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(WBIR) First Lady, Michelle Obama, honored a guidance counselor at Bearden High School at a ceremony in Washington today.

Beverly Anderson, who has worked at Bearden HS for the last seven years, was one of 16 counselors selected from around the country as a finalist for the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Counselor of the Year award.

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The First Lady congratulated each nominee for their passion helping students and spoke about how integral their jobs are as a tool for young people to succeed.

"America's school counselors are truly the deciding factor of whether our young people go to college or not," Michelle Obama, "In today's global economy, higher education is essential."

Right now, the ASCA says there are not enough counselors. The organization recommends having one counselor per 250 students, but the most recent data from the 2010-2011 school year found the national average is closer to one counselor for every 471 students.

SEE: Michelle Obama: Counselors build the bridge to college

A guidance counselor from Colorado earned the Counselor of the Year award.


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