Christian Cattaneo of the North End, a junior at Boston College High School, was one of 157 students inducted into the Robert J. Fulton, SJ chapter of the National Honor Society at the Hunter-Fahey Commons on January 26, 2017.
The National Honor Society officers welcomed the guests and spoke about the pillars of excellence that guide the work of the Society: scholarship, character, leadership, and service. New members received congratulations and certificates from Principal Stephen Hughes ’73 and Assistant Principal Charles Drane. Earlier, the inductees received gold NHS pins that were worn on their jacket lapels during the ceremony.
NHS Moderator Patricia Keenan-Byrne welcomed the new members. NHS Officer Gerard Frasca of Melrose invited English teacher Tonya Winter to address the group. The topic of Ms. Winter’s address was “Failure”. She noted that many highly accomplished figures such as Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, and Dr. Seuss all experienced significant failures, but learned from their failures and persevered. She encouraged students not to avoid risks of failure inherent in worthy pursuits. Dr. Matthew Finnegan and the BC High Concert Band provided the music for the ceremony.
Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men grades seven through twelve. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 140 communities in eastern Massachusetts.