Etched in Stone

Isabella Mahal

Despite all the warnings given to her, senior Isabella Mahal filled her schedule with AP classes and a single TA period. Many of these classes were only open to seniors and fascinate her, such as AP Literature and AP World History, so not having an off period doesn’t bother her. It isn’t just her school schedule that is full. Mahal fills her time with extracurricular activities like volunteering at the Humane Society, being the co-president of Fossil Ridge’s Spectrum, and being a member of the group Never Again NoCo that works to help end gun violence at schools.

If Mahal has some time to relax, she is spending it with her family and pets. Her younger brother, Sebastian, is a sophomore at Fossil, and they get McDonalds together in her free time. Her family dog, Gus, and her cat, Silverstein, help her wind down after a long day at school. Mahal loves hiking, biking, and hanging out in her hometown of Fort Collins. Although her music taste varies, she loves Counting Crows, The Front Bottoms, Duran Duran, and Modern Baseball.

Mahal never dreamt about spending all four years of high school in journalism, having joined the class to be with her best friend, Karen Manley. Due to their differing schedules, Mahal ended up alone in the class, which forced her to find her own place. She wrote academic and opinion pieces, adding movie and book reviews to her portfolio. After being the academic beat leader her sophomore and junior year, Mahal is now the head copy editor to round out her time in the class. Her dream school would be UC Berkeley, studying public or global health to one day possibly join the Peace Corps. Although Mahal isn’t pursuing journalism in the future, the class has become a window for her to find herself, and help others do the same. It's taught her about the students in the school whose voices aren’t always heard.

Mahal’s advice for incoming Journalism I students is to not be afraid to walk into an event or sport and be unsure about it, and to meet and talk with new people. People in clubs or sports that are less recognized are always appreciative of the recognition of their hard work. Even if you’re unsure about what you’re going to, you will definitely leave knowing more than before, and it’ll make you a more caring person to understand how everyone’s different experiences shape who they are. She loves the forum that journalism lends for people to understand the world around them, and she is a self-proclaimed “first amendment enthusiast”.

