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

Sixth graders begin their Austin Prep Journey.


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

Middle School students were on campus for two days of orientation.


Members of the Class of 2026 were on campus for one day of orientation.


New sophomores and juniors were also on campus for one day of 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.  

Click the links to view photos and a video from Middle School Orientation. To view photos from the Class of 2026 Orientation, click here.

And Even Before That, The Daughters of Mary Professed Their Vows

Perpetual Vows Church


To end the summer, Austin Prep helped facilitate the perpetual vows liturgy for three of the Bannabikira Sisters who minister in the Austin Prep community. Sister Paskazia Nakitende, D.M.Sister Mary Namutebi, D.M., and Sister Maria Gorreth Nassali, D.M. professed their final vows as Daughters of Mary in a liturgy on August 19th at St. Ann’s Church in Peabody, where they reside. You can view photos from the service hereand video hereBecause of complexities securing travel visas, they were unable to return home to Uganda for this milestone in their lives. Austin Prep was proud to stand with them as family during this important moment in their religious profession. Please join us in extending hearty congratulations to the Sisters. The Austin Prep community is a better place because of their amazing example.

Reagan is Welcomed to Austin Prep


In mid-August, Dr. Hickey appointed Reagan to the Austin Prep staff as the Special Assistant to the Head of School. Reagan, a four month old Labrador Retriever, will be pursuing training over the next few years as a therapy dog, and will spend most of her days on campus. We were excited to welcome her as a member of the School community. 

NEPSAC Era at Austin Prep Begins


This fall marked the start of Austin Prep's affiliation with the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). The NEPSAC is an association of accredited independent and faith-based schools across New England.  With membership in the NEPSAC, Austin Prep continued to 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 competed against schools from several leagues within the NEPSAC. More NEPSAC news to follow...

Summer Chapel Renovations Feature New Center Aisle

Upgrades in the Chapel of St. Augustine and Science Lab highlight Faith and Reason Initiative


Over the summer, Dr. Hickey shared with the parent community insights about plans to expand Austin Prep’s science facilities and renovate the Chapel of St. Augustine. Austin Prep made significant progress on both fronts last summer. The construction of the first science lab and the renovation of the Chapel of St. Augustine cost approximately $650,000 combined, and was completely funded by the generosity of some current parents and donors.

Renovation to the Chapel included a center aisle, something the Chapel had never had before.  The Chapel's new pews were obtained through a partnership with the Sisters of Divine Providence who closed their high school, Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, MA. Once the school closed, we made an arrangement for the pews to be repurposed in the Chapel of St. Augustine at Austin Prep. 

The Chapel renovation also included restoration of the original marble predella (stairs which form the base of an altar). The Chapel’s predella was previously covered by a platform, which was installed in the early 1970’s to serve as a stage for Austin Prep’s student theater group. The Chapel’s tabernacle now sits on the restored predella.

Renovated Chapel Provides Home to New Adeodatus Program



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.


Jackie Brand '23, School-Wide Student Government President, began the ceremony by addressing her classmates. "Today's Convocation Mass offers us the opportunity to remember that Jesus tells us that He is present when two or more gather in his name," Jackie said. "I'm very excited for today as it marks the beginning of what I know will be an incredible year celebrating our 60th Anniversary."

Bishop O'Connell drew connections between students making serious efforts in their academic pursuits to committing to a life of faith. 

"This is a beginning. We all have beginnings. We begin every day. But we also have critical beginnings," Bishop O'Connell said. "We can all slide by in life, but there is nothing in the world that will change your life more than beginning a journey of faith. Nothing in your life that will bring you more peace, nothing in your life that will bring you more joy."

Dr. Hickey welcomed parents, grandparents, Trustees, officials from the Town of Reading, and members of the Order of Malta to the Mass. While referencing Austin Prep's 60th Anniversary and the welcoming of the first students in September 1963, 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, as well as Fr. Peter Gori '70, one of Fr. Art's first students.

Dr. Hickey, Bishop Mark O'Connell, Fr. Peter Gori '70 and Fr. Art Johnson joined by Knights of the Sovereign Order of Malta.


