The following 286 students earned honors or high honors for the third trimester of 2017. Congratulations, Wildcats! Way to finish strong!
Katherine Borden, Honors
Julia Farnham, High Honors
Adam Johnsrud, Honors
Conrad Kang, High Honors
Joe Rees, Honors
Kenneth Wang, High Honors
Dylan Fulcher-Melendy, High Honors
William Gunn, High Honors
Alan Martin, Honors
Matthew Seltzer, High Honors
Abby Seltzer, High Honors
Jonathan Toth, High Honors
Louisa Weed, High Honors
Oscar DeFrancis, High Honors Continue reading →
Over the past few weeks, students have shared their passions and accomplishments widely within our school community. We have celebrated those endeavors in many venues from classroom presentations, to theatrical performances, at concerts, on the playing fields, and at gallery openings and the Arts Walk.
Assistant Head of School Ann Pickrell shared the most notable of these student accomplishments and recognized overall distinction among the Class of 2017. Continue reading →
During the Williston Northampton School’s 176th Commencement on May 28, 2017, History and Global studies teacher Peter Gunn led the induction of 13 new members into the Cum Laude Society.
“Every year the Williston Northampton School community witnesses what can be accomplished by a wonderful mixture of human potential and hard work,” he said. “And we catch a glimpse of a brighter future. We now honor the finest scholars in the class of 2017 with their public induction in to the Williston Northampton chapter of the Cum Laude Society. In electing these scholars to Cum Laude, Williston celebrates their academic accomplishment and, in a broader sense, the fundamental mission of our School. These young people show us what can be accomplished by an academic life inspired with purpose, passion, and integrity.” Continue reading →
The Academic Awards for the 2016-17 class year took place under the tent on the Quad on May 27, 2017. Awards were given in six subjects: History and Global Studies, English, Arts, Science, Math, and Language. A link to photographs of the event will be posted soon. The awards were as follows:
HISTORY & GLOBAL STUDIES
The A. L. HEPWORTH PRIZE, honoring a legendary history teacher, Dean of Students, and tennis coach, 1926-1973, is awarded to those students who have done excellent work in the United States History course:
For improvement – ELIN BLOMQUIST
For accomplishment – TIMOTHY “TIM” FAY
The HERVEY L. SMITH, JR., PRIZE, established by a member of the faculty from 1939 to 1946, is awarded annually for the highest achievement in the Modern European History course:
Parlez-vous français? Tu Latine loquimur? 你会说中文吗? The answer to these three questions is a resounding, “Oui!” “Ita!” and “是!” when it comes to Williston students, who took top scores in national language exams recently, netting them awards in French, Latin, and Chinese.
Nearly 80,000 students nationwide participated in Le Grand Concours National French Contest. The following students placed at the national level and regional chapter level (for Western Massachusetts and Vermont):
LEVEL 1A (French I)
Steven Wang ’20: Sixth place in Western Massachusetts and Vermont chapter, ninth in nation
Ariel Yen ’19: Seventh place in regional chapter, 10th in nation
Madhav Ambadi ’20: Seventh place in regional chapter, 10th in nation
Michelle Tu ’20: Ninth place in regional chapter
Kate Quimby ’19: Ninth place in regional chapter Continue reading →
When you see the following Wildcats—all 302 of them—please give them your heartiest congratulations! In making the honor roll for Trimester 2, they have made tremendous academic achievements, and we are so proud of them. Continue reading →
With the aid of Skype, Matt Liebowitz’s journalism class spoke to Kate Nocera ’01, from her Washington, D.C., office where she’s managing editor of BuzzFeed News. Last Friday, as Republicans in Congress were about to invoke the “nuclear option” to facilitate the confirmation of Pres. Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Nocera took a break from the hectic day to answer questions from students.
Ava Yates ’17 asked Nocera about her involvement in journalism while she was a student at Williston. Nocera answered that she was more about fiction writing then. Ellie Wolfe ’19 asked if sources took BuzzFeed seriously. Cat jokes aside, Nocera responded, readers respect the award-winning international coverage BuzzFeed provides (this year the site was nominated for a Pulitzer for international reporting). Mr. Liebowitz asked how she got her start. Nocera described her beginnings in journalism as a beat reporter for the New York Daily News covering cops, courts, and school committee meetings. Continue reading →
A Model UN conference at Choate Rosemary Hall last weekend considered the topic of nuclear vulnerability. History and global studies teacher Andrew Syfu took 25 Williston students to the meet, which addressed subjects such as nuclear nonproliferation, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and nuclear energy and climate change. Four of our delegates received awards, including the best delegate, which is the top honor of the event. Congratulations!
Twelve Williston Mathletes headed to Yale University this weekend to participate in the MMATHs competition.
The two Williston teams of six competed in individual and team rounds, as well as a round where they worked collaboratively with students from other schools. Williston’s Steven Wang ’20 came in third place out of 140 competitors. Congratulations to all!
Recent field trips sent seventh and eighth graders to area colleges to expand on work they were doing in the classroom.
Will Eberle’s eighth grade Latin class visited Mount Holyoke College’s museum to explore its collection of statues of Roman Lares (household gods).
The quotation from Cicero reads, “The most sacred, the most hallowed place on earth is the home of each and every citizen. There are his sacred hearth and his household gods, there the very center of his worship, religion, and domestic ritual.”
Back in the classroom, students went on to create their own Lares and a shrine for them, called a lararium.
All 70 Middle Schoolers traveled to the biomechanics lab at the University of Massachusetts recently to participate in a fitness study with UMass faculty and graduate students. Williston students were actively involved in generating, collecting, and analyzing data that scientists will use to refine our understanding of exercise and health.
“Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary field of study that allowed the students to see real science in action where biology, chemistry, and physics come together to investigate nature and find solutions to problems,” said science teacher Jane Lucia. “We could see and feel from the folks there that science is creative and collaborative, and fun!”
Ms. Lucia continued, “The uses of technology were eye-opening. From the special eye visors in the military lab to the life size virtual human cadaver in the anatomy and physiology lab, students experienced how embedded and valuable technology is to the advancement of ideas toward useful applications.”
Students from the Middle School also recently participated in Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College. Read about that here.