Bosco Bulletin: February 2016


Fri., Feb 26, 7:30pm
Collegiate A Cappella Chapel Concert
St. John's Chapel Learn More>

Spring Musical: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Sat., March 12, 8:00pm
Sun, March 13, 3:00pm
Fri., March 18, 8:00pm
Sat., March 19, 8:00pm
Sun., March 20, 3:00pm
De Sales Hall Auditorium

Admissions Video on the Don Bosco Prep experience
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Speak Out Club Video

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The DBP School Store website is under construction. To place orders, please call 201-327-8003 X143. 


The Centennial Campaign

Don Bosco Prep celebrated its Centennial last year and launched an ambitious $10 million Campaign to expand the campus and boost the Endowment for our young men. The campaign is in its final phase, with $9 million committed by over 500 alumni and families.

For more information, please contact Advancement at 201.327.2049.

Centennial Campaign Video 

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Feb 3, 2016
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep February 2016 National Signing Day Commitments

Don Bosco Prep had 23 student athletes commit on National Signing Day, February 3, 2016. This is the second of three signing days for Don Bosco Prep, with 43 scholar-athletes having committed thus far in the 2015/16 academic year. Learn More>


January 29, 2016
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Spirit Week paves way for Feast Day

Leading up to the school-wide celebration of the Feast of St. John Bosco on Friday, January 29, Don Bosco Prep celebrated daily during its annual Spirit Week.  Learn More>

January 26, 2016
By Rue Eisen

Multicultural Night Showcases Cultural Richness of DBP Community

DBP families came together on January 26 to share elements of their culture and traditions through food, musical performances and artistic displays at the school’s third annual Multicultural Night. Learn More>



January 12, 2016
By Rue Eisen

Dr. William Skawinski '66 is popular Chemistry professor at NJIT

Dr. William Skawinski, DBP Class of 1966, is one of the perennially favorite chemistry professors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) according to his ratings and a subsequent article written about him in The Vector, the NJIT student newspaper. Learn More>

January 7, 2016
By Rue Eisen

Alumni Forum Advises Seniors on Transitioning to College 

The Guidance Department welcomed back several members of the Class of 2015 to participate in an Alumni Forum for the senior class on January 7. Learn More>



January 5, 2016
By Rue Eisen

DBP Basketball Ironmen Win Rotary Roundball Classic Tournament

January 1, 2016 - The Basketball Ironmen fought hard over a five day trip and emerged victorious as tournament champions of the Rotary Roundball Classic in North Charleston, South Carolina, billed as “the premiere Boys Basketball Tournament in the Lowcountry.” Learn More>

January 4, 2016

Welcome to DBP Br. Travis Gunther, SDB!

January 4, 2016 -  Br. Travis Gunther, SDB was welcomed to campus today by Director/President Fr. James Heuser. Br. Travis is joining the school community to initially teach Introduction to Art to freshmen and Studio Art 1 to sophomores.  He additionally will serve on the Youth Ministry Team, as well as the yearbook and art club staffs.  Learn More>



December 10, 2015

Congratulations Coach Kevin Kilduff, NJSIAA Cross Country Coach of the Year
Mr. Kevin Kilduff, Science Department Chair, Distinguished Salesian Educator and Cross Country Coach, has been named 2015 Cross Country Coach of the Year by the NJSIAA. 
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December 8, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Christmas Showcase Wows Large Audience on December 8
Months of teaching and practice were evident in the inspirational student Christmas Showcase of Music held on Tuesday, December 8 in De Sales Hall Auditorium. Learn More>


December 1, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Class of 2005 Celebrates its 10th Reunion

Members of the Class of 2005 gathered on Friday, November 27 at The Brick House in Wyckoff, NJ for their 10th reunion. The reunion was spearheaded by class members John Khanjian and Spiro Molfetas. The gathering was attended by Former Principal Fr. John Serio, Former Principal and current faculty member Dr. James Scanlon, and Alumni Director Rich Wisniewski. Learn More>


November 15, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Alumni Organists Plus 1 Perform in Chapel Concert

Peter Latona '86
, organist for the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC; Allen Blehl '10, organist for St Mary’s Church in Closter; and Kristin Dabaghian, organist for Church of St. Paul, in Ramsey performed in the first Chapel Concert of the 2015/16 season on November 14. Learn More>


November 11, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Twenty Seniors Declare on National Signing Day November 11, 2015

Congratulations to the twenty (20) Don Bosco Prep seniors who declared on National Signing Day to attend colleges and universities for specific and varied sports. Learn More>

November 5, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Celebrates Centennial Day and President's Gala on November 5

100 years in the making, Don Bosco Prep, founded in 1915 as a college preparatory high school for young men, celebrated its Centennial on November 5 with a day of games, sports and Mass for the students, while the many adult constituencies celebrated in the evening at the Centennial Year President’s Gala. Learn More>


November 4, 2015
Rue Eisen

College Fair Draws Hundreds During Application Season

More than 85 colleges and universities came to Don Bosco Prep for a college fair on the evening of Wednesday, November 4. Learn More>
October 3, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Robotics Team is awarded $5,000 Grant

Today Fr. Louis Konopelski. Robotics Team Faculty Advisor, received notification from F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) that the school has been awarded a grant from Picatinny Arsenal, in the amount of $5,000. Alan and Ellie Kino (parents of Hunter Kino '16) worked diligently in developing the contact that allowed the school to receive this grant. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kino, and best wishes to the 2015-16 DBP Robotics Team!

October 21, 2015

By Rue Eisen

Congratulations Advanced Placement Scholars

Congratulations to all Don Bosco Prep students who earned an AP Scholar Award in 2015. The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Learn More>


October 14, 2015
By Rue Eisen

2016 Don Bosco Prep National Merit Scholars Are Announced

Principal John Stanczak and Assistant Principal of Academics Kristine Byrne are pleased to announce that senior Dylan Cordaro has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist in the 2016 competition. National Merit Semifinalists are academically talented high school seniors, who will have an opportunity to continue to compete for approximately 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

In addition, eight Don Bosco Prep seniors have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Program. They are: Ted Chung, Jordan Giordano, Jeffrey Lieto, Kevin Lu, Luke Novak, Brian Rhee, Christopher Rylkov, and John Paul Salci. Learn More>

October 1, 2015
By Rue Eisen
Centennial Fun Day is a Success

September 26, 2015 - Nearly 5,000 people attended the DBP Centennial Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 26.Learn More> 

September 25, 2015

By Rue Eisen

Students Tune in to Pope Francis

September 25, 2015 – Throughout both yesterday and today, students in various classes on campus are tuning in to Pope Francis’s historic visit the New York. Learn More>


September 18, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Freshmen Build Robots in New Robotics Class
September 18, 2015 - A new class for freshmen has just been introduced this semester: Intro to  Robotics.  The course, which is currently a one semester class, was developed by Fr. Lou Konopelski, SDB, in order to introduce students to the multi- faceted field of robotics which includes engineering, mechanics, computer programming, display design, proposal writing, fund raising, and collaborative work methods.  The course will further train students to be a part of the school's robotics team, which is entering its fourth season this year. Last year, the team qualified with its partners for the World Championship Robotics Competition held in St. Louis, Missouri. 