“Each year we adopt a theme to guide the focus of the academic year. This year's theme is taken from the Book of Proverbs, 'Whoever walks with integrity, walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out,'" Dr. Hickey said. "Integrity is doing the right thing, simply because it is the right thing to do. It's acting in accordance with deeply held beliefs. It's acting with sterling character."

To mark the occasion, School-Wide Student Government Officers Valeria Centinaro '23 and  Fiona Cullen '23 presented the Class of 2023 banner, which was hoisted to the rafters of Meelia Hall, where it will remained until being lowered prior to Baccalaureate Mass in May. View the raising of the banner here.

You can take a look back at the entire Convocation Day by clicking the video above.



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

Associate Head of School Jonathan Pollard '97 and Unitas Leadership Academy (ULA) facilitator Christopher Niles work with ULA participants.


The Unitas Leadership Academy (ULA) began another year with a workshop combined with the Office of Admissions Upper School Green Key Ambassador training as Head Green Keys prepared for their vital role in the fall Open House which took place on Sunday, October 23rd.

Christopher Niles, who has facilitated leadership training with ULA students over the years, coordinated the activities. Students at Austin Prep who have been identified as leaders in the Austin Prep community are nominated by faculty and staff for the opportunity to participate in the program. To keep the program experience personal and to maximize student leadership growth, a limited number of spots are available. The focus of ULA is to assist Austin Prep student leaders in their growth, understanding, and application of leadership. Students in ULA explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership. In previous years, students explored leadership through outdoor adventure education, participating in field trips, and on-campus programs.


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

Ms. Alicia Varraso, Mrs. Michelle Connor P'25 '28, and Mrs. Marla Pascucci-Byrne P'26,, are joined by Margaret "Sissy" Wade, Executive Director of the Heads Network.



Austin Prep faculty members Mrs. Michelle Connor P'25 '28, Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School, Mrs. Marla Pascucci-Byrne P'26Art 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 


Green Key Ambassadors helped welcome over 1,000 visitors to 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


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.”

National Junior Honor Society Class Inducted


Austin Prep inducted new members into the National Junior Honor Society. During the ceremony, students reflected on the pillars of NJHS - Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship, and Character - new officers were inducted, and History Faculty Mr. Jack Brady was presented the NJHS Teaching Excellence Award. You can view additional photos here. Congratulations to all the new inductees!

English Department Celebrates 60 Years of Poetry


Jared Cruz '23 gets ready to read and discuss "Faith."


To celebrate Austin Prep's 60th Anniversary, the English department is participated in a six decades of poetry project, where students read and analyzed the work of Poet Laureates from over the decades. The celebration started this year in Mrs. Nicole Putney's P'26, '28 English Language and Composition Honors class, where students discussed the poem "Faith" by Louis Untermeyer. Photos from the discussion can be viewed here.

Girls Cross Country Captures Austin Prep's First NEPSAC Title


The Austin Prep Girls Cross Country team captured the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Division 2 Championship on Saturday, November 12th at St. Mark's School in dominating fashion, placing three runners in the top 10 and four runners in the top 15 in the team's first appearance in the championship event. With the transition of Austin Prep's athletics program to the NEPSAC to start the 2022-2023 academic year, the cross country victory brought Austin Prep its first NESPAC title.

"It was an honor to be the first team to win a NEPSAC championship and hopefully it sets a trend for more to come," Head Cross Country Coach Nicolle Renick said. "It was a historical moment that we probably won't realize the magnitude of until many years down the road."

Anya Budzinski '26 led Austin Prep in the 5,000-meter race finishing fourth individually in 20:46. She was followed by teammates Madi Valade '25 in sixth (20:49), Sophia Dinanno '23 in ninth (21:29) and Victoria Tenreiro '25 in 15th (21:53). All four runners earned All-NEPSAC Honors in the race. They were joined by Sydney Pilla '23 in 22nd (22:40), Cailin Fennessy '24 in 26th (22:48) and Colleen Simmons '25 in 53rd (24:12). The race was won by Sadie Millett of Middlesex in 20:11.

