Olivia Foster '14: Completing a National Challenge (4/11/13)
Karlyn Simpson '13: An All-American in Every Way (7/10/13)
“We were tied with less than a minute left and I had a free position shot,” recalled Karly Simpson ’13 of a home game against Suffield she played in as a seventh grader. “At the time I didn’t think it was a lot of pressure, but I did my little bounce shot, and it went in and it was crazy.”
The South Hadley native has been playing lacrosse since third grade and this is still Ms. Simpson’s favorite lacrosse memory. She was a member of the varsity team at the time, a very rare achievement for a seventh grader.
As an eighth grader, Olivia Foster was looking for a challenge. Then she came across the Congressional Award online—a national program where students can earn medals for completing tasks in areas such as public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration—and her path became clear.
Now a junior, Ms. Foster will be awarded the highest youth award in the program, the gold medal, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June.
Miranda Gohh and Williston Scholars: Examining the Student-Athlete
Prep school often are known for their competitive atheltic programs.
At the Williston Northampton School, students have the opportunity to go beyond their own play in a course taught by History and Global Studies teacher Diane Williams. Sports Studies, one of this year’s Williston Scholars courses, encourages students to evaluate how gender, race, economics, and politics interact with the world of sports.
Maranie Harris-Kuiper and the 11th Annual Diversity Conference (2/11/13)
Harris-Kuiper became involved with diversity at Williston her first day on campus.
“I always look for identity tags when I’m meeting new students, and hers were very clear,” said Bridget Choo, John Wright dorm head and director of diversity. “Kids have them either on their wrists, their sweatshirts, or posters, but hers was a frame of Dr. Martin Luther King sitting on her desk,” she said.
Teaching Democracy (1/18/13)
What is the best way to study American constitutional history? How do we make our students passionate about documents that are almost 250 years old?
A Quiet Leader: Hockey Player Extraordinaire and Future Doctor
After a second place finish at the regional We the People competition, Peter Gunn and his students head to Nationals!
At first, Jean-Gabriel "Gabe" Lacombe couldn't quite get the hang of the sport he now captains. "I didn't like [hockey] in the beginning...I couldn't skate very well," he admitted. Lacombe was 2 years old when he started skating.
His father encouraged him to keep at it and, eventually, “all my friends started liking hockey so I felt like, ‘I might as well start playing,’” he said. The rest is history.
Bend it Like...Parker?: We spoke with the midfielder extraordinaire about soccer, academics, and the future.
She’s been called the traffic controller, the distributor, a worker bee, and the cog of the girls varsity soccer team wheel.
A junior from Amherst, MA, Gia Parker has been playing the game since she was five. Parker, who has worked very hard to improve her game over the past two seasons, says the trait that has stuck with her throughout the years, and countless practices, is discipline.
Pankti Dalal: On her classical training and preparing for “Shockwave.”
A classical Indian dance, a solo en pointe, and the choreography of guest artist Michelle Marroquin will be among the highlights of Shockwave, the fall concert of the Williston Northampton Dance Ensemble.
To find out more about how one of the dancers, Pankti Dalal, was preparing for “Shockwave,” Dance Program Director Laurel Raffetto asked her about dancing, the Williston program, and her classical training.
Laura McCullagh: Q&A with an actress from Neil Simon's Rumors.
The Williston Northampton Theater Program presented Rumors, a farce by Neil Simon. A few days before the play’s opening night, Williston’s student blogger Brendan Hellweg ’14 took a short break from Beyond the Binder to sit down with actor Laura McCullagh ’13 to talk about her role, her costume, and how she’d react if stuck in an elevator with her character, Chris Gorman.
Jen Fulcher: The varsity lacrosse coach and her top-ranked wildcats.
Over the past six seasons, under the humor and guidance of Coach Jen Fulcher, the Williston Northampton girl’s varsity lacrosse team have maintained a 65-5-1 record, gone undefeated during both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and rose, according to LaxPower, from #42 to as high as the #2 girl’s prep team in New England.
Such an impressive record does not come easily, however. While some students are headed to dinner the lacrosse players are on the field running offenses, practicing stick work, and sprinting.
Charles Frank '13: This passionate filmmaker aims for Sundance.
Junior year at The Williston Northampton School is a busy one under the best of circumstances for most students, but it is particularly hectic for Charles Frank. At 17, Charles is already an accomplished filmmaker with an impressive resume. And if things go as planned, he will celebrate senior year with other filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival.