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The Board of Trustees of Mater Dei Prep has enlisted the help of three experienced individuals to complete a big step toward the school’s future: finding a president. Dr. Tim Briles, Brother Frank Byrne and Dr. Margaret Boland comprise the President’s Search Committee.
Dr. Tim Briles, Ed.D., Educational Leadership, is the Assistant Dean, School of Education at Georgian Court University. Brother Frank Byrne, FSC is currently the President of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and Dr. Margaret Boland is the Senior Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Trenton.
In addition to the search for a president, Mater Dei Prep is also actively enrolling students for the 2015-16 school year. MDP hosted three Open House sessions on Tuesday, May 19th for prospective freshmen and transfer students. All three sessions were well attended and enrollment numbers continue to climb.
Around campus, the relief felt after the announcement that Mater Dei Prep would reopen in September has given way to celebration. On Wednesday, May 20, MDP received four Basie Awards at the 10th Annual Count Basie Theatre Awards presentation. The Basie Awards honor excellence in high school theatre in Monmouth County. This year Mater Dei Prep received 14 nominations overall and took home the following Basies: Outstanding Featured Ensemble Performer in a Musical – Alyssa Pipitone for “Curtains”; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical – Alysa Finnegan for “Curtains”; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Sean Molicki for “Curtains”; and the Evaluators Special Award “Making the Most of It” – Ashley Diana and Alysa Finnegan for “Is He Dead?”
On May 21, Mater Dei Prep celebrated all the outstanding Seraph athletes and performers at the Letterman Awards Dinner at the Shore Casino. Sixteen seniors received an award for earning a varsity letter all four years in one sport, while six seniors – Lindsey Florio, Jamie Luminoso, Lauren Matuszewski, Vincenzo Mezzacappa, Thomas Mongeau and Mackensie Stimpson – were recognized for being 4-year varsity letter winners in two sports.
On May 29 and 30, Mater Dei Prep will host their 50th anniversary celebration with an Alumni Open House on Friday with presentations, tours of the school and a student cabaret performance; and a family picnic on Saturday from noon to 4:00pm with food, fun activities and music. The picnic is sponsored by the MDP Booster Club, the PTA and King James/Care One. To RSVP to either event, please go to The Seraph’s Fund website at seraphfund.org.
Mater Dei Prep is also celebrating one of its own at the Two River Theater in Red Bank. Gerard Canonico (’07), who was previously on Broadway in “Spring Awakening,” “Green Day’s American Idiot” and “Les Miserables,” is performing on the Two River Theater stage in “Be More Chill,” a world premier musical. A limited number of tickets for the Friday, June 12, 8:00pm performance are available only through The Seraph’s Fund. Ticket price includes a pre-show buffet provided by Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza in the theater lobby from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Please visit seraphfund.org to purchase tickets.
As much as the Mater Dei Prep community is celebrating, another Catholic community was devastated this week by news of their school’s closing. The Diocese of Metuchen announced that Cardinal McCarrick St. Mary’s High School in South Amboy will close its doors in June due to low enrollment and increasing debt. Many Cardinal McCarrick families have reached out to Mater Dei Prep, knowing we understand all too well what they are experiencing. We have held information sessions for their students and families and will continue to offer assistance as they explore their educational options for the upcoming school year.
Finally, on a very happy note, graduation is quickly approaching for the Class of 2015. Commencement exercises will be held June 2 in Mary, Mother of God Church. Please keep all of the senior Seraphs in your prayers as they spread their wings for the next step in their educational journey.
The Seraph's Fund
PO Box 4086, Middletown, NJ 07748