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14 Wyoming Teachers Receive 2015 Arch Coal Golden Apple Awards Certificates

May 11, 2015 at 11:15 AM EDT

WRIGHT, Wyo., May 11, 2015 – Golden Apple Awards certificates were presented to 14 outstanding classroom teachers today by the Arch Coal Foundation.

The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's teacher recognition program, which recently honored 10 superior Wyoming teachers with its highest award – the Teacher Achievement Award. Golden Apple recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them among the top tier of the 2015 nominees.

"Wyoming is fortunate to have many classroom teachers who are professional, caring and innovative," said Keith Williams, president of Thunder Basin Coal Company and group president, western operations, for Arch Coal. "Our judges said the scoring this year was among the very highest in the past several years. It reaffirms our belief that the children of our state are in good hands in their classrooms."

Teachers are nominated for the Arch Coal awards by the public and judges are past recipients of the Teacher Achievement Award. This is the 15th year for the awards in Wyoming.

Teachers receiving Golden Apple Awards certificates are:

  Brittany Andrews Northpark Elementary School Rock Springs  
  Darla Busboom Douglas High School Douglas  
  Dr. Jeana Byrne Pioneer Park Elementary School Cheyenne  
  Donna Crandall Pine Bluffs Junior/Senior High School Pine Bluffs  
  Arlie Davis Newcastle High School Newcastle  
  Michelle Hardsocg Buffalo Ridge Elementary School Cheyenne  
  Andrea Hayden Spring Creek Elementary School Laramie  
  London Jenks Hot Springs County High School Thermopolis  
  Carmyn Lubken Sunflower Elementary School Gillette  
  Kim Luedde Cody Middle School Cody  
  Kathy Montgomery Carey Junior High School Cheyenne  
  Katie Moore Indian Paintbrush Elementary School Laramie  
  Natalie Prosenick Cottonwood Elementary School Wright  
  Laurie Vredenburg Parkside Elementary School Powell  

The Teacher Achievement Awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and are supported in program promotion by the Wyoming Education Association, the Wyoming Library Community, Taco John's and Loaf 'N Jug. Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in Wyoming. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grants programs in West Virginia and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of the world's top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving customers on five continents. Its network of mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. The company controls more than 5 billion tons of high-quality metallurgical and thermal coal reserves, with access to all major railroads, inland waterways and a growing number of seaborne trade channels. Arch Coal's Thunder Basin Coal Company operates the Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines. For more information, visit