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May 18
Breakfast at Blake with Dr. Marcia McNutt '70
Blake campus • 7:30-8:30am

May 18
Northrop 100-Year Celebration
Northrop campus • 5:30-8:30pm

June 1
Class of 2017 Commencement
Blake campus • 7pm


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Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

John Saunders '73 was once introduced as "the first officer of the Blake Glee Club who really doesn't sing very well." Given this, he'll likely keep his current day job as a commercial real estate investment advisor. Learn more about John in this edition of Bear Pause.

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Alumni Spotlight

Anne Dodge Simpson '53 has released a new book. In "Do You Feel as Old as You Are?: Conversations with My Granddaughter," she and granddaughter Ali Leslie '13 explore questions about aging that most people are too fearful or too polite to ask. Read more

Marcus Peacock '78 has been named executive vice president of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of America's leading companies. Read more

Slater Crosby '84, owner of The Little Gym in Edina, was recently named Franchise Owner of the Year by The Little Gym International. He recently spoke with Star Tribune columnist C.J. about his business in "The Little Gym aims to put the play back in kids' sports."

University of Illinois professor of religion Jonathan Ebel '88 has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He will use his fellowship to work on a book about religious conflicts during the Great Depression. Read more

Jeremiah Ellison '08 has won the DFL endorsement for Minneapolis' Ward 5 council seat, beating incumbent Blong Yang and fellow challenger Cathy Spann. Read more

Sarah Carthen Watson '11, a student at Washington University School of Law, received the Leaders of Tomorrow Award from Missouri Lawyers Media. The award is given to one female student from each of the four Missouri law schools for leadership and passion for making a difference in the justice system or legal profession.

Dani Cameranesi '13 was named to the 2017-18 U.S. Women's National Hockey Team. Read more

Rory Taylor '14 is one of 62 college students nationwide to be named a 2017 Truman Scholar, granted to aspiring public service leaders in the United States. Read more

This March, Rollie Johnson, who served as Blake's athletic director from 1997 to 2006, was inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. Read more

Excellence Accelerated

An Inspiring Gift

Head of School Anne Stavney shares exciting news of a remarkable gift to Excellence Accelerated from two dedicated and generous community members. Read Dr. Stavney's letter.

Q&A with J Jolton '78, Media Arts Faculty

One of the key priorities of Excellence Accelerated is investing in our faculty through endowed professional development funds. J Jolton '78 shares plans for his Donaldson Faculty Development Sabbatical. Read more

Today at Blake

America's Most Challenging High Schools

The Washington Post released its annual rankings of how successfully schools challenge their students. Blake ranked second among Minnesota schools. Read the Post's Jay Matthew's column on this year's rankings, "America's Most Challenging High Schools: A 30-year project that keeps growing" and search the rankings by school, state or high school.

5 Blake Students Receive Academic All American Award

Each year, fewer than 500 students earn the National Speech and Debate Association's Academic All American award. Blake students Nicolas Barra '18, Ellie Grossman '17, Anika Mirza '18, Aditya Shekhar '18 and Connor Yu '18 all earned this coveted award, which recognizes academic rigor, competitive success and personal excellence. The accomplishment places them among the top half of 1 percent of all the association's student members.

Notes and Reminders

Northrop 100-Year Celebration May 18

Register by May 15 to attend this special event commemorating Northrop Collegiate School's move to 511 Kenwood Parkway. Faculty emerita Jan Woolman will discuss the creation and dedication of the Northrop building, and a panel discussion, moderated by Head of School Anne Stavney, will include distinguished alumnae from Northrop and The Blake School. Read more

Retiring Faculty Tributes

Greg Dawson (Upper School speech and communications) and Diana Jones (Highcroft teaching assistant) are retiring at the end of this school year. You are invited to submit a note with your stories, thanks and thoughts for Greg or Diana. We will share highlights from these responses with the retirees and our community. Watch for a link to more in-depth tributes in a future issue of Cyrus Monthly.

Honor and Celebrate

Celebrate the people who make Blake great with a gift to the Annual Fund in honor of a faculty member, coach, administrator or student. Make a contribution by Monday, May 19 for the opportunity to include a personal note to the honoree. Visit Blake's website for a list of community members celebrating milestones at Blake this year.

Host Families Needed for Spanish Amity Interns

This August, Blake will welcome Señorita Isabel and Señorita Laura as our Lower School Spanish teaching assistant interns for the 2017-18 school year. If your family would like to explore the opportunity to host Laura or Isabel, please connect with Agnes Matheson at Visit Blake's website for more information on the Amity Intern program.

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