The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

The News of The Blake School Since 1916

The Spectrum

COVID-19’s Effect on Teenagers, Socialization

COVID-19’s Effect on Teenagers, Socialization

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...

TikTok Audios, Trends Give Small Artists Platforms, Recognition

TikTok Audios, Trends Give Small Artists Platforms, Recognition

Will Rosenblum, Managing Editor May 28, 2021

TikTok has exploded since its creation in 2016, and with it, the world has entered a new era in music creation. A massive component of the media sensation has been music, as trends that fuel content on...

Seniors Share Advice and Reflect

Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor May 28, 2021

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR FRESHMAN SELF? Tommy, you have so much room to grow. Don’t be afraid to go after all the opportunities Blake has to offer. It all will turn out ok.” - Tommy Pan I would...

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...

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Processes Shift, Easing Summer Restrictions

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...

Dangers of Praising, Idolizing Politicians, Blurs, Obscures Truth

Dangers of Praising, Idolizing Politicians, Blurs, Obscures Truth

James Prince, Games & Ads Editor May 28, 2021

In the United States, cult followings have sprung up around politicians like former President Donald Trump, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Senator Bernie Sanders. The acceleration of said...

An Ode To Sun, Light

Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor May 28, 2021

Dear Future,  The sun currently dictates our mood, lifestyle, and atmosphere in a way I truly never knew possible. We currently depend upon the glimpse of light to show us that time continues despite...

Biden Keeps Campaign Promises, Actions, Policies

Keaton Rannow, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

While it is still the early days of Joe Biden’s presidency, it can be helpful to see how far his various campaign promises have come as a measure to determine his effectiveness as a president. When examining...

On March 26, Lil Nas X shared a series of photos to Instagram featuring his makeup, hair, and outfits from the “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” music video.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Video Sparks Controversy, Breaks Expectations

Bernadette Whitely, Opinions Editor April 30, 2021

Despite the global pandemic and social unrest, parents, highly religious and conservative individuals, and even the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, have taken the time to criticize 22-year-old rapper...

Active Listening Remains Crucial, Displays Respect, Attention, Interest

Noor Naseer, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 30, 2021

Active listening is often a forgotten practice in school. Broadly speaking, active listening means not only hearing the speaker but also listening, understanding, and engaging with them. Literally, this...

School’s Slower Pace

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...

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