Prom not just a priceless evening, it’s good for local economy, too |

Prom not just a priceless evening, it’s good for local economy, too

Jim nervously fidgets with his combination lock as he peers down the hall, anxiously awaiting her arrival. Finally, there she is! Jim closes the locker and carefully choreographs his steps through the crowded hall to intercept her path.”Uh, Sue. Um, I was thinking, uh. Do you have a date for Prom?””No, I don’t.””Well, um, would you like to, you know, go with me?””Sure, that’d be great!”Jim lets out an inaudible joyous scream, then a smile. Sue blushes and is swept away by her giggling friends. “Sweet,” thinks Jim. “I’ve got a date!”With the first step over, Jim has lots of business to attend to. Prom is only days away. He’s got to hurry.During his free hour he bolts downtown to select a tuxedo. He goes for the all-white tux, stylish but pricey, $125. At lunch he makes a quick detour to City Market to get one of those flower thingies for Sally’s wrist, $20. Meanwhile, Sue is busy too. After school she goes dress shopping and finds her dream dress, a $200 black strapless. “Cool,” she thinks. “It’s Prom.” Next stop is City Market to get one of those flower thingies for Jim’s lapel, another $20. She calls the beauty salon to schedule her hair appointment. Twenty dollars, they say.Jim can’t wait. Sue can’t wait. Jim picks Sue up at 7:45 p.m. and they head off to dinner. Jim pays the bill and tip, $50 total, and they load up again into Jim’s dad’s car. Ten minutes later he pulls into the Aspen Glen Clubhouse parking lot and he can hear the music from the dance within.After opening the door for Sue, they ascend the stairs, but must stop so Sue can buy tickets to the dance, another $20. Jim and Sue groove and sway till midnight when the music stops. Then, they head down valley to the After-Prom Extravaganza at the Glenwood Springs Community Center where they hang until 3:30 a.m.On Saturday, April 20, at GSHS’ Prom 2002, there will be 150 “Jim and Sues.” Each “Jim and Sue” will spend an average of $400, adding a staggering $60,000 into the local economy. Although some may question this cost-benefit, Prom is priceless. Prom is but one of the many events that are happening this week at GSHS. On Wednesday morning, there will be an Academic Assembly sponsored by Student Council starting at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Also Wednesday, there will be a Governance Council meeting at 6 p.m. in the Media Center. On Friday, the GSHS choir and band will be at Mesa State College in Grand Junction for the Large Group Music Festival. And on Saturday, GSHS will host over 20 schools for the annual Demon Invitational Track Meet. The GSHS Cheerleaders will be serving a pancake breakfast that morning from 7:30 to 11 a.m. for $5 per adult and $3 per kid. – Crystin Min is one of this week’s Students of the Week. She has lived in the area with her mother Julie Lei and her two siblings for four years. Crystin enjoys reading, drawing and sleeping.At GSHS she is involved in EPYCS and her favorite class is English. She advises other students that, “Life is short, so do what you like and not what others decide is best.” The best part of school at GSHS for Crystin is the diverse classes that are available. After high school Crystin plans on going to college and then entering the medical profession. Crystin was nominated by one of her peers.Junior Jacob Velasquez is the other Student of the Week. Jacob has lived in the area for four years with parents Gregg Velasquez and Theresa Zelenka. Jacob enjoys swimming and his F.A.D. class at GSHS. His favorite movie is “Blackhawk Down” and he cites his parents as some of his role models. He advises other students that, “Helping the community is helping yourself.” After high school, Jacob plans on joining the Marine Corps. Jacob was nominated for his great work as an office aide. Marco Salmen is a junior at Glenwood Springs High School.

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