Triton grad wins Indiana teaching award

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Christina Crask, former Triton Jr.-Sr. High School student, won one of Indiana’s prestigious teacher recognition programs.
The Golden Apple Awards program honors outstanding central Indiana and Pike County educators who creatively use math, science or technology in the classroom to inspire and motivate improved student achievement.
Crask is a third grade teacher in the Monon Trail Elementary School in Westfield. She is a graduate of Triton Jr.-Sr. High School in Bourbon and of Ball State University.
She is the daughter of Jim and Kim Wanemacher of Warsaw, and the mother of a three-year-old daughter, Mia and a three-month-old son, Lucas.
Crask’s inventor project allowed third grade students to become real inventors for a day. Students were introduced to inventing by watching clips from the American Inventor television show. The students then, through research, created their invention and then presented it to their peers, parents, teachers and a panel of judges.
One of Crask’s colleagues wrote “Most of Christina’s students never thought of school beyond the school day. Now she regularly has students eager to continue learning after school hours.”
Crask was awarded a trophy and a $2,000 check during an award ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Her school was also awarded a $1,000 check.