Central Elementary second grade teacher Janis Brendeland, center, is shown with homeroom students and the Channel 13, Allied Insurance-sponsored Golden Apple Award, given to special teachers throughout the school year. Brendeland received the award at an April 19 school assembly. Completely surprised by it, Brendeland, who was nominated by Brayton Shill’s great-aunt, Sheryl Olson, said it brought tears. Shill was a member of Brendeland’s class who lost his battle with cancer in November 2012. Brendeland said as touched as she is by the Golden Apple, she simply misses Brayton. (Photo by Marlys Barker)