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Isabel Oliver

Isabel Oliver, Features Editor

Isabel Oliver is a senior at Boulder High this year. Although new to The Owl, she has always loved writing and literary arts. Isabel grew up with an Editor in Chief for a mother and has always been fascinated by the inner workings of journalism. Isabel joined The Owl to improve her journalistic writing and to report on current events that she’s passionate about. Outside of The Owl, you can find Isabel acting with Troupe 60, singing in the choir, reading a good book, watching copious amounts of Netflix, or jamming with her band. After graduating from Boulder, she hopes to go to college and become either a therapist or a social worker - although she’s leaning towards liberal arts, so that’s still open to change. Lastly, and most importantly, on the rare occasion that Isabel eats grapes, she prefers green grapes over purple because of their tangy goodness.

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 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

May 14, 2021

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...

Aidan Atkinson’s name has been in the news a lot in the past year and a half. This is the first time that the news has seemingly been in his favor, but across the district and the county, many disagree with the verdict.

The Aidan Atkinson Trial: Found Not Guilty

April 8, 2021

Disclaimer: This article mentions themes of sexual assault within BVSD that may be triggering for some readers. On April 7, 2021, former Fairview Quarterback Aidan Atkinson was found not guilty of sexual...

Many people have fallen victim to the draw of hallway makeout sessions, but in the time of COVID-19, are these public displays of affection appropriate?

It’s Far Too Soon For Hallway PDA

April 8, 2021

In the past year, many common traditions at Boulder High, such as prom and pep rallies, have been tragically lost. But not everything we’ve missed out on has been bad. Don’t believe me? Just ask those...

Boulder High has returned to in-person learning but many things have changed since we shut down a year ago today, March 12, 2020.

Boulder High One Year Later

March 12, 2021

On March 12th, 2020 Boulder High students wrapped up their spring semester abruptly, planning for a short two-week spring break and then back to normal. Now, a full year later, COVID-19 is still around...

Over a thousand CU Boulder students partied on 10th Street near Pennsylvania on The Hill the evening of March 6th, one year after the first positive case of the deadly COVID-19 was confirmed in Colorado.

The Pandemic Isn’t Over Just Because You’re Over It

March 8, 2021

Disgusted. Outraged. Embarrassed. Terrified. These are just a few words to describe the feeling that the many parties have left the Boulder community feeling during the now year-long pandemic, COVID-19.  Whether...

“Stay Positive, Test Negative” is the new motto broadcasted throughout the halls of Boulder High, encouraging students to stay safe and not lose hope in these very strange times.

Am I a Lamb to The Slaughter? Going Back to School after 11 Months of Online Learning

March 7, 2021

In January of 2021, as students rushed back to populate Boulder High’s halls, I published an article titled “Like Lambs to the Slaughter; Going back to In-Person learning Feels Like We’re Being Thrown...

Centaurus High School is located just a short distance from downtown Lafayette.

Centaurus High School on Lockdown, Police Determine False Alarm

March 3, 2021

Late this morning, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado, went on lockdown after a teacher reported hearing what sounded like gunshots. Students attending hybrid learning...

Before coming to Colorado and bringing the Broncos to two Super Bowls, Peyton Manning led his college and high school teams, played 13 seasons with the Colts and made a name for himself in the NFL.

Peyton Manning Inducted into Hall of Fame

March 2, 2021

Peyton Manning is a name that most Coloradans recognize. After playing most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning came to Colorado to finish off his career and ended up winning the Broncos...

Boulder High’s yearbook, The Odaroloc, has been a staple piece of our community for decades. Every year, yearbook members participate in traditions like class photos, advice for underclass members and senior superlatives.

Senior Superlatives: The Good, The Bad and the Popularity Contest

February 10, 2021

Ever since the end of freshman year, I have been elated for nominating my grades’ senior superlative winners, wondering if my friends and I would receive nominations, and curious to see what my legacy...

The sign outside of Boulder High has remained in phase one since we shut down last semester, how can BVSD justify flipping the switch and sending us back even though COVID-19 is only getting worse?

Like Lambs to the Slaughter

January 19, 2021

In-person learning for high school students has begun. The last time Boulder High resumed in-person learning, we lasted only 6 days before we were forced to shut down due to an excessive amount of COVID-19...

Bridgerton is another take on the 19th-century British upper class, but this time with a twist.

“Bridgerton:” Historical Fiction, Romance and Shonda Rhimes

January 11, 2021

As an avid fan of both historical fiction and the Grey’s Anatomy universe, I was elated to learn that a Shonda Rhimes-produced period drama was streaming on Netflix. In Bridgerton, Shondaland once again...

Black Box will be live-streamed on Friday, January 15th. Drawings are done by Leo Serveter, Graphic via Rachel Zaring.

Black Box is Back and Better Than Ever

January 10, 2021

Virtual Black Box will be premiered LIVE at 6:00 pm MST on Friday, January 15th, at the Troupe60 Boulder youtube channel. The show is free and a great way to support Boulder High students, actors, directors...

Dr. Jill Biden in 2016 at the USO Gala. Biden is a military mom, an educator and the future FLOTUS of the United States.

Madam First Lady: Dr. Jill Biden

December 20, 2020

On December 11th, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Joseph Epstein urging Dr. Jill Biden to “drop” the “Dr.” suffix in front of her name due to having a Doctorate in Education...

You would imagine that with COVID-19 case numbers once again peaking, airports and planes would be empty, but that isn’t the case.

Air Travel During a Pandemic

December 18, 2020

On December 10, the CDC updated its travel advisory stating that “Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself...

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In a time of Google Meet classes, it’s rare that every member of a class will have their cameras on; many opt to instead use the camera off feature and hide behind an icon.

