The September students of the month at Grand County High School are juniors Nicholas Orin Marsh Hren and Cadence Kasprick.
Nicholas Hren, son of Stephen and Debra Hren, enjoys the technical side of his CAD classes. “Mr. Postma’s classes are always great, because you are either working with your hands or messing around on pricey computer software,” he says. Nicholas participates in GCHS student government and the Honor Society as well as swimming, tennis, track and DECA.
Outside of school, Nicholas’s most memorable work has been helping with the clean up from the historic floods in Moab and volunteering with his church. He says the most valuable thing he has learned in school is “communication with different people and how to read them.”
Nicholas has worked at various places around town, including as a lifeguard at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center. After graduation, he is planning on going to college or attending a trade school.
His advice to other students? “Don’t take your time in high school for granted,” said Nicholas, “because it feels like yesterday was the first day of my freshman year.”
Cadence Kasprick, daughter of Shelley and Chris Kasprick, has loved her challenging classes in chemistry, AP calculus and AP English since she’s enjoyed her teachers and “the classes teach pretty challenging concepts and they have required me to put the most work in outside of the classroom.”
Cadence is a star student-athlete on the cross country and track team, racking up numerous all-state and regional awards. She also plays basketball, serves as the junior class secretary and is a member of the National Honor Society. The past two summers, she’s also volunteered to support the annual Zeke Francis Youth Track Meet.
“I really enjoy it as it encourages kids in the community to participate in the sport I love,” she said.
Cadence plans on pursuing her passion for track and cross country when she attends college. Her advice to other students is to participate in high school.
“I know it can be scary, but in the end it’s better to say you did participate and you made the most of high school than to say you didn’t and regret your time here,” said Cadence. “It won’t only make the experience more positive for you, but it will also make it more enjoyable for others.”