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Band students make beautiful music in Vail

If you ever get the chance to see a performance at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek, you should take it. This past weekend, about 20 Glenwood Springs High School band students joined with other band geeks and put on a fabulous concert for parents and community members in a very plush and accommodating setting. The University of Colorado at Boulder Wind Symphony was also there and joined with the honor band for the last number. Folks – it was fabulous. Stay tuned for honor choir information later on this year.While we’re on the subject of music, this Thursday, Nov. 14, the GSHS choir members are putting on a coffeehouse to raise money for the choir program. It’s at the high school in the MPR (that’s code for Multi-Purpose Room), it starts at 7 p.m., and the cost is $5 for an evening of java, desserts, and raw talent.Both FBLA and DECA will be traveling to business competitions this week. FBLA is in Denver on Nov. 15-16 for their Fall Leadership Conference, and DECA heads to Vail on Nov. 17 and 18 to compete against DECA students from Cherry Creek High School. Dust off your suits and briefcases – it’s game time!-Calling all parents who are worried about paying for, dare I say it, COLLEGE. Counselor Bob Willey will be conducting a seminar on financial aid and scholarships tonight at 7 p.m. in the MPR. Parents of seniors won’t want to miss this bliss.Now it’s time for my favorite part of the column. The part where you get the chance to meet some outstanding young people. This week’s students of the week are Hiram Ramirez and MaiLe Keller.MaiLe is a valley native, and lives with her dad, Larry Keller. Her mom Judy lives in Carbondale. MaiLe is a stud golfer, and participates on the GSHS girls’ golf team. Besides practicing that follow-through, she lifts weights and works on her art, especially painting. “I’m really excited to improve my artwork and I’m looking forward to blue ribbons in the next art show,” she tells me. “She is making remarkable progress in the quality of her art work,” art instructor Jack Niswanger agrees.Although MaiLe enjoys school, she is looking forward to attending University of Northern Colorado when she graduates next year. She hopes to continue her art studies by majoring in visual arts.Our other student of the week is Hiram Ramirez. He moved here last year with his mom Raquel Ramirez from Albuquerque, N.M.Hiram is an enthusiastic band member, and plays percussion, particularly the snare drum. Some of you might have seen Hiram rat-tat-tatting away at the football games, since pep band is one of his favorite activities.Hiram is also an Army buff, and can’t wait to join the Armed Forces when he graduates. He tells me he wants to be in the 101st Airborne Division, which is mainly concerned with air assault.A Starcraft fan, Hiram likes to play on the computer and talk to his friends. He also enjoys his English class, since he says, “Mr Brooks is funny.”Congratulations to Hiram and MaiLe for being this week’s outstanding students!Random Disclosure: The physics lab used to be a planetarium and is notorious for its echoing acoustics.


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