Seniors ready for pomp and circumstance

Andrea Collier

We made it! I almost can’t believe it. But then, when I think that I will never again have to ask for the hall pass to use the restroom, never again have to angrily circle the Glenwood Springs High School parking lot searching for a parking space, and never have to wrangle my way through freshman crowded halls – then I can believe it. High school is over, and there’s no one more excited about it than the GSHS class of 2003!I’m starting to realize that graduation is an interesting paradox. For one, commencement does exactly that – commence our futures. I can’t think of anything more exciting than heading off to school. I mean, doing our own laundry and learning the intricacies of college cuisine isn’t exactly glamorous, but hey, it’s a new experience. As with most things in life, there’s another side to graduation and that’s the side that’s not so fun. For some of us, it is the end of friendships that have been around since elementary school. It’s the end of being a kid, living with our families, cheering on our peers at high school games, and for me, it’s the end of writing this column. Next year, I’m off to study journalism at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and I know that writing this column was not only an awesome opportunity, but also a valuable experience that I’ll take with me for a long time. Thanks for being faithful readers and for putting up with wacky randomness. And, 17,340 words, 78 students of the week, and 34 columns later, I bid you farewell with these words of wisdom garnered from four years of high school at GSHS: Lack of money, or lack of motivation towards school, often lead to fun adventures such as undercover missions to the Wal-Mart costume aisle during class.Now I’m privileged to announce the last students of the week for the 2002-2003 school year – Catherine Daniells and Casey Martin. Catherine has lived in the valley for some time now and lives with her parents, Bill and Patty, and her brothers Chris and Matt.Vice Principal Sonja Hemmen nominated Catherine for her efforts as an office aid this semester. “Catherine’s been a good helper in the front office this year,” Ms. Hemmen says. “School is special to me,” Catherine says. At the same time, she’s also looking forward to the summer. “I’m excited about the school year ending,” she adds, because she’ll have more free time to pursue her favorite activities, drawing and playing on the computer.Since Catherine is a senior, she’ll be joining her classmates of the class of 2003 on the field for graduation this Saturday. She hopes to continue working in Glenwood after graduation.Casey Martin is a senior as well and hails from Orange County, Calif. He lives with his cousin’s family in good ol’ G-wood Springs. Casey was nominated for his high performance in his Fundamentals of American Democracy class. He also keeps a busy schedule, working 30 hours a week at Starbucks, but when he can find a few hours of free time, Casey likes to “play the guitar and yell.”Casey is hard at work developing a trademark look with his cool sunglasses. “I always wear my sunglasses so that the sun doesn’t hurt my eyes,” he says. “It makes me look mysterious.” He was gracious enough to remove his glasses for his picture though. After all, “I’m just a good guy,” he says. Congrats to Casey and Catherine for being this week’s students of the week!-Random Disclosure: Graduation takes place at 1 p.m. on Stubler Memorial Field at GSHS on Saturday, May 24. Join the Class of 2003 as they gleefully yank their diplomas from Principal Mike Wells, and run like heck off the stage! Farewell! Editor’s note: Our thanks, and best of luck, to graduating seniors Andrea Collier and Leah Silvieus, our student columnists from Glenwood and Rifle high schools.

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