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man in robes at podium at graduation Williston Graduates 132 Students

Williston Northampton School’s 179th Commencement looked a little different this year, when 132 members of the class of 2020 received a virtual send off in a ceremony broadcast from the Phillips Stevens Chapel (watch it here). The video opens to the strains of bagpipes, long an accompaniment to the school’s Commencement exercises, and a welcome...

MITMUN williston Williston Model UN Diplomats Receive Recognition at MIT

Eighteen Willistonians participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 12th annual Model UN conference, MIT MUNC, on February 8 and 9. Williston students joined more than 300 students from across the world to debate issues such as women’s access to education, nuclear nonproliferation, international space regulations, and futuristic apocalypse scenarios involving the likes of Tony...

winter athletic signing 24 Student-Athletes Commit to Play College Sports

Twenty-four members of the class of 2020 who have committed to continue playing sports in college participated in a signing ceremony on February 10 in the Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center. The strength of the Williston student-athlete experience was well represented in the number and breadth of colleges represented at the signing ceremony. Director of...

Young Alumni Panel Young Alumni Panel Drop Wisdom on Juniors and Seniors

Who better to give Williston juniors and seniors a taste of what college is really like than recent alumni home from school on winter break? On January 8, a dozen students from institutions near and far gathered at Williston Northampton School to confer wisdom on their peers. Here’s a sampling of some advice: Couper Gunn...

Congrats to These Honor Roll ‘Cats!

Congratulations to the following students who earned honors and high honors during the first trimester of the 2019-20 school year! Grade 9 Lauren Yee, High Honors Muyang Peter Wang, Honors Andrew Yu-Hwang, Honors Daniel Zhang, Honors Louisa Coughlin, High Honors Katherine Kang, High Honors Luke Ballard, Honors Hannah Roche, High Honors Owen Dietrich, Honors Maxwell...

Varsity-Volleyball-vs.-NMH-Dylan-Fulcher-Melendy Dylan Fulcher-Melendy’s Amazing Volleyball Career Continues

Girls volleyball season at Williston is over, but senior Dylan Fulcher-Melendy’s journey in the sport is about to begin a new chapter. A senior from Easthampton, Dylan has committed to Williams College to play Division 3 volleyball next year, making her only the third person from Williston to ever play college volleyball. It is a...

National-merit-scholar-semifinalist Williston Honors National Merit and AP Scholars

Last October, about 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT test, which served as the initial screening for the National Merit Scholarship program. The nationwide pool of National Merit Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. At an all-school assembly on October 9,...

new-faculty-williston Williston Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members

Williston welcomes 10 new faculty members to campus this year. We extend a hearty welcome to them all! Tina Berghoff (Science) (not pictured above) Tina returns to the Williston faculty in a part-time capacity teaching two sections of AP Psychology. She previously served as our Academic Support Coordinator from 2014-2016. Tina earned a BA in...

academic-awards Academic Awards Spotlight Achievement

Students and faculty assembled under a tent on the Quad on the afternoon of May 24 to recognize the academic achievements of Williston Northampton School students. Head of School Robert W. Hill III handed out the prizes. “Today is the public celebration of Williston’s yearlong pursuit of excellence,” he said. See photos of the event here....

ryan-dwyer-jim-mcgovern-congressional-award Williston Senior Earns Congressional Award

Williston Northampton School six-year senior Ryan Dwyer on April 23 met with U.S. Representative James McGovern (D-MA) after receiving a Congressional Award. The United States Congress established the award in 1979 to recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people and was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W....

ken-wang-tennis-williston-success Ken Wang Serves Up Tennis Success

You’d be hard pressed to find a student athlete calmer, humbler, and more gracious—and yet with as much natural talent—as Ken Wang. Behind that inborn skill, however, is a story that spans generations and continents. A 16-year-old junior day student from Belchertown, Mass., Ken is the Williston Tennis team’s number one player. Heading into the...

winter athletic signing Williston Celebrates 14 College-Bound Student Athletes at Signing Ceremony

The “incredible amount of hard work and support” it took to get the 13 college-bound student athletes to the Williston Athletic Center lobby on Monday, Feb. 4, was clearly visible: the standing-room-only crowd included teammates, coaches, and proudly-beaming parents. After introductory remarks by Athletic Director Mark Conroy, the athletes were given center stage, and a...

Committed College Athletes Prepare for Next Level

College is coming quickly, and some Williston Wildcats are planning on keeping their athletic careers going at the next level. Ryan Fitzpatrick ’19 is committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts and is very pumped to put on for his home state. Ryan’s already had a good mind set going into...

Grum Artist Links Dance and Athleticism

Dancer and filmmaker Ben Needham-Wood was on the Williston Northampton School campus January 7 to 11 as part of the Grum Project. The series, funded by a generous alumna, brings artists across disciplines to work with the entire Williston Northampton School community. Needham-Wood worked with dancers preparing a number for the spring concert; screened his...

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...

315 Students on T1 Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following students who made honor roll during the first trimester of the 2018-19 school year. Grade 9 I Hang U, Honors Julia Borden, High Honors Tevah Rose, High Honors Jackson Frechette, Honors Adeline Hume, Honors Sofia Michalski, High Honors Cristina Negron, High Honors Raymond Toth, High Honors Michael Toth, Honors Tucker Motyka,...

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...

Writers’ Workshop Presents ‘The Common’ Editor Jennifer Acker

  Jennifer Acker, the third presenter in this year’s Writers’ Workshop Series, joins us December 3 on campus. Ms. Acker is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Common, a literary magazine that explores the “modern sense of place.” She is a translator and a writer, with multiple published works, including a forthcoming Amazon Original Story and...

Seven Seniors Celebrate College Athletic Commitments

[To see photos of the signing, click here.] The athletic center lobby was buzzing with excitement and anticipation – and more than 100 eager students, coaches, and family members with cameras – for Williston’s Fall Student-Athlete Signing Ceremony on Monday, November 12. Following a brief introduction by Mark Conroy, Director of Athletics, during which he...

Academic Honors Conferred on Williston Students

Five students were honored at a Williston Northampton School assembly for their high scores on the PSAT. Many others received recognition for their performance on Advanced Placement tests. Congratulations to all! National Merit Scholarship Honors Senior Caleb Stern was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Four seniors were named Commended Students. They are Dora S....

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