The Future Plans and Reflections of Six 2017 Graduates

At Hyde we have the privilege of working with an exceptional group of young people and to be part of their growth as they challenge themselves to discover their unique potential and develop their character to its fullest. Graduation gives us time to reflect on the tremendous accomplishments of those moving on to college, taking with them the skills they learned at Hyde as well as some great memories. We asked a few of our graduates this year to share what they most valued about their time at Hyde and to give us a glimpse into their future plans. Then we also asked them to leave some advice for the undergraduates.

Emma Levensohn

Emma Levensohn '17
Emma Levensohn ’17

Hyde-Bath
Hometown: Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

What college are you attending?

Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY

What are you looking forward to the most there?

I’m definitely looking forward to being on the women’s lacrosse team, as well as being able to continue my education in things I’m truly interested in.

How do you feel Hyde has prepared you for the next phase of your education?

I feel that Hyde has prepared me to be a member of a community– a good one. It’s also prepared me to ask questions and let my curiosity be my guide.

What is one thing that you have learned here that you will take with you?

I have learned that I am the only one who knows what my best looks like, and I am cheating others and myself when I don’t decide to bet on my best.

What will you miss most about Hyde?

The students and faculty. There’s no community like this one.

Do you have any advice for the undergraduates?

Don’t cut corners.


Jason Zheng

Jason Zheng '17
Jason Zheng ’17

Hyde-Woodstock
Hometown: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

What college are you attending?

New York University

What are you looking forward to the most there?

At college I can learn more about my favorite subjects–math and science, and I will have more opportunities to make new friends and get involved with more people. Living in a big city will be an exciting new experience for me.

How do you feel Hyde has prepared you for the next phase of your education?

Hyde helped me to understand that no matter what your background and ability is, you have your own unique contribution to make to your community.

What is one thing that you have learned here that you will take with you?

The family education program at Hyde helped me to learn about who I am and what I want to accomplish in my life.

What will you miss the most about Hyde?

I will miss having a daily routine, like sports practice and Performing Arts.

Do you have any advice for the undergraduates?

Even though you may feel stressed out sometimes because of the busy schedule, it’s good to have rigor and routine in your life.


Demeke Geremew

Demeke Geremew '17
Demeke Geremew ’17

Hyde-Bath
Home Country: Ethiopia

What college are you attending?

Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME

What are you looking forward to the most there?

I am looking forward to studying mechanical engineering, to join the cross country and track team, and to meet new people. I am ready for new challenges in both academics and sports. The community at Bowdoin is also very welcoming and friendly so I am super excited to be a part of that community.

How do you feel Hyde has prepared you for the next phase of your education?

I have learned a lot about myself at Hyde. Here, there is always something going on. The schedule is full almost every day, and I learned how to use my time properly in a tight schedule. Hyde taught me how to stay positive when things are not going the way I want them to go, and how to ask for help to overcome any challenge. I also learned that hard work pays off.

What is one thing that you have learned here that you will take with you?

One thing I have learned at Hyde is that everyone is unique and has a special ability. I have seen students at Hyde discovering their unique potential with help from others. When I first got here I was asked to play a sport. I had not played any sports for at least seven years before I came to Hyde, but after I joined the cross country team, I found myself becoming one of the best runners on the team. Now I am going to run in college. After that I learned to try new things and take advantage of every opportunity.

What will you miss the most about Hyde?

The Hyde community is amazingly supportive, friendly, caring and that is something I will miss the most.

Do you have any advice for the undergraduates?

My advice for the undergraduates is to be “all in” and invest in the Hyde process. It might seem scary at first, but trust me, it will change your life. Hyde is a place where you can grow, develop your self confidence, and prepare for life. When I first got here I was very shy and I did not have any self confidence, but once I started investing myself, I began believing in my abilities. Therefore, my advice for the undergraduates is to take advantage of the opportunities Hyde provides.


Coco Cai

Coco Cai '17
Coco Cai ’17

Hyde-Woodstock
Hometown: Chengdu, Sichuan, China

What college are you attending?

University of Washington in Seattle

What are you looking forward to the most there?

I am majoring in architecture and looking forward to learning about a difficult subject and maybe not getting as much sleep.

How do you feel Hyde has prepared you for the next phase of your education?

As captain of the Girls Varsity Soccer team at Hyde, I learned leadership skills that I think will help a lot me in college.

What is one thing that you have learned here that you will take with you?

At Hyde I developed a new level of self awareness–I know much more about who I really am and what I want in life.

What will you miss most about Hyde?

I will really miss my teachers..I always felt like I could go to them if I needed support.

Do you have any advice for the undergraduates?

Don’t be afraid to share your experience with your Hyde community..they care about you! And take the SAT as soon as possible!


Evan Davis

Evan Davis '17
Evan Davis ’17

Hyde-Bath
Hometown: Ithaca, NY

What college are you attending?

American University in Washington, D.C.

What are you looking forward to the most there?

I am looking forward to being part of a bigger environment, to expand my horizons, and to make connections with more people.

How do you feel Hyde has prepared you for the next phase of your education?

Hyde has really helped me learn how to create positive relationships and has given me the confidence to ask for any type of help when I need it.

What is one thing that you have learned here that you will take with you?

The one thing that I will definitely take with me from Hyde is the ability to open up and create meaningful relationships.

What will you miss the most about Hyde?

All of the people! There are many people with whom I plan to keep lifelong relationships.

Do you have any advice for the undergraduates?

For the undergraduate, I would say this: If you have a vision for the community around you, go after it. You can all be amazing catalysts for change, you just need to take the first step.


Sean Conigliaro

Sean Conigliaro '17
Sean Conigliaro ’17

Hyde-Woodstock
Hometown: Utica, NY

What college are you attending?

University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa

What are you looking forward to the most there?

I am most looking forward to meeting new people and getting involved in a bigger community.

How do you feel Hyde has prepared you for the next phase of your education?

My project-based senior courses at Hyde are the same kinds of classes I am looking forward to in college.

What is one thing that you have learned here that you will take with you?

I learned how to live independently in a dorm. I also learned to bet on myself and my strengths when the going gets tough.

What will you miss the most about Hyde?

I will miss the people and teachers and the connections I made here the most.

Do you have any advice for the undergraduates?

When in doubt, bet on yourself.