The InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) and its school districts in Morrow and Umatilla County are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards. A total of 13 Crystal Apples were presented on Monday, May 10, at the awards ceremony in Echo School District’s Pioneer Hall and a total of 17 Crystal Apples were presented on Tuesday, May 11, at the event at Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton.
Due to COVID-19, this year the traditional one event honoring Morrow and Umatilla counties’ winners was increased to two events to reduce the number of people. Due to pandemic restrictions, no audience was allowed at the ceremony, face coverings were required and physical distancing was practiced. Crystal Apple winners for Union County school districts were celebrated previously on May 3.
Each year, the IMESD partners with its school districts to recognize outstanding administrators, teachers, educational assistants and office and building staff for their dedication and commitment to students and for their willingness to go above and beyond their regular duties. Nominations are submitted over a two-month period by administrators, coworkers, parents, students and community members. Winners are selected from these nominations by school district administration.
“In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the greatest challenges to K-12 education, but many educators have stepped up and worked even harder to serve eastern Oregon’s students. Due to these challenges, celebrating this year’s Crystal Apple Award winners has been even more important and more special,” said Michele Madril, IMESD director of communication.
For biographies and photos of winners, please see the ceremony programs:
Morrow County/West End Umatilla County Districts Program
East End Umatilla County Districts Program
The IMESD would like to thank our 2021 Crystal Apple Award sponsors:
Mid-Columbia Bus Company, CHI St. Anthony Hospital, First Community
Credit Union, Bank of Eastern Oregon and Rotary Club of Pendleton.
Congratulations Crystal Apple Winners!