Fairfield Prep foursome to play football after graduation

Fairfield Prep has recognized scholar athletes committed to play college football. Pictured (front row) Aedan Ayer - Hamden (Case Western Reserve University); Thomas Moore - Fairfield (Lafayette College); Samuel Opont-Durogene - Bridgeport (Trinity-Pawling); and Calvin Reed - New Haven (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); (second row) Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta; coach Keith Hellstern; assistant athletic director Jay Turiano; and President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

Fairfield Prep has recognized scholar athletes committed to play college football. Pictured (front row) Aedan Ayer – Hamden (Case Western Reserve University); Thomas Moore – Fairfield (Lafayette College); Samuel Opont-Durogene – Bridgeport (Trinity-Pawling); and Calvin Reed – New Haven (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); (second row) Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta; coach Keith Hellstern; assistant athletic director Jay Turiano; and President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.

Fairfield Prep is pleased to recognize four scholar athletes from the Class of 2016 who will continue their athletic careers, having committed to play football at the college level. Head Coach Keith Hellstern expressed pride in the talent, growth and motivation of these athletes.

Aedan Ayer

For the past two years, Ayer has been a starting offensive lineman and helped lead the Jesuits to a 12-9 record. He is also a member of Prep Gaelic Football team. Ayer is a Cum Laude honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. Outside the playing field and classroom, he is an active member of his school and local community. For the past year he has volunteered at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven. He is an elected class representative in Student Government and also serves on the Senior Class Alumni Giving Committee. An avid Boy Scout, Ayer earned his Eagle Scout Award this past year. He looks forward to continuing his studies and playing football at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore’s outstanding achievements in the classrooms of Fairfield Prep, along with his strong and steady contributions to Prep’s football and track programs have paved the way for him to continue his intellectual growth and athletic career at Lafayette College. In addition to service at the Kennedy Center, he took on the challenge of going on Prep’s Global Mission to Ecuador, a one week service immersion. Recognition for his achievements in the classroom include achieving Summa Cum Laude honors for all of his Prep years, entrance into the National Honor Society and his being awarded the Cornell Book Award at Prep’s Academic Awards program in his senior year. For his football accomplishments, Moore is well known for his strong sense of team, consistent effort and focus. As the ultimate teammate, he filled in as quarterback due to injury during his senior season. His accomplishments represent leadership through action as his dedication to excellence on the football field and in the classroom earned him the recognition as National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award this year.

Samuel Opont-Durogene

As a two time letterman and team captain in his senior year, Opont-Durogene has certainly stood out in his football career at Fairfield Prep. Along with his progress on the football field, he has shown steady improvement in his academic life over his Prep years as well. His accomplishments as a student and football athlete now lead him to continue that growth as a postgraduate student at Trinity-Pawling before moving on to college. Opont-Durogene has stood out in service to the community, offering his efforts to the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, where he assists with recreation activities, at Thurgood Marshall School, where he has assisted with the after-school program, and at Cambridge Manor nursing home.

Calvin Reed

Consistent hard work and steady progress in the classroom and on the football field have paved the way for Calvin Reed to continue his football and academic careers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A two year varsity letterman in the Prep program, Reed was recognized as first-team All-SCC, an All-Class L Connecticut High School Coaches Association selection, and a second-team New Haven Register selection. Reed capped off his career at Prep being recognized as Prep’s defensive MVP for the 2015 season. Reed traveled to Appalachia with Prep’s Mission group during his sophomore-junior summer and has made a significant contribution to the New Haven Reads program as a volunteer tutor. He has also assisted at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.

 

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