Student Awards

Winners of the ACA Graduate Student Essay Competitions for 2017

The ACA Foundation Graduate Students Essay Competitions award winners for 2017 have been selected. Essayists this year were challenged to create a message for the new federal administration on the importance of supporting the counseling needs of the populace, and the counselors that provide these services in varied settings across the nation.

 Future School Counselor Essay Competition

 Grand Prize Winner (Award - $500 and complimentary 2017 conference registration)

  •  Mitra Ghandeharizadeh, Johns Hopkins University (MD)

 Runners Up (Award - $250 and complimentary 2017 ACA conference registration)

  • Trista Bruns, Plymouth State University (NH)
  • Jennifer Debevec, San Francisco State University (CA)
  • Katie Hanson, University of North Dakota (ND)
  • Claire Randall, Liberty University (VA)
  • Nicholas White, Alfred University (NY)

Honorable Mentions (Award - Complimentary 2017 ACA conference registration)

  • Megan Dunn, Monmouth University (NJ)
  • Jennifer Dwiggins, College of William & Mary (VA)
  • Jacqueline Iloh, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Marcus Peerman, Virginia State University (VA)
  • Margaret Scally, Trinity Washington University (DC)
  • Austen Winkler, College of William & Mary (VA)
  • Rebecca Yellen, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TX)

Tomorrow’s Counselor Essay Competition

 

Grand Prize Winner  (Award - $500 and complimentary 2017 conference registration)

  •  Leah Culler, Antioch University – Seattle (WA)

 Runners Up (Award - $250 and complimentary 2017 ACA conference registration)

  • Jacqueline Barthelemy, Chicago School of Professional Psychology (IL)
  • Sam Colbert, Ball State University (IN)
  • Travis Kraemer, Western Seminary (OR)
  • Jeffrey Wilson, MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS)
  • Leah Yeomans, University of North Carolina – Charlotte (NC)

Honorable Mentions (Award - Complimentary 2017 ACA conference registration)

  • Brittany Bishop, Longwood University (VA)
  • Karen Cohen, National Louis University (IL)
  • Lauren Deasy, University of North Carolina – Charlotte (NC)
  • Jazmin Gonzalez, University of Texas at El Paso (TX)
  • Eleanor McAuliffe, University of New Orleans (LA)
  • Pneurissa Stamps, Chicago State University (IL)
  • Cassandra Riedy, Belmont University (TN)
  • Kasey Seltner, Neumann University (PA)
  • Angela Touchton, Lindsey Wilson College (KY)
  • Caleb Watkins,University of the Cumberlands (KY)

 The Grand Prize essays will be published in an upcoming edition of Counseling Today.

 

 




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Improved Access to Mental Health Care!

by Amber McLaughlin | Nov 08, 2013
This morning, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced final rules for the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act at a mental health conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta with former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
Insurers will now be required to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses. Learn more through the links below:

Press Release from the Dept. of Health & Human Services
(contains link to final rules and a fact sheet about final rules).

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/us/politics/rules-to-require-equal-coverage-for-mental-ills.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131108

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/08/health/hhs-mental-health/

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/08/21366585-us-to-require-insurers-to-cover-mental-health-addiction-same-as-physical-illness

Read ACA's 2012 interview with Secretary Sebelius here.

ACA will follow this story closely and keep you informed of updates and announcements.