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Nicolle Thomas: Cooking up Community

Thomas makes homemade pasta at Threshing Table Farm, a farm in Wisconsin. She partners with them for farm fresh produce and also has farm dinners outside.
November 9, 2020

Nicolle Thomas, Blake's Lunch Program Administrator can be in her office crunching numbers, in the food line handing out meals, or in the dishroom cleaning. Wherever you locate her, you will find her wearing...

Equity Lab Promotes Anti-racism Through Discussion

The Equity Lab came from the Office of Equity and Community Engagement (OECE), pictured above. However, the Lab is only virtual.
Community hopes Lab brings internal biases to light
November 8, 2020

With the summer Black Lives Matter movements on the forefront of everyoneís minds, the Equity Lab emerged at an ideal time. The Lab was created by Tyneeta Canonge, the Director of the Office of Equity...

Students, Teachers, Staff Welcome CJ as the new Senior Grade Dean

Jones Eckhardt says that she would describe herself as someone who is “welcoming, engaging, funny, but stern if I have to be, approachable, empathetic, and just somebody you’d be comfortable talking with!”
Jones Eckhardt excited to take on new position in Upper School
November 8, 2020

We have all experienced so many changes in the past six months from COVID-19 to widespread Black Lives Matter movements, so it's understandable that any more change could throw some of us off the deep...

Stock Market Crash Reveals New Strategy for Investors

The unprecedented COVID-19 has greatly affected the stock market.
April 24, 2020

For about the last 11 years, investors in the stock market have grown accustomed to high returns and a booming economy that presents itself with new jobs and companies. However, that streak has come to...

Films Document, Create History

Films Document, Create History
Very engaging movies have been debuted this decade
February 7, 2020

2012: Stuck In Love (Amazon Prime) Stuck in Love is a beautiful film that deals with family, romance, and friendship. The movie follows three couples, a divorced father figuring out how to deal with...

LearningWorks Creates Community, Positive Learning Environment

Addison Anderson '19 works with students during the summer.
May 13, 2019

“I learn so much from my students because we all create a community together through LearningWorks. It feels like Blake transforms into a new place during the summer even though it’s the same building,”...

Poppy Harlow Gives a “Voice to the Voiceless”

Harlow hosting a 2019 CNN Town Hall Forum with presidential candidate Howard Schultz
CNN Journalist Poppy Harlow '01 balances motherhood, unexpected career in journalism
April 18, 2019

When Poppy Harlow ‘01 was asked to conduct an interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the same week that her son was born, she was unsure whether she could realistically do it. But there she was,...

Teachers Find Balance In Deep-Rooted Loyalties To Sports Teams

Maggie Bowman, Jim Mahoney and Patrick Barry supporting their respective teams, the Minnesota Vikings, the Boston Red Sox, and the Green Bay Packers
March 15, 2019

Extreme sports loyalties run deep, deriving from family traditions and childhoods in communities where sports are front page news. From fire hydrants painted green and yellow for the Green Bay Packers,...

If Walls Could Talk

A student studies in front of the main fireplace of Northrop, circa 1951
Looking into the 103 year old Northrop Campus and its students
February 3, 2019

Studying at the Carlson Commons, going to the English wing for class, meeting up with friends in the "Junior Lounge". The current spaces of the Northrop campus are so integral to students' and faculties'...

Learning from the Outdoors

Learning from the Outdoors
October 3, 2018

“Alright guys, I need all the bolts taken out of these picnic tables. It shouldn’t take you that long!” I looked up at the source of this strange suggestion, our project sponsor at Afton State...

Fortnite Cultivates Societal Takeover

Fortnite Cultivates Societal Takeover
"Where [are] we dropping?"
May 1, 2018

Whether or not you play video games, you’ve likely heard of Fortnite Battle Royale. The free sandbox survival game is grossing nine figures a month and the craze isn’t showing any signs of dying down.  The...

Recording Shapiro’s career

Sam Shapiro
Shapiro discovers passion through finding his sound
March 5, 2018

“I’ve never taken lessons or classes or anything, so it’s just me looking at YouTube videos, figuring stuff out, learning music theory for myself, and making that stuff come to life,” says Sam...

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