The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

There are many components to a college application, with some that you can blow out of proportion in your favor, and some that you can’t.

Applying to College is too Stressful

Anneliese Moore, Arts and Culture Editor December 3, 2015

Every year,  seniors complain about high stress levels as they manage their heavy class schedules while applying to colleges. Only until this year, as a first semester senior, did I actually understand...

Everything in government has to do with budgets, spending or deficits. It’s all about the money and how it’s managed.

Evaluating Accomplishments and Shortcomings of Government Spending

Sean Ericson, Copy Editor December 3, 2015

“This process stinks.” That’s how Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan described the constant flirting with the ledge of shutdown or default that has plagued political debates about...

The screen that greets applicants on the Common Application website.

Embellishing on College Applications

Katya Tobak, Copy Editor November 20, 2015

“Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom. Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, and other pursuits....

The interface that greets students in the GOA program.

Online learning presents dichotomy

Willy Verneris, Contributing Writer September 29, 2015

Currently, there are 22 Blake students enrolled in 17 Global Online Academy classes, where they work with students from all around the world. I have taken Big History, a GOA class that was first offered...

An illustration of the identities on and off the gender spectrum.

Implementing provisions for gender identity

Brendan Barrow, Contributing Writer September 29, 2015

It’s the beginning of a school year, your teacher is reading off names, and they get yours wrong. And even though you remind them, it persists. If you’re new, many students might get your name wrong,...

Two Blake lacrosse helmets. A new Cascade R helmet on the left and an old Cascade CPX-R helmet on the right.

Concussions impact athletes, schoolwork

Ikbal Ahluwalia, Student Life Editor March 19, 2015

Sarah Chute ’18 was elbowed by one of her opponents while she was in front of the net in the Girls’ State Hockey Championship and consequently sustained a concussion. She says, “I have gotten lots...

A dog and an AP Chemistry textbook - the yin and yang of stress (relief).

Dogs relieve stress

Lucy Nelson, Arts and Culture Editor March 19, 2015

“I think we have a serious problem lurking here at Blake- That’s right, our student body has no dogs.” Christopher Chute ‘13 stated in his senior speech. Although he presented his speech in a humorous...

Coffee and an academic planner, the dynamic duo of an organized student's busy life.

Students increasingly depend on caffeine

Isabel Hall, Features Editor March 19, 2015

They’re everywhere: beverages that promise to keep you energized, revved and alert. Caffeine, whether it be the TAZO tea offered in the lunch room, the coffee maker next to it, or the vast variety...

An illustration of the dilemma faced by teens in regards to recreational alcohol and drug use.

Science Spotlight: Alcohol, Drugs and the Brain

Deniz Ercan-Fang, News Editor March 9, 2015

A male from the class of 2016 who wishes not to be named says, “I know my father had friends who in their teenage years would drink and eventually would drink and drive, and he lost several friends...

Cal Slavitt '16, Tyler Kossila '16 and Brandon Boyd '16 all take a study break on their phones.

Games and Apps on the Rise

Stuart Patterson, Student Life Editor February 10, 2015

Despite a rise in graphics and processing power on phones, TVs, computers and gaming systems, many of the popular electronic games are the simplest. An iPhone app called aa has spread like wildfire throughout...

Science Spotlight: The 3D Printer

Stuart Patterson, Opinions Editor November 6, 2014

“It really is simple to use, and it’s open to anyone,” says Lizz Buchanan, Upper School Librarian, describing the simple, yet enigmatic 3D printer. While it seems intimidating, the 3D printer...

Science Trivia Answers – November

John Miller, Sci-Tech Editor November 6, 2014

How hot is lightning? 54,000 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. What percentage of people live north of the equator? 90% Olympus Mons, a volcano three times the height of Mt. Everest, is located on what planet?...

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