AK Steel Foundation Presents Grant to Chrisney Elementary School

Middletown, OH, May 05, 2004—The AK Steel Foundation today presented a $5,000 grant to the Chrisney (Indiana) Elementary School’s Destination ImagiNation® team in support of their first-ever appearance in the Global Finals competition.

The Chrisney Elementary team scored a first place finish at the Indiana state competition during April, earning them the opportunity to compete at the Global Finals which will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee from May 26 to 29, 2004. The AK Steel Foundation grant will be used to pay for the team’s registration as well as travel, lodging and food expenses for the four day event.

“AK Steel is proud to support these outstanding elementary students as they participate in the Global Finals,” said James L. Wainscott, president and chief executive officer of AK Steel.  “We wish them the best and truly hope that they have an experience of a lifetime.” 

The fifth and sixth grade Chrisney students who will compete in the finals are Nick Beeler, Andrew Broshears, Megan Byers, Jason Carey, Hannah Smith, and Nick Snyder.  Coaches are Litha Snyder and Susan Carey. The grant was presented to school Principal Dr. John Kosco, team members and coaches by Alan H. McCoy, AK Steel’s vice president, government and public relations.  Mr. McCoy also serves as executive director of the AK Steel Foundation. 

Headquartered in Middletown, Ohio, AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, as well as carbon and stainless tubular steel products, for automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets.  AK Steel operates a steel finishing plant in Rockport, Indiana, which is located near Chrisney.  AK Steel’s Rockport Works, which became operational in 1998, is considered one of the most technologically advanced steel finishing facilities in the world.

Destination ImagiNation® is a product of Destination Imagination, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Glassboro, New Jersey.  It is one of the world’s largest creativity and problem-solving programs for youth, with thousands of participants in 47 U.S. states and 15 countries.  The program helps kids build important lifelong skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and divergent thinking.