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Arch Coal Foundation Recognizes 16 Utah Teachers With Golden Apple Certificates

HELPER, Utah (April 7, 2009) - Sixteen outstanding classroom teachers in the area were awarded Arch Coal Golden Apple certificates by the Arch Coal Foundation, according to Wess Sorensen, general manger of Skyline mine.

The 2009 Golden Apple recipients are:

Karen Bedont Lighthouse Life & Learning Center Price
Terry Steven Bikakis Mont Harmon Junior High Price
Victoria Brandt South Sanpete Young Women Empowerment Center Manti
Dorothy (Sue) Douglas Pahvant Elementary School Richfield
Bradley James Eichelberger Manti High School Manti
Layne Ned Hales San Rafael Junior High School Ferron
Karen A. Hansen Gunnison Valley Middle School Gunnison
Roma Knight Ashman Elementary School Richfield
Lori Labrum Cottonwood Elementary School Orangeville
Vicki Lynn Rasmussen Cleveland Elementary School Cleveland
Daniel Rasmussen Manti Elementary School Manti
Tara Syme North Sanpete Middle School Moroni
Terri Tubbs Carbon High School Price
Gerald Wayman Manti High School Manti
Terri Lyn Williams Salina Elementary Salina
Cathy Anne Wilson Helper Junior High Helper

"These Golden Apple certificate recipients are obviously superior classroom teachers," said Sorensen. "The public should nominate these teachers again next year. The judging was so close that several of the applicants' scores were within a percentage point of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients."

"The judges, most of them previous recipients of the Teacher Achievement Award, were extremely complimentary of the applications that were received this year," said Sorensen. "Apparently, the judges had a difficult task because of the quality of the applications."

Almost 200 nominations were received from the public this year for the awards. This is the third year for the Arch Coal Foundation's teacher recognition program, which is conducted in Sevier, Sanpete, Emery and Carbon counties. These counties surround the Dugout Canyon, Skyline and Sufco mines, operated by Canyon Fuel Company, a subsidiary of major U.S. coal producer Arch Coal, Inc.

Partners for the program's third year included the Office of Governor Jon Huntsman, Utah State Office of Education, Utah Education Association, Utah School Superintendents Association, Carbon County School District, Emery County School District, Sevier County School District, North Sanpete School District, South Sanpete School District, Far West Bank, radio stations KMTI, KLGL, KMGR, KSVC, KCYQ, KOAL, KARB, KRPX, and both TacoTime and Bookcliff Sales in Price.

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

Arch Coal is Utah's largest coal producer and a large, state employer with a workforce of approximately 800. Through all its operations, Arch Coal is one of the nation's largest coal producers. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.