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Excellence in Education Awards

  • The Excellence In Education Awards Ceremony will be in the Eisenhower Auditorium on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM with the doors opening at 4:30 PM for appetizers, photos, mingling, and more. The cost is $5.00/person (nominees and two guests are free; children under 10 are free).  

    Yakima School District employees can be nominated for an award. Employees need to have served two years in a full-time role. Community members can be nominated for the Yakima Schools Foundation's Champion of Youth award. 


    • Crystal Apple Award: Five certificated, non-administrative candidates will be awarded (YEA, Coaches)
    • Crystal Apple Award: One building administrator candidate will be awarded (YPA)
    • Classified Shining Star Award: Up to five classified, non-administrative candidates will be awarded (Teamsters 760, YABS, YAP, YEOP, PSE, YMA, YPTA, Exempt, OSG)
    • Classified Shining Star Award: One district department director candidate will be awarded (YDA; certificated and classified YDA members)*
    • Champion Of Youth Award: The Yakima Schools Foundation's Champion of Youth Award recognizes s community member who impacts the lives of our students and empowers them to achieve academic and personal success. Nominees are seen as outstanding community members dedicated to strengthening public education, creating equity, and empowering students. They are committed to seeking ways to enhance student learning to ensure a brighter tomorrow.  


    *Members of the current year's superintendent's cabinet are not eligible.


    Nomination packets are due April 10, 2023, by 4:00 PM. There will be no extensions. Nominations can be made by students, former students, parents, community members, teachers, administrators, or school-related groups.

      Crystal Apple Nominees

      Shining Star Nominees

      Previous Recipients