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West Virginia Teachers Honored with 2016 Arch Coal Golden Apple Awards

April 19, 2016 at 3:29 PM EDT

Charleston, W.Va., April 19, 2016 – The Arch Coal Foundation presented 11 West Virginia teachers today with its Golden Apple Award.

The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's prestigious teacher recognition program, which recently honored 10 outstanding West Virginia classroom teachers with its highest award – the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Golden Apple Award recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them as being in the top tier of the 2016 nominees.

"Arch Coal is proud to recognize these excellent classroom teachers with Golden Apple Awards," said Russ Lorince, vice president of external affairs for Arch Coal. "They teach, they counsel, they inspire, and all while enabling their students to learn and to achieve at high levels. We salute their professionalism, dedication and commitment to both their students and the teaching profession."

Teachers are nominated for the Arch Coal awards by the public and recipients are selected by a panel of previous award winners. The awards have honored outstanding educators for 28 years and serve as West Virginia's longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program.

Teachers receiving Golden Apple Awards are:

Jessica Cox
Ripley Middle School Ripley
Georgina (Gina) Gill Hite-Saunders Elementary School Huntington
Victoria Grogan Princeton Middle School Princeton
Jessica Hartman Union Educational Complex Mt. Storm
Juliana Huff Bradley Elementary School Mt. Hope
Linda Lilly Park Middle School Beckley
Mary Lopez Highlawn Elementary School Huntington
Maureen Miller Hurricane Middle School Hurricane
Danielle Riggins Midland Elementary School Elkins
Mary Testerman Mingo Central Comprehensive High School Delbarton
Amanda Uhl Taylor County Middle School Grafton

The Teacher Achievement Awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and are supported in program promotion by the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Library Commission.

Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in West Virginia. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grants programs in Wyoming and Colorado.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the world's top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, reliably serving customers worldwide. Its network of large-scale, low-cost mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. In West Virginia, Arch Coal and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,450 people. For more information, visit