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School counselors RAMP-ing it up
Talk, awards fill breakfast
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Alyssa Degliumberto, left, Johns Creek Elementary principal, talks to Denise Eccleston, Georgia's Elementary Counselor of the Year. - photo by Jennifer Sami
Forsyth County school counselors and social workers had much to cheer Wednesday during the fourth annual Celebration of Results Breakfast.

“As we recognize outstanding ACT scores and then SAT scores, [they] reflect the quality of work you’re doing to help ensure students are appropriately guided,” Superintendent Buster Evans told the group.

“Thank you for your work. Thank you for your love of children and for your faithfulness to Forsyth County Schools.”

The ACT and SAT are often used as entrance exams for many colleges and universities.

The district and all of its high schools topped the state’s average SAT score for 2009, and the system led the state in ACT scores.

Also during Wednesday’s gathering, various counselors who use the Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program, or RAMP, shared their experiences and results.

The program helps put schools more in line with the American School Counselor Association’s national model to help find the best way to use counseling services and programs.

Leigh Ann Strickland, the district’s Elementary School Counselor of the Year, talked to her peers about what it means to be a hero.

While many may idolize athletes, actors and musicians, she said, the real heroes are those that make a difference in a child’s education, from teachers and counselors to bus drivers and custodians.

“We’re here as a team,” she said. “We’re here for kids every day.”

Denise Eccleston, former Settles Bridge Elementary School counselor, received flowers and the title of Georgia School Counselor Association’s 2009 Elementary School Counselor of the Year.

Eccleston has already made an impression at Lambert High School, where she works this year.

Lambert Principal Gary Davison said he is honored to have her “serving the students and families.”