NJSCA Middle School Award 

2016 Award Winners
Human Rights, High School and Middle School



Information about the 2018 application will be available in February 2018.

Middle School students are eligible to participate in the NJSCA Middle School Awards, which are held annually at the NJSCA Awards Dinner in June. 

Two winners will receive a plaque and a $250 award each. Middle School Students (grades 6, 7 or 8) may submit an essay on the following topic: “My hopes and dreams for the future and how my school counselor will help me achieve them.” Essays should not exceed two pages.

The school counselor of the essay writer must be a current member of NJSCA. No essays will be considered without the counselor’s membership in NJSCA. Students must be a student at a New Jersey Middle School, grades 6-8. Essays are due on or before March 17, 2017. 

Please contact the Middle School Awards Chair, Elana Liebeskind at 
eliebeskind@rutherfordschools.org with any questions.

2015 Middle School Students & Counselors Receive Awards!

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, three Middle School students were announced as the winners of the Middle School Essay Contest at a dinner held at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe, NJ. The students wrote winning essays about their counselors and describing how they helped them achieve their “Hopes and Dreams” for the future.

Ms. Elana Rudnick, Middle School Vice President and awards chairperson, presented each winning student with a $250.00 check award and a certificate. Each student chose to speak about their respective counselor in appreciation of the great impact on their life.

Angel Santiago is grateful for counselor Kareem Spence who “is like a father” figure. Angel explained that Mr. Spence has wonderful characteristics and he is a person who is “always on [his] side.” Angel described how Mr. Spence assisted Angel as well as Angel’s friends in becoming a balanced student athlete.

Mr. Kareem Spence was also nominated by student Michael Arrington. Counselor Spence “gave [Michael] the confidence he needed when [he] was not committed to completing [his] school work.” Arrington lauded Mr. Spence with regards to his assistance with course selection, self-confidence, peer interaction, and balancing school with academics. Arrington learned the motto “Try your best, work your hardest and never give up” from Mr. Spence and credits Mr. Spence with his success in school.

In nominating School Counselor Antoinette Gray, student Jalil Hamilton described the assistance he received with bullying in his school. Ms. Gray was essential in ending the bullying at school. With Counselor Gray’s guidance, Jalil hopes to pursue a college career and eventually become a computer programmer.

Ms. Rudnick also presented Ms. Gray and Mr. Spence with a New Jersey School Counselor Association Plaque, for their dedication to their students and for their contributions to the counseling profession.