Catching Up with
Johnaé Strong ’08

This Chicago teacher believes that, "education is political, any human connection is political."

Person of Interest

Trust, empathy, and a little street Arabic: Robert Grenier ’72 talks about what it takes to be a CIA agent.

And the Winner Is…

Ann Dowd ’74 fell in love with theater at Williston. She won an Emmy for her role in "The Handmaid's Tale."

Helping Save the Cranes

The DMZ is home to rare, endangered birds that Hall Healy '60 works to conserve.

The Art and Alchemy
of Neil Grayson ’85

Exploring light in the darkness, Neil Grayson creates mesmerizing works that change before your eyes.

The Changing Campus

Williston Northampton's campus continues to dramatically evolve as part of the school's strategic plan. Click below to read stories about our new Residential Quad, Center for Academic Success, turf fields, and much more.

Alumni News

13 Alumni Share College Reflections with Students

Thirteen young alumni returned to the Williston Northampton School campus this week to talk with juniors and seniors about the upcoming transition to college. They explained how they made crucial decisions, such as how many schools to visit, and which ones to apply to, as well as how to prepare for the all-important interview and compose...

Cum Laude Society Welcomes 10

The Cum Laude honor society welcomed 10 new Williston student members during a ceremony in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on January 4. The society, modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, recognizes academic achievement by students in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké), and honor (Timé). The inductees, top performers in the senior...

From the Archives

Imagine our delight when a thickly padded package, postmarked Kenosha, Wisconsin, recently arrived at the Homestead. Among the gems contained within: a 1951 edition of the Northampton School for Girls’ yearbook; a pair of neatly-filled-out dance cards; a senior prom photo; and a class ring inscribed on the inner band to E.A.K. ’51. The initials...

Five Questions for Diane Spence ’68

Maddy Scott ’16 and former trustee Diane Yelle Spence ’68 may have graduated a half century apart, but when they met at Reunion last spring, they quickly discovered much in common—from a passion for their schools to similar career choices. Spence, a Smith College graduate, worked as fundraiser for educational institutions, including several independent schools....

Best Friends Forever

On paper, Shaun Chapman ’98 and Michael George ’98 seem like polar opposites. Shaun is a gregarious showman who can own a room. Michael is reserved, content to run the show from behind the scenes. Yet the two friends share a thoughtful, curious way of approaching the world that unites them. And there’s one other...

A Record-Breaking Reunion

How Planning and persistence—and the work of a phantom—helped the class of ’68 set a new bar for Reunion success   Ask Reunion Committee Chair Chip Keeney to explain why a record 44 percent of his class attended their 50th Reunion, and he notes that the class of 1968 is extremely tight-knit. “It wasn’t hard...

Building the Future

A revealing look at Williston’s state-of-the-art new dormitory, John Hazen White House, the centerpiece of our evolving Residential Quad   It’s a crisp October afternoon and the energy outside Williston’s newest dorm is starting to build. A buzzing throng of students and faculty gather on the lawn of the new Residential Quad as Head of...

What’s New in College Counseling

Catherine McGraw shares how her office is bringing new approaches to the college application process. When Williston seniors learn of their acceptance to colleges and universities this spring, the news will be the culmination of a process that—for better or worse—has been a central focus of their lives for years. To provide support during this...

Behind the Lens

The amazing work of photographer Jim Hollander ’68   The list of what Jim Hollander ’68 has photographed is mind-boggling. The Olympics. The running of the bulls in Pamplona. Conflicts in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Somalia, Ethiopia, and the Middle East. Three different pope’s visits to the Holy Land. And that’s just for starters. An award-winning photojournalist, Hollander has...

Whale Watcher

Naturalist and boat captain Sarah McCullagh ’10 educates visitors about the orcas of the Pacific Northwest.   At the age of 3, Sarah McCullagh ’10 watched Free Willy, the 1993 film that introduced a generation of children to the power, intelligence, and social sophistication of orcas. Now, as a lead naturalist, vessel coordinator, and whale watch...

Beyond Politics

New trustee Susan Jackson ’80 brought a corporate background to the Bermudian Parliament.   It was 131 years ago that the great-grandfather of Susan Jackson ’80 was elected to the Bermuda Parliament, only the second black Bermudian to be elected to the body. Her father and mother both held seats in the legislature. And in...

The Art and Alchemy of Neil Grayson ’85

Exploring light in the darkness, Neil Grayson creates mesmerizing works that change before your eyes.   For a recent exhibition at New York’s prestigious Eykyn Maclean gallery, Neil Grayson ’85 produced a series of paintings he calls Industrial Melanism. Executed in oil and metal on canvas in a trademark style the artist developed through years...

Myths in Metal

Sefik Kabas ’81 was born into a family of artisans in Turkey, but his jewelry is distinctly his own. His mythologically inspired Taru pieces—handcrafted from silver, gold, and precious stones—are intended to “preserve ancient tradition and to creatively celebrate the connection of the human and animal worlds,” he notes on his website. After Williston, Kabas...

A Musial Mission

Jon Lappin ’88 keeps his father’s legacy alive with a musical mentoring foundation.   In 2013, the Palm Beach Pops, an orchestra dedicated to the Great American Songbook for more than two decades, was at a crossroads. Its founder, Bob Lappin—a successful businessman, talented conductor, and pianist, who performed with and welcomed such stars as...

Inspired Taste

The beautiful food of chef and entrepreneur Laura Bowman ’13 makes us very, very hungry.   When Laura Bowman ’13 arrived at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) straight out of Williston, she already had exactly what she needed to succeed at the highly regarded cooking school in Hyde Park, New York. Not the knife...

Person of Interest

Trust, empathy, and a little street Arabic: Robert Grenier ’72 talks about what it takes to be a CIA agent.   During his 27-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency, Robert Grenier ’72 has seen the rise of global terrorism and served on the front lines in the war against it. On September 11, 2001,...

Politician and Entrepreneur Shannon O’Brien ’77 to Speak at Cum Laude Induction

The Williston Northampton School community is pleased to welcome Shannon O’Brien to campus to speak at its Cum Laude induction ceremony on January 4, 2019. O’Brien served in the Massachusetts Senate from 1993 to 1995, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993. She was the first woman elected to Massachusetts statewide office,...

Once a Wildcat Always a Wildcat: Caroline Wysocki ’16

When she was at Williston, Caroline Wysocki often did her homework and ate dinner in her car. It wasn’t by choice, or a distaste for the dining hall, but rather a necessary, exhausting part of the sacrifice of playing youth soccer at the highest level. Now a junior and starting outside defender at the University...

Convocation Speaker Chic Eglee ’70 to Students: Move Forward

The following speech was given by Chic Eglee ’70 during Convocation on September 14, 2018. Read more about Chic here. See photos of the event here, and video here. Read Head of School Robert W. Hill III’s address here. Read the address by Class President DJ Poulin ’19 here. “It was the best of times,...

Grum Project Artists Bring Vision to Williston

Williston’s Grum Project, a five-year artist-in-residence program funded by a generous alumna, enters its third year with a slate of artists involved in a variety of disciplines. Mark Guglielmo, a visual artist who creates photomosaics paired with audio recordings, begins the series. His most recent work depicts the lives of Cuban people before and after...