Two Morenci teams win in Equations 5.28.09

Written by David Green.

Two Morenci Equations teams earned first-place honors at the county tournament this month.

Forty-one teams competed in three age groups, with three divisions in each.

A middle school team placed first in Div. C of the fifth/sixth grade group. Team members were Torin Merillat, Danny Hunt, Alex Decker, Megan Spencer and Adam Gillen.

The team of Gabi Acuña, Emily Schmidt, McKenzie Hilton, Courtney Moore and Austin Sandusky placed second in Div. A.

In Div. B, Cody Tule, Sydney Weeks, Wyatt Mohr, Brooke Baumgartner and Hunter Borton placed third.

Other students participating were Chloe Molitierno, Mitchell Gallup, Brett Mohr, Melissa Burk, Shannon Jarrell, Korin Baumgartner, Emma Binegar, Colin Smith, Demi Powers and Mariah Gillen.

A Morenci Area High School team earned first place in Div. B of the high school competition. Participants were Phoenix Duncan, Jimmy Wright, Jade Pfund, Tommy McVay, Corey Williams, Matea Garcia, Hannah Binegar, Elaina Pruzinsky, Meghan Smith, Megan Cox, Dylan McVay and Adam Barnett.

Equations is a math game developed by a professor from the University of Michigan, explained middle school coach Beth Wright. The game uses all the basic arithmetic operations in order to set goals and solutions (equations and answers). The game requires strategy, thinking skills and basic math computation.

Practice tournaments begin in October and end in May with the Super Tournament.

Other schools participating this year were Sand Creek, Adrian, Tecumseh, Addison, Onsted and Madison.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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