The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

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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