September 14, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Timothy Cardinal Dolan Celebrates Centennial at Don Bosco Prep
September 14, 2015 – The arrival of His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, to the campus of Don Bosco Prep was much anticipated by the students, parents, alumni and faculty who are celebrating the centennial of the school’s founding in 1915 by the Salesians priests and brothers of St. John Bosco.  
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September 11, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Centennial Orientation Week Begins 101st School Year for Don Bosco Prep
September 11, 2015 - Student Orientation Week began for the Class of 2019 and all transfer students on Tuesday, September 7. The morning began at 7:30 am with a student assembly in the auditorium and welcome by Director/President Fr. James Heuser, SDB and Principal John Stanczak. The students then went to their respective homerooms to meet their homeroom teachers and become acquainted with the schedule. At 8:15 am, campus tours began in small groups led by their big brothers from the upper classes.
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August 1, 2015

Midway Through its 100th Year, Don Bosco Prep Takes Stock of Centennial Campaign
Largest Initiative in School’s History to Fund Campus Expansion, Renovations and Scholarship Program
August 1, 2015 – As part of its 100th birthday observance, Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey launched a Centennial Campaign on January 30 to help ensure that the school’s legacy will continue into the next century. The Campaign has a fundraising goal of $10 million for major capital improvements and new construction at the private, Catholic, college preparatory high school. Funds raised will enable the school to reduce class size, better allocate space campus-wide for students and faculty, bring top technology to classrooms, and increase its endowment to enable more area students to receive a Don Bosco education. Learn More>

July 30, 2015
By Rue Eisen

B.E.S.T. Program Features Service

Visiting seniors at a rehab/nursing home, engaging children at a pediatric center, and feeding homeless individuals were just some of the experiences availed to DBP students involved in the Brothers Eagerly Serving Together (B.E.S.T.) program in July. Learn More>




June 8, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Sun Shines on DBP Golf Classic

June 8, 2015 – Lightening, thunder and rain in the morning caused the annual Fr. Al Sokol Golf Classic to be in question, but the sun came out gloriously just prior to tee time and the 127 golfers were off! Hosted once again at Arcola Country Club, Paramus, NJ by member and alumnus Andrew Ward, Class of 1978, the outing turned out to be a great day on the course for the players, who included alumni, parents and friends of the school.  Learn More>


May 30, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Graduates 195 in 100th Commencement

Commencement exercises for the Don Bosco Prep Class of 2015 were held on Saturday, May 30 at Granatell Stadium.  Principal John Stanczak and Director/President Fr. James Heuser, SDB awarded diplomas to the 195 graduates. The graduation speaker was noted alumnus, Bishop John O’Hara ’63 of the Archdiocese of New York. Learn More>

May 22, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Centennial/Bicentennial Pilgrimage
May 22, 2015 - Students and faculty members traveled to the Marian Shrine in Stony Point, NY, for a Centennial/Bicentennial Pilgimage on Friday, May 22. Learn More>



May 4, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Centennial Auction Is a Success!

May 4, 2015 - The Don Bosco Prep Centennial Auction held on May 1 at The Terrace in Paramus was another successful event which raised funds for educational programs and financial aid services for our students. Learn More>


April 30, 2015
Rue Eisen

Spring Music Concert shows Musicians’ and Singers’ Aptitude for Broad Musical Range

April 28, 2015 - When the DBP String Orchestra broke into its beautiful rendition of Serdeczna Matko (Beloved Mother), a traditional Polish Marian hymn performed in observance of the school’s founding as a college prep school for Polish young men, the audience knew that it was in for a special evening of music. Learn More>


April 17, 2015
By Rue Eisen

50 Alumni Return to Share College and Career Advice

April 17, 2015 -  Fifty alumni returned to campus for the 15th annual Career Day to advise seniors on college and career choices/paths. Learn More>



April 24, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Congratulations to National Merit Finalist Chris Puntasecca

April 15, 2015 - Christopher Puntasecca has been recognized as a National Merit Finalist. In addition to Chris, seven seniors have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Program. Learn More>










April 15, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Congratulations to Seniors Committing for XC, Track and Tennis

April 15, 2015 - Congratulations to the following four senior students who committed to attend colleges and universities for cross country, track and tennis.  Learn more>








April 13, 2015
By Rue Eisen

DBP Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championships

April 13, 2015 - The Ironmen Robotics Team qualified at the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship on April 8-11 at Lehigh University to attend the World Robotics Championship competition being held April 22-25, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. Congratulations to the team, its mentors, parents, advisors and alliance members! Learn More>



March 30, 2015
By Rue Eisen

DBP Robotics Team Comes in First at Bridgewater Competition

March 30, 2015 - The Ironmen Robotics Team was a member of the three team winning alliance at the FIRST Robotics Mid-Atlantic Robotics Bridgewater-Raritan district qualifying competition of 38 teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey on March 28 and 29, 2015. Learn More>



March 15, 2015
By Rue Eisen

All Americans at New Balance Indoor Nationals!

Congratulations to the 4 x 1 mile relay team for placing 6th at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in NYC earning them All American status:

Bobby Gonzalez, David Rosas, Zack Weland, and Connor Nicholson, with Coach Kilduff!

March 18, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Congratulations to our New Board of Trustees

We look forward to your leadership. Learn More>



March 12, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Senior Zach Chakonis wins State Championship in Wrestling

Zach Chakonis wins State Championship in 285 lb. weight class.

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March 12, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Kyle Bierdumpfel wins State Championship in Wrestling


 Kyle Bierdumpfel, senior in 138 lb. weight class, wins State Championship

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March 10, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Local Students are Cast Members in Footloose March 21, 22, 27-29

A talented cast of students from area high schools will perform in Don Bosco Prep's production of Footloose on Saturday, March 21, 8:00 pm; Sunday, March 22, 3:00 pm; Friday, March 27, 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 28, 8:00 pm; and Sunday, March 29, 3:00 pm at Don Bosco Prep’s DeSales Hall Auditorium, 492 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, NJ.

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February 28, 2015

Annual Youth Ministry Trip  Provides Educational and Charitable Experience

Don Bosco Prep sponsored its annual Youth Ministry trip to Nicaragua during the school’s winter break. Led by Fr. Manny Gallo, Director of Youth Ministry and a native of Nicaragua, the trip included 24 members of the senior class, faculty mentors and several family members. The students helped build a home at the Mama Margarita Foundation, which provides food and shelter for women and children in need. They also visited the Granada Street Kids, a school for risk youth, and helped the youth who struggle with their disabilities at Los Pepitos house,and a dump site where they fed impoverished workers who collect recyclables. The group is shown here visiting Don Bosco Colegio Salesiano, a Salesian technical school in Granada.


