Williston Welcomes Rachael Miller ’88 as Cum Laude Speaker


Entrepreneur, sailor, and ocean conservation activist Rachael Miller ’88 will deliver the keynote speech at our Cum Laude Society induction ceremony on January 10. Co-founder and executive director of the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, Miller is a leader in marine conservation, working surface to seafloor from multiple angles—education, remediation, technological innovation, and solutions-based research—to tackle the problem of ocean debris.

While at Williston, Miller appropriately played water polo and swam. A graduate of Brown University with a background in marine studies and underwater archeology, she holds a USCG Master license and captains the Rozalia Project’s 60-foot sailing research vessel, American Promise. Her professional affiliations include U.S. Sailing, Tall Ships America, the New York Harbor School, and the National Geographic Society. An entrepreneur as well an educator and adventurer, she is founder and CEO of Cora Ball, a consumer-based solution to microfiber pollution from laundry.

The Cum Laude Society is a national honor society modeled on Phi Beta Kappa. Williston Academy joined the society in 1921. The Northampton School for Girls received its charter in 1951. In 1971 the society granted the merged Williston Northampton School a new charter. Membership into the Cum Laude Society is the highest academic award that the Williston faculty can bestow. Ten students will be inducted during the ceremony.

We are delighted to welcome Rachael back to Williston.