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The Hyde Character Awards are given to individuals who have shown or grown greatly in their character development while at Hyde.  We award them in five categories that correspond with our five words: Curiosity, Concern, Courage, Leadership, and Integrity.

The Courage Award: William '24

Courage – I learn the most about myself through challenge and taking risk:

Will has demonstrated perseverance and a fighter spirit in his years at Hyde. In his time here, he has worked to find himself on a path he feels proud of. During Will’s senior year, he has shown great humility and gratitude, qualities that will serve him well in his future endeavors, and we have no doubt that these shall be great. 

We are proud to present the Courage Character Award to William '24

Freshman of the year:


To wrap up the Excellence awards, we would like to honor an underclassman who was outstanding across the board, in all areas of the school. While not a distinction typically given, we were compelled to honor this particular student, this particular year. Thank you for everything you brought to our community in your time here, Congratulations to our Freshman of the Year, Serena '27

Excellence in Language Underclassman:

In years past, this category was for learning a language other than English. And that is commendable, if you speak English! But the spirit of this recognition is to highlight immersing oneself in a way that accepts the challenge of a diverse learning environment, embodies curiosity for different cultures and what they have to offer, and to have the courage to take risks. Honoring our native English language speakers who embark on the journey of Spanish, Mandarin or French, we are shifting to recognize the global community we have at Hyde, and the work it takes to move to a country and live and learn in a language not your own. 

Our first Excellence in Language recipient is already bilingual, this student chose the challenge of learning a third language. While it may appear as if her ability to learn Spanish comes easily to her, her work ethic is unmatched. Throughout the year she often went above and beyond on assignments and challenged herself to learn new vocabulary and advance her level of speaking. Her engagement and enthusiasm made her a joy to work with and her desire for excellence raised the bar for our whole classroom.


This year's underclassman award for Excellence in a Foreign Language goes to Kate '25

Excellence in Language:

This senior has demonstrated remarkable consistency and investment in her academic pursuits. Her dedication to learning is truly commendable, as she consistently exhibits an admirable work ethic and takes full responsibility for her educational journey. She consistently surpasses expectations when completing tasks, displaying a high level of focus and active engagement in all aspects of the course. As with all things at Hyde, it is about how you show up, not necessarily where you show up, but we are blessed that you showed up in Bath, Maine this year.


Congratulations to our Excellence in Language member of the senior class, Nele '24

The Hyde Character Awards are given to individuals who have shown or grown greatly in their character development while at Hyde.  We award them in five categories that correspond with our five words: Curiosity, Concern, Courage, Leadership, and Integrity.

The Curiosity Award: Georgina '24

Curiosity – I am responsible for my own learning.

Georgina’s quiet demeanor hides a fiery spirit and passion for life. She thinks deeply and feels even more deeply. When Georgina decided to travel from Spain to Maine and then decided to return for a second year, she showed  commitment to a journey of self-discovery and a desire to achieve the leadership that she is capable of. Georgina has also discovered her vision for her future. 

We are proud to present the Curiosity Character Award to Georgina '24

Hyde Spirit Awards:

These are community members who bring their full spirit to the Hyde experience, making our community a better place.

Stephen '27:

Stephen started the year as a quiet young man who quickly opened up and shared his spirit with the school. Whether in public speaking, performing arts, or as a member of the men’s lacrosse team, Stephen ignited everyone around him.

Hyde Spirit Awards:

These are community members who bring their full spirit to the Hyde experience, making our community a better place.

Mery '26:

Mery transformed herself into the Hyde ambassador this year - whether it was as a tour guide, athlete, student, or life-coach to her peers. Her unwavering optimism affected us all. Thank you, Mery.

The Hyde Character Awards are given to individuals who have shown or grown greatly in their character development while at Hyde.  We award them in five categories that correspond with our five words: Curiosity, Concern, Courage, Leadership, and Integrity.

The Concern Award: Zachary '24

Concern – I need a challenging and supportive community in which to develop my character.

