EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS, GRATEFUL STUDENTS —€” Nicole Martini, Alex Hamilton, Vince Martini, Mary Secher, Rachel Mooy, Samantha Hodson, Maya Andrus, Keith Campbell and Kim Campbell celebrate at the Crystal Apple Awards. Courtesy photo

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LDS students honor three high school teachers

By May 27, 2011

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS, GRATEFUL STUDENTS —€” Nicole Martini, Alex Hamilton, Vince Martini, Mary Secher, Rachel Mooy, Samantha Hodson, Maya Andrus, Keith Campbell and Kim Campbell celebrate at the Crystal Apple Awards. Courtesy photo

The fourth annual Crystal Apple Awards night was held on Sunday, May 22, 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. The teachers were recognized at an awards ceremony at the LDS church building on Temple Hill in Rancho Cordova. 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 dedication and positive influence. They go the extra mile for us, encourage us to succeed and make a difference in our lives,” said Maya Andrus, a junior at Oak Ridge High School.

This year’s recipients were U.S. history and economics teacher Keith Campbell from Oak Ridge High School, math teacher Mary Secher from Folsom High School (second-time winner) and music teacher Vincent Martini from Vista del Lago High School.

Maya presented Campbell with his award. She said Campbell is inspirational and helps students see the “bigger picture” in life. Folsom High students Rachel Mooy and Samantha Hodson recognized Mary Secher and noted how she is supportive, helpful and encourages students to do their best.  Vista del Lago student Alex Hamilton presented Vincent Martini with his award. Students noted how Martini patiently teaches and develops students, is always pleasant and makes everyone feel welcome.

All three of the recipients 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.

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