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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2009.02.25 Kyle Griffith: Lessons learned from basketball game

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Girls Basketball team battled hard Friday morning against the “HOPE Hoopsters” before a packed house at Adrian’s HOPE Community Center for disabled adults—final score Bulldogs 29, Hoopsters 34.

In all my years of supporting Morenci events, there has been no sweeter victory for the Bulldogs. Although the scoreboard showed otherwise, it was a huge win for Morenci students. As Hoopsters’ fans celebrated on the court and in the lobby after the final buzzer, the Morenci varsity team, Coach Jim Yatzek, and Morenci fans learned a great lesson from the experience, a lesson outside the realm of wins and losses.

In past weeks, members of the HOPE Center have come to Morenci to play kickball with the team and to cheer the Lady Dawgs to victory on the court. However, for most of the players, Friday was the big day.

On this day, a day when most county students were off for winter break, the girls made the road trip as visitors to the house of the Hoopsters. There they learned that there is more to life than the stressers of being a teenage student-athlete. There they learned meaningful life lessons, which will far outreach any trophy or accolade they may receive.

In the game of life, not all victories are measured by a final score. Congratulations to the Lady Dawgs and the Hoopsters for their achievements.

– Kyle Griffith

Morenci Superintendent of Schools

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