Plans progressing for Morenci's school reunion 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

Organizers of Morenci’s all-school alumni reunion are discovering the challenges of tracking down the addresses of alumni.

Committee member Bill Van Valkenburg would like to get a notice out to all graduates, but contact information is out of date for many former students.

He’s hoping those who know about the event will pass on information to former classmates before the Sept. 1 registration deadline.

The alumni weekend includes several special events in addition to the reunion dinner scheduled every five years.

Former members of the Letterman’s Club will be introduced during the half-time ceremonies of the homecoming football game Sept. 25. Letter-winners are urged to wear their jacket if they still have it—and if it still fits.

Former band members are invited to a pre-game reception and those with instruments can join the current band in playing the school fight song during the half-time show.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, an alumni all-media art show is scheduled in the Stella Annex of Stair Public Library.

John and Peggy Zachel’s one-room school house will be open for touring and the Morenci Historical Society will also be open in the former Allen Jewelry Store. A few downtown businesses will offer special sales that day.

The reunion buffet dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. at the school, with a new catering service lined up.

Classes from 1984, 1969, 1959 and older will be recognized and special speakers include John Geisler and Jim Whitehouse.

The reunion is open not only to graduates, but to anyone who attended Morenci schools as a child.

Additional information and a registration blank are included in an advertisement in this week’s Observer.

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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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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