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Dessi-Olive Reflects on Her Immigration Story

Dessi-Olive Reflects on Her Immigration Story

Daria Haner, Contributing Writer

November 4, 2018


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Immigrants comprise more than eight percent of the Minnesota community. Due to intolerance, there can be many challenges faced by these immigrants, in and outside of the Blake community. Whether you speak the language or not, living in a place so radically different from where you grew up can be diffic...

Lauren Smith ’20 inspires peers through resilience, spirit

Lauren Smith ’20 inspires peers through resilience, spirit

Yeukai Zimbwa, Copy Editor

October 31, 2018


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In August, Lauren Smith '20 was diagnosed with stage 2A Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Smith's treatment consists of four rounds of 21 day cycles of chemotherapy during which she moves back and forth from her home and the hospital. However, Smith remains the radiant spirit that the ...

Learning from the Outdoors

Learning from the Outdoors

Louise Ba, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


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“Alright guys, I need all the bolts taken out of these picnic tables. It shouldn’t take you that long!” I looked up at the source of this strange suggestion, our project sponsor at Afton State Park, Gene. I couldn’t help but think that this project would never get done with our handsaws, ...

Marcus Hudson joins Blake support service team

Marcus Hudson joins Blake support service team

Drew Rosenblum, Managing Editor

October 3, 2018


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A new addition to our school, Marcus Hudson is a now a member of the Blake support service team this year. Before coming to Blake, Mr. Hudson worked for “[The] University of Minnesota and Apple”. Mr. Hudson’s job is a support service technology assistant. In addition, he will be filling in f...

Tripp Markusen ’19 Dives Deep

Tripp Markusen ’19 Dives Deep

Maggie Ankeny, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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It may seem scary to stare face-to-face with a shark, but not for Tripp Markusen '19, who travelled to Cape Town, South Africa this summer for one month to free dive, conduct behavioral research, and lead diving expeditions. After being exposed to free diving his sophomore year at The Island School,...

Fortnite Cultivates Societal Takeover

Fortnite Cultivates Societal Takeover

Brent Florine, Opinions Editor

May 1, 2018


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Whether or not you play video games, you’ve likely heard of Fortnite Battle Royale. The free sandbox survival game is grossing nine figures a month and the craze isn’t showing any signs of dying down.  The massive revenue Fortnite has been generating is driven by a cultural obsession with th...

Recording Shapiro’s career

Recording Shapiro’s career

Eva Berezovsky, Managing Editor

March 5, 2018


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“I’ve never taken lessons or classes or anything, so it’s just me looking at YouTube videos, figuring stuff out, learning music theory for myself, and making that stuff come to life,” says Sam Shapiro ‘18. Shapiro has been making beats, mixing, and mastering since his seventh-grade self decided to ...

Connecting teachers with their college athletic careers

Connecting teachers with their college athletic careers

Daniel Lesov, News Page Editor

February 7, 2018


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Mr. Batiste attended Colby college in Maine and played football. Mr Batiste was one of the best defensive players for the team in the late 2000s. Mr Batiste has translated his playing to Blake as he is one of the assistant coaches for the Wolfpack Ms. Calderone played college softball at the Universi...

A Fresh Look at Shelia Newcomb

Zoe Wellik, Managing Editor

February 7, 2018


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When asked what the key to a happy life is, Taher prep cook Shelia Newcomb will tell you it’s “to make the people that [you] work for happy, and [yourself].” Working in the Upper School kitchen for over 5 years, Newcomb has done most every job, from dishwashing to cleaning to her current posit...

Ikbal Ahluwalia: Then and Now

Ikbal Ahluwalia: Then and Now

Varun Agarwal, News Editor

November 13, 2017


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Whispers of where Blake’s beloved lifer Ikbal Ahluwalia ‘18 disappeared circulated following 2015. Whispers of where he went, how he is doing, and what he has been up to has encapsulated the minds of Blake students for the past few years. Here is an interview with the man himself down below.  ...

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