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31 Wyoming Teachers Receive Arch Coal Golden Apple Achiever Awards

Wright, Wyo. (May 13, 2003) -- Arch Coal, Inc. today presented its “Golden Apple Achiever” awards to 31 Wyoming classroom teachers, according to Greg Schaefer, the company’s vice president for external affairs, western region.

“How good are Wyoming’s classroom teachers?” said Schaefer. “They’re among the very best in the nation. In conjunction with naming this year’s top 10 Teacher Achievement Award recipients, we name the recipients of the Golden Apple Achiever Awards. In this way, we can acknowledge those teachers who had excellent applications, but barely missed receiving the top awards.”

Recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award were announced last month.

Teachers receiving Golden Apple Awards are:

“The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program, now having completed its third year, is unique because the public nominates those it feels are the best teachers in the state and then other teachers make the selections,” Schaefer explained. “Most of our judges were former recipients of the award. They judged the applications very strictly and still had a significant number of applicants who scored highly.”

Arch Coal is the nation’s second largest coal producer and employs about 600 people in Wyoming. Arch produces more than 65 million tons of clean-burning, low-sulfur coal annually at its Wyoming operations. The company’s Black Thunder operation in Campbell County is one of the nation’s largest and most efficient coal mines. Arch Coal is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

Arch Coal received support in promoting the awards from the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, Taco John’s and MiniMart.

Both the Teacher Achievement Awards and the Golden Apple Achiever Awards recipients are listed in the Community Section of the Arch Coal Web site.