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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 school enrollment holds steady 2011.10.19

Written by David Green.

Fay.enroll.2011Fayette’s school enrollment stayed fairly steady from a year ago, showing a net loss of just three students.

Last year’s extra-small kindergarten class grew by three students to 22 first graders, but still remains the smallest class in the district. It’s only two students smaller than the fourth grade that shrunk by two students from a year ago.

The biggest drop in the elementary school is shown in the sixth grade that decreased from 34 to 30 since last year.

This year’s kindergarten class of 43 is more than double last year’s unusually small 19.

The total high school enrollment grew by five despite showing a net loss of nine students from last year’s classes. The difference is that a graduating class of 36 was replaced by the big seventh grade class of 52. That class is the only one in the 50s.

This year’s sophomore class experienced the biggest change of any, falling by six from a year ago when they were freshmen.

“Open enrollment continues to hurt us,” said Lacy Stambaugh, who handles enrollment documentation for the district. “We have 35 students who open enroll out to other schools while only 19 open enroll in.”

Fayette has 25 students enrolled in preschool this year, down from 33 a year ago.

Although the class is still affiliated with the Northwest Ohio Community Action Center, students are housed in the Fayette building this year rather than in Pulaski.

Stambaugh sees this as an advantage in helping students grow accustomed to the building before they start kindergarten next year.

Preschool fees are based on family income.

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