The Harvard Club of Boston’s Thirtieth Annual Prize Book Award Breakfast on October 4, 2023, was a special one for two pillars of the St. Sebastian’s community – Headmaster Bill Burke and Assistant Headmaster Michael Nerbonne.
The breakfast was dedicated to Headmaster Burke, “a great writer, speaker, and teacher who has been molding great writers, speakers and teachers at St. Sebastian’s for 34 years.” Before delivering the keynote speech, Headmaster Burke was introduced by past St. Sebastian’s parent Paul Brennan P’06,’07, Chair of the Harvard Club of Boston Schools Committee. In addressing the 2023 Harvard Club Prize Book recipients in attendance, including Rui do Rosario ’24 and Chase McCann ’24, Headmaster Burke shared: “It's a truly great honor to stand before a room full of bright, talented, hardworking, high achieving young scholars and a number of their gifted devoted mentors, and loving parents. You students prove by the evidence of your lives that commitment to excellence is indeed possible and greatly to be preferred. Your devotion to scholarship has a more powerfully positive impact on your peers than you can imagine. You are the beacons of your school communities and the hope of our world.”
Assistant Headmaster Michael Nerbonne was also recognized during the breakfast as a recipient of the 2023 Prize Book Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is given to outstanding secondary school teachers who inspire curiosity and excellence in students. Congratulations to Mr. Nerbonne on this well-deserved honor.