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The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

Sophia Vezmar ‘22 spoke on gullibility for her speech. She highlighted the unseen benefits
of being gullible and warned against thinking of gullible people negatively.

Freedom of Speech Must be Upheld

James Prince, Online Editor March 10, 2022

With more and more speeches that have been deemed as controversial by a majority of the student body appearing in the senior speeches, there is no doubt there has been conversations about significantly...

Drew Shapiro ‘22 spoke on how talking to strangers encourages growth and provides new
learning opportunities. His speech also described the positive outcomes of stepping outside of your comfort zone to interact with new people.

Speech Impact Needs Consideration

Bernadette Whitely, Editor-In-Chief March 10, 2022

Giving a senior speech is often thought of as a right of passage for many seniors as it is an opportunity to speak about something you are passionate about or raise awareness around a particular issue....

Booster Protects From Sickness Yet Does Not Provide Complete Immunity

Booster Protects From Sickness Yet Does Not Provide Complete Immunity

Evan Vezmar, Opinions Editor February 3, 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and new variants become more and more contagious, booster shots of the COVID vaccine are now recommended for people ages 12 and up. The CDC denotes the reason for boosters...

Students Should Receive Booster Shot Immediately as Necessary Protection

Students Should Receive Booster Shot Immediately as Necessary Protection

Oscar Walsh, Staff Photographer February 3, 2022

The recent rises in COVID-19 cases make it more important than ever to do everything possible to stay in school and avoid getting sick. The booster shot offers one of the best methods to avoid getting...

Cursive: A Storied Past and a Complicated Future

Cursive: A Storied Past and a Complicated Future

Jason Gelb, Lucio Bollettieri, and Maggie Seidel September 29, 2021

Understanding Cursive's Past By Jason Gelb The history behind cursive begins in ancient Greece and Rome, where early versions of it were most likely used to hasten writing and prevent damage to the writing...

Death Penalty Does Not Achieve Intended Goals

Death Penalty Does Not Achieve Intended Goals

Keaton Rannow, Staff Writer June 2, 2021

     The death penalty is certainly an issue that poses complex legal, political, and moral questions but a closer examination of the morality of capital punishment makes such a question clear. The...

In the late 1990s, the papaya ringspot virus almost wiped out the entire crop, until Cornell University scientists created the virus-resistant Rainbow papaya. The fruit is still enjoyed today because of genetic modification.

CRISPR-Cas9 Sequences Spark Debate Despite Potential Positive Effects for Food Industry

Sage Marmet, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 14, 2021

In an era of continual scientific advancement, we are constantly being faced with questions regarding the morality and ethicality of altering the very building blocks that comprise our lives. Clustered...

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

Engineering Provides Brighter Future

Grace Homan, Contributing Writer January 14, 2021

In recent years, genetic engineering—alongside technology—has been steadily increasing. Dating back to the 1970s, humans genetically modified animals and plants to create genetically modified organisms,...

Human Modification Creates Risks

Human Modification Creates Risks

Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor January 14, 2021

Each year, more than three billion dollars is spent on genetic research. As genetic modification technology advances and that number continues to rise with genetic modification becoming a normalized topic,...

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Chad Woerner, Staff Writer November 4, 2020

Twitter's main purposes, according to their website, are to "give everyone the power to create and share ideas" and "not detract from a free and global conversation." Instagram's mission statement claims...

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Preconceived Biases Influence Readership

Keaton Rannow, Contributing Writer November 4, 2020

Since social media's rise in the early 2000s, its most powerful tool has been the ability to disseminate information widely and rapidly. Current events that would've taken days, even weeks to reach our...

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