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Elliote Muir

Elliote Muir, Editor-in-Chief

Elliote Muir is a senior and is very excited to join The Owl for her last year at Boulder High. Having loved creative writing since she was little, and as an avid skimmer of The New York Times, Elliote is thrilled to get the chance to learn more about journalism this year! When Elliote isn’t in school, you can find her captaining Boulder High’s mountain bike team, skiing, waiting for the next season of The Great British Bake Off to premiere, playing with her dog, and adventuring in the wilderness with friends and family. As a self-proclaimed foodie, Elliote loves cooking and baking (but mostly baking) and trying new foods. Her favorite food—okay, her favorite meal—is her dad’s homemade pizza with a good slice of cake for dessert, but there is a special place in her heart reserved for red grapes, which are so clearly superior to green grapes that it really shouldn’t even be a question.

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Officer Brent Biekert will be Boulder High's last School Resource Officer as BVSD plans to discontinue the program in early 2022.

Brent Biekert: Boulder High’s Last SRO

April 19, 2021

After eight years of policing at CU and 19 years with the City of Boulder Police Department, Officer Brent Biekert decided it was time to try something new. Being a School Resource Officer (SRO) “appealed...

With up to three feet of snow falling in Boulder over the weekend and more in the forecast for Tuesday, BVSD has announced a snow day for March 16.

BVSD Announces Snow Day on Tuesday, March 16

March 15, 2021

After a much-anticipated storm has left Boulder County covered in up to three feet of snow, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) announced on Monday night that Tuesday, March 16, will be a snow day for...

Ski aerials are still an Olympic fixture today, but their fellow '80s up-and-comer, ski ballet, has tragically been relegated to the history books.

Bring Back Ski Ballet!

January 28, 2021

George Fuehrmeier of Germany stands at the top of the ski run, his face contorted in focus, the number 119 bib stretched over his jacket, his poles grasped firmly in his red gloves.  It’s January...

The British royal family is envied by millions of people world-wide, but season four of Netflix's

Season Four of The Crown Taught Me Not to Be Jealous

January 19, 2021

A few years ago, my grandmother sent me an Ancestry.com list of famous people we’re allegedly related to. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth II is my third cousin 10 times removed, so I would now like to go...

Get the Hollywood stars ready, because you are on the fast track to fame.

I am Now a Famous Person

December 16, 2020

If I learned anything from the hit TV show Emily in Paris, it’s that fame is just one mediocre selfie away. While Emily’s rise to “influencer-dom” may have been exaggerated for dramatic effect,...

Without their emotional support animals, passengers face a turbulent future of air travel.

Bereft at 32,000 Feet

December 11, 2020
Without their emotional support animals, passengers face a turbulent future of air travel.
At the height of the Space Race, the Saturn V propelled 13 missions into space. Here is the Apollo 6 soon after launch.

The Space Race: A Family Story

December 3, 2020

Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, safely delivered four astronauts to the International Space Station on Nov. 16, launching the United States into a new era of space exploration. With commercial...

Just like the rest of the world, the ski industry is having to adapt to COVID-19. The 2020-21 season is sure to look different from seasons past.

The Ski Industry’s New Reality

November 19, 2020

When school as we knew it came to an abrupt halt on March 12, so did the 2020 ski season. Robbed of spring skiing, thousands of winter enthusiasts turned their attention to the 2020-21 season. The uncertainty...

We tried the French toast from six iconic Boulder restaurants and rated their presentation and taste, averaging the two to determine the overall score.

Best French Toast in Town? So Glad You Asked

November 18, 2020

Five months into quarantine, I was thoroughly bored with my family’s cooking and needed to broaden my food horizons. Before the pandemic, eating out was second nature and grabbing to-go from my favorite...

Football coach Ted Lasso moves to England to become the manager of Premier League team AFC Richmond. Too bad he knows nothing about soccer.

“Ted Lasso” is a Cure for the 2020 Blues

November 17, 2020

My brother and I always argue about what to watch. We fight about Netflix versus DisneyPlus, shows versus movies, soccer versus skiing versus cycling. But when it comes to Ted Lasso, the only thing we...

Some uninspiring college application questions have students asking

There are no Stupid Questions, but…

November 13, 2020

Imagine you are in [insert difficult class here] and you are so lost that you don’t even know what to ask, but you raise your hand anyway. The teacher calls on you and you try to formulate a sentence...

When COVID-19 lockdowns took effect in the spring, many acquired new pets as a way to fill their time.

Pandemic Pets!

October 29, 2020

At the beginning of March, junior Clara Hassan’s family adopted Rosie, a black lab mix. Just a few weeks later, COVID-19 lockdowns took effect in Boulder. “We had no idea that we would be quarantining,...

With the 2020 election fast approaching, voters are flocking to the polls and filling out their mail-in ballots.

Gen Z Gets Political

October 28, 2020

My eighteenth birthday is six days before the 2020 presidential election. Thanks to the Colorado Votes Act, which allows all 17-year-olds who will be 18 by election day to vote in primaries, I’ve already...

The days are packed, but Boulder High's new schedule makes everything easier to manage.

Boulder High’s New Schedule

October 27, 2020

In 2018, an educational earthquake shook Boulder High to its core in the form of a switch from a seven-period class schedule to an eight-period one. It took a few weeks for students to get their heads...

A slurry bomber drops fire retardant on the Lefthand Canyon Fire.

Cal-Wood and Lefthand Canyon Fires Break Out in Boulder County

October 19, 2020

On Saturday, Oct. 17 a wildfire broke out in northwest Boulder County. The Cal-Wood Fire, named for its proximity to the Cal-Wood Education Center, has grown to nearly 9,000 acres and is 15 percent contained...

Best of Trader Joe's: Fall 2020

Best of Trader Joe’s: Fall 2020

October 13, 2020

It’s been six glorious years since Trader Joe’s opened a store in Boulder. The California-based grocer, which has been around since the late 1960s, is famous for its relaxed, Hawaiian shirt atmosphere...

CU and the City of Boulder's relationship is on the rocks.

The Breakup

October 2, 2020

I guess I should begin with the disclaimer that I’m not a relationship counselor. But the question of qualification has never stopped the tabloid truth-seekers from plunging into the details of famous...

Boulder High collected its eighth state championship title in Durango in October 2019. Via Boulder High School Mountain Bike Team Facebook

New Decade, New Look

September 24, 2020

Last October, 81 members of Boulder High’s Mountain Bike Team doused head coach Ben Boyer with a cooler full of water after crowding the podium to collect their eighth state championship title in ten...

The Wolf Law Building, like the rest of CU Boulder's campus, will be devoid of students, faculty and staff for the next two weeks. Via Wiki Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

CU Boulder Goes Online

September 23, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus will switch to remote learning for at least two weeks in an effort to mitigate the rapid spread of on-campus coronavirus...

Boulder High freshman Sophia Hammons stars in Netflix's

Get Ready, Hollywood. Sophia Hammons is Here.

September 16, 2020

Following its debut as "one of the most talked-about" films at the Sundance Film Festival this year, The Social Dilemma was released on Netflix on September 9. The docudrama explores social media's dangers...

Many have been quick to compare 2020 with their least favorite foods – lima beans, peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches...and teriyaki chicken. Via Wikimedia Commons

What Food Would 2020 Be?

September 16, 2020

An Instagram post from professional mountain biker Kate Courtney recently caught my attention. Known for her love of chocolate chip cookies, Courtney compared 2020—with all its letdowns and difficulties—to...

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