For years, Upper Arlington Civic Association members have closely guarded the results of their votes to honor outstanding teachers in the Upper Arlington district, Mountview Christian Preschool, St. Agatha Catholic School, St. Andrew School and Wellington School.

For years, Upper Arlington Civic Association members have closely guarded the results of their votes to honor outstanding teachers in the Upper Arlington district, Mountview Christian Preschool, St. Agatha Catholic School, St. Andrew School and Wellington School.

When the day arrives, they don signature gold coats and march in to surprise recipients with Golden Apple Awards.

This month, the UACA upheld the tradition, with awards going to: Lauren Kowalski, Barrington Elementary; Stephanie Weisker, Greensview Elementary; Kevin Lloyd, Hastings Middle School, Molly Miely, Jones Middle School; Jillian Silliman, Mountview Christian Preschool, Jericho Wagenbrenner, St. Agatha Catholic School; Andrew Pumphrey, St. Andrew School; Erica Riesen, Tremont Elementary; Mark Wilkinson, Upper Arlington High School, Becky Fuller, Wellington School, Shelly Hughes, Wickliffe Elementary; and Amy Leahy, Windermere Elementary.

"The UACA recognizes and rewards outstanding educators in Upper Arlington who, through their continuous dedication to students, parents, peers and the whole community, help make UA such a great place to live," said Tina Falasca, UACA Golden Apple Award coordinator and co-director. "We know that the Upper Arlington schools are a source of great pride for the community, so the UACA is thrilled to be able to recognize those individuals who work tirelessly to prepare Upper Arlington students for the future."

Falasca said this year's winners were selected after receiving nominations from students, parents and employees of each school, as well as from other community members.

'The selection process is always difficult, but we love seeing the dedication to students and the art of teaching that comes through in each of the nominations," she said.

In addition to the surprise classroom visit to receive awards, this year's recipients were given plaques, balloons and an edible golden apple. They also will be invited to ride on the UACA's Golden Apple float during the city's July 4 parade.

"It makes for an incredibly rewarding experience to be surrounded by students, school staff and family members of the winners while excerpts from the winning nominations are presented by the UACA," Falasca said.