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School week tougher than `Survivor’

Andrea Collier

I hope CBS has the next “Survivor” season take place in a school. If they did, I know I could win a million bucks, along with the rest of the 700-some students at Glenwood Springs High School. Trying to remember how to find the domain and range of a function, or how to conjugate the verb decir in the preterit tense is no easy task for any 16-year-old who has been in another land all summer. But, we survived the grueling first week of school, and most students are trading that glazed look in their eye for a look of understanding. I have to commend the freshmen too; they seem to be adjusting quite well.First things first. School pictures are this morning, beginning at 8:05 a.m., so it’s not too late for students to get a check from mom or dad before they head off to school. Back to School night is tonight at 7 p.m., so put on your dancing shoes and be there with your bells on. Now for the good news – there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, Sept. 13! While students are enjoying a blissful day of freedom and comfort, the teachers will be learning educational philosophy and reform from a leader in the field, Mr. Mike Schmoker. Not that educational philosophy is altogether bad, but I know students will appreciate a reprieve in their studies.On Wednesday, Sept. 11, GSHS will take part in a national moment of silence to honor the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Since the nation’s moment of silence is at 6 in the morning, Mountain Time, we will do ours at around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday is also a red, white, and blue day for students, an opportunity for students to support their country with their wardrobe, and there is a freshman football game at Stubler field at 4:30 p.m.-The year’s first students of the week are senior Brooke Thayer, and senior Andrew Blake, both nominated by counselor Bob Willey.Brooke is a native of Glenwood Springs who has a brother and a sister, both younger than her. Her parents are both teachers at Glenwood Springs Middle School and she’s involved with peer counseling and becoming a part of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention group. Andrew has lived in Glenwood for more than 16 years with his parents, his brother Ryan and sister Samantha. Although he’s injured right now, Andrew is as athletic as they come, playing football, basketball and baseball while balancing peer counseling and National Honor Society at the same time.Both Brooke and Andrew are excited about being seniors (I can relate to that!). As Brooke says, “Starting something new is always exciting for me.” She looks forward to college and a career in psychology. “I’m interested in the way people think,” she says. “It amazes me how complex the human mind is and I would love to figure out how it works.”Andrew, on the other hand, wants to be an accountant after college. “I like to jimmy numbers,”he laughs. Congrats Brooke and Andrew!-And now for the feature you’ve all been waiting for (drumroll please) . . . introducing Random Disclosures, facts hardly anyone knows about GSHS. For this week we venture into the DECA room, domain of Mr. Bryan Whiting. Mr. Whiting tells me that the tables removed from his room this summer were found to be dating as far back as 1941.See you next week for more fun and Random Disclosures! End Transmission.


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