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.
It was a busy one for the arts at The Williston Northampton School.
The Fall Art and Music Intensives produced an exhibition to show off their wide-ranging and exceptional talents on Monday, November 14, in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, paper cut-outs, metal work, films, and music pieces.
On Tuesday, November 15, the Fall Choral Concert took place in the Phillips Stevens Chapel beginning at 7:30 p.m. Families around the globe watched the performance via a live webcast. The concert featured a special showcase of three pieces by Eleanor Daley, one of Canada’s most successful and gifted composers of choral music. The Teller Chorus, the Widdigers, and the Caterwaulers sang pieces by Stephen Foster, Bill Withers, Crosby Stills and Nash, Boyz II Men, The Doobie Brothers, Aloe Blacc, Chris Isaak, and The Beatles. You can watch the concert online on the school’s site or on Williston Northampton’s YouTube channel.
International humanitarian and author John Bul Dau visited The Williston Northampton School on Tuesday, November 8. Mr. Dau addressed the entire student body in the Athletic Center in the morning. Parents and alumni were invited to view his presentation via a live webcast. Following his presentation, Mr. Dau spent time in Williston’s classrooms, meeting with students and participating in class discussions.
In preparation for his visit, many students, including those taking World Civilizations and all Middle School students, read his memoir, God Grew Tired of Us. The book chronicles Dau’s journey as one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” He traveled over 1,000 miles by foot, subsisted in the desert, and finally arrived in the United States as a refugee. He has since attended Syracuse University and created the American Care for Sudan Foundation, which has raised more than $170,000 to build a clinic in southern Sudan.
International humanitarian and author Greg Mortenson will be a special guest on campus this fall. In preparation for his visit, students, teachers, staff members, parents, alumni, and friends are invited to participate in an all-school read of Mortensen’s co-authored first book, Three Cups of Tea, which tells the story of his experiences after a mountaineering trip up Pakistan’s K2.
While recovering in a nearby village, Mortenson promised children he met to help them build a school. As of 2010, he has established over 141 schools, and another five dozen temporary refugee schools, that provide education to over 64,000 children, including 52,000 girls, in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where few education opportunities existed before.