Zach has been a pillar of our community and his peers would undoubtedly agree. His close friends would probably agree too, because Zach has been fearless and persistent in his challenges to them to show their better selves. Zach's challenges are easy to accept because they come from a genuine place of care and concern. Furthermore, Zach sought to create lasting partnerships with faculty and worked with mentors to pursue finding his unique potential.

We are proud to present the Concern Character Award to Zachary '24

The Fleming Award is named for the late Bill Fleming, a dedicated and long-tenured member of the Hyde Board of Governors. This award recognizes the student whose growth in their time at Hyde has exhibited the strength of character and self-motivation in all areas of the Hyde experience.

This year’s recipient came as a post-graduate and spent one year here.  He came to Hyde from Turkey with the goal to fully immersing himself in the whole learning experience - academics, athletes, and the Hyde character program.

This student distinguished himself in the classroom and consistently produced honors-level work. As his Government teacher wrote, “He goes above and beyond in his assignments to reach the heart of the matter in discussions and essays. His deep desire to understand the underpinnings of the US Government set the tone for his peers.” In sports, he threw himself in to both improve as an athlete and to also learn new aspects of his athletic potential. As a member of the Wolfpac Council, he worked all year to improve the school and grapple with important issues. While he could have been satisfied with just showing his achievement side, he took the risk to be vulnerable and share his personal self with his peers and teachers. He integrated his public and private self this year.

For all his considerable talents, Baran’s greatest strength is his integrity. He has a personal code and his actions model that code. People gravitate to his intellect and spirit yet he does not compromise his beliefs for the acceptance of others.  As he said in one of our final school meetings, “I used to think it was all about lifting myself up. Now I know that when I lift up others, I elevate myself.”

He has accomplished much in his one year at Hyde. He has done this through his courage to change the course of his destiny by letting go of the safe path and embracing a new challenge in another country that did not guarantee a set outcome.  

Baran, we know that you will make a difference in your future communities, just as you has here. 

The 2024 Fleming Award goes to Baran '24

Excellence in English  

To merit the award for excellence in English, a student must have curiosity about the power of language to delight and instruct. They should also have the ambition to craft strong, persuasive writing of their own.

This student started the year with little confidence in her abilities as a reader and writer of sophisticated English. Over the course of the year, her grit and courage took her skills to quite another level. For her astounding progress in communication in the English language, she is truly deserving of this year's senior Excellence in English award. Congratulations, Julia S '24

Excellence in Science:

This senior started the year strong in his STEM classes, until he was injured and had to go home. But he came back with a good and bright attitude! He completed his work on time and helped others when needed- it was so good to have him back! Tragedy struck again when he broke his arm in the Spring, but Giuseppe did not let his injuries affect him or his attitude, and we were able to experience his positivity in real-time as he stayed in Bath through the last set back. 

What sets Giuseppe apart from others goes beyond the quality of his work or his natural intelligence. It is his willingness to help others and be a positive light, even when his chips are down.

Congratulations to this year's Senior Excellence in Science recipient, Giuseppe '24

Excellence in Science Underclassman:


To be conferred the Excellence in Science award, a student must demonstrate a strong commitment to the rigorous study of scientific principles coupled with a desire to indulge their deep sense of wonder about the world around them.    

Our first scientist started the year a little shy. Over the course of the year, he has grown into a confident leader and role model to his class. He embodies grit and hard work. What do you do when you have been working on a project for 5 hours and lose your work because you forgot to click save and lose your file a few days before its due? Most would quit or ask for an extension, which is possibly fair. This student didn’t ask for either. He showed courage, grit, and determination by finishing the project on time and with great quality. He brings laughter to the class with his jokes, but also reels in his classmates when its time to get serious. 

Congratulations on earning the 2023 Underclassman Award for Science, Lazar '25

Excellence in Performing Arts:


While Performing Arts is an integral part of our co-curricular program and may just be one of the best ways we get some of the students, and faculty, outside of their comfort zone, there are always a few who blossom in the theater during rehearsals and shows.  And then there are even rarer individuals who take PA on their back and truly lead.  This year, this student not only lead her peers in the front line, she was a resident choreographer, group leader, and a star on the stage. As you leave Hyde to begin the next step of your journey, you leave a hole in our performing arts and dance programs.
Thank you for your work and dedication, Julia G '24

The Hyde Character Awards are given to individuals who have shown or grown greatly in their character development while at Hyde.  We award them in five categories that correspond with our five words: Curiosity, Concern, Courage, Leadership, and Integrity.

