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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.

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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