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Bear Pause:
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After 15 years living abroad in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil, Nora Anderson '96 has returned to Minnesota, where she works, chases after her children and, on a good day, practices yoga. Learn more about Nora in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

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A Fond Farewell to Becky Ankeny

Alumni relations team member Becky Ankeny will be leaving Blake at the end of June. In her 16 years with the school, Becky has spearheaded and expanded the popular Breakfast at Blake speaker series, managed the annual class reunions and homecoming weekends, and helped create a series of formal networking events. All of these programs and events reflect Becky's strength and passion, which is to connect people. Along with being a proud parent of two Blake alumni (Peter '07 and Michael '09), she has embodied Blake pride in more ways than we can count. We wish Becky all the best and offer our sincere thanks for all she has contributed to the Blake community!

Alumni Spotlight

Eleanor Elwell Zeff '61, an associate professor of political science at Drake University, had an article, "Three Reasons for Optimism in Somalia," published in the Conversation.

Dean Phillips '87 has announced he is running for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd District.

Andrew Borene '94 was awarded the FBI Director's Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest for rescuing a woman who was being beaten by a man on a Washington-area highway in March. Read more

Tom Winston's '95 documentary "The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida" premiered on PBS on Earth Day. It is available online until September 1.

Ashley Fenwick-Naditch Viola '98 has launched Meridian, a luxury lifestyle brand featuring a collection of unique, hand-made home decor pieces from around the world.

LearningWorks at Blake Executive Director Natalie Owens-Pike '07 will join the Breakthrough Collaborative national board of trustees, after an election by her 24 fellow executive directors. Read more

Javier Reyes '10 and his band, Post Animal, has released a music video for their new song "Special Moment."

Congratulations to the class of 2017, whose members officially joined the ranks of Blake alumni this month. Photos from the commencement ceremony are available on Flickr. Class of 2017, be sure to stay in touch with your alma mater! Update your contact information online to continue receiving Cyrus Monthly and other alumni communications.

Excellence Accelerated

Alumni Gratitude

Our teachers know our students: their strengths and stories, their potential and promise. Through Blake's campaign, we empower, challenge and support our faculty by investing in them, launching their best ideas and celebrating their matchless contributions to our school. Read more about the teachers and opportunities that make our alumni grateful for their Blake experiences.

Ice Arena Progress in Pictures

Can you imagine the Blake Ice Arena without walls? Click here to see photos of the construction crew's progress, and stay tuned as the new addition takes form.

Today at Blake

Parting Words

Blake community members share their memories, thanks and best wishes with this year's faculty retirees, Greg Dawson and Diana Jones. Read more

Blake Boys' Tennis Departs Class 1A with One Last Team Title

The Bears, who will compete in Class 2A starting next season, claimed the state title with a 7-0 win over Virginia. In addition, Jack Barker '18 won the Class 1A singles title and Ben Ingbar '17 and Christopher Hall '19 took the state doubles title. Read about the team win and individual competition. MN Tennis Hub.

Flash Literary Magazine 2017

Flash is a compilation of artistic and literary works by Blake Upper School students published annually. This year's issue is available online.

Notes and Reminders

Northrop 100th Anniversary Celebration

This May, the school hosted a special event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Northrop building's dedication. The event included special recognition of Barbara Finch Stock '49, the first director of the merged Blake and Northrop Upper School, as well as a panel of notable alumnae including Marcia McNutt '70, Claire Peeps '74, Catherine Stock '76, Nina Hale '85 and Annie Sundberg '86. A video and photos from the event are available.

Breakfast at Blake with Dr. Marcia McNutt

The final Breakfast at Blake of the school year featured geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Science Dr. Marcia McNutt '70. Her presentation is available on Blake's YouTube channel.

Blake's Fiscal Year Ends June 30

Gifts of any size made to the Annual Fund help our students reach their goals. Giving to Blake is easy: visit or call (952) 988-3430. Thank you, alumni!

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