Scott Bartlett ’12, “I learn the most about myself when I’m being challenged.”

How did you find your way to Hyde?
“I was at a really low point when I was 16. I was on track to dropout of high school, and my parents knew I needed something different. Someone they knew recommended Hyde, and after a little stint camping in the woods for a summer I ended up enrolling.”

Who are your most memorable teachers or coaches and why?
“This is a tough question. So many teachers at Hyde really went out of their way to have an active role in all the student’s lives. I would say Paul Hurd challenged me like I’ve never experienced before. He definitely sticks out because of that.”

Are there any aha or transformational moments that you remember?
“I got in a lot of trouble within my first couple of months at Hyde. After realizing how much I disliked being ‘out to work,’ I decided I’d try and stay out of trouble. Once I got my first report card, and actually did really well, I think I started to believe in myself more. My grades just kept going up after that.”

What has been your journey post Hyde?
“Well, I always dreamed of getting into the United States Military Academy at West Point. My first application was rejected, and I remember being very upset by that. But I went off and did ROTC at University of Vermont. After doing really well there I decided to give West Point another shot. I got in the second time! After graduating last year I selected Aviation as my branch. I’m currently learning to fly helicopters at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Life’s been good!”

Are there any Hyde specific memories that stuck with you?
“I would say ‘Senior Evals,’ definitely stick out to me. That was a really tough time for me. I talked about a lot of things I hadn’t really talked about with anyone else in my life. I also got to get a truly honest perspective of how my peers viewed me. Another memory that really sticks out to me is when Scott Georgaklis and I were both awarded the Fleming Award. I know how much that award means, and I felt blessed that we both had the privilege of receiving it.”

Is there any advice you would give a current Hyde student?
“Hyde can be really tough at times. But I’ve found that I learn the most about myself when I’m being challenged. So, take the moments you get challenged at Hyde as opportunities to learn about yourself, and reflect on what kind of person you want to be.”

Brian Thompson ’07, “Stay Youthful, Be Grateful and Always Love.”


Describe your career path:
“I am Stealing Oceans, an American hip hop artist signed to Starstruck Entertainment in the country music capital of the world – Nashville, TN. I started rapping in middle school, rewriting songs and performing them for my friends at lunch. In high school, I ran into some trouble and ended up at Hyde. Hyde being the school that it is caused me to start dealing with a lot of issues in my life and I found peace in putting my feelings in to rapping. Every night, after lights out, my homie J-Factz (Warren Dorr) would sneak in to my room and we would spend hours freestyling together. That led to us starting a group called House Of Rap with our homie Bhunter (Brett Hunter). At the time, I was taking 2 classes with Matt Newberg and working at the studio during my free time. He and I had (and still have) a great relationship and he was nice enough to give me access to the studio and live sound equipment during after hours. We made the most of the opportunity and spent countless nights writing and rehearsing. Senior year, I put together a tour and we played at 9 different boarding schools around New England including Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter and Holderness to name a few. Later that year, we recorded our first album, “Graduation” and sold after our commencement in the lobby of the Union. 10 years after releasing that album, Newberg gifted me the 12 channel Jazz Disc machine that we tracked on with our old studio tapes. Love that man.

After that, I was hooked. My mind was set on making a career out of my passion and I never stopped chasing it. I grinded for years while working various restaurant jobs to pay the bills. I wrote hundreds of songs and played hundreds of gigs. I failed a lot but never gave up. Friends and family kept pushing me to finish college but I was committed to proving them wrong. Last May, it happened. I got my deal and my life changed. Today, I wake up every morning, crack a La Croix and work on music. It is truly a blessing and I am forever grateful for the opportunity I have been given.”

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?
“Humility. The hip hop game is full of ego and I fell victim to that for a long time. I thought I knew it all and I never showed any signs of weakness even though I was falling apart inside. I finally gave up on trying to be anything but myself. I went back to the roots of why I started writing/performing in the first place and everything changed. I didn’t care about my image or others opinions anymore. I stopped pretending like I knew it all and I began to ask for help. Most importantly, I started to give. Giving my time and money to others gave me a whole new feeling of fulfillment. I realized the world is a lot bigger than me and once I started to step out of my own bubble, things got a lot easier.”

