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GSHS bids goodbye not just to seniors, but to graduating teachers

Marco Salmen

After months of anticipation, the class of 2002 finally flung their hats high into the bright May sky and symbolically ended their careers at Glenwood Springs High School. But where does that leave the rest of us (besides bloated from pounds of graduation party food)? Well, for starters, it leaves the rest of GSHS still at school, trying desperately to salvage some focus for what will surely be a difficult Final Exam week.

But difficult might be an understatement. With bizarrely empty halls and eerie silence, focus is a lofty goal. Teachers and students are resigned to settle for only minimal attention.

Adding to the difficulty is the looming fact that with each passing day we move closer to when we will have to say goodbye to two of GSHS’ favorite teachers: Rebecca Mangnall and Roger Zastrow. After decades of challenging students with creative and interesting classes while ribbing them with good-natured sarcasm, Mr. Zastrow and Ms. Mangnall will turn in their parking passes after the final bell rings on Friday afternoon.

It won’t be easy to say goodbye to either of these magnificent teachers. We’ll miss Zastrow’s chicken scratch hand writing and his mile-high stack of papers to return. We’ll miss his vintage car photos decorating his room and his frequent connections of physics and car parts. We’ll miss his chuckle when he explains to us how quantum physics is “cake.”

We’ll miss Mangnall’s vast array of hand lotions and cough drops. We’ll miss her strange collection of Spanish music, and her unique nicknames for each student. We’ll miss the way she would always try to stifle her laughter by swiping her hand vertically in front of her face. We’ll miss the way it rarely worked.

But most of all we’ll miss the way that Mr. Zastrow and Ms. Mangnall connected individually with each student in their class. Explaining things was a pleasure, and re-explaining things was never a hassle. Teachers like Mr. Zastrow and Ms. Mangnall are a joy to have. Thanks for the cake.

The GSHS Final Exam Schedule is as follows:

Period 4 Exam Tuesday, 12:10 – 1:40

Period 8 Exam Tuesday, 1:50 – 3:20

Period 1 Exam Wednesday, 8:15 – 10

Period 2 Exam Wednesday, 10:15 – 12

Period 3 Exam Wednesday, 1 – 2:45

Period 5 Exam Thursday, 8:15 – 10

Period 6 Exam Thursday, 10:15 – 12

Period 6 Exam Thursday, 1 – 2:45

GSHS Junior John Joseph Gera was selected as one of this week’s Students of the Week. John Joseph has lived in the area for 12 years with parents Rich and Virginia Gera and his sister Corey. He enjoys photography and drawing in his spare time.

John Joseph is actively involved in Boy Scouts and in the National Honor Society at GSHS. His favorite class is Riverwatch, taught by Mr. Mike Wilde, whom he notes as one of his role models along with Mr. Julius Satterfield. John Joseph cites “The Matrix” as his favorite movie.

He advises other students to “try to find clubs and activities that interest you but don’t take on more than you can handle.” John Joseph feels that the best part of school at GSHS is “the teachers who go out of their way to help students.” After finishing high school, John Joseph plans to attend Colorado State University and then become a forest ranger.

Freshly graduated Natalie Lancaster is the other Student of the Week. Natalie has lived her entire life in Glenwood Springs with parents Mike and Kathy Lancaster and older brother Jake. During her time at GSHS, Natalie was actively involved in Student Council, basketball and track.

She cites Advanced Composition as her favorite class, “Friends” as her favorite TV show, and “Pretty Woman” as her favorite movie. Natalie says Michael Jackson is one of her role models because, “He’s the man!”

Natalie advises other students to simply, “Do your best.” She feels that the best part of high school at GSHS was being involved in sports. Now that she is graduated, Natalie will enjoy her summer before heading off to Greeley to attend the University of Northern Colorado and study elementary education.

Marco Salmen is a junior, for a little bit longer, at GSHS.


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