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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.

Morenci senior class awards 2012.05.23

Written by David Green.

Diplomas were awarded Sunday to 38 members of Morenci Area High School’s Class of 2012 during commencement exercises at the high school.

Valedictorian Carolyn Blaker received the All-Around Girl award and earned  class awards in English, mathematics and band.

Salutatorian Logan Drummond received the All-Around Boy award and earned class awards in physical education, biology and social studies.

Clariece Easter and Trevor Knicley earned class awards in art. Dylan McVay earned the class award in chemistry and Riley Burk was given the class award in accounting.

Harley Sneyd was the recipient of the “Against All Odds” award, given to a student who has overcome many obstacles to graduate.

Scholarships totaling $95,825 were awarded to graduates.

Following are college choices and scholarships earned.

Adrian College

Carolyn Blaker—Adrian College Full Tuition Scholarship, Making a Difference Scholarship, American Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarship, Vicki and John Hanawalt Scholarship, Morenci Education Foundation Scholarship.

Eastern Michigan University

Raelyn Sanderson—D&P Communications Scholarship.

Heidelberg University

Kendra Sands—Heidelberg University Scholarship.

Jackson Community College

Alexis Baker

Riley Burk

Clariece Easter—D&P Communications Scholarship.

Chelsey Fletcher—Morenci Sportsmans Club Scholarship, D&P Communications Scholarship.

Trevor Knicely—D & P Communications Scholarship.

Shaden Olmstead

Amanda Osborne

Chelsea Phillips—D&P Communications Scholarship.

Sarah Ragan

Ashlee Smith

Alexander Tompkins

Monroe Community College

Brittany Brigman—Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Scholarship, Community Service Scholarship, Thelma Swigert Scholarship, Morenci Education Foundation Scholarship.

Moorpark Community College

Paige Slor—Matthew Pavelka Scholarship.

Siena Heights University

Kourtney Cousino—Rex Riley Memorial Scholarship, Jim Mynhier Memorial Scholarship.

Daniel Stutzman—Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Scholarship, Gordy Wiethrich Memorial Scholarship, Lenawee County FFA Alumni Scholarship, Rex Riley Memorial Scholarship, Siena Heights University Scholarship.

University of Michigan

Logan Drummond—Primore/Sedco BioTech Scholarship, American Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarship, the M Scholarship, Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship.

University of Northwestern Ohio

Harley Sneyd—UNOH Instructor Selected Scholarship.

University of Toledo

Hannah Binegar—Rocket Tower Scholarship, Eric Brandeberry Memorial Scholarship, Rex Riley Memorial Scholarship, Morenci Education Foundation Scholarship.

Matea Garcia—Rocket Tower Scholarship.

Dylan McVay—Rocket Tower Scholarship, Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Scholarship, Lightning Quick Gas-N-Go Scholarship, American Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarship, Dorothy Onweller Memorial Scholarship, Carol Smith Memorial Scholarship.

Washtenaw Community College

Larry Barron—Doug Spade Special Education Scholarship, D&P Communications Scholarship.

Western Michigan University

Jordan Bach—Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Scholarship, Vicki M. and H. Kiel Plummer Scholarship.

Samuel Fallot—Rex Riley Memorial Scholarship, Evelyn and Ronald Wirick Scholarship, Strokes for Students Scholarship.

Max Gautz

U.S. Army

Tyler Benjamin

U.S. Marines

Simon Jeffers

Other graduates were Luke Craig, Anthony Evers, Bradley Funchion, Jay Howard, Ben Hutchison, Jacob McVay and Amber Wright.

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