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Spring fever sets in

Time is running out. The teachers are panicking, trying to find a way to fit everything in. The students are having an even harder time focusing in classes. At least the seniors have a reason for their behavior: senioritis – the “disease” that seems to hit every senior come second semester. Common symptoms are: not doing homework, not focusing in class, and constantly talking about being “so ready to get out of this town.” Sometimes I wish the rest of us had an excuse!Luckily, this time of year not only brings extreme spring fever, but also warmer and longer days. While the time may be quickly disappearing in terms of school (five weeks for most students and a little over three for seniors), there are also many more options on how to spend your extra time when not in the classroom. For instance, you can go hiking, biking, kayaking, play Frisbee in the park, work on your tan, go for a late-night walk and much more.Another option is to get out and volunteer in the community. Several clubs in the high school are taking full advantage of this. Last Friday, on Earth Day, the environmental club, Impact, went out and cleaned Midland Avenue. Also, on Mother’s Day, the National Honor Society will volunteer at the annual Mother’s Day Mile to benefit the Advocate Safehouse Project.Speaking of, the two students of the month, senior Jenni Duffy and junior Yazmin Madrid are both members of the National Honor Society. Jenni is, in fact, co-president of the club.Jenni was born in Denver and moved to Glenwood Springs when she was 2 years old. She has a younger brother, Jon, and two dogs. Besides National Honor Society, Jenni is on the Brimstone staff and plays varsity soccer. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, dance and write. She’s really looking forward to graduating in May.Jenni laughs at how fast news travels in high school. She describes herself as a down-to-earth person who loves honesty in others. Jenni’s favorite quote is, “It is better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for what you are not.”Jenni enjoys journalism, and after college she hopes to work for a magazine. She was nominated for student of the month by the school counselor and sponsor of NHS, Ms. Stalford. Ms. Stalford says Jenni is a very hard worker and an excellent student.Yazmin was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She moved to Glenwood two years ago. She says that her favorite memory of high school so far was her first year here. Her friends Lariza and Maria and her laughed every day, and it made her feel very comfortable to be here.Yazmin’s mom lives in Mexico. She also has two brothers, one in Phoenix and one here, whom she lives with. In her spare time, Yazmin loves to read. One of her favorite authors is Paulo Cohelo, from Brazil.Yazmin was nominated by both Ms. Ayala and Mr. Nykerk. Ms. Ayala said, “She has come a long way in these past two years. This kid works hard in school and outside school.” Mr. Nykerk said that Yazmin is a leader and role model. Both said that she always gives her best in everything that she does.In five years, Yazmin sees herself finishing college. Her advice to others is to live every day as if it were their last.Congratulations to Jenni Duffy and Yazmin Madrid. Keep up the outstanding work.Cassidy Willey is a junior at Glenwood Springs High School. She writes a column twice a month for the Post Independent.


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