From the Homestead Williston Northampton School Alumni Newsletter

Happy Spring!

Spring has arrived in New England. How can we tell? The snow/hail/rain that arrived on campus last Wednesday was gone as quickly as it arrived! Not to be deterred, the daffodils and tulips are in full bloom, and shorts have become the preferred apparel. With just weeks left in the school year, there's a lot going on. So let's get right to it!

At the top of our list is VIRTUAL REUNION 2021! And while you won't be able to gather under the big tent on the quad, you can join in the fun with everything from class calls to yoga, a wine tasting, classes with current faculty, a visit with Head of School Bob Hill, and a night of trivia, contest and music with Los Angeles DJ Will Gill. We'll be honoring the Reunion classes of the 1s and 6s, but all alumni are invited to attend the virtual reunion events on June 7-11. The schedule goes live online in mid-May, so stay tuned for more information to come. Until then, keep scrolling for the latest campus and alumni news!

Jill Stern, Director of Alumni Engagement

Notes from Campus

We extend a warm Wildcat Welcome to Corinne Fogg '99, newly named Dean of Faculty, and to Nikki Chambers, our first Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Commencement will be held in person for the senior class and limited guests. Political strategist and media commentator Susan Del Percio '87 will address the Class of 2021.

Robert Grenier ’72 joined a recent all-school assembly to expand on his New York Times opinion piece: “How to Defeat America’s Homegrown Insurgency,” as well as answer questions about his long career in the CIA. The assembly was moderated by Assistant Dean of Students, Kate Garrity, and you can access a recording here.

The 2020-21 New England Math League is now complete! After six thrilling rounds, Williston Northampton finished 16th out of 76 schools! Special shout out to Ji Soo Hwang '21 who came in among the top 5 scoring young women in the New England AMC12B and whose score qualifies her to continue on to the USA Math Olympiad!

Stay up-to-date with campus news! The Willistonian is online covering everything from a campus STEM superstar, to the latest in sports.

Spotlight on: Richard Mackay '89

Richard Mackay ’89 helps give England’s large public works projects a smaller ecological footprint. As an environmental planner tasked with minimizing the impact of large infrastructure projects in Britain, he is keenly aware of humanity’s toll on the natural world, even as he works to lessen it. Find out more about how Mackay is focused on ways to help mitigate the consequences of social progress.

Spotlight on: Dyan deNapoli '79

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

Twenty years ago, Dyan deNapoli ’79 was on the front lines of the largest wildlife rescue effort in history. A penguin aquarist at Boston’s New England Aquarium, she was called to Cape Town, South Africa, to join the world’s foremost experts and thousands of volunteers in their efforts to save the lives of 20,000 oiled African penguins. A 21st-century environmental warrior, deNapoli has continued to evolve her work on behalf of penguins and the planet in the ensuing years. Read more about her career path that seems predestined, if less than direct.

Spotlight on: Quincy Coleman '90

Marking Earth Day 2021, Coleman's non-profit H-OM-E released We Can Do This Now, an anthem adapted and composed by Coleman from Greta Thunberg's iconic "Our House is on Fire" speech delivered at the World Economic Forum. The video which includes the participation of the West Los Angeles Children's Choir and voices from around the world, is a fervent call to action to save the planet by harnessing global unity and hope. Hear the song and watch the video here. Click here to learn more about H-OM-E and its mission to take responsibility for the past, heal the present, and change the future.

Alumni Events

One last alumni event in April and it's not-to-be missed! With more than 15 years experience as an executive recruiter, Sue Colina '88 knows what employers are looking for. Join her on Thursday, April 29 at 7:0o p.m. ET to learn how to make your cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile stand out. Register here.

Reunion Social Zoom Calls: Watch your email for dates for calls for the 0s and 5s and a special group call for the classes of 2000/2001 - 2015/2016 during the week of May 24. Classes of the 1s and 6s, your calls are on Friday, June 11! Registration will open soon. All other alumni: the schedule for Virtual Reunion 2021 goes live in mid-May. Check the schedule and join us for 5 days of special online events!

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Reunion is coming, the website is launching, the schedule is jam packed. The celebration may be virtual again this year, but before you know it we'll be back under the tent celebrating together!

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