Editor’s Note: “Demon Doings “will normally appear in Tuesday’s Education section.The temperatures are beginning to cool down, and the political races are heating up. In the high country the colors are changing and there are already Christmas decorations in the department stores. It’s time for another school year to begin!For high schoolers, summer may be the epitome of freedom – especially if you have your driver’s license. Many kids get summer jobs to make some extra cash. They save their earnings with thoughts of everything from a new (used) car to an end-of-summer shopping spree in Grand Junction.Other kids take vacations and travel during the summer months. This summer GSHS took a group of Spanish III and IV students to Peru. It was a two-week service learning trip around the South American country. During their vacation the group worked on some projects for a local school and hiked the Inca Trail to the mysterious and world famous ruins of Machu Picchu. The kids also got the chance to live with a Peruvian family for a few days. Although they had a few ailments on their adventure – such as sickness and sore legs from their four-day hike – everyone came back with tons of pictures and stories to share with their families and friends.I also spent much of my time this summer traveling. In fact, I was in Peru as well with one of my friends. We lived with her family in Lima for a month. I also went to Mexico for a couple of weeks with my youth group and an organization called Third World Opportunities. While there we stayed in a boys orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. During the week the 18 of us helped build a retaining wall for a local medical clinic. We also got to hang out with the boys, ages 5 to 17, and experience Mexican culture. Both trips were absolutely incredible, but it’s also good to be home.Although everyone loves the adventures of summertime, I can’t help but be excited to start the new school year. Fall is such a great time at high school because everyone is fresh off of summer and not yet tired of the school routine. There are also the fun traditions of our school, such as homecoming week and Friday night football games.This year we are all very hopeful for the success of our football team with its new leader, Coach Whitworth. With four home games this year there will be some great chances to come out and support our team!Yet football is obviously not the only sport that student athletes participate in during the fall months. There is also golf, volleyball, boys soccer, and my favorite (although I may be biased) cross-country running. We have high hopes for every team as each season begins.This year promises to be one of the best ever. In the coming months I will keep you informed on upcoming events and important issues going on at the high school as well as introduce you to some of the outstanding students at GSHS. I’m looking forward to writing for you!This year promises to be one of the best ever. In the coming months I will keep you informed on upcoming events and important issues going on at the high school as well as introduce you to some of the outstanding students at GSHS. I’m looking forward to writing for you!
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