Michelle Obama To Address Nation’s Top School Counselors At Kennedy Center Celebration

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American School Counselor Association to host annual School Counselor of the Year celebration in collaboration with the Reach Higher Initiative

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The celebration, presented in collaboration with the Reach Higher Initiative, which was started by Mrs. Obama during her time at the White House, will honor Kirsten Perry of Chicago, Ill., as the 2018 School Counselor of the Year.

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Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, will honor the 2018 School Counselor of Year® at a special celebration at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The celebration, presented in collaboration with the Reach Higher Initiative, which was started by Mrs. Obama during her time at the White House, will honor Kirsten Perry of Chicago, Ill., as the 2018 School Counselor of the Year. Forty state school counselor of the year recipients also will be recognized.

Mrs. Obama will be the keynote speaker and will recognize Perry. Ted Allen, the Emmy award-winning host from the Food Network, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Confirmed guests also include La La Anthony (Starz series “Power”), Amanda Freitag (Food Network) and Carla Hall (“The Chew”). The celebration also will feature a special performance by the Lethal Ladies step team, featured in the award-winning documentary “Step.”

The School Counselor of the Year award, introduced by ASCA in 2008, honors professionals who devote their careers to advocating for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness needs. In 2015, Mrs. Obama, in collaboration with her Reach Higher Initiative, hosted the School Counselor of the Year ceremony at the White House and continued the tradition annually through the end of the Obama administration in 2017. This is the fourth year Mrs. Obama and Reach Higher have collaborated with ASCA to celebrate the work of school counselors across the country.

The event will be viewable via livestream on ASCA’s website at http://www.schoolcounselor.org/SCOY.

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