Travis RMark Morris High School leadership and Spanish teacher Travis Ruhter received the Crystal Apple Award at the annual Pillars of Strength event presented by the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce May 2.

Travis, a National Board Certified Teacher and former state ASB Advisor of the Year award recipient, is credited with supporting students to strive to reach their full potential through a balance of pressure and support.

Students feel both comfortable and challenged in his classes through his constant focus on learning and careful and creative daily lessons.

Travis recently became one of the first Mark Morris teachers to implement the Achievement Through Individualized Determination (AVID) program at the school.