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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Students attend Girls' State 7.7.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette: Thirty-nine new friends and a lot of new knowledge about how government functions.

That’s how Fayette High School junior Katie Knisely described her recent experience at Buckeye Girls’ State. The annual event took place June 13-19 at Ashland University.

Katie was appointed nurse for Lucy Hayes city, named in honor of the wife of President Rutherford Hayes, and she was elected to the city council.

Within the fictional city, Katie obtained a vendor’s license and opened a candy store. She was also named “most artistic” within her county for her efforts at decorating doors. As a council member, she helped create an array of rules and regulations to help the city function.

“It was really fun and I learned a lot about voting and the way that government is run,” she said. “The week went really fast, but you did learn a lot.”

The American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls’ State program is designed to educate citizens in city, county and state government functions and operations. Delegates also learn the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Nine hundred girls participated in the week-long program.

Morenci: Three Morenci students attended the Legion Auxiliary’s Girls’ State last week at Michigan State University.

Elaina Pruzinski, Lesley Kazmierczak and Hayli Cox were chosen to represent Morenci. The cost of participation was paid by Rural Urban Insurance Agency, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce, Pennington Gas Company, General Broach and Morenci Legion Auxiliary Unit #368.

Elaina represented her city with the Girls’ State Press Association, writing stories about events for the daily newspaper, Politically Speaking. She was one of 12 delegates serving with the press corps.

“I’m really glad I got to go,” Elaina said. “It was a really good experience and a lot of fun.”

She said it was interesting to see how government functions and she enjoyed the interaction with other girls from around the state.

Once Lesley Kazmierczak was elected to city council, she thought she might want to go a step farther and she ran for mayor. She didn’t succeed there and she then tried for county medical examiner. In the end she remained a city councilor and that, she found out, was enough.

“It ended up being a huge job in itself,” she said.

The council took most of the week to work through various issues and decision-making. When Girls’ State wrapped up, her city’s budget stood with more than $1 million.

She enjoyed getting to know other delegates and she really liked the convention when her party members went over the planks of their platform.

But enough is enough; she really would have appreciated a little more free time.

Hayli Cox was elected to the county board, presiding over about 150 people, and later was elected to House of Representatives. That wasn’t the end; she was then chosen Speaker of the House.

Her familiarity with the way bills are written and moved through the house helped her advance, she said.

“I had to do a lot of teaching,” she said, to help other representatives understand the process.

The first couple of days brought a lot of hard work, but the girls were told that it would get better. That was good advice.

“After that,” Hayli said, “it just started to get fun.”

She sees the week as a good simulation of how government works and she recommends the experience to next year’s juniors.

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