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Blake Stories Page Raises Awareness

Suspected falsified stories desensitize, take away from initial intent of account
Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor May 7, 2021

Sharing their first post on Mar. 22, the anonymous Instagram account @blakestories_ was created as a safe space for members of the Blake community to share their stories of sexual harassment...

Blake Boys’ Basketball 2020-2021 pictured above: [left to right top row] Tyler Middlestadt, Joshua Park ‘22, Grayson Okoronkwo ‘24, Theo Liu ‘22, Max Hubler ‘22, Dane Borene ‘24, Kunga Shidhe-Chokra ‘22, Tyler Biwan [left to right bottom row] Jasper Liu ‘21, Robert Grace IV ‘21, Gabe Ganz ‘21, Will Fazio ‘21, Elijah Short ‘21

Boys’ Basketball Seniors Lose Shot at Sections

COVID-19 cancelled two years’ Section Games, disappoints seniors
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor May 7, 2021

When the ball dropped on the eve of 2020, the Blake Boys’ Basketball team did not expect two years of heartbreak to ensue. Will Fazio ‘21, Gabe Ganz ‘21, Jasper Liu ‘21, Robert Grace IV...

Munson pictured on the day she was adopted by her parents

Chinese Adoptee Jing Jing Munson ’21 Reconciles Adoption Experience

Jing Jing Munson ‘21 reflects intersection of Chinese, American identities
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 look over to see my sister one...

Fries before she was adopted from an orphanage in Guangzhou, China

Chinese Adoptee Betsy Fries ’22 Reconciles Adoption Experience

Fries unpacks adoption system complications, contemplates emotions
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 never know like where I come from,...

Michael-Crushshon on a hiking expedition with classmates at The Alzar School in Idaho

Semester Away Created Escape From COVID-19, Fostered Race-related Micro Aggressions

Rabi Michael-Crushshon ‘22 recounts experiences at Idaho semester away
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Rabi Michael-Crushshon '22 had the opportunity to participate in a semester away program this year amidst the pandemic and intense political climate, but from the experience, she learned a lot about herself...

Cantrell shares how he enjoys spending his time: “Cooking, biking, cooking, more cooking, especially Japanese food. Japanese food in Japan is actually very different from Japanese food in the U.S., and so we get lots of stuff sent from Japan. You can’t get fresh fish sent from Japan, but you can get lots of dried ingredients and stuff.”

Dr. Cantrell Chronicles Unusual Journey to Teaching

From an early interest in mathematics to astronomy research, living in Japan, to teaching math at Blake, Dr. Cantrell presents his unique road to teaching mathematics at the Upper School
Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2021

Andy Cantrell’s path to teaching math at the Blake Upper School was nothing short of extraordinary. Initially, Cantrell planned to study mathematics at Yale University; however, he had a change...

Seniors Tyler May, Lorna Kruesel, and Clara Lee Molina (left to right) pictured in popular videos and their profile pages

Students Go Viral

Three seniors develop new niches through popular social media platform
Betsy Fries, Creative Director January 27, 2021

It’s no surprise that TikTok has been consuming the lives of students, while simultaneously devouring their attention span. For every user the experience on the app is different. For three Blake seniors...

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

Food labels proudly promote non-GMO products, however unclear definition, continual production prevails
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 comprise our lives. Clustered...

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

New technology paves way for eliminating un- curable diseases, improves quality of life
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 genetically modified organisms,...

Human Modification Creates Risks

Human Modification Creates Risks

Abundance of unknown factors, outcomes outweigh potential benefits
Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor January 14, 2021

Each year, more than three billion dollars is spent on genetic research. As genetic modification technology advances and that number continues to rise with genetic modification becoming a normalized topic,...

Staff Editorial

Staff Editorial

What Spectrum staff learns from challenges of COVID-19
Maggie Seidel, Business Manager December 7, 2020

Despite the many hardships that 2020 has posed, this year has simultaneously offered new perspectives about human interaction, societal issues, and personal health. No community has been immune to the...

The battle of reproductive rights in the United States has become politicized and increasingly polarized

Reproductive Rights Battle Lingers

Pro-life versus pro-choice arguments distract from root causes of higher abortion rates
Betsy Fries, Photography Editor December 7, 2020

There is no doubt in my mind that reproductive rights have been under attack for decades. It saddens me that this controversial subject has become as fueled by politics as it is today, and has...

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