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Arch Coal Recognizes 19 Wyoming Teachers With Golden Apple Certificates

May 23, 2002 at 12:24 AM EDT

Wright, Wyo. (May 23, 2002) - Nineteen Wyoming teachers received "Golden Apple Achievers" certificates from Arch Coal, Inc., according to Greg Schaefer, vice president, external affairs, western region.

"Earlier this month, we recognized 10 outstanding Wyoming classroom teachers with our teacher achievement award," Schaefer said. "Our judges noted then that the competition was especially fierce. Only tenths of a percentage point separated recipients of the achievement award and the Golden Apple certificate.

"After only two years in Wyoming, our teacher recognition program has captured the imagination of the public and the respect of teachers across the state," Schaefer said. "Teachers nominated by the public must complete a grueling application, which is then examined and judged by a blue-ribbon panel of their peers. What is most gratifying to us at Arch Coal is that we can acknowledge that Wyoming is blessed with many, many excellent classroom teachers, who bring the magic of learning to their students every day."

The 19 teachers receiving the Golden Apple certificate are:

Patricia Amunson Reading Wagonwheel Elementary Gillette
Jennett Ballinger Math Dubois Middle School Dubois
Melanie Boyes English CY Junior High School Casper
Sue Demaree Second Grade Spring Creek Elementary School Laramie
Linda Dixon Talented & Gifted Afflerbach Elementary Cheyenne
Janet George Kindergarten Douglas Primary School Douglas
Melanie Howlett Art Starrett Junior High School Lander
Brant Jungck Math Poison Spider Elementary Casper
William Malloy Music Hot Springs County High School Thermopolis
Susan Mervis Fifth Grade St. Margaret's Elementary Riverton
Ronald Miles Fifth Grade Douglas Intermediate School Douglas
LaVonne Morrow Kindergarten Pershing Elementary Rawlins
Janet Radkey U.S. History Dubois High School Dubois
Christine Richards Third Grade Spring Creek Elementary Laramie
Kirsten Rief Language Arts Afflerbach Elementary Cheyenne
Marla Puett-Sandberg Special Education Sage Valley Junior High Gillette
John Schenck Biology Hot Springs County High School Thermopolis
Sarah May Stoll Fourth Grade Arapahoe Elementary Arapahoe
Teresa Thurman Art Worland High School Worland

The Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, Taco John's and MiniMart support Arch Coal in the program.

Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer and employs more than 500 people in Wyoming. The company annually produces more than 65 million tons of clean-burning, low-sulfur coal at its Wyoming operations. Arch'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.