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  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Helping Hands Club

    Camryn Bell|May 1, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Helping Hands Club. "Helping Hands Club is a group of positive, committed students at our school," said Sofia Burks, President and Founder of the Helping Hands Club (HHC). "At least twice a month, we come together to complete a service activity for one of our local charities dedicated to supporting families battling pediatric diseases and medical conditions." This school year, Helping Hands Club has done service...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Earth Club

    Camryn Bell|Apr 17, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Earth Club. Niwot High School's Earth Club is a club in which students of all grades "explore environmentalism through an ecological lens, combining gardening and environmental initiatives to build an understanding of the earth," according to Elena Krone, member and leader of Earth Club. Niwot High's Garden Club and Environmental Club became defunct during the 2022-23 school year. In response, students took action...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Coding Club

    Camryn Bell|Apr 10, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Coding Club. In the words of Justin Ge, one of the Niwot High School Coding Club's leaders, "Niwot's Coding Club offers everything about coding. We are a collection of driven individuals who love creating and enjoy problem solving. During meetings, we code a wide range of things, including 2D and 3D games, technical coding problem sets, personal websites, PCB boards, and more. Alongside projects, we also offer an...

  • Niwot High School's upcoming production of "Shrek The Musical"

    Camryn Bell|Apr 3, 2024

    Niwot High School produces a much anticipated musical production each year. Under the direction of drama teacher Amanda Foust, students have spent the last three months preparing for the upcoming performances of "Shrek The Musical." Not only are the actors preparing for the performances, but technical theater teacher, Jason Watkins, and his crew of technical theater students have been working tirelessly to create a beautiful set. Impressive set pieces will be featured including a bridge built ov...

  • 43rd Annual Niwot Easter Egg Hunt

    Camryn Bell|Mar 27, 2024

    This past Saturday, March 23, the families of Niwot gathered together to eat breakfast, hunt for eggs, and enjoy a morning of fun in their community. Niwot has held a similar egg hunt event since 1981 close to Easter for local families to enjoy. Sponsored by the Niwot Community Connection (NCC), but specifically by Pat Murphy with The Niwot Group at Compass, Tara Littell and Ann Mills, it continues to be a fun community event hosted at Niwot High School. The Easter Egg Hunt is not just the hunt...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Gender Studies Club

    Camryn Bell|Mar 20, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Gender Studies Club. "Niwot Gender Studies is devoted to being a discussion-based safe space for anyone and everyone to talk about topics related to gender issues in the world," said Club Leader Claire Jensen. "We hold meetings every other week devoted to different topics and talk about them in-depth, in addition to service projects around our Niwot community. We have worked with non-profits to advocate for period...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Political Action Club

    Camryn Bell|Mar 13, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Political Action Club (PAC). In the words of co-founder Oliver Fowler, "Niwot Political Action Club is a Niwot-focused club that provides a safe space for NHS students to debate important political news, talk about issues, and get involved in politics. It exists to provide a bias-free and moderated outlet for people that isn't just a single issue." Fowler and Evan Debusk created PAC in September of 2023 with the...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on Students for Rare Diseases

    Camryn Bell|Mar 6, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Students for Rare Diseases Club. Students for Rare Diseases is a club of students with the shared goal of educating and spreading awareness of rare diseases to improve and better the lives of individuals living with rare disorders, and the lives of their families and caregivers. According to the SFRD website, if 1 in 10 Americans has a rare disease, it is likely that roughly 118 Niwot students struggle with a rare...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Dance Club

    Camryn Bell|Feb 21, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Dance Club. As described by Dance Club leader Ellie Rauschkolb, "Dance Club is a club that is open to anyone who wants to perform and learn to dance and have fun. We perform at assemblies and the Niwot Open House which are our biggest performances. Niwot Dance Club is not an auditioning club which is great since it's open to anyone who wants to join, whether they're experienced or not." Every year Dance Club...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Asian Student Association

    Camryn Bell|Feb 14, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Asian Student Association (ASA). In the words of the ASA leadership team, "Asian Student Association is one of the many diverse clubs at Niwot High School. The club is dedicated to promoting understanding, appreciation, and celebration of the diverse cultures within Asia. Through educational presentations, cultural showcases, and community outreach, ASA aims to foster cross-cultural understanding and create a...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    Camryn Bell|Feb 7, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the words of club leader Sydney Bennett, "We are a group of students who gather before school on Fridays at 6:30 a.m. During our meetings we do devotionals, worship, play games, and more. It is a super great community of people to meet new friends and learn about Christianity. Anyone is welcome to come." FCA is a group that was created by students to bring people together who...

  • Niwot High School Choir Cupidgrams

    Camryn Bell|Feb 7, 2024

    One of Niwot High School's ongoing traditions is "Cupidgrams." Cupidgrams are musical Valentine's Day greetings performed by the students in Niwot High School's Evenstar Choir during the first few weeks of February. A Cupidgram is a Valentine a student can buy for a classmate or teacher. Students pick a song off of the list provided, and the recipient of the Cupidgram will eventually be sung to in one of their classes on Feb. 15. In the words of Niwot's choir director Laura Walters, "I love the...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the A Capella Club

    Camryn Bell|Jan 24, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the A Capella Club. In the words of Greta Stauch, who is currently an 11th-grader at Niwot High School as well as the founder of the A Capella Club, "The Niwot High School A Capella Club is made up of a select group of auditioned performers from all four grades who put together vocal performances without the help of accompaniment other than from their peers in the group. The club is completely run by students-everything...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the NASA Club

    Camryn Bell|Jan 17, 2024

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Club. NASA Club meets every Monday under the supervision of Niwot High School teacher Erin Smith. NASA Club leader and founder, Amelia Koth, collects feedback from club members regarding goals for their next “observation night.” Koth then presents the feedback to the club members to determine the details of their upcoming observation nights. In addition to “ob...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on Drama Club

    Camryn Bell|Dec 20, 2023

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one that represents a multitude of talented and passionate Niwot students is the Drama Club. Aiden Sagner, Drama Club President, defines Drama Club as a group that "meets with students who are looking to improve their acting skills and broaden their knowledge and understanding of the theater world." Drama Club particularly appeals to students who may not have time to involve themselves in theater classes. For example those who are...

