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Zoe Feldshon ‘21, Jack Crow ‘21, and Amanda Ward ‘21 sit in the senior lounge during block 3.

Senior Class Mourns Loss of Traditions, Memories

Class of 2021 wished for more significant commemoration
Jack Prince, Editor Emeritus April 30, 2021

The point of traditions is to bring people of different backgrounds together over a shared love of an activity. A focal point of being a senior at Blake is less about the title and more about the traditions...

Jake Gearhart ‘21 watches senior speeches during advisory on the steps in the Carlson Commons near the science wing. Senior speeches and significant school events are often broadcast on this screen.

Capstone Senior Project Survives Pandemic School

Students embrace two-week program, Senior Seminar to explore personal interests
Brooke Lee & Jenna Thrasher, Contributing Writers April 30, 2021

Each year, the senior project signals the end of the Upper School journey for all twelfth graders. The Project isn't a code word for getting out two weeks earlier to bypass finals; rather, it is a time...

Kyra Reese ‘21 makes a donation to the senior class gift in the senior lounge.

Class of 2021 Maintains Tradition of Annual Senior Gift

Senior leaders sustain tradition of graduating gift
James Prince, Games & Ads Editor April 30, 2021

A bench, a window, and even a wooden bear are examples of the long-standing tradition of a graduating class gift. Some of these, like the gothic pew from the Class of 1924 that resides in the senior lounge,...

Blake Senior game masters run the @blakeseniorassassins Instagram account that updates game participants.

Assassins Provides Semblance of Normalcy, Excitement

Despite administrative apprehension about safety, Assassins continues
Carly Shoemate, Contributing Writer April 30, 2021

Assassins is a springtime tradition at Blake and a number of other schools in Minnesota and across the country. The Nerf-war type game consists of a number of teams, generally ranging from three to five...

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

Blake's literature selection teaches differing beliefs, ideas on what happens after death
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 exist. To no longer feel the...

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

Conversations offer range of perspectives on what happens after death, beliefs
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 death. Although students talk...

The graphic above follows the journey of life, the obstacles it entails, and the reality of death. Through time’s passage, people encounter various perspectives and ideas which ultimately inspire thoughts of what happens after death. The “the end” imagery highlights that, for many, death is the conclusion of life. The tree imagery displays that death, for some, marks a return to nature in the Earth’s realm. For others, death might be a continuation of a journey. Destinations vary according to traditions and beliefs, such as becoming stars, flying home to Africa, reinarcation, and heaven. These varying interpretations serve as a reminder that the after death is personal, nuanced, and ever changing.

Lived Experiences Inform After Death Perspectives, Evaluation of Community’s Stance

Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 24, 2021

What happens after you die? It's an age old question to which people have a wide range of responses. World Religions teacher, Maggie Bowman, explains the connection between afterlife and religion saying,...

Democracy and democratic processes were tested at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as the country continues to widen its political divide

The Capitol Shatters: A Conversation with A Congressman

Representative Dean Phillips unpacks the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6, imparts wisdom about future of divided nation
Sage Marmet and Maggie Seidel January 28, 2021

“[U.S. Capitol Security] promised us that ‘it is the US Capitol, it is secure and safe, and it is the hardest building in the world to get into,’” Minnesota’s Third Congressional District Representative...

Echoes of Capitol Attacks Reverberate

World leaders discuss America's position of influence
Jacob Sahar, Contributing Writer January 27, 2021

Jan. 6, 2021 will become a historic date for United States history. On this date, over 2000 people stormed the capitol with intentions of overturning President Trump's 2020 presidential loss. These rioters...

Trump’s Presidency, Leadership Prioritizes Personal Success Above Nation’s Ideals

Values of democracy crumble during Trump’s four years
January 27, 2021

For most of the 20th century and into the 21st century, America has served as the world's foremost promoter of democracy, and we as Americans prided ourselves on a democratic tradition the likes of which...

Pursuit of Democracy Remains in America Today,  Exemplified in 2020 Election

Pursuit of Democracy Remains in America Today, Exemplified in 2020 Election

Foundational ideals of government endure, despite hardships
Jack Prince, Editor Emeritus January 27, 2021

Not only is freedom fundamental to understanding why democracy is so important, but it is one of the founding principles of the United States. When the Pilgrims sailed to the New World, they were looking...

Democracy and democratic processes were tested at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as the country continues to widen its political divide

Future Government Administration, Congress Offer Glimmers of Hope

Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

On Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021, the world watched in horror as a mob of Trump supporters attacked our nation’s capital and the democracy that it was built upon. The attempted coup was horrifying and disgraceful,...

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