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Halie Leland

Halie Leland, News Editor

Halie Leland is a sophomore and a first-year member of The Owl staff. Though she adores sports as an avid skier, volleyball player, and black belt in karate, she has always had a love for writing. By joining The Owl Halie hopes to develop her writing skills further and explore journalism. Her main topics of interest include opinion, news, and feature stories. Although she now enjoys hiking and kombucha, Halie is not a Boulder native. Having grown up in New Mexico gives her an outsider’s perspective on this quirky place we live in, as well as an addiction to green chile. When she’s not working out, serving up aces, or teaching little martial artists, you can find Halie out in nature, reading novels, or cooking up a storm. And finally, aside from large amounts of popcorn and Justin’s cups (exclusively the dark chocolate peanut butter ones), her favorite snack has got to be the beautiful, delicate, highly superior, green grape.

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Boulder, Colorado is infamous for its overwhelmingly liberal environment. But as a student and resident, I surprisingly long for discord.

Boulder is Too Liberal

Halie Leland, Staff writer May 18, 2021

Recently I found myself in the midst of a debate on border control in America—what one might think could be a prolonged and lively discussion. To my sheer disappointment, I gained absolutely no new perspective....

 Prior to the sexual assault awareness and support walkout, sentences supporting survivors and reprimanding the district were spray-painted across the campus only to be haphazardly removed during the protest.

Boulder High Sexual Assault Walkout

On May 13 at 9:07 a.m., around one hundred Boulder High students and staff members walked out of their classrooms to gather on the soccer field in support of survivors of sexual assault.  Student Body...

An Evaluation of Cobra Kai by a Third Degree Black Belt

Halie Leland, News Editor February 18, 2021

Disclaimer: I understand that Cobra Kai was produced with the intent of entertainment. In this article, I judge the martial-arts aspects on accuracy and evaluate if I like the show based on my experience....

Window-peekers, our skills are no longer needed.

Farewell to Snow Days

Halie Leland, Staff writer January 10, 2021

Farewell, beloved snow days. So long, responsibility-free joy. Adiós curious, window-peeking self so diligently predicting how much snow would fall. You are gone now, into the void, and I miss you dearly. ‘Tis...

What on Earth Just Happened?

Halie Leland, Staff writer January 7, 2021

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, following President Donald Trump’s speech in retaliation of the congressional...

Shopping small keeps your community healthy, your friends and family happy and you feeling great about giving back this Holiday Season.

Small Businesses to Support This Holiday Season

Halie Leland, Staff writer December 16, 2020

Buying from small businesses is good for a multitude of reasons. It keeps money circulating on a local scale, it’s far more eco-friendly than fast-fashion or transnational corporations and the products...

Many of us are taught a fairytale of Thanksgiving. However, the truth isnt so clear-cut.

Glorification and Oppression: The True Story of Thanksgiving

Halie Leland, Staff writer November 25, 2020

What narrative did you grow up with around Thanksgiving? Did it go anything like this: The Mayflower braved the Altlantic waters to arrive on the shores of Massachusetts carrying “Pilgrims” who fearlessly...

 In the midst of another Covid-19 surge, Boulder High has been getting a slackers reputation.

Redeeming Boulder High

Halie Leland, Staff writer November 19, 2020

Recently, Boulder High has been getting a bad reputation. Over the past month, I’ve heard non-panthers describe BHS as “really struggling” and “dangerous COVID-19 territory.” Even when said in...

The ground on which George Floyd was pinned in Minneapolis, Minnesota gave flight to a predictably short-lived revolution.

Get Angry Again

Halie Leland, Staff writer November 5, 2020

In June 2020, 67 percent of White adults in America supported the statement “Black Lives Matter.” This fall, only a few months later, that number has plummeted to 55 percent. That means that 45 out...

A sight many school-goers had hoped theyd left in the past.

Boulder High Shuts Down In-Person Learning

Halie Leland, Staff writer October 29, 2020

Boulder High will be returning to remote learning for all students from Thursday, October 29, 2020, to Thursday, November 12, 2020, a recent email from Dr. James Hill states. This halt comes after four...

The return to in-person learning is approaching rapidly.

BVSD Accelerates Back To School Plan

Halie Leland, Staff writer October 9, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020, the BVSD Board of Education updated their reintroduction plan to in-person learning. Students in 10th-12th grade are now returning to school on Tuesday, October 27 and will attend...

The 2020-2021 Student Council Executive Officers have been elected!

Meet Your 2020-21 Class Officers

Halie Leland, Staff writer October 9, 2020

Each year the Boulder High student body votes to elect officers to six positions within the Student Council. These officers are charged with community service responsibilities as well as planning iconic...

Five Things to do This Fall

Halie Leland, Staff writer October 2, 2020

Instead of attending your typical Halloween bash this year, consider these fun and socially-distanced fall activities!  #1: Bake some pumpkin treats!  Fall inspires so many incredible baking...

Is Distance Learning Comforting?

Halie Leland, Staff writer September 22, 2020

I think it’s fair to say that education is among the most shattered systems in the COVID-19 pandemic. While we aren’t able to do many of the things we love or see each other every day, there are new...


Halie Leland, Staff writer September 22, 2020

It was a beautiful August day in Washington D.C., 1993. The White House buzzed. Members of the press and loved ones stood waiting. They were waiting for her, for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She strode...

The iconic Flatirons typically look this frozen in December. Boulder residents are marveling at this sight early this year.

Summer Snowfall

Halie Leland, Staff writer September 11, 2020

Front Range communities were covered with four inches of snow on Tuesday night, causing tree breakages and power outages in Boulder. Temperatures plummeted to 32 degrees Fahrenheit this Tuesday, Sept....

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