In conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week, the White Pine County School District held its annual Golden Apple Awards night on Monday, May 2 at the Bristlecone Convention Center and was attended by approximately 140 people.

The event honors exceptional performance by teachers and support staff for the current 2015-16 school year and highlights many of the accomplishments within White Pine County District schools. Baker Elementary, McGill Elementary, David E. Norman Elementary White Pine Middle School, Steptoe Valley School and White Pine High School all handed out awards to teachers and staff and each school had a unique way of presenting.

This also marks one of the last events for WPCSD Superintendent Bob Dolezal, who is retiring after 29 years of service to the district — the last 15 as superintendent. Dolezal was honored at the end of the program and Paul Johnson shared several humorous moments that he and Dolezal had over the years.

Even Dolezal himself shared several remarks about his tenure. It can be said that Bob plans on doing a lot of fishing after he leaves the district at the end of June.

One of the highlights of the night came when Krystal Smith was named the school district’s  Teacher of the Year. Smith teaches at White Pine Middle School. She also received an award as Coach of the Year.

Smith is the girls basketball and softball coach at White Pine High School and has coached back to back Nevada High School state championships in basketball. It should also be mentioned that Justin Locke also received an award for Coach of the Year for his efforts in coaching the girls track team to a “three peat,” winning the state championship the past three years in a row.

There were many additional awards given out and Adam Young, principal of White Pine high School and the incoming superintendent, said it best when he remarked that whether you received an award or not, all teachers and staff in the district are invaluable and appreciated and he thanked them all for their efforts.

Sponsors of this years event were Accurate Building Maintenance LLC, Robinson Nevada Mining, Tiffany Swetich Agency for State Farm Insurance and Mt. Wheeler Power Company. Teacher7-1