Dr. Felicia Barber couldn’t get over the sound in the Phillips Stevens Chapel.
“What a great hall!” she said to Joshua Harper, choral director at the Williston Northampton School. She gestured to the large, sunlit room. “What an awesome space!”
Behind her in the chapel nave, her accompanist, Scott Bailey, launched into a resonant tune on the organ.
Dr. Barber, a conductor at Westfield State University, had just finished leading her Chamber Chorale in a private concert for the Widdigers and Caterwaulers. Her group, some 20 college students dressed in formal black, performed a short program of new and known works, including pieces by Troy Robertson, Benjamin Britten, and Moses Hogan.
Mr. Harper said the idea behind the concert had been to give Williston students a chance to hear counterparts at the college level and talk to them about technique.
Photo via @MrJoshSeamon
This week, students and faculty were surprised to see poetry popping up around campus. The short poems appeared on stairwells and allowances, in the campus store and on cars.
The public poems were part of collaborative projects created by students in Modern American Poetry as part of their final assessment, said Jennifer Gross, who teaches the class.
“The challenge? How can we bring poetry more into prominence this week on campus?” she wrote in an email. “In small groups they devised projects for getting more poetry seen, read, heard, and considered.”
Photo by Paul Rutherford
On Friday, as she committed to Dartmouth College—finalizing an agreement that she had first made as a sophomore—Gia Parker ’14 was surrounded by not one, but two teams.
Her varsity soccer teammates had come to cheer on their captain’s decision to play soccer at the Ivy League school; the varsity basketball team was there to support one of the players and leaders who had helped make their tournament run possible.
Watching the huge group throwing their arms around her daughter, Ms. Parker’s mother Jennifer Parker noted that the Williston community has become an “extended family” and has helped her develop self confidence and poise.
“Williston has been a wonderful place for her,” agreed her mother, Sonia Schloemann. “It’s helped her come into her own.”
For her coaches, as well as her teammates, the feeling is mutual.
Photo by Paul Rutherford
On Labor Day weekend, the Willman’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Coach after coach was calling to ask the same question: “Is Max there?”
The star hockey forward and lead scorer was a popular guy over the break; dozens of colleges and universities wanted to know if he could be persuaded to enroll.
“It was really hard for him to decide,” said his mother, Peyton Willman. “There were seven or eight different choices.”
For Max, though, the answer was clear: he wanted a place where he could continue to play at the highest levels, while also being challenged academically. Brown University in Rhode Island fit those criteria perfectly—and was located just an hour and a half from home. The fact that one of his friends and former South Shore Kings teammates was also committing to Brown was an added bonus.
“If you’re not outlined in chalk, you’re fine to play” has been Catie Laraway’s motto for her past four years playing field hockey for the Williston Northampton School.
That kind of toughness and dedication resulted in some broken front teeth for the senior (since repaired) and a knee that has been smashed so often that her coach, Logan Brown, thinks it might now have multiple kneecaps.
It’s also resulted in Ms. Laraway setting a new career goals record at Williston—her 85 mark solidly broke the previous record of 60. She also set a new record for goals in a single season, with 38 this year, 10 over the previous record.