Provo High School is one of two education organizations nationwide recognized by the U.S. Army for starting programs that help students plan for a future career.

The Utah County school and the Deuel School District from Clear Lake, S.D. were announced Friday as joint winners of the "Planning for Life" award, which will be presented at the American School Counselor Association convention June 28 in San Antonio, Texas.The award was first given in 1993 by the Army to recognize career-planning programs in schools, as well as encourage students to refrain from drug use. Both schools try to link scholastic, industry and community programs.

"The awardees are both working to help young people develop skills necessary to plan for the future," said Maj. Gen. Mark Hamilton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. "These programs encourage students to develop career plans and focus on their future while still in school."

The programs were selected by a 10-member advisory committee of guidance counselors, led by the National Consortium of State Career Guidance Supervisors.

"Provo High has developed programs that are designed to help students make better use of their high school education," said Dawn Kay, a counselor at Provo High. "We are pleased to receive this award that underscores the importance of planning for life for our students."