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Never Let Them See You Sweat

Three of Coach Fulcher's Top Lacrosse Players Sign with D1 Teams
Photo by Mark Mantegna
Photo by Mark Mantegna

Coach Jen Fulcher can’t walk into a room without spreading some of her infectious enthusiasm. Imagine her excitement, then, when three of her top lacrosse players made commitments to top Division 1 programs this week.

On Wednesday, for a pre-signing ceremony with one of her athletes, Coach Fulcher was running around giving everyone high fives.

When that athlete returned to make her formal commitment with two teammates during a ceremony on Saturday morning, Coach Fulcher was in the Cox Room cheering them on and dispensing hugs.

Since 2008, Coach Fulcher has guided the lacrosse team to three undefeated seasons. Last year, the team finished with a 12-2 record, missing only three goals over the course of the season.

It’s no wonder that seniors Meg Szawlowski, Chloe Harris, and Rylee Leonard all cited their coach—and her enthusiastic one-liners, such as “solve the problem” and “never let them see you sweat”—as a driving influence in their athletic success. Coach Fulcher, they said, is a major reason they will spend next year playing at Central Connecticut State University, University of Louisville, and the University of New Hampshire, respectively.

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For That One Inch

A close trio of hockey players make NCAA commitments
Photo by Mark Mantegna
Photo by Mark Mantegna

In the six minutes before every game, the Williston Northampton girls varsity hockey team sits in darkness. Upstairs, the Zamboni circles the ice. Downstairs, the team is listening to words. The same words every time.

“The inches we need are everywhere around us. They’re in every break of the game. Every minute. Every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone around us to pieces for that inch.”

It’s Al Pacino speaking—and he’s speaking to a roomful of male football players in “Any Given Sunday”—but his words resonate: words of strength, grit, and most of all, unity.

The last point in particular is one the hockey players have taken to heart, and one that’s helped propel them to a record 20 wins, one loss, and four ties over the course of the last season.

On Friday evening, the team came together to celebrate another victory when a trio of players—forward Delaney Belinskas ’16, defender Rachel Rockwell ’16, and goalie Morgan Fischer ’16—signed national letters of intent to play with Boston College, Providence College, and the University of Connecticut,  respectively.

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Writers’ Workshop Presents John Katzenbach

The master of psychological suspense will delve into dark issues
John Katzenbach. Photo by Nancy Doherty
John Katzenbach. Photo by Nancy Doherty

Justice. Obsession. Revenge.

Author John Katzenbach will delve into these and other deliciously dark themes when he returns to the Williston Northampton campus on November 9 for the final installment of the 2015 Writers’ Workshop Series.

During the free and public lecture, Mr. Katzenbach will speak about his forthcoming book, The Dead Student, which includes a character he describes as “one of the most interesting bad guys I’ve ever created.”

“He’s a killer with a plan, and a belief that everything he’s done is totally, utterly justified,” Mr. Katzenbach notes on his website. “And not a bad guy, except that he seems to kill people.”

Originally a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News, Mr. Katzenbach published his first novel, In The Heat of Summer, in 1982. Since then, he’s published 12 other novels, including The Traveler, Day of Reckoning, What Comes Next, and Red 1-2-3.

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The Sharks Won’t Kill You, But the Vending Machine Might

Melissa Dore '86 Shares Fun Marine Facts, Memories During Williston Visit
Photo by Dennis Crommett

When the special visitor walked into Matt Spearing’s AP Environmental Sciences classroom on Friday, she had to pause for a moment. The room, with its lab tables, late afternoon light filtering through the windows, and fish swimming in a small tank, felt very familiar.

This was the same Scott Hall room was where Melissa Dore ’86—who now works at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Florida—first began her journey into biology.

“Thirty-four years ago, this is where I sat,” said Ms. Dore, the director of academic support and administration at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College. “I did my first shark dissection in that classroom. And a lamprey eel.”

Photo by Dennis Crommett

On Friday, Ms. Dore returned to Scott to talk to AP Environmental Sciences class about sea turtles. She then headed over to Elizabeth Kay’s biology class for a marine animal version of “what am I?”

Along the way, Ms. Dore shared quick facts about turtle eggs (oil will kill them), sting rays (can’t see what they eat), the gulf stream (it’s fast), and sharks (you have a better chance of being squished by a soda machine than eaten by one).

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A Cochlear Lesson for AP Psych

The Walters family provides a hands-on component to a unit on sensation and perception
Photo by Dennis Crommett

Four-year-old Jackson walked patiently around the AP psychology class, holding one of the devices that makes him so special and letting the Williston Northampton School students gently touch his head.

On the floor, his two-year-old brother, Chase, played with stuffed toys, while at the front of the room, his mother, Corinne Walters, explained to the class the process both boys had gone through while learning to use their cochlear implants.

“When it first got activated, he was in tears for days,” Ms. Walters said of Jackson. “Shoes walking on the floor were freaking him out. Silverware freaked out Chase.”

On Friday afternoon, Ms. Walters and her sons, both of whom were born deaf and have been gradually adjusting to life with implants, were in class to provide a hands-on component to a unit on sensation and perception.

Photo by Dennis Crommett

Students in the psychology class leaned over their desks to ask questions about the implants as the boys played and doodled on the white board.

The visit was a serendipitous one. Since Williston Northampton science teachers Amber Rodgers and Christina Berghoff share a classroom, when Ms. Rodgers left the words “cochlear implant” on the white board after her lesson, Ms. Berghoff spotted the note and mentioned that she had both previously worked with deaf students and was still helping to assist the Walters family.

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