February 10, 2015

Don Bosco Prep Announces $10 Million Centennial Fundraising Campaign

Largest Initiative in School's History to Fund Campus Expansion, Renovations and Scholarship Program
Don Bosco Prep has launched a $10 million fundraising campaign to finance a multi-phase renovation and expansion of the school’s facilities, as well as build upon its endowment. Details of the initiative were announced on January 30 during the school’s Centennial Celebration, held at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel in Mahwah, N.J.             Learn More>




February 10, 2015

Sr Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, Addresses Students and Parents
February 9, 2015 - Author and death row advocate Sister Helen Prejean shared her universal message about dignity of life and cultivating empathy for others during two recent presentations hosted by Don Bosco Prep.  Learn More >




February 4, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Recognizes Seventeen Students on National Signing Day

February 4, 2015 - Seventeen Don Bosco Prep students signed letters of intent committing to colleges for sports next year. This is in addition to the sixteen students who committed for spring sports on November 12, 2014. Learn More>





February 3, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Multicultural Night Celebrates School's Diversity

February 3, 2015 - The diversity of the school's students and families was celebrated at Don Bosco Prep's second annual Multicultural Night. Learn More>





January 23, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Fr. Steven Shafran '74 Appointed Salesian Provincial 

Fr. Steven Shafran, Class of 1974, has been appointed the Provincial of the St. Philip the Apostle Province of the Salesian Society effective July 1, 2015. His most recent position has been as the Founder and Director/President of the Cristo Rey School in Suburban Washington, DC. He had previously served as director of Don Bosco Prep from 1999-2004.





January 19, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Students Lead Faculty Retreat; Msgr. Ed Ciuba, Class of 1951 Presides at Mass

January 19, 2015 - Senior students, under the direction of Director of Youth Ministry Fr. Manny Gallo, led the quarterly day of recollection for the administration, faculty and staff on Friday, January 16 at the Dominican Center in Sparkill, NY. Inspired by the theme, "Belonging more to God, to each other and to the young," the senior students led the group in group processes, inspirational talks, discussions and prayer.  The members of the faculty would like to sincerely thank seniors William Bozian, Anthony DePinho, James Ebert, Jack Judge, Justin Mosca, John O'Donnell and Christopher Park for the wonderful day of recollection that they spent many months planning. Following the delicious hot lunch supplied by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, Msgr. Ed Ciuba, Class of 1951, presided at the Mass, which closed the fulfilling day in an even more spiritual way. 




January 18, 2015
By Rue Eisen

Robert Molke '09 Finishes 18th in US Half-Marathon

January 18, 2015 - Robert Molke, Class of 2009, competed in the US Half-Marathon Championships in Houston, TX and finished 18th overall in a time of 63:27. This achievement qualified him for the Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles on February 13, 2016. 

December 9, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Students Perform Masterfully in Annual Christmas Concert

December 9, 2014 - Members of the Don Bosco Prep Orchestra, Chorus, Bagpipers, Jazz Ensemble and Band performed masterfully for the audience of family and friends gathered at the annual school Christmas concert on Tuesday evening, December 9. Populated by students from every grade, the musical ensembles played current and classical music and included Polish Christmas carols in honor of the school's centennial and founding as Don Bosco Polish Institute, a boarding high school for the sons of Polish immigrants. Led by orchestra leader, Mr. Gaetano Cecere, and choirmaster, Mrs. Toni Bilotti Cecere, the musical groups performed elegantly and with great enthusiasm. 




December 8, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Fomer Director/President Fr. Steven Shafran, SDB '74 Returns to DBP to Celebrate Feast Day Mass

December 8, 2014 – Former Director/President Fr. Steven Shafran ’74, the Founder and Director of the Don Bosco Cristo Rey School in Greater Washington, DC was welcomed back to campus as he celebrated Mass for the students on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. During the homily, Fr. Steve spoke about how Mary had a great  influence on St. John Bosco. He explained the significance of the Immaculate Conception as being not the spiritual conception of Jesus Christ, but that Mary was born without original sin. He reminded the students to be open to God’s word, as Mary was, and to know that he is always there for them.


December 2, 2014
By Rue Eisen
Student Assembly Addresses Curent Drug Problem in Area

DEA Agent Chris Jakim and Hunterdon County Drug Program Director Glenn Duncan addressed students in two assemblies during the day and parents in the evening about the growing drug problem of heroin addiction and substance abuse.  The use/abuse of prescription pain killers is now leading to heroin being the least expensive alternative. Heroin use is sky-rocketing and has now superceded alcohol as the most frequent addiction problem in the country. The speakers warned students to have their families dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs. This speaking engagement was organized by Dean of Students Ed Nekel '68.



November 12, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Sixteen Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

November 12, 2014 - Congratulations to the sixteen seniors who signed letters of intent on National Signing Day. Learn More>





November 11, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Former FBI Special Agent Addresses Students and Parents on Social Media

November 11, 2014 - Robert Bukowski, former FBI Special Agent, addressed students during the school day and parents in the evening about the dangers of posting on social media. Learn More >





November 6, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Parents "Fall in Love with Fashion" at Mothers' Guild Fashion Show

November 6, 2014 - More than 400 DBP parents, alumni parents and guests attended the beautiful night of fashion and friendship at the Mothers’ Guild Fashion Show held at The Rockleigh Country Club on the evening of November 6. Learn More>



October 28, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Ninety-six Students are Inducted into National Honor Society

October 28, 2014 -- Don Bosco Prep inducted 50 seniors and 46 juniors into the St. Francis DeSales Chapter of the National Honor Society in ceremonies held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Learn More >





October 23, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Eight are Honored at President's Gala

October 23, 2014 -- Don Bosco Prep Director/President Fr. James Heuser, SDB honored alumni, faculty members and a parent/board member at the Thirteenth Annual President’s Gala held on Thursday, October 23, at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ. Learn More >





October 15, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Hashim Garrett Addresses Students on Breaking the Cycle of Violence

October 8, 2014 -- “The day I got shot 6 times with a sub-machine gun was the best day of my life,” said Hashim Garrett during a speaking engagement before the entire student body. “Because from that moment on, I truly, truly appreciated life,” he added, as the  students listened intently.  

