It’s been a year to be proud of for Brett Gerry, the Marshwood High School senior who has exceled at both football and wrestling. He recently took home the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, which goes to the top senior high school football player in the state of Maine. He’s also a two-time state champion wrestler at 182 pounds.
And now to add to his accomplishments, Gerry will become the first scholar to accept the Maine State Leadership Alliance Scholarship for the 2015/16 school year, which will allow him to attend Hyde School in Bath, Maine for a postgraduate year before heading to college.
The Maine State Leadership Alliance (MSLA) was established in 2013 at Hyde School by the generous donation of an alumni parent. The goals of the Alliance are to bring together Maine youth with Maine leaders to explore and promote leadership development, as well as to provide qualified Maine students a life-changing leadership opportunity with a postgraduate year at Hyde. A postgraduate year at an independent school offers teens the opportunity to better prepare for college.
To date, the MSLA has hosted two conferences for Maine high school students on the Hyde-Bath campus. Students, local entrepreneurs, and members of leadership programs such as AmeriCorps came together to discuss leadership in breakout sessions, panel discussions, and keynote presentations. The next Leadership Day conference will be held on Thursday, April 9th. Attendees will discuss the issues facing today’s teens.
Evaluation of leadership expectations and standards has been a part of Hyde since the 1966 founding, and this year the school has implemented a comprehensive scale to formalize the evaluation process. Students, faculty, and administrators provide feedback across the broad spectrum of the Hyde student experience which allows the individual to truly evaluate where they are on the scale, to set goals for leadership development, and to formulate strategies and teams to reach those goals.
Brett Gerry was chosen to receive the Maine scholarship because of his accomplishments on and off the field during his four years at Marshwood. The Hyde community is very excited to welcome him to campus in the fall, where they recognize his leadership qualities will quickly make a positive impact on the school’s character culture. Head of School Laura Gauld commented, “A postgraduate year will offer him not only an opportunity to further develop his leadership skills, but also explore his academic potential, allow him to compete in varsity athletics, enhance his public speaking skills, and build relationships with Maine’s leaders that will last a lifetime.”
Find out more about the Maine State Leadership Alliance at www.hyde.edu/MaineLeaders.