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Celebration Events

Welcome From The Chair

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

It is my pleasure to present to you some of the exciting work that has taken place as we progress toward our Centennial Birthday Celebration. The Centennial Birthday Committee, comprising parents, faculty, staff, and alumni representatives by decade is working diligently to plan events that will honor 100 years of Belmont Hill history. We are also excited to work with the student leadership team to involve these young men in shaping this historic moment.

A special custom-designed Centennial logo has been created, which you will see on our communications and decorative items. Also, a book celebrating 100 years of character education is in process.  The book will be largely pictorially driven and will include quotes from alumni, trustees, faculty and former faculty, and other friends and members of the Belmont Hill community. And, of course, we have built this wonderful Centennial microsite, which features an array of archival material, video, a historical timeline of key Belmont Hill milestones, as well as news and announcements.

In September of this year, Centennial banners will be placed throughout the campus.  Beginning in January of 2023, we will hold regular thematic events on campus, honoring 100 years of faculty, academics, athletics, arts, and Chapel Talks, respectively. These events will culminate in the eagerly awaited Centennial Birthday Celebration on Friday, October 13th, 2023.

Please enjoy this microsite and we look forward to seeing you on campus often as this exciting celebration unfolds. I leave you with the words of our founding Head of School, R. Heber Howe.  As we begin to celebrate 100 years of this school we so love, it is especially rewarding to know that his vision is still being realized today.

“The School’s future depends on the continuance of the spirit of helpful cooperation among us all. If we have established such a spirit as a school tradition, we have placed a vital and enduring cornerstone in the School’s foundation.”

Sincerely,
William Achtmeyer '73 P '26
Vice President Board of Trustees
Chairs
Bill Achtmeyer ’73, P ’26, Chair
Carl Martignetti '77, Centennial Campaign Chair
Greg Schneider,
Ronald M. Druker ’62 Head of School
 
Former Heads of School
Chris Wadsworth P '85
Rick Melvoin
 
Parents
Amy Madden P ’20, ’22 - Parents Vice Chair
Pam Broderick P ’22, ’26
Jennifer Drucker P ’20, ’23
Julie Gomes P ’20, ’24  
Jackie Hendrix P ’24
Kelly Pellagrini P ’23, ’25 
Ann Ryan P ’14, ’17, ’19 
Meghan Weldon P ’18, ’20, ’24
 
Faculty and Staff
Caleb Collins ’93, P ’25 
Bev Coughlin
Paul DiResta
Lora Farkas P ’04, ’13 
Dan Fiori
Jay Fritz ’91 
Beth Girioni
Shannon Hutteman 
Steve Kaplan ’83
Caroline Kenney 
Shelly Kroll
Bill Mahoney
Kenny Martin ’65, P ’91 
Donnell Patterson
Harold Prenatt
Michael Sherman
George Seeley
Ruth Sweeney
George Tahan P ’20
 
Alumni
George Lynch ’88, P ’27 - Alumni Vice Chair
1940s - John Pike '49, P '77
1950s - Bill Cleary '52, P ’81 
1960s – John Grady ’66 P ’87, Art Norton ’60
1970s - Emmett Lyne '77
Steve Weeks ’74, Andy Cadiff ’73 
1980s – Jon Biotti ’87, P ’23, 
Tagg Romney '88, P ’20, ’22
1990s - Jason Hurd '90, P ’23, ’26 
2000s - Greg Paul '09, Dave Antonelli '06
2010s – Matt Ryan ’14 
2020s - Jack McHugh ’20
 
*In formation
 
Students
2023 Form Presidents

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Meet The Celebration Committee

Centennial Chairs

Bill Achtmeyer ’73, P ’26

Chair

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Carl Martignetti '77 

Centennial Campaign Chair

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Greg Schneider 

Ronald M. Druker ’62 Head of School

Former Heads of School

Chris Wadsworth P '85

In everything that is done at Belmont Hill, whether it is extracurricular activities, athletics classroom work, family-style lunch, school meetings, or simply "around campus;' we continue to make a concerted effort to inculcate in Belmont Hill students the values for which this school has long stood.
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Rick Melvoin

On one level, I look forward to both honoring the past and looking to the future for the School. On another level, the joy of bringing together the members of Belmont Hill's extraordinary extended community is exciting.

