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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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    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.
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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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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

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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