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New Salem - February 20, 2008

Counselor’s Corner

By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School
Counselor’s Corner

Friend of Counseling Award!

Congratulations! Rocky Rapsavage and Doug Rapsavage received the “2008 Friend of Counseling Award” at the 51st Annual North Dakota Counseling Association Conference held in Bismarck last week. Tuesdays are the big printing day at the New Salem Journal so Rocky and Doug asked Barbara Rapsavage to attend the Awards Ceremony to accept the awards on their behalf.

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Barb Rapsavage with Awards at the conference

The criteria for the “Friend of Counseling Award” includes:
1. Must be employed outside of the counseling profession
2. Cannot be a member of the NDCA
3. Has demonstrated support for counseling in the state of North Dakota through his/her profession, and/or volunteer work.
First, Doug and Rocky have demonstrated support through the publication of over 100 “Counselor’s Corner” articles since 2002. The “Counselor’s Corner” articles are meant to:
1. Inform parents of New Salem Public School about some of the things that are happening in the counseling/career development program at New Salem High School.
2. Provide an avenue for the discussion of topics between parents and students that will enhance the career development of students.
3. Enhance the career development for the entire readership of the New Salem Journal wherever they may be.
Second, “The Way I See It” column written by Bryce Tellmann provides Bryce with the opportunity to develop his writing ability and learn first-hand what it is like to write a newspaper column. It also provides us with some good thought provoking reading.
Third, the New Salem Journal has helped students by catching them doing positive things, taking their pictures and publishing articles and pictures in the New Salem Journal. These actions help students and others in attaining their career goals. Or as I like to call it helping them to realize their “Field of Dreams!”

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L. to R. Rocky and Doug Rapsavage

Although Rocky and Doug received this award, it is really the entire staff of the New Salem Journal that is deserving of this award. I commend Rocky, Doug, and Barb Rapsavage, Robin Thiel, and Edie Cole for their dedication and hard work. Their efforts provide their readership with timely information on a wide array of topics.

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L. to R. Robin, Rocky, Edie, Doug, & Barb

Thank you to the entire staff of the New Salem Journal! As in the movie by the same title, I hope the New Salem Journal continues to help students and the greater New Salem community realize their “Field of Dreams!”

For more information on career information and links, please go to If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!