Waterford College Class of 2021



June 4, 2021

Waterford School instills qualities of critical thought, curiosity, responsibility, and integrity as it helps students lay a foundation for college and beyond as they prepare to lead lives of meaning and purpose. Congratulations to the Class of 2021 for their accomplishments and extraordinary efforts as scholars, artists and athletes!

Perhaps more important now than ever is the liberal arts curriculum and interactive learning environment that they have experienced at Waterford. These students will take their skills of analysis, their deep and broad knowledge of many disciplines, and their communication,reading, writing, and discussion skills into their lives as critical thinkers, scientists,humanitarians, artists, future teachers and leaders.

This class is not only prepared to excel in college but also to pursue lives of meaning and purpose in an ever-changing world that needs citizens who question and dig deeper. Students credit their love of learning to the extraordinary breadth and depth of the Waterford college preparatory curriculum and programs, and the talented faculty who provide opportunities for each student to find and pursue their individual passions. The personal interest and attention given by the faculty helped each student succeed across a broad and demanding liberal arts curriculum.

College Counseling Office

Director of College Counseling Sari Rauscher working with Upper School students in the College Counseling office.

Waterford’s College Counseling Office guides and supports students as they consider an exciting variety of undergraduate options. Recognizing that this transition is important both for students and their families, Waterford college counselors work individually with students and parents ensuring that each student will have college choices that align with their interests, needs, and will ultimately be the right fit for each student. 

Acceptance rates far above national averages place the Waterford Class of 2021 among the top students in the country. The colleges and universities that the Class of 2021 will be attending show how much hard work has gone into their time at Waterford and how carefully each student sought institutions of quality across the country.  Students in Waterford’s senior class will attend colleges that are suited to cultivate their passions and will continue to challenge them to succeed and excel in all of their future endeavors.

College Admissions

“In an admissions climate where many selective colleges are seeing increasing numbers of applications and thus lower admission rates, Waterford students continue to do well in admissions. A number of factors contribute to their success, but an important factor is that colleges know they are academically well-prepared, reflected in many parts of the application. The integrity and rigor of our academic program is seen and understood, and the preparation Waterford graduates have shown on their campuses in the past are important factors, as well as the self-reflection and writing abilities our students show in the application process. The strength and depth of the Waterford Class of 2021 was reflected in the quality of the students’ acceptances: our 73 students were accepted at 137 different colleges and universities. Students work one-on-one with our counselors to discover and gain admission to colleges where they will thrive.”

- Sari Rauscher, Director of College Counseling

Tioné Hoeckner

Tioné Hoeckner ’21, Yale University ’25

“Waterford is a place full of people who are not only passionate about everything they do, but who are also always willing to help one another. I am so grateful to the faculty for shaping me into an independent thinker with a true thirst for knowledge and for always challenging me to do my best. I know that my education has prepared me well for the years ahead. ”

- Tioné Hoeckner, Yale University Class of 2025


Tioné heads to Yale University this fall. Tioné has been an involved member of the Waterford community - actively participating in rowing, photography, and students in action. She is named a Cum Laude Scholar, is a documentary artist, and will intern for youth justice over the summer. 

College Exams

Dylan Millard

Dylan Millard ’21, Universiity of Virginia ’25

“The college counseling office did a fabulous job helping us seniors see that fit was the most important part of our college search. They would help us find the right school by sitting down with us and going through all of our priorities. Waterford helped me find a place where I would thrive.”

- Dylan Millard, University of Virginia, Class of 2025


Dylan Millard heads to the University of Virginia this fall. While at Waterford Dylan was endlessly curious and up for an academic challenge, ultimately earning him the distinction of Cum Laude Scholar. Dylan was also on the winning Science Olympiad team, a member of the tennis team for over four years, rowed crew, and won Scholatic Art & Writing Awards for his photography. 

College Counseling

Emma Kearon

Emma Kearon ’21, Brigham Young University ’25

“Waterford has been the most amazing place for me to learn and grow as not only a student, but as someone about to enter into the next phase of life. The environment on campus is one that stimulates progression and curiosity, and does so through its passionate teachers, beautiful campus, and numerous opportunities. I feel prepared to move forward knowing that I have been taught to work hard, establish relationships, and learn proactively.

- Emma Kearon, BYU Class of 2025


Emma will attend Brigham Young University in the fall. Emma was named a Cum Laude Scholar, excelled in photography, was a member of the tennis team, and performed beautiful music with the orchestra as a violinist. We look forward to all she will do in the future. 

