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Seven Sorrows language arts teacher wins Golden Apple Award from Harrisburg diocese, $5,000

Posted 5/21/20

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary school teacher Cynthia Gotowski is the recipient of a Golden Apple Award.

The Diocese of Harrisburg recently announced the 2020 educators, including …

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Seven Sorrows language arts teacher wins Golden Apple Award from Harrisburg diocese, $5,000

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Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary school teacher Cynthia Gotowski is the recipient of a Golden Apple Award.

The Diocese of Harrisburg recently announced the 2020 educators, including Gotowski, recognized for “their outstanding devotion to Catholic schools and the students they teach.”

The seven awardees exhibit professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools, according to the diocese. It is presented to six teachers and one principal.

Gotowski has taught middle school language arts at Seven Sorrows for 13 years.

“This award is truly an honor,” said Gotowski, a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Elizabethtown. “It fills me with a sense of gratitude to teach in a Catholic school.”

She recalled the teachers in her own life who inspired her to teach and the students who “inspire me each day to be the best that I can be.”

Honorees receive $5,000, a certificate of achievement, a Golden Apple award, an individual photo with Bishop Ronald Gainer, and a group photo with Gainer and other Golden Apple awardees.

“Mrs. Gotowski's contribution to the Seven Sorrows learning community is an outstanding example of why and how Catholic educators encourage children to reach their potential and beyond,”  Principal Rebecca Harvey said. “Catholic schools, in partnership with families, are preparing their children for life, which includes finding their vocation and following God’s calling.

“Catholic educators like Mrs. Gotowski teach each child how to be a good person; they teach integrity and provide their students with a moral compass to make good decisions which, we believe, is the foundation of leadership. They teach the truth of why they exist: to know God, to love him, and to serve him in this world and be happy with him forever in the next,” Harvey added.

According to the Diocese of Harrisburg, the awards are determined based on nominations by teachers, parents, students, and school principals.

Seven Sorrows is a Middle States Accredited school serving Middletown and surrounding communities. Children in preschool, elementary and middle school (pre-K3 through eighth grade) are served in a Catholic environment. Visit ssbvm.org/school.

The Donahue Family Foundation sponsored this year’s 15th annual Golden Apple Award Program for the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Other honorees are:

• David Geisel, a social studies teacher at Trinity High School, Camp Hill.

• Cheryl Green, a second-grade teacher at St. Joseph School, York.

• Jennifer Kukay, a middle school religion teacher at St. Patrick School, Carlisle.

• Susan Martin, librarian at Lancaster Catholic High School, Lancaster.

• Cecilia Mezza, a fine arts teacher and band director at York Catholic High School, York.

• David Rushinski, principal at Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School, Harrisburg.

The diocese covers 15 counties: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York. It has five secondary schools, two K-12 schools and 33 elementary schools.