Nine semifinalists for the 2018 Golden Apple Awards have been announced by the Findlay Rotary Club.

The annual awards honor top educators in Findlay and Hancock County.

Three winners — one each for the elementary, middle and high school levels — will be announced Oct. 17 at the Golden Apple Award banquet at Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

The elementary semifinalists are: Jeanine Baker, fourth-grade history teacher at Bigelow Hill Intermediate in Findlay; Bridgett Bunn, K-5 intervention specialist at Van Buren; and Jennifer Stillings, fourth-grade reading and science teacher at Bigelow Hill.

The middle school semifinalists are: Miranda Kennedy, reading teacher at Vanlue; David Sorensen, band teacher at Arlington; and Sue Harrington-Williams, art teacher at Donnell Middle School in Findlay.

The high school semifinalists are: Krista Bigger, music and choir teacher at Findlay; Gary Holland, math teacher at Cory-Rawson; and Lisa Willson, business instructor at Millstream Career Center.

The three winners will all receive the Golden Apple Award and a $2,500 prize to be used on classroom items. They also join the Golden Apple Academy, which is made up of the past award recipients. The second- and third-place teachers will get $250 each.

Last year’s winners were: Lisa Saums, Liberty-Benton, elementary; Kelly Cheney, Findlay, middle school; and Jill Erickson, Liberty-Benton, high school.

Students, parents, administrators, teachers and community members can nominate teachers for the Golden Apple Awards. Teachers in Findlay and Hancock County schools with at least three years of experience are eligible to be nominated.

Nominated teachers submit a resume and essays to a Rotary committee, which selects the semifinalists. A second group of Rotarians interviews the semifinalists and conducts classroom visits to determine the winners.

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