A Celebration of Catholic Schools Breakfast - Golden Apple Award

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 Golden Apple Award Eligibility

Golden Apple AwardThe candidate should:

  • Be a practicing Catholic in good standing who demonstrates Catholic values
  • Be a full-time teacher who has been employed in one of the following Diocese of Greensburg Catholic Schools for a minimum of three years:
    • Aquinas Academy, Greensburg
    • The Cardinal Maida Academy, Vandergrift
    • Christ the Divine Teacher School, Latrobe
    • Conn-Area Catholic School, Connellsville
    • The Divide Redeemer School, Ford City
    • Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Connellsville
    • Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School
    • Mary Queen of Apostles School, New Kensington
    • Mother of Sorrows School, Murrysville
    • Queen of Angels Catholic School, North Huntingdon
    • St. Bernard Regional School, Indiana
    • St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School, Uniontown
    • St. Sebastian Regional School, Belle Vernon
  • Be nominated by a fellow Diocesan teacher, current parent/guardian, elementary/middle school student with their parent/guardian, high school student, alum, parent of former student, or priest
  • Hold a valid teaching certificate for her/his current position

Note:  The Golden Apple Award may be received only once.  Previous winners are not eligible.

 Previous Winners

​Cheryl Kestner, Mary Queen of Apostles School
Christy Gilkey, Queen of Angels Catholic School
Karen Longo, Queen of Angels Catholic School​
Bernadette Grace​, Mary Queen of Apostles School
​Lisa Matta, Mary Queen of Apostles School
Joette Salandro, Greensburg Central Catholic​ Jr.-Sr. High School


Nominations are now closed.  Thank you to all who nominated a teacher!

The Diocese will now confirm eligibility requirements of each nomination.

A planning committee comprised of business leaders, community leaders and individuals invested in the Catholic School system has been created to conduct the selection process.  All applications will be reviewed blindly with names, schools and geographic locations removed.

All applications will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Education
  • Professional experience
  • Professional development
  • Professional leadership  
  • Service to school, church and community
  • Commitment to students and school
  • Applicant’s essay
  • Letters of Recommendation

All awards will be presented at A Celebration of Catholic Schools breakfast on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Stratigo’s Banquet Centre.  Awardees must be in attendance at this event.

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