On May 22, 2024, the Salem-Keizer community celebrated the 25th Crystal Apple Awards, continuing its proud tradition of recognizing excellence in local education.

Presented by the McLaran Leadership Foundation and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Salem-Keizer Public Schools, the 2024 Crystal Apple Awards featured a lively red carpet honoring 97 incredible nominees, 12 Crystal Apple Award winners, and more than 800 attendees coming together to support educators, administrators, support staff, and students at Salem Convention Center.

Congratulations to our 2024 Crystal Apple Awards recipients:

  • Amanda Starkey, Teacher – North Salem High School
  • Christopher Feskens, Teacher – McKay High School
  • Gabriela Acevedo-Solis, Teacher – Waldo Middle School
  • Keelana Meyer, CTE Liaison – South Salem High School
  • Ken Ramirez, Security Field Coordinator – Safety and Risk Management Services
  • Kellie Menghini, Teacher – McKay High School
  • Lisa Olson, Library Media Instructional Assistant – Chapman Hill Elementary
  • Luis Oliva Barrientos, Bilingual Special Education Instructional Assistant – Chavez Elementary School
  • Max Price, Teacher – South Salem High School
  • Pat Ozenna-Lemay, Teacher – Cummings Elementary
  • Rubi Hovenden, Program Associate – Curriculum and Instruction
  • Shayla Brown, Counselor – Blanchet Catholic School

We’d like to thank our sponsors for making this incredible night happen, including Presenting Sponsors Mountain West Center for Community Excellence, Maps Credit Union, and the Larry and Jeanette Epping Family Foundation.

Thank you to Salem-Keizer Public Schools and our Crystal Apple Awards Committee for the amazing partnerships in coordinating and organizing the event.

Finally, thank you to Allied Video Productions, the Crystal Apple Band, and Capital Community Media for bringing the event to life through visuals and music.

See photos from the event by viewing our gallery on Facebook!

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