The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

Nezhukumatahil cites her book during her interview.

Otis Environmental Author Inspires Students

Ben Aviles, Staff Writer June 1, 2024

“I wish I had one answer. I never know what I’m going to write when I sit down at the desk,” Otis Environmental Author Aimee Nezhukumatathil stated. “I always start with an image and work from...

Lester Batiste and the faculty challenged seniors at the faculty-senior basketball game in front of a captivated audience.

Defend the Den Returns, Spotlights New, Old Rivalries

Ben Aviles, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

Defend the Den was a tightly fought game on Saturday, May 4, between Boys’ Lacrosse and Providence, where the Bears barely pulled through with a win by one point.  Throughout the week leading up...

Bowman poses for a photo with her dissertation committee chair after passing her dissertation defense.

Junior Dean Honored With PhD From St. Thomas

Gabby Geer, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

Maggie Bowman decided to go back to school four years ago to earn a doctorate of educational leadership. Currently, she teaches two blocks of ninth grade world history, coaches track and cross country,...

Top: (L-R) Pandey, Chizoro Nwokocha ‘25, Jane Li ‘26, Jahnvi Chopra
‘25, Shruti Balachander ‘26 Grace Flikke ‘24, Seth Flikke ‘24
about to begin their whale watching tour.
Bottom: (L-R) Riley Carroll ‘24, Aveline Carroll ‘24, CJ Alexander ‘24, and
Truman Morsman ‘23 on a whale watching vessel off northern coast
of Ireland.

Global Programs Chosen for 2024-2025

Lilah Johnson, Staff Writer May 30, 2024

A highlight of many students’ experience is the amazing global programs that the school offers. Four programs are being offered for the upcoming school year. The new fall program is to Chinatown in Vancouver,...

On Oct. 6, many Upper School faculty and staff wore purple to send Berkowitz well wishes. Purple is her favorite color, according to Shane Stafford. “Berkowitz has always been an amazing inspiration and we miss her dearly,” Spanish teacher Gina Housman said.

Longtime Teacher, Debate Coach Departs Community

Evan Vezmar, Editor Emeritus May 29, 2024

Longtime Senior Seminar teacher and debate coach Sandy Berkowitz will depart from Blake at the conclusion of this school year. Since 2016, Berkowitz has been the Senior Seminar instructor, but she spent...

Left: Agrawal, bottom right corner, learns from Dan Wolgamott (DFL 14B) in the High School Page program at the Capitol, which she described as “an experience like no other.” Right: Organized by Cheryl Youakim (DFL 46B), Zacks and two other students, Stella McHugh and Belle Lapos from Stillwater’s student newspaper Pony Express, testified in support of the New Voices Bill.

Government in Action

Evan Vezmar, Editor Emeriti May 2, 2024

Students visited the Minnesota State Capitol in February for many different causes, and they promoted various causes ranging from freedom of speech to health. From participating in marches to testifying...

Model UN ventures to the capitol building to get an inside look at where senators debate.

Model UN Takes On D.C.

Evan Vezmar, Editor Emeitus March 14, 2024

A visit to the country’s capitol over Presidents Day Weekend. The trip seems distinctly American, but this year’s Model United Nations conference in Washington D.C. featured topics across all regions...

All data from the Minnesota DNR

Let it Snow?

Caitlin Strauss, Staff Writer March 14, 2024

According to ABC News, “This winter is the warmest on record for Minnesota and the Twin Cities going back to the earliest records kept in the 1870s.”  As we all know, Minnesota is known for its...

Pihlstrom takes to the slopes in the state tournament, where she defeated 86 of her competitors to place first in the state.

Vivien Pihlstrom ‘25 Dominates State Tournament

Evie Chow, Staff Writer March 13, 2024

On Feb. 13, Alpine Ski captain Vivien Pihlstrom ‘25 won her race and the 2024 Alpine State Champion title, beating out 86 other athletes. Previously, on Jan. 31, Pihlstrom got first place in her section...

79 Middle School, 38 Upper Elementary, and 34 Upper School string students students played in the gym. “Just playing with that many people feels amazing,” said Jennifer Kalika, the Lower School String Teacher.

Orchestra Festivities Resume Sparking Connection

Evie Chow, Staff Writer March 13, 2024

The annual Chamber Orchestra Festival met on Feb. 8, featuring orchestra members from grades 5-12. This event was put on hiatus for a few years due to the pandemic, but members were able to come together...

Chamber Orchestra accompanied A Capella Choir at 8:45 a.m. on Feb 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

MMEA Participants Perform at Conference

Yoni Zacks, Managing Editor February 28, 2024

As state tournaments for sports take center stage, the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Midwinter Conference provides arts students with their moment in the spotlight. Choir Director Natalia...

Phillips, enthusiastically working on her laptop, prepares for a meeting with Senior Class Dean CJ Eckhardt.

Scheduling Realities Unmasked

Gabriella Marmet, Managing Editor February 28, 2024

“We start [with] all of you putting in your requests, and then based on your requests, we then put you into courses,” said Karen Phillips. With course registration for the 2024-25 school year closing...

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