Iona Preparatory Announces New House System
In another first for Westchester’s preeminent all-boys Catholic school, Iona Preparatory Upper School has launched a new House System – a move that further enhances how the 101-year-old private/prep school continues to develop young men into leaders of tomorrow.
Innovative, effective and fun, new House System is a first-of-its-kind for the region
“Iona Preparatory stands upon a century of excellence, yet our parents, students and educators are just as committed to innovation as they are tradition,” said Brother Thomas R. Leto, Ed.D., president of Iona Preparatory. “Our new House System has been an incredible leap forward, giving our young men the chance to build camaraderie across the grades, hone their leadership skills, excel in and out of the classroom, and to have a great time along the way.”
The House System consists of six houses, each with an equal number of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each boy is assigned to a house, which remains his house for the time he is at the Upper School. Naming the houses after saints – St. Christopher, St. Jerome, St. John, St. Michael, St. Sebastian and St. Wolfgang – the boys also developed house crests that are displayed proudly. Latin mottos such as “Acta Non Verba” (“Actions, Not Words”) and “Audentes Fortuna Juvat” (“Fortune Favors the Bold”) were incorporated into their designs.
For upperclassmen, the houses have proven to be a tremendous opportunity to develop leadership skills, while for lowerclassmen, the houses provide an instant bond of brotherhood.
The houses compete for points across a number disciplines, ranging from academics and athletics to advocacy and community service. Additional activities are built into the year to help foster a little friendly competition and encourage team building. During Olympic Day, for instance, the boys competed in a broad range of athletic challenges, earning points before one house, St. Sebastian, was declared the winner.
John Stivala, a senior at Iona Preparatory and president of the Student-Faculty Council, said that mentoring some of the younger students has been a rewarding experience, especially since he remembers what it felt like when he was a young freshman on campus.
“At Iona Prep, we are always taught to be leaders. Within our houses, we can really put those lessons into practice,” said Stivala, 17, of New Rochelle. “Plus, it’s just fun to compete against the other houses. I think it pushes us all a little harder to really do the absolute best that we can do. Win or lose, though, we are always there to support our brother Gaels.”