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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Kathinka Nagel attending school in Morenci 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

kathinkaThere’s an easy way to get a strong reaction from a German exchange student. Ask one simple question: “Do you miss good bread?”

“Yes, I do!” answered Kathinka Nagel of Germany. “Nobody knows what I’m talking about.”

There’s plenty of bread in American society, but the packaged U.S. varieties just aren’t the same as the dark, whole-grain breads common in Europe.

Aside from the bread, she’s enjoying the meals at her American home for the school year and life, overall, isn’t much different.

Kathinka is from the northern city of Bremen, with a population of half a million, but she lives on the edge of the city and farmland soon takes over the countryside. She attends a small, private school with about 90 students in a class.

Aside from her biology/physiology class in Morenci, she finds school work here easier than back home. Many of the terms she encounters in her science class would be challenging enough in German, she said, but they pose even more of an obstacle in another language.

Her year in the United States doesn’t count toward her schooling in Germany and she will have two additional years of study when she returns home.

When Kathinka decided to become an exchange student, she thought it would be wonderful to be assigned to a family in California or Boston, but instead she’s somewhere in between.

She might make up for that in the spring by joining a group of other exchange students on a trip to Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon. She’s also hoping that her family can join her in June to visit friends in New York City.

In the meantime, she’s thinking about a trip to Indianapolis to visit another German exchange student. That visitor happens to live near a German food store.

“Bread and chocolate,” Kathinka said. “And carbonated water.”

If she could stock up on those items, she would be all set for a Michigan winter.

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