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Golden Apple Awards

Nomination Criteria

Each year the Wapato School Board of Directors recognizes outstanding Wapato School District employees through its ”Golden Apple Award” program.   This award is an important recognition of the extraordinary contributions District employees have made to the betterment and the advancement of the Wapato School District, its students and the Wapato Community.


Anyone (staff, student, parent, administrator, patron, stakeholder, etc.) can submit a nomination and any current full-time or part-time Wapato School District employee can be nominated for a Golden Apple Award.  Your nominee should exemplify the standards and core values that the District has identified as important.  Only completed nomination forms will be considered.


The Wapato School Board will be opening the nominations process for the 2019-2020 Golden Apple Awards on Monday, February 24, 2020. All nominations will be due by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020. Please check back at this webpage for a nominations form starting on February 24, 2020. Staff & students may send completed nomination forms via inner-office District mail to the District’s Community Relations Coordinator, Mike Balmelli at the District Print Shop. You may also send your nominations as an email attachment to Drop them off or mail them to PACE High School, 310 S. Wasco Ave., Wapato, WA 98951 in care of Mike Balmelli, Community Relations Coordinator


We thank you for your cooperation and participation.

2017-2018 Golden Apple Award Winners

Golden Apple Award Winners
Pictured Left to Right: Bus Driver Don Groth, Middle School Custodian Mike Catron, District Speech Pathologist Gina Jacob, Retiring Administrator Dan Murray, GEAR UP Advisor Jose Gutierrez