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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.

German exchange student attending Fayette High School 09.10.09

Written by David Green.

andy.karan.jpgFrankfurt, Germany, is about 500 times bigger than Fayette, Ohio, but that’s all right with Andy Karathanasis.

Small town life is going well. He’s making friends and enjoying school, and everybody here is very friendly.

At home, Andy rides the train to school—a journey of about 40 minutes—while here he looks out the back door of Rod and Suzy Sommers’s house and sees the school just a few minutes walk away.

Like most exchange students, Andy finds school work easier here than at home, except for the extra challenge of the language difference.

“I get a lot more support from the teachers here,” he said. “They’re more friendly and I can get help immediately.”

Andy is classified as a junior in Fayette. If he does well, he’s hoping this year’s studies will count as his 11th year and then he’ll have just two more years remaining of high school back in Germany.

High school sports are common here, but in Germany athletics are run only as clubs, separate from the school. He participated in handball for seven years, but gave it up to concentrate on his studies.

He has joined Fayette’s cross country team and he’s thinking of giving basketball and baseball a try. He’s also in the choir.

Andy has a twin 16-year-old sister at home and he also has a 19-year-old brother. His mother provides after-school childcare and his father is an electronics repair technician.

The Sommers are no strangers to exchange students. Their first guest was from Norway back in the 1990s. Andy is their fourth German visitor.

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