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Homecoming a hit, soggy parade and all

Friday afternoon, at 2:15 p.m., 700 Glenwood Springs High School students rushed to the parking lot to start the annual Homecoming parade. They were stopped short at the front doors. Everyone had underestimated the forces of nature, and what had been meticulously decorated floats had become soggy messes of crepe paper and cardboard. The band turned to go back to the band room; there would be no marching in this downpour. However, the students would not be stopped. The parade must go on, and it did, a little worse for the wear . okay, a lot worse for the wear.It must be said that the seniors orchestrated the rock disappearance very well, with the exception of a single paparazzi, known only as “Betty.” Fear not, “Betty.” The rock has returned to its rightful place, thanks to a front-end loader. Homecoming was very well done, and kudos to the sports teams, the band, and student council for all their hard work! This week, there’s good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad. Friday, Oct. 4, is a half-day for all students, due to staff development. Students will be released at 11:40 a.m.The good news is that Friday, Oct. 4, is a half-day for students! -There is a meeting for college-bound seniors and their parents from 7-9 p.m. tonight in the MPR. Counselor Bob Willey will discuss what seniors and their parents can be doing at this stage in the college process, so be there or your senior might hunt you down and drag you there anyway.Fall sports stay busy this week, as the games get colder, both in competition and climate. Football travels to Palisade, volleyball heads to Delta on Thursday, and plays Moffat County on Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at 11 a.m. Soccer is at home this week, taking on Battle Mountain on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. Cross country fans can head up to Aspen this Saturday, Oct. 5, to watch the team compete at 10 a.m.It is my pleasure to introduce this week’s students of the week. Senior Chelsea Strautman and junior Halley Catt join the ranks of excellence, and their mugshots appear before you for your viewing enjoyment.Chelsea has lived in Glenwood for nine years, and comes to us via Greeley, Colo. Chelsea is somewhat of a Renaissance woman, participating in soccer, cross-country, Key Club, PALS, and editing the Brimstone, the GSHS student newspaper.She has two sisters, Kendall and Brittany, and her family is expecting another little brother or sister Strautman in November. Chelsea enjoys hanging out with her PAL, Olivia. “She is wonderful! We have so much fun spending time together!” she says.Next year, Chelsea hopes to be studying English at the University of San Diego in California. “I’d love to spend a year abroad, studying in Europe,” she adds.Junior Halley Catt was nominated by his math teacher, Ms. Anne Swanson. “He has demonstrated exemplary math skills this past week,” she says. “He’s been one of the best students, academically and socially, in class and I’ve really appreciated having him as a student.”Halley has lived in Glenwood with his parents, two brothers and a sister all his life. He also tells me that their cat, Bells, is as old as he is. That’s one old cat, ladies and gentlemen! Halley likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Led Zeppelin, the movie “Dumb and Dumber” and snowboarding. He paints houses in the summer, and works in the Sunlight rental shop in the winter, “so I can work off my pass,” he says. Halley can’t wait for the snow to start flying, so he can head up to Sunlight or Winter Park with his snowboard.After he graduates next year, Halley sees himself at Mesa State College, studying engineering. “There’s probably a lot I can learn from it,” he comments. Congratulations Chelsea and Halley for being this week’s students of the week!-Random Disclosure: The Homecoming song this year was “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles.Well, I guess this is goodbye. And most of you are probably thinking along the lines of another very old song they played at the Homecoming dance this weekend. “At last!”


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