The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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Both Maddie and Sarah maintain their passion for service by remaining involved in various communities. Over winter break, Maddie volunteered with Alight, at organization that helps to resettle Afghan refugees. She explained, “we had a bunch of different events that I ended up going to, including a figure skating event to teach Afghan youth how to skate ... It was hard for them because they kept falling, but really heartwarming to see that they were laughing.” Sarah attended events at Everymeal and Feed my Starving Children. In the future, she hopes to continue to volunteer with those organizations and branch out to discover new ways to help.

Hsia Sisters Explore Passion for Service

Mackenzie Higgins, Online Editor January 29, 2023

From leading the Hunger Committee and Community Service Board (CSB) Leadership Committee, to volunteering at Learning in Style School, Every Meal, and Feed My Starving Children, Maddie ‘23 and Sarah...

Jalen Wilson ‘23 delivers his senior speech during assembly on November 17. Along with the other seniors, Wilson receives feedback about his speech from teachers and advisors.

Speech Censorship Leaves Seniors Stifled, Edited at the Podium

Mackenzie Higgins, Food Editor December 16, 2022

“Word for word, there was nothing from my first draft that made it into my final speech,” says, Julia Enebo ‘23. Enebo is not alone, but rather many seniors this year would agree that they’ve experienced...

Class of 2023 sings “Sweet Caroline” and “Wonderwall” around the fire pit to end their retreat in Wisconsin.

Grade Retreats Aim To Connect Students, Provide Fun

Kate Rekas, Mackenzie Higgins, Georgia Wilson, and Claire Cao September 29, 2022

Senior Retreat      According to Jim Mahoney, former grade dean, and current college counselor, the senior retreat used to be a weekend-long affair. Despite this overnight tradition ending this year's...

Sweetgreen’s emphasis on quality ingredients is apparent in their salads and bowls, like the kale used in their Caesar salad.

Battle of the Salads: Crisp & Green vs. Sweetgreen

Sam Tomczik and Zoey Ueland September 29, 2022

Crisp & Green, the popular and expanding Wayzata based salad chain which first opened in 2016, is facing its first big competition: Sweetgreen. Sweetgreen, which first opened in Washington, D.C. in...

The Makerspace was expanded to fit both study rooms as opposed to the previous one.

Makerspace Unveiled in Library

Mackenzie Higgins , Staff Writer February 3, 2022

As part of a growing movement across schools in the U.S., Blake has recently put in a Makerspace in the library, providing students with space to work on physical projects. Nat Gilsdorf, the Upper School's...

Get to Know Marina Battig

Get to Know Marina Battig

Mackenzie Higgins , Staff Writer December 7, 2021

Marina Battig ‘24 has been living with Tess Blake ‘24 for the past few months while studying at Blake for the semester. Battig previously attended Blake in Lower School until her family moved to Uruguay...

Williams was a player on Season Five of “Jeopardy” on May 23, 1989. She was featured on episode number 1102.

Adventures of Janet Williams

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer November 4, 2021

Janet Williams was not always interested in teaching chemistry. Williams, who grew up in southern Michigan, explains that Chemistry was probably her least favorite class in high school. She didn’t...

Ben & Jerrys Speaks Out, Corporate Activism

Ben & Jerry’s Speaks Out, Corporate Activism

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Ben & Jerry’s is well known not only for its ice cream but also for its activism. In 1985, Ben & Jerry’s created the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation to fund organizations in Vermont and around...

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 National Science Bowl was virtual. Both Blake teams did well and placed 19th & 34th overall.

Club Spotlight: Science Bowl Club Looking for New Members

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

Science Bowl Club functions similarly to a knowledge or quiz bowl but with science-related questions. The topics range from biology, chemistry, physics, and even astronomy. Participants answer questions...

Plant-Based Burger Chain Opens Soon

Plant-Based Burger Chain Opens Soon

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

The restaurant Crisp & Green has amassed immense popularity in the past five years since its inception. According to StarTribune, founder and entrepreneur Steele Smiley has the same intentions for...

Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition

Double the Amount of Students Complete Service Path Recognition

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

The Service Path Recognition Program requires students to complete 100 hours of service as well as a reflection on their experience. Students pursuing the award this year have been facing many challenges...

New Year’s Resolutions Inspire Optimism Despite the Pandemic

New Year’s Resolutions Inspire Optimism Despite the Pandemic

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

New Year's resolutions look a little different in 2021 than they usually do. Around this time last year, people were committing themselves to goals as they would any other year, but within a few months,...

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