Rookie Adviser of the Year

The Kate Comiskey Rookie Adviser of the Year Award was established in 2008 by the Indiana Association of Student Councils in memory of Kate Comiskey, a first-year adviser from Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar, Indiana, who was tragically killed in a car accident on her way to school. The award is intended to recognize new advisers who have done an outstanding job as "rookies."

A "rookie adviser" is one who has been in the position for three years or less.

Kate Comiskey was an enthusiastic, energetic, dedicated adviser who gave selflessly of her time and talents in order to benefit the student leadership program at her high school. She was a wonderful role model for her students and created a warm, welcoming environment for them. She was committed to leadership and to developing student leaders of character.


The nominee must have been a Student Council adviser for three years or less.

One letter of recommendation from the nominee's principal or administrator must accompany this nomination.

The application must include a short essay, written by the nominee, describing specific examples of how the nominee demonstrates the characteristics and beliefs of Kate Comiskey.

To make a nomination, a school must have been an IASC member school for a minimum of two consecutive years.

IASC member schools can make only one nomination in any given year.

IASC officials may receive the IASC Kate Comiskey Rookie Adviser of the Year Award only once during their service to the IASC.

Nominations must be made by March 31 of each year. Once the initial nomination is made, the IASC will inform the nominee of his/her nomination and send the award application.