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Spinning cars, spinning heads: It’s winter finals time at GSHS

I love the mockery of parking when it snows, especially in the Glenwood Springs High School parking lot. As soon as the guiding lines are gone, parking as we know it ceases to exist.There are always a few brave souls who utilize educated guesswork to determine where the rows go, but the majority of students roll into the lot, pull a couple donuts, and leave their car wherever it lands. It makes for amusing, if not fearful, observation in the morning.And as for the afternoon, when school lets out, one can only hope their car did not end up sandwiched between two others.Next time it snows, I invite you to swing by the GSHS parking lot and take a gander at our handiwork. Just don’t park and get out of your car . you may not be able to leave.This week is the much-discussed finals week and I’ll give the schedule once more for students.Wednesday, Jan. 15-Regular class periods 5, 6-Finals for periods 4, 8Thursday, Jan. 16-Finals for periods 1, 2, 3-Early release at 2:45 p.m.Friday, Jan. 17-Finals for periods 5, 6, 7-Early release at 2:45 p.m.The official end of the semester is Friday, Jan. 17, and students will not have school on Monday, Jan. 20, due to Martin Luther King Day.As for sports this week, there are no home games for girls or boys basketball. Both teams travel to Battle Mountain on Friday, Jan. 17. The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys are scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. The girls swim team travels to Moffat County for their meet, which begins at 11 a.m on Saturday, Jan. 18.The students of the week this week are seniors Megan Marsden and Cody Frickey. Mrs. Jill Wilson, COOP teacher, nominated both of them for their contributions to her class.Megan has lived in Glenwood her entire life, and switches off with her mom and dad. She also has two dogs, Cocomo and Prudence.”Megan has befriended one of my students who tends to be less connected to her peers,” Mrs. Wilson says. “Megan has taken it upon herself to be a good role model for this student. Megan’s attitude toward her classmates is a blessing in my class.”When Megan’s not in school, she likes to be with her friends. When she’s not with her friends, Megan listens to music and reads a lot. “I keep a book in my car just in case,” she says.Even though she’s had many funny moments in high school, Megan can’t wait to graduate. She is looking forward to “experiencing new things and new people,” hopefully at a university in California where she says, “It’s never cold.” California is also the ideal place to do one of her favorite things – take long walks on the beach. Cody is a nine-year Colorado native whose family includes three brothers and his parents, Ron and Kelli Fortier. Cody also has a really smart ferret named Abby, and two dogs.Anyway, Cody has played basketball and football, but he’s an excellent snowboarder. In fact, he spent this last weekend competing in Snowmass at the United States Snowboard Association slope style contest He has spent most of the winter traveling to the various ski areas in Colorado for snowboard competitions. Cody also likes to teach people how to snowboard, and hopes to move to Oregon and teach the skill in the Mount Hood area, that is after he finishes school. “Cody willingly assists a student in our COOP class who has some significant physical and emotional needs,” Mrs. Wilson says. “Cody has taken it upon himself to reach out to this student and see that he has all that he needs to start class ready to learn.”Congratulations Cody and Megan for being this week’s student of the week!Random Disclosure: There is a direct route from Mr. Brickell’s room upstairs to the auditorium, via the sound box. During band periods, Mr. Brickell’s social studies classes are treated to faint strains of music, played over and over in practice.


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