By Zoe Dulchinos, staff writer
Members of the Boulder High School Mock Trial team pose for a picture after their competition on Feb. 22, including (front row) Zoe Dulchinos, Helena Kwiat, Lindsay Stoner, Elaine Mione, (back row) Jonathan Tari, Anastasia Hanson, Ellis Burgin, Grant Dinkel, Jack Fitzgerrell and Brian Beitner. A total of 24 students represented Boulder High at the regional Colorado Bar Association Mock Trial competition. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Mione)
The weekend of Feb. 22 marked the annual regional tournament for the Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial, and unfortunately it also marked the end of the season for both Boulder High School teams.
The Boulder County regional tournament took place over Feb. 20-22 at the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder. Ten teams of 12 represented six regional high schools which were competing for two qualifying spots for the state tournament, which will take place on March 14-15 at the Jefferson Combined Courts in Jefferson County.
With the help of local public defenders, law professors and assistant district attorneys, the two Boulder High teams worked for three months to develop their arguments for this year’s case, which was a civil lawsuit involving texting while driving. Continue reading
By Keile Kropf & Chandler Baker, editors
The 2014 boys basketball season at Boulder High came to a close after their 62-44 loss to No.1-seeded Overland Trailblazers on Saturday night. Despite losing by a large margin, the Panthers’ determination and hard work allowed them to leave the court defeated but not devastated.
“That is a great squad of players with a lot of depth. They were quick and had a lot of height. I have no doubt they will make it really far as the tournament continues. We played really hard, and I am walking away knowing that we gave it our all, so that was enough,” said shooting guard Cooper Bohm, a senior.
One of the Trailblazers’ biggest assets on the court was their fast transition game and ability to finish all their shots. The Panthers were able to hold the Trailblazers 6-foot-9 sophomore De’Ron Davis to only eight points. Continue reading
By Jayden Simelda-Longe, editor
Four years ago, Sayaka Kitabatake, a student from Japan, joined the Boulder High girls swim team when her English as a Second Language teacher, who knew that she swam in Japan, suggested it might help improve her speaking skills.
“My biggest obstacle was speaking for sure because at the time I moved here, the only English phrases I knew were how to say my name and where I came from. I didn’t talk and was not even willing to talk in English at school. [My English teacher] thought I needed a chance to get out of my shell,” Kitabatake said, confirming that without her decision to join the team, she wouldn’t be where she is today.
Unmotivated to learn English at first, Kitabatake was inspired by the kindness of the team. She was immediately accepted into the group and learned some of her first words of English with the girls. Continue reading
By Jayden Simelda-Longe, editor
As a current co-editor and next year’s editor-in-chief of The Owl, I’m happy to say that I’ve learned things you can best gain from spending a year and a half sharing four computers with several upperclassmen in the corner of the BHS publications room. I can also say that I’m happy to be earning my elective language arts, communications and applied-tech credits through the course.
I was surprised to find out that Newspaper is less of a club and more of a section in the second-floor language arts wing swarming with students writing stories to be published in The Owl, the school’s online newspaper, and putting together the yearbook during fourth period. When I was first showed in, I was overwhelmed by the chaotic order of the room: kids rushing in and out of the classroom with an unexpected amount of freedom, students not on the attendance roll inside the room getting interviewed without being shooed out, cameras being checked out to capture students’ candid moments, SD cards being swapped and shared hastily and a table in the middle of it all where students just lounged on chairs finishing lunch and doing work for other classes in the downtime that I soon found out wasn’t uncommon for students in the class — all under the mosaic of colorful ceiling tiles dating back decades while music from Pandora floated into the room from the source of a sole computer. I wasn’t sure if adviser Jeff Likes was just having trouble controlling his pupils or if he was actually this lax about the students in his class. (It turned out to be the latter). Continue reading
By Jayden Simelda-Longe, editor
The second-to-last game of the season, a home game against Mountain Range that resulted in a close loss, was also Senior Night for the team, which celebrated the high-school careers of the seniors with the presentation of gift baskets, flowers and signed basketballs.
The loss to Mountain Range (31-27) and the loss in the last game of the season to Horizon (77-47) were both hard on the team but didn’t damper team spirit. Seniors were more disappointed in having to leave the team instead of about the games.
