No later than April 15th of each year, an administrator/director nominates employees for the Crystal Apple Award.

Crystal Apple Awards are given to two individuals in each building who:

• Have demonstrated excellence in the area of teaching, serving, and/or caring.
• Have demonstrated an innovative or unusual approach that reflects positively on the school district.
• Have been recognized for outstanding educational achievements by agencies or institutions outside the Talawanda City School District.

Each Principal selects two individuals, from the nominations, at each building level. This might result in the recognition of two classified, or one of each.

The Superintendent may also select one individual from among employees of the district office and/or the administration and may select an at-large candidate from any employee of the district (including transportation employees)