June 20, 2024

Three GCHS Teachers Named Crystal Apple Teacher For 2020

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Three teachers from Garden City Public Schools were named 2020 Crystal Apple Teachers of Finney County on Thursday, November 19th.  The three teachers who won the highly honored distinction include: Yuriy Drubinskiy, Garden City High School; Biju Kalarikkal, Garden City High School; and Jane Schneider, Garden City High School.  The teachers were recognized during a virtual ceremony broadcast on the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page to adhere to all of the COVID-19 related precautions in place in the community and school district.

Each Crystal Apple Teacher received an engraved crystal apple, a $1,000 cash award, an iPad, a lapel pin, and a framed certificate.

2020 Crystal Apple Teachers (L to R: Yuriy Drubinskiy, Jane Schneider, Biju Kalarikkal)

A’Lana Bates, Horace Good Middle School; Dianna Deniston, Jennie Wilson Elementary School; and Melissa Hensley, Garden City High School were the three finalists and each received a cash award of $250 and a framed certificate.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Chamber’s Crystal Apple Awards. The program was developed, organized and implemented by the Community Awareness and Recognition (C.A.R.E.) Committee, a Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce task force and representatives of the business community.  The program honors outstanding teachers in Finney County for their efforts in teaching children.