Junior year at The Williston Northampton School is a busy one under the best of circumstances for most students, but it is particularly hectic for Charles Frank. At 17, Charles is already an accomplished filmmaker with an impressive resume. And if things go as planned, he will celebrate senior year with other filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival.
Charles’s short film, “Breezless” won best picture at this year’s Williston Northampton, an honor he received last year, as well. The festival, which received entrants from both independent and public high schools, is an annual event that began in 2007 and continues to grow every year.
Chad Adams ’12 (Ware, MA) signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at The College of St. Rose in the fall of 2012. Chad, an accomplished shortstop on The Williston Northampton School’s team, will be an asset to the college’s program.
Williston’s head baseball coach, Matthew Sawyer, said, “Chad is one of the best hitters I have coached, and I have no doubt he will be a feared hitter at the college level. He had a hit in every game but one in his sophomore year at Williston, and the better the pitching he faces, the better he is as a hitter. Chad is a line drive hitter with some power and he rarely strikes out. What separates him, though, from his peers is how well he knows the game.”
In the midst of homework, tests, papers, and the usual rush of the holidays, it is easy to lose sight of the larger world and those who are far from home. But Madeleine “Maddy” Stern ’14 (Northampton, MA) and Bennett “Ben” Wheeler ’14 (Longmeadow, MA), both class officers, made time to remember American troops unable to be home for the holidays.
Maddy and Ben are organizing an effort to send over 400 holiday cards to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Students at the school have undertaken an effort like this in the past, and Maddy and Ben decided it was time to revive the tradition. Maddy said, “We thought this was a great idea, especially at the holidays.”
Senior Jon Deaton signed his letter of intent to join the men’s gymnastics team at Stanford University in the fall of 2012. A member of the Men’s Junior Olympic National team, Jon competed in the USA Gymnastic National Championship in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he placed second All-Around in the 16-18 age group. He missed first place by only .100 of a point. In the individual 16-18 age group events, Jon won first place in the floor exercises and in the vault.
Jon is from Longmeadow, Massachusetts and has attended The Williston Northampton School since the ninth grade. He has two older sisters, Chantal ’08 (Bryn Mawr ’12) and Fabienne ’06 (Davidson ’10), who also graduated from Williston.