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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.

Academic news 05.05.2010

Written by David Green.

• Sarah M. Robinson received a $1,000 Thomas E. and Karen A. Hunt Scholarship from the Washington State University Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

To receive this scholarship, students must be studying communication and have a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Robinson also received a $1,000 Katie Knapp Whitworth Class of 1940 Scholarship and a $750 R. Anita Busek Scholarship, both from the WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Robinson graduated from Morenci Area High School in 2007. She is currently studying journalism and Spanish at WSU and is expected to graduate in May 2011.

Robinson is an Honors College student and has been on the President’s honor roll. She is a resident advisor in the dormitory Orton Hall and is a reporter for the WSU Daily Evergreen newspaper. This summer Robinson will intern with the Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, D. C.

 She is the daughter of Dianna Heselschwerdt of Clayton and Rick Robinson of Brooklyn.


• A Morenci graduate earned two writing awards at Albion College.

Josiah Fallot received the Robert H. Gildart Writing Prize for Fiction, second place, and the Robert H. Gildart Writing Prize for Poetry, second place, during Albion College's annual Honors Convocation earlier this month. The Albion College faculty and administration choose recipients for these awards from among the most exemplary students in all academic departments.

 Fallot is majoring in English and minoring in psychology, and is completing the secondary education program. He is the son of Peter and Diana Fallot of Morenci.

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