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Frankfort High School History teacher Shane Hecker, left, receives the McConnell Award from former Franklin County Magistrate and retired Franklin County High School teacher Don Sturgeon, right, at the high school on June 5, 2019. (Photo by McKenna Horsley)

The final teacher to win one of this year's McConnell Foundation Extra Mile Awards was named on Wednesday. 

Shane Hecker, a history teacher at Frankfort High School, was given the award, which is a $10,000 tax-free check, at the beginning of the school's underclassmen awards ceremony. Former Franklin County Magistrate and retired Franklin County High School teacher Don Sturgeon presented Hecker with the award. 

"These teachers that have given that extra mile," Sturgeon said. "They go that extra mile for their students, they go that extra mile for their school and they go that extra mile for their community."

According to the nomination packet for the McConnell Award, qualifications for nominees included setting an example, inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities, having the respect and admiration of students, parents, co-workers and administrators, being an active leader in the community and going "the extra mile." The award is open to all Frankfort and Franklin County full-time kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in public, private or parochial schools. 

The Gene and John Ed McConnell Foundation sponsors the Extra Mile Award. The late John Ed McConnell was from Peaks Mill, graduated from Elkhorn High School and attended Eastern State Teachers College. He also married a teacher, but despite his interest in teaching McConnell became a businessman and president of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, now Anthem. 

Last month, two teachers from Franklin County Schools received McConnell AwardsElkhorn Elementary School primary teacher Kay Combs and Franklin County High School chorus, piano and voice teacher Raye Hurley were both given $5,000 for the award. Both planned to use the money in their classrooms. 

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