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  • May 11, 2022 11:22 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    The Palmetto State School Counselor Association is pleased to announce the selection of the following members to the Board of Directors: Kimberly Brown (Wade Hampton High School, Greenville County School District), Geraldine Henderson (Student Services, Beaufort County School District), and Anya Stewart (North Augusta High School, Aiken County Public Schools).

    These three outstanding individuals will join the PSSCA Board of Directors on July 1st and serve in that role for three years.

    The Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) is a statewide nonprofit organization. PSSCA helps advance the profession of school counseling by assisting South Carolina school counselors with guiding their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society.


    Kimberly Brown

    Wade Hampton High School


    Geraldine Henderson

    Beaufort County School District


    Anya Stewart

    North Augusta High School 


  • April 21, 2022 3:37 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    This year, 69 schools in 19 states received the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation. These schools will be honored during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s Annual Conference for making an exemplary commitment to their school counseling programs.

    The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-informed school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Since the program’s inception, nearly 1,200 schools have been designated as RAMP recipients.

    This year, Virginia leads the number of RAMP designations, with 10 schools in the state receiving the honor. Thirteen schools, in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Virginia, will receive the RAMP School of Distinction award, honoring schools with exceptionally high-caliber school counseling programs based on rankings determined by a panel of RAMP reviewers. RAMP-designated schools are now in 47 states across the country. The RAMP designation is good for five years, after which time schools must reapply to maintain their RAMP status. This year 21 schools earned Re-RAMP status.

    “This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”


  • January 24, 2022 9:20 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    At the PSSCA 2022 Annual Conference, the following awards were announced: 

    PSSCA South Carolina School Counselor of the Year - Shari Hooper 

    Elementary School Counselor of the Year - Abby Bays

    Middle School Counselor of the Year - Kim Groome

    High School Counselor of the Year - Erin Carroll

    PSSCA Advocate of the Year - Robert Rabon

    Mini-Grant Winners: Sterling Elementary School and Midland Valley High School

    PSSCA Scholarship Winners: Aisha Burton, Katie Beth Cannon, Andrew Towner, and Sean Fowley


    Pictured are: PSSCA South Carolina School Counselor of the Year - Shari HooperMiddle School Counselor of the Year - Kim Groome, High School Counselor of the Year - Erin Carroll, PSSCA Advocate of the Year - Robert Rabon


  • October 12, 2021 9:49 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    The Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) is awarding mini-grants to South Carolina school counselors to provide programs and activities to enhance the delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program in South Carolina elementary, middle, and high schools. Our goal is to identify best practices by providing funding to enhance comprehensive school counseling programs in elementary, middle and high schools in South Carolina.

    Here is the link to the application: https://pssca.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/other-awards

    The paper application found here

    Due: December 17, 2021 by 11:59 PM


  • October 12, 2021 9:42 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) Scholarship is offering four $1000 scholarships to high school seniors, must be a permanent resident of SouthCarolina, and must plan to attend a post-secondary institution during the 2021-2022 school year. The application is attached and available at the following link https://pssca.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/other-awards

    Deadline to apply: December 3

    Paper application can be found here


  • October 12, 2021 9:28 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    The purpose of the Advocate of the Year Award is to recognize persons who have demonstrated their belief in and support of school counseling programs that have had an impact on counselors and their students at the local, state, or national level.

    For more information, download the application here.

    Applications are due December 15, 2021.

  • October 12, 2021 9:22 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    It is that time of year again to find our SC School Counselor of the Year.

    If you know of a deserving counselor that you would like to nominate, please complete the nomination form found at https://pssca.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/nominate.

    All applications must be submitted by December 10

  • May 04, 2021 1:10 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    Join the thousand of educators and add your name to the SC United Petition!  

    Sample Opposition Letter to Send to Your Representative: H 4047 Opposition Letter.pdf

    Learn more: PSSCA H4047.pdf

  • February 17, 2021 11:20 AM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    President-Elect - Clayton Henke

    Lexington School District One

    Post-Secondary VP - Dodie Limberg

    The University of SC


    Middle VP - Matthew Smith

    Berkely County School District


  • January 29, 2021 1:31 PM | Brandy Ludlam (Administrator)

    The Palmetto State School Counselor Association is pleased to announce our 2021 High School and Overall School Counselor of the Year, Elesha Ellison

    Ms. Ellison currently serves as the Lead School Counselor at Silver Bluff High School in Aiken County. Sharon Worley, Aiken County Public Schools’ coordinator for counseling and career services states that Ellison is, “the epitome of what we should all aspire to be as professional school counselors.”  Ellison will go on to represent the state for the ASCA School Counselor of the Year. 

    The purpose of the School Counselor of the Year Award is to recognize persons who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to school counseling and have had an impact on the profession and their students at the local, state, or national level. 

    The Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) is a statewide nonprofit organization. PSSCA helps advance the profession of school counseling by assisting South Carolina school counselors with guiding their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development in order to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society.

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