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Fairfield Prep Honors Scholar Athletes Committed To Play College Football

Front row, L-R: Aedan Ayer, Thomas Moore, Samuel Opont-Durogene and Calvin Reed. Second row, L-R: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Coach Keith Hellstern, Asst. Athletic Director Jay Turiano and President Rev. Tom Simisky.
Front row, L-R: Aedan Ayer, Thomas Moore, Samuel Opont-Durogene and Calvin Reed. Second row, L-R: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Coach Keith Hellstern, Asst. Athletic Director Jay Turiano and President Rev. Tom Simisky. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield College Preparatory School recognized four scholar athletes from the Class of 2016 who will continue their athletic careers playing football at the college level.

Aedan Ayer, Thomas Moore, Samuel Opont-Durogene and Calvin Reed were honored by head coach Keith Hellstern, who expressed pride in the talent, growth and motivation of the athletes and acknowledged the role of the athletes in guiding the program this season.

For the past two years, Ayers has been a starting offensive lineman on the varsity football team. His presence helped lead the Jesuits to a 12-9 record over the past two seasons. Ayers is a cum laude honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. He will continue at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition to Moore’s service at the Kennedy Center, he went on Prep’s Global Mission to Ecuador, a one-week service immersion. He achieved summa cum laude honors for all of his Prep years and entrance into the National Honor Society. Moore will continue his studies and football career at Lafayette College in the fall of 2016.

As a two-time letterman and team captain in his senior year, Opont-Durogene’s accomplishments as a student and football athlete lead him to continue that growth as a post graduate student at Trinity-Pawling before moving on to college. In addition to his leadership experiences in the Prep football program, he has volunteered with the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, Thurgood Marshall School and Cambridge Manor nursing home.

Consistent hard work and steady progress in the classroom and on the football field have paved the way for Reed to continue his football and academic careers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A two-year varsity letterman in the Prep program, he was recognized as first team all SCC, an all LL Connecticut High School Coaches Association selection and a second team New Haven Register selection.

Reed's steady progress in the classroom during his Prep career is a further tribute to his strong work ethic. He traveled to Appalachia with Prep’s Mission group during his sophomore-junior summer and was a volunteer tutor at the New Haven Reads program.

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