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AP Tests Meet New Format

AP Tests Meet New Format

Testing shifts online
Amelia Bush, Staff Writer June 2, 2021

As the end of the year nears, the AP came and went as well. This year, the AP tests were mostly online, with some taking them in person, depending on the students grade level and the class that they are...

Harrison Oxford'23 tees of in a Match against Wayzata at Burl Oaks

Boys Golf Looks To State Using Past Advice

Former players make lasting impact
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor June 2, 2021

It was not long ago since Derek Hitchner '16 teed off to win the Class AA State Championship in 2016. Now concluding his sophomore year at Pepperdine University, the echoes of his swing can be heard throughout...

Parent volunteers gave vaccines to students.

12-15 Year Olds Eligible for Vaccines

Event hosted at middle school
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer June 2, 2021

In a major step towards returning to a normal school experience for students, the FDA approved the Pfizer-Bio-NTech vaccine for emergency use, meaning that the Pfizer vaccine can be administered to anyone...

Staff Editorial: Community Struggles to Connect Through Lack of Dances, Mandatory Fun

Staff Editorial: Community Struggles to Connect Through Lack of Dances, Mandatory Fun

Betsy Fries, Creative Director May 28, 2021

Students would like to think that the adults, namely the administration in the building, prioritize a sense of community among the student body. We acknowledge and fully understand that they are humans...

Left to right: Emma Brown ‘22, Anika Rodriguez ‘23, John Erlandson ‘21, Mohamed Yebdri, and Taous Khazem shoot a scene in the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens.

Spring Musical Takes New Format, Filming Takes Place Off Campus

Cast and crew members shift to new platform
Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor April 30, 2021

This year, an array of cameras, calls for quiet on set, and sculptures that come to life will replace the normal members of an audience in an “Alice In Wonderland” inspired movie musical.  With initial...

Zoe Feldshon ‘21, Jack Crow ‘21, and Amanda Ward ‘21 sit in the senior lounge during block 3.

Senior Class Mourns Loss of Traditions, Memories

Class of 2021 wished for more significant commemoration
Jack Prince, Editor Emeritus April 30, 2021

The point of traditions is to bring people of different backgrounds together over a shared love of an activity. A focal point of being a senior at Blake is less about the title and more about the traditions...

Jake Gearhart ‘21 watches senior speeches during advisory on the steps in the Carlson Commons near the science wing. Senior speeches and significant school events are often broadcast on this screen.

Capstone Senior Project Survives Pandemic School

Students embrace two-week program, Senior Seminar to explore personal interests
Brooke Lee & Jenna Thrasher, Contributing Writers April 30, 2021

Each year, the senior project signals the end of the Upper School journey for all twelfth graders. The Project isn't a code word for getting out two weeks earlier to bypass finals; rather, it is a time...

Nina Bush ‘22 says, “I’m excited about seeing people again but a little worried about [COVID-19] and managing the workload since I’ve gotten so used to the off days where I have the time to sleep in and get all my work done.”

Full In-Person Concerns Community

Students voice concerns about workload
Lucy Wolfe, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

On March 8, head of upper school, Anne Stavney informed the community that the middle school and upper school campuses would be returning to fully in person instruction starting April 19th. When asked...

Annabella Rozin ‘24 shares, “There was a huge sense of relief that I felt when the verdict was announced, because Chauvin had to be held accountable for his actions but also because Minneapolis would have felt the repercussions of the verdict more than anywhere else in the US. It was the best decision the jury could have made in terms of equality but also for safety.”

Chauvin Trial Causes, Heightens Tension

Community members react to trial, verdict
Evan Vezmar, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Eleven months after George Floyd was killed in the custody of police, Derek Chauvin, the former officer who pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, went on trial. Chauvin was charged...

Staff Editorial: Blake Lacks Conversation, Action Around the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Staff Editorial: Blake Lacks Conversation, Action Around the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Emily Rotenberg, Student Life and Food Editor April 30, 2021

Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin faced charges for manslaughter, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder in a trial that had...

Blake Senior game masters run the @blakeseniorassassins Instagram account that updates game participants.

Assassins Provides Semblance of Normalcy, Excitement

Despite administrative apprehension about safety, Assassins continues
Carly Shoemate, Contributing Writer April 30, 2021

Assassins is a springtime tradition at Blake and a number of other schools in Minnesota and across the country. The Nerf-war type game consists of a number of teams, generally ranging from three to five...

The walkout was in partnership with @mnteenactivists on Instagram and over 80 schools around the state participated.

Student Activists Organize Walkout

Students support Black Lives Matter and the fight against AAPI hate
Evan Vezmar , Staff Writer April 30, 2021

In response to persistent hate against Asian Americans and to offer support for the Black Lives Matter movement in light of the Chauvin trial and the deaths of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, Minnesota...

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