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Voting, veterans on tap this week

In case anyone forgot, today is Election Day. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is an exciting day for some students at Glenwood Springs High School. This year marks the first year that some of us can vote, and actually have a say in what we believe is right and wrong in our government. That might scare some parents that are reading this because you know what your son or daughter’s room looks like, and remember when they were toddling around with a stuffed animal in their mouth. However, there’s no cause for fear. Fundamentals of American Democracy is required curriculum for students, and excellent preparation for future voters.This week is also patriotic because not only are we honoring the future of our country by voting, we are remembering the history of our country by honoring our veterans. Yes, that’s right. This Thursday is Veterans Day and once again, GSHS is holding its annual assembly for veterans, replete with a slide show, very cool music, and special refreshments for the veterans to enjoy afterwards. If you are a veteran, consider this your invitation, and we hope to see you at the high school from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.Selected band students travel to Vail this Friday and Saturday for the annual District VIII Honor Band. This year, Eagle Valley High School is hosting the event, which will be held at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. As a past participant of Honor Band, I can tell you that these students are in for a cool weekend, not to mention some sore chops. Good luck virtuosos!-I should probably mention that students have 11:40 a.m. release from school on Wednesday and Thursday and no school on Friday. Ah, what a happy and joyous occasion. I only wish Sunlight was open!-This week’s students of the week are familiar faces for some of you. Nominated by Mr. Wes Burke and Ms. Candace Nadon, junior Molly Ackerman and freshman Chris Benson take honors for this week.”Molly is a complete asset to my FAD class,” Mr. Wes Burke says. “She is always happy, pleasant, and eager to help others.” Molly has lived in Glenwood for 11 years with her parents Dan and Cheryl, and her sister Robyn.Molly makes room in her schedule for cheerleading, Key Club, Climate Committee, and Student Council. In her free time, which she says is practically non-existent, she plays cribbage (she’s a die-hard fan), reads, and most importantly, sleeps.”My favorite and funniest memory of high school was during Homecoming Week,” she says. “Michael Hoban and Ryan Erickson were cheerleaders for the pep assembly, and I must add, I do worry about losing my spot on the squad to those two!”Speaking of male cheerleaders, our other student of the week, Chris Benson, actually was one. “I enjoyed learning the special flip stuff!” he says. Chris also hopes to play basketball and run track, and is a member of FBLA and Student Council.”Not only is Chris a fantastic student and a kind person with a great sense of humor, but he’s also doing an incredible job of keeping the soda machines full,” Ms. Candace Nadon says. “He does this job with the willingness and positive attitude that he puts forth for everything.” Chris knows he wants to go to college when he graduates, but isn’t too specific with his plans yet. In the meantime, he’s learning to skateboard and is looking forward to the snowboarding season.Congratulations Chris and Molly!-For this week’s Random Disclosure we return to the subject of The Rock. High school legend speculates that this huge boulder once was the size of a pebble, and is the size it is now because of its many accumulated layers of spray paint.


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