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Senior Summer Reading Recommendations

Senior Summer Reading Recommendations

Sarina Dev, Editor Emeritus

May 10, 2019

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Don’t thank me, thank Mr. Barry. I read this book first semester in my Utopian and Dystopian Literature class and it completely blew me out of the water. Mandel tells the story of humanity before, during, and after its collapse. Following five characters...

Activities to Explore in Minneapolis during Spring

Activities to Explore in Minneapolis during Spring

Nadia Lee and Nora Fox

April 22, 2019

Although April and May can be a stressful time for students with the culmination of AP exams, finals, and end-of-year assignments, spring is a great time to take advantage of the warm weather outdoors and escape the pressures of schoolwork. From city parks and gardens to yoga and fitness classes, Mi...

Meeting With Erin Adams

Meeting With Erin Adams

Emily Anderson, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

Erin Adams, is one of two student counselors at the high school as well as the Director of Counseling at Blake. Adams works with students during sessions to provide a certain amount of counseling support for those going through things that are developmentally typical. Along with meeting one on one with student...

Choir Tour Safety Procedure Raises Attention

Choir Tour Safety Procedure Raises Attention

Anna Johns, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

Most Blake students, at some time or another, have experienced the panicked feeling of arriving at the door in the morning and not having their key card. Students are either forced to frantically search around for another student, or be resigned to buzzing in to the office and admitting to their forgetfu...

Prom Announcement Raises Student Attention

Prom Announcement Raises Student Attention

Noor Naseer, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

As Spring Break rolls in, news of Prom begins to form a buzz in the high school hallways. While 78% of the then junior attendees enjoyed the dance last year, news of recent changes has become apparent. Many of the complaints from last year’s attendees were related to the DJ and the dance floor setu...

Reflecting on Newly Designed Art Curriculum

Reflecting on Newly Designed Art Curriculum

Mallika Malaviya, Contributing Writer

February 1, 2019

This school year, the structure of class configurations has taken a huge turn in the arts program. This program now separates beginning level classes for subjects such as drawing and painting and those classes are followed by separated advanced classes that build off of the beginners classes. This all...

Students Reflect on Language Choices, Possible Additions to Curriculum

Students Reflect on Language Choices, Possible Additions to Curriculum

Sage Marmet, Staff Writer

December 21, 2018

Languages are an important part of life, and many students do not take the process of selection lightly. 199 students voted on the reasons why they chose their respective language on an online survey. A little over half of the respondents said that they selected their language because they wanted to...

Employment Opportunities At Edina Assisted Living Community Attract Students

Employment Opportunities At Edina Assisted Living Community Attract Students

Sarina Dev, Creative Director

December 17, 2018

The Waters on 50th, an assisted living community located in Edina near 50th and France, currently employs five Blake juniors and seniors. Joely Gendler ‘19, Paige Bernstein ‘19, Olivia Paulek ‘19, Kai Sovell ‘19, and Mason Wordelman ‘21 all currently work as servers at the Waters Restaurant and Café. ...

Students Stress Importance of Studying Early, Getting Rest In Preparation For Finals

Students Stress Importance of Studying Early, Getting Rest In Preparation For Finals

Jack Prince, Sci-Tech Editor

December 12, 2018

Finals is the time of year that everyone dreads. However, if students take the necessary steps to prepare, they are more likely to get a better score on the test. Furthermore, students who prepare well also will feel more relaxed before and after their test. The most common mistake made by students prepar...

Students Rank Optimal Study Spaces

Students Rank Optimal Study Spaces

Jack Prince, Sci-Tech Editor

December 1, 2018

During free block, many students choose to work on their homework, but finding a quiet and productive study spot is often impossible. The most popular study places are those which are quiet enough to focus in. But due to each student’s schedule, everyone who wants to study is doing it at the same t...

Predicting the future of Rockstar Games

Predicting the future of Rockstar Games

Josh Power, Sports Editor

November 30, 2018

People are familiar with the major video game corporations – Activision, EA, Nintendo – that have become name brands among gamers. Quietly, Rockstar Games has emerged as a successful studio, largely because of two unique franchises: Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. Each new ins...

Humans at Blake: Kai Sovell

Humans at Blake: Kai Sovell

Sarina Dev, Creative Director

November 30, 2018

“I want to be somebody who does everything,” explains Kai Sovell ‘19.  Both an aspiring artist and scientist, she is strongly influenced by her mixed heritage: her mother Jaye Lee, a music major and pianist, immigrated from Seoul, South Korea when she was 30 years old and her father Chase Sovell g...

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