The Leadership Award: Guido '24

Leadership – I am a leader through asking the best of myself and the best of others.

When sidelined by injury early in the school year, Guido chose to turn inward and reflect on himself deeply. More importantly, he chose to embrace the community and those around him. He was always ready to accept challenges from others and was willing to speak honestly to his peers and challenge them in return. Guido brings calm reason and optimism when you need it; he is truly a man of character with a heart of gold. 

We are proud to present the Leadership Character Award to Guido '24

To be awarded Excellence in Art, the student must understand that there is no such thing as perfection or excellence- art is to strive, lifelong, within the pursuit of creativity, knowledge, experiences, and passion for understanding the world around you.

You can't not draw! It is unlikely to find you without a drawing tool, sketchbook, or doodle ON your hand. You were gifted with creativity and ability. Your cartoons make people laugh, and you began to explore how your characters can tell stories to enrich larger communities. Your success this year, however, was not only due to your natural gifts, but to your willingness and asking to be challenged and your applying feedback and critiques as you moved forward. 

Congratulations on the Senior Excellence in Art Award, El '24

Hyde Spirit Awards:

These are community members who bring their full spirit to the Hyde experience, making our community a better place.

The Hyde Character Awards are given to individuals who have shown or grown greatly in their character development while at Hyde.  We award them in five categories that correspond with our five words: Curiosity, Concern, Courage, Leadership, and Integrity.

The Integrity Award: Henry '24

Integrity – I am gifted with a unique potential and conscience is my guide to uncovering it.

Henry has embraced relationships forged in fire and let go of attitudes that did not serve him to take hold of the potential others see in him and that he now sees in himself. This year he had the courage to share openly about his struggles and challenges with the entire community. While a talented athlete, Henry has found a light within him beyond the sports arena and made the choice to let that shine this year. 

We are proud to present the Integrity Character Award to Henry '24

Hyde Spirit Awards:

These are community members who bring their full spirit to the Hyde experience, making our community a better place.

Matt G '24:

One thing that has been true about Matt in his three years here - He has spirit! Whether it was cutting a dance move in performing arts, belting out Johnny Cash in his signing auditions, or cheering on his teammates and other Hyde athletes, Matt inspired us with his infectious energy and giant smile.

This athlete has also been with us for two years. She has been part of an era in female athletics that hasn’t always been easy, but the sacrifices she and her classmates have made over the past two years moved female athletics in a new direction. She epitomizes the 3 sport model, and then some. She played soccer, basketball, tennis, track and field, and girls lax in the two years she was here. She even snuck in some AAU in the springtime as well. She made sure that she did whatever she could to help our teams succeed. She has had many highlights while she has been here, but one of the best moments for her was when she hit 5 three-pointers against a tough Dublin team to help us come back from 15 points and win the game. It was a moment we will never forget, and we will miss your fighting spirit! 

Congratulations to Rocio '24 on winning the 2024 Female Athlete of the Year!

To be awarded Excellence in Art, the student must understand that there is no such thing as perfection or excellence- art is to strive, lifelong, within the pursuit of creativity, knowledge, experiences, and passion for understanding the world around you.

This student is a naturally gifted artist. He is self-driven, exploring new techniques, and has a unique artistic outlook and connection to the world that translates into simply beautiful work. While initially you may see him as an athlete, or academic scholar, he is truly a gifted artist.

Ever inspired by your passion, 

Congratulations on the underclassman Excellence in Art Award, Vladimir T '25

Excellence in Music Underclassman:

A quiet yet powerful student in her music class, she never fails to write a lyric that grasps the attention of her classmates almost instantly. There is no surface level in her writing, as she is committed to reaching great depths in the songs she writes. A thoughtful and courageous writer, she is also a talented singer and guitar player. Her presentation on Maori music was a particular highlight of the year. She incorporated her own personal history in the project, and bravely shared her presentation with the school. Her learning attitude and her ability to dream and think outside of the box is what makes her such an integral student to have in the music program at Hyde.

