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  • Student of the Week-Rumi Natanzi

    Katie Rowley|Mar 18, 2020

    At age 13, Rumi Natanzi suffered a medical emergency that required years of recovery. She spent a lot of that time listening to original cast recordings of popular musicals, and by the time she was ready to enter ninth grade, she had found a new passion-one that eventually developed into a memorable four-year run on the Niwot High stage. A few weeks ago, Natanzi took her final bow as a Cougar, and said goodbye to the place that has allowed her to tell stories with her expression and voice. "I di...

  • Local scholarships offer opportunity for St. Vrain students

    Katie Rowley|Jan 8, 2020

    As graduation quickly approaches -136 days to be exact-life after high school seems not just scary, but scarily expensive, as paying for any higher education looms over graduating seniors and their parents. Colleges may offer up some money, but a full-ride is unlikely. For many families, the hunt for scholarships is on. There are thousands of scholarships large and small up for grabs across the country, and narrowing the field can be a trick for many students. Applying for scholarships tailored...

  • Helping our four-legged heroes

    Katie Rowley|Sep 4, 2019

    If you’ve ever wanted to see a police dog in action, but don’t want to go to the trouble of committing a crime, come out to Collision Brewing (1436 Skyway Dr.) in Longmont on Sept. 6 for a dinner to benefit the Friends of Boulder County Sheriff K9 Association (BCSK9). “It’s our biggest event of the year,” said Deputy Kelly Boden, a veteran K9 handler for the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and one of the Niwot organization’s founders. “This time, we wanted to up-the-ante a little bit, and...

  • Canceling school is snow easy decision

    Katie Rowley|Mar 20, 2019

    To call a snow day or to not call a snow day? That is the question that plagues St. Vrain Valley School District Superintendent Don Haddad anytime it snows in the district, and the answer to that question does not come easy for him. “If we cancel school, there will be many parents and students saying “Why are you canceling school? It’s easy to get there,’ and if you don’t cancel school you get many people saying ‘Why don’t you cancel school?’” Superintendent Haddad never makes the decision light...

  • The Mwebaza Foundation marks end of ‘Cougars/CDC Creating Classrooms’

    Katie Rowley, [email protected]|Dec 7, 2018

    Mwebaza Foundation founder and president Dale Peterson was in good spirits after the closing ceremony for ‘Cougars/CDC Creating Classrooms,’ held at Niwot High on Nov. 29. “I’m feeling overjoyed that we could have so many kids involved,” he said about the months-long project to convert two shipping containers into a functioning classroom that will be used at the Mwebaza Infant Primary School in Kyengera, Uganda. “I am also feeling relief that I will get more time with my family, but mainly just...

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