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Lara Spijkerman

Lara Spijkerman, News Editor

Lara is a senior at Boulder High who joined Newspaper when it was a club last year. She was interested in joining Newspaper because it gave her a chance to put more personality into her writing rather than the traditional, structural format used in class. For her, The Owl gives her the freedom to pursue topics of her interest and to express her opinions. Lara's main hope for The Owl this year is that it acts like a real newspaper. This means that new content is consistently created and kept up to date on current events. 

In her free time, Lara enjoys listening to music, watching The Bachelor franchise, and going to OrangeTheory. One of her odd quirks is that she dips her fries in mayo, which she recommends everyone try. If you were to offer Lara a choice between green or purple grapes, she would gladly choose purple grapes as she likes to freeze them as a summertime treat. This is another food hack that she insists people try.

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With quarantine in full effect and nearly all schools moved to an online format, many businesses have had to make a few changes; College Board is no exception. In-person tests may be a no-go, but that doesn't mean AP exams are cancelled. Here are some of the changes College Board has made to their AP test format.

AP Updates

April 21, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of our lives are changing in unprecedented ways. Many high school students across the nation have left school and are now in online learning in order to stop the...

Amazon, the company of Jeff Bezos, has had a complicated past with climate change.

Jeff Bezos: What’s He Up To

April 6, 2020

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Jeff Bezos announced on his Instagram that he is launching the Bezos Earth Fund. Through this fund, he will be donating 10 billion dollars of his own fortune to help combat climate...

Adam Sandler stars as Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems. Photo via GabboT.

Why Uncut Gems Was Not The Movie For Me

February 25, 2020

Rotten tomatoes: 92 percent. IMDb: 8/10. Empire: 5/5. Lara Spijkerman: 4/10.  If you’re unaware of the basic premise of the movie Uncut Gems, here it is: Adam Sandler plays a jeweler named...

A protest organized in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. Photo by roya ann miller on Unsplash.

February 11, 2020

The feminist movement for equality of the genders has been a long-fought battle. Starting in the 19th century with influential historical figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, men...

Picture #3: Student Council members Maya Roberts, junior, Drake Arthur, junior, and Maddie Hawk, senior, cooking the pancakes. Photo via Lara Spijkerman.

Student Council Pancake Breakfast Recap

January 9, 2020

Boulder High School’s student council has been throwing the famed Pancake Breakfast during Spirit Week for years now.  According to Mr. Selnau, the STUCO sponsor, the Pancake Breakfast is a “long-standing...

A concept sketch of Trump's proposed wall between Colorado and New Mexico. Photoshopped beautifully by Austin McCarty.

Sometimes Trump Says Stupid Stuff

November 22, 2019

On October 23rd, 2019, President Donald Trump was giving a speech in Pittsburg when talk of the border wall came up. With much enthusiasm, Trump told his fans, “We’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re...

The reopening of the Rocky Flats Plant has sparked a discussion over our nuclear past. Historic American Engineering Record, Drawing of Environmental Technology Site.

Reopening of Rocky Flats

November 21, 2019

Boulder High’s 2019 Haunted House theme is Nuclear Apocalypse, but are BHS students aware that Colorado almost had its own nuclear disaster? The Rocky Flats National Munitions Plant, located about 12...

A gravesite for our dear beloved Oxford comma. By Dvdgmz via wikimedia commons.

Why The Owl Is No Longer Using The Wonderful, Marvelous and Useful Oxford Comma

November 21, 2019

I waltzed into newspaper class like any regular Thursday morning, sat down and waited for my 85 minutes of fun to begin. My mood was high, and I was ready to write articles that I deemed important. As...

Dr. Rob Anderson has an extensive background in education and big hopes for BVSD. Via BVSD.

Who is Dr. Anderson?

October 22, 2019

For those who don’t know, BVSD has now hired a new superintendent. Who is this mysterious man, you might ask? His name is Rob Anderson and he has big plans for the school district. Dr. Anderson started...

a blue lock with the words

BVSD Data Breach: Cause for Concern?

September 8, 2019

If you keep up with BVSD news, you might have heard that our district was affected in a data breach caused by Pearson, the educational company that supplies our textbooks. Boulder High was one of 13,000...

You’ve Got Your Work Cut Out For You

You’ve Got Your Work Cut Out For You

March 20, 2019

Did you know that the government sets clear parameters for the kinds of jobs and the number of hours teenagers can work according to their age? It may be scary rummaging through a government website, but...

Is the Cell Phone Policy that Bad?

Is the Cell Phone Policy that Bad?

December 12, 2018

During my three years at Boulder High, I have seen the cell phone policy continuously change and evolve. At the start of my freshman year, the policy was relatively relaxed. Have your phone away as soon...

Judge Kavanaugh’s family smiling for photos after being appointed Judge.

Do your actions matter in high school?

October 22, 2018

By Lara Spijkerman Do your actions matter in high school? Academically, yes. The tests you take, the grades you get, the clubs you join -- all impact your future. However what about your choices? Should...

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