Preparing Boys for Life

Upper School student Damian Ferraro to join Good Citizen Day on May 5

Fifth former Damian Ferraro received the Union League Good Citizen Award after being nominated by the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale director Jeff Smith. 

Groups from across the Philadelphia area elect high school juniors to participate in Good Citizen Day at the Union League. The day, which is a fast-paced, interactive, educational program, will be held either in-person or virtually on two different dates this year due to the pandemic. During the sessions, students discuss citizenship rights and responsibilities and debate current issues.

“I’m very grateful and honored to be nominated for the Good Citizenship Award,” said Ferraro. “I’ve been reflecting on my time with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and its impact on me as both a musician and an individual. With the group, I’ve traveled to many countries across the globe and gained perspectives that have changed my outlook on the world.”

Ferraro has been a part of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale for 7 years. As part of the organization, Ferraro has traveled around the world, including to England, Singapore, Vietnam, Ecuador, and the Galápagos Islands.

“I truly believe these years were a once in a lifetime experience, and I developed lifelong friendships and entered into a community that will support me for the rest of my life,” said Ferraro. “The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale taught me the importance of discipline, commitment, and stewardship. These are life skills that have continued to guide me in school, athletics, and relationships with my peers.“

Ferraro will participate in Good Citizen Day on May 5, during which he plans to learn more about the Union League and its history in Philadelphia. This is Good Citizen Day’s 75th year. Ferraro will join nearly 300 other award winners from across the Philadelphia area. 

“I am excited to meet new students from all over the region and learn about how they impact their communities,” said Ferraro. “The city of Philadelphia has had an immense impact on me as a musician, and I hope to learn more about its history and connect with the young men and women who will be the next generation of leaders in the world.”