On Wednesday morning, six seniors presented the results of their summer scientific research alongside professors at New Jersey City University. Each student displayed his work in a format based on the American Chemical Society standards, and had the opportunity to present it for evaluation to members of Prep's faculty and administration in the Hammer Heritage Room.
Five Prep seniors have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2015, based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT during junior year. Only about 50,000 students – the top 3% of the approximately 1.5 million students who participate in the National Merit program each year – attain Commended Student status or better.
It's a tradition woven into the very fabric of Jesuit education. For centuries, Jesuit schools and universities around the world have paused at the start of a new academic year to ask the blessing and inspiration of the Holy Spirit along the road that lies ahead. It's fitting, then, that this year's Mass of the Holy Spirit served as the setting for the renewal of Prep's sponsorship agreement with the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.
In your prayers, please remember the soul of Devin Ruiz, '11, who passed away recently. Devin's family has asked that Prep share the wake and funeral arrangements with you. Please read on for details.
In response to a challenge from their counterparts at Fordham Prep, two groups of Prep's faculty and staff took to the Warren Street plaza Monday afternoon to take the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. Before joining his colleagues in getting splashed by a cadre of "helpful" students, Fr. Boller extended the challenge to any fellow Jesuit schools that have not yet participated.