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Bear Pause:
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Dan Slater '96 is a father, a writer and a lover of dark Scandinavian drama. His most recent book, "Wolf Boys," will be released as a movie from Sony and directed by Antoine Fuqua. Before becoming a writer, Dan dreamed of owning a combination book/tobacco store where he would spend all his time reading and making sculptures out of pipe cleaners. Learn more about Dan in this month's Bear Pause.

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Alumni Spotlight

Peter Heegaard '54 was honored for his years of service as a Phillips Eye Institute Foundation board member and for his contributions as community leader and philanthropist. Watch a video tribute to Peter.

Sally Ankeny Reiley ‘77 started racing in 2014 at age 54 with the goal of running the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital. Since then she has run three more Bostons and raised $132,000 for eye research. Read more in "Racer Stories: Racing Fast While Doing Good. Sally Reiley Runs Her 5th Sub 3:38 Marathon in Chicago, All in Her 6th Decade."

Michelle Horovitz '98 is co-founder of Appetite for Change, a north Minneapolis organization that uses food as a community development tool. Appetite for Change was among seven regional organizations awarded the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation and will receive nearly $471,000 to help transform an area that has been called one of the largest "food deserts" in the country into a culturally based, community-driven food center. Michelle and her fellow co-founders also received a 2017 Jaffe Award, a financial award granted to everyday heroes making the world a better place for women and/or children, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem.

Michael Lee '07 was named a winner of this year's Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Awards, which recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.

Jeremiah Ellison '08 has been elected to represent Ward 5 on the Minneapolis City Council.

Michael Ankeny '09 talks about gearing up for the World Cup as an independent athlete.

Austin Wahl '11 performed in the 2017 Indiana University Guitar Competition finals in October. See a video of his performance.

Libby Rickeman '17, a freshman at MIT, claimed the singles championship at the season-opening MIT Invitational.

Excellence Accelerated

Small Stories, Big Impact

Head of School Anne Stavney shares a story of how campaign gifts to need-based financial assistance allowed one student to enroll in and excel at Blake.


It's Not Too Late to be a Part of Blake Hockey History

Check out the renovation highlights of Blake's newly re-opened ice arena. More pucks will be added to the puck wall in January 2018. Purchase a puck for yourself or a loved one. (Hurry, the deadline is Dec. 31!)


Today at Blake

Blake Students Receive Watershed Hero Award

Every five years, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District recognizes community members who have made significant contributions that improve the quality of water and, by extension, the quality of life in the district. This year, Blake's fourth grade class was selected to receive the Watershed Hero Award in the Young Naturalist category.

Girls' Tennis Wins State Title, Takes Top Spots in Singles

The Blake girls' tennis team won its third class 1A state title in as many years, defeating Holy Family 7-0 in the final. The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen writes, "To the casual sports fan, it's just another title for the small private school powerhouse. It's Blake, after all. But the players holding those racquets and hitting those winners form a distinct team personality that requires a closer look to see." Top-seeded Lainey Axell '18 defeated fellow Bear and No. 2 seed Arlina Shen '20 to take first place in state singles competition.

Global Figure Inspires Learning, Peace and Forgiveness

A powerful moment for a small group of Blake students led to a meaningful experience for all their Upper School peers and the wider Twin Cities community when Kim Phuc, who as a child came to symbolize civilian suffering of the Vietnam War, visited campus. Read more


Notes and Reminders

Trustee Nominations Due Dec. 4

Blake seeks interested community members to serve on the Board of Trustees beginning in fall 2018. The Governance Committee of the board invites nominations for members who will bring active engagement, diverse perspectives, and independent opinions to enacting the Board's fiduciary, strategic and generative functions. Please see the Blake website for the qualities and experience sought in trustee candidates. Individuals may recommend others or nominate themselves. Contact Director of Advancement Services Tanya Cole at 952-988-3438 to submit nominations and for further information

Water: Blake and Beyond Art Gala

An exhibit featuring Blake artwork is running now through Dec. 2 in the Upper School's Bennett Gallery. The student art created for Water: Blake and Beyond will be auctioned at a benefit gala in the gallery on Dec. 2 from 5 to 7pm. Proceeds will support ImpactLives in the organization's efforts to install water filtration systems in communities where clean water is scarce. Please RSVP to attend the event.


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