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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.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Studying the Cartesian Diver 2.25

Written by David Green.

It was a classic science experiment that Morenci eighth grade students tackled last week in Mr. Hoffman’s class. cartesian.diver2.jpg

Taking principles developed by Greek philosopher Archimedes more than 2,000 years ago, students constructed their own Cartesian Diver to study the relationship between buoyancy and density.

The Cartesian Diver is named for 17th century French scientist René Descartes although his connection to the experiment has never been found. A more correct name might be the Maggiotti Diver since it was Galileo’s student Raffaelo Maggiotti who claimed to have invented the device.

In the modern version of the experiment, students take a plastic pipette (medicine dropper) and thread a metal nut onto the stem. This is the diver.

The diver is partially filled with water—just enough so it barely floats upright in a container of water.

The diver is inserted into a soft drink bottle of water and the bottle is capped.

Now the fun begins.

When the bottle is squeezed, the diver dips down deeper into the bottle. When pressure is released, it quickly rises back to the top.

Why does it happen? Added pressure on the bottle compresses the air in the diver. It becomes more dense and sinks in the water.

It’s the same principle fish use to sink or float when a muscle squeezes or relaxes around an air sac. Similarly, submarines can be made to rise or sink by pumping water in and out of tanks.

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