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Golden Apple Awards recipients surprised

(WLUK) -- The Golden Apple Awards recipients were announced and FOX 11 news anchor, Tom Milbourn, helped surprise some of the teachers with their awards.

Kendra Wetzel's kindergarten class at Lannoye Elementary, Pulaski was just one of the classroom stops Wednesday with Golden Apples.

For Wetzel, it's her 7th year of teaching and she wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's truly an adventure. Every day is different, it's exciting. I love seeing the look on their faces, the big hugs I usually get. I love every minute of it," she said.

A collaborative meeting of gift and talented students and teachers in the Howard-Suamico district was also interrupted Wednesday where five apples were given to a gifted and talented team.

"Knowing that we're helping kids and that we can take learning in different directions for them and really expand on what we're doing in schools," said teacher, Brenda Rank.

One common thread -- it was also a day for the families of the recipients, no more so than the husband, children and parents of Adrianne Burns in De Pere. In her 18th year of teaching, she knows why she's there.

"This is what I was meant to do. This is who I am," Burns said. "Every year I know it a little bit more and I just realize that I can't imagine doing anything else."

Neither can Wilder 5th grade teacher Sarah Yonts.

"It's exciting to keep up and it's motivating to keep growing and learning. And I always want to do that so the kids are inspired to grow and learn as well," Yonts said.


FOX 11's Tom Milbourn, Michelle Melby and Mike Murad kicked off the nomination period for the 24th annual Golden Apple Awards in October. Nominees were announced in January.

This year's Golden Apple Awards ceremony is set for April 19. It will be broadcast at 6 p.m. April 20 on CW 14 and 5 p.m. April 23 on FOX 11.

The Golden Apple Awards are a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, with support from major sponsors.

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