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Rushville Consolidated High School (RCHS) and Benjamin Rush Middle School (BRMS) have been named first time Gold Star Schools by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).

The Gold Star designation indicates a school counselor-led steering team has met specific criteria toward the development of a comprehensive school counseling model.

“The RCHS and BRMS counseling departments dedicated untold amounts of hours in pursuit of the prestigious Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award,” RCHS Principal Rob Hadley said. “I am more than proud that RCHS received this high-status award. This award is a direct reflection of the hard work and continuing efforts of our guidance department, especially counselors Natalie Hornsby and Aimee Puls.”

The award is presented to schools which raise student achievement and improve student success. Schools accomplish this by creating local school-community advisory groups tasked with reviewing student data, setting specific student goals and committing to maximizing the time and skills of the school counselor.

“Receiving Gold Star designation is evidence of a strong, collaborative and successful school climate,” State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick said. “I commend Indiana’s 2019 Gold Star schools for understanding the positive impact school counselors, entire school teams and community members have in helping our students become fully prepared for the future.”

A total of 13 schools received the designation in 2019, of which five renewed their Gold Star status.

The Gold Star designation has been awarded to more than 300 Indiana elementary, middle and high schools, since 2004. The official award presentation will take place in November at the Indiana School Counselor Association fall conference.

“I am proud of the work that our staff and committees have done to earn this designation,” Superintendent of Rush County Schools Matt Vance said.

A complete list of recognized schools can be found at: www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/news/gold-star-recipients-2019.pdf.

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