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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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The Head of the Class: 2002 Top 5 Seniors

Written by David Green.

Anthony Roman

G.P.A.: 4.0+

Parents: Mark Roman and Kara Roseman

Siblings: Amber Roman, Adam Roseman and Ariana Roseman.

School activities: Cross country, golf, basketball, baseball, National Honor Society, Volunteer Club, Geckos, SADD, JA, yearbook.

Honors: Co-valedictorian, outstanding scholar athlete, Academic Excellence award, General Math award, General Physics award, American Legion award.

Hobbies: video games, basketball, golf, hanging out with friends

A favorite song: Across the Universe (The Beatles)

A favorite movie: Star Wars, all of them

A favorite book: Andromeda Strain

A favorite motto/quote: Do or do not, there is no try.

Person you admire or who has influenced your life significantly: Dan Ouelette taught me to not accept things, but investigate and look for the truth.

If you could change one thing in your high school career what would you change? I would have been less of a pessimist because having a negative outlook changes nothing, but having a positive one and working to change injustices is the way to go.

Future plans: To attend the University of Michigan to double major in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Dream career: To work for GM designing electrical and system components for cars.

Ashley Garrow

G.P.A.: 4.0+

Parents: Barry and Joy Garrow

Siblings: Steven Garrow

School activities: Basketball, softball, National Honor Society, student council, Spanish Club, Peer Listening, Volunteer Club, SADD, Distinguished Alumni Committee, Penny Drive, Geckos.

Honors: Who’s Who (3 years), Student of the Year (10th and 12th grade), Senior of the Month (September), Citizen of the Month (11th grade), Academic All-American, Presidential Academic Award (3 years), American Legion award.

Community activities: First Congregational Youth Group and Youth Choir, Sunday school teacher, helped with the Wishing Tree project.

Hobbies: Playing sports, dancing, hanging out with my friends.

A favorite song: Still (Brian McNight)

A favorite movie: Love and Basketball

A favorite book: The Bible

A favorite motto/quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Persons you admire or who have influenced your life significantly: My parents because they’ve always given me strength and support and have played a very active role throughout my schooling. I love them both very much.

Future plans: Attend Siena Heights University majoring in math education and minoring in English education.

Dream career: Working as a teacher on the TV show Boston Public.

Jenna Fox

G.P.A.: 3.8

Parents: Doug & Cathy Fox

Siblings: Caleb and Aimee

School activities: Spanish Club, Volunteer Club, SADD, Peer Listening, class officer, National Honor Society (officer), basketball, volleyball, yearbook staff.

Honors: Editor of 2002 Revista, volleyball and basketball co-captain.

Community activities: Medina Pioneers 4-H club.

Hobbies: Playing volleyball, swimming, raising calves for the fair, reading, writing.

A favorite song: Love Shack (B-52s)

A favorite movie: Riding in Cars with Boys

A favorite book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A favorite motto/quote: “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Person you admire or who has influenced your life significantly: My great-grandpa Minier, because he always tried to find the good in people.

If you could change one thing about your high school career what would you change? I would have liked to get to know all of my classmates better.

Future plans: To attend Siena Heights University, majoring in secondary English education and going on to pursue a master’s degree in counseling.

Dream career: To be the next “Dr. Phil” counselor on the Oprah Show.

Jessica Kazmierczak

G.P.A.: 3.8

Parents: Robert and Deborah Kazmierczak

Siblings: Charlotte and Lesley

School activities: Geckos, Volunteer Club, Penny Drive, Youth Alive, SADD, Spanish Club.

Honors: NHS member (3 years), Citizen of the Month, Academic Excellence in journalism; academic letter (3 years), Legacy Scholarship, Adrian College Academic Scholarship.

Community activities: Member of Seneca Community Church youth group.

Hobbies: Dancing (ballet, tap, jazz), member of YMCA

A favorite movie: Dirty Dancing and Hope Floats

A favorite book: Where the Heart Is

A favorite motto/quote: Good days are good days; bad days are bad days; life is life.

Persons you admire or who have influenced your life significantly: My mother and father and both sets of grandparents (Jones and Kazmierczaks). They are just genuinely good people and have always pointed me in the right direction by example and explanation.

If you could change one thing about your high school career what would you change? I don’t think I would change anything.

Future plans: Attending Adrian College to major in business with a specialization in marketing and minor in public relations.

Dream career: Being head of a marketing department for a large corporation.

Leonie VanderHoff

G.P.A.: 3.79

Parents: Jan and Truus VanderHoff

Siblings: Luke and Faye

School activities: Band, Spanish Club, Volunteer Club, National Honor Society, cross country, track and field, Gecko Club.

Honors: NHS Senior of the Month, John Phillip Sousa award (band), All-State honors in cross country and track (2000).

Community activities: 4-H club

Hobbies: Reading, running or playing tennis

A favorite song: She Couldn’t Laugh (the Dutch group Twarres)

A favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber

A favorite book: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

A favorite motto/quote: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – TS Elliot.

Person you admire or who has influenced your life significantly: Brad Brown has shown me how important it is to be realistic and honest in setting your goals, achieving them and in being a mentally stronger runner. Also, my parents have guided me along the way, and are always right there when I need them.

If you could change one thing about your high school career what would you change? I would try to be nicer and talk to everyone in the school more, even the underclassmen.

Future plans: Attend Siena Heights University and participate in cross country and track and field.

Dream career: Working for a travel agency and planning trips to Europe.

    – June 5, 2002

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