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Apprehensive Residents Strip Grocery Stores, Pharmacies Dry

Apprehensive Residents Strip Grocery Stores, Pharmacies Dry

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...

Vending Machine Leaves School, Lacks Return

Nya Manneh, Staff Writer

February 7, 2020

Things constantly go missing at Blake, from earrings to sports equipment, but one of the biggest mysteries of them all is the disappearance of the vending machine that once stood outside of the lunchroom. As one of the most popular vending machines in the school for some of its healthier food options, ...

Regulations on Parking, Exits Aim to Ensure Safety

Regulations on Parking, Exits Aim to Ensure Safety

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2019

After the hopeful November opening of the re-finished Parade parking lot, the math wing door will remain closed for safety reasons to students leaving and entering the building, with exceptions being made in cases of inclement weather. Additionally,  The Kenwood door  has been closed to students during the...

Tutorial, TASC become more fun, productive

Tutorial, TASC become more fun, productive

Shagun Sinha, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2019

Since the start of the year, librarians Kali Olson and Lizz Buchanan have brought back silent tutorial on Mondays. Two years ago, silent tutorial only happened during exam week. Last year, it was switched to happen on and off for a while and silent tutorial was typically placed in one section of the li...

Meet Mollie Rae

Meet Mollie Rae

Sara Richardson, Arts and & Culture Editor

October 14, 2019

Update: Mollie Rae Miller no longer works at Blake. She resigned after 3 days as Upper School Receptionist. The position remains unfilled.   Mollie Rae Miller, the new Upper School Receptionist and face of the front office,  started this week. Miller admires Blake's mission statement and values,...

Students Take Action Against Climate Change

Students Take  Action Against  Climate Change

Anna Johns, Staff Writer

October 14, 2019

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean” Greta Thunberg, an environmental activist whose unrelenting passion has brought her to the UN floor and headlines of newspapers all around the world, opened with this statement to world leaders at t...

ALICE Training Aims to Prepare Students, Staff for Active Shooters

Caroline Hardy, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2019

ALICE Training, a method of active shooter response training, is slowly being implemented into the Blake community, spearheaded by Mike Feinburg, Director of Transportation Safety and Security, with all administrators and EPIC staff already trained, teacher training happening in the 2019-2020 academic s...

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