GSHS readies for `My Big Fat Greek Homecoming’

Audrey Schaiberger

The hillsides are becoming more colorful, the evenings considerably cooler, and the windows of Grand Avenue display spirited scenes of a triumphant Glenwood Springs. It’s homecoming week at Glenwood Springs High School!The festivities began Saturday when each class met and put their artistic skills to work on local business windows along Grand Avenue. The theme this year is “My Big Fat Greek Homecoming,” and each class is taking the opportunity to create unique and creative window designs, murals and floats. The students are looking forward to an exciting week including four theme dress days, games of powderpuff football and volleyball, and a parade. Monday, everyone showed their swashbuckling spirit in Pirates of the Caribbean dress. Today students will strut the halls in flashy Las Vegas wear, and Wednesday Caveman day will allow students to revert to less civilized times. Thursday is Toga Day/School Spirit Day. The week ends on a relaxing note with no school Friday and a predictably exciting Homecoming game against the Palisade Bulldogs. Go Demons! The first students of the week of this year are Arahana Contreras and Alex Planalp. Both students are very deserving.Arahana Contreras was born in Michoacan, Mexico, and has lived here for 11 years with her two sisters and mother and father, Maria and Humberto. She has a passion for basketball and hopes to play for the basketball team this season. Arahana enjoys being occupied and states, “I’m really trying hard this year, and from now on I’ll put in my 100 percent to do my best.” That’s the spirit, Arahana! After high school Arahana would like to study to become a teacher. Alex Planalp has lived for two years in Glenwood, and was born in Aurora. His family consists of his parents, Bill and Felicia, and a younger brother and sister. Right now he’s taking a break from football and plans on joining the track team in the spring. A junior, Alex is excited for college and enjoys hanging out with his friends in his free time. Congratulations Arahana and Alex for being the first students of the week this school year!Random sympathies: Sorry to all those who had high hopes for the Homecoming song to be “The Safety Dance,” by the Talking Heads. An ’80s fan myself, I thought it a fun suggestion. Still, “You can dance if you want to…”

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