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Arch Coal Foundation Honors 13 Wyoming Teachers with Golden Apple Awards Certificates

WRIGHT, Wyo., May 21, 2013 - The Arch Coal Foundation honored 13 Wyoming classroom teachers today with Golden Apple Awards certificates.

The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's Teacher Achievement Awards program, which honored 10 outstanding Wyoming teachers earlier this month. 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 recipients.

"Arch Coal is proud to recognize these exceptional teachers and their contributions to the success of Wyoming's students," said Greg Schaefer, vice president of external affairs for Arch Coal. "We salute these Golden Apple recipients for their dedication to classroom teaching excellence."

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

Teachers receiving Golden Apple Awards are:

Ann Bayless Expedition Academy Green River
Nancy Brumsted Jackson Hole Middle School Jackson Hole
Sarah Glasser Wright Junior Senior High School Wright
Chad Lemley Windriver Elementary School Pavillion
Kim Leudde Cody Middle School Cody
Michael Mahoney Sage Valley Junior High School Gillette
Christine McCarrick Slade Elementary School Laramie
Gerri Moore Sundance Elementary School Sundance
Ann Powers Tongue River Middle School Ranchester
Jody Rakness Worland Middle School Worland
Heidi Richins Sheridan High School Sheridan
Caleb Sanders Lovell High School Lovell
Carl Warembourg Pinedale High School Pinedale

This is the 13th year that Teacher Achievement Awards have been presented in Wyoming. 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 Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, the Wyoming library community, Taco John's and Loaf 'N Jug stores.

The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition and grants programs in West Virginia, 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. Arch Coal's Wyoming operations -- Thunder Basin Coal Company's Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines and Arch of Wyoming -- have a combined workforce of about 1,750. Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in Wyoming. For more information, visit archcoal.com.