Spring fever is upon us
Spring fever! With the recent sunshine and the new semester progressing, many things are starting to pick up around Gridley High School.
Recently, GHS honored students for their first-semester achievements. The academic rally gives students, who may not otherwise be recognized, a chance to gain acknowledgment for their accomplishments.
Mariah Holmes, a senior and a member of the Leadership class, said, "The academic rally this year did a great job of giving students the added boost they need to strive for good grades in school. It's always fun to see the look on the students' faces as they walk across the stage with applause behind them."
Overall, the rally was a success for everyone who got to participate, and kudos to everyone involved for making the rally happen.
Another recognition moment occurred with the annual Future Farmers of America rally. The students involved in FFA organized and produced a rally that concluded FFA Week on campus.
All week long, the spirit and activities associated with FFA were seen throughout the halls and included dress-up days, such as formal day and western wear day. At the end of the week, the rally did a great job of wrapping up the enjoyment and granting the FFA students and leaders a chance to express themselves in ways that can otherwise be taken for granted.
Sports have also become a big topic of talk and notion this season. The GHS varsity basketball team had an amazing season: For the first time in nearly 10 years, the boys made it to the section championship. It was a rough road along the way, but it was definitely worth it in the end.
Ryker Canada, a senior and varsity player, said, "The basketball program at GHS is a greatly organized sports program. The 2012 basketball team started out as an average team, but as one of the few seniors on the team, I was able to see how we came together to portray an outstanding season for the Gridley Bulldogs.
"Once we realized we got the North Section Butte View League 4 seat, we knew that it was going to be an overall Bulldog versus the No. 1-seeded team, Orland," Ryan added. "Winning that game at Orland was an epic triumph. No one thought the Gridley Bulldogs were going to see the section title game at Chico, but through the hard practices that our coach, Nathan Link, put us through, we were able to show the other team that all that hard work was paying off.
"Even though we lost the section title to Central Valley, we understood that we had achieved something worth much more than a victory: a state playoff game that Gridley hadn't experienced since the season of 2004. Overall, Gridley made a great run, and we proved what our program is really all about," Ryan said.
The varsity boys basketball team really made everyone at GHS proud, and we are sure to see great things to come from the other spring sports that have begun.
Holly Anderson is a senior at Gridley High School. Her column appears every six weeks in Education.