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Parents

Amy Madden P ’20, ’22

Parents Vice Chair
Belmont Hill has an incredibly strong community of alumni, past and current parents, and past and current faculty. What an exciting opportunity to bring all those people together under a tent on campus and celebrate 100 years of educating men of character. I most look forward to that night!
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Pam Broderick P ’22, ’26

I am most looking forward to hearing the stories of alumni and how their Belmont Hill experience shaped their future.
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Jennifer Drucker P ’20, ’23

I am looking forward to celebrating Belmont Hill's dedication to raising young men with impeccable character! I am also looking forward to celebrating the commitment of Belmont Hill's faculty and staff!

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Julie Gomes P ’20, ’24  

I am looking forward to learning more about the savory history of Belmont Hill!
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Jackie Hendrix P ’24

I am looking forward to seeing all the members of the Belmont Hill community together to celebrate this exciting milestone!

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Kelly Pellagrini P ’23, ’25 

I am looking forward to bringing together community to honor and celebrate the wonderful tradition and history of education at Belmont Hill.

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Ann Ryan P ’14, ’17, ’19 

Given I had three boys graduate from Belmont Hill, I am looking forward to reconnecting with many of the friends, faculty, and staff who had a major impact on what was a positive and unique experience for each of them.

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Meghan Weldon P ’18, ’20, ’24

I look forward to working with this committee to commemorate Belmont Hill’s 100 years of academic excellence and celebrate the development of young men of character.

Faculty & Staff

Caleb Collins ’93, P ’25 

It will be a grand opportunity for the community to celebrate Belmont Hill's past, while we prepare to move the School forward into the next 100 years.

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Paul DiResta

I look forward to seeing the unique sense of inspiration and passion that have driven Belmont Hill Arts students and faculty for a hundred years, to see the connections grow between alumni and current students, adults and young minds alike in their dedication and appreciation for the Arts, an intrinsic part of the soul of this School. 
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Lora Farkas P ’04, ’13 

Bringing our entire community together in celebration of the legacy and impact of Belmont Hill on generations of young men.

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Dan Fiori

This is a very big moment in the history of this school. I look forward to reconnecting with former students, friends, and colleagues to catch up and celebrate.
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Beth Girioni

I am so honored to be part of the Centennial Celebration Committee and to be helping with the planning of this extraordinary school's 100 year of educating young men of character. It is inspiring to be a member of an organization in which so many share such an incredible affinity and commitment to this shared mission. It will be amazing to see so many people celebrating this milestone together.

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Steve Kaplan ’83

It will be fun to connect with former students, colleagues, and friends, and I look forward to seeing the campus vibrant and full of people who care deeply about this great school!
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Caroline Kenney 

As the School Archivist, it brings me no greater joy than to celebrate Belmont Hill and its history. I learned quickly that the members of our community care about this school deeply, and I look forward to connecting the community to our history to strengthen that even more.

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Kenny Martin ’65, P ’91 

I am honored to be on the 100th anniversary committee. Belmont Hill has been a part of my family since 1923 when my father and his two brothers entered this new school. I entered Belmont Hill in 1960, and after college I returned to the Hill as a teacher-coach in 1972. My son entered in 1985, graduated in 1991 and continues to be a loyal alumnus.

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Donnell Patterson

It's unbelievable that 16 years have passed since my arrival as Director of Music. Time passes quickly here and I have witnessed many changes and transformations in my short tenure in comparison to the life of this renowned institution. Throughout this celebration, I anticipate learning more deeply about Belmont Hill and the people who birthed and still continue the vision, traditions, and legacy of this school on the Hill! 

