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We continue to hear news of many recognition for our students and faculty in a broad range of fields. We have collected a number of them here, but please forgive us if we have overlooked any!


Academic Dean Harmony Button recently had a poem accepted by the Adirondack Review.

Director of College Counseling Sari Rauscher placed second in the Alta Archery Ski Biathalon in March. She will serve as the Chair for the Rocky Mountain Association of College Admissions Counseling Utah College Fair this summer.

Assistant Director of College Counseling Judy Rasetti was selected to serve on the Presidential Scholars Selection Committee 2016.

Art faculty Jared Clark has work featured in “The Painted Veil,” running May 20 – July 8 at Rio Gallery. The Painted Veil features artworks by fifteen Utah-based artists and includes painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation works. The exhibition aims to extend possible interpretations of the veil. Veils are rich in symbolism and are often thought of as pathways into other realms. They have the ability to obscure, separate, conceal, and disguise, while simultaneously drawing our attention and curiosity to what lies beyond.


Middle School students Tarun Kumar and Shilp Shah participated in the State Debate Tournament and took 6th place as a team. They not only placed but also both won Speaker Awards: Shilp won 2nd place and Tarun Kumar won 4th place in state. Congratulations to Tarun and Shilp on their well-earned accomplishment!

Waterford students achieved state recognition for their poetry in the Utah State Poetry Society Junior Poetry Contest. Junior Sophie Gauthier won the The C. Cameron Johns Award for her poem, “To the People Who Moved in When I Left.” The C. Cameron Johns award, honoring the late Mr. Jones, founder of the Utah State High School Poetry Contest, is awarded to a high school junior or senior whose work best exemplifies the C. Cameron Johns tradition of emotional impact, clarity of thought, and precision of technique. Senior Alexey Beall was awarded 1st Honorable Mention for her poem, “Ode to Ray Bradbury.” Class III student Sierra Sun won 3rd place in the 3rd to 5th grade division for her poem, “Winter Is…”. All poets will have their poems published by the Utah State Poetry Society.

Junior Jessica Davis was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

The MS MathCounts team won third place in the Utah State MathCounts competition. Our team was comprised of Tarun Kumar Martheswaran, Evan Laforge, Shilp Shah and Hassan Qadir. Tarun took first place overall and so qualified to represent Utah at the National MathCounts competition held this year in Washington, D.C. from May 7-10. He reports that it was a great experience and he hopes to have the opportunity to do the same next year.

Yang Yan and Daniel South recently earned an invitation to compete in the United States of America Math Olympiad (USAMO) and Junior Math Olympiad (USAJMO), sponsored by the Mathematical Association of American. This invitation was extended to them because of their superior performances on the American Math Competition (AMC) exams and on the American Invitational Math Exam (AIME). Yang and Daniel were the only two students in the state of Utah to receive invitations to compete in this exam that was administered for 9 hours over two days.

Brigham Young University recently hosted the Utah State Math Competition. Waterford won the 2A first place team award for 12th grade and 10th grade. Waterford students were recently recognized at an awards banquet for their performance. Team members for the top awards were: 12th grade: Yang Yan, Alexey Beall and Molli Vermeer; 10th grade: Tanisha Martheswaran, Tiffany Xu, Daniel South. Other individual winners of note were Evan Laforge (VIII) and Tarun Martheswaran (VII), who both who placed individually in their grade level. It is also of note that Daniel South and Yang Yan each took away more than $600 in cash prizes for their individual accomplishments this year in math.

Chelsea Bradley and Matt Brunken were awarded 1st and 3rd place respectively in the Draper Visual Arts Foundation’s 2016 Scholarship Competition.
Their artwork was displayed at the Draper City building and each received a cash prize for their paintings during an awards ceremony at Draper City Hall. Chelsea received a $700 award for her acrylic painting Stroke, and Matt a $300 award for his charcoal drawing After Rodin.

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