A season for Valentines and Big Ideas at GSHS
As is the norm, students at GSHS have varying opinions regarding the impending holiday, Valentine’s Day. It they’re anything like me, they remember the Valentine’s Days of elementary school days with great fondness: carefully decorating a cardboard Valentine box, and happily munching on candy hearts inscribed with lovey-dovey messages.Others seem to like the more romantic Valentine’s Days better and enjoy receiving obscenely large bouquets of roses or thoughtful notes from their sweetie. And then there are the ones who dread this day for fear of receiving a token from a not-so-secret admirer. This Friday, like every Valentine’s Day before it, is bound to be brimming with behavior bordering on insanity; however, I’ll be remembering the days gone by, where every kid gets a Valentine, all the candy hearts they can eat, and a Dalmatian card signed by their classmate, wishing them a doggone special day.-Speaking of special days, the renowned Big Idea Day is coming up for GSHS students. The title of the day is “It’s my Life!” and all corniness aside, students are set for a day of awesome speakers, cultural dancing lessons, and get this – a massive game of everybody’s favorite pastime, bingo. “I-72, I-72 and that’s a blackout, Mr. Caller, sir!” The general public is encouraged to attend the festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 12, beginning at 8:05 a.m.On the sports scene, both girls and boys basketball teams take on the Mountain, that is Battle Mountain, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively in the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium. After the game, a Sweetheart Dance for students will follow and will run until midnight. Let it be known that the dance is not only for sweethearts, it’s just that the name was rather timely.-Now it’s time for my favorite part of the column, the part I know is your favorite too. The students of the week this week are senior Micaela O’Leary and junior Shane Spyker.Micaela O’Leary, a.k.a Wheat Vampiri Abd-Al O’Huitzilopochtli to her friends in Spanish class, was born in the valley and has lived here her whole life with her mom, Mimi. Nominating assistant principal Ms. Hemmen says, “Micaela is very involved in DECA, Student Council, Key Club, and EPYCS. She’s chipper on a regular basis, and her good mood is infectious.”When Micaela isn’t exercising her humor skills, she likes to ski, read, and she is also trying to learn to play guitar. Since she’s a senior, she’s in the midst of deciding which college to attend, but her first choice is probably Colgate University. “I’m excited about finally being able to pursue higher education!” she says. Shane, too, is a Roaring Fork Valley native. He lives with his parents, Kendall and Meredith Spyker, and his sister Cody.He maintains that being student of the week was only something that would happen “in his wildest dreams,” but according to Ms. Hemmen, who nominated him, he’s a great student with a great personality. “Shane is a great asset to our school,” she says. “He’s really involved in the community.”Shane, who says, “The joy is in the journey,” is excited for this summer, since he’s an excellent kayaker. He and his friend, Ben Guska, are planning a kayaking road trip around the western United States. Shane also likes to bike and do anything outdoors.Shane is also looking forward to his senior year, and then college. Right now, he wants to go out of state and study something in the science field, but he’s pretty open at this point. Congratulations Micaela and Shane!-Random Disclosure: Ms. Loman, a science teacher, has a Slinky that is a foot long when it is not stretched out.
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