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Inside the Golden Apples

Golden apple award recipients pose for a photo

On May 1, 2024, the Diocese of Youngstown honored six Catholic School teachers and one principal with a prestigious Golden Apple Award following dinner at the Youngstown Country Club.

The winners this year were: Elizabeth “Betty” McCullough (principal at St. Nicholas School, Struthers), Jennifer Burke (teacher at Sts. Philip and James School, Canal Fulton), Jacqulyn DiNardo, (teacher at St. Nicholas School, Struthers), Michael Klockner (teacher at John F. Kennedy Catholic School Upper Campus, Warren), (Michelle Margroff (teacher at St. Paul School, North Canton), Shawn Mark (teacher at John F. Kennedy Catholic School Upper Campus, Warren) and Kimberly Ricchetti (teacher at St. Michael the Archangel School, Canton).

Through the generosity of the Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh, the Golden Apple Award recognizes and deeply appreciates the unique contributions outstanding educators and administrators make to the development of their students. The award consists of an unrestricted cash award of $5,000, a certificate, a Golden Apple paperweight and a Golden Apple lapel pin.

The awardees were determined through a selection process at the school and the diocesan levels. The criteria they met included evidence of the following: a commitment to professional development, a commitment to students, leadership qualities, service to Church and community, outstanding teaching skills and they must act as a role model as a Catholic educator. 

Scroll down to see photos from the event, taken by Catholic Echo staff photographer Brian Keith.

Picture of the program book at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Mary Fiala smiles at a podium at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Man claps, seated in the crowd at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Priest reads a statement at a podium at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Picture of a man with a bowtie speaking to the people at his table at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Woman with dark hair speaks at the podium at at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Three men chat at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Woman speaks at podium at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Bishop Bonnar greets guests at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Image of the packed country club at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
A woman has an arm around a young boy at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Bishop Bonnar gives award to woman with blonde hair and black dress at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Bishop gives award to man in a black suit at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Woman gives golden apple to woman in blue floral dress at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Woman in a yellow sweater speaks at a podium at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Bishop Bonnar gives golden apple award to woman in a pink dress at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Bishop gives award to man in gray top at the Golden Apple Awards 2024.
Bishop gives golden apple award to woman in checkered dress
Bishop gives golden apple award to woman in a floral shawl

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