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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.

Vote for me: Drew Morgan competing for KidKaster 2011.09.08

Written by David Green.

drew_morgan.greyBy DAVID GREEN

When Drew Morgan heard the promotion for the Call-Sam Sports KidKaster Contest, he knew it was something he wanted to enter.

Drew, 13, is now one of five finalists in the competition and he’s looking for votes to help him win. His grandparents, Adam and Gail Johnson of Morenci, are hoping some votes will come from Observer readers.

To enter the contest, youths between the ages of 10 and 14 were required to create a one-minute video presentation to tell why they should be the winner.

The contest sponsor—the Sam Bernstein Law Firm—narrowed the entries down to just five. The winner will be determined by popular choice and voters have through Sept. 12 to cast their ballot on-line. 

Drew used his brother Adam’s Tigers Room to create his video. That way he could point to the special map on the wall and mention that he’s visited half of all the big league stadiums in America. He added that no matter where he travels, the Tigers’ Comerica Park is his favorite place to be.

The winner will have the opportunity to interview the Tiger of their choice and Drew’s video explained that would be the team’s new relief pitcher, Duane Below, who played high school ball just a few miles from Drew’s home.

The KidKaster winner will also have the chance to shadow a game reporter during the on-field pre-game segment of the broadcast, and to visit the press box.

For Drew, the contest is more than just a chance to visit with Below. He’s serious about a career in broadcasting, and not just any form of broadcasting.

“Definitely a sports broadcaster,” he said. 

One week this past summer Drew attended a session of the Play By Play Sports Broadcasting Camp in Los Angeles.

“It was awesome,” Drew said.

He’ll get additional experience behind a microphone this fall when he serves as the announcer at Tecumseh High School volleyball games.

Until he achieves his dream of announcing major league games, he’ll continue doing what other broadcasters-to-be sometimes do: Turn down the volume on the TV and let the imaginary fans know what’s going on.

• To vote for Drew Morgan, visit the website www.callsam.com/berstein-media-center/call-sam-sports. Only one vote per person is allowed.

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