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?
“I was impacted by a lot of teachers at Hyde, the two that come to mind are Matt Newberg and Kell Delaney. Kell introduced me to hiking, meditation, spirituality and my favorite book, The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior. Newberg helped lay the foundation of my music career. He’s the man. He has such a big heart and probably too strong of a conscience :). He taught me theory, sound engineering and the music business. He is a hero in my journey and I am grateful to call him a friend.”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?
“Do what you love. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Find happiness within and don’t let other bring you down. Contribute to society. Love unconditionally. Ask for help and never give up.

Stay Youthful, Be Grateful and Always Love.”

Peter Gels Woodstock ’08, “Keep learning about yourself because there is a lot more life to live and a lot more experiences to have.”

Peter Gels - Alumni Feature

This week we talked to Peter Gels, another Woodstock alumnus with fond memories of Mike Dawes! After graduating from Hyde in 2008 Peter studied at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, became a Marine Engineer and worked onboard Liquefied Natural Gas Tankers, travelling the world! Currently Peter is an Assistant Quality Assurance Manager at Boston Ship Repair. Thank you for sharing your story and advice with us Peter!

Describe your career path:
“After graduating Hyde, I studied at Massachusetts Maritime Academy to become a marine engineer. Upon graduation, I began working for Hoegh LNG onboard Liquefied Natural Gas Tankers, travelling the world onboard the ship half the time, and home on leave the other half. After a little more than 5 years, I left that company and I started as an Assistant Quality Assurance Manager at Boston Ship Repair in July 2017.”

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?
“Integrity – I am gifted with a Unique Potential, and conscience is my guide to discovering it. Personal growth and development never stopped at Hyde. As the years have gone by, I have learned more about myself every day and about the importance to be true to myself and to maintain my integrity, even when things get challenging.”

Which teacher had a particular impact on you?
“Michael Voorhees Dawes was one of the first people I spoke to at Hyde and helped my transition into the school. I remember speaking to him about my hopes, dreams, and about what I wanted to get out of my time at Hyde. Since then, I have graduated, pursued my dreams, and enjoyed all the moments getting there. Rest in Peace Mike Dawes.”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?
“You are always changing and it is important to continue to discover new things about yourself. Find out what your passions are and find out what defines you. Be true to yourself, your values, and who you are. Keep learning about yourself because there is a lot more life to live and a lot more experiences to have.”

Jo Ferlatte ’96, “I developed the innate desire to help those that have suffered from indifference/ tragedy and whom have been disenfranchised from the greater society.”

Jo Ferlatte Alumni Feature

Wow, this week we caught up with Jo Ferlatte ’96 and his story has blown us away! After Hyde Jo harnessed all of his childhood experiences and used them as a catapult to launch his career in Social Work. Jo has been a social worker for 20 years now and has been giving back to his community in extraordinarily honorable ways. Thank you for all of the work you do and sharing your story/ advice with us Jo!

Describe your career path:
“I have been a social worker for over 20 years.  My childhood was very traumatic. I was born with a drug addiction, taken from my family by Children’s Services and suffered the trauma of being a young child in foster care.  From those experiences, I developed the innate desire to help those that have suffered from indifference/ tragedy and whom have been disenfranchised from the greater society.

After leaving Hyde, I went to SDSU where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I started case managing in Single Room Occupancy Hotels located in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.  I moved on to case managing Violent Offenders recently released from prison in an effort to reduce recidivism in the City of Oakland. I then transitioned to managing Multi Service Centers for the homeless providing employment, housing and other programs.  After receiving my Master’s in Social Work, I moved on to the medical field of social work plying my skills as a “fixer of problems” in a Director of Social Work role in several Skilled Nursing Facilities.  Currently, I am working as a Social Worker in the Intensive Care Units at Sutter Hospitals in both Oakland and Berkeley.”

