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Arch Coal Foundation Honors 17 West Virginia Teachers with Golden Apple Awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 10, 2013 -- The Arch Coal Foundation honored 17 West Virginia teachers today with Golden Apple Awards.

The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's Teacher Achievement Award program, which honored 12 outstanding West Virginia teachers in March. Golden Apple Award recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them as the top tier of the 2013 nominees along with those recognized as Teacher Achievement Award winners.

"Arch Coal is proud to recognize these world-class teachers and their contributions to the success of West Virginia students," said Russ Lorince, vice president of external affairs for Arch Coal. "We salute these 17 Golden Apple recipients for their dedication to classroom teaching excellence."

Educators are nominated for the Arch Coal awards by members of the public and selected by a panel of previous award winners. Honorees receive a certificate of achievement.

Teachers receiving Golden Apple Awards are:

Carly Audet Cheat Lake Elementary School Morgantown
Kristi Barker Confidence Elementary School Red House
Jamie Blake Blue Ridge Primary School Harpers Ferry
Billie Jo Brooks Lumberport Middle School Lumberport
Kelly Buckner DuPont Middle School Belle
Pamela Bush Logan Middle School Logan
Angela L. Culicerto Park Middle School Beckley
Stacy Greer Woodsdale Elementary School Wheeling
Robert Johnson Fred W. Eberle Technical Center Buckhannon
Jessica Linville Logan Middle School Logan
Amy McElroy Huntington High School Huntington
Valeria Lynn Mullins Dixie Elementary School Dixie
Josie Plachta North Marion High School Farmington
Amanda Poole Glenville Elementary School Glenville
Ashley Shaw Montcalm Elementary School Rock
Blanca Skaggs Taylor County Middle School Grafton
Sharon Walton Washington District Elementary School Buckhannon

This is the 25th year that Teacher Achievement Awards have been presented in West Virginia. It is the longest-running privately funded teacher recognition program in the state. The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Library Commission. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grants programs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of the world's top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving customers in 25 countries on five continents. Its network of mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. In West Virginia, Arch Coal subsidiaries employ about 1,800 people. Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in West Virginia. For more information, visit archcoal.com.