Congratulations to St. Paul's own Patti Muffet and Kate Samolczyk who are 2 of the 6 Diocesan Golden Apple winners! Thank you for your dedication and service to our school!
About the Golden Apple Award
Through the generosity and kindness of the Donahue Family Foundation, the Golden Apple Award, already established in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, has been extended to the Diocese of Youngstown to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic schools. The diocese recognizes and deeply appreciates the unique charge these teachers and principals have to the development of each student. In the words of Saint John Paul II, “...teachers and educators fulfill a specific Christian vocation and share an equally specific participation in the mission of the Church, to the extent that ‘it depends chiefly on them whether the Catholic school achieves its purpose,” (CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, #19, 1998).
In light of the valuable contribution made by Catholic school teachers and principals to the Church and society in general, the diocese welcomes this opportunity to express its appreciation through the Golden Apple Award program. The Golden Apple Award program, in the Diocese of Youngstown, follows the intent and general procedures established by the Donahue Family Foundation.
The Golden Apple Award is given to a total of six teachers; four elementary teachers and two high school teachers. The candidate must be a practicing Catholic, full-time teacher/principal, and have completed a minimum of three full years as a teacher in the elementary or secondary school at which he/she is currently employed.