Shot at age 15 in the 1980’s, while a young gang member in Brooklyn,  Mr. Garrett is now a paraplegic young man in his early 30’s with a wife and two children, who addresses young people on forgiveness and breaking the cycle of violence. Learn More >

October 6, 2014
By Fr. James Heuser, SDB

Students from Seminaire Salesien of Quebec, Canada, Visit Don Bosco Prep

On Monday, October 6, fifty students and six history teachers from Seminaire Salesien in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, visited Don Bosco Prep.  They were enroute to Canada following a weekend tour of New York City. Learn More >


October 3, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Fr. Dennis Hartigan Professes as a Salesian

A Mass of Salesian Profession was held on Friday, October 3, 2014 for Fr. Dennis Hartigan, Chairman of the Theology Department. 
Fr. Hartigan had initially professed to be a Salesian priest during his novitiate years, but decided to become a diocesan priest instead. 
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October 1, 2014
By Rue Eisen

2015 Don Bosco Prep National Merit Scholars Are Announced

October 1, 2014 - John Stanczak, Principal, is pleased to announce that senior Christopher Puntasecca has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist and 7 Don Bosco Prep seniors have been recognized as National Merit Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Program. Learn More >




September 18 2014
 By Rue Eisen

Activities Fair Invites Students to Explore After-School Opportunities

 With after-school clubs and activities ranging from robotics to the school newspaper, orchestra and chorus to Liberty for North Korea and ping-pong, the student activities fair offered opportunities for students to explore the many after-school learning and fun activities available at Don Bosco Prep.   Learn More>



September 13, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Alumni Enjoy Homecoming Reception at West Point

September 13, 2014 - More than 100 alumni, together with fellow alumni and family members, gathered for the homecoming event held at the Thayer Hotel at the United States Military Academy at  West Point.  Learn More



September 10, 2014
By Rue Eisen

What Famous Comedian Was on Our Campus?
September 10, 2014 - Jerry Seinfeld, driving a 1972 Ferrari, was on campus late on Wednesday afternoon, filming a segment for his online show "Comedians in Cars Drinking Coffee."  Learn More>





September 8, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Opening Mass Celebrates Start of School and Salesian Jubilees

September 8, 2014 - The first full week of school began on Monday, September 8, with the Opening Mass on the Feast of The Nativity of Our Lady.  Administrators, faculty members and students gathered in the gym for a festive Mass celebrated by Director/President Fr. James Heuser, SDB. Learn More>



September 3, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Rafael Vargas '10 Makes First Salesian Profession

DBP Alumnus Rafael Vargas, Class of 2010, made his first profession as a Salesian Brother on August 16, 2014.
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September 1, 2014
By Fr. James Heuser, SDB

Don Bosco Prep Welcomes 9 New Faculty Members for Fall 2014
September 1, 2014 - Fr. James Heuser, SDB, Director/President and Mr. John Stanczak, Principal, are pleased to announce 9 new faculty members for Fall 2014. Learn More>


August 11, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Announces 2014 Advanced Placement Scholars

August 11, 2014 - Don Bosco Prep Academic Dean Fr. Louis Konopelski is pleased to announce the 2014 AP Scholars named by the College Board. Fifty-two (52) Don Bosco Prep students have been named AP Scholars. The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Many of these students will receive college credit for the AP courses they have taken in high school. Learn More>

August 5, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Thirteenth Annual Fr. Al Sokol Golf Classic is a Success at Arcola Country Club

Don Bosco Prep’s Annual Fr. Al Sokol Golf Classic was held on Monday, August 4. The day was sunny and warm, as reported by several of the players. For the third year in a row, Arcola Country Club hosted the event, which was sponsored by alumni Matt Eitner ’95 and Bob Gunn ’65. Many additional sponsors contributed to the success of this year's golf classic.


July 9, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Three Science Projects Win Prestigious ISTF Awards/Recognition

July 8, 2014 - Three teams of science students supervised by DBP Science Teachers Mr. Brett Moreland and Dr. Timothy Stoller have won top Meritorious Achievement Awards in The University of Central Florida's (UCF) College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF). Learn More

June 18, 2014
By Fr. James Heuser, SDB

Fr. John O’Hara, Class of 1963,  Is Named Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York

June 18, 2014 - Pope Francis has named three priests of the Archdiocese of New York with extensive experience as parish pastors as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of New York.  One of them is Father John O’Hara, an alumnus of Don Bosco Prep, Class of 1963.  His appointment was announced on Saturday, June 14 in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Learn More


June 6, 2014
By Rue Eisen

College Counselor Andrea Zaremba Advises Freshman and Sophomore Families on the College Search

June 5, 2014 -- DBP College Counselor Andrea Zaremba, a college admissions director and counselor prior to joining the Prep, advised freshman and sophomore parents and their sons on how to start the college search in an evening presentation on June 5 in DeSales Auditorium. Ms. Zaremba explained what  colleges are looking for now and how students can conduct research and build attractive high school resumes that can help them succeed in college admissions.

May 29, 2014 
By Rue Eisen

Eric Kapitulik Addresses Students and Faculty on Leadership 

May 29, 2014 -- Leadership expert, Eric Kapitulik, spoke to the student body and, later in a separate session, to the faculty about the development of leadership qualities. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1995, Eric entered the United States Marine Corps and was an Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with two tours of duty overseas.  He earned his MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business in 2005. Read More

May 28, 2014

Senior Class Gift Sets Record 

May 28, 2014 -- More than half of the graduating seniors and their parents have generously contributed 125 gifts totaling $5,285 to the Class of 2014 Senior Class Gift. The check was presented at the Senior Dinner on May 28. The funds will be utilized to purchase a 55” message board for the cafeteria which will have announcements, reminders, deadlines and schedules for upcoming events. Special thanks to all donors for their gifts; and to the committee members Jon Stimola, Matt Burk, Dalton Friend, Angelo Koutsavlis, and John Lutz, all Class of 2014. Thanks also to Faculty Advisor Brett Moreland and the Institional Advancement Office. Additional gifts are still being accepted, call 201-327-2049 for information.


May 1, 2014
By Rue Eise

More Than 100 Alumni Attend NYC Reunion at The Yale Club

The Don Bosco Prep Department of Advancement sponsored a very successful alumni event on April 30, 2014 at the Yale Club in mid-town Manhattan. Despite the torrential rain, more than 100 alumni from the 1960's to recent grads, came to the gathering and received a warm welcome and update on the exciting things happening at the Prep. Click on link to see a photo album of alumni, board members and faculty attending the reunion. Learn more

April 14, 2014
By Rue EIsen

Kang Woo Kim '15 to Attend New Jersey Governor's School

Kang Woo Kim, a Don Bosco Prep junior, has been selected to attend the New Jersey Governor's School for the Sciences this summer at Drew University in Madison. The governor’s school is a residential program for high-achieving high school rising seniors with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While attending the governor's school, Kang will study a choice of neurobiology, cell biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or anthropology.
  In his spare time, Kang is an accomplished musician and hockey player, and has earned a black belt in taekwondo. He is interested in studying medicine in the future.

April 10, 2014
By Rue EIsen

Jack Dalzell '15 is Selected as Finalist in National History Bee

Congratulations to Jack Dalzell, Class of 2015, for winning the regional contest of the National History Bee. Jack is now a finalist and will attend The National Championships of the U.S. History Bee to be held  in Arlington, VA on Friday, April 25, 2014. The winner will receive a $5,000 prize.

