Two Gorillas were nominated as Kansas School Counselor Association School Counselor of the Year and were recognized at the fall conference of the KSCA. Both are employed by Pittsburg schools; Melinda Walsh DeGruson (’93 BSED, ’97 MS, ’01 EdS), is now in her 22nd year as a counselor and works at Lakeside Elementary. Brandi Wimmer Dalgarn (’04 BSEd, ’06 MS), is now in her 12th year and works at George Nettels Elementary.  

“I couldn’t be more proud of the work they do to help children,” said University Professor Becky Brannock, director of the PSU School Counseling Program. “This award illustrates the quality work we all do to cross-train our candidates and then send them out to their respective fields. It isn’t something that can be accomplished by individual programs, but it takes all of us working together to make that happen.”