An Expansive

Former professional mascot Mike Walsh ’96 now cheers on his own nonprofit, Flight for Sight, and advocates for those who are blind or have low vision

Pause and Pivot

For Miana Hoyt Dawson ’98, the pandemic planted the seeds for career change


“The importance of this campaign is hard to overstate, for its immediate—and long-lasting—impact on the student experience, which is at the heart of everything we do.” Read more


“Just days before we finished this issue, we received exciting news of a $6.7 million gift to Williston—the largest in our school’s history. Read more

Working For Justice

Two members of the class of 2004 reconnect by chance, and discover they are both working to reform the criminal justice system

Celebrating Phillips and Sarah Stevens

For a generation of Williston Northampton School students, the Stevens family is synonymous with campus life

Oxford Calling

Robby Hill ’19 is selected as a Marshall Scholar

Feeding the Soul

By founding the Akahiao Nature Institute, Julie Rogers ’98 is helping young people live in harmony with nature

Linguistics Meets Love

Novelist Jennifer duBois ’02 on her fourth novel, “The Last Language”

Carving Her Path

A long-ago hike on Mt. Tom led Hanna Whirty ’13 to a career in the Rockies

Each Design Tells a Story

At the crossroads of architecture with Nick Jeffway ’10

Sweet Success

Brooke (Behringer) Joyner ’95 continues a delicious family tradition

Finding a Better Path Forward

With their new start-up, GB Osuntogun ’18 and Destiny Nwafor ’17 are using AI to help students and job-seekers find success

The Soul of an Island

Preservationist Mary Bergman ’05 navigates the tides of change on Nantucket

A Different Lens

Photographer Jesse McClary ’05 lifts America’s overlooked voices from the shadows

Where the Wildcats Are

Next time you’re on the road, make a stop at an alumni-owned business

Pump it Up

Dwight Leeper ’71 is helping bring drinking water to Senegal

The WilliList

A by-the-numbers look at recent alumni highlights

Around the Quad

Then & Now

Baseball’s rules, equipment, and uniforms (especially the uniforms!) may have evolved since 1842, but the love of the game at Williston remains the same

Faculty Perspective

Keeping Students Engaged in the Classroom Like every industry, teaching is affected by new and changing technology. We asked a group of current teachers to share their thoughts on the many ways they keep students engaged and thinking deeply in today’s classrooms.

Bringing the Fun

Caroline Channell ’18 is back on campus—and curating the events that make Williston, well, Williston

Greetings with Character

Campus takes on a festive look for Lunar New Year—thanks to Zoe Zhang ’25 and her grandmother

‘Joy, Not Fear’

English Teacher Sarah Sawyer discusses writing, motherhood, and her debut novel

The annual Lip Sync contest is the culmination of Willympics, a year-long competition that pits dorms versus dorms versus day students. Students go all out on their costumes and dance moves to wow the crowd and faculty judges. At right, the winning Logan House team.

Why Not Speak Day 2024 focused on issues of identity —aka. “The Me You Can’t See” —and featured keynote speaker Kimberlee Yolanda Williams (left), plus more than 40 original workshops led by students and faculty members. In the afternoon, we had lunch on the Main Quad, followed by our Community Connections Fair, where students were able to highlight and share their cultures’ unique characteristics.

Performing arts students have been busy this year, honing their dance, instrumental, and theatrical chops. The winter musical, “Something Rotten!”, was an outrageous farce, set in the 1590’s and featuring amazing costumes, scenery, and song. Bravissimo to all!

In April, students and faculty gathered for the third annual feast of student-cooked foods from China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and India. Led by the Asian Student Alliance, the dinner had two special guests: Owen Fu ’22 and Vasu Jain ’22, founders of the first Asian Night Market in 2022.

At the heart of Williston’s community are student advisories. These small groups meet weekly with faculty advisors to discuss everything from course selection to current events. Twice a year, advisors host special dinners—whether at a restaurant or home-cooked, it’s always fun. Here, Kyle Hanford ’97 hosts his advisory for a pasta dinner on a November evening.

Before winter break, students and faculty don their festive apparel (especially Dean of Enrollment Management Chris Dietrich, above!) for a feast in Birch Dining Commons, followed by desserts and songs around the piano at the Hills’ house.

Campaign Updates

Ending on a High Note

Only the third fundraising campaign in Williston’s 182-year history—and by far the most successful—Williston Builds will exceed its $70 million goal when we close the fiscal year on June 30

Remembering Daniel Barratt ’06

A new financial aid fund keeps a beloved son’s memory alive

There in Spirit

For Sara Cornwall ’70, an estate gift ensures she’ll be a part of the school’s bright future

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