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Summer Encourages Exploration

Gabby Monahan, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2019

For many, summer is the perfect opportunity to erase the thought of school from their mind and dive into fun and exciting activities. These activities can range from camps, clubs, organizations, jobs, or time spent relaxing and waking up late. However, some students knocked a few things off their bucket l...

LearningWorks Creates Community, Positive Learning Environment

LearningWorks Creates Community, Positive Learning Environment

Nora Fox, Contributing Writer

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,” explains Addison Anderson ‘19, a teacher at LearningWorks. LearningWorks, a private and public p...

Senior Summer Reading Recommendations

Senior Summer Reading Recommendations

Sarina Dev, Editor Emeritus

May 10, 2019

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Don’t thank me, thank Mr. Barry. I read this book first semester in my Utopian and Dystopian Literature class and it completely blew me out of the water. Mandel tells the story of humanity before, during, and after its collapse. Following five characters...

Kaja’s Top Five: Spring Break Essentials

Kaja’s Top Five: Spring Break Essentials

Kaja Bingham, Columnist

March 11, 2019

1. GlowMotions glow oils by Sol de Janeiro In Brazil, glowing, highlighted skin is a year round obsession and a huge beauty secret. These glow oils fully capture the ultimate glow, highlight, and smooth your body in the best light. It comes in two tints one for lighter skin and one for a darker com...

Learning from the Outdoors

Learning from the Outdoors

Louise Ba, Contributing Writer

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 Park, Gene. I couldn’t help but think that this project would never get done with our handsaws, ...

Students reminisce on global immersion trips to Cuba, Vietnam

Drew Rosenblum, Opinions Editor

October 16, 2017

From June 11- July 3, 2017, a group of Blake students traveled to the bustling city of Hanoi, the lively city of Saigon, and the peaceful and quiet rural areas of both sides of the country. Julia Abraham ‘19, a student on the trip, gives a summary of what they did on the Vietnam trip.  She says...

Summer, A Social Construct

Maya Chadda, Staff Writer

December 8, 2016

Show off those pale ashy legs with some timeless “Jorts” or classic Nike Athletic shorts. Shorts aren’t just for summer, and with Blake’s bipolar heating there is no reason not to take off those “leg prisons” (pants) and bring the summer to school.  Leis and Hawaiian shirts don’t...

Polyglots Unite

Polyglots Unite

Bennett Mattson, Staff Writer

September 28, 2016

¡Hola! Hello! Bonjour! Hallo! Salam! I just greeted you in Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Azerbaijani. Why? To emphasize the fact that learning a second, third, fourth, or even fifth language is immensely beneficial to your standing in the world around you. Sure, you’ll probably only speak Az...

Juggling leisure and work alters summer structure

Juggling leisure and work alters summer structure

Louis Cosentino and Matthew Martinez-Sutton, Contributing Writers

September 29, 2015

Matt: I essentially did nothing this summer. I had no job. Each day I would float between the country club and my house, with the occasional time with friends in between tennis lessons and rounds of golf. It was fantastic Of course it would have been nice to have a little bit of extra money to waste ...

Review: Culinary Tour of State Fair

Review: Culinary Tour of State Fair

Eva Berezovsky, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2015

The State Fair may be the only week where Minnesotans gather in one setting, sharing warm smiles and even warmer cheese curds. Absolutely nothing compares to flavors at the Fair. It’s as if every past opinion regarding calories and dieting vanishes for these seven days – we can’t help to think th...

Review: Summer Festivals

Review: Summer Festivals

Emma Burke, Staff Writer

September 29, 2015

Throughout summer break, students, at Blake and other schools, take part in many fun outdoor activities. Many students attended outdoor music festivals, a common topic of conversation during the warm summer days. In Minnesota alone, there were many music festivals that were popular in the Blake commu...

Summer sports reads

Summer sports reads

Will Kaback, Sports Editor

May 28, 2015

Sports books are a great way to fulfill the necessity of a solid summer book. They come in both nonfiction and fiction form, and encompass an area as wide as the sports they cover. During long summer days, when mid-season baseball is the most exciting event on TV, a good sports book acts as a porta...

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