Laura Sell receives the McConnell Foundation Extra Mile Award from Don Sturgeon during WHHS Honors Day. (Photo: Hannah Brown/Frankfort State-Journal)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Alumna Laura Layman Sell, a 26-year classroom veteran and math teacher at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, was selected recently from among 17 applicants to receive the Extra Mile Award, a $10,000 tax free gift from the John Ed and Gene McConnell Foundation.

The Extra Mile Award carries no stipulation for its use and is awarded to a teacher who must reside in Frankfort and work in a Frankfort school.

It was presented in early June during the annual WHHS Honors Day by retired teacher and first recipient of the award, Don Sturgeon, who now represents the foundation as its public face.

Sell, a Western Hills graduate who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgetown College, taught 22 years at Franklin County High School and the last four at WHHS. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

In addition to teaching math for which she became national board certified in 2007, Sell has been a basketball and cross country coach, coached youth basketball for the YMCA, Upward Bound and the Frankfort Christian Academy and has been a stroke and turn official for USA Swimming.

— Kay Harrod, Frankfort State Journal