We are 
redefining strong.


We asked the Xaverian community to nominate students who are redefining strong, and the nominations poured in. They came from classmates, teammates, coaches, teachers, parents, and even the principal.

Then, we surprised the students who were nominated.

Check out their reactions in this powerful video series, and stay tuned throughout the year as we share more redefining strong stories.

For our fourth video in the series, meet Dom. Dom was nominated for redefining strong by Al Fornaro ’78, Xaverian's Head Football Coach.

In football, it’s not always about the starting quarterback or wide receiver. They might get the cheers from the crowd, but you really depend on the guys who come to work and grind it out every day. Dom is one of those guys. He’s rarely missed a training session. He joined the track team to help himself get faster. And even though it’s not his primary position, he still offered to be practice squad QB when we were a man down. Strong is stepping up even when you don’t get the glory.
 
-Submitted by Al Fornaro ’78, Head Football Coach

Strong is...

At Xaverian Brothers High School, we believe that strong is about much more than muscles and will. Strong is about respecting others and yourself. It's taking responsibility and giving credit where it's due. Strong is speaking out, and it is also holding back. Strong is doing a favor and not expecting one in return. Strong is doing the right thing even when it's not popular. Strong is having faith in the face of doubt.
 
Here, our young men discover the true meaning of strength in an inclusive community where all can thrive. For over half a century, we have helped to shape strong young men in the best sense of the word. Today, we are more than 10,000 strong.


Mike is the captain of the cross country team and suffered a season-ending knee injury which has left him with a brace and crutches for the next eight months. Last spring, he started having some problems with his knee which limited how much he could run. Sometimes it seemed he'd run through the pain just to show us freshmen that you always have to keep going in life, no matter what happens. He's been a big inspiration not only for me but for the whole team. He's committed to helping out the team every way he can, whether that be cheering on a fellow athlete or giving training advice. Strong is lifting up your team even when you are down.

-Submitted by Thomas ’22
Here at Xaverian, we pride ourselves on being positive, hardworking, courteous, and above all else, respectful of one another. Every day, when Isaiah gets dropped off in the morning, he greets me with a smile and a firm handshake. In the hallways, he is always one to help a friend and he has a terrific attitude. Without question, he has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and of his teachers. I have nominated Isaiah because of what he brings to our school each and every day. Our school is better because he is here. Strong is enhancing the lives of others, simply through your presence.
-Submitted by Dr. Jacob Conca ’94
Hans is passionate about marine biology and is one of the main members of the science club. He has chickens and brings them to school. He comes in during the summer to take care of the fish. He’s different than other guys. I once heard that our need for acceptance can make us invisible in this world. Instead, Hans chooses to be himself in a world full of copycats, which really inspires me. Strong is being yourself, no matter what others think. 
-Submitted by Thomas '21
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.