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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.

Levi Hoffman to compete in Brazil 7.15.22

Written by David Green.

Power-lifting competitions have taken Levi Hoffman to a variety of locations, including Alabama, Texas and Colorado. But all of those were just a warm-up for what awaits him in September.

After his success at the national USA Powerlifting tournament last month, the recent Morenci graduate got a call about another level of competition.

Hoffman was in Nashville at the national convention of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) when he got a call from Joe Lewis, the coach of the American team that would compete in the international power-lifting meet.

Lewis chose Hoffman as one of the 10 lifters who would represent the United States in the sub-junior class for 14- to 18-year-olds.

It didn’t take Hoffman long to decide: “I’m not missing this opportunity,” he told himself.

The lifters will meet in Sao Paula, Brazil, to face off against athletes from around the world.

“I’m pretty excited,” Hoffman said. “Not too many people get the opportunity to represent their country.”

The competition is scheduled Sept. 4-15 and somewhere in the middle of that block is when his 181-pound division will take to the stage.

The Russian and Ukrainian lifters often finish on top, Hoffman said, but it’s American athlete who is expected to win at 181 and, no, it’s not Hoffman. Instead it’s an impressive 15-year-old who demolished records at this year’s national meet.

Hoffman has never come close to matching the international records, but that doesn’t mean he won’t finish high on the list. Competing at this level requires a new level of finesse.

“The judges are harder and more intense,” Hoffman said. “They’re very strict. There’s no leniency. It’s very easy to scratch out.”

Movement of the bar is watched very carefully, for example, and the unevenness of the bar during a lift could nullify the attempt. The discipline needed to produce good technique will be more of a factor than in any past competitions.

“If I can get three squats in [without a scratch], I should do well,” he said.

His coach believes a third or fourth place finish is a good possibility. That sounds good to Hoffman, but that would just be a bonus.

“I’m just happy that I get to go,” he said.

Hoffman’s next project is to solicit donations to help with the cost of the event. By the time the competition rolls around, he will be a student at Adrian College.

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