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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    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.

Parker Stockburger earns State FFA Degree 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

Only a small percentage of all FFA members ever earn the top state award, and in Fayette the honor is even rarer.stockburger_parker.jpg

Parker Stockburger is one of the few who made the grade and earned FFA’s State Degree.

“Parker is the first Fayette FFA member to receive the State FFA Degree since 1988,” said agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Pamela Wise.

The school’s agriculture classes and FFA organization stopped in the late 1980s and started up again when Ms. Wise was hired in 2006—when Stockburger was a sophomore.

That was the year he began a custom feeding operation, raising up to 200 head of cattle for Amish customers. Stockburger used that project for his Supervised Agricultural Experience—a basic requirement for the State Degree.

He met the other requirements, ranging from community service to chapter activities, and currently serves as Fayette’s president, now for the second year.

He will travel with other chapter members to the state convention in Columbus May 2 to receive his award, joining an elite group of about two percent of FFA membership to achieve the rank.

Stockburger is accepted at Ohio State’s Agricultural Technological Institute (ATI) in Wooster where he plans to major in ag business.

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