The fifth annual Crystal Apple Awards night was held on Sunday, May 20, to honor three area high school teachers from Oak Ridge, Folsom and Vista del Lago High Schools.
More than 100 students from the early morning seminary program sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints selected teachers who they felt have shown exceptional dedication and positive influence. he teachers were recognized at an awards ceremony at the LDS church building on Scholar Way in Folsom. The students look forward to this each year as away to honor teachers for making a difference in their educational experience.
”Our purpose with the Crystal Apple Award is to recognize teachers for their exceptional dedication and positive influence. Nominated teachers exemplify dedication to quality teaching and uphold and encourage student’s moral values and high ethical standards,” said Ryan Ellison of Folsom.
This year’s recipients were health, family life and life skills teacher Laurie Theis from Folsom High School, choir, band and orchestra teacher Elicia Spencer from Vista del Lago High School and Japanese teacher Tom Gunterman from Oak Ridge High School.
Folsom High School senior Calvin Millett presented Theis with her award. He mentioned how Theis pushes him to think before he acts and to make a difference in the world.
Vista del Lago senior Maja Nielson recognized Spencer and noted how she is an outstanding human being, kind, caring and a friend to her students.
Oak Ridge sophomore Spencer Magnusson presented Gunterman with his award. Students noted how Gunterman fosters a comfortable classroom environment, makes learning exciting and uses a variety of teaching methods to reach all of his students.
Theis and Spencer were present at the ceremony. They each expressed their appreciation for the award and mentioned how grateful they were to work with such great students who were willing to honor them and their efforts.