News - May 2010 Archives

College Admissions Report 2010


Sari Rauscher

by Sari Rauscher, Director of College Counseling.

Class XII students have worked hard on their studies for many years, and have worked hard on college applications for many months. They will be rewarded over their college careers and their lifetimes for their academic engagement and for the talents they have developed. The rewards began this spring with college acceptance letters.

Waterford’s 73 Seniors in the Class of 2010 have been accepted to the following most-selective colleges and universities:

Bates College
Bowdoin College
Boston College
Brandeis University
University of California—San Diego
Cornell University
Duke University
Emory University
Harvard University
Kenyon College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Reed College
Rice University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Tufts University
Tulane University

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Cycles within Cycles


Nancy Heuston

By Nancy Heuston, Head of School

A new baby has come into our family. She is perfect, as is every grandchild, and she is special because she brings with her the heritage of another culture. As I look into her darkening eyes and allow her tiny fingers to grasp mine, I muse about the shape of her life and wonder who she will become, what her contributions might be.

The course of every lifetime incorporates cosmic shift and quiet cycles of change.

In the last few months, we have hosted visitors to Waterford who have told their stories of living at historical points of inflection. In February, Marc Keilburger shared with us the images of devastation wreaked in Haiti, and described the steady steps taken by young people to hold up the hands of a people overwhelmed. In April, Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, reminded us of the distance we have traveled since he walked into Central High in September 1957, and the distance yet to be traveled if we are to realize the promise of those young pioneers’ courage.

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A Dichotomous Muse


Marcel Gauthier

By Marcel Gauthier, Assistant Head of School

I am a poet, and I am an educator. I generate the kind of material that my students analyze in class; I also manage the context in which that learning occurs. At times these two callings are in contention. For the most part, however, they share surprisingly similar goals.

As a poet, I strive to give authentic form to the goings-on of the heart and mind. The exercise is not so much self-expression — as one might think — but communication. If the end product is good, then readers experience an expansion of who they are and the world of which they are a part.

As an educator, I aim to do justice to the potential of a child. If the arena I create is effective, then children will be both nurtured and challenged. They will feel honored both for who they are and who they might become.

Both callings are subject to the same pitfalls. One can impose too many expectations on the process of learning or writing and ultimately hamper — rather than facilitate — a creative journey. Or one can impose too few expectations and hence not provide a sufficient roadmap for that journey to follow. One can expect too much (or too little) from a moment in time, or misjudge the broader context in which that moment has meaning.

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Interview: Seniors & Siblings


As the year draws to a close, our thoughts turn to our graduating seniors, and the wisdom and gifts they are leaving us as they start to say goodbye. Recently, we sat down with three Seniors and their young siblings, and talked to the Seniors about looking back and the Lower Schoolers about looking ahead. Following are excerpts from our conversations.

Taylor (Class XII) and Payson (Class I)Taylor and Payson

Before Payson arrived, we chatted with Taylor.

How long have you been here?

Since Nursery Threes.

What’s your best memory from Lower Schools?

My number line. I made it in Kindergarten. A couple of times a week, we would write out numbers on our charts. I went up to about 12,000, I think. I was proud of it: it rolled out to ten feet or something.

No, wait — It was Mrs. Perkins! The finches! I still go down and see Mrs. Perkins often. She was my hero in Lower Schools. She still is my hero! She introduced me to birds (as did Mr. Johnson and Mr. Bromley). I had finches, and we would talk about my finches every day. She made learning so hands-on, and she was so excited about it that you got excited about it.

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Utah High School Students Win National Art Awards



Jake-StairsMay 28, 2010, Sandy, UT — Three Waterford School students have received National Scholastic Art and Writing awards for their acheivements in art and will be recognized at Carnegie Hall, on June 6, 2010. The students, Wesley Turner, Jake Lindeman and Sophia Riffkin, competed against more than 165,000 entries from students across the United States.

Sophia Rifkin is one of 100 students in the U.S. to receive a National Vision Award. Her winning submission will be displayed at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in lower Manhattan from June 9 -25. Wesley Turner won a Silver Medal in drawing and Jake Lindeman won a Silver Medal for his photography porfolio.

Rifkin and Turner will travel to New York City to attend the ceremony and receive their awards. They will be accompanied by Waterford Art Department Chair, Nathan Florence, who will be honored at the ceremony for excellence in art teaching.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this kind of national recognition. I am thrilled for the students to have this opportunity. We challenge our students to find their own voices in the creative process and it’s exciting to see them reach such a high level of excellence.” said Florence.

The Waterford School is a private, college-preparatory school located in Sandy, Utah, for students in preschool through grade 12. The school offers an extensive liberal arts curriculum, including music, dance, theater, photography and visual arts. For more information about the Waterford School visit

For more information about the awards or to see winning submissions, visit

For more information please contact:

Cheri Beck
Marketing Communications
The Waterford School
(801) 631-8716

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