April 4, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Alumni Mentor Senior Class at 13th Annual Career Day

April 4, 2014 - Approximately forty alumni returned to campus, some from long distances, to mentor the senior class on career paths and opportunities. Learn More


April 3, 2014
By Rue Eisen

DBP Honor Society Induction Ceremonies Highlight Outstanding Students 

Students, faculty and families gathered together for the Spring Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 pm.  Inductions were made into the English, Math and World Language Honor Societies.  Learn More

March 29, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Father/Son Retreat Focuses on Relationships

Fourteen DBP students and their fathers gathered for a father/son retreat sponsored by the Department of Youth Ministry.  Led by Coordinator of Youth Ministry Fr. Manny Gallo, SDB, and Assistant Coordinator John Khanjian ’05, the theme of the retreat was relationships. Learn More

March 24, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Former Boston Celtic Chris Herren Speaks on Standing Up to Substance Abuse

March 19, 2014 - Former Boston Celtic and high school basketball legend, Chris Herren, spoke  on “Standing up to Substance Abuse” in two speaking engagements on Wednesday, March 19 at Don Bosco Prep.  Learn More

March 10, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Director of Youth Ministry Conducts Student Trip to Nicaragua

March 10, 2014 – Students from Don Bosco Prep travelled to the Republic of Nicaragua over February break to minister to the poor living in city dumps and to help build homes for the needy residents of this impoverished country.  This nation, which has been torn by revolution, earthquakes and hurricanes, is the poorest in Central America. Learn More


February 22, 2014

DBP Ironmen Win Gordon Cup

Congratulations to the Varsity Hockey Team on winning its first ever Gordon Cup Championship over the weekend. Junior Griffin Welch scored in overtime to lift the Ironmen to a 3-2 victory over defending top ranked Delbarton. Learn more.



February 1, 2014
By Rue Eisen

St. John Bosco Inspires Spirit Week

The Feast of St. John Bosco was celebrated at Don Bosco Prep with both fun and solemnity. During the entire last week of January, the Prep held its annual "Spirit Week" of student games and competitions and ended the week with an all-school Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, SDV Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. Learn More


January 28, 2014
By Rue Eisen

First Multicultural Night Brings Families Representing 23 Countries

The first Don Bosco Prep Multicultural Night brought students and their families together representing 23 countries.  Families brought home-made foods to share and students performed music and sang songs from their home lands. Organized by DBP Youth Minister Fr. Manny Gallo, SDB, and World Language Department Chairperson Ms. Daniela Sepulveda, Multicultural Night is expected to become an annual event.

January 24, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Military Information Panel Informs Students and Parents on Admissions

Representatives of the various military academies and branches of the military came to campus and presented admissions information to Don Bosco Prep students and parents in a Military Information Panel held in the auditorium. Organized by DBP College Counselor Andrea Zaremba, this was the first military iInformation panel held at the school in recent years.  Representatives of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and the United States Marines addressed the students about the application and admissions process, and answered questions fielded from the audience. It also provided an opportunity for students to meet the admissions representatives.

January 20, 2014
By Rue Eisen

DBP Students Perform Acts of Social Justice and Charity in Honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Day

While the school was closed on January 20 in recognition of Reverend Martin Luther King’s Day, 10 Don Bosco Prep students, who are members of the school’s Ironmen Speak-Out Club, celebrated the holiday by performing acts of social justice and charity in Elizabeth, Jersey City and Hoboken, New Jersey.

The students, led by teacher, club moderator and DBP alumnus Mr. Michael McLean, traveled by school bus to the Elizabeth Detention Center, where they joined with the faith-based coalition, First Friends, for a prayer vigil for immigrant detainees. Learn More

January 10, 2014
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Receives Grant Award from Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance

Don Bosco Prep has received notification that it has received a grant award from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant program. The proceeds will be dedicated to the math or science programs.  ExxonMobil supports programs that encourage careers in math and science.

Don Bosco Prep was nominated by the Lehigh Gas Corporation in Allentown, PA, and was one of 225 schools in a 14-state region to receive such an award.

December 12, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Christmas Concert Entertains Many with Multifaceted Musical Melodies

December 12, 2013 - Last evening's Christmas Concert, postponed one night because of a snow storm, included the DBP string orchestra, chorus, piper band, jazz ensemble, and band performing traditional and modern Christmas pieces before an audience of supportive family members and friends. The band and string orchestra were masterfully conducted by Mr. Gaetano Cecere.  Choral Director Toni Bilotti Cecere elegantly accompanied the chorus on the piano, which she had trained to sing several current Christmas songs along with a traditional number.  The piper band, instructed by Eddie Jackson, and moderated by Susan Fecht, marched down the aisle to the stage where it performed five pieces that never failed to tug at the heart strings. The jazz ensemble followed with lively well-known numbers, followed by the band, which played traditional Christmas carols.  The concert ended on an inclusively festive note with a Christmas sing-along by the band, chorus and the audience.

December 4, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Immaculee Iligabiza Addresses Students during Day and Adults in Evening in Dual Speaking Engagements

December 4, 2013 – Immaculee Iligabiza, author and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, addressed the student body of Don Bosco Prep during the school day and an audience of parents and the general public in the evening about finding faith in God while 1 million members of the Tutsi tribe, including her entire family, were murdered by Hutu tribal members. Learn More





November 14, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Sponsors Another Successful Blood Drive

Under the direction of Mr. Thomas Delucci, Director of Guidance, the school sponsored another successful semi-annual blood drive on Thursday, November 14, as it has for the past seven years. More than 100 total units of blood were collected for NJ Blood Services.




November 13, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Recognizes Student Athletes on National Signing Day

Eleven Don Bosco Prep students signed letters of intent committing to colleges for winter and spring sports next year. Learn More


November 12, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Student Activity Fair Attracts Underclassmen to Varied Clubs and Activities

With more than 60 clubs and activities available for students, Don Bosco Prep sponsored an activity fair during lunchtime on Tuesday, November 12 to introduce underclassmen to the wide spectrum of after-school activities other than sports available for their participation. Learn More


November 8, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Inducts Eighty-four Students into National Honor Society

Don Bosco Prep inducted 52 seniors and 32 juniors into the St. Francis DeSales Chapter of the National Honor Society in ceremonies held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.  Established in 1921, the National Honor Society (NHS) recognizes exemplary qualities of outstanding high school juniors and seniors. The NHS recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and character.  Learn More


November 7, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is performed on campus for junior and senior classes

The junior and senior classes were treated to a special performance of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at Don Bosco Prep’s De Sales Hall Auditorium on Thursday, November 7.   The 80-minute production was sponsored and performed by an educational touring company of The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Learn More



October 31, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Piza Chosen as Scholar-Athlete by News Channel 12

Congratulations to Don Bosco Prep Senior Patrick Piza, who has been selected as a scholar-athlete by News Channel 12.  Patrick is currently considering Stanford and Columbia University as possible college choices for next year.  To see the video report on Patrick Piza, please click on this LINK





October 21. 2013
By Rue Eisen
Stephen Sandor, Salesian Brother and Martyr, is Beatified in Szolnok, Hungary
A celebration of the Beatification of Salesian Brother and Martyr, Stephen Sandor, was marked by a Masses offered ijn Budapest and in Skolnok, Hungary by Vatican Bishop Miklos Beer with homily given by Salesian Rector Major Pascual Chavez, SDB on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Stephen Sandor had been hanged for his religious beliefs and teachings by Hungary's communist regime on June 8, 1953.

