Professional Awards

WACAC recognizes those in our respective fields who go above and beyond the call of duty.



  • High School Counseling Professional of the Year
  • Admissions Professional of the Year
  • WACAC Rising Star
  • Support Staff of the Year
  • Commitment to Service

Congratulations to the 2019 award winners!


2019 High School Counseling Professional of the Year: Susan Zarwell, University School of Milwaukee

The High School Counseling Professional of the Year honors high school employees that exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college. 

Congratulations Susan!


2019 Admissions Professional of the Year: Beth Petrie, Lawrence University

The Admissions Professional of the Year honors college/university admission professionals who exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students in the transition from high school to college.

Congratulations Beth!


2019 Support Staff/Professional of the Year: Gail Sahagun, Marquette University High School

The Support Staff/Professional of the year honors college/university or high school professionals who exemplify excellence and dedication to serving the needs of students and the work to be done.

Congratulations Gail!


2019 Rising Star Award: Mark Swenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Rising Star award honors college/university or high school professionals who exemplify excellence and dedication in their first five years in the admissions/counseling profession.

Congratulations Mark!


2019 Commitment to Service Award: Jenn Machacek, Ripon College

The Commitment to Service award honors college/university or high school professionals who exemplify excellence and dedication throughout a lifetime.  

Congratulations Jenn!



Past Winners


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