The Spectrum

Blake students highlight their sport commitments

Emma Burke, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2017


Filed under NEWS

There are many ideas that come to mind when people state that they are committed to playing a sport in college. What does it mean? Binding or not binding? Academic override? There is a lot of ambiguity behind the word “committed”. Athletes that are at high levels for their sport continuously get...

Bearbotics kicks off the season

Bearbotics kicks off the season

Steven Nye, Multimedia Editor

October 3, 2017


Filed under NEWS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, TOP STORIES, VIDEO

The Blake Robotics team “Bearbotics” is starting fresh this year with new head coach and Computer Science teacher, Madeline Burton. The team is looking to build on last year’s success and actively recruiting new members. Their goals are to increase collaboration, problem-solving, coding skills,...

Josh Miller ’17 takes GAP year

Nick Barra, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2017


Filed under NEWS, TOP STORIES

Gone, but not forgotten, Josh Miller ‘17 has completed his summer internship as a member of the Blake Library staff. While many of us who knew him from years past had hoped he would be here throughout the whole school year, his position as a summer intern ended September 15, 2017, as he now moves...

Greg Dawson steps down from the podium upon retiring

Greg Dawson steps down from the podium upon retiring

Fiona Duffy, Arts & Culture Editro

June 13, 2017


Filed under NEWS, TOP STORIES

Greg Dawson has been a speech icon for thousands of students, but after 41 years he has made the decision to leave the school. Dawson initially came to Blake after working at Columbia Heights High School for three years, turning down the school’s offer twice before finally accepting. At Columbia Hei...

Lightning Strikes School: In Northrop’s 100 year anniversary, building suffers another mishap

Lightning Strikes School: In Northrop’s 100 year anniversary, building suffers another mishap

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

June 13, 2017


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In the 100th year of the Northrop building, havoc has struck. After the October pipe break left the school out of commission for a few days, another disaster struck in the form of a lightning bolt. Joe Ruggiero jokingly referred to the building as “Old Lady Northrop” and said that “[the building] is...

Feminist Art

Feminist Art

Elizabeth Opp, Opinions Editor

May 26, 2017


Filed under Artwork @ Blake, NEWS, Student Artists

Maya Chadda '19 had ten of her pieces of artwork published in the blog "Girls Right the World" on April 25, 2017. Chadda was put in touch with the publisher of the blog through the sophomore dean, Anne Rubin. Her pieces seek to promote feminism by viewing past expectations of women through the l...

Politics and power

Politics and power

Chapel Puckett, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2017


Filed under NEWS, TOP STORIES

Walking into the St. Stephen’s Community Center, a “Welcome” sign hangs on a column directly in front of the cafeteria where the Hennepin Elementary School students have lunch every day. Ironically, though, this message seems to be the opposite of how many low-income Minnesotans feel about their go...

Film for Field Trips and Field Trips

Film for Field Trips and Field Trips

Isaac Gittleman, Columnist

April 28, 2017


Filed under NEWS, TOP STORIES

Have you ever been sitting in class and wondered if there was anywhere else your class could be? Recently, there has been an increase in the number of clubs and classes utilizing movies to help inform and fundraise. These screenings were a mere coincidence to occur all around the same time. Pre-K-12 Mo...

News Briefs for April 2017

News Briefs for April 2017

Maggie Ankeny, Staff Writer

April 28, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Kjirsten Walt has just returned from maternity leave after Spring Break as the proud mom of Leif, her baby boy. She is excited to return to her Introductory Biology Classes for the fourth quarter. The Blake Robotics Team recently competed in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Minnesota 10000 Lakes Regional t...

Upper School artwork recognized in state competition

Emily Hykes, Food Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, NEWS, TOP STORIES

     The Minnesota Scholastic Art awards competition took place this past February, setting a record with over 4,300 entries in 13 different categories from the Twin Cities metro region. Six Blake artists won Gold and Silver Key Awards as well as Honorable Mentions in the regional competition. ...

New players, new coach, new season

New players, new coach,  new season

Blake Brazner, Staff Writer

March 13, 2017


Filed under NEWS, SPORTS, TOP STORIES

Grab your peanuts and cracker jacks--it’s time for some baseball. Coming off an 11-12 season, Boys’ Baseball looks to push the envelope in 2017. Led by captains Will Bean ‘17, Will Leadholm ‘17, and Jackson Lee ‘18, the Bears have high aspirations for the season, which will be the first und...

Science Olympiad teams compete at state

Science Olympiad teams compete at state

Sarina Dev, Staff Writer

March 13, 2017


Filed under NEWS, TOP STORIES

    The school’s Science Olympiad team recently finished their season after completing three competitions.      They competed at their regional meet at Minnetonka High School where they placed 4th, sending them to state.      To prepare, the team split up into partners to study for spe...

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