LSSC recognizes local high school counselors (left-right) Dr. Claire Brady, LSSC VP of Enrollment & Student Affairs; Clarissa Saslovsky, Wildwood Middle High School; Jim DeMarco, Eustis High School; Amanda Patterson, First Academy; Jenne Marino, East Ridge High School; Francine Costa on behalf of Merideth Brock, The Villages Charter High School

At its annual Counselors’ Conference last week, Lake-Sumter State College recognized the importance of the role that high school counselors play in supporting and preparing students to enroll in college or post-secondary education.

“Our LSSC staff would not be able to do their work without the strong partnerships from local high school counselors,” says Jenni Kotowski, LSSC’s executive director of enrollment management. “These counselors support and assist their students through each step of the college decision and enrollment process.”

LSSC also recognized five counselors for their excellent partnership with the College in support of their students. 

The counselors recognized for 2020 are:

  • Jim DeMarco, Eustis High School
  • Amanda Patterson, First Academy
  • Jenne Marino, East Ridge High School
  • Merideth Brock, The Villages Charter High School
  • Clarissa Saslovsky, Wildwood Middle High School

“This year’s award recipients are an excellent example of what a strong partner can do to help students in our community achieve their educational goals,” said Kotowski.

The annual Counselor’s Conference is held during National School Counseling Week, and is an opportunity for high school counselors from across Lake and Sumter Counties, including public and private schools, to meet to learn about updates in post-secondary education in our area from Lake-Sumter State College and Lake Technical College. Lake County Schools and Sumter County Schools also provide updates on their career and technical education opportunities.