OREANDA-NEWS. April 20, 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 SchoolRipley
Georgina (Gina) GillHite-Saunders Elementary    SchoolHuntington
Victoria GroganPrinceton Middle SchoolPrinceton
Jessica HartmanUnion Educational ComplexMt.    Storm
Juliana HuffBradley Elementary SchoolMt.    Hope
Linda LillyPark Middle SchoolBeckley
Mary LopezHighlawn Elementary SchoolHuntington
Maureen MillerHurricane Middle SchoolHurricane
Danielle RigginsMidland Elementary SchoolElkins
Mary TestermanMingo Central Comprehensive    High SchoolDelbarton
Amanda UhlTaylor County Middle SchoolGrafton

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  archcoal.com.