Counselors at Hughes Middle School rank among the best in the nation, according to the American School Counselors Association, which has named the school as a Recognized ASCA Model Program. Hughes is one of only two schools in California to win the coveted national honor this year. The school earned praise for its dedication to serving all students and for demonstrating how school counseling programs can make a positive difference in students’ lives. “This year’s honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” ASCA President Eric Sparks said. “This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for success.” Hughes is one of 60 schools from 14 states that will be recognized June 30 at the association’s national conference in Atlanta. Last month, Hughes won the Best in the West Award from the California Counselor Leadership Network. This state honor recognizes schools that best implement California’s counseling curriculum. The latest national honor, awarded to schools that meet the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that deliver comprehensive, data-driven school counseling and an exemplary educational environment. Counseling practices at Hughes were reviewed by a panel of school counseling professionals before the announcement of the award. The national designation for Hughes is valid for three years. The Hughes counseling team consists of Bobbi Clarke, Michelle Koga and Vera Pim. The American School Counselor Association is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, the association supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal, social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to 24,000 school counselors around the world.