Juniors brace for dreaded ACTs; Rey, Waibel honored by GSHS

Andrea Collier

As the year winds down and summer encroaches, teachers are vainly trying to cover uncovered material, spring sports are gearing up for their finales, and end-of-the-year events are popping up like gophers in a vacant lot. However, I’m not a junior right now and for that I’m infinitely glad.On Wednesday, April 23, Glenwood Springs High School juniors will take the state-mandated ACT test. I know there are parents that shudder at the remembrance of this terror-filled acronym, so these students need all the best wishes, sleep, and brainpower they can get!-The GSHS band travels to Craig on Thursday, April 24, to compete in a large group contest. They’ll play two numbers that they’ve rehearsed until they’re blue in the face (literally), and be scored for their performance. Good luck, student virtuosos! Speaking of performing, if you didn’t catch “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” last weekend, you need to be there this weekend. The production is absolutely stunning, and at least a few belly-buster laughs are guaranteed. -Now for the part of the column that I know you faithful readers out there have been anticipating all week. That’s right – get excited, people! It’s time to announce the students of the week. Ladies and gents, I give you Katie Waibel and Chris Rey, both nominated for their outstanding work in “Joseph.”Katie has lived in Glenwood for 11 years. She lives with her parents, Hope and Burt, and her little sister Meg, who is 12.Katie was nominated by Mrs. Rowe-Gaddis, one of the directors for “Joseph,” for helping construct and paint multiple sets over Spring Break. Katie is also in the production, as a dancer, and she does a great job of it.When Katie’s not jiving and pirouetting, she’s busy with HOSA and her Med-Prep class. She recently participated in the Mock DUI the Med-Prep class put on for the upperclassmen that attended Prom, and hopes one day to become a cardiologist. Chris Rey was born in Glenwood and lives with his parents, Barb and Alan, and his sister Rachel, who’s a sophomore at GSHS. Chris, who doesn’t perform in “Joseph,” has spent most of second semester conceptualizing and constructing the sets for the play. He usually spends his off-campus hour on campus, in the auditorium, pounding away at the sets.Chris is also on the boys swim team at GSHS, and likes to water ski and wakeboard in his free time. As he says, “The worst day of waterskiing is better than the best day of work.” Chris is planning on attending University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to study business. Congrats to Chris and Katie for being this week’s students of the week!-Random Disclosure: Fine Arts Week is coming up the week of April 28. You’ll want to stop by the school to check out the art exhibits or to take in a concert or two. More info to follow!

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