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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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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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    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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