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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The Alexander sisters have been playing together since they were kids.

Sisters Strung Together

Shucayb Harir and Hana Sowelam May 4, 2024

From their dedicated practices with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) to their globetrotting adventures, they've embraced music as more than just a hobby—it's a lifestyle. Sophia Alexander...

Kate Rekas ‘23, Lily Anderson ‘23, Allyson Jay ‘23, Sam Broz ‘23, Seidel, and Martha Hughes ‘24 watch the sunset during their trip to Catalina Island last spring.

Enduring Landscapes

Gabriella Marmet, Managing Editor February 29, 2024

“Environmental Studies, Public Policy, Political Science are a lot of my interests. It kind of started with Marine Science and it’s focused in on water health in my community, but that general area...

Exchanging Worlds

Exchanging Worlds

Camila Pardo, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

It was his first trip to Minneapolis and as he got off the plane he sensed that a great amount of wonderful experiences would make this exchange unforgettable. These thoughts floated in the head of...

Vera and friends take advantage of the safety and walkability in Taiwan at night.

From Taiwan to Minnesota: Lucia Vera ’24 Globetrots

Ali Hecker, Community News Editor November 2, 2023

For Lucia Vera ‘24, the convenience of Taiwan’s Mass Rapid Transit system beats Minnesota’s highway traffic any day. Vera lived in Taipei, Taiwan since 5th grade before returning to Minnesota...

The group visited Lake Iskanderkul, one of the daily excursions that Khan enjoyed.

Davin Khan ’24’s Immersion in Tajikistan

Amelia Bush, Managing Editor October 11, 2023

“I really didn’t expect to be able to adjust into the culture so easily and kind of speaking Tajiki became second nature,” says Khan, who was a part of a six week long program from July 1 to Aug....

“The best interactions with students are when they are telling me about what they are excited about.”
- Nat Gilsdorf

Creating Connections

Amelia Bush, Managing Editor June 1, 2023

How many names of the faculty and staff at school do you know? Would you feel comfortable going to them with any issues you have? What if those issues are about their jobs?  But what does it mean to...

Dicus plans on taking time to travel and spend time outdoors before he decides on how he wants to continue his career.

Jon Dicus Discovered Passion for Education Through Travel Experiences

Sofia Perlman, Copy Editor May 31, 2023

For 31 years, Jon Dicus has brought energy and passion to his classes at the Upper School. Through his travels and experiences, Dicus found a passion for the Spanish language as well as working with young...

After leaving the Upper School, Kaback will be working as a curriculum writer at Honeywell, a company that creates cutting edge technology.

Steve Kaback Began Teaching “By Accident,” Will Continue Teaching in New Position

Sofia Perlman, Copy Editor May 31, 2023

Well known among students and faculty for his enthusiasm and bright personality for the last 18 years, Steve Kaback will conclude his time at the Upper School at the end of this year. Kaback explains...

Crow receives guidance from her instructor (not pictured) as she did a bank turn to
the right. “Usually, it’s just me and another flight instructor. Sometimes, I bring my mom,
dad or boyfriend along. Most of the time I fly [Cessna] 172N which has two front seats
and then two back seats,” she says.

Head in the Clouds: Two Students Share Unique Hobby

Claire Cao May 5, 2023

Most high school students take up sports or clubs as extracurriculars, but Piper Crow ‘24 and Sawyer Guider ‘25 both enjoy flying planes as a hobby. Crow, a leader of the Aviation and Aeronautic...

Buck break dances at his University of Chicago reunion. He often competes in dance battles with “different formats, but the most common is they’ll have a preliminary round where
everybody dances for 45 seconds or a minute, and sometimes that’s showcase style where they’ll just have one person come up after the other and dance in front of the judges.”

Harold Buck Breaks it Down

Anna Tao, Staff Writer March 16, 2023

Harold Buck has been a common topic among students the past year due to his increasing popularity from dancing in class. He first “caught the wave of suburban breaking in 1984.” Buck continues,...

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