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Last chance to get to know our Guatemalan exchange students

Last chance to get to know our Guatemalan exchange students

Kaja Bingnam and Lucy Nelson, Staff Writer and News Editor

December 11, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

Mafar Peleaz   Duration of stay: 8 weeks What do you think of Blake so far/what are your first impressions? I think Blake is a very challenging school, exhausting, but I’m liking it a lot. I’m really enjoying my time here. What is the name of your school back home? Colegi...

Becoming tech warriors

Becoming tech warriors

Anneliese Moore, Managing Editor

December 11, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

Especially for ninth and tenth graders, getting to know the teachers outside of the six or seven classes you meet with four times a week can be difficult. However, many of these teachers who you might not see every day can be of great help to you, in regard to technology and research questions. The fac...

A look into Taher

A look into Taher

Sam Gittleman, Opinions Editor

December 4, 2015


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When walking through the cafeteria during non-lunch hours, two things stand out: the constant, strenuous work necessary to prepare food for over 500 people, and the music blasting from the kitchen.      “Sometimes it’s reggae, sometimes it’s heavy metal, and sometimes it’s country western...

Exponentially exuberant

Exponentially exuberant

Kai Sovell and Sarina Dev, Staff Writers

December 4, 2015


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Exponents. Geometer’s Sketchpad. Variables. While there are many of us who cringe at the sound of these words, the students participating on the Math Team have discovered that math has a fun side outside of the stereotypical classroom setting. Rachel Eggert ‘19 says there are many preconceived notion...

Afflicted academics

Afflicted academics

Alyssa Story and Paris del Castillo, Staff Writers

December 4, 2015


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Do you ever feel angry when the sun is too bright or gloomy when it storms? These are symptoms of “seasonal affective disorder”, or SAD. SAD is a very real and common disorder, with about 3 million cases in the United States per year. The amount of cases varies between the seasons. SAD is also 4 time...

STUDENT ACTIVISTS @ BLAKE

STUDENT ACTIVISTS @ BLAKE

Melina Donelly and Lucy Nelson

December 3, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, NEWS, STUDENT LIFE

WE Day is a one-day event that celebrates service. It is organized annually by Free the Children, an organization founded by Craig Kielburger at the young age of 12 in 1995. Kielburger was joined by his brother Marc in establishing and finalizing an organization that would go on to change the world and...

How activity level affects eating habits

How activity level affects eating habits

Isaac Gittleman, Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

The saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach” is often used when someone takes more food than they’re able to eat. In some cases, such as if someone is “carbo-loading” or naturally burning a lot of calories through various activities, it’s actually important for people to eat as muc...

Where music and physics align

Where music and physics align

Minjae Lee, Opinions Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

TASC is a time for some students to settle into practice rooms, hidden away from the obvious eye all around school. Passing the art department, musicians like April Wang ’16 can be heard playing the piano in a practice room. In fact, there are numerous students like Wang who have the musicality behin...

A (blood) type of hero

A (blood) type of hero

Samantha Monahan and Arden Shannon

December 3, 2015


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Every two seconds someone is in need of a blood donation, according to Memorial Blood Centers (MBC). From premature infants and organ transplant receivers to cancer patients and accident survivors, there is never a shortage of blood recipients. Knowing that, by donating blood, up to three people’s lives can be...

STUDENT ACTIVISTS @ BLAKE

STUDENT ACTIVISTS @ BLAKE

Will Kaback, Student Life Editor

December 3, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, NEWS, STUDENT LIFE

For Reece Sanders ‘17, all it took was a moment. As he changed the radio station—something he’d done countless times before—he took his eyes off the road for a split second. That was all it took to cause what Sanders calls “a bad crash.” In the aftermath, he was left with a changed persp...

Learning lunch creates space for education and reflection

Learning lunch creates space for education and reflection

Chapel Puckett, Managing Editor

November 24, 2015


Filed under NEWS, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

“For those of us who live at the shoreline / standing upon the constant edges of decision / crucial and alone,” Marie Michael recited. The learning lunch began with a recitation of Audre Lorde’s poem “A Litany for Survival.” Lorde’s poem encapsulates the emotional events in recent weeks regarding th...

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