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Grizzly pride is alive and well

Posted: October 14, 2008 8:06 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Golden Valley High School cheerleaders support their football team during the school's homecoming game on Oct. 4. Golden Valley defeated Camp Kilpatrick 7-6.

Since school started in August, Golden Valley High School students have kept busy with several exciting events to boost student involvement and Grizzly pride.

The hardworking senior class officers kicked off the year with the traditional Powder Puff game to celebrate homecoming week. The senior girls challenged the junior girls to an intense football game while the boys rooted them on in cheerleading skirts.

The week leading up to the homecoming game was also filled with fun dress-up days, and the gym bleachers were vibrant with the four class colors at the rally on Oct. 3.

For the first time in the five years since Golden Valley opened, the school hosted its homecoming game at its home field on a cold Saturday afternoon on Oct. 4. With two interceptions by Jon Schlegel, an amazing touchdown by Joseph Figueroa and a heart-pounding goal line defense that stopped Kilpatrick four times from getting into the end zone, Golden Valley won its first homecoming game 7-6.

Now the Grizzly varsity football team is 3-2, gaining massive support and student pride. Homecoming halftime was a fun parade of colorful floats followed by the winning court princes and princesses and nominated kings and queens riding in flashy convertibles.

Homecoming came to a close that night at the dance, "A Canvas of Color," when Kris Sanchez was crowned king and Beth O'Donnell, queen.

Golden Valley doesn't stop there. The Associated Student Body, will continue to work hard this month planning a breast cancer awareness event; Rocktober, a musical event to bring out the talent in student-based bands and musicians; and a creepy haunted house to celebrate Halloween.

A new addition to Golden Valley this year is the rebirth of a club known as Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), which was brought back after two years of inactivity. The purpose of GSA is to bring students together, regardless of sexual orientation, in a safe environment for support and to educate the rest of the campus about homophobia and discrimination. So far the club has had four lunch meetings with an incredible turn-out of more than 45 students each time.

Tonight is the first GSA fundraiser, taking place at the Cold Stone Creamery in Canyon Country to raise money for future events such as National Silence Day in April, as well as to purchase club T-shirts.

Ally Week, which started Oct. 13 and runs through Friday, is an effort to gain support from allies to end bullying and harassment. For this event Golden Valley plans to make and pass out rainbow beaded bracelets along with information cards to raise awareness.

The Golden Valley Theater Department has been working hard since the first day of school on its fall production of "Robin Hood." This hilarious play will definitely be a hit, so don't miss it at Valencia High School's theater on Dec. 3-5.

The theater department is also preparing for the fall Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Festival on Oct. 25. Golden Valley thespians will perform several scenes from "Evil Dead the Musical," "Pygmalion," "Controlling Interest," and "The Women," with two actresses reciting monologues and students also entering costume designs.

The Golden Valley Children's Theater is performing "The Little Mermaid" at Valley View and Rio Vista elementary schools later this month.

Golden Valley's ASB is very excited about this new school year and the numerous upcoming events that will give the graduating class of 2009 its most memorable year ever.

For information about any of this month's events, contact the ASB office at (661) 298-8140 Ext. 1551 or Erin Faigh at

Erin Faigh is a senior at Golden Valley High School where she is ASB vice president and GSA president.


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