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Winter is a display of spirit, talent

Demon DoingsCassidy Willey

For many GSHS students, one of the most exciting times of winter is going to the home basketball games. The gyms become packed with fans, families and rivals. Everybody is cheering and yelling, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the temperature in the gym rises at least 20 degrees compared to the hallways outside. The scene looks like something that could have come right out of a teen movie. It’s a lot of fun. (Especially when our team wins!) This year, however, basketball season has become even more exciting. Both boys and girls Demons basketball teams have made it into the state playoffs! Yet, as everybody knows, students at GSHS are not only talented in sports but also in academics, community service, choir, drama, band, and more. In fact, one of our very talented band students, Connor O’Meara, is also one of the students of the month.Connor is originally from Carbondale, but he was born in Glenwood and has lived here for the past 13 years. He was nominated by his band teacher, Tim Watt.It would probably be fair to say that Connor’s No. 1 passion in life is music. Connor plays several instruments, and he even teaches honors jazz band, saxophone and clarinet to middle-schoolers a few times a week. He has also been first chair (best) clarinet in the Western Slope Honor Band and first chair jazz sax in the Colorado All-State Jazz Band. It seems fitting that Connor’s favorite memory of high school was his first trip to All-State Band.Despite all of his musical talent and interest, Connor says many people may not know that he enjoys silence as well. When he has free time, Connor enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and four-wheeling. Connor is planning on attending the University of Northern Colorado next fall. In five years, he sees himself working toward becoming an independent musician. He also plans to be working for a symphony or doing private jazz gigs.The second student of the month is Kelsey Bohman. She was nominated by Mary Heisel, social studies teacher and EPYCS club sponsor. Ms. Heisel said, “Kelsey is an outstanding student and a kind person. She has also been one of the most active members in EPYCS.”Along with EPYCS, Kelsey is actively involved in Key Club, as the vice president, and student council, sophomore secretary. She is also the girls basketball manager and plays soccer in the spring.Kelsey has lived in Glenwood her entire life (almost 16 years). She says her family – including her sister, who is studying at CU, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit and some fish – is really close.In her spare time, Kelsey likes to ski, catch up on movies and ride her bike. Someday she hopes to get a spot on the Tour of Hope and ride her bike across the United States to raise money for cancer research. Thanks to the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Kelsey is a cancer survivor.Kelsey would like to study medicine in college. When asked her favorite quote, she replied, “You are what you eat. … no, just kidding! Life is good.” She also advised to “Do what you like, and like what you do.” Congrats to Connor and Kelsey!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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