Austin Prep finished with a low score of 55 points.  The top five teams were rounded out by Middlesex (80), Hopkins (115), Governor's Academy (138), and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols (145). 

The NEPSAC winning Austin Prep Girls Cross Country Team (left to right): Anya Budzinski, Cailin Fennessy, Victoria Tenreiro, Sophia DiNanno, Sydney Pilla, Colleen Simmons, Madi Valade.


"We knew going into the race we had to beat as many Middlesex runners as possible." Anya said. "So our plan was to work together in the race and focus on a strong finish, making sure we didn't get passed by any runners at the end, especially Middlesex runners."

"We went and did a course preview run the weekend before the race which was really helpful," Renick said. "They knew what to expect in terms of the course. It let them focus on being patient in the hills and middle section of the course, and then passing as many jerseys as possible as they approached the finish."

Runners who finished in the top 20 placings earned the right to run as individuals in the NEPSAC Meet of Champions race, contested a week later. Anya, Madi, Sophia and Victoria all participated.

The day was further highlighted by the Austin Prep Girls Junior Varsity Cross Country team's victory in the JV NEPSAC Championship race to end the day.

"It was great to win with this team. We worked hard this fall and were able to achieve the goal we had since the beginning of the season," Anya added. "It is awesome to make history with some of your best friends."

Class of 2023 Enjoys Disney World Visit


The Class of 2023 made the annual Senior Class trip to Walt Disney World Trip. Austin Prep Senior Classes always remark that the Disney trip was a highlight of their Austin Prep experience. The Class of 2023 will likely be no different! The trip provides the opportunity to celebrate friendships that have formed during their Austin Prep Journey. A special thank you to School leadership and faculty for accompanying the Class on the trip!

Annual Blue Mass Kicks off Thanksgiving Week of Gratitude 

The Reading Police Department Honor Guard at Blue Mass.


Representatives from the Reading Police and Fire Departments, as well as first responder parents from the Austin Prep community, attended Austin Prep’s 6th Annual Blue Mass and Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday, November 23rd. The Mass is held annually in gratitude for all those who put their lives on the line for others. 

Jackie Brand '22, School-Wide President, welcomed classmates to the Mass. "First responders’ work is parallel to that of the Good Samaritan. When they go to work, they have no warning of who they will come upon in need. They treat everyone as their neighbor. Everyone receives their help no matter who you are," Jackie noted.  "This type of work correlates with the way Jesus wants us to live."

The Mass was celebrated by Austin Prep Trustee and Merrimack College Vice President of Mission and Ministry Father Ray Dlugos, O.S.A. "If we wait for a life changing moment to be grateful, we might miss out on the process of being able to say thank you," Fr. Dlugos said. "Without gratitude, we are isolated and lost. There is no love. With gratitude, we are humbled and joined with others with compassion, and we become the ones who God wanted us to be."

At the conclusion of the Mass, Head of School James Hickey, Ph.D. 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, Fr. Dlugos blessed the emergency vehicles in the school parking lot and gave a special blessing to the first responders. Following the Mass, first responders enjoyed brunch 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.

Father Ray Receives Merrimack College's St. Augustine Medal

Fr. Ray Dlugos, O.S.A. at Austin Prep's Blue Mass.


Just two weeks prior to celebrating Blue Mass with the Austin Prep community, Fr. Dlugos was presented the Merrimack College Saint Augustine Medal at a 75th-anniversary celebration event in the newly renovated Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher on the Merrimack campus. The medal is presented to a member of the Merrimack community who embodies the College’s mission to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives. Watch this video to learn more about Fr. Ray's impact at Merrimack.

“He is a dear friend,” Merrimack College President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. said of Dlugos before presenting him the award. “A priest, our campus prior, our most vocal cheerleader, a counselor to all, a mentor to many, and someone we all love…There is absolutely no one in this community more deserving of this honor than Father Ray.”

"This award demonstrates that the Merrimack College community shares the great esteem we have for Father Ray," Dr. Hickey said.  "Father Ray is a pillar of the Augustinian community and exemplifies the values shared by both the Merrimack and Austin Prep communities."

