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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

New Fayette school praised by speakers 8.20

Written by David Green.

Fayette area residents have watched their new school arise since ground was broken two years ago, but board of education president Paula Schaffner has a different perspective.

“It’s the culmination of six years of hard work,” she told a large crowd Sunday at the school’s dedication ceremony.

“The small community of Fayette pulled together to create a new school,” she said. “It’s the most technologically advanced school in the area.”

Today marks the beginning of this beautiful building, Schaffner said.

Board vice-president David Brinegar backed up those words, calling the day “a historic moment that will effect the community for many years to come.”

Superintendent of Schools Russell Griggs praised the financial and technical assistance from the Ohio School Facilities Commission—the state agency in charge of using funds from the tobacco lawsuit settled to construct new schools in Ohio.

The OSFC paid $13.6 million of the $18.2 million cost. The building wouldn’t exist without the agency’s assistance, he noted.

“It’s been a positive experience and because of their involvement, we have a fine new school,” Griggs said.

Several members of the audience were introduced, including an OSFC delegate and representatives from the Buehrer Group architectural firm. Three former school board members were also also recognized: Terry Kovar, Fred Stockburger and Kelly Bentley.

Guest speaker State Rep. Bruce Goodwin said he could have reduced his speech to one word: “Wow!” He enjoyed touring the building and watching the pride that showed in the faces of those involved in the project.

“The building is here because of the commitment made by district residents,” he said. “Without the community’s support, students wouldn’t be able to move forward.”

Goodwin reminded the audience that it’s never all about bricks and mortar. The learning that goes on in the classroom is of utmost importance, he said, but the new facilities will play a role in experience.

Every time students arrive for school, they will be uplifted when they enter the building, Goodwin said

Goodwin hinted that some excellent news will soon be released concerning the district’s academic standing through the state department of education.

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