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Students Recognize Teaching Excellence at 9th Annual Crystal Apple Awards

May 6, 2012

For many people the greatest gifts are not material or monetary, but rather a simple thank you for a job well done. On a warm Sunday evening in early May, students and parents gathered to thank a remarkable group of teachers from Dublin High School, Valley High School, Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School. The Crystal Apple Awards recognize teachers who take the extra time and care to look after each of their students and help them in their school career, while also giving guidance in living a good life.

What makes the event, now in its ninth year, so special is that the recipients are nominated and selected by a student committee. The ceremony, which was held at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pleasanton, included moving presentations on each teacher made by students. During seminary, a religious study class held early each morning before school, students were given the opportunity to nominate a teacher that has not only made learning more meaningful, but also one who fosters character values they deem important to life.  The nominations are then considered by a committee comprised of 10 students who review all nominations and then choose the recipients for the year.

The Crystal Apple Award recipients for 2012 are:

  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton) – Matt Thayer – English and Heather Pereira – Science
  • Dublin High School (Dublin) – Shaun Martins – Biology and Tom Calvert – Math & Engineering
  • Foothill High School (Pleasanton) – Lauren Andrade – US History, AP Psychology and Rochelle Morris – Chemistry
  • Valley High School (Dublin) – Tom Pankey

The award ceremony also included student piano and vocal performances. Videos of each student presentation and remarks by  recognized teachers are included below.

To the teachers recognized with Crystal Apple Awards, and all teachers that wake up every morning to share the passion of learning – thank you.

Dublin Unified School District 2012 Crystal Apple Award Recipients

Dublin High and Valley High School Crystal Award Winners, Students and Guests 2012

Pleasanton Unified School District 2012 Crystal Apple Award Recipients

Amador Valley High School Crystal Award Winners, Students and Guests 2012

Foothill High School Crystal Award Winners, Students and Guests 2012

Past Crystal Apple Award recipients:

Amador Valley High School

Dublin High School

Foothill High School

2004 Mr. Neil Bellow, Mr. Matt Campbell Ms. Kim Penske, Mr. Ron Rubio Mr. Dustin Collins. Mr. Robert Loew
2005 Ms. Linda Newman, Mr. Peter Robbins Ms. Veronica Alvarez, Ms. Sara Hollison Mr. Ed Cloyd, Ms. Nina Rees
2006 Mr. Clark Fuller, Mr. Darren Pagtakhan Ms. Kim Bauman, Mr. Jeff Taylor Mr. Kurt Richey, Mr. Scott Sears
2007 Mr. Chris Murphy, Mr. Colin Wenstrand Mr. Tim Sbranti, Mrs. Lenni Velez Mrs. Mary Crawbuck, Mr. Howard Gilliland
2008 Mr. Mark Aubel, Ms. Pattie Peters Ms. Rebecca Briggs, Ms. Anna Kim Ms. Barbara Correia, Mr. John Nix
Officer Floyd Gill (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office – DHS), Ms. Laurie Sargent (Valley High School)
2009 Mrs. Jill Battilega, Ms. Anne Johnson Mr. Darren Tippit, Mr. Mark Wainwright Mr. Scott Gorsuch, Ms. JoAnn Koobatian
Ms. Liz Paz-Rumore (Quarry Lane School)
2010 Ms. Delise Anderson, Ms. Mairi Wohlgemuth Ms. Barbara Hall, Ms. Julianne Sundstrom Mr. Greg Haubner, Mr. Zach Lipman
2011 Mr. Matt Kelley, Mr. Ryan Templeman Ms. Kathleen MacDonald, Ms. Maria Vlahiotis Mr. Jeremy Detamore, Mr. David Middleton

Presented by Dublin and Pleasanton high school students of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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