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NHS members and their moms sacrifice for Safehouse Sunday

Marco Salmen

While most students in the valley were still dozing away the morning, members of the National Honor Society had been long awake. Up early (okay, compared to normal) the members of the Glenwood Springs High School chapter of the National Honor Society spent long hours of their precious Sunday volunteering for the community. In addition, dozens of mothers gave up their children to community service on their precious Mother’s Day. NHS, an honor organization also dedicated to community service, took on the Mother’s Day Mile as their big volunteer assignment. Nearly 30 NHS members, juniors and seniors, showed up to lend a hand in the third annual one-mile run, a fund-raiser for the Advocate Safehouse Project. The participation, for some, began even before Sunday. Several NHS members baked apple pies, contributing to the total over 60 pies that served as post-race replenishment for the competitors. Others distributed brochures and fliers throughout the valley. Still more arrived early on Sunday to cut the thorns off nearly 500 roses that were given to finishers.Dozens of strong men and women lent their muscles to the hard labor of hoisting speakers, setting up barricades, erecting tents, and stringing banners in the heavy wind. When the ominous clouds in the distance soon became a heavy rain, the NHS members, instead of diving for cover, sacrificed their bodies and their dryness to rescue equipment and other valuables.With bright smiles and loud claps, dozens of other students lined the course to cheer on runners and send them in the right direction. While some staffed the water station to keep 400-plus participants well hydrated, others escorted dozens of younger competitors through the water station as “running buddies.” On a day set aside to recognize mothers, members of the National Honor Society recognized their unique opportunity to help the Advocate Safehouse Project eliminate domestic violence in our county. Through their diligent efforts at the Mother’s Day Mile, they showed that Mother’s Day is about all mothers, not just our own.-Tonight, Glenwood Medical Associates is offering free athletic physicals for prospective athletes entering grades 7 through 12. Physicals will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at GMA and students should arrive in shorts, dressed for an exam. On Wednesday, there will be a banquet for the baseball team in the Multi-Purpose Room from 6-9 p.m. Also on Wednesday, the Governance Council will convene in the Media Center for their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday morning, GSHS seniors will be given their cap and gowns for graduation, and Friday will be the seniors’ last day of school.-Senior Doug Reynolds is the Student of the Week for GSHS. Doug has lived in the area for 17 years with parents David and Denise Reynolds and sister Jacy.Among other activities, Doug enjoys rugby and martial arts and his drama class at GSHS. His favorite movie is “The Music Man,” his favorite music is by Santana, and he jokingly adds “The Partridge Family” to his list of favorite TV shows. Doug, in his usual good humor, advises other students, “Don’t eat peanuts or broccoli with mayonnaise.” Doug cites his parents, grandparents, and Mr. Rogers as his role models. When asked what he thought was the best part of school at GSHS, Doug couldn’t limit his answer to a single sentence. Instead, imitating David Lettermen, Doug made a Top 10 list:10) Racing Shirley in her VW Bug . 9) Parking in handicap parking . 8) Riding around in Dusty’s girly car . 7) Getting rejected by girls . 6) Having a girlfriend . 5) Getting suspended . 4) Sobes and the school store . 3) The Drama II play . 2) Mr. Wells . and the number one best part of high school at GSHS for Doug Reynolds is . Graduating!After graduation, Doug will attend Fort Lewis for two years before transferring to Alaska Pacific University for another two years. He then plans on attending smoke jumping school in Alaska. Doug was nominated by his Drama II teacher for his incredible effort in the Spring Production. Marco Salmen is a junior at GSHS. sound


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