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About the Program
This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Chamber's Crystal Apple Awards. Teachers are the heart of our schools. They nurture our children?s inquisitive minds and prepare them for the challenges of the future. Teachers need and deserve our support.
The Community Awareness and Recognition in Education (CARE) Committee, which is made up of representatives of the Chamber in the business community, sponsors a program which honors six outstanding teachers in Finney County each year.
Early Childhood through twelfth grade certified teachers currently under contract and in good standing with the school and in the classroom in Bible Christian Academy, Garden City Public Schools, Holcomb Public Schools, St. Dominic or St. Mary Catholic Schools are eligible to participate in the Crystal Apple Teacher Recognition Program. They can be either full-time or part-time teachers, special education teachers, counselors or librarians. Substitutes and certified support staff personnel, such as psychologists, social workers and others, are ineligible to participate. Previous Crystal Apple recipients are also ineligible to participate.
The six finalists receive recognition at the CARE Crystal Apple Recognition Banquet on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The three award recipients each receive a $1,000 cash award and an Apple iPad. The three remaining finalists receive awards of $250 each.
Previous Crystal Apple Recipients
Jeannie Clubine ~ Susan Jacques ~ Ann Knoll
Shelby McNutt ~ Claudia McVicker ~ Linda Walker
Judy Gillette ~ Tammy Lalicker Reith ~ Jennifer LaSalle
Pam Foster ~ Leigh Ann Roderick ~ Kevin Thompson
Kerma Crouse ~ Peggy Johnston ~ Steve Smith
Rhonda Hutton ~ Suzan Tarwater ~ Marlise Tiffany
Tim Johnson ~ Susie Loyd ~ Carol Wethington
Linda Ackerman ~ Shauna Lenneman ~ Elaine Lott ~ Kay Thompson
Dawn Bailey ~ Heather Lies ~ Kathleen Moorman
Jesse Bernal ~ Sue Tiffany ~ Michelle Wells
Randy Garrier ~ Jane Vanderhoff ~ Angela Wilkinson
Patsy Fort ~ Jennifer Mahoney ~ Maria Thornton
George Caine ~ Sherry Nelson ~ Rebecca Stoppel
Julie Nemechek ~ Roger Syng ~ Jamie Terry
Lisa Cady ~ Matthew Horney ~ Russ Tidwell
Dawn Riggs ~ Kerri Steelman ~ Shanna Yox
Andrea Baker ~ Adam Cassellius ~ Rod Willis
Alexander Koning ~ Karen Kyler ~ Summer Miller
Sarah Cross ~ Melanie Garrison ~ Kip Nichols
Jesse Bernal ~ Barbara Mercer ~ Roger Reed
Rebecca Burnfin ~ Dr. Jennifer Herdman ~ Wendi Terpstra