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Pleasanton LDS church to honor outstanding teachers tonight

Crystal Apple Awards go to selected faculty from high schools in Pleasanton, Dublin.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will hold its annual Crystal Apple awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday to recognize and honor outstanding educators from high schools in Pleasanton and Dublin.

The award, to be given to seven recipients this year, is based on excellent teaching, consistency in representing strong community values and on having an ability to inspire those around them.

They were nominated by juniors and seniors from the Pleasanton and Dublin LDS stakes who attend high schools within the stakes' boundaries.

The Crystal Apple Award winners are Brett Bowers, Cliff Simms and Rick Sira from Amador Valley High School; Theresa Ochoa-Lionetti and Donna DeGiobbi from Foothill High, and Katina Lewis and Jeanne Morgan from Dublin High.

The public is invited to the awards ceremony, which will be conducted by youths in the LDS stakes. Mayors Jerry Thorne of Pleasanton and David Haubert of Dublin, along with school administrators and other community leaders from both cities, are expected to attend, according to the event's spokesman Alan Johansen.

The event will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Pleasanton Stake Center, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz.

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