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Valvoline awards local teacher

One Jessamine County teacher was selected to win the Teacher Achievement Award provided by Valvoline.

Ashley Onkst from East Jessamine High School was among 23 others to win the award. 

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline selected the 24 Kentucky educators, who will be honored and presented with cash awards and certificates at a ceremony in Frankfort on Oct. 19 at the State Capitol Building.

The Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the year will be chosen at this ceremony. 

The Kentucky Teacher of the Year — who will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition — will be picked from the group of the three finalist. 

This is the 16th year the partnership between the Department of Education and Ashland/Valvoline has honored Kentucky educators. Approximately $776,500 has been awarded to 524 teachers since 1988, according to a news release from the Kentucky Department of Education.