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A gift from the heart: Students to give blood

Andrea Collier

Blood. We all have it, and we all need it. This Thursday, May 8, Glenwood Springs High School students who are 17 years or older will have the opportunity to give blood as a part of a blood drive at the high school, sponsored by Student Council.Now’s the chance for students to roll up those sleeves, squinch those eyes tightly closed, and brace themselves – they’re going to give to the community. This activity is not recommended for the weak of stomach (that’s a given), and donors under 18 need to have a signed permission slip and can talk to Cody Brickell for more information.Moving on to other happenings this week, tonight the much-acclaimed Kiwanis OWL awards will be presented to the sophomores, juniors and seniors who are in the top percentiles of their classes. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.Also this week, the spring sports season wraps up as teams attend regional competitions. The lady golfers are headed to Gypsum to play Cotton Ranch today, and tracksters will trek to Grand Junction this weekend to attempt to earn a berth to the state tournament later this month. Good luck to y’all!This week’s students of the week are really awesome. I’d like to introduce to you Robert Carniero and Nicole Fockler.Robert Carniero hails from Dallas, Texas, and has lived in the valley for one year with his mom Beth Nicole, and his stepdad, George Nicole. “Lately, Robert has had a positive influence on his younger peers on the bus,” says Vice-Principal Ms. Sonja Hemmen, who nominated him. Robert also received positive comments from his bus driver, who observed Robert helping a younger student.Robert is looking forward to summer, when he’ll have time to get on his dirt bike or play a little basketball. He’s also excited to go back to Texas to see relatives and hit the amusement park circuit. Nicole Fockler has lived in Glenwood Springs her entire life thus far and her family consists of her little brother Kellen and her parents Shirley and Dave. Her mom is the attendance secretary at GSHS and is a familiar face to many of the students.Ms. Hemmen nominated Nicole for this week’s recognition because of her consistent positive and cheerful attitude. Also, recently Nicole spent many volunteer hours helping run the lights for the school’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”Nicole is also involved with Student Council and is a huge part of her youth group. She’s excited to be heading to Chicago this summer with her youth group for a missions trip. In the future, she sees herself studying architecture or training to be a teacher.Congratulations Nicole and Robert for being this week’s students of the week!-Random Disclosure: Seniors have eight blissfully short days of school left . ever!

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