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male student on lacrosse pitch Alum Athlete Spotlight: Joe Rees ’20

After a long time off due to Covid, alumni Joe Rees is finally getting back onto the lacrosse field. After graduating from Williston this past Spring, Joe, from Amherst, Massachusetts, moved on to Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where he will be able to continue his academic career while also getting the chance to...

male student sitting at table with Williston northampton school logo Alum Athlete Spotlight: Kevin Talbot ’20

Kevin Talbot is carrying the skill — and immense good will — he garnered as a Wildcat to his new role on the lacrosse team at Wesleyan. Kevin, a 2020 graduate from Williston, just started his freshman year at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was recruited to Wesleyan as a lacrosse player in the...

male student sitting at table with Williston northampton school insignia Alum Athletic Spotlight: Noah Brooks ’20

After a senior year cut short by Covid, new alum Noah Brooks is glad to be back on a school campus again. After graduating from Williston, Noah moved on to Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he is continuing his academic and athletic career as a member of the lacrosse team. He committed there as...

Williston to Start School Year Exploring Equity Issues

As part of the school’s commitment to anti-racism work, Williston will host several trainings for students, faculty, and administrators at the start of the school year—a focus that will continue throughout the year. On August 21, student leaders—admission interns, international student leaders, proctors, student council members, and student mentors—will gather for online leadership trainings with...

A New Way to Learn

With a mix of technology, innovation, and straight-up amazing teaching, Williston transitoned to online classes this spring. Here’s just a small sampling of the remote trimester that was anything but. When the world went into social-distance mode, Williston was ready. As an international institution, we necessarily had been monitoring the coronavirus from shortly after it...

Wildcat Strong

It’s perhaps an understatement to say the spring trimester didn’t end up the way anyone expected. Instead of being together for spring sports, classes, WillyGras, and Commencement on the Quad, we were physically scattered, with students around the world checking in for daily classes via video. But not surprisingly, the Williston community spirit, always strong,...

Girls at math whiteboard in class Girls for the Win

Williston launches innovative new math competition The Whitaker Bement building was buzzing with excited chatter back on January 21, as one would expect when you gather nearly 90 tween girls from Williston and 10 other schools for a day of team contests and inspirational speakers. But this event was anything but expected—indeed, it may have...

Woman in yellow coat standing in shallow ocean water Rescuing the Oceans

Rachael Miller ’88 takes on the problem of marine debris by confronting it at its source In the fall of 2009, Rachael Miller and her husband took a trip to Matinicus Island, off the coast of Maine, to try to figure out their lives. The two had been living on Lake Champlain in Vermont running...

Building a Better Infrastructure

Richard Mackay ’89 helps give England’s large public works projects a smaller ecological footprint. As an environmental planner tasked with minimizing the impact of large infrastructure projects in Britain, Richard Mackay is keenly aware of humanity’s toll on the natural world, even as he works to lessen it. Consider his current project, High Speed 2,...

Greening Our Goods

Can consumer packaging ever be sustainable? Nina Goodrich ’74 brings together the players who could make it happen. What complicates many of our society’s most pernicious environmental threats—carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, microplastics in the food chain, harmful chemicals in drinking water—is their invisibility. Nina Goodrich’s issue is just the opposite. Her problem seems to...

Measuring the Meltdown

As an eyewitness to an unfolding global catastrophe, Ken Mankoff ’96 studies the impact of climate change on polar regions. Ken Mankoff has truly seen the world. An earth scientist specializing in polar glacier hydrology and oceanography, he has given presentations on all seven continents, from the U.N. General Assembly room to the Amundson-Scott South...

Edith Piaf: A Gift from Miss Bement

Headmistress Bement demanded much from her students. But for the author, that class opened the door to French culture—and to a lifelong fascination with one of its stars. I like to point out, when I lecture on French singer Edith Piaf, that her songs hit you with a wallop from the first notes. Her rich...

A Dorm of Her Own

Williston Northampton’s new residence hall honors Emily McFadon Vincent NSFG ’49 When the new girls’ dormitory now under construction opens to students this fall, it will be noteworthy not merely because it completes the residential quad and fulfills a key objective of the school’s strategic plan. It will also be the first residence hall named...

Nothing Ventured

The risk-taking artistry of former faculty member Marcia Reed Having taught art for 35 years at Williston, Marcia Reed—beloved by countless Wildcats—retired in 2012. It may have been a risk to leave a familiar environment after all that time, but, as Reed notes, she’s not afraid to mix things up. She moved to Delaware and...

Catching Up with Film Producer Michael Nozik ’72

Over his three-decade career as a film producer, Michael Nozik ’72 has worked with Hollywood luminaries such as Robert Redford and Martin Scorcese and been the driving force behind more than two dozen movies, winning particular acclaim for Syriana, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Quiz Show, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1994....

Man smiling and sitting on mountain Preparing for the Worst

Managing catastrophes was all in a day’s work for Jonah Stinson ’00. Then COVID-19 came along. “Some say the world will end in fire/ Some say in ice,” begins the famous poem by Robert Frost. To that list, Jonah Stinson ’00 can add a few more possibilities. A disaster management expert and regional response team...

Good News About Aging

Class of ’52 graduate Katharine Cole Esty’s new book is all about aging well and finding happiness in old age. Here she shares five of her top tips. For Katharine Esty NSFG ’52, the moment of recognition came on a hike with her grandchildren not long after her 80th birthday. “It was a little mountain,...

Building Design

Structural engineer Gabriela Garcia ’10 now works on some of the world’s most unusual buildings If Gabriela Garcia’s career could have been predicted by just one childhood achievement—and, of course, there’s never just one—a strong candidate would be her success building a toothpick bridge in Brock Dunn’s eighth grade science class at Williston. Fifteen years...

On Walls

Vassar College junior Ava McElhone Yates ’17 should be in Chile right now. She left for Valparaíso in late February to explore social justice topics, only to arrive back in March when the coronavirus pandemic brought students home. Through online learning, she continues to take the class, studying the Chilean people’s struggles after a brutal...

The Year of Projects

Since graduating from Wesleyan University in 2018 with an English major and a minor in economics, Henry Lombino ’14 has kept busy. He’s been involved in multiple regional and off-Broadway performances and produced two successful independent productions in New York, a revival of Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman at Access Theater in November 2019, and the following...

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