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headshot of woman in black dress with earrings Student Leaders to Work with DEI Educator

As students begin to arrive on the Williston Northampton School campus later this month, the school will bring together admission interns, international student leaders, proctors, student council members, and student mentors for online leadership trainings with Dr. Liza Talusan. Talusan is also scheduled to address the entire Williston community in person in April 2021. The...

Reopening Plan

Since mid-March, our administration and opening-of-school task forces have been working on all aspects of our fall reopening, and we are pleased to share Williston’s Reopening Plan, which includes our comprehensive strategy for a healthy and safe fall trimester, as well as an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions. See the reopening plan here.

English Teacher’s Poems “Swerve Toward Danger”

After an accident in the kitchen—you’re slicing a strawberry, you do it every morning, but the knife handle slips—there’s a tiny window after the skin is pierced but before the blood comes. That moment, a few seconds at the most, is where the beauty and power and fear of Sarah Levine’s poems live. Consider this,...

man standing at podium in black robe at graduation Williston Senior Academic Awards Announced

During its remote 179th Commencement ceremony, broadcast on May 23, 2020, Williston Northampton School announced the names of its senior academic award winners. Please note, award winners in grades 9, 10, and 11 will be announced during the 2020-21 school year. The senior awards are as follows: History and Global Studies The A. L. HEPWORTH...

Middle School Closing Ceremony, Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m.

On Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m. EDT, the Williston Middle School will air a virtual ceremony for graduating eighth graders and their families filmed in the Phillips Stevens Chapel. Despite our unfortunate inability to celebrate in person, this virtual ceremony is a chance for us to celebrate the occasion and honor these amazing students....

zoom-image-girlsgocyber Williston Coders Win National Competition

A group of Williston students, dubbed the Williston Wildhackers, banded together earlier this year to start a coding club and enter a contest, GirlsGoCyberStart. On May 20 and 21, they competed in the national championship online, facing a wide variety of coding challenges in a field of nearly 300 schools—and won! Sophie Gontow Calderon ’21...

woman standing at a podium wearing a black robe at a graduation Williston Inducts 12 New Cum Laude Society Members

During Williston Northampton School’s 179th Commencement, celebrated virtually, the Cum Laude Society inducted 12 new members. Language teacher Karen Ram, president of the Williston chapter of the Cum Laude Society, read the names of the 12 students inducted into the honor society in January. Eric Albanese Jason Albanese Brenna Banas Julia Farnham Rachel Goodman William...

Williston Donations Help Easthampton Institutions

Believing that in times of difficulty, neighbors should help neighbors, Williston Northampton School has donated and lent medical supplies and equipment to an Easthampton community organization and to the town of Easthampton. The school lent a van to the Easthampton Community Center’s Food Pantry Program so staff there can pick up supplies and deliver meals...

Garrette-with-masks Wildcats Donate Time and Talent During Pandemic

Williston Northampton School students are donating equipment and time to help others during the coronavirus pandemic. Garrette Ondrick, a ninth grader from Westfield, has been manufacturing face shields in his home for health care workers. First using an Ender 3 brand 3D printer to make the headband, he then attaches clear, empty laminate “pouches,” that...

planet earth day Students Urge Earth Day Action

Williston Northampton School students are inviting classmates and faculty—and everyone else—to take a 21-Day Sustainability Challenge for Earth Day, coming up on April 22. The Sustainability Club and the Community Service Club have joined forces on this effort, noting, “We hope that we can use this month as a time to reflect on our past...

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[This is the script that Mr. Conroy would have delivered at the Phillips Stevens Chapel for our Winter Athletic Assembly. Yes, Mr. Conroy used *four* exclamation marks!] Hello Williston!!!! First, I should start by wishing everyone well during this extraordinarily unsettling time.  While it is certainly not most important in the grand scheme of things,...

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The boys swimming and diving team picked up their first NEPSAC title in 10 years and their 15th overall to add to the storied history of the program. The meet opened up on Wednesday with the diving competition as Connor Cavanagh ’20 and Luke Grabowski ’25 got the team off to a terrific start with...

swim teams undefeated williston northampton school Boys and Girls Teams Swim to Twin Undefeated Seasons

In a historic end to a monumental season, both the boys and girls swimming and diving teams have gone undefeated, a first in Williston Northampton School’s storied swimming and diving program. In truth, the teams have been heading in this direction over the past few years, according to coach David Koritkoski. During the 2019-20 season,...

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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...

Proud to Be Me: Williston’s Fourth Why Not Speak Day

Williston’s fourth Why Not Speak Day—a day set aside for discussions about identity and inclusion—gave the community plenty to talk about and do, with more than 30 student-and faculty-led workshops, a featured speaker, and activities that encouraged empathy. The theme for this year’s event was “Hello, I’m Proud to Be _____,” and student and faculty...

Kiel Johnson Williston Northampton School Grum Artist Urges Students to Follow Their Dreams

During a six-day residency as part of the Grum Project, a visiting artist series funded by a generous alumna, Los Angeles-based artist Kiel Johnson worked with students to create a collection of unique cardboard trophies that celebrated victories both personal and humorous. “I did the dishes” reads the base of a mock-up of one trophy,...

Poojaa Prakash Babu girls squash athlete of the week Athletes of the Week

Poojaa Prakash Babu ‘21- Girls Varsity Squash Poojaa has played an integral role in the success of the girls varsity squash team’s season. Her tremendous work ethic and concentrated mental focus paid off in a tremendous, three games to one, match victory on Wednesday at Berkshire.  After falling 8-11 in the first game, she ground...

mykee fowlin williston speaker martin luther king day Martin Luther King Day Speaker’s Pain is His Gift

In an emotionally stirring talk peppered with humor, Martin Luther King Day speaker Mykee Fowlin encouraged Willistonians to look beyond first appearances, to be curious, and to view stereotypes with skepticism. “How do I find those things we have in common?” he wondered. Fowlin explored this idea by embodying four characters, a six-year-old boy with...

Kiel Johnson orchestra grum artist Grum Project Artist Brings Creative Construction

Imagine constructing a miniature city out of cardboard. Or a whole band’s worth of instruments. How about a life-sized boat? Or a barnstorming airplane big enough to seat a pilot? Kiel Johnson, master of the crowd-sourced project, has made them all, and he’ll be on campus this month to create with students an installation called...

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...

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