Epic Austin Prep Thanksgiving Eve for the Ages

Class of 2022, State Champion Girls Ice Hockey and Baseball Teams, and Football Team Enjoy Limelight

The Class of 2022 returned to campus prior to Thanksgiving.


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 23rd, members of the Class of 2022 gathered in the Dining Hall to connect with classmates, faculty and staff as a kick-off to the holiday weekend.  Thank you to all who returned back to campus!

The 2022 MIAA Division I State Champion Austin Prep Girls Ice Hockey Team.


Also that morning, members of the 2022 MIAA Division I State Champion Austin Prep Girls Ice Hockey Team received their State Championship Rings and the Head of School Medallions. The Head of School Medallion is reserved for distinct occasions and rare moments to salute those who unquestionably exemplify Austin Prep's Augustinian values of veritasunitas and caritasYou can view photos from the ceremony here.

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 20th 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.


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


Not to be outdone, members of the 2022 MIAA Division 3 State Champion Austin Prep Baseball Team also received their State Championship Rings and the Head of School Medallions. Additionally, Associate Head of School and Head Varsity Baseball Coach Jonathan Pollard '97 was inducted into the Head of School Medallion Fellowship after his near decade of service to Austin Prep and achievements as Athletic Director, Head Baseball Coach, and Associate Head of School. You can view photos from the ceremony here.

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.


The Austin Prep Football Team at Fenway Park. 


Finally, the Austin Prep Football Team had the opportunity to kick off Thanksgiving weekend with a Wednesday afternoon game against St. Mary's at historic Fenway Park, providing memories to last a lifetime. You can view photos from the game here.



Ms. Doreen Fuller Announced as Lumen Award Winner

Ms. Doreen Fuller with Dr. James Hickey and Board of Trustees Chair Dan Bouchard P’10, ’14, ’15.


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 Austin Prep Band and Choir after the Lessons and Carols performance at the Greater Boston Stage Company.


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, 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. Also, thank you to Mrs. Marla Pascucci-Byrne P'26 and the Austin Prep Facilities team and Event Crew for managing the details of taking our arts performance on the road. Photos from the off campus show can be viewed here. Photos from the on campus show can be viewed here. 

We Had a Great Night at the Signature Event! 


Armen and Christine Kourkounian P'22, '25 were the big winners in this year's Tuition Raffle.


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

Fr. Daniel Madden with students before Mass.


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

Green Key Ambassadors, Dr. Hickey, and Santa Claus were among those welcoming prospective 6th grade families to 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.



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

Siena Fantozzi '28 (far left) led the way with 32,013 words written. Other students to exceed 15,000 words included (left to right) Nora Abraham, Laney Putney, Zachary Fleming, Katie Kavka, Brady Payne, Sydney Klein, and Genevieve Bigelow.


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

Congratulations to Milana and Isabelle DiGiammarino (Middle School), and Elliot Albrecht (Upper School), who were the first to enroll for the 2023-2024 academic year. 


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

The Austin Prep Boys and Girls Basketball Teams played at TD Garden.


The Austin Prep Boys and Girls Basketball Teams participated in this year's edition of the Andrew James Lawson Foundation Invitational at TD Garden against Milton Academy. This was an exciting and memorable opportunity for our student-athletes and their families, and we appreciate all the fans that made their way into Boston to cheer on the teams. You can view photos from the game here.




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 Ms. Cassandra Thompson’s Discussion and Debate Honors class read and discussed “The Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall.


Jake Zawatsky '24 and Lee Poulin '23 research Black authors in Mrs. Nicole Putney's English class.


Emma St. Arnaud '27 presents to her English class about poet Claude McKay.


In celebration of Black History Month, 8th grade students researched figures from American history and their impact on the worlds of politics, music, athletics, and science. Students selected the person they want to study and began their research project by reading a brief teacher-supplied biography and answering text-dependent questions. Over the course of the month, students completed additional elements of the project then brought this research together in an infographic highlighting the importance of this particular individual. Students were able to explore the materials associated with their person or study when they visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. in March as part of their Civics Capstone trip. The project was designed by Ms. Alex Dell'Anno '12, English faculty, as a way for students to gain a deeper appreciation of these important people while also practicing their emergent research skills.



