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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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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