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15 Wyoming Teachers Earn 2011 Arch Coal Foundation 'Golden Apples'

April 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM EDT

WRIGHT, Wyo., April 29, 2011 -- The Arch Coal Foundation has awarded Golden Apple Achiever certificates to 15 Wyoming teachers, according to Greg Schaefer, Arch Coal, Inc. vice president of external affairs, western region.

"Golden Apple recipients rank among the top scorers in the Arch Coal teacher recognition program, second only to recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award, the Foundation's highest honor," explained Schaefer. "This is an outstanding achievement, and the Foundation sincerely hopes all Golden Apple Achiever Award recipients will again be nominated for the 2012 program."

The 2011 Golden Apple recipients are:

Rebecca J. Adsit Sheridan Junior High School Sheridan
Stephany Anderson Cody High School Cody
Rhonda Bell Sheridan High School Sheridan
Melanie Boyes CY Middle School Casper
LaNece Day Etna Elementary Etna
Jonathon Larson Carbon County Higher Education Center Rawlins
Robin H. Levin Fort Washakie School Fort Washakie
Chad Lybeck Cheyenne Central High School Cheyenne
Tammy Needham Sundance Elementary Sundance
Stella R. Nowell UW Lab School Laramie
Tascha Smith South High School Cheyenne
Amy Sorensen Crest Hill Elementary School Casper
Michael E. Starks Cheyenne East High School Cheyenne
Kevin J. Tonkovich Worland High School Worland
Carrie M. Varga Colter Elementary Jackson

Recipients of achievement awards were announced April 13. Their names are posted on the Arch Coal Web site:

Longstanding supporters of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards Program are the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, the Wyoming library community, Taco John's and Loaf 'N Jug stores.

The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition and grant programs in West Virginia, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of the largest coal producers in the world, with more than 160 million tons of coal sold in 2010. Arch's national network of mines supplies cleaner-burning, low-sulfur coal to customers on four continents, including U.S. and international power producers and steel manufacturers. Arch's Wyoming operations -- Thunder Basin Coal Company's Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines and the Arch of Wyoming operations -- have a combined workforce of more than 1,800.