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Arch Coal Foundation Awards ‘Golden Apples’ to 11 Utah Teachers

HELPER, Utah, May 18, 2010 -- Eleven area classroom teachers are being awarded Golden Apple Achiever certificates, the Arch Coal Foundation announced.

According to Wess Sorensen, general manager of the Skyline Mine, the recipients of the Golden Apple award scored very high marks in the foundation's recently concluded teacher awards program. Although these teachers did not receive the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award this year, the independent panel of judges felt these teachers deserved special recognition," he said.

This is the fourth year for the Arch Coal Foundation's teacher recognition program in Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties. The counties surround the Skyline, Dugout Canyon and Sufco mines operated by Canyon Fuel Company, a subsidiary of major U.S. coal producer Arch Coal, Inc.  

The 2010 Golden Apple Achiever recipients are:

Launa Albrecht North Sevier High School Salina
Judy Christensen North Sevier Middle School Salina
Carolyn Corral Manti High School Manti
Bonny N. Dahlsrud Salina Elementary Salina
Karen A. Hansen Gunnison Valley Middle School Mayfield
Lori Labrum Cottonwood Elementary Orangeville
Katherine G. Milburn Bruin Point Elementary Sunnyside
Steven Dee Rowley Richfield High School Richfield
Mika Salas Helper Junior High School Helper
Rhonda Sorensen Castle Heights Elementary Price
JannaKae Wall Huntington Elementary School Huntington

The Arch Coal teacher recognition program is unique in that it asks the public to nominate outstanding teachers and then has teachers serve as judges. The judges for the awards this year were all past recipients of the award, Sorensen explained.

Arch Coal has recognized teachers in the four counties for four years now, and we continue to be impressed with the significant number of talented classroom teachers we have in this region," Sorensen said. "Our youth must compete with students across the globe. This area's classroom teachers are making that possible."

Partners for the program include the Office of the Governor, 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, Market Express, radio stations KMTI, KLGL, KMGR, KSVC, KCYQ, KOAL, KARB, KRPX, and both TacoTime and Bookcliff Sales in Price.

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 the nation's second largest coal producer. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.