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Stephen Sandor Biography



October 3, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Announces 2014 National Merit Semifinalists, National Achievement Semifinalists and Commended Students

Don Bosco Prep is pleased to announce that three students have academically qualified among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  There are:
National Merit Semifinalists:
Eric R. Cole
Owen T. Lane
Philip J. Ozuah III 

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September 24, 2013
By Rue Eisen

DBP College Panel Draws Crowd of Parents and Seniors

Over 100 Senior parents and 70 students attended the college panel organized by DBP College Counselor Andrea Zaremba. Admissions officers from several well-known colleges and universities including Union, U Chicago, Boston College, Providence College, Stevens, Wagner, Ramapo, Manhattan, and George Washington University formed the panel. Learn More



September 18, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Announces Three 2014 National Merit Semifinalists
Don Bosco Prep is pleased to announce that three students have academically qualified among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  They are:
Eric R. Cole (Ringwood, NJ)
Owen T. Lane (Montvale, NJ)
Philip Ozuah (Chestnut Ridge, NY)

These high school seniors with academic talent will compete next spring for approximately 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million.  They number among 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools, who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (PSAT/NMSQT). This test served as an initial screening of the applicants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.

September 13, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Football Brotherhood - DBP and St. John Bosco join together for prayer during Mission Viejo Classic

The DBP Football Ironmen visited their brother school, St. John Bosco, in Bellflower, CA, prior to their games at the Mission Viejo Classic.  The OC Register carried the story. Learn More




September 12, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Senior Kyle Levermore invited to Nike Elite Runners' Camp
September 12, 2013 - Ranked 12th in the nation by, Don Bosco Prep Senior Kyle Levermore was invited to spend two weeks this summer at the Nike Elite Camp with 19 of the nation's top runners to learn, train and compete.  
Nike released a video as part of the series "Get to know..." of our own Kyle Levermore ’14. Nike Video      
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September 4, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Announces 2013 Advanced Placement Scholars
September 4,2013 - Don Bosco Prep is pleased to announce the 2013 AP Scholars named by the College Board. Forty-five students have been named AP Scholars.
Learn More


August 29, 2013

Don Bosco Prep Welcomes Thirteen New Faculty Members for 2013-14 School Year
August 29, 2013 - Faculty Orientation Week was held this week in preparation for the arrival of new and returning students during the first week of September.  Members of the administration and faculty were pleased to welcome twelve new teachers and one new guidance counselor to campus for orientation.
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June 20, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Two DBP Science Team's Projects Win Presitgious Awards
June 20, 2013 - Two teams of science students supervised by DBP Science Teacher Ms. Erin Judd have won top Meritorious Achievement Awards in The University of Central Florida's (UCF) College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF). Learn More


June 3, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Graduates Class of 2013 in 98th Commencement Exercises

Don Bosco Prep’s Class of 2013 marched to commencement exercises chanting and applauding in celebration of its 4-year achievement, while family, friends and faculty members sat under sun umbrellas during the open air ceremonies held on Sunday, June 2 at 11:00am at the Catholic high school for boys’ Granatell
Stadium. Read More

 Michael Sielski, Bronze Award Recipient for Academics, who will attend Brown University in the fall, is congratulated by His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, keynote speaker, at the school's 98th Commencement on June 2. Michael is the son of Mark and Marie Sielski. Mark is a 1980 graduate of Don Bosco Prep and Vice President of the school's alumni association.

May 29, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Ironmen Lacrosse Team Clinches State Title
The Don Bosco Prep Lacrosse Team won the Non-Public A State Title in lacrosse against the Seton Hall Pirates 12-8 in an exciting game at Livingston High School. Congratulations Ironmen and Coach Springer!

Jack Ray and Marc Buermann celebrate after scoring a goal at the Non-Public A State Championship Final Game on Wednesday, May 29.
Photo courtesy of The Record.






May 22, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Senior Corey Meyer is named National Merit Finalist

Don Bosco Prep is pleased to announce that Senior Corey Meyer has been named a National Merit Finalist and David Rameau has been named an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship competition in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.




May 18, 2013


Don Bosco Prep Crew wins two medals at Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia

May 18, 2013 - The DBP Freshman Quad Team comprised of Steven Ebert, Brendan Caltavuturo, Parker Stone and Jordan Giordano won the Silver Medal at Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia on May 18, 2013. Over 980 boats from 12 states and 2 countries competed in the largest high school regatta in North America. In addition, Don Bosco Senior Double Team of rowers Aaron McAvey and Albert Wunsch the earned bronze medal. The Varsity Head Coach is Felix DeCarvalho and Freshman Coach is Will Conceico 

May 2, 2013
By Rue Eisen

World Language Honor Society Induction Ceremonies

The World Languages Department held its annual Honor Society Induction Ceremony in the De Sales Hall Auditorium on Thursday evening May, 2, 2013. Seventy-eight French, Italian and Spanish students were inducted into their respective language honor societies.

These honor societies are national organizations with selection criteria that is uniform, mandated and high caliber. Each inductee has maintained at least a 90 average in his respective language for two years prior to consideration. In addition, the inductee must have a cumulative scholastic average of 80% or above in all other subjects. Read More... 


April 26, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Members of the 2013 Math Honor Society are Inducted

April 26, 2013 – Don Bosco Prep’s Mu Alpha Theta Chapter of the National Math Honor Society held its 2013 induction ceremony last evening in the DeSales Hall Auditorium.





April 22, 2013

Winner of Don Bosco Prep Young Artists' Scholarship Competition is Announced 

Thirteen finalists of the 2013 Young Artists’ Scholarship Competition performed for the final concert of Don Bosco Prep’s 2012-2013 Chapel Concert season on Saturday, April 20, 2012.  Harpist Katy Wong of Ridgewood, NJ was the winner of a $1,000 monetary award. 






 April 18, 2013
  By Rue Eisen

National English Honor Society Induction Ceremonies are Held
 Sixty-one students were inducted into the National English Honor Society Chapter at Don Bosco Prep on April 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm before family members, faculty and friends.  The speaker for the induction ceremonies was Christine Ferreri, teacher at St. Paul's Interparochial school in Ramsey, New Jersey.  She is the grammar school coordinator for the NEHS writing center. 

April 19, 2013
 By Rue Eisen
Social Justice Week Is Honored at Don Bosco Prep
During the week of April 16-19, Don Bosco Prep recognized Social Justice Week (formerly known as Poverty Awareness Week). The first day saw students practicing hunger awareness by fasting together in silence during their lunch period in the cafeteria. Later that afternoon, the students conducted a prayer vigil for life. On the next day, students wore Fair Trade T-shirts and attended a presentation given by a representative from the FEDICAMP cooperative farmers’ movement in Nicaragua.  This was followed by a “Box-City” retreat when the students slept outdoors on campus in cardboard boxes, like homeless people. The next day, students were given a presentation by First Friends on its faith-based work in support of immigration detainees jailed in northern New Jersey. This included a presentation made by a former immigrant detainee who recently won his case in a court of law. A coordinated effort by Don Bosco Prep’s Youth Ministry Department and the Ironmen Speak Out Club, the week was created to permit students to become aware of issues of poverty and social justice in the United States and throughout the world.

