Head of the Class: Top 5 Seniors of Morenci's Class of 2007

Written by David Green.

1. Madelyn Greenm.green

Parents: David Green and Colleen Leddy

G.P.A.: 4.23

Siblings: Benjamin and Rosanna.

School activities: Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track, Spanish Club (president), Math and Science Club (vice-president),  National Honor Society (secretary), Volunteer Club, Geckos Green Earth Club (board member), SADD (treasurer), Class of 2007 secretary.

Honors: Valedictorian, All-Around Girl award, Michigan Girls’ State representative, American Legion Award, Outstanding Scholar Athlete awards, academic letter awards, Outstanding Volunteer Award, various subject awards.

Community activities: Medina Pioneers 4-H, Stair Public Library VolunTeen, Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Hobbies: Sports, reading, shopping, eating, spending time with friends and family.

A favorite song: “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake and “If” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber.

A favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

A favorite motto/quote: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin.

Person(s) you admire: I admire Will Ferrell because he is so confident and doesn’t care what other people think about him.

If you could change one thing about your high school career… I wouldn’t have cared so much about school work and grades and I would have been more outgoing.

Future plans: Attend the University of Michigan, possibly to study business.

Dream career: A buyer for a clothing store in New York City. 


2. Dominique Coxm.cox

Parents: Joseph and Karen Cox

G.P.A.: 4.17

Siblings: Jason, Chad, Jeremy.

School activities: Math and Science Club (president), SADD (vice president), National Honor Society (treasurer), Class of 2007 treasurer, GECKOs (board member), Spanish Club, Equations, Bowling.

Honors: Academic Excellence; Scholar Athlete; AP calc, biology and comp awards; two-year competitor in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

community activities: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Stair Public Library volunteer, tutor middle school students.

Hobbies:  Surfing the internet, eating SpaghettiOs, astronomy, taking over the moon.

A favorite song: Gilligan’s Island theme song.

A favorite movie: Star Wars.

A favorite book: “Blindness” by José Santiago.

A favorite motto/quote: “Never use a big word where a small one will suffice!”

Person(s) you admire: Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a mad scientist on TV with lots of explosions?

If you could change one thing about your high school career… I would have joined more clubs my freshman year. I didn’t do anything that year.

Future plans: Go to Disney World with Katie Averill, attend U of M, survive until at least 2014.

Dream career: I want to be an astrophysicist with mint chocolate chip ice cream always in the freezer.


3. Zachary Johnsonm.johnson

Parents: Eric and Mary Johnson

G.P.A.: 3.97

Sibling: Lucas.

School activities: Football, wrestling, track, Volunteer Club, SADD, Student Council (vice president), National Honor Society (vice president), Spanish Club, Junior Achievement president.

Honors: Three-time All-State wrestler, All-State 100- and 200-meter dash, State Champion 189-pound wrestler, State Champion 181-pound powerlifter, four-time Student of the Year, American Legion Award, All-County football and wrestling, National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.

Community Activities: United Methodist Youth Group, Big Brothers Big Sisters e-pal, referee for youth soccer and wrestling, Lenawee County Associated Charities, Red Cross blood drive, Salvation Army bell ringer.

Hobbies: Just about any sport. Ultimate Frisbee and soccer in the summer for fun.

A favorite song: “Forever” by Papa Roach.

A favorite movie: The Sandlot.

A favorite book: “Fahrenheit 451.”

A favorite motto/quote: “Some men see things the way they are and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream things that never were, and ask ‘Why not?’”

Person(s) you admire: My dad. He has always helped me set goals and helped me to achieve them. He always makes the best out of every situation, good or bad.

if you could change one thing about your high school career… Nothing. I lived each day to the best of my ability.

Future plans: Attend the University of Michigan to play football and possibly wrestle, while earning a degree in engineering.

Dream career: To design and build unique luxury houses.


4. Zachary Craigm.craig

Parents: Dave and Nelly Craig

G.P.A.: 3.82

Siblings: Alex and Luke.

School activities: Math and Science Club, SADD, basketball, baseball.

Honors: Basketball All -State, All-County, All-Conference (first team); Lenawee County Player of the Year.

Hobbies: Basketball, guitar, video games.

A favorite song: That’s a tough question, I like a lot.

A favorite Movie: Again, too tough.

A favorite book: “One Fish, Two Fish,” by Dr. Seuss.

A favorite motto/quote: “There’s strong, and then there’s Army strong.”

Person(s) you admire: My parents because they shaped me to be the person I am today.

if you could change one thing about your high school career… I would not have bought a Math and Science Club T-shirt, especially not an adult small.

Future plans: Go to college.

Dream career:  Make money for doing nothing.


5. Sarah Robinsonm.robinson

Parents: Rick Robinson and Dianna Heselschwerdt

G.P.A.: 3.81

Siblings: Jessica and Ryan Robinson, Jerred Heselschwerdt.

School activities: SADD, Spanish Club, yearbook staff.

Honors: Scholar Athlete Award (freshman year), Academic Excellence Award (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years).

Community activities: Participant in “Red Ribbon Week” and other SADD activities.

Hobbies: Reading, both fiction and non-fiction accounts of history; anything I can get my hands on.

A favorite song: “Shadow on the Sun” by Audioslave.

A favorite movie: “Gladiator” with Russell Crowe.

A favorite book: “Sybil” by Flora Rheta Schreiber.

A favorite motto/quote: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau (Walden).

PERSON(S) YOU ADMIRE: Shakespeare for portraying language in its most beautiful and mystic form. I could only hope to make such an impact on English literature.

If you could change one thing about your high school career… I would have been more involved, created more memories with classmates, enjoyed more in my short time here, rather than dread every minute. It truly is an experience of a lifetime.

Future plans: To graduate from Columbia University in New York and become a successful journalist. I also want to see, if not live in, Europe before I go.

Dream career: Being a journalist for National Geographic, to travel the world and share it with others who are not so fortunate to see it for themselves. Perhaps be an author of fiction novels in my spare time.

     – June 6, 2007
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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