March Madness grips GSHS |

March Madness grips GSHS

With the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last night, another rivalry was finally settled, this one in the halls of Glenwood Springs High School. Although the competition among the elite college teams was waged on television, hundreds of miles away, students of GSHS were not immune to the effects of March Madness. The annual two-week basketball tournament was the perfect opportunity for GSHS teachers and students to show their devotion to their alma maters or university aspirations. The halls were scattered with assorted fan paraphernalia. A Maryland hat over there. A Gonzaga sweatshirt in the corner. A UConn Lady Huskies T-shirt by the door. The tournament’s fantastic games and thrilling upsets provided the topics of discussion for nearly every conversation. We were in peak “trash-talking” form, brutally and vulgarly denouncing every other team. We excitedly spat out memorized statistics and eagerly regurgitated Sports Illustrated analysis.Junior Hall was dominated by Mr. Denny’s resounding praise of his Oklahoma Sooners while N.C. State Wolfpack cheers echoed from Mr. Satterfield’s room down Senior Hall. Principal Mike Wells led the charge for his Illinois squad while Mr. Brickell vainly encouraged his Notre Dame Fighting Irish. But despite the constant Duke-bashing from peers and teachers alike (and a disappointingly early exit), I haven’t wavered in my support of my team. And despite the rising temperatures of spring, I will proudly wear my Duke sweatshirt all day. GSHS athletic teams will continue their busy schedules with more action this week. The girls’ soccer team will host Steamboat Springs on Thursday and Battle Mountain on Saturday. The girls’ golf team will play at River Valley Ranch on Thursday while the girls’ tennis team will be in Grand Junction for the Western Slope Invitational on Friday and Saturday.The Varsity boys’ baseball team has two games this week, hosting Delta today at Glenwood Springs Middle School, and then traveling to Craig on Saturday. And the GSHS track and field squads will head down to the Front Range to compete in the Pikes Peak Invitational in Colorado Springs on Saturday.-On Monday, April 8, there will be an APE meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Media Center. Interested parents should contact Diane Olson at 945-4946. Also on Monday, April 8, tryouts for the GSHS cheerleading squad will be held in the Multi Purpose Room and will run through Wednesday, April 10.Sophomore Jessica Drozd is one of this week’s Students of the Week. Jessica was nominated because of her constant hard work and leadership ability.Jessica has lived in the area for five years with mother Janice Treadwell and brother David Drozd. She enjoys playing volleyball, snowboarding and working out. Through GSHS she is involved in volleyball, Key Club and EPYCS.Her favorite classes are biology and history and her favorite movie is “The Gladiator.” She thinks the best part of high school at GSHS is “all the activities and being with my friends.” After graduation from high school, Jessica plans on attending college and studying in a science-related field. Senior Oscar Delgado is the other Student of the Week. Oscar has lived in the area with his father, Jose Delgado, for two years. He enjoys working, coming to school and being with his friends. His favorite class at GSHS is ESL and he was an ESL aide. His dad is one of his role models and he advises other students, “Just don’t give up!” To Oscar, the best part of high school at GSHS is “how the teachers help you and the way that they teach.” After high school, he plans on going to college and then finding a job. Oscar was nominated for his mature and well-behaved manner and for his work in Fundamentals of American Democracy.Marco Salmen is a junior at GSHS.

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