Golden Apples Awarded

7 Local Catholic School Teachers Honored For Excellence

 Seven outstanding local Catholic school teachers have been awarded a Golden Apple award. It symbolizes a teacher’s professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.  This year’s recipients come from both the elementary and secondary levels and have a combined total of 161 years education experience.  This is the eighth time the awards have been given in the diocese. The award ceremony was held at the Cardinal Keeler Center, Harrisburg on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Recipients were nominated by a parent, student or fellow teacher.  Nominees were then evaluated on their service to the Church and community, teaching skills, leadership, and commitment to their students and school. Each of the Diocese of Harrisburg’s recipients receive a certificate of achievement, a $5,000 cash award, a Golden Apple with a 24-carat gold cross and an individual photo with Father Edward Quinlan, Secretary for Education for the Diocese of Harrisburg. 

 The 2013 Golden Apple Award Recipients are:

  • Michelle Banks          St. Theresa, New Cumberland, Science grades 6, 7 & 8.
  • Patricia Buckley         St. Joseph, Dallastown, 1st Grade
  • Elizabeth Eberly         Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Ephrata, 2nd Grade
  • Nora Knott                  Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg, Instrumental Music & Band
  • Patricia Marrocco       Delone Catholic High School, McSherrystown, Biology & Physical Science
  • Mary Jo Pronio           St. Margaret Mary, Harrisburg, Religion Grade 6, Social Studies Grades 6 &7.
  • Tiffany Stultz             Annunciation, B.V.M. McSherrystown, Science grades 5 & 6

 In the Diocese of Harrisburg approximately 11,300 students are enrolled at 49 schools.  They are taught by approximately 950 faculty. In 2011 High School students in the Diocese had a graduation rate over 98% and were awarded over $26 million in scholarship funds.  The Diocese of Harrisburg serves the following 15 counties: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York.  To learn more about the Golden Apple Awards or Catholic Education visit

 The Golden Apple Awards Program was established through the generosity of the Donahue Family Foundation, Inc., located in Pittsburgh, PA. Jack and Rhodora Donahue are parents of thirteen children; all were educated in Catholic schools.  The Donahue’s were eager to express their deep appreciation to Catholic school teachers for providing quality academic and faith-filled education for their children.  They established the awards program in Pittsburgh in 1992.  The program has expanded to Youngstown, Ohio, Toledo, Ohio and Harrisburg, PA.

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