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Blake Boys’ Basketball 2020-2021 pictured above: [left to right top row] Tyler Middlestadt, Joshua Park ‘22, Grayson Okoronkwo ‘24, Theo Liu ‘22, Max Hubler ‘22, Dane Borene ‘24, Kunga Shidhe-Chokra ‘22, Tyler Biwan [left to right bottom row] Jasper Liu ‘21, Robert Grace IV ‘21, Gabe Ganz ‘21, Will Fazio ‘21, Elijah Short ‘21

Boys’ Basketball Seniors Lose Shot at Sections

COVID-19 cancelled two years’ Section Games, disappoints seniors
Maggie Seidel, Managing Editor May 7, 2021

When the ball dropped on the eve of 2020, the Blake Boys’ Basketball team did not expect two years of heartbreak to ensue. Will Fazio ‘21, Gabe Ganz ‘21, Jasper Liu ‘21, Robert Grace IV...

Blake Senior game masters run the @blakeseniorassassins Instagram account that updates game participants.

Assassins Provides Semblance of Normalcy, Excitement

Despite administrative apprehension about safety, Assassins continues
Carly Shoemate, Contributing Writer April 30, 2021

Assassins is a springtime tradition at Blake and a number of other schools in Minnesota and across the country. The Nerf-war type game consists of a number of teams, generally ranging from three to five...

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!”

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

Jones Eckhardt excited to take on new position in Upper School
Nya Manneh, Staff Writer 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...

Seniors paint the rock outside the West Entrance.

Seniors Remain Optimistic about New Traditions

Despite changes with COVID-19, students hope to maintain a sense of community
Maggie Seidel, Co-Business & Perspectives Editor October 1, 2020

Experiencing a very unique ending to their junior year, as school was fully remote for the spring quarter, Solveig Bingham ‘21 shares, “It would be very special to incorporate past traditions this...

Seniors are allowed to use both the senior lounge and JNA to social distance during the school days. Chairs in the JNA are marked on the back indicating how far apart you must sit in order to obey the social distancing rules.

JNA turns from Auditorium to Popular Senior Hangout Spot

Students find the larger space in the JNA provides ease for socializing while social distancing that the senior lounge lacks.
Catherine Barry, Food Editor September 3, 2020

Assembly Moderators Lauren Smith'20 and Mathew Krelitz'20 prepare to announce senior speeches. 
 Students can still view senior speeches every Monday and Wednesday.

Abrupt End to Senior Year Allows Opportunity to Reflect

Quarantine exemplifies the importance to make the best of an unfortunate situation
Drew Rosenblum, Editor Emeritus May 6, 2020

     I don’t think anyone expected the year to end like this. Between the last day of school before spring break and the day we found out school for the foreseeable future would be online, the world...

Shogren (right) and Kehoe (left) sport Gap for national decision day on May 1.

Upcoming Programs Reflect Desire for Experience

Seniors look to the future
Anderson Blum, Managing Editor May 13, 2019

In recent years, the “gap year” has seen its popularity soar. In the year 2015 alone, this post-high school path increased in frequency by 22% according to The Atlantic. Of course, this popularity...

Zac Johnson '18

Seniors’ tattoos expressing the important motivations, realities of life

The story behind their ink
Josie Lagerstrom, Co-Editor-in-Cheif April 30, 2018

For seniors Zac Johnson ‘18, Lucy Graham ‘18, Max Owens ‘18, and Abbie Nelson ‘18, getting “inked” was not a decision made lightly. Tattoos, legal at the age of 18, and the more recent minimalist...

The plunge site at Bde Maka Ska with trained divers and EMTs ready to ensure safety of all participants.

Seniors plunge for awareness, fun, unification

Fundraiser for Special Olympics brings seniors together
Josie Lagerstrom, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 13, 2018

On Friday, March 2 a group of thirteen seniors, along with grade dean Shawn Reid, participated in a Polar Plunge event at Bde Maka Ska to raise money for Special Olympics. Twelve seniors raised over $75...

Staff Editorial: Class of 2016 Gift: Funding Future Students

Staff Editorial: Class of 2016 Gift: Funding Future Students

C.C. Lucas, Senior Editor September 29, 2016

To all current seniors and those who will ever be seniors: eventually, you will try to give a gift you simply know will never add up to what you ‘owe.’ It will be to this school. As you and your...

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...

Seniors in the Class of 2012 gather around their dean, Jim Mahoney, on their last day of classes before they begin Senior Program.

The End of an Era: Reflections from 2012 Class President

June 1, 2012

As Charles Dickens once said “it was the worst of times.” Just kidding, Upper School was great/weird, but great. See, in High School you get just the right combination of hormones, stress, and external...

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