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Harold Prenatt

I am looking forward to seeing students, friends, and colleagues again and hearing why they care so much for the School.

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Michael Sherman

Seeing the many alumni who have made these 50 years so rewarding, including learning about their lives, their families, and their professional journeys. Also enjoying reliving memories with the dozens of wonderful colleagues with whom I have worked over the years, sharing the joys and the mission of the School.

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George Seeley

I am especially looking forward to being with former faculty colleagues and many of the students I had the great privilege to work with during my many years at Belmont Hill. And, in addition to celebrating its first 100 years, I am especially interested in both the present life and the future direction of our terrific school.

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Ruth Sweeney

I look forward to revisiting the past traditions at Belmont Hill and seeing what wonderful new opportunities the boys will have in the future.

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George Tahan P ’20

Having been here for the 75th Anniversary of the school, I am looking forward to reflecting on all that has happened in the last 25 years since that incredible celebration. At the same time, I am very excited to consider the last 25 years in the context of the celebrating the entire 100-year history of the School.

 

Alumni

George Lynch ’88, P ’27 

Alumni Vice Chair
As we approach the Belmont Hill Centennial celebration, I am most excited to see the community come together, connect and reflect on what truly makes Belmont Hill so special.  Also, I look forward to acknowledging those that have helped Belmont Hill be the incredible institution that it has always been and continues to be today.
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1940s

John Pike '49, P '77, '84

The most important and effective legacy we can leave our children, is the strength of character, confidence, and foundation for wisdom inherent in an excellent education.
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1950s

Bill Cleary '52, P ’81 

I was here when the School was 25 years old. I am glad to be here to celebrate the 100th. Where does the time go? Go Belmont Hill and good luck for the next 100.
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1960s

John Grady ’66 P ’87

I am excited to be able to express my gratitude to the extraordinary company of men and women of Belmont Hill.
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Arthur Norton ’60

Some of my oldest and deepest friendships were formed here. The ultra-high standards expected and demanded by our great role models—the coaches and teachers who guided and influenced me in those crucial formative years—made a tangible difference in my life. I am proud beyond words to be an alumnus of this great and exemplary institution as it attains 100 years of age. May it continue to grow and prosper! 
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1970s

Emmett Lyne '77

I am looking forward to honoring the amazing teachers and classmates who did so much for me as a student, and who have continued to mean so much to me since our great class graduated in June of 1977.
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Steve Weeks ’74

The Belmont Hill Centennial should be ideal opportunity to reunite with favorite faculty and classmates, who in some cases, I have not seen in many years.

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Andy Cadiff ’73 

Reuniting with so many people who you don't get to see during class reunions and might not have seen, in my case, for fifty years!
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1980s

Jon Biotti ’87, P ’23

Leslie and I are honored to participate in the Centennial celebration for Belmont Hill.  We are most excited to give back to such an amazing school that has provided an amazing foundation for so many boys over the past 100 years.  We look forward to seeing folks at the Centennial and comparing Belmont Hill stories.
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Tagg Romney '88, P ’20, ’22

I am looking forward to reminiscing with former teachers and classmates about so many great memories.

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1990s

Jason Hurd '90, P ’23, ’26 

Having been involved with Belmont Hill for over 35 years, I am looking forward to seeing old friends and teachers gathering together to honor the school as it celebrates this incredible milestone.
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2000s

Greg Paul '09

The Centennial provides us the opportunity to reflect and celebrate not only the past and present Belmont Hill, but also the future and what is to come. I am most looking forward to being together with the Belmont Hill community.

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Dave Antonelli '06

I am looking forward to gathering with classmates and other alums in person!

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2010s

Matt Ryan ’14 

I am looking forward to learning more about the shared history of the School while coming together across multiple generations of alums to celebrate the impact the School has had on young men of the past, present, and future.

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2020s

Jack McHugh ’20

I am excited to see how the Belmont Hill community comes together to celebrate the Centennial. Belmont Hill is a special place, and I know that the celebration will showcase the many things I love about the school!