Isabella Mahal, Head Copywriter

Jan 29, 2019
One Man, Two-hundred hands (Story/Media)
Mar 31, 2019
How severe food allergies affect a students life (Media)
Mar 15, 2019
“This is not a moment. This is a movement.” (Story)
Mar 11, 2019
Unified week in review: March 4-15 (Media)
Feb 24, 2019
Unified Basketball with Regional win to round off successful week (Media)
Feb 06, 2019
Taxidermy, 2%, and a toilet: Fossil’s first Improv Showdown (Story)
Dec 16, 2018
Adopt-A-Family: Kids say it all (Story)
Dec 04, 2018
Editorial: We must do better (Story/Media)
Nov 28, 2018
Breaking: Fossil’s start times shift for next school year (Media)
Nov 14, 2018
Theater Review: Rent redefines love (Story)
Nov 13, 2018
Fossil is Rent: Jay Hirning and Jack Kraus (Story)
Nov 13, 2018
Jack Kraus (Story)
Nov 02, 2018
“Day to Be…” draws school community together (Story)
Oct 22, 2018
Sabercats reign in last Unified game (Story/Media)
Oct 20, 2018
Opinion: What we learned from Courts in the Community (Story)
Oct 04, 2018
Softball reigns as City Champions (Story)
Oct 04, 2018
Update: Fossil softball will compete at regionals (Story)
Oct 04, 2018
Unified Football takes narrow win (Story)
Sep 27, 2018
Sabercat softball dominates over Monarch (Story)
Sep 23, 2018
First stop Denver, next stop San Jose (Story)
Sep 11, 2018
Freshmen dominate Powder Puff (Story/Media)
Sep 08, 2018
FRESH Club helps make the world a greener place (Story/Media)
Sep 01, 2018
Amnesty works to protect human rights (Story)
Aug 21, 2018
Add/Drop offers scheduling choices (Story)
May 26, 2018
Bobby G Awards inspire young thespians (Story)
May 22, 2018
Accident slows down Ziegler and Sabercat Dr. intersection (Story)
May 20, 2018
Science Olympiad scoops up three medals at Nationals (Story)
May 13, 2018
Diversify Yourself: Debut novel sets YA tropes ablaze (Story)
May 11, 2018
Fossil boasts four Bobby G nominees (Story)
May 02, 2018
Lip Dub unites Fossil community (Story)
Apr 25, 2018
What on earth does TABOR stand for? (Story)
Apr 20, 2018
Breaking: PSD schools will be closed next Friday (Story)
Apr 11, 2018
Fossil athletes commit on signing day (Story)
Mar 31, 2018
Big Fish brings magic to the stage (Story)
Mar 21, 2018
Opinion: You should be here (Story)
Mar 04, 2018
First Nonprofit Symposium engages and educates (Story)
Mar 02, 2018
Op-Ed: Why we walked out (Story)
Feb 26, 2018
Op-Ed: We’ve got nothing left to lose but our lives (Story)
Feb 16, 2018
Diversify Yourself: Young Adult fantasy just keeps getting better (Story)
Feb 10, 2018
FBLA students excel at districts (Story)
Jan 29, 2018
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Story)
Jan 26, 2018
Op-Ed: This is why the Women’s March matters (Story)
Jan 26, 2018
Op-Ed: This is why the Women’s March matters (Story)
Jan 18, 2018
Curriculum Fair eases nerves and informs decisions (Story)
Dec 16, 2017
Adopt-a-Family teaches a lesson in thankfulness (Story)
Jan 24, 2018
Letter of Recommendation (Story)
Nov 23, 2017
Culture Days open student minds (Story)
Nov 20, 2017
The Playlist: Taylor Swift grows up (Story)
Nov 19, 2017
“It’s hard to get me down to 800 words.” (Story)
Nov 13, 2017
Fossil brings the heat to the Stock Market Challenge (Story)
Nov 11, 2017
Fossil hosts Forensics competition (Story)
Oct 29, 2017
The Playlist: L.A. Guns return to the hard rock scene (Story)
Oct 13, 2017
C-Team soccer brings the fire to city matchups (Story)
Oct 11, 2017
C-Team soccer loses undefeated streak (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
Club Rush informs students about activities at Fossil (Story)
Sep 16, 2017
Varsity softball shuts out rival team 9-0 (Story)
Sep 03, 2017
Library Makerspace challenges, teaches, and encourages students (Story)
Aug 18, 2017
“‘Sko Ridge? ‘Sko Ridge” (Story)
May 11, 2017
Updated: Allen contract will not be renewed (Story)
May 04, 2017
Chess team takes third place in state (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
FBLA takes over State, breaks PSD record (Story)
Apr 21, 2017
Rumors dispelled about Allen’s leave (Story)
Apr 16, 2017
First Environmental Leadership Conference “inspires, innovates, collaborates” (Story)
Apr 10, 2017
Unified Basketball banquet brings laughs and tears for athletes (Story)
Mar 10, 2017
Final Forensics qualifier sends Sabercats to Nationals (Story)
Mar 03, 2017
Fossil students excel at state DECA competition (Story)
Mar 02, 2017
Unified Basketball falls to Loveland despite strong offense (Story)
Feb 27, 2017
Unified Basketball battles Rocky to the end (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
Ridgebotics team bags up robot for San Diego competition (Story)
Feb 20, 2017
Fossil forensics team blows state qualifier out of the water (Story)
Feb 14, 2017
Mock trial team takes third and keeps the jury in stitches (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
Unified basketball falls in a battle to the end (Story)
Feb 07, 2017
Sabercats bring their best to first Forensics qualifier (Story)
Jan 20, 2017
Career exploration night opens doors (Story)
Jan 11, 2017
Op-Ed: We are the People (Story)
Dec 01, 2016
Different religions, same beliefs (Story)
Nov 09, 2016
Best Friend Bucket List: Poetry Slam (Story)
Oct 27, 2016
Op-Ed: Why every high school student should attend a political rally (Story)
Oct 15, 2016
“He’s just my best friend” (Story)
Oct 01, 2016
District college fair offers students new futures (Story)
Sep 02, 2016
Nobody really hates the freshmen (Story)
May 15, 2016
What Ken Denning did for Fossil (Story)
Apr 19, 2016
Guide to the 2016 Presidential Race (Story)
Mar 05, 2016
Fossil Unified pulls off win against Silver Creek (Story)
Mar 02, 2016
“Diversity is a beautiful thing” (Story)
Feb 14, 2016
Quitting would be even harder (Story)
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