Our Underclassman award recipient for Excellence in Music is...Keerin '25

In traditional schools, the teacher is the gatekeeper of information, and the student is the recipient.  At Hyde, using the lens of the learning triangle, the student and teacher are adjacent to each other on this triangle, and both have access to the information and learning that connects them at the top. The teacher acts as a facilitator, expecting and allowing the student to go after the information themselves.

Learning Triangle – Underclassman:

This standout underclassman’s work ethic is stellar, as is the ability to present the work in various formats. Projects are thought-provoking, visually appealing, and meet all the set parameters, if not beyond. Classes or deadlines are rarely missed, and of those rare absences, you can typically find her serving the community in other ways by giving tours, helping facilitate FLCs, or leading her dormitory. She has taken newly enrolled students under her wing, being an instant big sister and mentor.

Outside of her dedication to academics, she has done significant work on herself and her family relationships,  taking the Hyde process to heart. A truly genuine person, she really listens, taking and giving critical feedback.

She approaches all subjects with inquiry and thoroughly seeks to understand information. This year she has finally come into her own, embracing her academic and artistic potential, sacrificing her free time when necessary to produce excellent work, leading her peers with inspiration.


I am honored to award the 2024 underclassman Academic Learning Triangle to Alivia '25

Excellence in Music:

Throughout the year, without fail, this student would be seen with a smile on his face at the piano. He has a natural ability to create a space where others feel comfortable and confident to sit with him, listen, sing, and play along. This speaks volumes to his character and the humility he has as a musician and individual. We were honored and blessed to have you leading in this facet of our community.

Congratulations, Alejandro '24

The Robert Porteous Award is given in memory of a former Hyde Board of Governors member to a community member who honors his spirit of giving to the community. 

This year’s recipient, in a true reflection of Bob's concern for the students and staff, has not only modeled this concern but has also demonstrated an unwavering dedication to our community. Whether it was assisting those closest to him and keeping his Discovery Group connected throughout the year, or finding ways to help the larger community as a whole, providing valuable mentorship to those around him, he has a heart grounded in service to others.

After seeing a need in our community to speak about absentee fathers, he asked several faculty members for guidance on how he could best share his experience and message with others. He then led a powerful school meeting where he and several similar students shared how this shaped their lives. This was a huge step in his personal growth and highlights his maturity and caring nature.

Receiving the 2024 Porteous Award, congratulations to Caleb 'PG.

Thank you for your service.

Joe Slattery was my Hyde classmate and good friend.  Arriving as a sophomore from Lewiston, Maine, Joe was already a well-known Maine high school football running back.  He quickly became our marquee player as well as a top wrestler and lacrosse player. He was also the hardest “hitter” I ever played sports with or against. (And it was a lot more fun playing with him!)  After Hyde, he went on to play running back for Division 1 Boston University.

But Joe was far more than a jock. At the time, Hyde was an all-boys school, and there wasn’t exactly an ethos favoring artistic creativity.  Joe helped change that, excelling on the pottery wheel to the point where he earned sweet pocket change selling his wares in local galleries. We all thought that was pretty cool.

Finally, Joe also applied his enterprising spirit to the great outdoors.  Always trying to organize fishing, hunting, and camping trips, Joe was a wild child.

In his mid-40s, Joe contracted a rare heart disease called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension.  He died at 47 in 1997.  In Joe’s honor, several of our classmates got together and established the Joe Slattery Award in honor of his multi-faceted spirit.  While we intentionally chose to keep the requirements vague, we agreed that it would need to go to someone that Joe would have thought was cool.  We don’t always give this award, because, well, we don’t always see the likes of Joe at Hyde.  This year our task was easy.

While Joe ultimately left his native Maine to become a full-on Californian, this year’s recipient left Colorado four years ago to come to school in Maine during a Pandemic.  When he first arrived, he did not always appear overjoyed to be here. His rebel spirit was appreciated even when he was not ready to put that spirit in the right direction. In his time here, he began a transformative process and established himself as a competitive athlete,  artist, and school leader. This year, his sense of presence has been both substantive and memorable. 

