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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Matt Robertson part of "Monsters vs. Aliens" team 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

There’s a Morenci connection in this week’s feature at the Rex Theatre. Look carefully through the credits at the end of “Monsters vs. Aliens” and you’ll catch the name Matt Robertson.

The 1998 Morenci Area High School graduate works as an executive assistant at Dreamworks Animation in Los Angeles in the 3D department. The studio launched an initiative in 2008 to add 3D formatting to all animated movies starting in 2009. “Monsters vs. Aliens” is the first one out.

Robertson’s department currently oversees support for the stereo toolsets—a collection of computer software tools used in producing animations—and he often assists with studio-wide requests for screenings and demonstrations of the toolsets.

“If it involves 3D and the studio, it comes through our department and I’m often involved on some level,” he said.

The Rex will receive the traditional 2D version of the film—the same as the 3D version but without the effects that show up in a 3D theatre.

The computer-animated science fiction comedy tells the story of the unfortunate Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) who is struck by a meteorite just before her wedding. She suddenly grows 50 feet tall and is soon whisked away by government officials. She’s taken to a secret facility where other monsters have been stashed away, out of the eye of the public.

Gen. W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) calls on Susan and other monsters—a gelatinous blob named B.O.B., a half-amphibian, half-ape called the Missing Link, a brilliant cockroach with a PhD, and others—to band together against a ruthless alien named Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) who plans to conquer Earth.

The hour and a half film is rated PG and shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Rex. Many critics say it’s a movie that isn’t just for kids.

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