Decked-out DECA students get down to business this week |

Decked-out DECA students get down to business this week

Andrea Collier

Let it be said that high school students aren’t always sloppy. Yes, our rooms may be a pathetic attempt at neatness, our cars may be less than immaculate, but we shine up like Grandma’s nice silverware when we want to. The GSHS DECA invitational is coming up this Sunday and Monday, Oct. 13 and 14, and DECA students will practice their professionalism as they compete against schools from the Front Range for top business honors. Students are given real-life business and sales situations and asked to present the solutions in front of local businessmen and women as judges. Thus, when you see hordes of young suit-wearing students around town, wave and wish them the best of luck.Today at lunch there is a meeting in the Media Center for all juniors and seniors who have input for this year’s After Prom Extravaganza. Parents will have a chance to voice their suggestions Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center, as well.Tonight there is yet another meeting for students and parents. If you are a senior, in the top 10 percent of your class, and scored a 27 or above on the ACT, you and your parents should join Mr. Willey at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to learn more about the prestigious Boettcher scholarship.Freshman, here’s some news just for you. FBLA will present an assembly entitled Making High School Count tomorrow morning from 10-11 a.m. in the auditorium. I remember going to a very similar assembly when I was but a freshman, so I encourage you to attend.Speaking of FBLA, all new members will be attending the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference this Thursday, Oct. 10. They’ll learn about what it means to be a leader and how they can be leaders at school. Have fun, Future Business Leaders of America!-The fall sports season winds down this week, and football and cross-country travel around the state. The volleyball team takes on Battle Mountain Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the GSHS gym, and our soccer team plays rival Rifle at 4 p.m. Thursday as well.- Well, it’s that time again. That time I know you all have been waiting for with unrestrained anticipation. This week’s students of the week are junior Lacey Barnes and freshman Dustin Billinger.Lacey has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley with her parents, sister Abbey, and numerous pets for four years. FBLA sponsor Mrs. Kathy Whiting says of Lacey, “Lacey is our new FBLA secretary. Her enthusiasm and school spirit here at GSHS are contagious!” Besides participating in FBLA, Lacey is also in DECA, and claims to be a “total band geek.”Speaking of band, she’s an excellent flute player, and is working on several audition pieces for summer music school. “I always practice my flute these days,” she says, but that doesn’t mean she’s strictly a musician. “I always have one of two things stuck to me – a book or a telephone!” she tells me.Lacey plans on attending college out of state and hopes to double major in music performance and English. Ms. Gayla Rowe-Gaddis nominated our other student of the week. “[Dustin is] hardworking, early to class, and helps others,” she says. “He’s a wonderful student!”Dustin Billinger has lived in the valley all of his 14 years with his mom, dad, brother Corey, and dogs, Sebastian and Barney. He spends his spare time mountain biking and improving his eye-hand coordination with his Playstation 2. Dustin also plans on being a part of the track team. “I’m pretty fast,” he tells me. Dustin is looking forward to getting behind the wheel and wants to drive a Dodge pickup someday. When he graduates, Dustin is thinking about studying architecture at a school in Oklahoma. “I’ve loved it my whole life,” he says of his chosen field.Congratulations Lacey and Dustin for your accomplishments this year!-Random Disclosure: Legend tells of a $20 bill hidden in Mr. Whiting’s DECA room for years and years. No one, excepting Mr. Whiting himself, knows where it has dwelled for the past decade. Who will unearth its sacred site?

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