The Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Youngstown has announced the 2013 winners of the Golden Apple Award.
The 2013 recipients are Patricia Anthony, St. Rose Elementary School, Girard; Deborah Beasley, St. Charles Elementary School, Boardman; Stephanie Cooper, Central Catholic High School, Canton; Cassandra Donofrio, St. Joseph Elementary School, Randolph; Lisa Grossi, St. Joseph Elementary School, Canton; Sister Charlotte Italiano, OSU, Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten, Canfield; and Heather Zernich, St. Aloysius Elementary School, East Liverpool.
Through the generosity of the Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh, the Golden Apple Award honors outstanding individuals who teach or are administrators in Catholic schools.
The diocese recognizes and appreciates the unique charge these teachers and administrators have to the development of each student. Their selection, from a field of many 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 includes an unrestricted cash award of $5,000, a certificate, a Golden Apple paperweight and a Golden Apple lapel pin, presented to the recipients at a dinner May 22 at the Youngstown Country Club. Stan Boney of WYTV Channel 33 will be the master of ceremonies.
A selection process at the school and diocesan level was used to determine the recipients. 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 administrators must give evidence of professional development, commitment to students and school, leadership qualities, service to church and community, teaching skills and being a role model as a Catholic educator.