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20th Annual Crystal Apple
20th Annual Crystal Apple
20 Years and 228 Educators: Crystal Apple Awards Scheduled for March 15th (Photo) - 02/21/18

PASCO, WA -- On Thursday, March 15, the Crystal Apple Awards will celebrate its 20th anniversary recognizing excellence in education. Nine outstanding educators from local public school districts will join the ranks of the prestigious Crystal Apple winners during the ceremony, taking place from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Professional Development Center at Educational Service District 123 in Pasco.

The Crystal Apple award program began in 1999 with the goal to honor just a few of the many wonderful classroom teachers across our public schools. The nine 2018 Crystal Apple winners now brings the total number of awarded teachers to 228 since the program's inception. This annual recognition of outstanding educators in our communities is only possible through generous contributions from community organizations, businesses, and service groups who sponsor the ceremony both monetarily and through gifts to the recipients. Thanks to these charitable organizations, each Crystal Apple winner is presented with a beautiful glass "crystal apple," gift certificates to local sporting events and dining, and a $1,000 check. (The teachers have already been informed of their awards. See the attached list of 2018 Crystal Apple winners.)

Superintendents from the nine represented districts (Columbia-Burbank, Finley, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, North Franklin, Othello, Pasco, Prosser, and Richland) will present the gifts to each winner at the March 15 ceremony. At the close of the presentation, a "Special Achievement Award" will be presented as a surprise to one winner for his or her outstanding and sustained contributions to education across the region. (This person does not know of the award beforehand but will be present in the audience.)

The public is encouraged to attend the celebratory event on Thursday, March 15, beginning promptly at 4:30 PM in the ESD 123 Professional Development Center, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or


The Crystal Apple Award is co-sponsored by numerous community organizations and businesses all wishing to honor the many educators who have made a positive impact on the lives of their students. This year's Platinum Level Sponsors include: Bechtel National Inc., Evergreen Associates, Gesa Credit Union, Johnson Controls, Pasco Kennewick Rotary, Stevens Clay, Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary Club, and Washington River Protection Solutions.

Art Show Poster
Art Show Poster
Judge's Choice for Top High School Artists: Regional Art Exhibit to Open at CBC (Photo) - 02/13/18

PASCO, WA - On Friday, February 16, judges will be at Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Pasco to determine which pieces of art by high school students will receive the Judge's Choice award at the 45th Annual Regional High School Art Show. The annual art show, to be hung for display at the CBC Gjerde Center the afternoon of February 15, represents the outstanding talent of high school artists from school districts across Southeast Washington. The exhibit normally includes over 500 pieces of art -- the largest regional show in the state.

Columbia Basin College and Educational Service District (ESD) 123 host the art show every year to celebrate student art. An award ceremony honoring the top Judge's Choice, Honorable Mention, and Superintendent's Choice awards will take place at 6 PM on Wednesday, February 28 at the Gjerde Center. The art will be on display in the Gjerde Center until March 2.

To further honor students at the February 28 award ceremony, four lucky junior and senior students will receive scholarships from Central Washington University (CWU). Faculty of the CWU Department of Art will award three $1,000 scholarships and one $2,000 scholarship to students at the ceremony. The scholarships will remain eligible until the student's first year of college at CWU, regardless of the major of study chosen. CWU has implemented these scholarships throughout all ESD Art Shows across the state and will continue these awards annually in support of young artists.

Gregg Schlanger, CWU Art Department Chair, says choosing just four students to receive scholarships has been a difficult task with such enormous talent on display.

"We are honored to recognize these talented young artists who are already showing such promise," Schlanger said.

Students whose artworks are selected as Judge's Choice winners and are approved for sale will advance on to the state competition in Olympia in April. Both the art exhibit and February 28 award ceremony are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, ESD Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or


About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit

Attached Media Files: Art Show Poster