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Eighth-graders, it’s time to think high school

I remember when I was but a wee eighth grader, timid and excited about the cool world of high school. I walked into eighth grade registration feeling pretty grown up, all the while cautioning my parents not to say anything stupid. Yep, that’s right. I would be a freshman next year, and best of all, I could actually pick my own classes. Well, now it’s time for the Glenwood Springs Middle School eighth graders to take their turn at feeling a little bit bigger in their britches. Wednesday, Feb. 26, eighth-grade registration will take place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Despite potential parental embarrassment, students will definitely want to bring them along for this.Also on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 3:30 p.m., students can try out/rehearse for the student-run talent show. The talent show will take place on Friday, Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m. and interested students should see Mr. Satterfield or Ryan Bolitho.-The time has flown since finals, and this Friday marks the end of the six weeks grading period. Parents and dismayed students should be receiving progress reports via the U.S. Postal Service in about a week.As far as sports go, things are pretty quiet during this transition period between winter and spring sports. I know that is a great disappointment to some of you, but you might be able to catch a strange sporting event on TV. I say this because I once saw 40 midgets in harnesses pull a 747 jet down a runway.And now, without further delay, here’s Johnny, and the students of the week, senior Ryan Bolitho and sophomore Tia Seitz.Ryan Bolitho has made the valley his home for 13 years and lives with his parents, Scott and Carolee, and his two brothers and sister. Principal Mr. Wells nominated Ryan for his “leadership and positive influence on sportsmanship at games.”Ryan, besides being a sports spectator, is involved with DECA, band (he plays percussion), and ZZYZX, which is a club that organizes dances for the student body. He is also a member of a band, Strip Shelter, in which he plays drums and guitar. In fact, he and a fellow band member are organizing a student talent show this week where their band will be showcased as well.Ryan’s favorite flick is “Dumb and Dumber” and as he says, “I can’t wait for Dumb and Dumberer to come out!” We can’t wait either, Ryan. . Yet there is a serious side to Ryan too, and he looks forward to owning his own business one day after graduating from college.Tia Seitz comes to us from British Columbia, Canada, and before that she lived in Costa Rica for six years. Tia lives on a ranch near Silt where her family has puppies, kittens, and horses. She spends a lot of her free time riding her horse, whose name is Ebony.When she’s not riding, Tia likes to snowboard and she’s also looking forward to becoming an aunt this summer.”Tia is one of the most cheerful and upbeat persons I know,” nominating teacher Ms. Amy Treese says. “She takes her personal responsibility seriously, never looking to blame others or find outside reasons for her own mistakes. She is just a wonderful person.”Congratulations, Tia and Ryan, for being this week’s students of the week.-Random Disclosure: Solo and Ensemble competition for band students is today in Aspen. Besides being a great excuse to miss class, students have a “blast” showin’ their stuff.

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