My name is Kevin Hodgdon and I am a senior at Wayland High School. I have rowed for 6 seasons. Four of those on the varsity team. I have enjoyed each season I’ve been a part of and learned something new each time. Over the years I’ve been on the team I have improved in many ways, both fitness wise and responsibility wise. Crew has also given me the opportunity to make great friends. There’s something about crew that’s different than any other team sport, rowing creates strong bonds between teammates. When anyone on the team accomplishes something important, it’s an accomplishment for the rest of the team too. For my life outside of crew, I plan on going to college for graphic design. In the winter, I ski in Vermont. In the summers, I sail at the West Dennis Yacht club.
I have been rowing since freshman year. Along with the regular Spring and Fall seasons, I have participated in 4 Winter training programs as well as multiple rowing programs in the summer. When I was a Sophomore, I was in the lightweight 8+ that went to the US Rowing Youth Nationals and placed 8th in the nation. The year after that, I rowed in the heavyweight 8+ that narrowly missed qualifications for nationals. Outside of rowing, I play euphonium in the Weston High School Wind Ensemble. I also play guitar in the High School Jazz Band. I am excited for my final year of rowing at Wayland Weston!
I’m Jack Spector, a senior at Weston HS. I’d never picked up an oar until summer before freshman year when a friend convinced me to try rowing. The highlight so far was spring of my sophomore year, 2016, when I was fortunate to row in the Lightweight 8 that placed 8th at Nationals.
In addition to rowing I’m very committed to my academics and play trumpet in the Wind Ensemble & Jazz Band. Last August I realized one of my childhood dreams— I got my pilot’s license. I’m also a Cadet Captain in the Hanscom Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. CAP has taught me to lead from the front, a set of skills I hope to use as a Captain for our 2017-2018 season.
My favorite quotation is “Leaders eat last,” and I believe leadership is inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
I have rowed every season with Wayland Weston. Outside of crew I am very involved in Weston High School’s music department. I play first chair bassoon for the Wind Ensemble, first chair piano for the Jazz Band, and cymbals for our Pep Band. I have been accepted into the MMEA Senior District Concert Band my freshman, sophomore, and junior year of High School, all on bassoon. Academically, I am an active Student Council Representative and a member of the National Honors Society.
I started crew the fall of my freshman year because my sister talked me into it. I became instantly obsessed with the competitive yet supportive environment that rowing offers. During my time at Wayland Weston I have had the opportunity to row in the Head of the Charles both my sophomore and junior year, in the 1V4 and 1V8 respectively. I also had the opportunity to row multiple boats at Club Nationals in Ohio during the summer rowing session of 2016. Last Spring I was voted captain by my teammates and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this responsibility. I have had an amazing experience on this team and can’t wait to see what this last year will bring.
Hi, my name is Helen Cliff, and I’m a senior at Wayland High School and I have rowed every with Wayland Weston . I started crew in the fall of my freshman year, and was captain of the novice squad in the spring. I helped to win States for the team by rowing in the 2v8+ and the 2x. Rowing is a huge part of my life and I hope that I can help make it as fun for other people as it is for me, while still having a successful season.
Outside of crew, I am a member of the National Honors Society and have had High Honors for the past three years. I also received the George Eastman Young Leaders Award from University of Rochester because I demonstrated leadership skills both in and out of the classroom. Finally, I am a camp counselor at Summer Adventure, the Town Rec Camp, during the summer.
I started rowing during my freshman spring and have spent every season rowing since. My sophomore and junior year I qualified for youth nationals in the Lightweight 4+, placing 6th in 2017 in Florida. I have also competed at the Club Nationals Championships in both 2016 and 2017. This past summer, my pair partner Jaime Cooke and I placed first in the Intermediate Lightweight 2- event at Club Nationals . I hope to row throughout college and maybe even return to Wayland-Weston as a coach some day.