SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Western Massachusetts Counselors Association (WMCA) held their award ceremony Wednesday night.
The event recognized the 2021 School Counselor of the Year as Kristen Sorel from Monson High School and Rising Star, Lauri Gentile from Minnechaug Regional High School. The event also went on to recognize school officials for their hard work throughout the pandemic.
Councilor of the Year recipient, Kristen Sorel, told 22News,”You don’t do this work for recognition so it is really nice to be recognized, especially by your peers in the field that know what you deal with everyday.”
“I think the main thing about Kristen that stands out is she has students that reach out to her that haven’t been in our school for years, write about the good things going on in their life and also the hardships and Kristen is still there to support them,” said Monson High School Councilor Ryan Dearing.
Also in attendance included President of Western New England University Dr. Robert Johnson, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing and Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Bryan Gross, State Representative Brian Ashe, and State Senator John Velis.
Those who attended also brought food items to donate to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts ahead of Thanksgiving.