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Alumni Athletes in the News for January

Thomas ‘15 set a track record; Bronner '08 was a hockey star of the week; Chipouras '15 was NESCAC rookie of the year

Gabby Thomas ‘15 set a new Harvard and Ivy League record in the 200 recently—one of the top five 200-meter times in the country thus far and the fastest 200 by a freshman. As Director of Athletics Mark Conroy succinctly put it,  “Amazing.”

On January 19, Danbury Titans forward Phil Bronner ’08 was selected as the Sons of Hockey Star of the Week by the Federal Hockey League. Mr. Bronner, who is in hishis third professional season, tallied three goals and six assists in four games to help the Danbury Titans to four wins over that weekend.

 In his first year at Trinity College, Max Chipouras ’15 was named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year.  As Trinity’s starting running back, Mr. Chipouras had 649 rushing yards on 138 carries for an average of 4.7 yards per carry.  He led the league in touchdowns with 12 and added 12 catches out of the backfield for 54 yards.  Read more about Mr. Chipouras.


Marquis “Quis” Francois ’14 in Jersey Journal

A recent  article The Jersey Journal notes that Marquis “Quis” Francois ’14, “a defensive lineman for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute football team, has helped carry the team off to an 8-2 start this season.”

“The Engineers’ No. 77 balances sports and his school work,” the piece continues, “making Dean’s List while he studies business and management. Francois, a sophomore, made six tackles against the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Oct. 3, a season high for him.

Originally from Jersey City, Francois went to high school in Massachusetts at Williston Northampton School before heading to the New York-based private technological research university. “

Bridget Instrum ’12 Named Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Champs

It was a championship-winning weekend for Williston’s field hockey program! While the girls varsity team was winning its first NEPSAC championship in school history, Bridget Instrum ’12 was leading the Middlebury Panthers to that team’s second ever NCAA Championship. Ms. Instrum was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in the Division III National Championship game.  Read more about the game.

Questions for Leisa Knettle Mukai ’81

Courtesy of Leisa Knettle Mukai ’81
Courtesy of Leisa Knettle Mukai ’81

Opting to live off the grid was an easy decision for Leisa Knettle Mukai ’81 and her family. The only difficulty was in picking the perfect place. Enter the Acocote Eco Inn in Xcalak (pronounced Ishkalak), Mexico. Formerly Sandwood Villas, the beachside location has been transformed into a diver’s paradise—all with a firm commitment to protect the environment and reduce the carbon footprint of visitors. In a place where water is gold, collected rain water is used for flushing toilets, wash dishes, rinsing equipment, pouring on plants, and taking showers.

In this interview with Director of Alumni Relations, Jeff Pilgrim, Ms. Mukai talks about how she went from riding through the New England countryside on her bike to catering to water enthusiasts of all stripes at Acocote.

“You can have a direct experience of the water without a lot of commercialism, thousands of other tourists, and it’s a responsible approach to travel,” she notes. “We facilitate more than the creature comforts; we facilitate the adventure as well.”

What is your favorite memory from Williston?

Fall of my junior year, I bought a bike and rode around the country side. I loved the New England colors. Hitchhiking to Northampton and catching the Five College bus was really exciting for a kid from small town in eastern Washington State. And dressing up as the Tin Man—a costume Mr. Dunnington made for me at Halloween.

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Danny Rowe ’12 Named Campbell Trophy Semi-Finalist

Former Williston Northampton football player Danny Rowe ’12, a senior at the University of New Hampshire, was just named a semi-finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which his former coach and Director of Athletics Mark Conroy describes as “the most prestigious college football scholar athlete award in the country.”  

“It is a tremendous accomplishment,” notes Coach Conroy. ” It recognizes everything we believe in: strong leadership, citizenship, a strong academic record, (and outstanding football ability!)”

Mr. Rowe, who is one of only 23 FCS (1AA) players in the country on the list, added of the honor that he is “just continuing what I learned at Willy.”

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