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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.

Nate Rutkowski wins Golden Hammer award 5.21

Written by David Green.

It doesn’t happen often—only three times in 40 years—but a Morenci Area High School senior was given the Golden Hammer award by the Lenawee County Association of Home Builders.

Nathan Rutkowski was selected this year among all students in the Lenawee Tech Center Building Trades II classes.

Lenawee Tech Center instructor Kevin Brown said it’s his job to narrow the field to four candidates—two from the morning session and two from the afternoon. After that, a committee of five members of the Lenawee County Association of Home Builders interviews the four and selects the overall winner.

The interview covers an array of factors ranging from skills to attitude.

“Everything you could possibly think of,” Brown said.

Rutkowski came through on every account plus one extra factor.

“They told me that Nate had heart,”  Brown said. “It has to mean something to the student.”

Brown said Rutkowski has been “an absolute joy” to have in class. He added that Rutkowski played a vital role in the major class project for the year—the Habitat for Humanity house at 1133 Frank St. in Adrian.

“Nate is a great leader and a great person,” Brown said.

He received the award at the May 13 banquet.

Brown said the award is the top one given by the Building Trades department.

“It’s a huge honor,” he said. “It’s by far the biggest award we give out and the competition was tough.”

Rutkowski is only the third Morenci student to win the Golden Hammer since the award was first given in 1968. David Brasher was the 1974 winner and Jason Cox earned the award in 1996.

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