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Oelsligle is 2024 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year 

Lincoln, NE -  Cami Oelsligle, K-12 school counselor at the Humphrey Public Schools, was named the 2024 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year at the annual school counselor of the year dinner at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln.   Ms. Oelsligle, like all the finalists and semi-finalists, has done an exemplary job of implementing a comprehensive school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model.    Two finalists and two semi-finalists were also celebrated and recognized at the dinner.  Finalist included Katie Meredith (Nebraska City Public Schools) and Kevin Fields (Seward Public Schools).  Semi-finalists included:  Dawn Draeger (Crete Public Schools) and Shana Dick (Scottsbluff Public Schools).  Senator. Tony Vargas was a special guest at the dinner and delivered brief remarks.  Earlier in the day, Cami Oelsligle, Katie Meredith, and Kevin Fields were all introduced on the floor of the Legislature.  They were welcomed and congratulated by the legislators with a round of applause.
 
As the 2024 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year, Ms. Oelsligle will be Nebraska's nominee for the 2025 American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year.   As Nebraska's nominee she will be invited to attend the ASCA School Counselor of the Year Gala in Washington, DC.  This black-tie event is held each year at beautiful Union Station during National School Counseling Week.  Ms. Olesligle will be a guest of ASCA's and as such have her travel expenses paid for.  

Pictured from left to right is Rachel Catlett, NSCA Board Chair; Cami Oelsligle 2024 Nebraska School Counselor of the Year; Malinda Jean Baptiste, NSCA Assistant Executive Director.

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NSCA at the Captiol

Lincoln, NE – On March 4, 2024 NSCA held its annual Day at the Capitol.  The intent of the day is to educate lawmakers about comprehensive school counseling programs, the role of the school counselor and how both benefit Nebraska students.  Members of the NSCA Governing Board, staff, and Advocacy and Government Relations Committee along with the 2023 Elementary, Middle and High School Counselors of the Year converged on the Capitol with this goal in mind.  Over the years NSCA has learned that legislators are more likely to meet with and listen to our members when the conversation is based around a particular piece of legislation rather than just wanting to talk about the role of the school counselor.   This year attendees talked with lawmakers about how passage of LB1322 would allow school counselors to spend their 80% of their time on direct/indirect services to students and 20% of their time on program planning/school support as outlined in the ASCA National Model.  Attendees also spoke out against LB 1065 which if passed would allow schools to hire chaplain to fill to role of a school counselor.  Both pieces of legislation provided a golden opportunity to educate about the role, training and positive impact of certified school counselors. 

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