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Max Livingston’s Field Guide to Success

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Williston Senior Max Livingston was nominated to be a captain of the men’s lacrosse team on Tuesday, April 24. This was the second time this school year that Max was nominated, mid-season, to be a captain. It’s an accolade Max truly appreciates.

“It definitely came out of left field, but it was very motivational to say the least,” Max said.

Max has been on the varsity lacrosse team since his arrival to Williston as a sophomore. He plays as a close defenseman and next year he’ll be playing at the College of Wooster, in Ohio.

The three-year senior added, “I was just being a leader and that’s what I was doing naturally with the defense because we have a new defense and I think I took that responsibility and filled that role to the best of my abilities.”

He was also nominated to be a captain midway through his wrestling season. He told The Willistonian, “In the wrestling season it was a different story, it was a much smaller team and both our captains got injured. I didn’t have the greatest season last year and I didn’t have the best outlook on the season, but I came back with a different perspective and I think the coaches realized that all the seniors should be captains because they are all great leaders.”

Overall, Max stated that being nominated captain was a great boost of confidence for him and his game.

When Max came to Williston from Weston High School in Weston, Massachusetts, outside Boston, he never expected to be receiving the accolades he is now as a senior. The transition from public high school to prep school was a challenge.

“My sophomore year I was put on academic probation and I didn’t really improve much,” Max said. “I came back junior year, had decent grades, but nothing to get excited over. Then, my senior year I surprised myself by being on Honors in trimester one and in my second trimester I made High Honors and I am hoping to make High Honors again for trimester three.”

Max said he was far more focused on his social stance and personality his sophomore year, but he has now found a good balance where he is able to have strong friendships while also receiving strong grades.

He also contributes his success in the classroom to his teachers and the subjects he is studying. “I think it has a lot to do with me liking my classes and actually enjoying them and being interested in what I’m taking, rather than taking required courses that all schools offer,” Max said.

Max will be graduating from Williston this Spring as a two-sport captain, and a High Honors student.

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