Cameras On: What You Need to Know About Boulder High’s New Policy

December 16, 2020

Since being thrown into the world of online learning, having their cameras on has been unpopular amongst many Boulder High students. The debate of whether cameras should be required to be on has been one...

The Trump 2020 and 2016 campaign team have used multiple different Pro-Trump anthems throughout their campaigning; these are just the best three.

The Catchiest Pro-Trump Anthems

December 9, 2020

Now that the four long years of a Trump presidency are finally almost over, I have a confession to make. I love right-wing Pro-Trump anthems. While I am in no way a Trump supporter, now that President...

Kamala Harris (referred to lovingly as “Momala” by her step-children) is 2020’s Vice President-elect.

The Sweet and Sour of Kamala Harris’ Nomination

December 1, 2020

Recently I experienced a discussion about Kamala Harris’ election as vice president. The discussion originated with celebrating a woman of color being elected to a position of power, a role model that...

BVSD seems to finally be listening to students calling for change when it comes to sexual violence prevention and support.

BVSD Updates Title IX Policy

November 19, 2020

If you’re a consistent subscriber to The Owl, you may have already heard of district-wide movements like BVSD Survivors and Redefine Title IX that have been calling for BVSD to make changes to their...

“The Glorias” focuses not only on Gloria Steinem but also on feminism, the civil rights movement and the fight for women’s rights.

“The Glorias” Review

November 19, 2020

Do you know who Gloria Steinem is? Before we watched The Glorias, we had never heard of Steinem, the feminist icon and journalist, and we had missed out on a lot. The 2020 film, directed by Julie Taymor,...

With the results of the elections announced, many Biden/ Harris supports went down to Pearl Street Mall in celebration of a historic victory.

Celebration and Cheer, Boulderites in Photos

November 12, 2020

On Saturday, November 7th, Joe Biden was declared the next president of the United States. There was a lot at stake in this election. In the past four years, the Trump administration has worked towards...

Although Pumpkin Pie is a classic fall themed dessert, this year, I wanted to see what other recipes I could make with Pumpkin Purée.

Recipes to Try Besides Pumpkin Pie

November 8, 2020

If you’re anything like me, your favorite part of the fall season is the food. Whether it be because of family traditions or just a love for sweets, pumpkin pie is one of the key ingredients to a successful...

Online school has led to many students losing their primary way to play music with others.

BHS Music Classes in the Time of COVID-19

November 5, 2020

Music has always been a large part of the Boulder High student experience. With four orchestras, three choirs, five band ensembles and a drumline, many students are involved in music in some way. Yet,...

Math and science share similar concepts like calculations and data taking whereas language arts and social studies are more reading and writing based.

[Photo] What Makes a Great Teacher?

November 5, 2020

Math and science share similar concepts like calculations and data taking whereas language arts and social studies are more reading and writing based.

BVSD is monitoring all active cases and school-related exposure on their website.

COVID-19 at Boulder High

October 28, 2020

After only one week of in-person learning, two individuals in the Boulder High Community have tested positive for COVID-19. While we don’t know who the individuals are, freshman and staff members were...

BVSD Survivors is a movement led by students that aims to center survivors, their stories and their needs.

BVSD Survivors

October 23, 2020

Disclaimer: This article mentions themes of sexual assault within BVSD that may be triggering for some readers.  BVSD Survivors (not affiliated with Boulder Valley School District) is an organization...

President Trump has a lot of opinions, many of which are wasted on TikTok.

TikTok versus Trump: Inspiration of a Generation

October 14, 2020

During the first presidential debate this past week I, like many of my peers, rushed to TikTok to see if Gen Z had begun to post about it. I was not disappointed. As I expected, the social media platform...

At the White House, the South Portico has been the backdrop to many an event, including the RNC.

The White House: Not Just a House

October 13, 2020

This past Monday, President Trump returned to the White House from a three-day stay at Walter Reed Military Medical Center after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He stood atop the South Portico steps, removed...

The Common App is one of the most popular ways to apply to colleges.

Colorado Free Application Day

October 12, 2020

The Class of 2021 will be applying to college within the next few months. While the college application process takes a lot of time and energy, Colorado universities are doing everything they can to make...

CU Boulder is one of the most common universities that Boulder High students attend. But many students from near and far have chosen to defer this year.

How Do College Deferrals Affect the Class of 2021?

October 2, 2020

As seniors rapidly approach the college application season, uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 hangs over their heads, specifically when it comes to acceptance. While there is still the usual turmoil of...

SAT books have piled up since last year when seniors began to study for the test, now finally a year later we can get rid of them. Photo via Flickr

An Ode to The SAT

October 1, 2020

You pull into the senior parking lot 15 minutes early. It's the first time you've had to squeeze your car into one of the difficult-to-maneuver corner spots. Your stomach churns with butterflies when you...

Schools usually don’t require a scale as part of the annual school supply pickup, but they are still used often in the classroom.

Input Your Weight Here to Get a Grade

September 24, 2020

Warning: This article deals with themes of eating disorders and weight that may be triggering for some readers. This week in my statistics class, we were asked to anonymously input our height and...

Google meet icon. BVSD Uses google meet for all of its online classes. Photo Via Wiki Commons

7 Things to TOTALLY Do During Online School

September 18, 2020

Online school has been going on for four weeks now and things have gotten pretty crazy. Even though we plodded through months of it at the end of last semester, it seems like Boulder High students have...

Nicki Minaj in Sydney, Australia at her “Pink Friday Perfume” launch in 2012. Her album Pink Friday was released during the height of her popularity. Photo via Wikicommons.

Who is “The Queen of Rap?”

September 15, 2020

Nicki Minaj has been considered a top female rapper for the past ten years and she knows it. Her most recent album is called Queen and in 2016, while featuring on Ariana Grande’s song “Side to Side,”...

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