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An Altoona High School teacher won a statewide award Thursday for her work as a personal finance instructor and involvement in a financial literacy program for high school students.

Kelly Ostrander, in her 27th year at Altoona High School, received the 2016 Financial Literacy Award in the legacy category.

Gov. Scott Walker’s Council on Financial Literacy selected all 15 winners, many of whom hail from larger cities such as Green Bay and Madison.

Ostrander discovered she won the award via email on Thursday afternoon.

“I was in shock and crying,” Ostrander said of the surprise email, “because I had no idea.”

According to a release from the office of the governor, recipients of the award have a “purpose and heritage ingrained in sustained financial literacy and capability.”