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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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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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