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Arch Coal Announces 22 Recipients of Its Golden Apple Award in Wyoming

May 31, 2006 at 12:00 AM EDT

Wright, Wyo. (May 31, 2006) – Twenty two Wyoming classroom teachers received Arch Coal's "Golden Apple" award today.

"Wyoming's classroom teachers deserve much credit, not just from students and parents, but from the state's businesses, too," according to Arch Coal's Greg Schaefer, vice president of external affairs, western region. "We count on our teachers to increase the knowledge and skills of the state's youth. I am always amazed at the accomplishments of the many talented teachers we have in our state's schools."

The Golden Apple recipients are:
Heidi Christensen       Douglas Primary School           Douglas
Barbara Alice Cook      Deming-Miller ElementarySchool   Cheyenne
Debbie Dickinson        West Elementary School           Wheatland
Jennifer T. Doolin      Sheridan High School             Sheridan
Cheryl Marie Eastwood   Oregon Trail Elementary School   Casper
Lori Hastert            Monroe Intermediate School       Green River
Susan Jones             Newcastle Middle School          Newcastle
Kathy Kintz             Sunflower Elementary School      Gillette
Juanita Mair            Mountain View Middle School      Mountain View
Ron Miles               Douglas Intermediate School      Douglas
Jennifer Nehl           Fort McKenzie High School        Sheridan
Pamela Jo Nichelson     Washington Elementary School     Green River
Laurie Paronto          Sheridan High School             Sheridan
Janelle Parton          Independence High School         Rock Springs
Lorrain Rudd            Rock Springs High School         Rock Springs
Dianne Sarr             Highland Park Elementary School  Sheridan
Perri Shutts            Fort Caspar Academy              Casper
Lisa Smith              Eastside Elementary School       Cody
Ernest Ford Smith, Jr. Centennial Junior High School     Casper
Mary Lou Vaske         Laramie Junior High School        Laramie
Bart L. Wilder         Casper Classical Academy          Casper
Christi Wright         Big Horn High School              Big Horn

"The Arch Coal teacher recognition program is unique in Wyoming because it asks the public – students, parents, colleagues – to nominate teachers, and then the teachers' applications are judged by a panel of their peers," Schaefer explained.

"Our judges, all prior recipients of our Teacher Achievement Award, have a very difficult task determining the 10 winners. Judges then must determine the recipients of the Golden Apple award, teachers who also are extraordinarily talented and accomplished, but whose scores fell just short of being named a Teacher Achievement Award recipient," Schaefer said. "The Golden Apple recipients' scores were so close that in some instances less than a percentage point separated Teacher Achievement and Golden Apple award winners."

Arch Coal named the recipients of its Teacher Achievement Award on May 3. The 22 recipients of the Golden Apple award are eligible to compete in the next school year, as are all full-time classroom teachers in the state. "I believe these recipients of our Golden Apple award deserve to be nominated again," said Schaefer. "Clearly, they are outstanding professionals."

Arch Coal is supported by the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, Taco John's, Loaf'n Jug, and the Wyoming Library community in program promotion. This is the sixth year Arch Coal has made the awards in Wyoming.

Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer and employs more than 1,000 people in Wyoming. Arch produces more than 90 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.