The WilliList

A by-the-numbers look at recent alumni highlights

94% — Rating on Rotten Tomatoes for Black Cake, a recently released series that features a cameo from Sydney Sainte ’10. Sainte appears in the series finale, Episode 8. Look for Sainte and the show on Hulu.

238KThe daily circulation number for the Arizona Daily Star, where Ellie Wolfe ’19 is an education reporter. Her February 2024 story about the University of Arizona’s budget crisis was linked to by the New York Times in its expansive story about budget crises on college campuses.

5% — Percentage of U.S. tech employment located in rural areas—a figure Kate Duffy ’00 and her team at the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) are out to increase. They want to get it up to 12%; the same percentage of population that lives in rural America.

286.94 — Number of miles run, swum, and biked by Tara Sullivan ’16 in one year. In a recent Class Note, Sullivan shared that she participated in one marathon, four half-marathons, two Ironman, three 10Ks, and one 5K. Keep on running, Tara!

2 — Number of Grammy nominations (so far) for Pierce Freelon ’02. Freelon and his mother, Nnenna, were nominated for Best Children’s Music Album for their AnceStars record, which was released on May 19, 2023. Stream it now on your favorite music platform.

10 — Number of episodes in the new podcast series edited by Catherine Saint Louis ’92. Hello, John Doe is hosted by missing-persons investigator Todd Matthews, and tells the story of a family torn apart by tragedy and his quest to bring them back together. Find it wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

29,029 — Feet of elevation climbed by Oscar DeFrancis ’20 and friends as part of their challenge to “Everest” the 2,720-foot Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Over a 24-hour period, the hardy crew repeatedly climbed up and skied down until they matched the elevation gain it would take to go from sea level to the top of Mt. Everest. The group raised more than $2,200 as a fundraiser for humanitarian aid in Gaza.

$10K — Amount raised by Jenny Levison ’83, aka “Souper Jenny,” during her 2024 Souper Jenny Soupfest. Levison sold roughly 300 tickets for the event, which raised money for the Zadie Project, a nonprofit aimed at combatting food insecurity for families and seniors in the Atlanta, Georgia, metro area.