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.

  • Girls.on.ride
    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
  • Funcolor
    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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