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Kyle also loves to reread her diverse book collection and watch sports movies, one of her favorites being Rudy.

Ms. Kyle Discusses College Counseling Journey

Kyle enjoys connecting with and learning from students
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer December 18, 2020

Sara Kyle, Director of College Counseling, found her passion for counseling early on. Kyle has worked at Blake as a college counselor for 19 years, but she says that she has “been in college admissions...

College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality

College Admissions Foster Competition, Inequality

Early decision, early action institutionalize universities’ capital wealth
Sara Richardson, Managing Editor November 6, 2020

An increasing number of students, especially seniors, are exhausted, stressed, panicked, and worried about their futures. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming election and the future of this...

The Aamoth Stadium lays empty during this time

Cancellation of Spring Season Leads to Plans for Summer, Impacts Recruitment

Athletes speak out as to how quarantine has affected their scouting and off season plans
Catherine Barry, Food Features Editor May 23, 2020

Among all the chaos that has come with the outbreak of COVID-19, student-athletes whose sports are in the spring are devastated that they won’t have a season due to the close contact and high risk of...

Weiss’s two children, who graduated from Blake, have both taken gap years.

College Isn’t Always the Only Option

Adjusting to changing perceptions of time after graduation
Caroline Hardy, Managing Editor May 13, 2019

“You have your whole life to go to school,” explains mother, science teacher, and former college professor Deborah Weiss. In response to this rapidly spreading movement towards relaxing and appreciating...

Next year, Borgida is planning to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conneticut.

Gap Years are Opportunities for Growth

Alumni reflect on experiences, interests
Nadia Lee, News Editor May 13, 2019

For Bea Buckley '18, her gap year served as time to pursue her passion for horse riding. For Jake Borgida '17, the time off was an opportunity to focus on hockey. For Sean Bazzett '18, a gap year meant...

Ninth graders recognize premature college anxiety

Prioritizing personal interests
Maia Schifman and Maggie Seidel, Staff Writers November 28, 2018

The common desire of many Blake students to receive admission to a top-tier college creates stress that begins much earlier than the college application process. Underclassmen are already focused on the...

Re-defining discourse

Harmful clashes between PC, free speech go nowhere
Maxine Whitely and John Miller, Editor-in-Chief and Business Manager December 3, 2015

In the wake of national unrest about race relations on college campuses, discussions of the subject have naturally permeated into high schools, too. Uncomfortable, necessary conversations have graced our...

There are many components to a college application, with some that you can blow out of proportion in your favor, and some that you can’t.

Applying to College is too Stressful

A perennial issue engenders embellishment, untruthfulness
Anneliese Moore, Arts and Culture Editor December 3, 2015

Every year,  seniors complain about high stress levels as they manage their heavy class schedules while applying to colleges. Only until this year, as a first semester senior, did I actually understand...

The screen that greets applicants on the Common Application website.

Embellishing on College Applications

As seniors apply to college, some tend to exaggerate credentials
Katya Tobak, Copy Editor November 20, 2015

“Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom. Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, and other pursuits....

A drawing of a U.S. dollar bill with 0 as the amount.

The cost of charging for public college

The U.S. government can afford to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, so why doesn't it?
Sean Ericson, Managing Copy Editor October 29, 2015
The U.S. government can afford to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, so why doesn't it?
Take Back the Night is one example of a group speaking against sexual violence and assault and offering support and education.

UVA article under scrutiny after Rolling Stone mishandles story

Nationwide response to the discredited article and its wider implications
Brianna Pomonis, Staff Writer April 30, 2015

When Rolling Stone’s November article on UVA fraternities dropped,  widespread rage  caused colleges, students, and parents to refocus their view on sexual assault at college campuses. However, new...

Daunting price of college towers over students

Daunting price of college towers over students

Is the price of college worth the commitment?
Tom Bauer, Contributing Writer March 19, 2015

Here at Blake, the vast majority of students move on to pursue a four year degree after graduating. Most students don’t think twice about applying to college, but instead worry about not being accepted...

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