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2022 Crystal Apple Award semifinalists selected

Twelve semifinalists have been selected from 165 nominees for the 2022 Crystal Apple Award, the 27th year that the program has honored the finest educators in Finney County.

The semi-finalists recently announced by the Crystal Apple Committee of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce include:

  • Jose Alfredo Anaya Alarcon, Horace Good Middle School
  • Jennifer Barrett, Holcomb High School
  • Brianna Boller, Holcomb High School
  • Buffi Brimm, Charles Stones Intermediate Center
  • Jay Edwards, GC Achieve
  • Isabel Elchuck, Kenneth Henderson Middle School
  • Brandon Fisher, Garden City High School
  • Amy Harris, Kenneth Henderson Middle School
  • Ericka Hoff, Kenneth Henderson Middle School
  • Neil Lundgren, Victor Ornelas Elementary School
  • Brian Nelson, Garden City High School
  • Amber Potts, Horace Good Middle School

Later this month, the Crystal Apple Committee will narrow the semi-finalists down to six following individual teacher interviews. The six finalists will then be observed by three additional Crystal Apple committee members in their classroom at times unknown to each of the six teachers.

The top three will be named the 2022 Crystal Apple Teachers of Finney County at a banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Clarion Inn, 1911 East Kansas Ave., and will receive an engraved crystal apple, $1,000 cash award, and an iPad courtesy of COX Communications. The other three finalists will be presented with a cash award of $250.

Community members, family, friends, and past Crystal Apple Award winners are invited to attend the awards banquet.

Tickets to the event will be for sale beginning October 3 and are $25 each.

Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, 1509 E. Fulton Terrace or by calling (620) 276-3264, and online at

The Crystal Apple Program is supported by community members and businesses throughout Finney County.

This years’ sponsors are: Presenting Sponsor – Bors Law, P.A.; Media Sponsor – COX Communications; Platinum Sponsor – Reeve Cattle Company; Gold Sponsors – Commerce Bank, Fry Eye Associates, Inc., Hutton Corporation, and Scooters Coffee; Crystal Sponsors – Garden City Public Schools Foundation, Garden City Community College, Lewis Hooper and Dick, LLC, and Southwest Kansas Office Leasing; Friend of Education Sponsor – Scheopner’s Water Conditioning; 2022 Chairman’s Circle Members – City of Garden City, Commerce Bank, Dairy Farmers of America, and Golden Plains Credit Union.

About the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1888, the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce fosters a sense of community and provides its members with the tools and contacts for success. Comprised of over 370 local businesses, the chamber focuses on aggressive political advocacy for business on the local, state, and federal levels along with offering a vast array of educational and networking programs to help its members, both large and small, to gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive and prosper in today’s economy. For more information, please contact the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce at (620) 276-3264 or visit