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Demon Doings

Pat Waller
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It seems like all of the teachers have the same idea right before Thanksgiving break: a giant test. At a time when you are already completely stressed out and in dire need of a vacation, they all decide to spring a test on you. Not that this is a new policy or anything; everyone knows that the heavy test weeks always fall coincidentally right before a well-deserved break (Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break, etc. … ). Yet every year, the students hope that the teachers will choose to go against the norm and break this “precedent.” No such luck this year. Oh well, maybe next year, right?I’m sure that the two students of the month will agree with me on this issue as well: Pat Waller and Zac Parsons are always busy around this time of year, too.Pat Waller is a sophomore. He was born in Albuquerque, N.M., and then lived in Ireland. Pat and his family moved to Glenwood when he was in sixth grade.Pat’s mom, Gina, dad, Pete, and sister, Katie love to do anything outdoors. Some of their favorite activities together are hiking, skiing, and rafting. Pat is especially excited about local ski hills opening (some of them this weekend).In school, Pat is an active member of student council. He also plays varsity soccer and basketball. His favorite memory of high school, so far, was the first time that he played varsity basketball, “I stepped on the floor and heard the crowd yell. I got so much energy from that.”Pat was nominated by one of his teachers, Ms. Nadon. She characterizes Pat as “willing to go above and beyond, take risks, and be creative.”She also says, “He has an impressive GPA and always does his best.”Pat enjoys playing the guitar and loves to read. His favorite saying is, “A man’s greatness is not measured in his success or accomplishments. It is measured in how he reacts to his disappointments and failures.”

The second student of the month, Zac Parsons, was nominated by Mrs. Whiting. Mrs. Whiting, the Future Business Leaders of America school sponsor, says, “Zac has done an outstanding job being president of FBLA this year. He was also selected as a FBLA district reporter recently. He is very organized and on top of things.”Zac is very involved in several other extracurricular activities as well. Including: speech team, chess club, DECA, mock trial, varsity choir, and many drama productions.

She also says, “He has an impressive GPA and always does his best.”Pat enjoys playing the guitar and loves to read. His favorite saying is, “A man’s greatness is not measured in his success or accomplishments. It is measured in how he reacts to his disappointments and failures.”The second student of the month, Zac Parsons, was nominated by Mrs. Whiting. Mrs. Whiting, the Future Business Leaders of America school sponsor, says, “Zac has done an outstanding job being president of FBLA this year. He was also selected as a FBLA district reporter recently. He is very organized and on top of things.”Zac is very involved in several other extracurricular activities as well. Including: speech team, chess club, DECA, mock trial, varsity choir, and many drama productions.

His two favorite memories from high school are when he ran for the state office in FBLA and when all of the spectators stormed the field at the Rifle football game after Glenwood’s victory. (That’s one of my favorite memories, too … )If Zac ever has a free moment of time, he likes to play video games, talk on the Internet, go paintballing and discuss politics. He also likes to spend time with his dad, snowboarding, rafting and fishing, or with his mom, four-wheeling and snowmobiling.In college, Zac is planning on studying law and political science. He would like to be involved in community and local politics, perhaps as a senator, congressman, or governor.Zac’s favorite quote is, “A dream is only a good one if you make it a reality.”

He would like to thank his church family for always be there and supporting him in all of his endeavors.Congratulations to both Pat and Zac.My advice to fellow high schoolers: Don’t stress too much about all of the tests. Go hang out with your friends and family, go skiing, forget about homework until Sunday, and eat a lot of turkey … or tofu!Cassidy Willey is a junior at Glenwood Springs High School. She writes a column twice a month for the Post Independent.


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