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Leave juniors alone, they’ve got research papers to write

Marco Salmen

Henry David Thoreau, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald. For decades, these authors have been celebrated as American literary greats. But, in the past few months they have developed special importance for Glenwood Springs High School juniors.No longer are these names just side notes in the Lit. Book. The GSHS juniors have come to know these, and many other authors, on a much more personal level. However, the intimate relationship was not by choice. As designated by district standards, all GSHS juniors have become deeply engrossed in their most daunting task of the year, the Literary Research Paper.The students began their three-step assignment last March with the selection of a piece of literature. They were given the option of choosing a collection of poems from a recognized poet, a compilation of short stories, or a novel of literary merit. The majority of students, myself included, chose the latter.We then commenced the formidable task of reading, and understanding, our selected works. The rich, theme-laden pages of Thoreau, Steinbeck, Twain, and other modern authors took the place of the easy reading of cheap romance novels, comic books, and Sports Illustrated.This research paper differs from conventional research papers in that instead of researching a specific topic – say, the mating pattern of the western seagull – the students research a theme, or thesis, that they decipher from their selected text. Thus, after we finished reading our pieces of literature, we began the second stage of our assignment, researching literary criticism to support our thesis. We were required to have five sources of criticism, and Ms. Crisp and Ms. Harris of the GSHS Media Center instantly became our new best friends as we scoured the library for available resources. Then, the time came for the most dreaded segment of all, actually writing the paper. With deadlines fast approaching for all the students, there is little time left for procrastination. One can ill afford to stall another moment. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some work to do.- This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and GSHS would like to thank all its dedicated and hard-working teachers. Tonight, dedicated and hard-working students of GSHS will be honored at the OWL Award Ceremony at Colorado Mountain College at 7 p.m. The GSHS auditorium will get its fair share of use in the coming days. On Wednesday, the GSHS Choir will use the auditorium for its spring concert, beginning at 7 p.m. Then, on Thursday, the auditorium will host the Senior Showcase, also beginning at 7 p.m. After the weekend off, the auditorium will host another crowd on Monday night for the 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-grade Awards Night.- GSHS Senior Lindsay Kuhn is this week’s female recipient of the Student of the Week honor. Lindsay has lived in the area for about four years with her parents, Leanne and Charles Kuhn, and her one sibling. Lindsay enjoys anything “athletic or outside.” This past fall she played volleyball for the Demons and she is also active in DECA and The Brimstone. Her favorite class at GSHS is Advanced Placement English and her favorite movie is “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.” She advises other students not to procrastinate and she thinks the best part of school at GSHS is “the generosity.” After graduation, Lindsay will go through the nursing program at the University of Northern Colorado and then hopefully become a nurse. Lindsay was nominated for her persistent motivation in class and her continued academic progress. Arturo Ponciano takes home the honor of the other Student of the Week. Arturo has lived in the area for three years with his guardian parents Sheryl and Charlie Steiner. Arturo enjoys playing soccer and he was a member of the Demon soccer team last fall. Arturo enjoys many of his classes at GSHS, including history, science, algebra, P.E., and Wood Tech.He cites his guardian mother, Sheryl Steiner, as one of his role models. Arturo would advise other students “to try their best in anything possible.” After high school, Arturo plans on joining the Army and then maybe attending college. Arturo was nominated for his outstanding academic effort and for being a positive example for his peers.Marco Salmen is a junior at GSHS.


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