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Faces of OP

Rodney Parks '23

"I really like the feeling of community at OP. It makes you feel like you are at home with your family."

Mr. Connor Daugherty, Physical Ed., Basketball & Soccer Coach

"Being a coach at OP is special. We have student athletes here who are committed to being great teammates, always putting team before self. When you are able to work with young men who have drive, passion, and high character it makes coaching extremely rewarding. When you take the previous elements & add in the home support of the rowdies (best home field/court advantage in Union County) I firmly believe there is no finer place to be a coach."

Max Terraciano '22

"I really like the sense of community that I have found here at Oratory. I also like how the other students and teachers are all willing to help out one other whether it has to do with service, school work, or sports. I have truly enjoyed my past year here, and I am looking forward to the rest of my years here."

Jason Chacon '21

"My favorite event at OP is the "Hypemas" Basketball game (the first home basketball game right before Christmas Break) because it gives all the guys a chance to bond and have a great time together."

Mrs. Cathy Clark, English Teacher

"It is a pleasure helping my juniors and seniors grow in maturity and intellect through my British Lit and AP Lit courses. I particularly enjoy challenging my students to become more independent thinkers and writers as they prepare for college."

Mr. William Crum, Director of Facilities and Alum '09

"Make the most of your time here because it goes by quickly. Oratory provides a unique set of opportunities that do not come by often. Make sure you work hard to maximize your potential academically and athletically, and establish strong friendships because they will last a lifetime."

Greg Jones '23

"My favorite part of being at OP is the school community. I have made friendships and developed relationships that will last a lifetime. I also enjoy the love and the passion teachers have for ensuring a challenging academic environment. I feel OP is preparing us to be leaders of the next generation. Lastly, I enjoy being able to participate in various clubs and sports activities."

Joe Marchese '21

"Being part of the Mock Trial team at OP has been very rewarding. It goes to show what we were able to accomplish with hard work and dedication. Throughout the season, the team put in a ton of work for many months with 2-3 hour practices 5-6 days a week. This hard work allowed us to win the county championship once again and come close to winning the regional championship as well. Seeing our hard work pay off at these trials was a very gratifying experience which also allowed the team to grow closer since we were together so often."

Mr. Kevin Donnelly, Director of Major and Annual Gifts

"What makes OP a great place to work? It is one thing to love what you do, but to be able to do your work in a community that cares and is supportive of all its members, that inspires you to do great things each and every day, that to me, is being blessed in what you do."

Luigi Franzese '19

"OP's tight-knit community was exactly what I was looking for. Everyone knows each other in our class, and we're all friendly towards each other. We all push ourselves, but nobody wants to see each other fail. The support from both students and faculty makes OP feel like a home away from home." Hometown: Cedar Grove Favorite Subject: Sociology Activities: Co-Captain of Mock Trial Team, History and Politics Club, Student Council
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