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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.

Jeremy Keene: Pigskin prognosticator 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

jeremy.keenejBy DAVID GREEN

Sometimes it pays to be a football fanatic. Just ask Jeremy Keene.

The Morenci pigskin prognosticator entered the Hard Core Football Challenge sponsored by Fox 36 television in Toledo.  When the regular NFL season ended, Jeremy was the champion and the owner of a new iPad.

His success came as quite a shock because he never thought much about how he was doing in the contest—until the very end.

Each week contestants would send in their predictions about which team would win every NFL game played. Weekly winners were determined and Jeremy was never one of them.

“I would check my weekly score,” he said, “but I never checked my overall average.”

He finally logged in during the final week of the contest.

“My son was standing over my shoulder and he said, ‘Dad, you’re the leader!”

Even in the final week Jeremy fell one game short of a perfect mark. He correctly predicted 14 of the winners, but someone else among the 601 entrants got all 15.

He did have an impressive guess for the tie-breaker. Each week participants had to send in their guess about the score of one game to break a tie should more than one player come up with the same number of winners.

Jeremy said Arizona would top Seattle 21-20. In actuality, they won 23-20.

He picked up his prize at the TV station last week and was interviewed during a sports show.

The host was surprised to learn that Jeremy won the big prize without ever coming out on top as a weekly winner. It turns out he was close enough each week to keep his overall standing among the best.

Following football is nothing new for Jeremy.

“I’ve always been a big football fan,” he said, “but I only care about the NFL. And I really only care about the Lions.”

His love for the Lions cost him a few games.

“I went with the Lions all year and I missed a few,” he admitted, including his bid for a perfect week in the final game.

“When they started out 5-0, I thought, wow, they haven’t done this since before I was born.”

They let him down a few times, but in the end it didn’t matter. Now he has an iPad to follow his team and of course there’s an app for that.

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