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Wilkes University Awards Guidance Counselor of the Year to Michelle Zapotoski, Hanover Area

Wilkes University awarded Guidance Counselor of the Year to Michelle Zapotoski, an eleventh- and twelfth-grade guidance counselor at Hanover Area Junior Senior High School. Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy presented the award at a reception for guidance counselors on Oct. 23.

Zapotoski has been instrumental in acquainting her students with Wilkes University. She works with the Wilkes Young Scholars Gateway Program, which charts a path for high school students to earn a year’s worth of college credits by the time they reach graduation. She also works with pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students in the Luzerne County SHINE program at Wilkes University. 

With her husband, Michael, Zapotoski organized a charity baseball and softball game for a Nanticoke Area student being treated for leukemia. The game was played on April 30.

As part of her daily duties, Zapotoski is in charge of planning college visits, organizing college fairs, and post-high school planning. She is also responsible for PSSA and PSAT testing as well as peer tutoring. Zapotoski received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State University and her master’s degree in elementary and secondary education from University of Scranton.

 Wilkes University’s Admissions office selects the recipient of the Guidance Counselor of the Year award. This is the third year the award has been given. Previous winners include Jill Saporito from Coughlin High School and Diane McFarlane from E.L. Meyers High School. 

Michelle Zapotoski and President Leahy

Zapotoski and President Leahy after he awarded her the Guidance Counselor of the Year Award.