Seen, Read, Heard, Considered: Public Poetry on Campus

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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.”

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Gia Parker ’14 Commits to Dartmouth

Photo by Paul Rutherford

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.

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Max Willman ’14 Commits to Brown

Photo by Paul Rutherford

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.

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Catie Laraway ’14 Signs with Assumption College

2014_02_Rutherford_National Letter of Intent_Catie Laraway 2“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.

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Heather Schultz to Speak at 12th Annual Diversity Conference

HeatherSchultz_croppedNoted author, public speaker, and philanthropist Heather Schultz ’72, P’14 will present the keynote at Williston Northampton School’s 12th annual Diversity Conference on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. in the Athletic Center.

Ms. Schultz is vice president of Senn Delaney, a culture-consulting firm with headquarters in California and London, England. She has previously worked as an executive at Save the Children, president of the Tom Peters Company, and as global head of marketing for Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.

Her books include Online Learning Today: Strategies That Work, with John Fogarty, and Dance Lessons: Six Steps to Great Partnerships in Business and Life, with Dr. Chip Bell. She attended Northampton School for Girls and was in the first graduating class of the combined Williston Northampton School. Her daughter, Bianca Schultz, is a senior at the school.

Ms. Schultz will speak on the conference theme of “Empowering MEdia” by exploring how those in the Williston community can be at their best more and make valuable contributions to their families, the school, and the world.

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