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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.

Fayette FFA awards presented 4.21.10

Written by David Green.

Several awards were announced last month at the Fayette FFA banquet.

Scholarship awards went to Jessie Torres (4.0 GPA); Darrell Randall, Clay Burkholder, Reba Rash, Jon Boesger, and Sarah Kovar (3.5-3.99); and Heather Cuff, Raven Joughin, Tyler Keefer, Emily Logston, Allison Cuff, Spencer Keefer, Noelle Goodson, and Jacy Lewellen, Alexa Kessler, Andrew Smith, Nathan Seiler, Alex Hylander, Zayne Colegrove, Chase Hookstadt, Taylor Curry, Quintin Keefer, Mackenzie Fruchey, Cole Burkholder and Cady Stockburger (3.0-3.49).

Quintin Keefer, Jacy Lewellen and Eric Makula received camp scholarships to assist with the cost of FFA Camp this summer.

Six members will attend the Washington, D.C., Leadership Conference. The Fayette FFA Alumni gave four $100 scholarships and the Fayette FFA also gave all members attending a $100 scholarship. Darrell Randall, Clay Burkholder, Reba Rash and Patrick Mellott received both scholarships. Amanda Gilmore and Jon Boesgar received $100 from the Fayette FFA.

Throughout the year members participated in a variety of activities and received points toward the Points Award. This award was given to first-year members Juan Gonzalez, Joel Storrs, Allison Cuff, Hanna McCabe, Alec Hylander, Kellen Keiser, Noelle Goodson, Sydney Brown, Ruben Rodriguez, Emily Logston, Alex Villareal, Alexa Kessler, Chase Hookstadt, Jacob Torres, Zayne Colegrove, Makayla Phillips, Patrick Mellott, Spencer Keefer, Cady Stockburger, Heather Armstrong, Daniel McNamara, Cole Burkholder, Maeghan Curry, Kyler Hootman and Raven Joughin.

Second-year Points Awards went to Jerry Minzey, Jessie Rodriguez, Amanda Gilmore, Jessie Torres, Sarah Kovar, Andrew Smith, Nathan Seiler, Jacy Lewellen, Eric Makula, Mackenzie Fruchey, Reba Rash, Quintin Keefer, Jon Boesger, Zach Chittenden and Tyler Keifer.

Third-year Points Awards went to Amber Scott, Darrell Randall, Taylor Curry, Clay Burkholder, Heather Cuff, Jacob West and Tyler Keefer.

Citrus Sale awards went to the top three sellers: Cady Stockburger, third at $474; Reba Rash, second at $717; and Eric Makula, first, at more than $800.

Honorary Chapter Awards were presented to high school principal Dan Feasel and Fayette FFA Alumni president Hilary Opdycke.

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Kirk Keiser of Farm Credit Services for his company’s contributions to the FFA Chapter.

Miss Wise presented her awards, including Star Greenhand, Noelle Goodson and Patrick Mellott; Star Chapter Farmer, Amanda Gilmore and Reba Rash; Outstanding Junior, Clay Burkholder; and Outstanding Senior,  Jacy Lewellen.

The DeKalb Award—awarded to a senior with emphasis on leadership, scholarship, and agricultural experiences—was presented to Heather Cuff. The Farm Credit Service 110% Award—given to a member who puts the most effort into the chapter to make it better—went to Darrell Randall.

FFA officers for the next school year are Darrell Randall, reëlected presiden; Clay Burkholder, vice president; Jon Boesger, reëlected treasurer; and Alec Hylander, assistant treasurer.

Other officers are Kellen Keiser, student advisor; Amanda Gilmore, sentinel; Jessie Torres, secretary; Reba Rash, assistant secretary; Cady Stockburger, reporter; and Sarah Kovar assistant reporter.

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