- Season Championships- It is a busy time for our athletic teams as they all participate in end of the season championships. The men’s track team won the MAISAD championship last Tuesday. The team bested the second place finisher 140 to 127. The team was led by Chris Moulton ’12 (1st javelin), Justin Castor ’11 (2nd javelin; 3rd 300m IH), Dexter Jenks ’10 (1st pole vault), Jonah Alexander ’12 (2nd high jump) Kenton Powell ’10 (1st shot put; 1st long jump; 3rd discus), Wes Freston ’11 (1st 200m; 3rd 100m), Ryan Sunshine ’12 (2nd 3000m) Zach Pfosi ’10 (3rd 1500m ).
- The women’s track team also competed and took home a fourth place finish, after recording many personal bests in their events. Robin Platte ’10 won the pole vault, and took second in both the high jump and the triple jump. In discus, Lily Smith ’11 (2nd) and Jheanelle Duhaney ’10 (3rd) both scored points. Other top finishers were Tierra Williams ’10 (3rd 300 IH; 3rd shot put) CeCe Jackson ’10 (1st 1500m; 4th 800 m), Emma Falkinburg ’13 (2nd 400m) and Emeline Ferguson ’11 (3rd 400m).
- The tennis team had their singles championship on Wednesday with the doubles tournament set for Saturday. Although none of the players advanced to the finals, Sage Harris ’11, was able to advance to the quarterfinals before falling to Kents Hill School’s Nico Sarcher in a tightly contested match.
- In lacrosse, the men’s varsity lost in the opening round 10 – 3 to Hebron after playing some of its best lacrosse of the season in the first half. Connor Harbert ’11, and Curt Chessman ’10 paced the offense, while standouts defensively for the team were Mike Ingalls ’10, Tyler Works ’10, Alex Needham ’10 and Max Warchol ’10. Likewise, the men’s jv lacrosse team fell in the first round after earning a number two seed. Alex Armstead ’11 and Matan Peletier ’11 led the offense from their attack positions while Wonseo Huh ’11 and Jon Levitt ’11 played well, controlling the midfield action. The women’s lacrosse team triumphed in their initial playoff game and will be vying for the championship this Saturday at Hebron Academy. Olivia Chance ’10 (5 goals 1 assist), Scout Gauld ’10 (4g) and Zoe Dorian ’10 (1g 4a) provided the spark offensively while Alyssa Thomas ’11 (22 saves) backstopped the defense.
- Student to Student- On Monday, a group of Hyde international students representing Rwanda, Haiti, China, Korea, Spain and England were interviewed by the Bath Middle School students about their culture and customs. On Thursday, 40 students traveled to Camden, Maine to present a Know Yourself/Be Yourself workshop with the entire sixth grade. These opportunities always seem to bring out the best in both the Hyde students and the middle schoolers. Maria Libby, the principal at Camden, said the visits by the Hyde students are “far and away, the best thing our kids do all year.”
- Senior Soliloquies, Part II– As a culmination to their year in English, the seniors wrote soliloquies and performed them under the Chandelier on Friday. During the winter, their soliloquies focused on moments of challenge and struggle. This spring, the seniors focused on their moments of enlightenment during the year. The seniors addressed topics such as moments from the athletic fields, leading the Spirit/Fun committee for weekend events, learning to listen and the excitement and anxiety of stepping fully into adulthood.
- Power of Grandparents – On Friday, we welcomed over thirty grandparents to the Woodstock campus for a wonderful day. The group met with Hyde’s Founder Joey Gauld to hear about the founding of the school and thoughts on the importance of grandparents. After a tour of the school, the students and their grandparents sat down to a fabulous lunch prepared by Chef Mo and Annhurst lounge was filled with discussion and laughter. Grandparents of Sarah DeNunzio ’11 and Jackson Bender ’11 realized they knew each other from their Princeton days. Many other grandparents traveled long distances to visit the school and learn more about Hyde. At the school meeting, the students performed numbers from the school show and then talked about life lessons learned from their grandparents. Comments included:
“I learned manners, character and dignity from my grandparents.”
“My grandmother taught me that family comes first.”
“I learned from my grandfather the value of hard work.”
At the end of the day, each student wrote a statement to their grandparents about their gifts and this was read to the whole group. Associate Head Bob Felt said, “We all elevated today with our grandparents here.” The line of the day for me was George Hammond’s grandfather, Jim Hammond, who was a long-time Holderness faculty and coach. As he shook my hand, he said with a twinkle in his eye, “I used to coach with Joey Gauld back when he was still Joe!”
- Song of Myself – As part of their final exam and final projects, the seniors created personal expressions of themselves in conjunction with textual analyses of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. The final projects incorporated artistic presentations with video, photography, and three- dimensional arts. Seniors shared these on Thursday evening with peers and some faculty as part of the evaluation and academic process. Assistant Head John Rigney commented, “I am proud of the way the senior class has integrated insightful and powerful statements of self-discovery and academic achievement.”
- Explorations in Science – A week and a half ago, eight students from the Explorations in the Sciences class took a trip to the Boston Museum of Science, to take pictures, experience science hands-on, and learn more about their topic. Tuesday these students stood in front of an all-school assembly to give their final presentations. Explorations is a project-based course that allows students to pursue their individual interests in science and technology, and each student had researched a particular topic, from solar power to nanotechnology to dinosaur evolution. The presentations as a whole were well-received by the school, even those who identified themselves as “non-science types,” and helped to spark curiosity in these final days of the spring term. LDG/DM