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St. John's Proud to Grow Prep Hall of Honor

2022 Honor Reception formally celebrates five pillars of the Prep mission, vision, and values.

Devoted to mission, humble in their generosity, and committed to fostering Xaverian values, each member of St. John’s Prep Hall of Honor exemplifies servant-leadership at its most fundamental. In a campus ceremony on the evening of June 8, the School officially inducted five new entrants into the Hall, which comprises one of the highest distinctions bestowed upon alumni, family, and friends of St. John’s Prep. 

The new additions are former Prep advancement officer Dorthy Dolan P’05, former campus minister Fr. Tony Penna, True Blue Alumni liaison Brian Shultz ’75, former school counselor Jim Stager P’06, and the Shaw Family—Scott, Joanne, Connor '12, Maddy, and Ryan '15 (in memoriam). The event served as an opportunity for community members to join in congratulating these Prep icons for the incredible impact they’ve had on the tradition and legacy at St. John’s. 

“Legacy is built and proliferated by the stories that we share and cherish—the oral history we tell over and over again,” said Headmaster Ed Hardiman, P’19 ’21 ’26. “It’s my hope that these five honorees inspire others to action because this is what they have done and this is what the Prep way is all about. In recognizing their contributions, we should all do what we challenge our students to do each day: To reflect on what your version of servant-leadership looks like, how you can influence every situation for good, and how, through action and generosity, you can help ensure that know one walks alone.”

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Please join us in welcoming the Hall of Honor’s newest class:

Fr. Tony Penna

Fr. Tony Penna arrived at St. John’s Prep in 1978, shortly after being ordained a priest, to join the campus ministry staff. His lasting impact on the school is immeasurable. Staff and alumni alike speak to Fr. Tony’s thoughtful, relatable message of the Gospel and his ability to make folks feel like they are the most important person in the room.

His legacy continues today at Boston College, where he has served in many roles over 30 years—currently as Associate Vice President and Director of Campus Ministry. St. John’s Prep is grateful for Fr. Tony’s example, kindness, and passion for our students and mission. We are delighted to honor his contributions and celebrate his legacy this year.

 


Dorothy Dolan P’05

Recently retired from the St. John’s Prep Office for Institutional Advancement, Dorothy was devoted to her work and advancing the mission of St. John’s for 16 years. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Dorothy spent many years in Illinois establishing a professional career and growing her family. After returning to Massachusetts, she landed in advancement at St. Mary’s of the Annunciation School before accepting a role at St. John’s.

A supportive and caring colleague, she has served as a mentor to many. Her legacy lives on through the impact she has made on the Prep campus and on the lives of Prep students. Dorothy’s commitment to family and friends is unmatched. They will all tell you that she truly loves St. John’s Prep. 


Brian Shultz ’75

Brian’s commitment to and passion for St. John’s Prep is unparalleled. As a 1975 graduate, Brian exemplifies Prep loyalty, generosity, and pride on a daily basis. The success of the True Blue Alumni loyalty program is due in large part to his commitment to staying connected with alumni from not only his own class, but all classes.

Brian recalls his Prep experience in great detail, and attributes much of his professional success to his Prep teachers and peers. If alumni need an inspirational example of how to engage and give back as they journey through life, they need look no further than Brian Shultz. 
 


Jim Stager P’06

After spending 42 years in school counseling at St. John’s, Jim’s impact on students is hard to quantify. He went above and beyond to provide counsel to thousands of St. John’s Prep students as they charted their individual journeys through high school and beyond. He was as popular with the students as he was with his staff, and was a steady voice of reason.

For over four decades, the success of our graduates at college and beyond is linked directly to Jim’s commitment, care, and wisdom. We honor his many years of dedication to the Prep community and appreciate the ways in which he has shaped our mission.
 


The Shaw Family

The Shaw family—Scott, Joanne, Connor ’12, Maddy, and Ryan ’15 (in memoriam)—are among the most cherished of St. John’s Prep families. Ryan was enthusiastic, creative, and called by some “an ideal Prep student.” The Ryan Shaw ’15 Entrepreneurial Education Program at St. John’s Prep honors Ryan’s memory by harnessing his enthusiasm and creativity to offer entrepreneurial opportunities for our current students.

Scott, Joanne, Connor ’12, and Maddy continue to model the best qualities of a St. John’s Prep family. We honor Ryan’s memory and celebrate the Shaw family’s commitment to St. John’s Prep through entrepreneurial education and the Shaw Family Endowment Fund, which includes the endowed position of the Shaw Family Director of Innovation and Design within the School’s Center for Mission and Research. Ryan’s legacy continues to inspire current students at St. John’s every day.