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?
“I think while I was at Hyde the principal that rang most true for me was courage.  While I was most certainly embodying it incorrectly at the time it was the one that I truly owned.  The courage that I endeared, was the courage to protect my well-being at all costs.  While it was something I had pride in at the time, it was also a detriment to my success.

In my growth as a person after Hyde, that courage has turned to a different principle. By releasing my hold on needing to be courageous at all costs, I began to have concern.  Concern for myself and my need to heal as well as concern for others and their need for my support.  It is now the reason why I do the work that I do.  In regards to the concern for myself, I invested in the search for my biological parents and to get answers about who I am, where I came from and why I felt so alone.  In that search I found freedom.”

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?
Mr. Bragg: He has always been supportive and similar to a father figure for me.  Mr. Bragg had that somber silence about him that let you know when you did something that did not sit well with him.  Mr. Bragg is the kind of guy you want to work hard to please.”

Todd Clauer: He gave me a chance in math during a time that I really struggled with it.  He made me believe that I could achieve academically if I worked at it.  He was not a guy I would have expected to make me feel that way but, I did.”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?
“Don’t expect that once you graduate from Hyde your struggle will be over.  Don’t expect that after leaving Hyde you will be fixed.  The fact is there is a good chance you will experience setbacks after leaving the structure provided by Hyde.  Nevertheless, stay true to yourself and pay attention to the things you have learned about yourself while at Hyde. Repeat those things and expand on them. Enjoy the confidence that comes with those successes.”

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Aine Zaniewski, Woodstock ’13, “My conscience pushed me to challenge my comfort zones”

Aine Zaniewski '13

Our latest Alumni Feature is Aine Zaniewski, Woodstock ’13. Aine graduated in May 2017 from Dickinson College as an American Studies major with a minor in Political Science. Aine worked at Hyde as a college intern in the summer and we were fortunate enough to have her stay with us in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Associate, as a Discovery Group Leader, and as a Dorm Parent. Aine has been an enthusiastic addition to the campus! Thank you for sharing your story with us Aine!

Describe your career path:
“I graduated in May 2017 from Dickinson College as an American Studies major with a minor in Political Science. American Studies is an interdisciplinary examination of American culture, history, politics, and phenomena through platforms such as literature, music, film, sociology, etc. I felt that it challenged my perspectives and judgements of American identity and power structures and massively aided in the development of my critical thinking. However, a career path for an American Studies major is not necessarily cut and dry. While in college, I dabbled in waitressing, retail, interning at a Finance firm, and working at Hyde as a College Intern. Upon graduating, I received a perfectly timed phone call from Stacey Brooks, and ended up at Hyde again for the summer of 2017. While working for the June Program and Summer Challenge I learned of an open position in the Admissions Office and everything seemed to fall into place! I am now working in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Associate, and I am also a Discovery Group Leader and a Dorm Parent.”

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?
“Conscience. I can remember moments from when I was a little kid and feeling that all too familiar gut inkling when something was not sitting quite right. The community that Hyde provided allowed me to transform that ‘gut feeling’ into action. When my time at Hyde came to an end, I found that conscience actively remained my guide throughout college. My conscience pushed me to challenge my comfort zones academically (opting for a major with a thesis requirement), socially (I was president of my sorority), and personally (studying abroad in Italy).”

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?
“Rachel Folan. Although I never had Rachel as a classroom teacher, she left a lasting impact on me as both a soccer coach and a mentor. She never lowered the bar and continually challenged me to look inward, face the things I feared, and to do the hard things. Rachel was a role model as a woman of grit, honesty and strength. As a student, Rachel and Kevin opened their home to me, let me babysit their kids, and I am very grateful for the continued relationship I have with them!”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?
“Buy in and trust the process!”

