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Four Williston senior athletes sign letters of intent

On February 3, 2016, four Williston senior athletes signed letters of intent to play college-level sports: Emily MacDonald ’16, of Ludlow, MA, signed to play soccer with Assumption College in Worcester, MA; Caroline Wysocki ’16, of Agawam, MA, signed to play soccer with the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH; Aaron James ’16, of Amherst, MA, signed to play soccer with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA; and Nick Garofano ’16, of Yorktown Heights, NY, signed to play lacrosse with the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

View photos from the signing ceremony on Williston’s Flickr site.

Danielle McCarty ’04 and Allison Robb ’00 to Talk Careers at Williston

When Danielle Wieneke McCarty ’04 and Allison “Kinsey” Robb ’00 return to the Williston Northampton campus on Friday for assembly, they won’t be delivering speeches.

Instead, the two accomplished alumnae, one an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and the other an art gallery curator, will be answering specific questions about how to take a Williston education and translate it into an incredible career.

History teacher Peter Gunn will facilitate the session, which will begin with introductions (who were you when you sat in the chapel pews back in the day?) and continue with the advice each alumna would give to her past self, who at Williston had the biggest impact on her, and what about their careers each alumna finds enjoyable.

The assembly will end with a question and answer session between the students and the alumnae. Ms. McCarty and Ms. Robb will also meet with students who are interested in their respective fields later in the day.

“The point of this assembly is to showcase a few Williston outcomes,” noted Elizabeth Cheney in an email to faculty. “Many thanks to Peter Gunn who has agreed to facilitate what promises to be a wonderful discussion.”

After graduating from Williston in 2004, Ms. McCarty attended Providence College where she was captain of the soccer team. She has been in investment banking since 2007 and an associate for the margin valuations and pricing operations for the past five. Ms. McCarty, who is based in New York City, also worked as an analyst for funding operations at Goldman Sachs.

Ms. Robb went from Williston to Syracuse University, where she completed her undergraduate degree. She went on to earn her MFA in the history of art from the University of Manchester (UK) where she is currently a PhD candidate in art history and visual culture. Ms. Robb aworks at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City, curating shows of work by modern artists, and has served as director for the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

The Bulletin Wins Gold (Again)

For the second year in a row, Williston Northampton’s alumni magazine has won gold in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) District 1 Circle of Excellence Awards.

The Bulletin beat out publications from Tufts University and Brown University to take the gold medal in the “magazines with circulations under 50,000” category. The magazine also received a separate bronze medal in the independent school magazine category.

The awards will be presented at the CASE D1 Circle of Excellence luncheon on January 28, during the association’s annual conference in Boston.

CASE receives more than 3,000 entries in nearly 100 categories for the annual Circle of Excellence Awards, with results announced each January. Winners are selected based on impact, overall quality, innovation, and use of resources. The awards are open to colleges, universities, independent schools, and nonprofits.

The school also received three other honors: a silver medal for the “Why Williston?” web page in the admission websites category; a bronze medal for “The Williston Yield Package” in the independent school viewbook and admissions packages category; and a bronze medal for “The Williston 175th Anniversary Celebration” in the new alumni relations programs category. Williston was the only independent school to win more than two awards.

See the online version of The Bulletin here.

Williston’s We the People Team Heads to Boston

Update, February 1: On Saturday, Williston’s We the People team won the Massachusetts State Championship, earning them the right to represent Massachusetts in the We the People National Finals in April at the University of Maryland.


They have prepared all trimester, studying the U.S. Constitution, debating in teams, and preparing for surprise questions from the judges. On January 30, students in AP U.S. government classes will once again head to Boston for the Massachusetts State We the People competition to test their knowledge and their debating prowess.

Led by faculty advisor Peter Gunn, the We the People program at the Williston Northampton School has been a long and successful one. Williston students have studied the curriculum since 1991 and participated in the state competition since 1998. In 2000 and again in 2013, Williston students went all the way to the national finals in Washington, DC, after winning and placing second in at the state-level, respectively.

“This is a central part of our learning in AP U.S. government,” noted Mr. Gunn in an email. “The students are hard at work on this exciting intellectual endeavor.”

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Gamer to Gamers: It’s An Evolving Field

Jesse Crafts-Finch ’01, owner of Gorilla Tactics, told students about careers in the video game field
Photo by Jeff Pilgrim

The focus of Kim Evelti’s class in video game programming and design is to not only teach students about programming, but to also encourage their creativity and enthusiasm for game play.

To that end, hearing from an alumnus who creates video games for a living was the perfect way for Williston Northampton students get a practical sense about what a career in the field is really like.

During his talk on January 14, Jesse Crafts-Finch ’01, owner of Gorilla Tactics, a video game design and development company, gave students tips on designing (“start small, then make it smaller!”), career paths (major in something that has marketability beyond just game design), and networking (send out 100 resumes, and the one call you’ll get is from the person who knew your college roommate).

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