 April 16, 2013
By Rue Eisen
Four More Students Sign Letters of Intent
Don Bosco Prep is pleased to announce that four students have signed letters of intent to play spring sports for colleges. Robert McAuley of Ridgewood has signed with Manhattan College for lacrosse.  Connor Moriarty of Mahwah has signed with Ursinus College for baseball. He is a pitcher. Christopher Hutton has signed with the Catholic University of America for baseball. He is a pitcher from Stony Point, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Christopher DiChiaro, a second baseman, has signed with Ramapo College of New Jersey.  He hails from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Behind them are Athletic Director Brian McAleer, left, and Varsity Baseball Coach Mike Rooney.




 April 3, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Baseball Field is Blessed on Opening Day
Director/President Fr. James Heuser, SDB conducted the official opening of the baseball season on Don Bosco Prep's home field by blessing the teams and the field on Wednesday, April 3.  Both the Ironmen and their oponents, the LaSalle Royal Lions of Miami, bowed their heads as prayers were recited and holy water was sprinkled on the field by Ironmen players. This was the first official game played on the new FieldTurf surface and alumni, parents and administrators came out to witness this special event. La Salle won the game in a close 1-0 victory.




  March 18, 2013
   By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Ironmen Robotics Team Wins Regional Tri-State Championship   
The Don Bosco Prep Ironmen Robotics Team has won the prestigious Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics High School Competition regional event at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, NJ on March 14-16 against tough high school team challengers from New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

For six weeks leading up to the competition, the team, which was the recipient of  a $6,000 grant from NASA and a $2,000 grant from Mid-Atlantic Robotics, built a life-size robot utilizing knowledge and skills in science, technology and engineering. The team of ten students was mentored by three parent advisors, faculty advisors and three other area non-rookie high schools in the competition including Pascack Valley HS, Lakeland H.S. (Wanaque) and Clifton H.S.

The Don Bosco team competed against nineteen other high schools in the rookie category and were judged on not only the performance of the robot, but also design, knowledge, professionalism, business plan, networking skills, programming and presentation. Overall, thirty-seven high school teams from NJ, NY, and DE built life-sized robots that played frisbee golf competing in various categories.

Winning this prestigious competition enables the team to progress to the regional event at Lehigh University on April 11-13, 2013, and then a world championship comprised of over 400 teams to be held April 24 – 27, 2013 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. The next regional competition at which the Don Bosco Prep team will compete is another rookie meet at Mt. Olive, New Jersey Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 22-24, 2013.

FIRST was established after a government assessment 22 years ago showed that the United States was far behind other countries in student scores and interest in science, math, engineering and technology. As a result, this High School Varsity Robotics Program was created to assist and interest students to go into the fields of science and engineering with application experience. To provide the application experience, they set up a sports competitive model of having teams build a robot over 6 weeks and compete at 2 district challenges, 1 State Challenge and then they could go to the World Finals.

   March 11, 2013
    By Rue Eisen

   Luis Gonzalez and Razohnn Gross Win State Championship in Wrestling
Congratulations are in order for Luis Gonzalez '14 and Razohnn Gross '13 for their wins at the New Jersey State Wrestling Championships held in Atlantic City. Wrestling at 113 lbs., Luis Gonzalez defeated Kevin Corrigan of Toms River South, 5-4. Wrestling at 195 lbs., Razohnn Gross defeated Anthony Messner of Franklin HS, 5-3.
Photo Left: Luis Gonzalez, Class of 2014, (in maroon) is the New Jersey State Champion for 2013 in the 113 lb. weight class.

Photo Right: Razohn Gross, Class of 2013, (in maroon) is the New Jersey State Champion for 2013 in the 195 lb. weight class. 



  March 5, 2013

Ironmen Rowers Excel at Strong Island Sprints
Freshman Brendan Caltavuturo won the Gold Medal recently at the Strong Island Sprints held at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, NY with a 2K time of 7:01.6.  This indoor 2K event provides an opportunity for rowers to test their winter training efforts and prepare for the spring season on the water. Brendan is shown with DBP Head Coach Felix DeCarvalho.  Overall DBP won medals in the following events:
Freshman Mens- Gold Medal - Brendan Caltavuturo
                                 Silver Medal - Steven Ebert
Men’s Novice - Silver Medal - Luke Pettenati
                                                                         Men’s Coxswains - Bronze Medal - Jose Martinez

   February 20, 2013
   By Rue Eisen

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Addresses Packed House
Community residents, alumni, parents and students came out to hear the interview of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday evening at Don Bosco Prep's De Sales Hall Auditorium.. As part of the school''s Distinguished Speaker Series, alumnus and parent Albert Wunsch, Esq. and William "Pat" Schuber, Esq., former Bergen County Executive, conducted the interview. Asking a wide variety of probing questions from her recent book, Prague Winter, A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, ranging from her family background to inside stories from her years in government office, the interviewers gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient an opportunity show the briiliant mind that propelled her to some of the top positions in U.S. goverment.  To view photos of the event, please click on Jeremy Smith's gallery on To view press coverage including videos of the event, please click on Jessica Mazzola's article on

February 15, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Don Bosco Prep Chorus Sings A Cappella
Members of the Don Bosco Prep Chorus opened at the A Cappela Concert on Friday, February 15 fiollowed by singers from Marist College and Mahwah High School.  It was a sold out concert and a delightful evening of youthfully exuberant entertainment!


  February 14, 2013
   By Rue Eisen

Students attend Prayer Service in Support of Immigrant Detainees
Students from Don Bosco Prep’s Ironmen Speak Up Club, moderated by English teacher and alumnus Michael McLean ’01, participated in prayer services at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, and at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack on February 13 in support of the rights of immigrants detained in jails and detention centers.
The prayer service and march is an event held annually on Ash Wednesday. The Don Bosco Prep students, In conjunction with IRATE, which advocates forthe rights of immigrants and the ending of “arbitrary, mass detention,” and First Friends, which enlists volunteers to aid and visit volunteers, spoke and prayed for immigrant detainees.  A 2009 report detailed a substantive number of deaths and abuses of immigrants held in custody in the Hudson County Jail. As a result, the federal department of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, which subcontracts with county detention centers in New Jersey, developed a plan for reform, but incarcerated immigrants continue to endure sexual asaults, poor health care, and lack of due process.

February 14, 2013
 By Rue Eisen
 Robotics Team Completes Robot for Initial Competitions
Members of the Don Bosco Prep Robotics Team stand with their completed robot. Recipients of a $6,000 grant from NASA and a $2,000 grant from Mid-Atlantic Robotics, Inc., the team, which is in its start-up year, is preparing for two major competitions: the first will take place on March 15-17 at the College of New Jersey, and the second will be held at Mt. Olive High School in New Jersey. After these semi-final competitions, the winning teams will qualify for a regional event at Lehigh University, and then a world championship comprised of over 400 teams to be held in St. Louis, MO.

