Theme days abound during Glenwood High’s Homecoming Week
Homecoming has arrived, and Glenwood Springs High School students do the hula this week as they participate in the traditional festivities, as well as some new events for this year. Here’s the scoop on Homecoming Week:The fun started on Saturday. The classes gathered at their respective windows and did their best Hawaiian Luau themed window. Check out the windows as you drive or walk down Grand Avenue, but don’t get in a fender bender in the process. They look fabulous!Yesterday was Twin Day. The students looked like they had participated in some cruel genetic experiment involving drinking water. Notwithstanding, I did see some pretty good twins. Today is Hippie vs. Army Day. I remember my freshman year when I came around the corner on my way to my locker and saw a SWAT team member in the lobby. I about had coronary failure until he turned around and I saw that it was senior Clay Leak in a very realistic costume. Please, no weapons or facsimiles today.The students are very excited about tomorrow’s dress-up day. Paper Bag Over Your Head Day is a great idea, and I can’t wait to see the creative disguises thought up by the student body. I hope no one gets confused and wears plastic instead of paper. Thursday is Hawaiian Day, and Friday is the traditional Red and White Day. Look for red and white clothed students doing service work around the community since Friday is Service Day as well. The community service will be followed up by an all-school barbeque, and everybody’s favorite Homecoming activity, the parade, will start at 2:30, led by your very own prestigious GSHS marching band.As far as Homecoming sports go, volleyball takes on Steamboat on Thursday, Sept. 26. Football plays Cortez at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27. Boys soccer will match up against Palisade on Saturday, Sept 28, and cross-country hosts the meet this week at Two Rivers Park, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The students of the week this week are freshmen Stephanie Gottschalck and Enrique Quezado.Stephanie has lived in Glenwood for about 11 years with her parents, brother Chris, sister Toni, and a menagerie of pets, including a hamster named Fred.According to her, the best part about high school so far is meeting new people every day, and she’s also looking forward to playing on the GSHS girls basketball team. “Whenever I have spare time, I like to play basketball,” she says. “It’s one of my very favorite things.”She also likes to spend time with her dad on the weekends since he works in Denver during the week.Even though Stephanie just started high school, she already knows what she wants to do when she graduates.”I would like to attend CU,” she says. Travel also factors into her plans for the future.”Not many people know that I have always wanted to live in Australia or London,” she comments.Enrique Quezado is a newcomer to Glenwood Springs, and has only lived here for a few months. I couldn’t talk very well with him since he knows about as much English as I know Spanish, but he was very friendly and easygoing, and is fitting right in at school, according to Ms. Hemmen.Enrique is an excellent soccer player, and has won awards for his individual and team performances. In fact, he was chosen to represent the state of Chihuahua in a national sport tournament. His team took eighth place out of 32 teams.Enrique plans to continue his studies in Mexico after high school to learn to be a P.E. teacher. “I like to teach children how to play,” he says with a smile. Congratulations Stephanie and Enrique!-For this week’s Random Disclosure, embark with me on the journey to Ms. Carol Opeka’s classroom. This year is her 20th year of teaching French, English and Spanish at GSHS. Wow! Happy Homecoming!
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