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

Left on Read

Left on Read

Mackenzie Higgins, Editor Emerita May 14, 2024

One of my many spring break reads was Joan Didion’s 1968 essay, “On Being Unchosen by the College of One’s Choice.” I stumbled upon this a bit by accident, as I had picked up an anthology of Didion’s...

Staff Editorial

Staff Editorial

The Spectrum Staff May 10, 2024

We come from a wide variety of cultures and religious backgrounds, yet students often find that there is a lack of knowledge surrounding religions outside of their own. While the World History class teaches...

Waves captured the hearts of many through its powerful acting.

“Waves” Movie Review

Ella Duplessis, Contributing Writer May 6, 2024

"Waves" is a patient and long film that goes through all the emotional curve balls and shows how teenagers bottle up their feelings until a final breaking point. In the case of the main character, Tyler,...

Wendy Johnson checks Alex Zhang ‘25, Eddie Shen ‘25, Tony Liu ‘25, and Roland Bentley ‘25 in for the PSAT on Oct. 18, 2023. The PSAT is the first standardized test students take.

ACT, SAT Exams Return

Alvin Liu, Contributing Writer May 5, 2024

The bloodbath of American standardized testing has existed for generations, persisting as one of the country’s foremost factors in determining college admissions and a root of immense stress for many...

Social Media Provokes Safety Questions

Social Media Provokes Safety Questions

Charlee Jones, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

“Social media is really dangerous, I thought some random person was someone I knew and it's just so easy to pretend to be someone else,” says Olivia Besikof ‘27. On social media people can pick...

Staff Editorial

Staff Editorial

February 17, 2024

Why do people break rules? How should these rules be enforced? How should privileges be awarded? Rules that seem simple, such as cleaning up your lunch table, not using the elevator and not leaving campus...

Left on Read

Left on Read

Mackenzie Higgins, Editor Emerita February 16, 2024

Like many seniors, the dawn of 2024 has a lot of significance for me. Perhaps second to graduation and college, 2024 also means my last year of ski racing, my retirement.  I started skiing at age three...

To Say What the Law Is - John Marshall

To Say What the Law Is – John Marshall

Kevin Bizily, Columnist February 8, 2024

Mickey Mouse, created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1928, has over the last century become one of the most recognizable and popular cartoon characters in the world. Now, as of January 1, 2024, the anthropomorphic...

Rather than empty space, Hollander recommends “to have pretty stuff on the walls, not have it be cluttered. Have some beauty.”

Study Space Superior to Lockers

Evan Vezmar, Editor Emeritus February 5, 2024

My previous English teachers have been fans of small group discussions where we go into the hall to talk about our book for a few minutes. However, the glaring issue on the third floor has been the lack...

Gay and Mahoney attended Exeter Academy together. Gay was a staff writer for the Exonian, the Exeter Academy student newspaper, wrote Mahoney via email.

Colleges Must Decide Where to Draw Line

Gabriella Marmet, Managing Editor February 2, 2024

Claudine Gay, previous president of Harvard, was pressured to resign from her position due to findings of poorly handling questions about anti-semitism on campus as well as plagiarism. Gay was the first...

Skipping School to Drive: Life-Long Skill Worth More Than Class?

Skipping School to Drive: Life-Long Skill Worth More Than Class?

Shruti Balachander, Staff Writer December 13, 2023

Driving is something that a number of people look forward to from the moment they enter high school. The idea of being able to go anywhere without parental supervision is appealing to many people as they...

A Christmas decoration angrily advocates for the postponement of winter holiday celebrations at least until Thanksgiving is over. Some argue that Christmas preparations can begin immediately after Halloween, but Thanksgiving is often a benchmark for starting holiday facilities.

Do Not Forget About Thanksgiving This Winter

Kaining Zhang, Staff Writer December 8, 2023

After Halloween, there are still nearly two months until Christmas, and yet, walking in the hallways, Christmas seems to be the only thing plaguing our minds. The decorations we’re hanging up, the presents...

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