LHS teacher honored

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Ben Palafox, a Lincoln High School social-science teacher, will be awarded the 2009 Crystal Apple Recognition award on Thursday, April 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rocklin. Also being honored this year are Bill Kurnett, Del Oro High School math teacher; Matt Yamamoto, Whitney High School science teacher and Meredith Hawkins, Rocklin High School visual-and-performing arts teacher. Teachers were nominated by students from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who attend weekday early-morning seminary (religious education) classes every day before school. One teacher that inspires the students, while emphasizing strong values and integrity, is selected from each school. The award event is at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the church, located at 2610 Meadows Drive. Seminary is a four-year educational program for high-school students. There are about 400 students in the Rocklin, Loomis and Lincoln areas. Students spend an entire school year studying one book of scripture: Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon or doctrine and Covenants.