OGDEN -- As he stood on the stage, peering at the large crowd, and received his award, Jared Fawson got caught up in the moment.
Fawson, a geography and government teacher at West Point Junior High School, was one of 10 Top of Utah teachers honored with an Apple for the Teacher award Thursday evening in a ceremony at the Ben Lomond Suites hotel.
"It's humbling and exciting all at the same time," said Fawson, whom a student nominated for teaching his students to have a positive outlook on life. "I feel very honored to receive the award when there are so many great teachers out there. I'm still kind of in shock."
Each of the 10 teachers honored was brought on stage to receive his or her award, and the students who nominated them took to the microphone to explain what it was about the teachers that made them stand out.
Emilie Davis, a special-education teacher at Uintah Elementary School, was nominated for her willingness to go beyond her job description to care for her students.
"Special-education teachers are often overlooked," Katie Wahlquist, the mother of one of Davis' students, said at the ceremony, "but in my experience, they work the hardest."
Angie Woodring, the librarian at Odyssey Elementary School, said she felt humbled by the award. A student chose her for helping students believe in themselves and passing her love of books on to them.
"There are about 630 kids I get to see every week," Woodring said. "It can get kind of crazy, but it's the students who make it worth it."
Kaysville Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Lisa Hilton was nominated because she makes sure everyone feels welcome and safe in class, while Gil Newton, a custodian at Uintah Elementary School, was chosen because he takes special care and pride in keeping the school looking good.
The student who nominated Lori Rasmussen, a home-hospital teacher for Weber School District, said Rasmussen takes the time to get to know her students and adjusts her teaching plan to best suit them.
Fairfield Junior High School math teacher Lisa Prochet was selected for changing her students' perspectives on math and making them realize the subject can be fun.
Highmark Charter School fourth-grade teacher AJ Scovoronski ensures all his students respect each other and treat each other well, said his nominating student.
Sgt. Stephen Weigandt, ROTC instructor at Mount Ogden Junior High School and Ogden High School, has encouraged his students never to give up and to follow their dreams.
"He taught me never to give up on something I love," said Kimberly Sanchez, Weigandt's nominating student. "He's not only a teacher but like a father to me."
Rocky Mountain Junior High health teacher Terry Schriver, who was chosen for teaching his students valuable life lessons, said it was exciting to be mentioned alongside the rest of the honored teachers.
"It's kind of surreal, hearing all the great stories of how teachers have helped these kids' lives," Schriver said. "When I look at my life, it was always teachers and coaches inspiring me."