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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.

Fayette FFA awards presented 05.04.2011

Written by David Green.

The five-year anniversary of the return of Fayette’s FFA program was marked by six students earning State FFA Degree awards.

The State Degree is the final step before reaching FFA’s highest award, the America Degree.

Fayette’s State Degree winners were Clay Burkholder, Mackenzie Fruchey, Sarah Kovar, Kalley Martin, Darrell Randall and Reba Rash. The six were honored at the April 9 FFA Banquet.

Demi Powers earned the Star Greenhand award, given to the first-year member who demonstrates outstanding achievement and hard work. The award was presented by Fayette chapter advisor and teacher Pam Wise.

Star Chapter awards were presented to Noelle Goodson—one of 80 members of the National FFA Choir—and Alec Hylander who served as a club officer. The award is given to second-year club members.

Reba Rash was selected as the outstanding junior. She is described as always ready to help. She served as vice president.

Clay Burkholder was chosen the outstanding senior member.

Farm Credit Service 110% Award went to Raven Joughin.

For demonstrating the most emphasis on leadership, scholarship and agricultural experiences, Darrell Randall earned the DeKalb award.

The Kellen Keiser Memorial Award was presented for the first time this year. Kellen was known for his love of FFA, his ability to “light up the room” with his smile and knack for creating laughter.

Kellen’s parents, Tina and Kirk Keiser, presented the award to Patty Hookstadt for best demonstrating Kellen’s traits and following Kellen’s view of life.

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