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District honors advisers
Top counselors hailed for efforts
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Evans, right, and West Forsyth High School Principal Richard Gill, left, join Bob Carnaroli, the other counselor of the year, and his wife, Debi. - photo by Jim Dean
The Forsyth County School district has named its top counselors of the year.

The honors were presented during a ceremony Wednesday to Anne Ogilvy of Vickery Creek Elementary School and Bob Carnaroli of West Forsyth High School.

Candidates for the annual award were nominated by administrators, fellow counselors, teachers and parents.

Vickery Principal Ron McAllister said Ogilvy is “a model counselor.”

“We’re not surprised by this and it’s certainly well deserved,” he said. “She truly epitomizes what a counselor should be doing every day with kids and adults.”

He said Ogilvy is the kind of person who makes others better, just by knowing her.

Ogilvy, who has been a school counselor for 14 years, said she was “excited and surprised” by the award.

Carnaroli, who has a background in athletics, said he prefers a team approach when it comes to doing his job.

“Individual awards are special, but our group really does the job, that’s the main thing for us,” he said.

“Everybody pulls for one another and that’s how you get things done with working with families and kids. It’s not just a one-man operation.”

Carnaroli has been a high school counselor for 19 years and was an original faculty member at North Forsyth High School.

West Principal Richard Gill said the award “validates what’s been going on in counseling” at the school.

“We’re very invested in the future of our students,” he said. “He and I worked together a total of seven years at NFHS, where I was assistant principal and he was director of counseling at that time.

“It was an easy choice when I went to West of who I wanted to be in my counseling department, and Bob basically just kind of picked up where we left off at North.”

Carnaroli’s nomination letter cited a financial aid presentation he made to help parents better understand the process of paying for college.

He was also commended for his work with the school’s athletes.

Ogilvy’s nomination noted her leadership with the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. She is also a two-time recipient of the Recognized ASCA Model Program, or RAMP, award.

Both counselors will be submitted as candidates for state level recognition.

School Superintendent Buster Evans thanked the counselors for their efforts.

“I think in Forsyth County we are served by some of the most professional counselors that you can find in the state of Georgia,” Evans said.

“Our student services department invests a lot of time and energy in terms of training, recognition and promotion and I think that’s good not only for the profession of education but for the work that you do and it’s greatly valued.”