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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.

Fayette to compete at state Science Olympiad 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s Science Olympiad team doesn’t care how it got there, they’re just excited to be going.

After the regional competition last month in Lima, one of the state qualifying team announced that it couldn’t attend the state event April 18. That boosted Fayette into the group that will travel to Columbus this weekend.

“Needless to say, the team is very excited about this,” said science teacher and coach Kristina Newman. “They have studied hard and have built some amazing devices for the competition.”

Fayette’s team competes in Division B for seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.

At Lima, the team earned its first bronze medal—a third place finish in the Scrambler event.

The Bio-Process team placed fifth, and sixth-place finishes were earned in Compute This, Disease Detective and Ecology.

Twenty-two teams competed in 23 events at the regional contest. More than 260 teams are expected in Columbus to battle in four age divisions.

Fayette team members are Patrick Mellot, Tiffany Bates, Noelle Goodson, Travis McClain, Ben Kessler, Logan Franks, Kellen Keiser, Alec Hylander, Amanda Gilmore, Ryder Sommers, Skylar Sommers, Jon Boesger and Jesse Torres.

Science Olympiad is a national competition devoted to improving the quality of science education and increasing student interest in science. Team competitions require group planning and cooperation.

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