When he speaks, we know that he is speaking from his formed principles and basic fairness with others.

Here at Hyde, we speak often of bonds that have been “forged in fire.”  For this year’s recipient, that was certainly true with many of his teachers. We will miss him but know that our bond with Barry will endure and we look forward to seeing where his path will take him in life.

So, Joe, wherever you are, I know you’ve gotta like this year’s recipient of the Joe Slattery Award: Barry '24

Hyde Spirit Awards:

These are community members who bring their full spirit to the Hyde experience, making our community a better place.

Benji '24:

Another three-year student who has inspired us with his growth over the years. The artist formerly known as Benji has brought his unique perspective and dry humor to community meetings and school events. While he also found his serious side, the twinkle in his eye had an impact on all of us.

Hyde Spirit Awards:

These are community members who bring their full spirit to the Hyde experience, making our community a better place.

Kendra '27:

A crowd favorite, Kendra had a great year of development. From her infectious smile to her connections with peers, she brought high energy and enthusiasm to all areas of her Hyde experience. We look forward to seeing what she will do next year.

Excellence in History Underclassman:

A strong student of history is able to develop critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively. They demonstrate intellectual rigor and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research. They are able to make historical connections between current day and events that happened long ago.

Even though English is this underclassman's second language, she always chose to challenge herself and her peers. She understands cause and effect and how something in history can change everything in front of it. Her work is thorough, creative, and educational. She wants to know and does not shy away from the difficult things.

Congratulations to the Underclassman recipient for Excellence in History, Maria '25

Coach of the Year

This award goes to a coach who is a seasoned veteran of many sports. He has grown into his head coaching role in the past few years, which has allowed him to bring home the MAISAD Championship 3 years in a row. The athletes he has impacted throughout his coaching career have been inspiring to watch. So many have come through his program and accomplished great things. He has a true passion for coaching and mentoring his athletes. He coaches track, has been pivotal in the strength training program, and was our first head golf coach! He is a jack of all trades and a master of Track and Field! 

Congratulations to our Coach of the Year, Justin Siekierski.

Excellence in English Underclassman: 

To merit the award for excellence in English, a student must have curiosity about the power of language to delight and instruct. They should also have the ambition to craft strong, persuasive writing of their own.


Always engaged with the class material, she is the first to raise her hand and the first to ask questions. She is not afraid to speak her mind on topics and challenge the teachers viewpoint. She takes her academics seriously and has a natural curiosity that will take her far.  I am pleased to announce this year's Underclassmen for Excellence in English, is a non-native English speaker, Helena '25

Excellence in Mathematics:

Four words describe this student: “A joy to teach”. A student who is a star athletically but is also gifted in the classroom, he is hardworking, motivated and goes above and beyond on his assignments. His attitude and hard work are infectious to the rest of the classroom. He is one of those students who challenges you to be a better teacher (aka I teach him 3 classes, so he challenges me 3 times).

Congratulations for Senior Excellence in Mathematics, to Dayron

This athlete has been with us for the past two years. He came to us saying that he wanted to focus on basketball and that his passion for the sport brought him to the United States. However, he is also pretty good at any sport he plays. He quickly turned into the heart and soul of the soccer program for his two years and he led us to two MAISAD Championships and one NEPSAC championship in the soccer program. While his soccer ability was unmatched, he also led us in basketball, taking the team deep into the NEPSAC playoffs. His last adventure as an athlete included playing lacrosse for two years. He is an initiator on the field, sparking teammates to make plays, especially in the MAISAD championship game, which allowed us to take home the title! This athlete pursued excellence in athletics and will be missed big time! 

Congratulations to the Male 2024 Athlete of the Year,  Nacho 'PG

Excellence in History: 

A strong student of history is able to develop critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively. They demonstrate intellectual rigor and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research. They are able to make historical connections between current day and events that happened long ago.

This Senior government student has truly made connections all over the world. He is a dynamic thinker with a global perspective, one who prizes logic in his arguments and is open to other viewpoints. His year is defined by curiosity, attention to detail, and a deep learning connection with his teachers. He doesn't always agree with the teacher or his peers, showing off his debating skills throughout the year. 

