My Matignon

Going into my senior year, I am a captain on the Matignon High School golf and hockey teams and I’m thrilled to be a four year starter on the varsity baseball team.  Because of my love for baseball, I’ve come to learn a lot about Yogi Berra, an American professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 seasons in the Majors.  He said a lot of odd things in his time, but one quote rings true to me. “When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." On the fields, in the classrooms, or in the hallways, the entire Matignon community is a team, our team.  A short time ago, a teammate was involved in a car accident on his way to baseball practice.  Thankfully, he is fine, but it was the team’s reaction that stood out to me. Without question we immediately stopped practicing, went to be with him, and offer our support.  

Beyond the school building, fields, books, smart boards, and devices there is something uniquely special about Matignon - an intangible that makes us who we are.  We are a family! We have outstanding administrators, teachers, faculty and coaches. We also have an active and diverse student body. We are developing lifelong friendships, lasting memories, and are learning truly interesting and amazing things between the occasional bits of drudgery and homework.

In my years attending Matignon I have learned and grown as a person. For example, my self confidence has grown.  I am now the kind of guy that can get up and speak in front of hundreds of people for fun and for a great cause, with only a little bit of nervousness.  I would never have been this adventurous before without the help of my teachers at Matignon. 

From the first day of my freshman year I felt at home, but having my older brother, Ryan, in his senior year at the school helped.  In fact, I am still affectionately known as little Mahan - even though I am much taller than him now! Ryan just started his junior year at the University of Massachusett Amherst’s Isenberg School of Business, after spending the summer in Ft. Lauderdale as a summer intern with the NHL’s Florida Panthers. That’s just one of many examples of how Matignon prepares us for the world.

Outside the classroom, the faculty and staff at Matignon encourages us to be good citizens by giving back to our community.  Every Saturday morning from October till March I have the opportunity to volunteer as a Jr. Coach for an association named S.C.O.R.E Boston, an organization that provides inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in the sport of ice hockey.  It started for me as a service opportunity, a way to fill hours, but it turned into so much more. And last year I was shocked, and honored, to be named Jr. Coach of the Year, an honor that came from the support of Matignon and my family.

I want to share a few lines from a popular country music song by Tim McGraw that always make me think of our Matignon community. They go:

“When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you,
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind
When you get where you’re goin
Don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line”


 

My Matignon

Varsity Golf - 4 year member
Varsity Hockey - 4 year member
Varsity Baseball - 4 year member
S.A.D.D.
Sustainability Club

Going into my senior year, I am a captain on the Matignon High School golf and hockey teams and I’m thrilled to be a four year starter on the varsity baseball team.  Because of my love for baseball, I’ve come to learn a lot about Yogi Berra, an American professional baseball catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 seasons in the Majors.  He said a lot of odd things in his time, but one quote rings true to me. “When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." On the fields, in the classrooms, or in the hallways, the entire Matignon community is a team, our team.  A short time ago, a teammate was involved in a car accident on his way to baseball practice.  Thankfully, he is fine, but it was the team’s reaction that stood out to me. Without question we immediately stopped practicing, went to be with him, and offer our support.  

Beyond the school building, fields, books, smart boards, and devices there is something uniquely special about Matignon - an intangible that makes us who we are.  We are a family! We have outstanding administrators, teachers, faculty and coaches. We also have an active and diverse student body. We are developing lifelong friendships, lasting memories, and are learning truly interesting and amazing things between the occasional bits of drudgery and homework.

In my years attending Matignon I have learned and grown as a person. For example, my self confidence has grown.  I am now the kind of guy that can get up and speak in front of hundreds of people for fun and for a great cause, with only a little bit of nervousness.  I would never have been this adventurous before without the help of my teachers at Matignon. 

From the first day of my freshman year I felt at home, but having my older brother, Ryan, in his senior year at the school helped.  In fact, I am still affectionately known as little Mahan - even though I am much taller than him now! Ryan just started his junior year at the University of Massachusett Amherst’s Isenberg School of Business, after spending the summer in Ft. Lauderdale as a summer intern with the NHL’s Florida Panthers. That’s just one of many examples of how Matignon prepares us for the world.

Outside the classroom, the faculty and staff at Matignon encourages us to be good citizens by giving back to our community.  Every Saturday morning from October till March I have the opportunity to volunteer as a Jr. Coach for an association named S.C.O.R.E Boston, an organization that provides inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in the sport of ice hockey.  It started for me as a service opportunity, a way to fill hours, but it turned into so much more. And last year I was shocked, and honored, to be named Jr. Coach of the Year, an honor that came from the support of Matignon and my family.

I want to share a few lines from a popular country music song by Tim McGraw that always make me think of our Matignon community. They go:

“When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you,
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind
When you get where you’re goin
Don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line”