Photo from left to right are parent advisor Alan Kino, Alex Adamo ’14, Hunter Kino ’16, Captain Josh Mc Gann ’14, Michael Mackey ’14, Lawrence Barnet ’14, Edward Kochakian ’14, Michael Cooke ’15, Michael Pepe ’14, and Jordan Gregg ’14. Missing from photo is Chris Skolnick ’16.
Alan Kino explained the huge commitment that the students have made to this project, “The boys have devoted an extraordinary amount of time working evenings and weekends to see this project to its completion. We are hoping that Don Bosco Prep really receives recognition for this united effort because hundreds of colleges offer scholarships to students enrolled in these robotics competitions to promote this intercollegiate varsity sport. MIT, Stanford, Cal-Tech, The University of Notre Dame, and The University of California are just a few of the colleges and universities dedicated to furthering this as an intercollegiate sport.

  February 6, 2013
By Rue Eisen
Don Bosco Prep National Signing Day 02_06_2013Don Bosco Prep Celebrates National Signing Day
All three fall sports were represented when five Don Bosco Prep students signed with colleges for fall sports on Wednesday, February 6. They are (seated in photo from left to right):
Jeff Remley  - Muhlenberg College - Soccer  (Fwd)
John Toher - Loyola University  - Soccer  (Mdfld)
Al'Quadin Muhammad - University of Miami - Football (D End)
Michael Flanagan - Fairfield University - Cross Country
Aiden McNulty - Boston College - Tennis
Standing behind them from left to right are: Brian McAleer - DBP Director of Athletics; Vincent Sileo - Head Coach Soccer; Greg Toal - Head Coach Football; Kevin Kilduff - Head Coach Cross Country; and Richard Zawacki '67 - Head Coach Tennis. Congratulations to all on your great success!

 January 30, 2013
By Rue Eisen

Students Attend National March for Life
Sixteen DBP students went to Washington DC to participate in the National March for Life on January 25. Accompanied by theology teachers Andrew Prickel and Dan Pulido, as well as Youth Minister John Kahnjian ’05, the Bosco contingent met on Thursday with several other schools and parishes at The Church of The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus, in Washington.  The program included two witness talks, a rosary service for the unborn, Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration. 
On Friday morning, approximately 12,000 youth attended a rally at the Verizon Center.  Following the rosary and Mass, Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke, and a Bishop sent by Pope Benedict shared His Holiness's support and encouragement.
The official march began at midday on the National Mall near the Washington Monument, and lasted until 3:30pm. “Despite the cold (about 12 degrees with the windchill) and snow, our young men were upbeat, cheering, chanting pro-life slogans, and engaging with other marchers in positive support,” said John Kahnjian ’05.

January 29, 2013
By Rue Eisen
                                                         DBP Mock Trial Team Wins Bergen County Competition
The Don Bosco Prep Mock Trial Team competed in the Bergen County Mock Trial Competition held at the county courthouse on January 9. This was the first local competition of the year which leads up to the statewide events to be held in March in New Brunswick. Sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, the purpose of the Mock Trial Competition is to assist high school students to develop a better understanding of the American legal system. Competing against Ramapo High School, Don Bosco Prep's team, acting as the defendant/defense, was successful in winning its case. Theology Department Chairman, Mr. Christian Clark ’05, is the moderator for the DBP Mock Trial Team.

  January 24, 2013
Rue Eisen
Feast Don Bosco Mass 2013The Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, D.D. Celebrates Mass
The Mass for the Feast of St. John Bosco was celebrated on Thursday, January 24 in the gymnasium at St. John's Hall by The Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, D.D. , the Auxilliary Bishop of Newark and Titular Bishop of Gaguari. Attended by the entire student body, faculty, former faculty and alumni, the Mass honored the founder of the Salesian order of priests and brothers and the schools and centers for youth that it administers. During the homily, Bishop Cruz addressed the students about serving the poor. He spoke about  Christ on the crucufix and how Christ had nothing. He drew a parallel with the people in poor countries such as Honduras, where the bishop was born, and Nicaragua, where members of the youth ministry group will travel during February break, saying that they also have nothing.  He later blessed the students and faculty members who will embark on the Nicaragua trip on February 17. 


 January 17, 2013
  By Rue Eisen

Alumni  Brothers' Book is Published on Estate Administration for Executors
Kurt Grube '77 and Keith Grube, Esq '79 have had their first book published entitled "Please Don't Die, But If You Do - What Do I Do Next?"  A practical guide on estate administration written to help people who are executors of their loved one’s Last Will, the book is available on Keith is working and practicing law in Philadelphia and Kurt recently celebrated his 32nd year working for IBM.


   January 15, 2013
By Rue Eisen
Progress on Field Renovation is occurring
With the warmer weather in New Jersey of late, progress is being made on the conversion of the soccer and baseball fields from natural grass to FieldTurf. The new FieldTurf Revolution Synthetic Phase Two System is being laid down currently on the baseball field.  The new turf for the soccer field will be installed in a matter of days, weather permitting.


   January 14, 2013
By Rue Eisen
Recent Alumni Address Students On Majoring in the Arts in College
Three recent alumni returned to campus on Wednesday, January 9, to speak with students in the CreativeWriting class taught by Mr. Michael McLean ’01. Tom Martorano ‘11 is a student of screenwriting and production at Fairfield University; Alex Badura ’12 is creating his own major in media studies and sociology at NYU; and Patrick Sweeney ’12, who is also at NYU, is studying acting. All three graduates are former students in Mr. Mclean’s Creative Writing elective. They discussed their passion for pursuing degrees in the creative arts and the academic and lifestyle transitions into college after graduation.

   January 9, 2013

   By Rue Eisen                               
NASA sponsors Don Bosco Prep Robotics Team with Grant
The Don Bosco Robotics Team, which has been sponsored with a $6,500 start-up grant from NASA and a $2,000 grant from Mid-Atlantic Robotics, Inc., attended the First Robotics Challenge (FRC) kick-off on January 6. The FRC  is a high school varsity sport that kicks-off every year on the first Saturday in January, which allows only six weeks for each team to build a robot to complete a new mission challenge. This is not a school against school competition. It is a collaborative effort where schools compete with 2 other schools as team partners against 3 other teams


    January 8, 2013
By Rue Eisen
An Evening with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, and whose career in public service includes positions in the National Security Council, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill, will join us in an interview and discussion on Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 pm to discuss her book, Prague Winter, A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, in an event sponsored by Bookends for the benefit of the DBP Alumni Association. Tickets are $25/adults and $20/students. The ticket price includes one paperback copy of Prague Winter. To purchase tickets, please contact the DBP Advancement Office at or 201-327-2049.  

"Madeleine Alright has written a remarkable story of adventure and passion, tragedy and courage set against the backdrop of occupied Czeckoslovakia and World War II. In so doing, she provides fresh insights into the events that shaped her career and challenges us to think deeply about the moral dilemmas that arise in our own lives." -  Vaclav Havel

   January 8, 2013
By Rue Eisen
Alumni College Panel Addresses Juniors and Seniors 
Students met with returning alumni who shared their thoughts about their transition to college, challenges faced during the first semester, and suggestions to better prepare for the college experience




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