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.


JT Harold '05 joined by Vincent Piro '28 and Antonio Carpentieri '28 at the Alumni Conversations event.


Austin Prep hosted alumnus 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. As part of an overarching program within Mission & Inclusion during both Black History Month and Women's History Month, the Office of Alumni Relations offered “Alumni Conversations” with influential alumni. 


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, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The day included students attending three of the six workshops. Over 75 students from NEPSAC schools around New England were in attendance, including Austin Prep students Casey Ahlin '23, Marissa Gallozzi '23, Katherine Millett '24, Fiona Hyland '25, Elena Oulton '24 and Lauren Neal '24.

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.

Model UN Team Takes on Harvard Event


The Austin Prep Model United Nations team participated in the annual Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN)  in downtown Boston. At HMUN, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of world leaders and global decision-makers. HMUN is an exciting opportunity for young leaders to debate the most pressing issues of the day and to draft innovative, creative solutions. Participants develop several skills throughout this process, including but not limited to public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and policy crafting.

This year's team consisted of 16 members from the Upper School and represented the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Austin Prep had delegates across eleven committees, from the World Trade Organization to disarmament and international security. Overall, the event culminates approximately two months of extra-curricular preparation and represents immeasurable hard work and dedication by an exceptional group of students.

This years team included Vasu Jetly '23, Anjali Serrano '23, Jordan Wang '23, Jaya Gupta '24, Julianna Iannibelli '24, Avi Mishra '24, Lauren Neal '24, Ryan O’Malley '24, Preet Patel '24, Neve Fitzgerald '25, Isabella Fountain '25, Shae Garofalo '25, Allie Jenks '25, Imogen Moro '25, Alyx Rossi '25, and Chloe Russell '25.


Austin Prep Welcomes Augustinians to Campus for Mass

Fr. Hiers, left, with Fr. Narog and Austin Prep students before Monday's 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

Kayla Onorato '27 speaks as a part of the Middle School Accepted Students dinner panel, moderated by Dr. Hickey.


Dr. and Mrs. Cindy Hickey hosted a dinner event at the Andover Country Club for the parents of accepted Middle School students. At this annual event, parents had the opportunity to meet fellow parents and interact and ask questions of the school leadership in attendance. The highlight of the night followed dinner when parents were provided with the forum to ask questions of our student panel. Our students represented Austin Prep well and provided prospective parents an authentic glimpse into the Austin Prep experience. 


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

Eras collided on Jersey day and Aidan Jette '24 and Chris Ellis '24 represented Marvin Harrison, Jr. and Charles Woodson, respectively.


Sports Jersey Day is always one of the most spirited days of an Austin Prep Spirit week. The Boston Bruins were well represented, and there were even a few Philadelphia Eagles jerseys (despite their still fresh Super Bowl loss). You can view a few photos from the day here.

Sumo Wrestling entertains students at Cougar Block 

Who will forget the show Jay Voica '24 and Evan Ventura '24 put on during Sumo Wrestling?



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

Dr. Hickey was among the presenters at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Las Vegas.


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.


Fr. Art Johnson and Fr. Peter Gori Welcomed to Campus for Lenten Mass

Dr. Hickey recognizes Fr. Art's 60 years of priesthood at conclusion of Mass

Fr. Art Johnson, O.S.A. celebrated Lenten Mass. He was joined by Deacon Bill Reidy (left) and Fr. Peter Gori '70 O.S.A. (right).



Austin Prep welcomed Fr. Art Johnson O.S.A. and Fr. Peter Gori '70 O.S.A. to campus for an all-school Lenten Mass. Fr. Art encouraged students during Lent to do what St. Augustine said: "Lord Jesus, let me know myself so I may know You." You can view photos from the Mass here.

Fr. Art recently celebrated 60 years as a priest – his Golden Jubilee. At the end of Mass Dr. Hickey reflected on Fr. Art's impact on the Austin Prep community. "Fr. Art literally opened the doors to Austin Prep when students arrived in September 1963. He has been a consequential part of Austin Prep's restless journey for more than 60 years and no other person in the school's history can match Fr. Art's abiding presence."


