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Every time I go on a school-sponsored trip, whether it is a band contest or a golf tournament, I am told to be a good representative of our school. While I don’t constantly think about this missive when I am bemoaning a horrible tee shot on the fourth hole, I try to be aware that my actions reflect upon the overall reputation of the school. From the looks of the excellent results of recent GSHS competitions, many other students took their representation to heart as well, and I think some congratulations are in order.On Friday, Feb. 14, the GSHS Mock Trial teams swept the regional competition by taking not only first, but second and third place as well. And then, as an answering victory bellow, on Saturday, Feb. 15, the girls swim team became district champs by a margin of more than 60 points! The DECA team from GSHS had an excellent showing this past week as well. They returned from their state competition with a fifth-place finish out of more than 90 schools, and Matt Young, a senior, qualified to compete nationally in April. And we can’t forget the speech team. Besides having several excellent individual finishes, the team came away with a new state champion in debate, junior Jacob Ziemann. Kudos to y’all!-Today there is an important meeting for seniors. At 10:45 a.m., the local scholarship applications will be distributed in the MPR. Let the blood bath begin.

And now it’s time to announce, with great fanfare and rejoicing, the students of the week! I’d like you to meet seniors Zak Zastrow and Saira Valenzuela. Zak has lived in Glenwood his whole life with his parents, Roger and Diane Zastrow, and his cat Romeo, who Ms. Hemmen says is named after his father. In fact, Zak was nominated by vice-principal Ms. Hemmen for his hard work this year as an office aide. “Zak is a tremendous asset to our front office,” she says. “He’s always in a great mood.”Zak is also involved in more than just the office. He participates as a manager on three different sports teams. As manager of the boys basketball team, the football team, and the baseball team, Zak says he has a “really awesome” time. “Zak is more than a manager,” Principal Mr. Wells says. “He’s more like an assistant coach.”Even though Zak is a manager, he says, “I like to play competitively,” and he has been seen many a time in a game of pick-up basketball in the gym in the middle of the action.

Saira Valenzuela has lived in the valley for four years with her parents Federico and Maribel. She also has a brother named Erick who is nine years old.Saira has been very active in GSHS ESL program over her high school years, and besides being nominated by Ms. Hemmen for her excellent grades this semester, counts a trip with her ESL class one of her favorite memories. The class, led by Mr. Bob Brooks, traveled to Denver for the Cinco de Mayo festival and parade last year and had a great time.Saira is also very excited about her future. She can’t wait to graduate and then she wants to go to college to major in elementary education. “I love the little kids,” she says. When Saira is not busy with school, she likes to dance, hang out with her friends, and watch her favorite TV show, “El Gordo y La Flaca”, which, according to her and Ms. Hemmen, is worth watching.Congratulations Saira and Zak!-Random Disclosure: Even though the cheer squad didn’t advance to the finals in Orlando, they had a great time at the competition and are proudly sporting Disney World T-shirts.


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