CenturyLink and Utah Jazz Announce November Winner of the CenturyLink All-Star Teacher Award

CenturyLink and Utah Jazz Donate $1,000 to Boulton Elementary School

SALT LAKE CITY – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and the Utah Jazz today announced Boulton Elementary School teacher Jenny Barlow as the first winner of the 2013-14 CenturyLink All-Star Teacher Award program. The program recognizes and rewards five outstanding Utah K-12 educators and underscores CenturyLink and the Utah Jazz’s shared commitment to education and community outreach.

Barlow will be honored during tonight’s Utah Jazz game at EnergySolutions Arena. To thank Barlow for her ongoing dedication to the betterment of Utah youth, CenturyLink and the Utah Jazz will donate $1,000 on her behalf to Boulton Elementary School’s general fund.

Jenny Barlow is in her sixth year as a sixth grade teacher at Boulton Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah. Nominated by her colleague, Kevin Hemphill, Barlow is described as a “dynamic” educator and a positive role model. She encourages students to challenge themselves and grow through education and she is also a favorite among faculty members and parents, who admire her energy and ability to make learning fun.

CenturyLink and the Utah Jazz are selecting one teacher each month through March 2013 as a CenturyLink All Star Teacher. Nominees are evaluated on their excellence in teaching and inspiring students to succeed. Each monthly winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize for his or her school’s general fund, four tickets for an upcoming Jazz game and an on-court award presentation during halftime. The person who nominated the winning teacher will also receive two tickets to a Jazz game.

Additionally, a grand prize winner, selected from the five monthly winners, will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize for his or her school’s general fund, a catered suite for 12 and an on-court award presentation during an upcoming Jazz game, as well as a pep rally for the school featuring Jazz Bear and the America First Jazz Dancers.

Future award presentations will be made at Jazz games Dec. 14, Jan. 13, Feb. 22, March 22 and Apr. 11.

CenturyLink’s All-Star Teacher Award program is open to the entire state, and anyone 13 years or older can nominate a teacher by writing and submitting an essay detailing why their nominee deserves to win: www.utahjazz.com/centurylink. Self-nominations are not allowed.