Five Warner Alumnae Honored with Statewide Counseling Award for Leadership

The New York State School Counseling Association (NYSSCA) presented five Warner alumnae with the Outstanding Program and Practice Award in November. The recipients, who all work in East High School’s Counseling Department in the Rochester City School District, were honored for their leadership as counselors in the school community.

The five Warner alumnae recipients, who were part of a team of eight East High counselors honored, were Enid DeJesus-Lopez ‘04 (M.S.), Sherylanne Diodato ‘98 (M.S.), Christine Frederick ‘98 (M.S.), Mary Gilbert ‘95 (M.S.), and Nancy McGrath ‘00 (M.S.).

“This is a talented, richly deserving group of leaders who are being recognized for their work in the community,” said Bonnie Rubenstein, associate professor at the Warner School and director of counseling at the Rochester City School District. “Their leadership and work not only mirror the Warner School’s mission, but more importantly have impacted East High students in many aspects of their lives and been a true inspiration to school counselors across New York State.”

The East High counselors were recognized for their initiatives in promoting student achievement and measuring student success. The model of their program, which includes projects like “College Buzz,” was commended for its ability to help students reach the New York State Standards and National School Counseling Standards. They received the award at the NYSSCA annual conference on November 9 in Syracuse, N.Y.

The NYSSCA, a chartered state chapter of the American School Counselor Association, promotes excellence in the profession of school counseling in order to enhance the development of all students, and is the primary advocate for school counselors throughout New York State. For more information about the NYSSCA, visit



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