Turning out distinguished alumni

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It’s good to have Morenci’s Distinguished Alumni program back. Several graduates were honored in the past before the program came to a halt, but now it’s here again to give a glimpse of what a small town school can produce.

These four honorees provide a wide range of success stories. One graduate headed for the University of Michigan and later taught college students. Another worked as a stay-at-home mom for 20 years before heading back to college. She became a classroom teacher and eventually a school administrator.

Another graduate represents the rare example of someone who remained in her home town to begin a distinguished career and a life of service. Finally, one graduate attended a small school, started a career as a salesman, and eventually fulfilled the “American Dream” of working his way up to CEO of a large company.

Every time a new crop of alumni is honored, there are always some impressive résumés to read. Morenci High School has turned out some very successful people in a wide range of fields.

The first reaction to hearing about someone’s success is often along the lines of, “Wow, and he came from Morenci!” We should know better. Small schools such as Morenci and Fayette are very capable of providing excellent academic programs. The opportunities are there, and many students are willing to grab ahold and make the best of what’s offered.

 

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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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