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    About the Crystal Apple Program

    Since 1995, this regionally acclaimed county-wide event, is attended by local educators and administrators, previous recipients, candidates families, and state and local dignitaries.

    The Crystal Apple Awards, held in November, demonstrate the business communities' commitment to supporting local educators who are preparing our future leaders.

    ​Many thanks go to Lara Bors, Bors Law, P.A., and COX Communications as our key sponsors. Teachers are the heart of our schools and nurture our children’s inquisitive minds and prepare them for the challenges of the future. Teachers deserve our support at every level, including students, parents, and our community.  Many businesses in Finney County support educators with this special Crystal Apple recognition. The Community Awareness and Recognition in Education (CARE) Committee, is made up of representatives of the Chamber in the business community, sponsors a program that honors six outstanding teachers in Finney County each year. 


    Teacher Eligibility
    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. Teachers may be full-time or part-time, special education, 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.  

    • In the first round, a set of three judges evaluate and score anonymous written applications. Candidates are reduced to 12.
    • The next round, a new set of three judges conduct personal interviews to determine the final six Crystal Apple finalists. With balloons in hand, finalists are surprised by committee members with a visit to their classroom to announce their progression to the final level.
    • In the final round, a new set of three judges conduct their evaluation through classroom evaluations.

     

    The six finalists receive recognition at the CARE Crystal Apple Recognition Banquet. The three award recipients each receive a certificate, engraved crystal apple award, and iPad, and $1,000. The three remaining finalists receive awards of a certificate and $250 each.

     

    The Chamber coordinates with the school system in the celebration of announcing the Crystal Apple finalists.

     

     

     

  • Congratulations to our Crystal Apple Recipients


    1995

    Jeannie Clubine ~ Susan Jacques ~ Ann Knoll

     1996

    Shelby McNutt ~ Claudia McVicker ~ Linda Walker

     1998

    Judy Gillette ~ Tammy Lalicker Reith ~ Jennifer LaSalle

     1999

    Pam Foster ~ Leigh Ann Roderick ~ Kevin Thompson

     2000

    Kerma Crouse ~ Peggy Johnston ~ Steve Smith

     2001

    Rhonda Hutton ~ Suzan Tarwater ~ Marlise Tiffany

    2002

    Tim Johnson ~ Susie Loyd ~ Carol Wethington

     2003

    Linda Ackerman ~ Shauna Lenneman ~ Elaine Lott ~  Kay Thompson

     2004

    Dawn Bailey ~ Heather Lies ~ Kathleen Moorman

     2005

    Jesse Bernal ~ Sue Tiffany ~ Michelle Wells

     2006

    Randy Garrier ~ Jane Vanderhoff ~ Angela Wilkinson

     2007

    Patsy Fort ~ Jennifer Mahoney ~ Maria Thornton

     2008

    George Caine ~ Sherry Nelson ~ Rebecca Stoppel

     2009

    Julie Nemechek ~ Roger Syng ~ Jamie Terry

     2010

    Lisa Cady ~ Matthew Horney ~ Russ Tidwell

     2011

    Dawn Riggs ~ Kerri Steelman ~ Shanna Yox

     2012

    Andrea Baker ~ Adam Cassellius ~ Rod Willis

    2013

    Alexander Koning  ~  Karen Kyler  ~ Summer Miller
    2014

    Sarah Cross  ~  Melanie Garrison  ~ Kip Nichols

    2015

    Jesse Bernal  ~  Barbara Mercer  ~ Roger Reed

    2016

    Rebecca Burnfin ~ Dr. Jennifer Herdman ~ Wendi Terpstra

    2017

    Julia Morales ~ Dru Saddler ~ Sarah Shrimplin

    2018

    Sarah Drubinskiy ~ Violet Dubois ~ Sarah Harris

    2019

    Makenzi Johnson ~ Paul Lappin ~ Sara Wise

    2020

    Yuriy Drubinskiy ~ Biju Kalarikkal~ Jane Schneider