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Arch Coal Names 26 West Virginia Teachers Recipients of Golden Apple Awards

Charleston, W.Va. (April 29, 2004) - Today, 26 West Virginia teachers were awarded Golden Apple Achiever certificates by Arch Coal, according to John R. Snider, the company's vice president for external affairs, eastern region.

The recipients of the Golden Apple Achiever award are:



Snider said the recipients are being honored for their outstanding classroom teaching. These awards follow Arch Coal's announcement in February of its 10 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award winners.

"These teachers' scores were among the highest in our program," said Snider. "None were more than three percentage points lower than some Teacher Achievement Award recipients. It was one of the closest scoring situations that our independent judges have faced in many years. Arch Coal certainly hopes all these superb teachers are nominated again and that they will again compete for the achievement award."

The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award is the longest running, privately sponsored program in West Virginia. The program is unique because the general public nominates "great classroom teachers," while a blue ribbon panel - made up of peers and former award recipients - does the judging, according to Snider.

The West Virginia Department of Education, Governor's office, and West Virginia Education Association are partners in the program. Speedway supports the program by promoting nominations in its stores.

Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer and mines clean-burning, low-sulfur coal exclusively. Approximately 2,000 people are employed at Arch's operations in West Virginia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis.

Information about the Teacher Achievement Award recipients, as well as the Golden Apple recipients, is posted on the Arch Coal Web site: www.archcoal.com.