When it comes to admission decisions, seniors at The Williston Northampton School have faced stiff competition—and have done very well, said Tim Cheney, director of College Counseling. Cheney said that the admission landscape this year continued to be extremely competitive, but that many members of the class of 2013 had begun to hear good news from their top choices.
“The last few years have seen record increases in applications at scores of colleges nationwide,” Cheney wrote in an email. “Simply put, it’s all about supply and demand—there are often too many qualified candidates vying for admission from across the globe and not enough spaces to accommodate them all.”
Be courageous, speakers told the Class of 2012 during The Williston Northampton School’s 171st Commencement on June 2. As rain fell outside the Athletic Center, and the graduates prepared to open a new chapter in their lives, commencement speakers reminded them to always have the courage to do the right thing, the courage to persist, and the courage to stand up for their ideals.
“You will scatter across the globe, to new and unfamiliar pathways,” said Head of School Robert W. Hill during his opening remarks. “It’s going to take courage for you to maintain the kind of spirit you have shown here.”
Hill reminded seniors about what they had learned at Williston—to welcome a diversity of ideas, to be self-reflective, to be good people. He urged students to continue to express their passions and their integrity even beyond the sanctuary of the school.
“Courage motivates you to step in others’ shoes, to do the right thing when no one is looking or to cut a new pathway,” he said.
The Cum Laude Society honors the achievements of students who have excelled academically, so it was fitting that the speaker for this year’s induction ceremony was the valedictorian of the first co-ed class at The Williston Northampton School.
On Tuesday, January 31, Sheila Fisher of Trinity College was the guest speaker at a ceremony to induct 11 seniors into the Williston Northampton’s Cum Laude chapter. The event was webcast live and will be archived on the school’s webcast page.
A medievalist with a specialty in Chaucer—and a member of the first co-ed class at The Williston Northampton School—will be the guest speaker at the school’s Cum Laude induction ceremony on Tuesday, January 31, at 8:30 a.m. at the Phillips Stevens Chapel on campus. The ceremony honors 11 seniors who have excelled academically.