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 By Kristy Zado    Education    May 11, 2022 

Arts Student of the Week - Drew Moore

When Niwot sophomore and guitar player Drew Moore was asked to play the upright bass in the orchestra, he took on the challenge and excelled at it. This student taking on a new challenge is nothing...

 

Up-a-Creek Robotics wins world championship

On April 23, Up-a-Creek Robotics won both the World Championship of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC Team 1619) and the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition (FTC Team 11260), something that has never...

 

NHS student wins state prize

On March 2, 14-year-old Niwot High School student Joséphine Briggs finished as runner-up in the Colorado Poetry Out Loud contest. The statewide contest requires high school-aged students to memorize...

 
 By Kristy Zado    Education    May 4, 2022

Mary Ellen Coates

Mary Ellen Coates, a Niwot High School Senior, is inspired by music. Asked about how she got her start in choir, Coates said she began in elementary school. While she was a member of the NHS Marching...

 

Niwot High hosts the Centennial State Ballet for spring performance of Don Quixote

The air was electric at the Longmont Dance Theater. Dancers flitted about the studio, chatting, practicing their moves, and making sure everything was ready for rehearsal. Clap, clap,...

 

Art Student Lyric, waxes poetic about art

Lyric Bishop is a Niwot High School junior interested in all aspects of art. Technical Theater teacher Jason Watkins said, "Lyric is an exceptional and profoundly optimistic person. Lyric is always up...

 

Senior Will Barnett publishes first book

Late one night, Shining Mountain Waldorf senior and avid reader Will Barnett was flipping through A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami. While this night might have started like any other, it proved t...

 

NHS students conduct food drive

Niwot High senior Tyler Atkins manned a table in front of Niwot Market on Sunday, March 27, collecting donations for the school's food pantry. Atkins and partner Sadie Connolly (not pictured)...

 

'Under the Marshall Stars'

From last month's issue of Niwot High's student newspaper, the Green + Black, comes this cartoon by Daniela Garcia titled "Under the Marshall Stars."...

 

Flagstaff Academy awarded Colorado 'Schools to Watch'

Flagstaff Academy's middle school is once again being recognized as a Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch by The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education (CAMLE). Flagstaff is the only...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Mya McGovern

Mya McGovern has always had a creative side, and, since coming to Niwot High as a freshman in 2020, she has been taking advantage of opportunities to develop it. So far, the sophomore has taken the...

 

Area students helping Marshall fire victims

Months after the Marshall Fire, many of those impacted are still coping with what happened. Area students, fundraising through schools and in conjunction with Niwot businesses, have been doing what th...

 

Flagstaff students shine at Regional Science Fair

Flagstaff Academy sixth-grader Mandy Roth received the top junior division award, "Best in Show," and also the Office of Naval Research Award at the Boulder County Regional Science Fair on Feb. 26....

 

Arts Student of the Week-Ava Pres

Niwot sophomore Ava Pres started playing the cello as a sixth-grader at Sunset Middle, but long before that, the instrument became a source of fascination to her, thanks to some sibling rivalry....

 

Record breaking performance of Mamma Mia by NHS theater

As the lights dimmed in the Niwot High School auditorium, people settled into their seats for another ordinary high school musical. That's not at all what they got. This year, Niwot's theater...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Alexis Marez

When Niwot senior and trombone player Alexis Marez learned that he had been named first chair for the All-District honor band earlier this year, he was not sure how to take it. "I guess I shouldn't...

 

Student of the Week: Mercer Stauch

If being a well-rounded student means engaging with a wide range of opportunities for learning and success at school, then the term applies to Niwot senior Mercer Stauch, whose list of high school...

 

Niwot High is even more green

Niwot's silver and green take on new meaning as the school has been recognized by the Youth Sustainability Board as a Green Star School. The program is part of a collaboration between Eco-Cycle and sc...

 

Arts Student of the Week--Jonah Fahlin

Jonah Fahlin has always had an artistic side, which he started exploring through digital art. Since coming to Niwot High, however, the sophomore has taken a more hands-on approach to expressing...

 

Buzzing past the competition

A group of school children sits or stands at the front of the class, one apart from the rest. One, or perhaps a few adults sit at a table facing the children with a crowd of parents and students...

 

Flagstaff Academy teachers named finalists for Educator of the Year

The Colorado League of Charter Schools has named two Flagstaff Academy Charter School teachers as finalists for the 2022 Charter School "Educator of the Year" award. Flagstaff Academy elementary...

 

Splashing success: St. Vrain Valley Schools officially opens new pool

Just days after her grand finale at the Class 4A state swim and dive championships, Niwot standout Mary Codevilla found herself in the spotlight once again. On Feb. 16, the seven-time individual...

 

Flagstaff Academy librarian earns 'Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries' designation

Flagstaff Academy Charter School Librarian Denise von Minden is the only charter school librarian in the state of Colorado to earn a Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries (HESTL) designation....

 

Arts Student of the Week-Aliyah Backus

As both a featured performer and student dance director for Niwot High's upcoming production of "Mamma Mia", senior Aliyah Backus doesn't have a lot of leisure time these days. But the talented...

 

Front Range Community College adds STEM degree and paid apprenticeships

On Nov. 1, Front Range Community College (FRCC) announced that the college has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer a new degree—a two-year Associate of Engineering Science (AES). FRCC is the first community college in...

