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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.

Restaurant project 2012.02.22

Written by David Green.

restrnt.healthy specialsBy DAVID GREEN

Cross-curricular classroom activities are always seen as good thing in education, and a recent Morenci Middle School project fit the bill.

Mrs. Kruger’s restaurant assignment for  her computer projects students brought together reading, mathematics and internet research, and required the use of four software programs.

And besides all of that, it was a lot of fun.

The assignment called for small groups of students to plan for the opening of a restaurant, starting off with the type of eatery—fine dining, ethnic, sports bar, etc.—and moving on to the menu and much more.

The menu was to include 10 entrées, 10 side dishes and 10 desserts. Special menus for seniors and children were needed, along with a light fare listing.

That last item required some research on calories and nutrition, Mrs. Kruger said.

Each restaurant needed a kids placemat for coloring, a coupon for a newspaper advertisement, a gift certificate and a business card. Ads were written to hire a cook and wait staff, and finally, students computed an estimate of the cost of operation for a week and for 30 days.

“We had a nice variety,” Mrs. Kruger said. “Family dining, wild game, Mexican, Chinese, fine dining.”

When each project was completed—with items displayed on poster board—the finished product was hung on the cafeteria wall for one day to allow students to vote on their top choice and to leave comments.

Throughout the project, students got a taste of using Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint—software they’re likely to use again in high school—and then returned to Excel one more time to create graphs showing the voting results and to display comments.

Who knows? Maybe the exercise will stick with someone in the class and 10 years from now they’ll open a real restaurant. 

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