Vista Del Lago High School teacher Sham Sidhu and student Hunter Ales, Oak Ridge Principal Steve Wehr and student Rebecca Dudley and Folsom High School student Austin White and teacher Mark Nelson celebrate at the Crystal Apple Award ceremony. Courtesy photo

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High school educators earn Crystal Apples

The sixth annual Crystal Apple Awards night honored three high school educators 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.  The teachers were recognized at May 26 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 math teacher Mark Nelson from Folsom High School, physical education teacher Sham Sidhu from Vista del Lago High School and the outgoing principal Steve Wehr from Oak Ridge High School.

Folsom High School student Austin White presented Nelson with his award. He mentioned how. Nelson makes learning math fun and truly cares about his students. Vista del Lago student Hunter Ales recognized Sidhu. He noted how Sidhu pushes his students to their limits in a kind, understanding and motivating way. Oak Ridge senior Rebecca Dudley presented Wehr with his award. Students noted how Wehr has been very friendly and kind to all the students at his school. He has promoted a culture of respect and an encouraging environment at the school.

Nelson, Sidhu and Wehr were all 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.

Special to Village Life


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