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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

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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