2015 Crystal Apple Awards

Left to Right: Kelly Trask, 92 NASH Icon WXKU; Kerri Morris, River Valley Financial Bank Assistant Vice President Business Development Manager, Ashley McCreary, River Valley Financial Vice President of Business Development; Mrs. Cooper, Mike Green, Assistant Principle; Tom Black, Assistant Principle; Johnny Bright, Principle; Dustin Roller, Dean of Students.

Amy Cooper, a long time teacher at Jennings County High School, was enthusiastically conducting her class last week when an entire group disrupted her with a cake and the recognition that many felt was long overdue.

Cooper was the latest recipient of River Valley Financial Bank’s Crystal Apple Award; award that is given to teachers that have gone above and beyond in their classroom teaching efforts. Cooper was nominated by one of her past students who, in her application stated that, “until she got in Ms. Cooper’s class she hated English.” Further comments brought Cooper to tears and she read the nomination to her students.

The Crystal Apple Award is presented to teachers that are nominated by parents, students, or other teachers in recognizing their efforts and willingness to go above and beyond in their teaching endeavors.

River Valley FinancialRiver Valley Financial Bank has been running the Crystal Apple Award program for four years and is seeking nominees in all the counties they serve.

The effort is part of collaboration in the Ripley, Jennings and Jackson County area with 92 NASH Icon WXKU radio.

If you have someone you would like to nominate just go to www.92nashicon.com or to www.rvfbank.com.

River Valley Financial Bank is based in Madison, Indiana and has fifteen full service bank locations.

Those locations include offices in Madison, Hanover, Charlestown, Sellersburg, Floyds Knobs, New Albany, Dupont, North Vernon, Jeffersonville, Osgood, and Seymour, Indiana. Another office is located in Carrollton, KY.

Americana Made Music ShowAmericana Made

Americana is contemporary music with an ‘old spirit.’ It’s new music that relies heavily on traditional country, roots-rock, folk, and bluegrass. Join me Saturday nights from 10 to Midnight to hear today’s best singer-songwriters, folk acts, and string bands.

If you don’t know them already, I’ll introduce you to artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams, James McMurtry, The Avett Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Nikki Lane, Buddy Miller, Robert Earl Keen, Rodney Crowell, The Wood Brothers, Robert Ellis and many more.

A little about Shawn

For me, one of the greatest joys in the world is hearing a great new song for the first time. That started when I got my first portable radio for Christmas at age eight. That radio and I couldn’t be separated.

I spent hours emulating the disc jockeys I heard on St. Louis radio stations. The cassette deck allowed me to record myself introducing songs and interviewing imaginary guests. Some of those embarrassing tapes are still in my garage. In college, I finally had a chance to work ‘on air’ for real, and it was a blast!

Today, I love music as much as ever. And, while radio is not a full time career for me, I’m thrilled to host my very own show, playing music that I love – Americana.