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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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    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.

Travis Janish earns top EMT award 04.21.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

travis_janish.jpgTravis Janish heard the third place winner named, then the second place winner.

“I thought this isn’t going well,” he said later.

He’d studied so hard for the competition—the state contest for emergency medical technician skills through the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)—and now it looked as though his hopes for a medal were ending.

Janish, working with LISD TECH Center teammate Kasee Johnson of Madison, placed second in the regional competition in March and he hoped he could at least match that.

Then came the announcement: he and Johnson were the winners. They finished with the top score in Michigan and would advance to the national competition in June in Orlando.

The state competition near Traverse City started Thursday with a 50-question test covering various treatments, medical terms and acronyms.

A minimum score of 70 percent was needed to advance to the skills session Friday.

Janish and Johnson were assigned the last time slot among the 17 teams competing. The test went well and they lost only two points among the 64 possible.

Each team was faced with the same scenario: a female patient slumped against a wall. Teams were given 12 minutes to first make a general impression of the situation; move on to a rapid trauma assessment (palpate the spine, look for bleeding, etc.); place the patient on a KED board extrication device; conduct a PMS assessment (pulse, motor,  sensory); and make a detailed assessment (eyes, ears, nose, etc.).

While Janish made the detailed assessment, Johnson gave the judges a verbal wrap-up of what the team accomplished.

The scores on the 50-item test were combined for the two team members and divided by two. This was added to the skills score for a final figure.

Janish intends to take his EMT skills into the Navy after high school where he will serve as a corpsman—an enlisted medical specialist. He would like to make a career with the Navy and eventually earn a doctorate through Navy’s schools.

The Morenci Area High School senior is the son of Lester and Joanna Janish.

HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of health care.

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