Emily Merrigan Roig ’98, “Be present. ‘Trust the process’. Life is BIG! This is a moment. Open up to it. Jump in.”

Emily Merrigan Roig '98

This week we have the pleasure of not only catching up with, but also wishing this alum a very Happy Birthday! Emily Merrigan Roig ’98 has brought her enthusiasm and problem solving savvy to the Hospitality Industry in Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Florida and New York. Emily and her family have now found their way back to Hyde and we COULD NOT be more thrilled! Emily is the woman behind all of our events, having accepted the Hyde Event Coordinator position this past summer. From firsthand experience, we can tell you Emily is truly a beautiful soul and we could not be happier to have her on our team. Thank you for sharing your story Emily!

Describe your career path.

I attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, just outside of Boston. My years as a dedicated Hyde athlete had inspired an interest in Sports Management and Communications. Though college life in Boston was the dream of many, life “out there” was calling. I bid farewell to Massachusetts in 1999 and embarked on a self-discovery tour up and down the East Coast for the next ten years. I explored a variety of opportunities in Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Florida and New York with one foot continuously planted in the Hospitality Industry throughout my travels. The industry suits me; ever changing, fast paced and rooted in the love of creating an experience and taking care of people. From the Hilton to the Ritz Carlton and beyond my varied positions have given me such a great ability to see the bigger picture. I was the Dining Room Manager at Fore Street in Portland, Maine when I met my now husband. We were married in February 2012 and welcomed our son, Wilder, that June. After nearly five seasons at Primo in Rockland, Maine, we left the coast and headed inland. I began searching again for a professional position in which I could be part of an organization that shared my beliefs and where I would be able to continue to grow as a person while simultaneously supporting my family. I had no idea what a tall order this was. During my search, I wrote a letter to Laura Gauld and asked that she let me know if ever there was an opportunity that called for my experience at Hyde. Nearly 8 months later, here I am. Thrilled to be back as the Event Coordinator for the school. It just goes to show, you never know unless you ask.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Courage. To me this word sits on the top of the Hyde Word/Principal flow chart. It takes courage to know, accept and embrace your truth. It takes courage to have humility. It takes courage to listen to your conscience. It takes courage to hold those around you to their best. Courage for me is not necessarily about being brave, rather it is more stepping out of what is comfortable, knowing that this is the only way we ever really grow.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Pam Bertschy was the first faculty I ever met. She did my interview in 1994. Her strength and no nonsense approach could be felt as soon as I stepped into her office. I never would have imagined that she and I would become so close. By the time I was in my senior year I knew that she pushed me so hard because she saw my potential. She pushed me in class, on the court and in Performing Arts. There are a million moments in my time growing up with Bertschy that I could write about; she truly changed my life as a young woman. And Bragg. Tom Bragg was my first Discovery Group leader. Again, another incredibly strong, insightful, straight shooter that pushed you hard because he truly cared about you. My relationship with Bragg was such an important part of my time here as my own father was not involved.

I am so glad that both Pam and Tom are still Hyde. They are truly some of the greats. I am eternally thankful for these relationships and their impact on my life.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

 “Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day systematically and then repeating it repeatedly until we reach our destination.” Joseph B. Wirthlin

Be present. “Trust the process”. Life is BIG!  This is a moment. Open up to it. Jump in. Whether you love it right now or wish there was a different way, let down your guard, pick your head up and take it all in. There are not a lot of places like this.

Jessica Brown ’98: “Don’t take yourself or the experience too seriously – try to find humor and lightness in the challenging situations”

Jessica Brown '98 and family

Jessica Brown '98 and family

This week we caught up with Jessica Brown class of 1998! Since Hyde, Jessica has completely been driven by her unique potential to make a difference and make the most of all the opportunities given to her. From working here and across the globe, Jessica has been on the forefront of environmental studies. She now works as a senior analyst at the Climate Policy Initiative in San Francisco. Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story and advice with us Jessica! Keep up the amazing work!

