February 5, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 22 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK AND VANESSA IAQUINTA; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 22
(Extensions of Remarks - February 05, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E132] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK AND VANESSA IAQUINTA ______ HON. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Ms. SANCHEZ. Madam Speaker, I rise today to celebrate National School Counseling Week, and to honor a treasured member of my community and school counselor at Norwalk High School, Vanessa Iaquinta. Ms. Iaquinta has dedicated over 20 years to empowering students and serving as a role model, mentor, and advocate to students and their families in our community. She always goes above and beyond what is expected of her to serve the students at Norwalk High School. In addition to her role as a counselor, she has taken on many leadership roles. Ms. Iaquinta leads the AVID program, which serves over 200 students and has been immensely successful under her guidance, achieving an inspiring 100 percent college acceptance rate. She also serves as the counselor for the Project Lead the Way, which offers students interested in the medical field the opportunity to take classes and field trips to help them achieve their college and career dreams. Ms. Iaquinta developed class presentations to help students create four-year plans, discuss graduation and college requirements, and provide other resources to support students in planning for post- secondary school. She also organized the other counselors to provide evening appointments for parents who otherwise would not be able to meet with counselors to discuss their child's academic performance and progress. Ms. Iaquinta truly cares about students and wants them to succeed. She has contributed to Norwalk in many ways, and works hard to bring new ideas and programs to the school that will benefit the students. Norwalk High School is a special place because of dedicated professionals like Ms. Iaquinta, and I couldn't be more proud to honor her today. If more people were like Ms. Iaquinta, the world would be a much nicer place. In honor of National School Counseling Week, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking all the school counselors who are making a positive impact in the lives of our students. ____________________