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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...

Kyle also loves to reread her diverse book collection and watch sports movies, one of her favorites being Rudy.

Ms. Kyle Discusses College Counseling Journey

Kyle enjoys connecting with and learning from students
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer December 18, 2020

Sara Kyle, Director of College Counseling, found her passion for counseling early on. Kyle has worked at Blake as a college counselor for 19 years, but she says that she has “been in college admissions...

Haya Fine ’22 with two of her co-workers.  All employees wear masks at all times, and employees are only allowed in a few at a time.

Haya Fine: Breadsmith

Christina Chekerdjieva, Perspectives Editor December 8, 2020

Haya Fine '22 has never known a time as a Breadsmith counter staff before COVID-19. She began working at the Edina bakery this summer, where she worked nearly 30 hours every week. During the school year,...

 Frederick Loew ‘22’s view outside of a Stanley’s food truck.  The resturaunt has put more emphasis on food trucks as a safer alternative to in-person dining but maintaned both throughout the summer.

Frederick Loew: Stanley’s

Christina Chekerdjieva, Perspectives Editor December 8, 2020

Frederick Loew '22 started working at Stanley's Northeast Bar Room on University Ave. this year as a host, a position he had experience in from a previous restaurant job. Stanley's is a family owned restaurant...

Aksel Reid ’21 works early in the morning before school starts.  He mainly serves customers.

Aksel Reid: Baker’s Wife

Christina Chekerdjieva, Perspectives Editor December 7, 2020

The Baker's Wife on S 28th Ave. in Minneapolis is a local bakery where Aksel Reid '21 has been working since before the pandemic. Reid works as an opener, so his shift happens before Zoom school even starts....

A Conversation With Your Counselors: Hobbies, Mental Health, Life

A Conversation With Your Counselors: Hobbies, Mental Health, Life

Rabinovitz and Adams recount their journeys of becoming counselors, how their lives have changed since
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer December 5, 2020

When it comes to her job, Counselor Jill Rabinovitz believes that the relationships she fosters with students, families, and coworkers are the most important part of her work. Rabinovitz has worked at...

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