Friends,

From our 21st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Service, to the beginning of a new lunar year, and a week of community and collaboration with fellow Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese and country - we have had much to celebrate over the past month! Joining together to celebrate these three culturally distinct events reminds us of the beauty of our diversity, and the radical kinship we display in uniting to honor each other's backgrounds.

We also celebrated several other accomplishments and grateful moments on the Boulevard. Whether it's the perseverance and hard work of the nearly twenty young men who participated in National Signing Day, the commitment to service of Jack Studley '21, or the bonds of friendship our alumni have shared on and off campus - every day holds something new and wonderful for which this community is grateful.

Throughout the month of February we will continue to celebrate. We will celebrate Black History Month, the dedication of our seniors as they continue to discern in their college process, and the decision of hundreds of accepted students to choose BC High and become our next Eagles, the Classes of 2023 and 2025.

With so much to celebrate we remember God is good - all the time!

AMDG,
21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service
The BC High community celebrated our annual prayer service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 18. For twenty-one years we have welcomed guests from Greater Boston and beyond to speak to our students and their families, as well as our faculty, staff, and alumni about diversity, inclusion, and community.
 
I want to deeply thank Ruth Evee, Director of Equity and Inclusion, for working with the BLSU, CASA, and Diversity Cabinet to plan a wonderful program featuring Rev. Rahsaan Hall, Esq., Director of the Racial Justice Program for the ACLU of Massachusetts, soloist Paul White, and distinguished alumnus Alberto Vasallo, III ’85, President and CEO of El Mundo Newspaper, television producer and host.

I was also honored to welcome long-time faculty member Mrs. Barbara O'Brien Miller back to campus. Mrs. O'Brien Miller was a trusted friend and partner to my father, Coach Jim Cotter '55, helping so very many young men find their place at BC High over the years. In the spirit of their friendship I presented her with with an eagle trophy honoring her decades of service and pioneering vision of a BC High community that is more just, equitable, and loving.
Asian Culture Club Lunar New Year Celebration
Last week our Asian Culture Club held its annual Lunar New Year celebration. Thanks to all of the students, faculty, and staff who planned and attended the afternoon! It was a celebration of our diversity filled with fun games, great food, and culture. I wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig!
Eagles Take Florida: Upcoming Alumni Receptions!
Calling all Florida-area alumni! Join me and your fellow BC High graduates to network and socialize at a reception in March. Whether recalling your days on Morrissey Boulevard, or learning about the great things happening at BC High today - there's no better time to reconnect.

  • 03/19/19 - West Palm Beach: Join us at The Regional Kitchen & Public House at 11:30 a.m. for an alumni lunch! To register visit this link.

  • 03/20/19 - Naples: Join me and fellow BC High alumni for a reception at the Naples Art Association! We will celebrate Mass at 4:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at 5:00 p.m. To register visit this link.
BC High in the Community
Our best celebrations are ones that uplift and strengthen our bonds of community. This past month I was thrilled to be at a number of these events with alumni, parents, and friends of our school:

  • Thank you to Catherine Curtin P'14, P'21 for the invitation to the Boys and Girls Club of Boston Dinner. Kudos to Josh Kraft, the staff and the kids at the clubs! It was a great night with Linda Dorcena Forry, Boston Police Commissioner Gross, and friends.

  • I traveled out to California and met with dozens of passionate alumni in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many miles separate these men from our school - but their love is strong! Special thanks to Fritz Friedman ’68 and Peter Chouinard ’84 for hosting us.

  • BC High hosted the first Conference on Cybersecurity for Secondary and High School Administrators. I'm grateful to our Director of Technology, Jen McLarnon P'19, P'21, for planning the day and to Kevin Powers '85, P'16, Margaret Paget, and FBI Boston for their expertise! Photo Album.
On the Boulevard
The wide range of our students' pursuits and interests means that we have a flood of exciting accomplishments throughout the year. Whether striving for the heights of excellence in their sport or working diligently for their community, our young men are being recognized!

  • Jack Studley ‘21 was surprised with a Peacemaker Award from Martin Richard Foundation for his work in the Dorchester community. Jack created a street hockey league for local youth and continues to manage it each spring at Garvey Park for more than 100 participants. His goal for this season is to get more girls involved in leadership positions and secure training and a speaker series by the Boston Pride.

  • Students for Soldiers was honored to welcome Medal of Honor recipient Captain Tom Kelley '56 back to campus to discuss his story and his work with veterans.

  • Nearly twenty student-athletes participated in National Signing Day, an important step in their athletic career beyond BC High. I am grateful to these young men for their dedication and wish them the best of luck next year at schools from Holy Cross, to Tufts, and Elon. I know they will represent BC High Athletics well!
Welcoming Future Eagles During Catholic Schools Week
I was thrilled to make some special deliveries of acceptance letters and BC High gear to several of our partner schools, including some Catholic schools in honor of Catholic Schools Week! Principal Hughes and I traveled with the Admission team to Inly School, St. Paul's, St. Jerome's, St. John the Evangelist, the Sage School, Quincy Catholic Academy, St. Agatha's, Delphi Academy, Blessed Sacrament, St. Catherine of Siena, and Monsignor Haddad.

It was truly rewarding to see the smiling faces of the young men we have welcomed into the BC High community. The excitement of their classmates and young children in the school for the accomplishment of being accepted into BC High was quite special! We look forward to seeing many of these boys on campus next fall.
Back to the Point Podcast: Ian Cain '00
Tune in to the Back to the Point podcast as Rick Goulding '‪04 sits down with Ian Cain '00 as he takes us from his earliest experiences working on a campaign, through some of his work in the business world, to starting his own company and serving on Quincy’s City Council.‬ Subscribe and listen now on iTunes or SoundCloud.
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