2017 Visionary Awards

Celebrating innovation in Greater Cambridge

Matignon High School is honored and humbled to announce that the school has been selected by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce as an inaugural recipient of the 2017 Visionary Awards.

This award which celebrates “innovation and visionaries in our community” will be presented to the school at a celebration on November 15, 2017, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. In addition to Matignon High School, five other honorees were selected from over 35 finalists including:

  • Jennifer Brogden and her team at Novartis;
  • Microsoft and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard;
  • Havard Dining Services and Food for Free;
  • LabCentral; and
  • Pyara Spa and Salon's "Hello Gorgeous" program.


To be the recipient of such an award in a community that is overflowing with innovation is truly a remarkable and humbling achievement.

“This is a tremendous honor for our school community,” Headmaster Timothy Welsh shared. “I am excited not only for the validation it will give to all of you and our faculty who are working diligently every day to change the lives of students but am equally excited for the challenge this affords us to live up to this honor.”

Matignon High School’s nomination highlighted the school’s Strategic Planning process in creating a vision for our future. The Strategic Plan identified four areas of focus: Academic Excellence, Catholic Identity, Operational Vitality, and Governance and Leadership. In particular, the Academic Excellence section envisioned "an innovative and visionary model to help (our) students”, highlighted our desire to focus on personalized education, giving students a voice in their education, and creating real-world opportunities for learning in a global classroom.

The Chamber of Commerce also remarked on mindfulness initiatives for students, as well as for faculty and staff, including the recent creation of a dedicated space for meditation.

“As we continue to build on Matignon’s 70-year tradition of excellence, it is truly wonderful to have a faculty and staff totally committed to our students,” shared Mr. Welsh. “Our Strategic Plan has provided us the vision for our future. An incredibly bright and exciting future.” Additionally, this award also reflects on all the alumni, parents, and friends who have enhanced our efforts through their support.

Click HERE for more information from the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.