WBZ / CBS Boston's Steve Burton Speaks to the School Community

Well known Boston sportscaster encourages hard work and embracing struggle

Steve Burton with student panelists Elena Oulton '24, Fiona Cullen '23, Nick Blessing '23, and Thomas Hayes '23.


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."

You can view photos from the presentation here. 

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.

You can view photos from Grandparents Day here.

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

Students attending the Seminarian dinner with Cardinal Sean included, left to right, Aiden Becker '24, Matthew Palumbo '24, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Joe McClain '24, Brendan Morin '24, Jared Hickey '24, and Nicholas Tauro '24. Also attending were Mr. Dustin Batista and Mr. Cori Russo.


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

Mandarin Honor Society Students.


Spanish Honor Society Students.


Latin Honor Society Students.


French 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

Mr. Bill Maradei P'11, '12 was inducted into the Austin Prep Athletic Hall of Fame. He was introduced by Mr. Tony Biscardi '88.


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:

Arianna Rigano '06 | Girls Ice Hockey
Bill Maradei P '11, '12 | Head Football Coach
Jim McAdam | Head Ice Hockey Coach
Kevin Yahnian '79 | Track and Field and Cross Country
1999 Football Team
2013 Girls Soccer Team

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

Prom Photos!


Promenade Photos!


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.

Photos from the induction can be viewed here.

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


Students in the Austin Prep Best Buddies program volunteered at the 5th Annual Unified Game Day for Special Olympics held in Wilmington, MA. Fourteen Austin Prep students, as well as Mrs. Rebecca Martinello, World Language Faculty, Mr. Jaycob Morales, Coordinator of Community Engagement and Inclusion, and Mr. Dustin Batista, Theology Faculty Chair, supported Kindergarten to Post Grad athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities along with their partners from the Billerica, Burlington, and Wilmington School Districts. Participants competed in multi-station athletics and activities throughout the day.

Austin Prep Volunteers took a lead at a station named, "Olympic Town" by providing various games and crafts, in addition to music and dancing in collaboration with student leaders from other districts.

This event was an exemplar of our core value Unitas and emphasized respect, dignity, along with advocacy for all students.


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. 

You can view photos from the last day for seniors here.

Latest Group of Lifers Complete Their Journey

The Class of 2023 Lifers.


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.

You can view photos and the program from the Band and Choir concert here.

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

Class of 2027 members (l to r) Hadley D’Agostino, Kayla Onorato, Alex Vigorito, Katarina Burke, Conor Lynch, Sydney Rech, and Celia Sensale were among the speakers at Wednesday's 8th Grade 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.

A full program from the ceremony can be found here, and photos can be viewed here.

Austin Prep Celebrates Ascension Thursday Mass

With a special announcement from Dr. Hickey!

Fr. Dennis M. Gallagher, A.A., center, was the celebrant for Ascension Thursday Mass.


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

Newly enrolled Middle School students at Wednesday's BBQ.


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

Tristan Miller '23 with Dr. Hickey and Director of Athletics Mr. Pat Driscoll '97.


Austin Prep celebrated recent MIAA and NEPSAC champions with the presentation of championship rings followed by a breakfast with family and friends. Champions included:

The 2022 MIAA Division IV Indoor Boys 4x400m team
The 2022 MIAA Division V Outdoor Boys 4x400m team (Tristan Miller '23, 2022 MIAA Division V Outdoor Boys 400m Champion)
The 2022 Girls Cross Country Division 2 NEPSAC Champions
The 2023 Boys Alpine Ski Class C NEPSAC Champions


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


The doors of Austin Prep opened to students in September 1963. For the last 60 years, Austin Prep has been on an enduring and restless journey of excellence in the footsteps of St. Augustine. In that time, we have built a sturdy foundation and fortified it with the Augustinian values of veritasunitas, and caritas

So let's celebrate our Journey! Save the date for our 60th Anniversary Gala, a night of celebration and reminiscing.  This event will be one for the books, so remember to mark the date of Friday, September 15th because you don't want to miss it. Ticket information is coming soon. Get ready to celebrate Austin Prep!


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!