Four students share weekly honors
We’re back from Spring Break, but without a bang. This week, there’s absolutely nothing going on. I know that may be hard to fathom, since the high school is always bustling with activity, but get excited! In lieu of upcoming events, you get to read about not two, but four amazing students of the week!The students of the week this week are Eric Whiting, German Gil, Sarah Gabriel and Amber Kitchens.Eric Whiting has lived in the valley his entire life. His parents, Bryan and Kathy Whiting, teach at GSHS, and he has a sister, Amanda, who has appeared previously in this coveted spot, and a brother, Jason. Although Eric is only a freshman, he’s already made himself stand out at GSHS. Besides running cross country and playing on the baseball team, he’s an enthusiastic member of Impact and FBLA. His participation in Impact helped the club receive funds to start a recycling program at school.”My favorite place to go is Yellowstone National Park,” he tells me. And in keeping with the outdoor theme, he can often be found outside in his backyard working on his sporting skills.German Gil has lived in Glenwood for six years with his parents, two brothers, sister, and his nephew. “My family is the most precious thing I have,” he says. “I love to spend time with my loved ones, and after 9/11, I understand that life is important and we have to enjoy it.” When German isn’t hanging out with his family, he’s active in sports and HOSA, where he’ll compete nationally this summer. German is also multilingual, speaking English, Spanish and French.Sarah Gabriel has lived in the valley for 12 years with her parents Pat and Lou Ellen and her five brothers and sisters.”Sarah is my aide in my Drama II class,” drama instructor Mrs. Gayla Rowe-Gaddis says. “Sarah has been my right hand the past three or four weeks. She is truly one of the most incredible individuals I know.” Sarah feels the same way about the drama program at GSHS. Her favorite memory from high school was participating in “Crazy for You” her freshman year. “It was a total blast and it made me fall in love with theater,” she says.Amber Kitchens lives in Glenwood with her parents Rene and Darrell, her identical twin sister Mandi, her brother Robert, and her little sister Micah. An excellent athlete, Amber plays golf and basketball for GSHS. Sports are also her favorite way to spend time with her friends and family. “I’m excited about getting out of high school,” she says. “I see myself in college, studying to be an anesthesiologist.” Amber’s favorite quote is, “Underneath the tough exterior lies a person with a very tender heart, willing to try,” which is fitting for Amber’s personality.Congratulations to all four students for being this week’s students of the week!Random Disclosure: Prom is encroaching on the minds of the upperclassmen. This event takes place on April 12.
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