Malakai Michael Prudisch: NDA’s Newest Triton


Elizabeth Rickards, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism


On September 9, at 3 a.m. Malakai Michael Prudisch was born. This new baby Triton weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces and was 20 ½ inches in length. Malakai is, according to his parents, currently “very gassy and very snuggly.”

His parents, Michael and Sarah Prudisch, decided on the name after a long search. They both decided that Malakai was “unique” and one of kind. 

I’ve never taught a Malakai before,” said Michael Prudisch, “and the name happened to come up when we were looking. We just looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders and decided that was the one.”

According to, Malakai means “messenger” and the name is Hebrew based.

Prudisch also stated that because he and his wife both have jobs involving students, they decided to pick a name they had never seen before or one without a story. Malakai’s middle name, however, was much more debated.

“I originally wanted Vince because his initials would then be “MVP.”  However, that eventually got voted down by the wife, so they decided on Michael.

 Sarah was scheduled to go into labor on Labor Day. She was admitted to the hospital to be induced that Monday at 9 p.m. and the Prudish family came home on Thursday.

“It was one of the most difficult of experiences but definitely the most rewarding,” Prudisch said. “I never knew I could love something so little so much!”

With the looming threat of Covid-19, the new parents are being very careful and taking great measures to protect their son.

“We wear masks when running errands and are consistently washing our hands before handling the little babe. It’s also hard because we want people to meet him, but we are limiting visitors right now,” said the NDA teacher. “Never in my life did I think we would have a child in the middle of a pandemic.”

Since Malakai’s birth, Prudisch has returned to teaching and coaching soccer at Notre Dame Academy. 

“There is nothing better than coming home after a long day and seeing my wife and newborn son cuddled up on the couch, waiting for me to join them,” he reflected.