Left to Right: Kelly Trask, Kix 92.7 FM; 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 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 KIX 92.7 radio.

If you have someone you would like to nominate just go to or to

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.