Describe your career path:

I grew up in Walnut Creek, California, a leafy suburb of San Francisco. I went to Hyde for my junior and senior year, then moved to New York City where I attended Barnard College. I studied political science and dance. I then went straight into a graduate program at Columbia University where I studied environmental policy.

I worked in San Francisco for a few years at an environmental consulting firm, and decided I wanted to get more involved in international environmental and development issues, so pursued a second masters at the London School of Economics in International Development Studies. I lived in London for about 4 years and worked at the Overseas Development Institute where I focused on climate change in developing countries.

After London, I moved to Washington, D.C. and took a job at the U.S. State Department, where I became a lead U.S. negotiator to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. I now work as a senior analyst at the Climate Policy Initiative, based in San Francisco. I am married to Charlie Parker (he’s half-British, half-French); we have a 3.5 year old, a 1.5 year old and a little black cat named Boxcar.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Unique potential – while we are all human beings, there is no one individual who is better or worse, more or less than the next. We are each unique, distinct, idiosyncratic. There is so much beauty in human diversity.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Stu Goldberg, Stacey Goldberg, Don MacMillan and Laura Gauld.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Enjoy the ride! It doesn’t last long, but you will leave with some of the most important and meaningful relationships that will change your life forever. Your experience at Hyde is one of the most unique you will ever have. And it’s going to prepare you well for all the craziness to come.

Also: don’t take yourself or the experience too seriously – try to find humor and lightness in the challenging situations.

Hyde taught me how to push myself in ways that I don’t think I would have ever achieved otherwise. I was always an ambitious and motivated kid, but Hyde taught me how to challenge myself in almost every facet of life. I have since learned that the pursuit of excellence can sometimes come with a cost — constantly striving for excellence has often led me to feel disappointed with where I am now, and I was always looking to where I would like to be in the future. So I’ve since learned how to be more present, still and fulfilled, grateful for WHAT IS, and to embrace all the imperfections. Hyde also taught me the importance of believing in my own convictions and not being afraid to voice them.

Tom Dudick II ’95: “Trust in your conscience and travel any chance you get. There is a beautiful world out there waiting to be explored!”

Tom Dudick II ’95
Tom Dudick II ’95

This week we caught up with Hyde-Bath alumnus Tom Dudick II ’95! Since Tom has left Hyde his hard work has brought him to California, Mexico, Ohio and more. He has taken some risks between being a business owner and traveling often but all of those risks have paid off for him. Thank you for sharing your experiences and advice with us Tom!

Describe your career path:

My career started fresh out of College as a Computer Consultant. I was very excited for this opportunity but soon realized that I was miserable typing on a computer all day in a cubicle. So, after much soul searching, I packed my things and moved to Los Angeles, California. I began working at the famous Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, California, just recently featured in La La Land. After 1 ½ years of moving up the ranks I accepted my first management position at a different establishment,and by age 25 I was the General Manager/Owner at one of South Bay L.A.’s busiest bars, Dragon.

I was very fortunate to be a part of something so successful, demanding and rewarding. I found myself accepting a partnership with a new restaurant group that required me to relocate to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Living in Mexico was exhilarating, challenging, rewarding and very fun! Living abroad is something I highly recommend if any of you reading this are ever faced with the opportunity.

I left Mexico to help the company open three more business in L.A. and two in San Diego, where I resided for three years. My second year in San Diego I could not fight the urge to be closer to my family, who all resided on the east coast. So, I found myself back in Cleveland, Ohio with my brother and father. Growing up I had always worked on and off at my father’s company and now I find myself co-owning it with my brother and sister. I am so fortunate to work with my family and love being close to them again after so many years apart.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Humility & Integrity

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Jeff Burroughs, Tom Bragg, Randy Smith and Stu Goldberg

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Trust in your conscience and travel any chance you get. There is a beautiful world out there waiting to be explored!

Jason Bergh ’95: “I thought about giving up a hundred times but I’m so happy I didn’t.”

