award will honor a graduating senior who exemplified an untiring commitment to mission – to veritas, unitas, and caritas — and who has had a significant impact on the Austin Prep community. The first Dr. James Hickey Leadership Award was presented to Jaclyn Brand '23.
In case you missed it, all the details from the day can be found here.
Class of 1973 Celebrates 50th Reunion
As a part of Commencement Weekend, we welcomed back the Class of 1973 for their 50th Austin Prep Reunion, as well as the Classes of 1966-1972. It was great to welcome them back to campus! #AustinAlways Photos from the reunion can be found here.
35th Annual Austin Open Golf Tournament a Success
We were blessed with a beautiful day for the 35th Annual Austin Open Golf Tournament, held at Indian Ridge Country Club. The event was a great success with a full-flight of golfers! You can view photos from the day here.
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 2023 Title Sponsorships: Pimentel Construction and Quirk Construction Corp. This year, proceeds from the golf tournament will help support the new heating system upgrades and the addition of air conditioning in McLaughlin Hall to provide a comfortable learning environment in the classroom for our students and faculty.
View all our Title, Lunch, Breakfast, Player Gift and Cart Sponsors here.
Benefactors and Students Recognized at Memorial Scholarship Ceremony
We were honored to announce Memorial Scholarship recipients for the 2023-2024 academic year at a special breakfast and ceremony. 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
Class of 2027 Middle School Journey Concludes with Final Assembly
Austin Prep eighth graders celebrated the conclusion of their Middle School Journey with the Class of 2027 Final Middle School Assembly. Head of School, James Hickey, Ph.D. and Head of Middle School Mr. Michael McLaughlin offered remarks, and those in attendance had an opportunity to hear the national anthem performed by Hunter Peabody '27 and Tasha Lawson's '27 rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." Members of the Class of 2027 also offered reflections on their Middle School experience.
Sydney Rech '27, whose Middle School journey actually began remotely in the final weeks of her 5th grade year as schools closed as a result of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, reflected on her Journey. "For all of us completing grade 8 this spring, despite when we started at Austin Prep, our fifth grade year ended early for us, without a real close to our elementary school years, without being able to say goodbye to our old friends and teachers in person," Sydney said.
"We have grown so much as individuals and so much together. Our journey has made us grateful and hopefully reminded us to appreciate the memorable activities we shared and the opportunity to come together as a community," Sydney added.
Austin Prep Celebrates Ascension Thursday Mass
With a special announcement from Dr. Hickey!
Austin Prep came together for the final all-school Mass for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Ascension Thursday Mass was celebrated by Fr. Dennis M. Gallagher, A.A., Province Superior for the North American Province of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Upon conclusion of the Mass, Dr. Hickey addressed the school community.
"St. Ambrose, who baptized St. Augustine, said 'No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.' I thank you for all that you have done this year for Austin Prep and for those who are in need. That includes our teachers who went above and beyond to help their students, students raising money to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and everyone working together to support families in need with annual Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter baskets," Dr. Hickey said.
"As a gesture of my gratitude, next Friday, May 26th will be a Head of School Holiday," Dr. Hickey concluded.
Class of 2023 | A Final Farewell
It has been a little over a week since the Baccalaureate Liturgy and Commencement for the Class of 2023 and we miss the Class already! 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.
Newly Enrolled Students and Parents Welcomed at BBQs
Despite the academic year just coming to a close the day before, we already turned our attention to 2023-2024! We hosted BBQs with carnival style games and great food for newly enrolled Austin Prep Middle School students and parents, as well as for members of the Class of 2027. It was a great opportunity to meet new classmates and families before we break for summer! Photos from the Middle School BBQ can be viewed here.
Austin Prep Middle School Celebrates Final Day with Special Field Day
Austin Prep celebrated the last day of the academic calendar on Friday, June 2nd with a special field day for Middle School students. At the end of the day, students wished Mr. George Malvey P'05, '10 well, as he is retiring after 23 years of service to Austin Prep. Thank you, Mr. Malvey! You can view photos from the day here.
Cross Country, Ski, Track Relay Teams Presented With Championship Rings
Austin Prep celebrated recent MIAA and NEPSAC champions with the presentation of championship rings followed by a breakfast with family and friends. Champions included:
Congratulations to all our champions, enjoy the well deserved championship rings! View photos from the celebration here.
Zawatsky '24, Ventura '24, Represent Massachusetts on ESPN+
Jake Zawatsky '24 and Evan Ventura '24 of Austin Prep Baseball participated in the GEICO High School Baseball National Championship in Dallas, TX for Team Massachusetts. The games were broadcast on ESPN+. Great job representing Austin Prep and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!
Save the Date: 60th Anniversary Gala
Enjoy the Rest of Summer!
We hope you enjoyed a look back at the 2022-2023 academic year, and we look forward to connecting with you again in the fall. Have a great summer!