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Getting Down with the Yang Gang

Christina Checkerdjieva, Opinions Editor

March 9, 2020

As Andrew Yang’s face appeared from behind an American flag curtain, a room of 1,200 rose to their feet to clap and cheer him on the makeshift stage of the Downtown Des Moines Marriott’s conference room as Drake’s “God’s Plan” played, elevating the experience others the already iconic entra...

Senior Slide Not What it Appears

Senior Slide  Not What it Appears

Noor Naseer, Sports Editor

February 7, 2020

A s defined by the Urban Dictionary, senior slide refers to ìThat magical part of your senior year in high school when things get a little easier and nothing you do matters."Rohan Ajmani '20 speaks to this expectation saying,  "I kind of thought in the second semester, there would just be an understa...

No Buenos Aires: Economic Crisis

No Buenos Aires: Economic Crisis

Christina Chekerdjieva, Opinions Editor

February 7, 2020

 Traveling abroad in a foreign country is already intimidating- but what happens when you find yourself caught amidst an economic crisis during your family vacation? Henry Schmidt '23 found himself in this situation when traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina with his family this winter break. Argen...

Service Path Recognition Inspires Engagement, Focus, Dedication

Service Path Recognition Inspires Engagement, Focus, Dedication

Shira Aronow, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

Community service takes many forms within Blake, whether that be in service oriented clubs, all school service days, or in the variety of service opportunities that members of the community participate in individually. One way that Blake acknowledges the individual work of students outside of the school...

Pets Decrease Stress Despite Added Responsibility

Pets Decrease Stress Despite Added Responsibility

Anna Johns, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

Pets have a very large presence in students’ lives, occupying their free time and increasing their responsibility. Not only that, but many students agree that their pets have become valued members of their family. Solveig Bingham ‘21 has had various pets from a young age, including a dog, hamste...

Excitement, Anticipation Brews for Upcoming Thanksgiving Break, Holiday

Excitement, Anticipation Brews for Upcoming Thanksgiving Break, Holiday

Shira Aronow, Staff Writer

November 9, 2019

Thanksgiving means something different to many members of the student body. And, the homework-free weekend is experienced in a variety of ways as well. A time to celebrate with old and new traditions, eat tasty meals, to be grateful, and some time away from school are aspects of the upcoming holiday t...

Students Participate in Broad Range of Activities After School

Students Participate in Broad Range of Activities After School

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Different endeavors that take place after school comprise students' evening hours.

Jake Svenddal ’22: Sports

Jake Svenddal ’22: Sports

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Jake Svenddal '22 plays on the Boys' Hockey team. Last year, he was on swing line, meaning he played in both JV and Varsity games. Svenddal would practice with Varsity daily, either at 3:45-5:15 p.m or 5:30-7:00 p.m. Additionally, he says the hockey team has workouts, film sessions, and yoga, which can...

Jack Standish ’20: Jobs

Jack Standish ’20: Jobs

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

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Lilian Anderson ‘20: Theater

Lilian Anderson ‘20: Theater

Lachen Reid, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Lilian Anderson '20 is part of the fall play, titled The Dining Room. She has rehearsal for a couple hours per day currently, and the two weeks prior to the play she has rehearsal for two and a half hours. She describes the play saying "it's a really weird play because it takes place in one room the ...

Students Don’t Universally Celebrate Halloween Traditions

Students Don’t Universally Celebrate Halloween Traditions

Catherine Barry, Sports Editor

October 14, 2019

Many students believe Halloween to be a holiday that you celebrate when you are younger by going out with your friends, getting dressed up in a costume, and going trick or treating.  Yet as people get older, these notions change. Nate Heithoff ‘22 believes high schoolers going trick or treating wi...

Students Engage in Upcoming Election, Campaigns

Students Engage in Upcoming Election, Campaigns

Ale Perri, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

Regardless of how students get involved in the election, they see importance in being knowledgeable about politics. Rosa Gerdts ‘20 states, “The outcome of politics to- day truly does affect our future...It is also our responsibility to be active global citizens.” With the 2020 election n...

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