“Although we didn’t make the playoffs, I’m just going to miss playing basketball every day,” senior Vivi Gregorich said. Continue reading
By Chandler Baker & Keile Kropf, editors
While many teams tend to choke under tight situations, the Boulder varsity boys basketball team proved they have the grit and determination to pull through when the game is on the line. Boulder, the No. 9 seed, was the underdog going in against the Trojans at No. 8, but their hard work and winning mentality were enough to pull through for a win in the final minutes.
“We had a lot of pressure to shoot and get back in the game, but we were patient and slowly made our way back in. From there, it was all about making stops. They play a really good inside game, and we had to make them shoot it outside,“ senior shooting guard Joe Szarmach said.
Despite trailing 32-27 at the half, the Panthers kept it close and managed to outscore the Trojans 15-7 in the final quarter. They finally took the lead in the final minutes with a 3-pointer from junior Garrett Turner, who led the Panthers in scoring with four 3-pointers and 22 points total. Continue reading
By Allison Means, special to The Owl
If there is one thing out there that really strikes me, strikes me not only through the heart but through the knees, disabling me to the point that I have no other option but to crumble down to the hard, cold ground that is reality, it’s that shade of gray. That single shade of gray right in-between our world of black and white, that no matter how centered or bold it really is, it is still ignored and overlooked. I mean, the fact of the matter is, it’s only gray, meaning it’s a dull, boring shade not even worthy of being defined as a color. Right? So unimportant. So perpetually insignificant. Why am I even going on about it? Well, what if we were to take a look at that shade of gray, and not just a simple glance where it will be quickly shrugged off or disregarded? I mean really look. Stare. Inspect. Scrutinize. Just…pay attention. Continue reading
By Chandler Baker & Keile Kropf, editors
The Body Positive Club displays a neon sign in a second-floor bathroom to remind students that they are beautiful. These signs could be found all around the school in honor of Body Awareness Week. (Photo by Keile Kropf)
Coming from such a healthy living environment, many students growing up in Boulder are brought up to carefully consider their health and body awareness. With salad bars and gluten-free options at almost every restaurant and gyms lining the streets, taking care of one’s body is a social norm in this town from the get go. While it is very important to have a health-conscious and active lifestyle, in a place like Boulder it’s become more common to take things a little too far, especially for those of high-school age. Continue reading
By Kelley McQuillen, staff writer
The Boulder High poms fire up the crowd by spelling out BHS with their poms. For the seniors, it was their last chance to dance with their high school team. (Photo by Kristen Boyer)
The Boulder High poms team celebrated the end of its season with Senior Night on Feb. 20 when four seniors, Nora O’Neil, Maria Rocken, Lindsey Cooney and Frannie Yee, were honored. O’Neil, Rocken and Yee have been on the team since their freshman year, and Cooney joined her sophomore year. Rocken and Cooney were elected senior captains for the 2013-14 season.
The poms dedicated the sentimental and tearful night to their seniors with a special dance and presentation. Each senior got to walk through a “tunnel” formed by the rest of team with their parents by their sides, with the exception of Cooney, whose little brother Kelly escorted her. Continue reading
By Eris Hollingshead & Jacque Szarmach, staff writers
The 2013 Boulder High girls varsity soccer team poses for a team picture after beating Fairview 2-1 last spring. It was the first time they had defeated the Knights in eight years, and this year’s squad is hoping to repeat history. (Photo courtesy of Keile Kropf)
The girls soccer season is just around the corner, and this year the team will be led by 11 seniors. The team is hoping to surpass last year’s success despite losing six major players, three of them starters, who graduated last year. That team made the playoffs for the first time since 1991 and were able to beat their crosstown rival Fairview for the first time in eight years.
“We lost six seniors last year, but there is still a lot of talent in the program, and we won’t have to waste any time adjusting to a new coach. He knows the sport really well and already has a game plan for this season,” senior Kelley McQuillen explained.
This is varsity coach Ryan Henkel’s second year coaching the Panthers. He also works for the local soccer club FC Boulder and is currently the director of coaching for girls teams under 14. He has known many of the girls on the team for nearly eight years and has helped them improve their games since their early youth soccer days. This gives him a special advantage as he already knows many of the players’ strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading