Past meets present: Students dive into GJHS history

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Museums of Western Colorado and Grand Junction High School are teaming up to teach students about the Grand Valley’s history, one yearbook, sports trophy, and photograph at a time.

30 students are starting their future by learning about the past.

"I would like to learn about the state, and I wasn't expecting to do this at all,” said Matthew Jacobson, Sophomore at GJHS.

Divided into two classes, they are collecting memories of the past.

"I have this 1926 relay race trophy,” said Josto Williams, Freshman at GJHS.

"The first basketball state championship won in 1946,” said Cruz Rodriguez, Junior at GJHS.

To unravel their schools' history, as well as their own.

"So I was looking at yearbooks and I found my dad and he graduated in 1979,” said Tawni Smith, Junior at GJHS.

The Museums of Western Colorado and Grand Junction High School are teaming up for the first time.

"Their learning what it takes to be a museum educator or a display master,” said Carly Jones, Curator of Education at Museums of Western Colorado.

To upgrade their history class from textbooks and tests to interviews, artifacts, and history hunting.

"Just how old this school is, how many different buildings we have been in and how it's just grown from this small little thing to the huge school we have now,” said Foxx Lien, Senior at GJHS.

They're learning about Colorado’s mountain men, uranium mines, and the history of their own school.

"We are giving them a project that’s also very influential both to the community and to learning about what makes history interesting,” said Jones.

Interviewing past students and talking with those who have seen it firsthand.

"We just recently did an interview of a past cheerleader who's also a teacher here and she gave us her big old megaphone and cheer uniform,” said Kayla Grady, Junior at GJHS.

"I talked to the old principal that worked here for a long time; he says there’s a ton of secrets to the school,” said Jacobson.

To uncover the stories behind those dusty yearbooks.

"He was the captain of almost everything like basketball, football and track,” said Williams.

All of the artifacts, interviews, and photographs, will be on display for the public May 1 and 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the GJHS Library.

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