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COVID-19’s Effect on Teenagers, Socialization

COVID-19’s Effect on Teenagers, Socialization

Pandemic, isolation forces young people to be more social, outgoing
Mallika Malaviya, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Although unexpected, increased isolation caused by the pandemic has resulted in teenagers becoming more social than they were previously. Being a teenager is often defined by lots of socialization, and...

On May 13, Blake offered over 600 community members COVID-19 vaccines at the Middle School.

COVID-19 Vaccination Processes Shift, Easing Summer Restrictions

Summer activities open, safety remains crucial
Kate Rekas, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

To most Minnesotans, the COVID-19 pandemic has seemed like a nearly 15 month marathon since the first stay at home order was issued on March 25, 2020. For the first time in over a year, real, tangible...

Award Shows Adapt to COVID-19

Award Shows Adapt to COVID-19

Amaka Nwokocha, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Through 2020, the world went through a pandemic that devastated the entertainment industry. Last spring, movie releases and film festivals got canceled, albums got pushed back, and filming for countless...

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...

School’s Slower Pace

COVID-19 allows us to slow down, take time
Nina Bush, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

The past year has brought many schedules, quick changes in what used to be everyday life, and much uncertainty. Despite this, the one thing that has stayed constant in the past year is the slower pace...

Student Perspectives Surrounding Return to Full In-Person School

Student Perspectives Surrounding Return to Full In-Person School

Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor April 11, 2021

On April 19, all students and faculty will be returning back in person. A variety of thoughts on the change have been spurred however, the majority of student opinions have been positive. The main reason...

Tips to Destress

Tips to Destress

Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer March 19, 2021

From sports to school to friendships to living through a pandemic there are about a million reasons every day to get stressed or overwhelmed. Pippa Pflaum ‘24 states “I would say the most stressful...

TikTok creators and influencers as a whole have been infamous for ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Influencers’ Nonexistent COVID-19 Practices

TikTokers ignore safety protocols, setting bad examples
Amelia Bush, Staff Writer March 17, 2021

With the new COVID-19 strand and over 500,000 deaths due to the disease in the United States, following the proper procedures is more necessary than ever; however, this hasn't stopped influencers from...

Michael-Crushshon on a hiking expedition with classmates at The Alzar School in Idaho

Semester Away Created Escape From COVID-19, Fostered Race-related Micro Aggressions

Rabi Michael-Crushshon ‘22 recounts experiences at Idaho semester away
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Rabi Michael-Crushshon '22 had the opportunity to participate in a semester away program this year amidst the pandemic and intense political climate, but from the experience, she learned a lot about herself...

Maintaining Mask Effectiveness

Maintaining Mask Effectiveness

Tips on how to ensure that your mask keeps you safe
Christopher Chen , Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Wearing a mask can be difficult and annoying. In light of many new variant COVID-19 strains, mask wearing is ever more essential and the following few tips might be helpful to consider in making the process...

Similarities, Differences Between Roaring 20s, Post-COVID-19 World

Aftermath of 1918 pandemic, COVID-19 mirror each other
Zoey Ueland, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

The year 2020 was expected to be full of extravagance and fun, similar to the "roaring twenties" 100 years before. Yet, three months after January 1st, we were trading in party dresses for masks, locked...

COVID-19 Creates New Normal

What does post-pandemic society look like?
Cleo Kilpatrick, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

This year was one to remember, with life constantly changing it created a "new normal." We got used to wearing masks in public, staying 6 feet apart, using Zoom, and just staying at home more than usual....

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