The Spectrum

Leaping into fall

Leaping into fall

Kai Sovell, Alyssa Story, and Sarina Dev, Contributing Writers

November 2, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

Fall means something different to each person. For some, it’s a favorite season, a time for bonfires and flannels and taking advantage of the last warm days. For others, the imepnding doom that is winter colors everything gray. Within the school, trends  start to appear during fall that aim to make the ...

Science Spotlight: Culture of Coding

Science Spotlight: Culture of Coding

Emmet Whitely, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Technology is all around us, in our backpacks, in our pockets, on our wrists, it’s almost impossible to do anything without the use of technology. But every piece of technology is useless without the underlying set of commands - known as code - that tell the technology how to operate. When the wor...

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Jack Barker, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under NEWS, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

An email a day. Maybe two. Who knew that such an ostensibly trivial issue would snowball into a major controversy? Kali Olson’s emails regarding new developments in the library have raised questions about not only the relevance of the emails themselves but also Blake’s communication systems as a whole ...

Defining drones

Defining drones

Steven Nye, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Flying high in the sky, drones are evolving to become more and more popular. The official definition of a drone is an unmanned aircraft that can navigate autonomously, but even this definition is expanding to include more consumer-demanded products. All of today’s drones fit into two main categories: U...

Press Release: Forum’s Forum

Mark Gustaferro, Contributing Writer

October 27, 2015


Filed under NEWS, STUDENT LIFE

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the United States’ thirty-second president, he took the office in one of the worst crises the nation had ever experienced. The Great Depression had devastated the American economy and put around 25% of the national population out of work. Despite the daunti...

A trip into the world of animals

A trip into the world of animals

Sierra Hoff, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, STUDENT LIFE

I open the doors of the school and walk outside—possessing only a plastic bag filled with seeds, nuts, and a camera. Soon I arrive to find a spoon that is bigger than me topped with cherry. Singular groups of people photobomb the art-work. Scripted ground turns to grass as I come across an evenly...

Student Science Internship @ The U

Student Science Internship @ The U

Fatiya Kedir and Elisa Lopez

September 29, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

While some spent their summer unwinding with friends or aching in pain from hours of test prep, one student found interest and comfort in spending time with a very special group: forest bugs. In the summer before his senior year, Calvin Rusley ‘16 had the fantastic opportunity to work in a lab at ...

Making history

Making history

Katya Tobak, Copy Editor

September 29, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE

     “We believe that the pursuit of academic excellence in secondary schools should be given the same attention as the pursuit of excellence in sports and other extracurricular activities, and we have found that many students do exemplary work in history.”            So reads the explanatory stateme...

Senior Retreat

Senior Retreat

Bill Colburn, Photographer

September 1, 2015


Filed under STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

Culture of Advanced Classes

Culture of Advanced Classes

Deniz Ercan-Fang, Sci-Tech Editor

August 27, 2015


Filed under OPINIONS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, STUDENT LIFE

Course choices are plentiful at the school for all ages, but one of the joys of being an upperclassman is that options increase tremendously. This variety can create a certain culture within the school over the difficulty of each class. Blake offers numerous challenging courses, from AP Euro to AP Sta...

Chapel Puckett ’17 rides for the win and for her work

Chapel Puckett ’17 rides for the win and for her work

Isabel Hall, Photo Manager

August 26, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

A profile on Chapel Puckett '17's summer of horseback riding. SPECTRUM: What barn do you ride at, and how long have you been there? CHAPEL PUCKETT: I live at the barn that I ride at and it is called Dandelion Farm! My family moved there when I was three years old and I have been riding since I...

Student summer influenced by power of a pen and paper

Student summer influenced by power of a pen and paper

C.C. Lucas, Creative Director

August 25, 2015


Filed under ARTS & CULTURE, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

Minjae Lee ‘17 may just have had the epitome of creative summers. If her summer were to be represented in a series of snapshots, the series would consist of blooming New York City skylines, awe-inspiring encounters with esteemed metropolitan journalists, and infinite drawings churned out during the summer...

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