Mental Health Counseling student Cassandra Riedy was recently awarded Honorable Mention for her submission to a student essay contest hosted by the American Counseling Association (ACA). As part of her prize, she has received recognition on the ACA’s website and has been provided with free registration at the national conference, which will be held in San Francisco on March 18. At the conference, Riedy will be recognized at the awards ceremony along with the other winners of the contest.
The contest required an essay response to an ethical scenario given by the ACA. Essays were then reviewed by a panel of judges and awarded accordingly. Riedy’s submission was one among graduate students from all across the U.S.
“A large number of students enter this contest, and I have never had a student win in all the years I have been teaching at the university level,” said Dr. Janet Hicks, Belmont professor and director of Mental Health Counseling. “This makes Cassandra’s accomplishment special for all of us in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry and in the Mental Health Counseling program. We are proud of Cassandra’s accomplishment and are delighted to see Belmont University’s affiliation posted on the national website by her name.”