JCMS Principal Receives Advocate Award

The following press release was issued by the Kansas School Counselor Association.

EMPORIA, KAN. – The Kansas School Counselor Association (KSCA) announced at the Emporia State University Fall Counseling Conference, the recipients of their annual awards. Alicia Jackson, School Counselor at Olathe West High School in the Olathe School District, was named the 2018 School Counselor of the Year.

The Kansas School Counselor Association (KSCA) also honored state finalist, Nicole Becker, School Counselor at Northview Elementary School in the Olathe School District.

Alicia Jackson will represent Kansas in the selection process for the 2019 American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year. Mrs. Jackson will travel to Washington D.C. and be considered along with other state representatives for the National School Counselor of the Year Award.

Nominations for the school counselor awards program are submitted to KSCA and an awards committee consisting of school counselors, school counselor educators, and school administrators review the applications to make the selection for the awards. The KSCA School Counselor of the Year is selected on the criteria of school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student achievement.

In addition, the Kansas School Counselor Association announced the KSCA Principal Advocate Award winners. This award recognizes the important partnership of school counselors and school administrators in providing services to Kansas schools.

The three principal advocate award winners are:

Sean Bohon – Manchester Park Elementary, Olathe School District
Heather Oentrich – Junction City Middle School, Geary County School District
Evan Yoder – Hillsboro Elementary, Hillsboro School District

The Kansas School Counselor Association is a state professional organization and a division of the American School Counselor Association. Both organizations assist school counselors in the work they do through comprehensive school counseling programs. School Counselors are professionals who assist all students in academic achievement, career planning and social-emotional development.

Please direct all inquiries to the Kansas School Counselor Association.

Photo of Heather Oentrich receiving award.

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