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New AP Test Brings Challenges, Unknown Format

New AP Test Brings Challenges, Unknown Format

Shira Aronow and Anna Johns

May 14, 2020

Many students are uncertain about what to expect with this year’s new changes to the AP exams; however, the resources provided by Blake teachers and The College Board have made the transition easier. Andrew Chang ‘21 states that this year he is taking a different approach to preparing for the ...

City of Minneapolis Closes Parks, Removes Nets

City of Minneapolis Closes Parks, Removes Nets

Sonia Baig, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

Since Governor Tim Walz issued the stay at home order on March 27, Minnesotans have had to find a new normal with socially distant activities.  While many originally turned to enjoying the outdoors in our state’s beautiful parks, outdoor activities are now being restricted in order to enforce best h...

Student Government Continues Functioning Despite Online Barriers

Forum meets via Zoom to continue their roles for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year

Noor Naseer, Sports Editor

May 4, 2020

“Forum’s just open for business as per usual,” says Student Body President Joe Gustaferro ‘20. The group meets weekly through Zoom, as they normally would during school. Gustaferro shares, “conversation doesn’t flow as easily over Zoom as it does in person, which makes things a little bit difficult, but we’re...

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

College Board Cancels, Reschedules, Reformats: ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, AP Exams

Emma Martinez Sutton, Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced major changes in the education system and college admission process. Due to concerns of spreading the coronavirus, ACT, SAT, and AP tests have been altered and/or rescheduled. In response, colleges are re-evaluating their admission standards. The ACT cancelled its tests...

Online Schooling Brings Change to Long-standing Speech Tradition

Carter Puckett delivers her senior speech from home rather than from the podium in the Juliet Nelson Auditorium.

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

April 20, 2020

In the midst of a transition into uncharted territory, senior speeches have still found a way to create a sense of community, thrive, and stay beneficial to audience members. At first glance, changing from in-person to online speeches seemed saddening for many seniors. However, Sandy Berkowitz and th...

Apprehensive Residents Strip Grocery Stores, Pharmacies Dry

Taken on March 14, 2020, the Walgreens on Vernon Ave S cleaning supply section completely stripped of cleaning supplies.

Betsy Fries, Photography Editor

April 1, 2020

Almost ten days before Minnesota's Governor Walz announced the “shelter-in-place,” local grocery stores and pharmacies were left empty. Amidst the chaos of growing COVID-19 cases, Americans have taken it upon themselves to stock up on essential household items, many of which being cleaning supplie...

The Problem With Dances

Sara Richardson, Managing Editor

March 9, 2020

Tensions between the administration and students have only risen when it comes to dances. The recent dance, Snowdaze, was the lowest attendance that has been seen at a dance the past few years. The music was a large factor in the low attendance. Timo Hemphill '20, who has been discussing the topic o...

Bearstangs Win State Tournament

Bearstangs Win State Tournament

Anisa Thompson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

Following outstanding performances and receiving the first place title at the 2020 Minnesota State High School League Boys Section 2A Swim & Dive Championships, the BreckBlake Boys’ Swim and Dive team has won a State title for their fourth consecutive year. The boys had a 278 point lead on second-...

Coronavirus Impacts Abroad in China, Sends Shockwaves through World

Coronavirus Impacts Abroad in China, Sends Shockwaves through World

Emily Anderson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

As of Mar. 3, coronavirus has affected over 70 countries including the US. Flights have been cancelled to China and Italy as well as the stock market plunging.   Junior Zoe Feldshon ‘21, spent the first semester in China doing a school year abroad program through SYA. But, because of the sudden the breakou...

Model United Nation Conference Presents New, Unique Opportunities

Model United Nation Conference Presents New, Unique Opportunities

Noor Naseer, Sports Editor

March 4, 2020

Over Presidents’ Day weekend, the Blake Model United Nations Club travelled to Washington D.C. for a conference. Students landed on Feb. 13 and split into groups, some going to Senator Tina Smith’s office, while others went to the National Mall. That day students also attended the opening ceremony a...

DECA Dominates, Even With Limited Business Curriculum

DECA Dominates, Even With Limited Business Curriculum

Chad Woerner, Contributing Writter

February 7, 2020

Blake's DECA chapter, a group under the larger national body Distributive Education Clubs of America, saw many of its members make a statement at the Districts Competition on Sunday, Jan. 12. It's mission  is to encourage the development of business and leadership skills through academic conferences and c...

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