And the envelopes, please: Colleges deliver good news, bad news
To most adults there is only one date that holds much importance in April. That is, of course, April 15. But tax day is of little significance for most seniors of Glenwood Springs High School. Their time of anxiety comes a bit earlier, the first week of April. That’s the week when the letters from colleges start flowing in. Good and bad alike.Most universities and colleges mailed out their notices on April 1, but they weren’t joking. Within the week, they reached the anxious hands of millions of high school seniors. After several months of eager anticipation, fates were sealed in one single envelope. The actual opening process varies from student to student. Some, too nervous to do it themselves, force their parents, girlfriends or teachers to open the envelope. Others stoically perform the duty in solitude. Many, however, initially apply the traditional weight test: heavy equals accepted, light equals rejected. But even that primitive experiment has its exceptions. One must read at least the first sentence.A “Congratulations …” or “We regret to inform you .” will tell you all you need to know. The rest of the letter will only insist upon maintained academic excellence or console with staggering numbers and statistics. For some, a rejection or acceptance notice will instantly finalize the ever-difficult college selection decision. But for others, it will only complicate the issue. It will take perhaps another college visit, a constant barrage of advice, and weeks of deliberation for the choice to be made.But at least now, the ball is back in the students’ court. It’s their turn for selections.- GSHS athletics continue with vigor this week. The baseball team will host Roaring Fork on Tuesday and then play at Battle Mountain on Thursday. The girls’ soccer team, fresh off two big victories last weekend, will play at Aspen on Tuesday and host Rifle on Thursday. The girls’ golf team will play in Cedaredge on Thursday while the tennis team will play at home versus Durango on Friday. The GSHS track and field teams will head west to the Palisade Invitational on Saturday. Cheerleading tryouts, which began on Monday, will continue through Wednesday in the Multi Purpose Room. On Friday, there will be a Chess Tournament in the Multi Purpose for all interested students, beginning at 3:30 p.m.- Freshmen Scott Straus was selected as this week’s male Student of the Week. Scott has lived in Glenwood his entire life with parents Mark and Susie and sister Jamie. Scott enjoys tennis, playing his string bass in band, and hanging with his friends. Through GSHS he is involved in Mock Trial, Student Council, FBLA and Knowledge Bowl. His favorite class is English and his favorite movie is The Godfather: Part I. Scott advises other students that, “If you have a good attitude towards yourself and others, life will be more enjoyable!” Scott feels that the best part of high school is “definitely, the interaction between students.” After graduation, he hopes to attend an Ivy League school, then go to law school, and then practice law on the East Coast. Ashley Ward, also a freshmen, was selected as the other Student of the Week. Ashley is also an area long-timer. She has lived in the area with parents Wendy and David and her two younger siblings since she was a year and a half old. She enjoys playing basketball and tennis, playing the piano and bassoon, reading and snowboarding. At GSHS, she is involved in Mock Trial, basketball, tennis, band and Student Council. Her favorite classes are, “All of them!”Ashley cites Neil Armstrong, her family, and her teachers as some of her role models.She feels the best part of high school is “getting involved and showing school spirit.”After high school, Ashley plans on attending either BYU or the Air Force Academy and then getting a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. After that she would like to work for NASA. Marco Salmen is a junior at GSHS.
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