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Counselor of the Year

Counselor of the Year

Susan Zarwell ’87 was selected as the state’s High School Professional Counselor of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC). Zarwell serves as University School’s director of college guidance, and she also served on the WACAC presidential cycle from 2015 to 2018.

“This award must be shared with our whole USM team, as their wisdom and commitment fuel me every day,” said Zarwell. “I am so lucky to work at an institution that truly prizes our work and the students we serve.”

The award honors a high school counselor with five or more years of experience who exhibits knowledge of current trends and has developed and maintained strong relationships with students, families, and college and university representatives. Nominees may have developed new and innovative programming or resources for students, families, and/or colleagues, and distinguished themselves through involvement and leadership in professional development, committee, or organizational work.


Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) is the state-level affiliate group of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). NACAC is the only professional association of members from secondary schools, community-based organizations, colleges and universities in the United States.

One of WACAC’s biggest goals is to help high school and community college students in Wisconsin prepare for collegiate study. Its network of admission professionals, school counselors, academic support staff, and members of educational organizations work together to share best practices and maintain high standards in the profession of counseling students.

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