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The Wyoming School Counselor Association has opened up the website for nominations and the application process for our 2023 Wyoming School Counselor of the Year. 

WySCA  teams with the American School Counselor Association to bring you a user-friendly process to apply for the Wyoming School Counselor of the Year. Once applications are complete, a review committee chosen by the WySCA board members will review and score all applications on a nationwide rubric. The highest scoring applicant then becomes our Wyoming School Counselor of the Year! 

This also means that the winner’s application will be pushed on to ASCA’s National School Counselor of the year competition AND will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in Washington DC (around January 2024) with all other state school counselors of the year!  This is a wonderful opportunity to represent Wyoming school counselors at the national level. 

1) Nominate a school counselor!! Go to and register for free to log in and fill out the information needed. This will automatically send an email to the school counselor you are nominating. Then, the counselor that has been nominated will be able to complete the application process. *If you nominate a counselor - please let them know about it. Some of the email notifications have been going into junk or spam folders.

2) If you are a school counselor, it’s okay to ask someone to nominate you! We want as many amazing counselors as possible to have a chance at this great recognition! Ask someone to go to and nominate you. Then, complete the application. (If you are chosen as our state school counselor of the year, to be pushed on for the ASCA competition, you will need to submit a 4 minute video about your school counseling program - students are allowed, & encouraged, to be in the video if they have a media release.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2023. The deadline for completed applications is April 22, 2023.

Eligibility for School Counselor of the Year
A. The applicant must be employed as a full-time, U.S.-based, practicing school counselor on Sept. 1 and have completed at least three years as a practicing school counselor.
B. The applicant must hold a master's degree in guidance and counseling or equivalent and be certified as a school counselor by the state, district or U.S. territory.
C.The applicant must be an ASCA professional member as of Sept. 1, 2023. The applicant must also be a WySCA member.
D. Previous recipients of the ASCA School Counselor of the Year award are not eligible.
E.  Applicants must be recommended by a state school counselor association.

If you have further questions, please email Amy Mason @

2023 School Counselor of the Year

Kara Miller is the WySCA School Counselor of the Year for 2023! Kara has worked as a school counselor in Wyoming for seven years, of which she has served the past six as the high school counselor at Powell High School. Advocacy, leadership and collaboration are qualities that make Kara a great school counselor. She is a member of the WySCA Advocacy Committee, served as a mental health resource and represented counselors at the Administrator's Trauma-Informed Education conference and has served in the presidential role of WySCA . Kara is working closely with the team in her building to launch the implementation a successful SEL program using ASCA Mindset aligned curriculum- Character Strong, serves on the SAMHSA Mental Health Grant Advisory Committee, and helped developed Risk Assessment Protocol in her district. In addition, she aided in the facilitation of training for all certified staff in ACE studies & Trauma Informed Practices, and collaborates with community entities to promote student mental health and the work of counselors in the schools. "One of my favorite responsibilities is to help students navigate their world and find how to both be comfortable in their own skin as well as how to make the world for which they live a safer place,” Kara reflects of her work with students.

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