- A Mighty Performance by the Phoenix Wrestling Team: The Hyde Phoenix Varsity Wrestlers travelled to Woodstock, CT for the Northern New England Invitational on Saturday and closed out the 2009 – 2010 regular season in grand style. The team wrestled with an unbelievable intensity and fire which propelled them through the tournament. Standouts of the day were many, including a thirteen second victory by Luke Locatell ’10, Jon Levitt ’11 who scored a takedown and a pin as time expired, Mike Ingalls ’10 who finished in first place in his weight class, Zoe Dorian ’10 who won in a first period pin for a 2nd place overall finish and Nico Figueroa ’10 who finished as a runner up in the finals. Every one of the Phoenix made a tremendous contribution in the tournament and when the dust settled, Hyde School finished in 5th place overall. To see a glimpse of Hyde’s Zoe Dorian in action, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqAsbF40PFw
- Speaking with Conviction: To culminate their English unit on writing with personal voice, the seniors wrote “This I Believe” essays in the style made popular by the 1950’s National Public Radio series by that name. After writing and revising, the seniors had an opportunity to read their essays in a public setting under the Mansion chandelier. Essay topics varied, from a belief in the possibility of talking to strangers, to beliefs in laughter and truth. Each essay was consistent in showcasing the core values of the reader and expressing his/her unique personal voice.
- Celebrate the Chinese New Year! Our eight students from China have been busy in the Hyde School kitchen preparing traditional Chinese dishes for today’s lunch. The primary language being spoken is Mandarin, as the students mix beef, cut vegetables and pour sesame oil for this special celebration. The Lunar New Year is a very important holiday in China, where families celebrate their good fortune, play games and eat together to ring in the New Year. Johnny Fu ’12, Barry Gao ’11 and Leo Shan ’11 agree that fried tomato with eggs is the dish they are most looking forward to, while Yingying Tan ’11 and Nero Chai ’11 can’t wait for the fried beef with peppers. Thank you all for sharing your culture with our community.
- Athletics photos are on line. This season Hyde School brought in a professional photography company to do individual photos of your athletes as well as team photos. The photos will be available to view and/or purchase by noon on Monday February 15, Presidents Day. Please use the following links and password to view photos: www.NortheastProPhoto.com > View Photos > enter Hyde in the search box > Select Hyde > Password is BIGH.
- Together we stand – On Saturday, Hyde-Woodstock hosted the Northern New England Invitational, a large tournament with 13 other New England prep schools. This is a tournament shared between Tilton, Hyde-Maine, and Hyde-Connecticut and is held annually. The entire community pulled together, as they have done in the past, to make this a special day for the participants in this tournament.Marcos Mercado ’13 had a spectacular day and finished at 4th place after going 4-2 in the tournament. He has a bright future in wrestling and has consistently improved throughout the season.Matt Wysocki ’13 won a match at the varsity level and showed some impressive drive on the mat. Zayd Atkinson ’11 worked hard as a non-scoring wrestler and went 3-2 for the day, scoring some very swift pins. Team captain Jake Schuster ’10 wrestled his best this season and had some impressive victories and heartbreaking defeats, finishing the day at 4th place with a 2-2 record. Brian Fegan ’10 also had a great day and even worked the new throw, the lateral drop, on his opponents. He finished 4th in the tournament with a 3-2 record. Something could be said about every participant of the day. Addison Wheat ’11 showed toughness in consistently working harder than his opponents, and Mac McGuire ’11 wrestled hard against some very tough opponents. Hats off to the Bath squad for an exciting display of courage! Athletic Director Sean Saucier said, “It was great to see our students and faculty doing everything from run concessions and t-shirt sales, scoring and working the mat tables, and of course, clean-up. I heard compliments all day. It was a glimpse of what our community is capable of when we work together in partnership. It was a great day for Hyde.”
- Mandatory Fun – After a long day on Saturday with the tournament and an Open House, the school dialed it down for some Super Bowl bonding and a free day on Monday. Buses rolled out to the ski slopes, malls and Bean town and a good time was had by both students and faculty. Thanks to Dean Wes Jenkins who did a fantastic job organizing the day. A personal highlight for me was the outcome of the big football game. For the last three years, Addison Wheat ’11 and I have made a wager on the game with some high stake outcomes. I was given the underdog team, (and told that my chances were slim and none). As we all know, the Saints came marching home, and as a result, Addison will be working in the Dean’s area for a week. Don’t tell him, but I think he is secretly excited! LDG/DM