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Matthew Berry Presented with a Scholarship from the Missouri School Counselor Association

Matthew BerryRitenour Husky Academy Interim Director Matthew Berry was recently honored by the Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA) at the Ritenour Board of Education meeting on Sept. 9, 2021.

Berry was presented with a $1,000 scholarship by Dr. Shari Sevier, director of advocacy for the MSCA. The funds will be used to help Ritenour Academy students succeed both academically and socially.  

“Matthew is truly a rock star in the world of school counseling,” Sevier told the Board.  “As a result of his hard work, time and dedication and leadership within our organization, we are so proud to recognize and honor him with this scholarship.”

Last year, the Missouri School Counselor Association selected Berry as both the state Middle School Counselor of the Year and Missouri Counselor of the Year. In addition, he served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the organization for the past two years. The Missouri School Counselor Association has more than 1,600 members. 

Berry joined the Husky Academy staff this year after serving as a school counselor at Ritenour Middle School since 2016. Ritenour’s Husky Academy serves at-risk youth in grades 5-12 in a non-traditional school setting. The Husky Academy is located on Lackland Road next to the Overland Community Center.

“We are incredibly proud of Mr. Berry,” said Ritenour Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilibride. “He is a true advocate for our students and goes above and beyond to connect our families with the resources they need, especially during the difficult times we have been through during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is highly deserving of this honor.”