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Amaya Brooks

Amaya Brooks, Staff writer

Amaya Brooks is a senior this year at Boulder High and a new addition to The Owl’s staff. She recently took an interest in journalism and hopes to explore the world of reporting more deeply this year. She looks forward to the new opportunities, skills and ideas that working as a staff writer on The Owl will give her and is excited to watch how the publication will adapt to the new world of masks and social distancing. Although a very opinionated person, she has no strong preference for green or purple grapes. Her only condition in regards to the fruit is that they aren’t mushy. Beyond that, she can often be found writing in her journal, attempting a new skill (this summer it was skateboarding), playing violin or immersing herself in some fictional world in an attempt to escape doing anything remotely productive.

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This is a symbol of the autistic community in place of the puzzle piece ribbon that has an ableist history.

An Examination of Autism in Media

December 26, 2020

I recently finished watching the new (and overwhelmingly popular) Netflix original The Queen’s Gambit, which I highly recommend if you haven’t already seen it. The show follows the life of chess prodigy...

Gender doesn't exist beyond our conception of it. We have created a society in which gender is important, not because it gives an explanation of our actions, but because it gives a basis for the patriarchy.

Gender as a Social Construct

December 15, 2020

Let us introduce the idea of gender as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary: “the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex.” As usual, we plan to explain...

Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality in 1989 as “the idea that when it comes to thinking about how inequalities persist, categories like gender, race and class are best understood as overlapping and mutually constitutive rather than isolated and distinct.”

What is “Intersectionality?”

December 11, 2020

Often when thinking about marginalization in any sense, we think about the discrimination and issues that different groups face as almost entirely separate from one another, but that’s not the case....

Ever since the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2016, those fighting for gender equality take to the streets during the annual Women's March.

Understanding Patriarchy

December 3, 2020

Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word “patriarchy” as follows: “a social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children,...

It's easy to get lost in classical music, so here are a few recommendations.

So You Want to Listen to Classical Music

November 17, 2020

Like many others during the last eight months, I have taken up many new interests during my time alone at home. At the moment, my most prevalent interest is in regards to classical music. I have always...

After the first presidential debate was deemed a disaster, the event is looking at a new format for the future.

After Disastrous Debate, Event Changes Format

October 8, 2020

After the first Trump-Biden presidential debate, organizers have said that they will make format changes for upcoming events.  Opinions on the recent debate vary. However, many viewers would agree...

Police Have Missed the Point of The Punisher

Police Have Missed the Point of The Punisher

September 29, 2020

The Punisher, an iconic anti-hero of the Marvel Universe, has long been an unofficial symbol of the United States military. However, in more recent years, it has been adopted by the Blue Lives Matter movement...

More time studying might be a bigger advantage than taking the SAT multiple times.

Juniors Should Not Take the SAT This Fall

September 22, 2020

Two weeks ago, my friend and I had the pleasure of driving a grueling six hours in hellish traffic to Vail for the sole purpose of taking the SAT. We were lucky enough to have a place to stay so that we...

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