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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.

St. Rep. Nancy Jenkins speaks to careers class 04.20.2011

Written by David Green.

nancy_jenkinsBy DAVID GREEN

You never know where you’re going to end up in your career, said Michigan state representative Nancy Jenkins. She’s a prime example of that, she said, never expecting  to serve in the state capitol as an elected politician.

Rep. Jenkins spoke to Morenci’s eighth grade career education class Monday morning to talk about her career own path.

She said that when she was the age of the students in her audience, she took the tests that showed career choices based on interests and the suggestion was parker ranger or conservation worker.

She really didn’t think that’s where she would end up.

Rep. Jenkins said she was an avid reader and books opened her eyes to a lot of possibilities.

“I wanted to do something to affect peoples’ lives,” she finally decided. “I wanted to do something bigger than myself. I didn’t want to do the ordinary; I wanted to do the extraordinary.”

She took part in a Washington, D.C., study trip while in college and learned how decisions there had an effect on her life as a Clayton resident.

She spent a lot of time volunteering on the campaigns of other people running for office, while serving as a real estate title examiner.

She returned to college and earned a master’s degree in political science and thought she might some day serve as a legislative aide.

She learned the importance of making contacts with others and soon had a job with the Michigan Family Forum organization in Lansing. Funding problems led to a downsizing of the group and eventually she returned to Lenawee County.

She stated working on county committees and began serving as the Lenawee County representative for State Senator Cameron Brown.

When Sen. Brown suggested that Jenkins would make a good state representative, she was honored but not ready to take the plunge. But it planted a seed in her mind and eventually she decided it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She was voted into office last November.

She concluded her talk by urging students to take advantage of the opportunities that arise.

She asked students about their career goals and was impressed with the answers that included marine biologist, chef and religion professor.

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