Congratulations to Nikolai '24

Excellence in Music:

Fortunately, this year we were blessed with another student who excelled in their curiosity of musical pursuits, so we have a final Senior to recognize for Excellence in Music!

This student’s teacher writes:

Throughout the year, I have seen this student in Music Performance and Songwriting use music as a vehicle to express and interpret how she thinks, feels, and understands the world around her. This takes a certain courage and curiosity for music, and life, to do so. There is a light within her that shines when she picks up a guitar, escapes to the lyrics written on her pages, and when she performs on stage. 

The Eagles say in their song “Already Gone” - “Oftentimes it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key”. I have seen her open doors for herself in her music studies this year with a determination and courage to improve and learn. She has utilized the space created in her studies to be part of a full and welcoming music community.

Congratulations for your curiosity and Excellence in Music, Eisley '24

Excellence in Mathematics Underclassman:

To excel in Mathematics, a student must learn to love the discomfort of uncertainty and the pain of failure. With patience, the struggle and discomfort lead to growth, discovery, and understanding.

This student is loud when he is out on the soccer field, but quiet in the classroom. Once he gets in his academic zone he is focused on a different level. He is motivated and hard-working. Whether in a math class, or a creative arts class, he is engaged, and engaging.

Congratulations on Underclass Excellence in Mathematics, Milos '25

In traditional schools, the teacher is the gatekeeper of information, and the student is the recipient.  At Hyde, using the lens of the learning triangle, the student and teacher are adjacent to each other on this triangle, and both have access to the information and learning that connects them at the top. The teacher acts as a facilitator, expecting and allowing the student to go after the information themselves.

Learning Triangle – Faculty:

Hyde School has always been blessed with outstanding faculty. This year, we honor a veteran teacher who has steadily, and without any need for fanfare, had a major impact on the Hyde community. 

Brooke first came to Hyde almost twenty years ago as a young teacher with an art background and a quiet demeanor that took everything in. She brought out potential in all ranges of art students, challenging those who were already at a high level and introducing that aesthetic world of design to those students who had never taken an art class. Brooke’s art exhibits on both boarding campuses were always highlights as the community would get a glimpse of the excellence that was happening behind the closed doors of the art room.  

In the last few years, Brooke became interested in helping students gain the tools and approach to maximize their learning. She worked on a second master's and became the Director of Learning Connections. As one student said, “Mrs. Felt changed the way I view learning and so changed my life.” 

Yet, it has not just been the students she has affected. Brooke has been a key part of our amazing faculty team. Whether it was faculty development, seminars, or team building time, Brooke was always thinking about the next right step and set a tone for everyone.

This award was founded 34 years ago and it honors the great teaching that has always been a hallmark of Hyde. Brooke, we thank you for all you have done for the Hyde community and we look forward to the difference you will continue to make.

This year’s teaching Triangle is Brooke Felt.

In traditional schools, the teacher is the gatekeeper of information, and the student is the recipient.  At Hyde, using the lens of the learning triangle, the student and teacher are adjacent to each other on this triangle, and both have access to the information and learning that connects them at the top. The teacher acts as a facilitator, expecting and allowing the student to go after the information themselves.

Learning Triangle – Senior:  

This student summed up in a single word is just... incredible. 

He sets a standard for himself and abides by it. Rather than going down to other people's level, he elevates those around him. His work is always on time and often exceeds his peers in quality, and sis willingness to help others can be seen in his work outside of the classroom tutoring and several of his peers.
 

He constantly wants to help and rarely, if ever, expects anything in return. He has a commendable personality trait where he will identify a problem AND try to provide a solution for it. An exemplary example of true partnership with faculty, he has been a pleasure to work with on the multitude of projects he has tackled across campus this year, and has kept us in check by noting vulnerabilities in our systems or processes he has observed. And then went on to suggest or design the solutions!

 

His biggest strength, though, is that he is sure of who he is. He doesn't try to be someone else to fit in. Vlado is Vlado, and we wish more people were as comfortable being themselves as he is.


With great honor, I present this year’s Senior Learning Triangle to Vladimir S '24

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