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 PITTSBURGH, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventeen teachers, three secondary and 14 elementary, have been selected as the winners in the second annual Golden Apple Award program, which recognizes outstanding performance in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
 They will be awarded a total of $49,000.
 Recognized with $5,000 awards were Sister Donna Cronauer, C.S.J., St. Benedict the Moor, Hill District; Sister Monique Dissen, I.H.M., St. Rosalia School, Greenfield; Russell G. Firestone, St. Therese, Munhall; Janet Kochuba, St. Joseph Regional, Port Vue; John Manear, Seton LaSalle High School, Pittsburgh; Marilou McFeaters, St. Joan of Arc, Library; Carolyn Spagnolo, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, Whitehall; and Carol Stasik, St. Albert the Great, Baldwin.
 Honored with the program's $1,000 awards were Rita Dolan, St. Irenaeus, Oakmont; Sister Anysia Donohue, I.H.M., St. Mary of the Mount, Mount Washington; Timothy Fazio, Canevin High School, Pittsburgh; Jean Novak, St. Alphonsus, Wexford; Sister Bridget Reilly, O.S.B., Quigley High School, Baden; Dona Sherbine, St. Angela Merici, White Oak; Sister Patricia Ann Skowronek, R.S.M., St. Agnes, Oakland; Constance Vaskov, St. James, Wilkinsburg; and Leota Zunski, St. Joseph, Coraopolis.
 It marked the second year that Manear has achieved finalist status.
 The awards, which Bishop Donald W. Wuerl will present at a dinner on June 1 at the Pittsburgh Vista, were funded by an anonymous family foundation. In addition to the cash award, each honoree will receive an inscribed golden apple, fashioned of metal.
 "These awards recognize the blessing to our Catholic schools in the diocese that our devoted teachers represent," said Wuerl. "We can be proud of our teachers, not only for their academic accomplishments, but also for their roles in building an appreciation of our Catholic faith and providing a moral compass for our students, two gifts that young people so sorely need in today's difficult society."
 Dr. Rosemarie Cibik, diocesan secretary for education, said that "the Golden Apple award is indeed one method to recognize in a significant way the outstanding performance of a teacher who has demonstrated commitment to the teachings of Christ and the academic and moral development of our children and youth. The awardees represent what is most needed to be effective and successful teachers in Catholic schools."
 "The purpose of the Golden Apple Awards is not only to honor some of our teachers who excel, but to call our attention as a Catholic community to the centrality of teaching in the mission of our schools," said Sister Elizabeth Meegan, diocesan superintendent of schools. "Although the greatest reward for a teacher will always be the knowledge that he or she made a difference in the lives of young people, it is important for the entire church to acknowledge our appreciation for those who teach the coming generation in our name."
 The winners were judged on such factors as professional development, leadership qualities, and service to church, school and community. Candidates were nominated by other teachers as well as children and their parents.
 The finalists were selected following a review of the nomination forms, classroom observations and personal interviews. The selection committee included Dr. Ronald T. Bowes, diocesan director of educational planning and development, chair; Anna Marie Catanzaro, diocesan assistant superintendent for secondary schools; Sister Ignatius Rooney, R.S.M., diocesan associate superintendent of schools; Dr. Timothy Rusnak, assistant professor, Duquesne University; Dr. Bernard Smith, professor, Duquesne University; and Sister Muriel Young, C.D.P., assistant superintendent for elementary schools.
 There are approximately 2,100 teachers, who must have state as well as diocesan certification, in the 119 elementary and 11 secondary Catholic schools in the diocese. Enrollment is more than 38,000 students, including pre-school classes.
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 /CONTACT: Rev. Ronald P. Lengwin of Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, 412-456-3017, or home, 412-261-2113/

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