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Success of school isn’t just in sports

As the girls soccer players lace up their cleats, the baseball boys and the girls golfers practice their swings in the late afternoon sun, and the track teams, boys swimmers, and tennis players prepare for their seasons, we have to take the time, once more, to congratulate every winter sport for fantastic seasons. Members from each team qualified for state in swimming and wrestling, and both boys and girls basketball teams made it into the playoffs.Yet beyond high school sports, Glenwood Springs High School students had incredibly successful seasons in other activities. Several members of DECA and HOSA did very well at state and even qualified for nationals. The GSHS mock trial team broke all records and won the state meet for the fourth consecutive year. The team will travel to nationals in North Carolina in early May. Also, the Glenwood Grizzlies club hockey team had its best winter season to date, traveling to Boulder to compete in the state tournament and coming out with third place. With most of the players coming back next year, everyone is looking forward to the Grizzlies’ next season.Speaking of the great successes in mock trial and hockey, the first student of the month, senior Scott Straus, is a member of the mock trial team. The second, sophomore Cody Hegland, is part of the Glenwood Grizzlies.Scott is a Glenwood Springs native, born and raised. His family consists of his dad, mom, and sister Jamie, who is attending Mesa State College. Scott is very involved in school. Not only is he the team captain this year of mock trial, but he is also a state qualifier in FBLA, a member of student council, and a writer for the school newspaper, the Brimstone. He has also played football for the past two years and played bass for the orchestra of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Les Miserables.” As this is Scott’s senior year, he is very excited about hearing back from the eight colleges that he applied to back east (including NYU, Columbia and George Washington).In his spare time, Scott loves to play tennis. This summer Scott took second place at a tennis tournament in Aspen. Scott’s favorite memories of high school are from winning the state championship in mock trail and earning the right (two years in a row) to go to nationals. After college, Scott is considering attending law school or working as a journalist.Scott would like to attribute all of his successes and great experiences in high school to all of his teachers, coaches, family and friends.Cody Hegland broke his foot during a hockey game early in the season. For the majority of the season he was on crutches but was still an active and supportive member of the team.Cody has lived in Glenwood all 15 years of his life. His dad was raised near St. Cloud, Minn., and also played hockey. Cody has two wiener dogs as well, named Woody and Shotzi.Cody was nominated by one of his teachers, Mrs. Sullivan. She says that Cody is self-motivated, kind, and polite. “He suggests solutions instead of focusing on the problem. He’ll also do whatever it takes to become proficient in each class.”Besides hockey, Cody loves biking. He enjoys going to competitions and bike trials. Beyond high school, Cody would like to become either a paramedic or a firefighter. He is excited about going to Oregon and Alaska this summer. Cody will fly into Alaska, take a train around Denali and then boat back into Canada.Cody’s favorite quote is from Lynn King, one of the most supportive hockey mothers, who tragically passed away on the same weekend that Glenwood won its first hockey tournament ever. Lynn always said “stay strong” to encourage the boys.Congratulations to Scott Straus and Cody Hegland. Spring break has finally come for those of us at GSHS. Enjoy it while it lasts!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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