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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.

Middle school has Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter 3.18.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci Middle School teacher Doug Rupp was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization when he was growing up in Wauseon.

He still recalls many good times and valuable lessons learned from his days with FCA. A year and a half ago, he decided to see if Morenci students were interested in creating some memories.

With the help of colleague Dan Hoffman, Mr. Rupp launched a Morenci chapter for sixth, seventh and eighth graders in October 2007 and the club remains strong.

Many times FCA membership starts to dwindle following the initial meetings, Mr. Rupp said, but not with the Morenci group.

“We’ve been pretty consistent with 25 to 40 students each time,” he said.

Morenci’s huddle—as each small group is called—was organized through Buckeye Border FCA that includes five northwest Ohio counties, plus Lenawee and Hillsdale in Michigan.

For a $40 annual fee, each huddle receives a magazine and program ideas.

The group meets every other Wednesday during lunch hour. Participants pick up they are lunches at the cafeteria, then head to Mr. Rupp’s classroom to meet.

“I had no idea if it would go, because that’s their free time,” Mr. Rupp said.

Discussion focuses on a pre-arranged topic at each meeting and a video features the trials and tribulations of a well-known athlete.

The theme of the discussion ties Christian concepts to action on the athletic field—behavior on the playing field, how athletics can tie into daily life, etc.—but all students are welcomed to join in, whether or not their playing organized sports.

Morenci graduate Zac Johnson, a student athlete at the University of Michigan, will visit the group this spring.

Discussion has taken a side step recently as the group plans for its annual fund-raiser, a middle school dance. The event is scheduled in the cafeteria Friday night, with a DJ furnishing the music.

Morenci than 100 students attended last year’s event.

Proceeds from the dance will help send some students to FCA camp in the summer.

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