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Cindy Ramunno
Special to the Senior SectionStep-sisters Megan Ehrenberg and Jessica Medsker are both seniors at Eagle Valley High School.
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According the U.S. Census Bureau , there were more step-families in the United States in 2004 than traditional families. About 75 percent of divorced parents remarry, which means many of our future scientists, Nobel-prize winners and productive citizens are currently living in blended families ” where two divorced parents with children remarry.

Eagle Valley High School seniors Megan Ehrenberg and Jessica Medsker are two of those kids. They became part of the same blended family last summer, when Megan’s dad, Tom Ehrenberg, and Jessica’s mom, Trina Medsker, married. Tom Ehrenberg also has a 23-year-old son, Jason. Trina is the mother of 16-year-old Mike and 14-year-old Casey.

Both parents are engaged in their kids’ lives, with Tom being active on various local boards as well as teaching driver’s education to Eagle and Gypsum youths. Trina teaches physical education at Eagle Valley Elementary School. According to teachers and coaches, all five of the Ehrenberg/Medsker kids are different yet share a tremendous work ethic, are kind and modest. Beyond that, Megan and Jessica also share classmates and a graduation date.

The girls have a few things in common ” they have both attended Eagle County schools since kindergarten ” but they also are different and have different plans.

After graduation in May, Ehrenberg is planning a busy summer working and then heading to San Diego State University in the fall.

There, she will probably study international business. Ehrenberg, whose mom, Pam, also lives in Eagle, has been involved in student council, Leo, National Honor

By Cindy Ramunno

Senior Section Correspondent

According the U.S. Bureau of Census, there were more step-families in the United States in 2004 than traditional families. About 75 percent of divorced parents remarry, which means many of our future scientists, Nobel-prize winners and productive citizens are currently living in blended families ” where two divorced parents with children marry.

Eagle Valley High School seniors Megan Ehrenberg and Jessica Medsker are two of those kids. They became part of the same blended family last summer when Megan’s dad, Tom Ehrenberg, and Jessica’s mom, Trina Medsker, married. Tom Ehrenberg also has a 23-year-old son, Jason. Trina is also the mother of 16-year-old Mike and 14-year-old Casey.

Both parents are engaged in their kids’ lives, with Tom being active on various local boards as well as teaching driver’s education to Eagle and Gypsum youths. Trina teaches physical education at Eagle Valley Elementary School. According to teachers and coaches, all five of the Ehrenberg/Medsker kids are different yet share a tremendous work ethic, are kind, modest and are great kids. Going beyond that, Megan and Jessica also share classmates and a graduation date.

The girls have a few things in common ” they have both have attended Eagle County schools since kindergarten ” but they also are different and have different plans.

After graduation in May, Ehrenberg is planning a busy summer working and then heading to San Diego State University in the fall.

There, she will probably study international business. Ehrenberg, whose mom, Pam, also lives in Eagle, has been involved in student council, Leo, National Honor

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Society and Link Crew. Ehrenberg also was a member of the school’s dance team for four years.

“I will miss this area,” she says. “Everyone knows everyone, and it’s a nice atmosphere.” At the same time, she says, she is excited to move a step closer to her future.

Ehrenberg says the best advice she’s received from her parents is that “no matter what happens, keep your head up ” things will always get better.” They’ve also raised her to be independent, yet she loves fun.

“Megan is an excellent student, her teacher Eric Mandeville says. “She is a model for her peers academically, and as a citizen of our county. I know Megan will be a success in life, always representing our school in a positive light.”

While Ehrenberg heads west this fall, Medsker will attend Harding University in Searcy, Ark., to study science. This summer, she will work and raise pigs through 4-H ” a summer tradition for Medsker.

As a freshman in college, Medsker will run track and cross-country. “It’s a smaller school and I loved the campus,” Medsker says.

In addition to running, Medsker has been on the school’s Nordic ski team and has been a member of DADD (Devils Against Drugs and Drinking), Leo, link crew, band and National Honor Society.

“Jessica is one of the most dedicated students I have had in my 20 some-odd years of teaching,” says science teacher Susan Hicks. “She is extremely intelligent and possesses a true love of learning. She ranks in the top of her class academically and as a person of integrity, is committed to her goals and ideals.”

Over spring break, Medsker took part in a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico, where she helped in orphanages and drug rehabilitation centers.

Both Ehrenberg’s and Medsker’s advice to younger students is to get involved as much as possible during high school. They say the more activities and clubs you participate in, the more you learn about yourself.

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