Awards

KSCA Awards

Special thanks and recognition to Marvalee Collins, KSCA Awards Chair, and this year's selection committee. Countless hours are spent each year in preparation for these awards and Marvalee's hardwork and dedication to this cause does not go unnoticed. Thank you, Marvalee!


KSCA Executive Board

2017-2018 KSCA Awards

Press Release:

Kansas School Counselor Association (KSCA) recently announced the recipients of their annual school counseling awards. Teryl Goeckel, School Counselor at Washington County Junior/Senior High School, USD #108, was named the 2017 KSCA Outstanding School Counselor of the Year. The announcement was made on November 9th at the KSDE 68th Fall School Counseling Conference at Emporia State University.

The Kansas School Counselor Association (KSCA) also honored two state finalists along with Mrs. Goeckel.

  • Ali Busch, Marysville Junior/Senior High School, USD #364
  • Melanie Scott, Dodge City High School, USD #443

Teryl Goeckel will represent Kansas in the selection process for the 2019 American School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year. Mrs. Goeckel 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 the Kansas School Counselor Association. An awards committee consisting of school counselors, school counselor educators and school administrators review the applications to make selections for the awards. The KSCA School Counselor of the Year is selected on several criteria: school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student advancement.

In addition, the Kansas School Counselor Association announced their Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Rebecca Brannock was honored as the KSCA 2017 Hall of Fame recipient. Dr. Brannock currently serves as University Professor and School Counseling Program Director at Pittsburgh State University. The KSCA Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize distinguished service to the School Counseling Profession.

Additional awards were presented at the annual luncheon. They include the KSCA Principal Advocate Award. This state award recognizes the important partnership of school counselors and school administrators in providing services and resources to Kansas students and families.

Three outstanding Kansas School Administrators were recognized with the 2017 KSCA Principal Advocate Award. The recipients are…

  • Art Baker - Clifton-Clyde High School, Clyde, KS
  • Dr. Sarah Guerrero – Indian Trail Middle School, Olathe, KS
  • Doug Wilson – Ell-Saline Middle/High School, Brookville, KS


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 school counseling programs. School counselors are professionals who assist all students in academic achievement, career planning, and social-emotional development to promote success in school and life.

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