  • Niwot High School Clubs - Spotlight on the Best Buddies Club

    Camryn Bell|Dec 13, 2023

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 student-run clubs, and one stand-out is the Best Buddies club. In the words of Claire Jensen, vice-president of Best Buddies, "Best Buddies is a global organization that is devoted to promoting the friendships between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and students without. We promote activism, acceptance, and education all while having lots of fun. Our club specifically focuses on one-to-one friendships between students outside...

  • Niwot High School Clubs: Spotlight on the Model United Nations Club

    Camryn Bell|Dec 6, 2023

    Niwot High School is host to over 60 different student-run clubs, one of which is the impressive Model United Nations Club. According to the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), "Model UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and its other multilateral bodies where students perform an ambassador role while debating topics such as gender equality, climate action, global health, and more." The Niwot High Model United Nation members, under the supervision of...

  • Niwot High School's upcoming fall production of "Puffs"

    Camryn Bell|Nov 8, 2023

    "Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic" is Niwot High School's fall theater production. This show is entertaining, comedic, and witty. It is also rated PG-13 because it includes adult language and situations at times. Amanda Foust, Niwot High's theater director and teacher, has put an immense amount of thought and effort into this show. The production has two full casts, both of which are full of talent. The characters in this show each have very...

  • Great Pumpkin Party returns to Niwot

    Camryn Bell and Bruce Warren|Oct 25, 2023

    The Great Pumpkin Party is one of Niwot's most beloved traditions, with costumed children of all ages, often accompanied by pets dressed up as well, going trick-or-treating at Niwot businesses in Old Town and Cottonwood Square. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And as is customary, 2nd Avenue will be closed briefly at 11:30 a.m. for a children's parade. The 2-block affair kicks off with a choral performance by students from Niwot Elementary School in...

  • Niwot High's Key Club haunted house

    Camryn Bell|Oct 18, 2023

    Niwot High School's Key Club will be hosting a haunted house at the former Niwot Feed Store from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, during Niwot's Great Pumpkin Party. The haunted house is one of several events happening at the Great Pumpkin Party, including trick or treating at businesses in Niwot, and a parade at 11:30 a.m., which will form up at the parking lot near Niwot Liquor at the intersection of Niwot Road and Second Avenue. Niwot High School's Key Club is an International,...

  • Niwot High's Night in New Orleans

    Camryn Bell|Sep 20, 2023

    Niwot High School's annual homecoming festivities are a joy to both witness, and be a part of. This year's theme is "A Night in New Orleans," more commonly known as Mardi Gras. Niwot's student council team, sponsored by counselor Leah Messinger, has been working hard planning events, choosing spirit week activities, and more. Wednesday's spirit day theme is "Western Wednesday." Western-style hats are welcome and encouraged. Wednesday's activities are "Senior Night" and two sports events held at...

  • Niwot High Marching Band off to a good start

    Camryn Bell|Aug 16, 2023

    The Niwot High School Marching Band has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. Members perform at a multitude of events throughout their tenure with the band including the Boulder County Fair Parade, Niwot High School football games, St. Vrain Band Night, and several local parades. These performances would not be possible without the substantial practice time and effort each band member puts into their instrument. The first practices each year that bring the group together...

  • Familiar Face Skyla at La Musette Food Truck

    Camryn Bell|Jul 19, 2023

    Niwot's restaurant scene has always been a significant part of the community. From small businesses to the people who own them, each and every restaurant has its own personality that makes it stand out from the rest. La Musette, one of Niwot's best, is a farm-to-table caterer and restaurant run from a permanent food truck on Murray Street next to The Wheel House in Niwot, and owned and operated by Skyla Olds. Her unique menu rotation includes new dishes every two weeks, although she includes...

  • Niwot High drumline making noise this summer

    Camryn Bell|Jul 5, 2023

    Niwot High School's band program is full of dedicated musicians, and that includes the drumline. The marching band as a whole is under the instruction of Wade Hendricks, and the drumline is being instructed by Scott Barto. Once the audition and selection process, held in the spring semester, has concluded, the Summer Sectionals begin. During these Thursday early morning practices, members of the drumline are given time to learn and master fundamental techniques in order to begin memorizing...

  • Fourth of July Niwot Downhill Mile up ahead

    Camryn Bell|Jun 28, 2023

    If you're looking for something to do in the morning on Independence Day, the Niwot Downhill Mile might be it. Whether it be running with family, friends, or by yourself, it is a fun and inclusive activity for everyone. The Niwot Downhill Mile begins on Niwot Road at Niwot High School, and ends at the Niwot Market. The race is a point-to-point downhill mile, and registration is easy. Simply visit www.raceroster.com to register. You may also register the day of the race from 6:45 a.m.to 8:15...

  • Friday Night Car Shows return to Niwot Market

    Camryn Bell|Jun 7, 2023

    Niwot Market's own Bert Steele has been hosting a local car show since 2020 that helped keep restaurants alive during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the restaurants near the Niwot Market struggled to stay in business during the height of the coronavirus, Steele felt there had to be something that someone could do to bring attention to Niwot's businesses and bring people together. Steele worked with multiple other business owners and prominent community members to brainstorm ideas on how to...