Diocese Announces 2017 Golden Apple Award Winners
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:00

NEWS RELEASE                144 West Wood Street,
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT April 18, 2017
SUBJECT         Diocese Announces 2017 Golden Apple Award Winners

Diocese of Youngstown Office of Catholic Schools 330.744.8451


The Office of Catholic Schools announced the 2017 winners of the Golden Apple Award.  

The awardees are:

Kristen Clapper                     St. Michael Elementary School, Canton
Louis Doenges                       St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Louisville
Joni Elson                              St. Paul Elementary School, North Canton
Claire Gatti                            St. Michael Elementary School, Canton
Kimberly Gray                      John F. Kennedy Catholic School/Lower Campus, Warren
Kathleen Holsinger                Holy Family Elementary School, Poland
Susan O’Connor                    St. Patrick Elementary School, Kent

Through the generosity of the Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh, the Golden Apple Award honors outstanding individuals who teach or are an administrator in Catholic schools.  The diocese recognizes and deeply appreciates the unique charge these teachers and administrator have to the development of each student.  Their selection, from a field of many outstanding educators in the Catholic schools, is a recognition of the commitment and witness of all the Catholic school teachers and administrators throughout the diocese.

The award consists of an unrestricted cash award of $5,000, a certificate, a Golden Apple paperweight, and a Golden Apple lapel pin, presented to the awardees at a dinner to be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Youngstown Country Club, in Youngstown, Ohio.  Stan Boney, of WKBN-27 First News, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

A selection process at the school and diocesan level was used to determine the awardees.   In addition to being a full-time teacher or administrator who has been in the school where they are currently teaching or administrating for at least three full years, these teachers and administrator must give evidence of the following:  professional development, commitment to students and school, leadership qualities, service to Church and community, teaching skills, role model as a Catholic educator.

For further information, contact the Office of Catholic Schools at the diocese, 330-744-8451.