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Arch Coal's Golden Apple Achiever Awards Go to 15 Teachers

Charleston, W.Va. (May 12, 2005) - Fifteen West Virginia teachers today were presented Golden Apple Achiever awards by Arch Coal, Inc., according to John R. Snider, the company's vice president for external affairs, eastern region.

"Earlier this year, Arch Coal honored 12 teachers with its Teacher Achievement Award," said Snider. "Usually, we make 10 achievement awards, but the scoring was so close that 12 awards were made. The 15 teachers we honor today scored within three percentage points of this year's Teacher Achievement Award recipients.

"Arch Coal is pleased to recognize the classroom teaching expertise of so many West Virginia teachers," Snider said.

Barbara Black

West Teays Elementary

Hurricane

Mary Frances Bullard

Mason Dixon Elementary

Blacksville

Sherry Craigo

George Washington Elementary

Eleanor

Amy Dillon

Wayne Middle School

Wayne

Debra Gallaher

Shady Springs High School

Shady Springs

Amy Golden

Conner Street Elementary

Hurricane

Mary Haynes

Crescent Elementary

Beckley

Esther Lauderman

Williamstown Elementary

Williamstown

Joyce Michaels

Frankfort Middle School

Ridgeley

Katy Montgomery

Lewisburg Elementary School

Lewisburg

Joyce Morris

Blackshere Elementary

Mannington

Julia Ann Pauley

Princeton Senior High School

Princeton

Carolyn J. Plachta

North Marion High School

Farmington

Carol Sutphin

Emerson Elementary

Parkersburg

Mary Ann Triplett

Clay Middle School

Clay

"The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program is the longest running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in West Virginia," said Snider. "Our judges, who are former recipients of the award, continue to see imagination, innovation and expertise in the state's classrooms."

The recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award were announced in March.

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. More information about Arch Coal's teacher recognition program may be found on the company's Web site: http://www.archcoal.com/community/teacherawards.asp.