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PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Katlin Preston and Drew Hall, both of Pikeville, Ky., are among 15 graduating high school seniors named 2014 Arch Coal Scholars today by the Arch Coal Foundation.

The Arch Coal Scholars program honors outstanding scholastic achievement by the children of the employees of Arch Coal and its subsidiaries. Each of this year’s scholars will receive a $2,000 annual scholarship to an accredited college or university for up to four years.

Preston, this year’s top-rated Arch Coal Scholar, was named the 2014 Kendra Bradley Washburn Memorial Scholarship recipient. The Washburn Memorial Scholarship is named for the late daughter of former Arch Coal Director Robert G. Potter and is given each year to the Arch Coal Scholar that received the judges’ highest ranking.

“It is a privilege to announce the 2014 class of Arch Coal Scholars,” said John W. Eaves, Arch Coal president and chief executive officer. “We have been recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of our employees’ children for 25 years, and we’re pleased to continue that tradition. We applaud this impressive group of young people for their many accomplishments, and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”

Preston, a graduate of Pike County Central High School, is the daughter of Rodney and Denise Cochran. She plans to attend the University of Pikeville and major in nursing. Preston’s father is employed at Coal-Mac, Inc. at Holden, W.Va. Coal-Mac is a subsidiary of Arch Coal Inc.

Hall, another graduate of Pike County Central, is the daughter of James and Lorri Burgess. She plans to attend Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., and major in pre-med. Hall’s stepfather also is employed at Arch’s Coal-Mac mine at Holden.

Arch Coal Scholars are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities. Also included in the application are a statement of education and career goals, a work history and an outside appraisal.

Hall was the senior class president and a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Beta and Pep clubs. She was a cheerleader and played on the school’s soccer team. She also is a member of the Boldman Freewill Baptist Youth Group.

Preston graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and was a member of the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America, the Student Technology Leadership Program and the Pike County Young Republicans Club. She served as senior class secretary and was the student council treasurer. Preston was named one of the “Best of the Class” by WSAZ-TV in Huntington, W.Va.

“Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have long supported educational excellence through a number of programs and projects,” Eaves said. “We’re pleased that we can play a small role in helping shape the next generation of leaders through the Arch Coal Scholars program.”

Scholarship America, the country’s largest private sector scholarship and educational support organization, administers all aspects of the Arch Coal Scholars program, including the independent selection process.

The Arch Coal Scholars program has provided four-year scholarships to more than 285 new high school graduates since it began in 1989. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports educational excellence through its annual Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards in West Virginia and Wyoming, and through a teaching grants program in Delta County, Colo.

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