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McDonald, O’Meara students of week

It is the last week of school before Christmas break, and students are working hard to focus on their classes before freedom is granted. Friday, the auditorium will be packed with students for the entertaining and festive annual Christmas assembly. Past years have been collections of hilarious parodies with the Student Council officers as actors. I’m looking forward to this year’s hilarity!

Emily McDonald, a freshman at GSHS, has been nominated as our first Student of the Week for the last week of school in 2003. Emily has been a resident of Glenwood Springs almost all her life, and is the daughter of Kae and Ken McDonald.

Emily keeps herself busy with school, Speech Team, her own band ” the School Yard Pick-Me-Ups ” and the Lady Demon Swim Team. In the spring, Emily looks forward to also joining the Track Team. Emily is excited for her first State Swimming Competition. A promising swimmer, Emily is sure to continue improving her times this season and do well at State. Our team is very proud to have her! Emily is also looking forward to swimming in college and will be a valuable addition to any team she joins. Good luck Emily!



When she’s not at swim practice or a meet, Emily likes to hang out with her friends and listen to and play music. Not many people know that Emily also enjoys painting and cooking, and has a lot of fun in her Art I class. Her art teacher, Mrs. Mayer, nominated Emily for Student of the Week.

Our next outstanding student of GSHS is Conner O’Meara, a junior with a passion for music. Conner was nominated by Mr. Merritt, GSHS’s band director. As mentioned in last week’s column, Conner has been selected to the Colorado All-State Jazz Band to be first alto saxophone, and alternate tenor saxophone.



Of all the saxophones auditioning in the state, only 10 are selected. Conner was required to learn two written audition pieces and record them on a tape, and record his own improvisation on another tape to be sent in to the judges. From these two samples, Conner was chosen. Congratulations Conner! You are the first to receive this honor in GSHS history.

Conner surrounds himself with music. He is in Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir, plays for the Symphony in the Valley, and enjoys playing or listening to music even in his free time. Conner loves jazz, but enjoys listening to anything. He has played the saxophone since he was 13, but has been involved in band since fifth grade. He also plays the clarinet and flute.

After high school, Conner would like to continue on his musical path, possibly at the Berkley School of Music. Afterwards, he has considered teaching music or touring the United States or Europe.

Conner lives with his proud parents, Mark and Robbi O’Meara. One of his favorite quotes is, “If you work for it, you deserve it.” Good work Conner, you deserve it!

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Random Disclosure: If you happen to be at the pool during the high school girls’ swim practice, you may hear an inspirational chant from the popular movie, “Finding Nemo”: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming …”


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