Each year, the InterMountain ESD hosts the annual Crystal Apple "Excellence in Education" Awards.

The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding individuals in the education field who are dedicated to the success of our students. Exceptional principals, assistant principals, teachers, classroom assistants, office and school staff in our communities deserve recognition and praise for their hard work in schools each and every day. The Crystal Apple Awards are a way to show appreciation to these individuals.


Nominations are now CLOSED for the 2021 Crystal Apple Awards. Thank you for all the nominations this year.


Those eligible to be nominated for a Crystal Apple Award are all employees in any of the IMESD's 18 component school districts in Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties. Nominees can be any full-time or part-time employee who has a cumulative total of regular service of at least one year in their school district. Crystal Apple Awards can be given to principals, assistant principals, teachers, paraeducators, office staff, maintenance staff and other district staff. They can be nominated by administrators, teachers, paraeducators, other school staff, parents or community members.


This award is sponsored by the InterMountain Education Service District and Mid Columbia Bus Company. The award is open to all school administrators serving in Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties in a local school district or in an education service district that is a customer of Mid Columbia Bus Company.

The winner of the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award is announced at the Crystal Apple Awards ceremony each spring.

Doug Flatt, former Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Columbia Bus Company, was well known in school districts throughout Oregon, particularly those in this region. Doug lost his life in a tragic plane crash while on business. In guiding the growth and operation of MidCo, Doug exemplified the finest qualities of leadership, attention to detail, service to his community, interpersonal relationships and customer service. The purpose of the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award is to recognize a school administrator who exemplifies the same qualities for which Doug was legendary.

Doug Flatt Award Past Winners (PDF)


There are two Crystal Apple Award ceremonies each spring in May. For information about these, please visit the: Award Ceremonies Page


Lists of past Crystal Apple Winners are available below in PDF format:


The Crystal Apple Awards are supported by business sponsors in several communities. To become a sponsor, please contact Edie Allstott at 541-966-3106 or

For questions regarding the Crystal Apple Awards, please contact Crystal Apple Coordinators:

Michele Madril at 541-966-3115

Edie Allstott at 541-966-3106