Joseph Callahan was born on January 19, 1991 in 29 Palms, California. Joe was raised in Newport, Rhode Island and then moved to Roslindale, Massachusetts. While living in Roslindale, Joe attended Holy Name Parish School and then followed in the footsteps of his father by graduating from Boston Latin School. He currently lives with his parents and two sisters.

Attending Boston Latin School was a decision that Joe made without any regret. He is a firm believer that BLS was one of the main components in determining the person that he is today. Latin School taught him many of the lessons in life that will help him succeed in the future, as well as giving him a competitive spirit.

Growing up, he actively participated in a variety of different sports and programs. He played Parkway Youth Soccer and then BAYS Travel Soccer, even playing in the District Selects League. He played on the BLS soccer team for 5 years, as well as playing with the team off season in Futsal. He also worked for Tenacity over the past three summers as an instructor. Tenacity is a city-funded program that strives to teach valuable life lessons through tennis instruction and literacy education.

While at Boston Latin School, Joe, along with some good friends, founded a new school club known as The Gentlemen’s Society. The club, first conceived during a stroll down classy Newbury Street, was first considered a joke. However, after being elected as President of the club, Joe quickly and adamantly worked to bring legitimacy to the group. Meetings with male teachers in order to learn about job skills and proper etiquette, ballroom dancing lessons with the BLS cheerleading team, and group meetings with the Boston Latin School Girls’ Group soon became the norm for The Gentlemen’s Society. However, their true legitimacy finally arrived in mid-December due to their philanthropic work. The club was able to make Boston Latin School a Toy Drop-off location for Toys for Tots, and they raised tons of money for the charity.

In the fall, Joe will move to our Nation’s Capital and attend The George Washington University, where he plans to major in International Relations and minor in Russian language. He was awarded an NROTC Scholarship, and after graduating from GWU, he will serve as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Joe’s interest in public service is due to his father, who is currently an attorney with the City of Boston and a reservist as a Marine JAG Corps lawyer. He wishes to be able to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of the City of Boston, as well as the country. Joe is currently interning with our Honorable Mayor Tom Menino.