The Spectrum

Leading up to the end of the school year, students study for AP exams and finals as well as work on projects and homework in the library.

Full In-Person School Causes Workload Increase

In-person school, loss of at-home days overwhelms students
Sofia Perlman, News Editor May 28, 2021

Since returning to full in-person school, many students have noticed an increase in the workload. This increase, combined with the transition to a new schedule and all in-person classes has placed students...

Stress Overwhelms Students After Unusual Year

Stress Overwhelms Students After Unusual Year

Mental health declines due to increased stress
Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor May 28, 2021

As the school year is coming to a close, students and teachers are feeling the cumulative effects of COVID-19, isolation, social unrest, and the ways in which 15 months of high stress has changed our mental...

Martha Hughes ‘24 enjoys sailing as it is a great way to be active and spend time outside during the summer.

The Search for Fun Summer Activities Begins

Students share their summer plans, advice
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

COVID-19 wreaked havoc on summer plans last year. From summer camps, to travel plans, event after event was taken off the calendar. However, 2021 offers a new experience for students, although not without...

Creative, Unique Ways to Safely Socialize During Global Pandemic

Creative, Unique Ways to Safely Socialize During Global Pandemic

Numerous outdoor activities to enjoy with friends
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor April 30, 2021

The omnipresent conversations about physical health, social distancing, and immunity have not muted students' inherent desire for social engagement and connection with friends. Rather, the lack of human...

Pictured above is Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area located on Long Lake, MN. In addition to spending time hiking or walking in the wilderness, there are tons of other activities you can do outside. For instance,  Danny Andrade-Vera ‘23 states, “Nature is inspirational, so go do all your homework outside!”

Most Beautiful, Scenic Locations to Walk, Hike in Twin Cities

Wide variety of walkable, accessible parks
James Prince, Games & Ads Editor April 30, 2021

Clearing away the thick vegetation of an old-growth forest, a view of a creek running through a leafy valley into a lake appears. All that is around is the sound of birds chirping, the gurgling of the...

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 National Science Bowl was virtual. Both Blake teams did well and placed 19th & 34th overall.

Club Spotlight: Science Bowl Club Looking for New Members

Everything you need to know about Science Bowl
Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Science Bowl Club functions similarly to a knowledge or quiz bowl but with science-related questions. The topics range from biology, chemistry, physics, and even astronomy. Participants answer questions...

Student Perspectives Surrounding Return to Full In-Person School

Student Perspectives Surrounding Return to Full In-Person School

Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor April 11, 2021

On April 19, all students and faculty will be returning back in person. A variety of thoughts on the change have been spurred however, the majority of student opinions have been positive. The main reason...

Tips to Destress

Tips to Destress

Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer March 19, 2021

From sports to school to friendships to living through a pandemic there are about a million reasons every day to get stressed or overwhelmed. Pippa Pflaum ‘24 states “I would say the most stressful...

Required Readings Majorly Impact Student Perspectives

Required Readings Majorly Impact Student Perspectives

Media & novels are relevant to the high school experience
Mallika Malaviya, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Over the years at the upper school, students are required to read and consume many different texts in their respective English courses. Certain books can have a lasting impact on those who read them and...

Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition

Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition

Virtual volunteering results in additional service opportunities
Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

The Service Path Recognition Program requires students to complete 100 hours of service as well as a reflection on their experience. Students pursuing the award this year have been facing many challenges...

The Blake Crisis Nursery Youth Advisory Board's Holiday Helper fundraiser was planned by the YAB's leaders: Jing Jing Munson '21, Maggie Seidel '22, and Ellison Ratner '23.

Crisis Nursery Youth Advisory Board’s Holiday Helper Virtual Fundraiser

How has YAB been able to volunteer with COVID-19?
Shagun Sinha, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Throughout hybrid learning, clubs have found creative new ways to volunteer and pursue their normal activities. One of these clubs is the Crisis Nursery Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB is a club that works...

Nya Manneh ‘21, Sage Marmet ‘22, Molly Seidel ‘24, Betsy Fries ‘22, Maggie Seidel ‘22, Bernadette Whitely ‘22, Emily Rotenberg ‘22, Sofia Perlman ‘24, Cleo Kilpatrick ‘24, Tristan Poul ‘22, and Dylan Gainsley ‘22 all zoom into the Spectrum staff meeting on Anna Reid’s new and improved 65”screen.

Remote Students React to HTLP 2.0

Is new schedule more, less beneficial for remote students
Sofia Perlman, News Editor February 24, 2021

While many students recently returned to hybrid learning, some have chosen to stay online. The mixture of students both in-person and online has made teaching classes more challenging. "Teachers will...

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