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Michelle Obama Crowns School Counselor of the Year

by Raphael Chestang 5:19 PM PST, January 30, 2015
Playing Michelle Obama Crowns School Counselor of the Year

ET's Nischelle Turner was at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama as she honored the National School Counselor of the Year.

This was the first time in history that the National School Counselor of the Year was honored with a ceremony at the White House -- the distinction going to Cory Notestine of Colorado's Alamosa High School.

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The moment was a big one for Obama, whose Reach Higher initiative inspires kids to complete education beyond high school.

"Our school counselors convince students that they have something special -- each of them -- to offer," Obama said. "They're so under-appreciated and under-funded."

Connie Britton, who played school counselor Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, introduced the First Lady at the event. Obama credited Britton's role as integral to getting the conversation started: "That character on TV helps awareness."

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