FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2019
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces Indiana Counselor as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Julie Hill, Counselor in the Guidance and Career Department at Western Boone Junior and Senior High School in Thorntown, IN, as the recipient of the 2019 ACTE Region III Career Guidance Award. This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for career and technical education (CTE) as a viable option for all students.
Hill has worked as a school counselor in urban, suburban, and rural settings over the past 19 years. Since receiving a master’s degree from Butler University in 2000, she has taken on numerous leadership positions at the local, state and national levels advocating for her students, her program and her profession. She currently serves as department chair at Western Boone Jr./Sr. High in Thorntown, IN where she has led her department to earn the Indiana Gold Star and ASCA RAMP recognitions as a model school counseling program. In addition, Hill serves as an adjunct professor in the school counseling program at Indiana Wesleyan University, helping to prepare future school counselors.
Hill has always prioritized servant leadership, having served on the Governing Board for the Indiana School Counselor Association for 12 years in roles including President, Conference Chair and eight years as the Government Relations Chair. At the national level, she recently concluded her sixth year on the Board of Directors for the American School Counselor Association, including serving three years as the Chair of the Board. She also serves as an instructor/facilitator for the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health and Service to Armed Forces divisions.
Hill is one of five finalists for the 2020 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, December 4, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.