Class of 2021 - At a Glance

Ulla-Britt Libre

Ulla-Britt Libre ’21, Dartmouth College, Class of 2025

“My experience with college counseling at Waterford was extraordinarily positive. Mrs. Rauscher helped me immensely with every part of my application process – from helping me decide where I wanted to apply early, to the nitty gritty details of my essays, and even what to say to my interviewer. I am incredibly grateful to have worked with her.”

- Ulla-Britt Libre, Dartmouth College, Class of 2025


Ulla plans on studying and rowing at Dartmouth College. Ulla has been active while at Waterford—skiing, rowing with the crew team, and playing the viola with the orchestra. She has also become known as a writer, winning regional Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Keys during her time in high school. Ulla is environmentally aware and dedicated to social justice, and we know her work in large and small ways will make our world a better place. 

Selective Colleges

Riley Land

Riley Land ’21,University of San Diego, Class of 2025

“Waterford has been my second home for the last fifteen years. Throughout my time here, Waterford has taught me valuable life skills like how to stay organized, think critically, and pursue my passions. I will take these skills with me to college and beyond where I know they will set the foundation for my success. I am grateful to Waterford for the memories it has given me. I will cherish them forever.”

- Riley Land, University of San Diego, Class of 2025


Riley looks forward to studying at the University of San Diego in the fall, and will no doubt bring her positive energy to their classrooms. Riley has expressed genuine joy in exploration and discovery, especially in STEM fields. Riley has played the violin in the orchestra and has been a powerful community builder while here at Waterford. We look forward to all Riley has to offer in the future. 


Scholarship Awards



College Acceptance & Matriculation List*

*Matriculation in bold


American University

Arizona State University (2)

Bard College (2)

Boise State University

Boston College

Boston University (4)

Bowdoin College

Brigham Young University (5)

Brigham Young University (Idaho) (3)

Brown University

California Institute of Technology

California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo)

California State University (Los Angeles)

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University (2)

Clark University

Colorado School of Mines

Columbia University

Curry College

Dartmouth College (2)

Denison University

Dixie State University

Drexel University

Duke University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 

Emerson College

Emory University (2)

Fairfield University

Fordham University

George Mason University

George Washington University (2)

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology (3)

Gonzaga University

Indiana University

Ithaca College

Johns Hopkins University (2)

Kenyon College

Lewis & Clark College (3)

McGill University

Miami University (Oxford) (3)

Middlebury College

Mitchell College

Montana State University (2)

New York School of Interior Design

New York University (2)

Northeastern University (4)

Northern Arizona University

Occidental College (4)

Oregon State University (3)

Parsons School of Design

Pepperdine University

Pitzer College

Princeton University

Purdue University

Reed College (2)

Rochester Institute of Technology (2)

Saint Mary's College of California (2)

Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Art and Design (2)

Scripps College

Seattle University (4)

Skidmore College

Southern Utah University (2)

Stanford University (3)

Stevens Institute of Technology

Syracuse University

Temple University

The Evergreen State College

The New School

The Ohio State University (Main Campus)

The University of Queensland

Trinity College (2)

Tufts University (2)

Tulane University of Louisiana

United States Merchant Marine Academy

United States Military Academy

United States Naval Academy

University of Arizona

University of Auckland

University of Calgary

University of California (Berkeley) (5)

University of California (Davis) (2)

University of California (Irvine) (4)

University of California (Los Angeles) (2)

University of California (Merced) (2)

University of California (Riverside) (3)

University of California (San Diego) (4)

University of California (Santa Barbara) (9)

University of California (Santa Cruz) (4)

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Denver (2)

University of Florida

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Maine

University of Maryland (College Park)

University of Miami​​​​​​​

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of Oregon (3)

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh (3)

University of Portland (4)

University of Puget Sound (13)

University of Redlands

University of Richmond

University of Rochester (2)

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California (2)

University of Sydney

University of Utah (47)

University of Vermont

University of Victoria

University of Virginia

University of Washington (4)

Utah State University (14)

Utah Valley University

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

Villanova University

Washington and Lee University

Washington State University

Washington University in St Louis (2)

Wesleyan University

Western Washington University

Westminster College (5)

Westmont College

Whitman College (4)

Willamette University (5)

William and Mary

Yale University (2)