NSCA Announces School Counselor of the Year Level Winners
Kearney, NE - The Nebraska School Counselor Association announced the 2019 Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors of the Year at an awards luncheon during the NSCA Annual School Counselor Academy on November 7th. This year's recipients are Megan McDougal - Elementary School Counselor of the Year, Tasha Osten - Middle School Counselor of the Year, and Loni Watson - High School Counselor of the year. Ms. McDougal is a school counselor in the Papillion-La Vista Public Schools. Ms. Osten is employed by the Raymond Central Public School District while Ms. Watson is a counselor at Chadron HIgh School .
Prior to announcing the winner Ms. Angie Kruse, NSCA Professional Recognition Chair, told the audience of over 200 school counselors that this year the committee had received over 70 nominations for the three awards. Narrowing it the field down to 6 finalists and eventuall three winners was extraordinarily difficult. Given this fact NSCA also recognized the three additional finalists before announcing the winners. Jerry Wiggins from Gothenburg was recognized as a finalist for High School Counselor of Year. Fran Hassler of the Ponca Public Schools was recognized as a finalist for Middle School Counselor of the Year. Finally, Carla Brauer from Sidney was honored as a finalist for the Elementary School Counselor of the Year. All of the finalists, including the three winners, will be recognized at a formal dinner in conunction with National School Counseling Week in February.
Pictured from left to right are: Megan McDougal - Elementary School Counselor of the Year, Loni Watson - High School Counselor of the Year, and Tasha Osten - Middle School Counselor of the Year.
Holzapfel is NSCA Administrator of the Year
Kearney, NE - Bob Holzapfel, Principal of Indian Hill Elementary School, was honored by the Nebraska School Counselor Association as the Administrator of the Year. Mr. Holzapfel was nominated by Indian Hill School Counselors, Barbra Becker and Whitney Galvin for the trust and freedom he has shown them in allowing them to implement a comprehensive school counseling program that benefits all of the students at their school. Indian Hill Elementary is in the Omaha Public School District.