 

Walking in a Flagstaff wonderland

The holiday spirit was in overdrive at the inaugural Festival of Lights, a dazzling open-air celebration held at Flagstaff Academy (2040 Miller Drive, Longmont) on Dec. 9. The event featured 20 origin...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Evelyn Mason

Evelyn Mason is a naturally gifted musician who has been playing piano and violin since a very young age. Now a junior at Niwot High, she is the longtime concertmaster for the school’s symphony orchestra, and is a “good role model for her...

 

Spelling bee returns to Niwot Elementary

Her winning word may have been 'mystified', but fifth grader Sylvia Madry was anything but as she outlasted 11 other contestants to take first place in the 13th annual Niwot Elementary spelling bee, h...

 

Front Range Community College reaches the community through the stars

On a chilly Thursday night, the courtyard behind Front Range Community College's (FRCC) classroom building was dark and still. But voices could be heard; behind a massive tree, a white dome hid, and...

 

Niwot High Arts Student of the Week-Tessa Whittaker

Senior Tessa Whittaker hasn't been a Niwot High student for long, but she's making up for lost time in the school's vocal music department, according to choir director Laura Walters. Though a recent...

 

From Nest to Wings helps students fly into higher education

One day in 2012, a group of moms got together for lunch. All of them had gone to college, and all were part of PEO International, which seeks to help women with their higher education goals. With...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Julian Wu

Niwot sophomore Julian Wu took up photography as a middle schooler and has been seeing the world a little differently ever since. "Photography is a really great medium of art," he said. "You just...

 

Niwot High econ team conquers Stock Market Challenge

November has been a busy month for Niwot High athletics, but the playing field isn't the only place where the Cougars have been winning trophies. On Nov. 5, a team of six seniors and two juniors from...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Lucas Haratsaris

November is turning out to be eventful for Niwot junior Lucas Haratsaris, a talented saxophonist in the school's advanced jazz band. On Nov. 13, he submitted an audition for the Colorado All-State...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Hosanna Adams

Live theater returned to the Niwot High stage on Nov. 5 with "Peter and the Starcatcher," and at least one of the cast members was thrilled to be back in front of a live audience. Junior Hosannah...

 

Arts Student of the Week: Ethan Rauschkolb

Live theater returns to the Niwot High stage starting on Nov. 5 with the premiere of "Peter and the Starcatcher," a semi-musical reimagining of the Peter Pan story that explores his life before...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Mina O'Dell

Growing up, Mina O'Dell loved to copy the colorful cartoon characters she watched on T.V., and, over the years, that turned into a passion for painting and drawing. Now as a sophomore at Niwot, she...

 

SVVSD candidate profile: Natalie Abshier

What do the technology industry and education field have in common? According to Natalie Abshier, both require active listening and negotiation. She believes that her experience as both a business...

 

SVVSD candidate profile: Sarah Hurianek

Education is in Sarah Hurianek's blood–a number of family members were and are educators, and she has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years. In addition to her on-the job...

 

SVVSD candidate profile: Karen Ragland

As a self-proclaimed "serial volunteer and community member," SVVSD Board of Education member Karen Ragland has been involved in the local educational community since 2007. She started in parent...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Dung Nam Pham

Dung Nam Pham is a gifted violinist in Niwot High's orchestra who pours his emotions into his performances. But for the school's orchestra director, Yin-Feng Keynes Chen, the senior's natural talent...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Rianna Rickford

Vocalist Rianna Rickford loves to perform, whether it's in Niwot's prestigious Evenstar choir, or in a theater department musical, such as Cinderella or Little Shop of Horrors. For choir director...

 

Cougar pride on display for homecoming

Niwot community pride was on display during last weekend's homecoming events. Friday afternoon's bright sun and cool temperatures set the stage for the parade, which returned following a...

 

NHS Homecoming royalty crowned at halftime

Niwot High ditched the traditional homecoming king and queen arrangement several years ago, in favor of a more inclusive approach. Now three members of each class represent their grade on the...

 

Arts Student of the Week-Sreya Karumanchi

Thanks to the pandemic and restrictions on school activities, Sreya Karumanchi's year as a junior drum major for the Niwot Marching Band was a bit of a let-down. But dealing with the challenges from...

 

CU Boulder hosts annual scholarship-fundraising bicycle race

Early on the morning of Sept. 12, cyclists flocked to the University of Colorado, Boulder to participate in the Buffalo Bicycle Classic (BBC). In years past, the BBC saw approximately 1,200...

 

Back-to-school season starts off strong, but challenges remain

It's been a week since students, teachers, and staff started the new school year. After the pandemic created an unconventional, some would say difficult, year of learning, returning to full-time,...

 

Back-to-School Extravaganza coming to NUMC

With the beginning of each school year comes the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to celebrate making new ones. In that spirit, Niwot United Methodist Church (7405 Lookout Rd., Gunbarrel)...

 

NHS welcomes new teaching crew

Tuesday, Aug. 17, marked the first day of school not only for incoming freshman students, but for nine new teachers at Niwot High School. From new science teachers to a new counselor, the NHS faculty...

 

Masks required indoors as students, teachers and staff head back to school

The school community was hopeful that when they returned to school this fall masks would not be required in SVVSD schools. As it turns out, that won't be the case. Following guidance from Boulder...

 

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