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WEST VIRGINIA TEACHERS SUPPORTED BY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATIONS

 ASHLAND, Ky., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ - A 28 percent increase in nominations for the annual Ashland Oil, Inc. (NYSE: ASH) Teacher Achievement Awards indicates West Virginians remain committed to supporting and honoring outstanding teachers.
 With nominations closing Feb. 13, a?rly 1,600 West Virginia teachers have been nominated by students, parents and others concerned with quality education, according to Dan Lacy, vice president of corporate communications for Ashland Oil. "And, we still have more than a week left for nominations," he added.
 "Quality education has long been an important issue, and this increase in nominations is a clear signal that people appreciate and respect the work done by teachers throughout West Virginia," Lacy said. "By recognizing teachers, we are supporting one of the single most important factors affecting the success of our educational system, and therefore the achievements of our students."
 Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Awards will be presented to 10 outstanding West Virginia teachers during National Teachers Week in May 1993. Each teacher will be awarded $2,500 cash, in recognition of teaching excellence. All full-time teachers certified in West Virginia and currently teaching kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible.
 Ashland Oil mailed nomination forms to all public and private schools in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Minnesota. Nominated teachers must complete application materials highlighting teaching philosophy, reasons for entering the profession, educational development, professional accomplishments and community service.
 Completed application materials must be received by March 15, 1993. Applications then are evaluated by a judging team of education professionals from the four participating states.
 In addition to the 10 cash awards, Ashland Oil will present a Golden Apple Achiever Award certificate to all applicants finishing in the top 15 percent of the competition.
 Ashland Oil's Teacher Achievement Awards program is part of a larger education campaign focusing on the role of parents in their children's
education. "This is the fifth year we've offered this program in West


Virginia," Lacy said, "and it is a perfect blend with our new advertising emphasis on 'parent power.' The teamwork represented by a caring, dedicated teacher and a concerned parent who insists on the best for his or her child is virtually impossible to beat. If we, as parents, work with teachers to meet the needs of our children, our education potential will be unlimited.
 "The Teacher Achievement Awards offer an opportunity for parents to get involved and motivate the corps of professionals charged with teaching our children," he said.
 Ashland Oil, Inc. is a diversified energy corporation engaged in petroleum refining, transportation and wholesale marketing; retail gasoline marketing; motor oil and lubricant marketing; chemicals; coal; highway construction; and oil and gas exploration and production.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Owen of Ashland Oil, 606-329-3586/
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