We had the pleasure of catching up with Hyde-Bath alumnus Jason Bergh ’95 this week. Jason’s courageous efforts have brought him to Los Angeles, CA where he launched his company UX Entertainment Group. Jason is currently working in Television and Documentary Production, he has produced films for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Red Bull TV and much more. Thank you for sharing your story and advice with all of us Jason!

Please describe your career path:

“After college I was lucky enough to stumble upon a little magazine in NYC called “The Fridge” where I began my career as a filmmaker and writer.  The magazine would throw events all over the country merging together hip hop and action sports.  It was my job to document these events and the culture surrounding it.  Two of my favorite things on the planet at the time, I was in heaven.

After a few years of doing this I decided to pack my bags, a U-Haul, a newborn baby and my girlfriend (at the time) and drive to Los Angeles to further my career.  The first year was rough and filled with lots of ups and downs. I thought about giving up a hundred times but I’m so happy I didn’t.  When I landed out here about a year later I was introduced to an executive at Interscope Records. That pretty much changed the game for me and helped launch my company UX Entertainment Group.  We were hired to produce content for musical artists that ranged from bands just beginning to some of the biggest musical acts on the planet.  In heaven AGAIN!

I got lucky, that introduction to the executive changed my life.  After about 5 years of this type of work I transitioned into Television and Documentary production and found myself producing films for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Red Bull TV and a slew of branded content. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t understand and appreciate that I really am truly lucky. I got to follow in my father’s footsteps in this business and did it by forging my own path, with my own voice.”

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

“They all have a special meaning to me but the one that stands out the most would have to be Courage.  Without that none of the above is possible.”

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?
“Mr. Romac, hands down and unequivocally my favorite teacher.  For some reason we just clicked. He knew how to get the best out of me and I never wanted to disappoint him.  He made me think, he helped me understand that I can achieve things in school and life.”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

“Trust the process, it’s one that I questioned a lot when I was at Hyde.  As I’ve grown older I realize more and more that the core values that were instilled upon me there have had a significant positive effect on me as an adult. Without Hyde I don’t think I would be in the position I’m in today. I learned a lot at a very young age.”

Isaac Brower ’09: “Take advantage of all the opportunities Hyde has to offer. Volunteer and speak up; get out of your comfort zone.”

Isaac Brower '09

We caught up with Hyde-Bath alumnus Isaac Brower ’09 from Camden, ME. He offers advice and shares some great Hyde memories. Thank you for answering our questions Isaac!

Sports Played while at Hyde:
 Basketball, Track, Soccer, Football

Favorite Hyde Memory: 
There are so many, here’s a few….The best memory is probably making great friends and enjoying hanging out with my buddies.

There was also a funny memory when I was 9 years old on a Family Weekend in seminar with my older brothers who attended Hyde when Paul Hurd told me he’d kick me out of seminar unless I started providing feedback.

An athletic memory was when I was on the basketball team and we had advanced to the playoffs at the Augusta Civic Center. I had broken away on a fast break and went up for the slam dunk and I missed it. Kind of a humbling experience…

“Favorite” Hyde Teacher:

Where are you living today? 
New York, New York

College attended:
 B.A. in Psychology from Bowdoin College

What have you been up to since leaving Hyde? Former owner of Duo’s Takeout in Rockland, ME.
 Former co-owner of CampusFoodTrucks, Inc. at Bowdoin College.
 Currently employed by a start-up company called Evergage based in Somerville, MA. (www.evergage.com)

How has Hyde impacted what you are doing today? The biggest impact Hyde had on me was developing my public speaking skills. Hyde’s unique as they continue to challenge you in public speaking situations. Public speaking was a part of everything from regular classes, performing arts, and Family Weekends. Being able to speak in uncomfortable situations has set me a part from my colleagues in the work place. This has led to my success and advancement in sales. I am extremely comfortable speaking in any situation.

Any advice for the undergraduates?
 Take advantage of all the opportunities Hyde has to offer. Volunteer and speak up; get out of your comfort zone.

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