Morenci Board of Education 02.02.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area High School’s Volunteer Club aims to send at least $1,200 to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti.

The club bought 500 bracelets imprinted with “Hope for Haiti.” The bracelets sell for $2 each, although some students have given more than that.

The club isn’t recouping its costs from purchasing the bracelets, so all proceeds will go the Red Cross, said advisor Deb Hojnacki.

The bracelets are on sale at home sporting events and can also be purchased by calling the school.

The club has also organized a change drive. Canisters are in place in each classroom for a daily collection during the first class of the day. The classroom with the highest per-person collection will receive a prize.

Change is also being collected at the elementary school and the middle school completed a one-week collection of Box Tops for Education, raising $140.

A box top collection from Kimberly-Clark products is an on-going project at the school, principal Kay Johnson said, but a special effort brought in 1,400.

In addition to hearing about fund-raising efforts, the Morenci Board of Education voted Monday night to hire Kyle McClain as the middle school wrestling coach. He will be assisted by volunteers Levi Hoffman and Chad Nino.

PRINCIPALS—Superintendent Kyle Griffith said he has his usual words of praise for his principals—how they’re always going above and beyond the call of duty for students—but he also spoke about their character.

“They’re just great people and the community is extremely fortunate to have them,” he said.

Principals Week is scheduled Feb. 14-20.

PRAISE—A letter was read from the manager of Culver’s restaurant in Adrian about the good behavior of Morenci students. The Equations teams have eaten at the restaurant once a month recently and the Culver staff is always impressed that it’s polite group that cleans up after the meal.

“That’s a tribute to the community, staff and students,” said high school principal Nate Parker.

LISD TECH—Hospitality and Culinary Arts instructor Corbett Day spoke to board members about the LISD program, explaining how adjustments have been made to the curriculum to help meet state graduation requirements.

Half a credit each of mathematics and science can be earned from his class, with the help of a science consultant who also works with students.

His program includes top-of-line equipment, he said, along with providing experience with local businesses and related industries. Students employ  mathematical skills in determining costs.

Day said his classes include a variety of work habit skills, such as employability skills, attendance, attitude and involvement.

Morenci junior Megan Crowell spoke about her experiences in the class and she thanked three of her Morenci teachers for preparing her: Mrs. Griffiths (now retired) for helping her discover her interest in culinary arts; Mr. Brown for teaching the mental math needed in cooking; and Mrs. Nieman for teaching how a consume a lot of information at once.

She intends to study at a culinary school following high school and would like to own a restaurant.

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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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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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    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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