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Answering Questions About Biden Harris Executive Orders
Answering Questions About Biden Harris Executive Orders
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer • February 24, 2021

“Who was the first president to use an executive order?” - Brian Lukkasson President George Washington was the first president to use an executive...

Anne Stavney says, “My salary is benchmarked against other independent schools of similar size, similar operational budgets, that are also Pre-K-12 or K-12, of 50 or more students, with usually more than one campus to manage.”
Anne Stavney Responds to Star Tribune Article Detailing her Compensation
Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer • February 24, 2021

On Jan. 23 The Star Tribune released an article highlighting the top 100 Minnesota non-profits with the largest revenues. On this list, The Blake School...

Novels offer a plethora of after death interpretations that spur introspection and self-reflection while reading.
Novels, Written Texts Read in English, Literature Classes Assert Various Ideas
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief • February 24, 2021

Sophocles' "Antigone": "I have longer to please the dead than please the living here: in the kingdom down below I'll lie forever." Elie Wiesel’s “Night": "To no longer...

Death is rarely addressed directly in daily conversations throughout the halls of high school. However, thoughts about after death remains omnipresent for many students, no matter what terminologies are used to describe death.
In Students' Minds: What Comes After Death
Sara Richardson, Editor Emerita • February 24, 2021

From "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe to "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it sometimes seems like any great classic ends with...

Required Readings Majorly Impact Student Perspectives
Required Readings Majorly Impact Student Perspectives
Mallika Malaviya, Staff Writer • February 24, 2021

Over the years at the upper school, students are required to read and consume many different texts in their respective English courses. Certain books can have a lasting impact...

Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition
Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition
Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer • February 24, 2021

The Service Path Recognition Program requires students to complete 100 hours of service as well as a reflection on their experience. Students pursuing the award this year...

Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans
Virtual Concerts Disappoint Fans
Emily Rotenberg, Student Life Editor • January 27, 2021

As a result of COVID-19, many artists have been forced to cancel their festivals, concerts, and world tours, resulting in a large increase of performances through social media,...

COVID-19 Rules, Museums Adapt, Provide Safe Space to View Art
COVID-19 Rules, Museums Adapt, Provide Safe Space to View Art
Sofia Perlman, News Editor • January 27, 2021

"I think we're realizing how important art is to our daily lives," says Brian Sago.      COVID-19 has greatly affected the arts, especially museums. Many museums have...

Munson pictured on the day she was adopted by her parents
Chinese Adoptee Jing Jing Munson '21 Reconciles Adoption Experience
Jing Jing Munson, Contributing Writer • February 25, 2021

My dad hands me three small circles of dough. I lay one flat on a plate and scoop a mixture of pork and cabbage into its center. As I dip my finger into a bowl of water, I...

Fries before she was adopted from an orphanage in Guangzhou, China
Chinese Adoptee Betsy Fries '22 Reconciles Adoption Experience
Betsy Fries, Creative Director • February 25, 2021

I was adopted from Guangzhou, China on Dec. 3, 2004. While my family took many videos of the experience and I enjoy looking back on them, there are many things that I may...

Dressen addresses the team before the start of the game.
Hockey Team Connections Strengthen Despite Pandemic
March 1, 2021

     "The JV team has always had a pretty strong bond with each other," says third year JV hockey player, Luke Sugalski '22. Though, in typical 2020-2021 style, no season...

Collin Craig ’24 preforms a dive during practice this season.
Diving Maintains Practices, Hones Skills
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief • March 1, 2021

     This year has brought unique challenges for each sport; with mask mandates, social distancing measures, and other restrictions, practices and games look very different....

Defining American
Defining American
Siena Pradhan, Contributing Writer • February 24, 2021

What does it mean to be American? To be living the "American Dream" in what we call the “land of the free and home of the brave?” As kids, we were repeatedly told that...

Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?
Do Ghosts, Spirits Exist?
Betsy Fries, Creative Director • February 24, 2021

The mystery surrounding ghosts has been around for a long time. Teenagers all over the world sit around bonfires and tell stories of possible spirits and ghosts. However,...

Spaghetti Tacos Remain Iconic
Spaghetti Tacos Remain Iconic
Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor Emerita • February 25, 2021

If you ever watched the classic Nickelodeon show “iCarly" growing up, then you certainly remember the famous spaghetti tacos. The seemingly absurd combination was invented...

The recipe can be found on and the ingredients used in the cup above were 1% milk, Medaglia d’Oro Instant Espresso, Reddi Wip, and Lunds and Byerly’s Decadent Fudge Syrup.
Try Robby Ray’s Infamous Loco Hot Cocoa
Jackie Weyerhaeuser, Editor Emerita • February 25, 2021

Loco Hot Cocoa is a drink created in the famed 2000s Disney Channel show Hannah Montana. It is Robby Ray Stewart’s signature hot cocoa recipe. While the drink should probably...

In the late 1990s, the papaya ringspot virus almost wiped out the entire crop, until Cornell University scientists created the virus-resistant Rainbow papaya. The fruit is still enjoyed today because of genetic modification.
CRISPR-Cas9 Sequences Spark Debate Despite Potential Positive Effects for Food Industry
Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief • January 14, 2021

In an era of continual scientific advancement, we are constantly being faced with questions regarding the morality and ethicality of altering the very building blocks that...

Engineering Provides Brighter Future
Engineering Provides Brighter Future
Grace Homan, Contributing Writer • January 14, 2021

In recent years, genetic engineering—alongside technology—has been steadily increasing. Dating back to the 1970s, humans genetically modified animals and plants to create...

Understanding GameStop, Stock Market
Understanding GameStop, Stock Market
Keaton Rannow, Staff Writer • February 25, 2021

In Jan. 2021, a group of amateur traders led from the subreddit WallStreetBets invested heavily into stocks of fledgling companies including that of Gamestop (GME) causing...

Maintaining Mask Effectiveness
Maintaining Mask Effectiveness
Christopher Chen , Staff Writer • February 24, 2021

Wearing a mask can be difficult and annoying. In light of many new variant COVID-19 strains, mask wearing is ever more essential and the following few tips might be helpful...

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