Students earn awards through TECH Center 5.13.09

Written by David Green.

LISD TECH Center students recently won awards in a variety of competitions.

HOSA—At the HOSA (Heath Occupations Students of America) state conference in Traverse City April 23-25, Levi Hoffman earned a gold medal in medical spelling. Jessica Howell placed in the top eight in bio-technology competition.

MITES—Brock Klingensmith of Morenci placed third in the Region III MITES competition at Monroe High School April 24-25.

MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society) competition covers a range of contests from basic electrical wiring to computer-based electronic interfaces.

Klingensmith’s award came in the competition that called for students to convert a go-cart to all electric and to add an electronic throttle and brake assembly, plus a circuit board for a wind turbine wind speed light bar.

FFA—Six Morenci students earned awards at the State FFA Agricultural Skills Contest at Michigan State University last month.

Zachary Rendel and Matthew Hoadley were joined by Tyler Sieler of Adrian to finish as the state runner-up in the ornamental horticulture contest.

Two teams earned silver awards for finishing among the top eight in the state.

Daniel Stutzman was a member of the crops team. Jenifer Williams, Briana Ely and Alex Craig were members of the greenhouse crop management team.

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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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