Tickets are now available for the 2018 Crystal Apple Awards teacher recognition banquet, slated for 6:30 p.m. Nov 16 at the Clarion Inn.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at, or at the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce office, 1511 E. Fulton Terrace. Tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. For more information, call (620) 276-3264.

The 2017 finalists are: Janet Hackett, Garden City High School; Sarah Harris, Victor Ornelas Elementary School; Julia Morales, Buffalo Jones Elementary School; Dru Saddler, GCHS; Sarah Shrimplin, Edith Scheuerman Elementary School; and Dixie Teeter, Victor Ornelas.

The Crystal Apple program honors outstanding teachers in Finney County. The top three finalists will be named as Crystal Apple Teachers and will receive an engraved crystal apple, $1,000 cash award, and an iPad tablet. The three runners-up each will be presented with a cash award of $250.