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Bear Pause:
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Blaine Crawford '13Blaine Crawford '13 recently moved back to Minneapolis after graduating from the University of Chicago. Not much has changed as he is still an avid sports fanatic and lifelong learner who is passionate about politics, change and the surrounding community. Learn more about Blaine in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

Send recommendations of alumni you would like to see profiled in this monthly feature to Or check out our list of questions and participate yourself! Visit the Bear Pause archives to read past interviews.

Alumni Spotlight

Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Phillips '80 got a rare opportunity to fly to the edge of space in a U-2 spy plane. Watch this video in which Michael explores why America's oldest working spy plane is still soaring above 70,000 feet.

Liz Olson '98, an assistant professor of anthropology at Southern Utah University, received the school's Community Engaged Scholar award for her work connecting classroom with the community in a collaborative and self-reflecting learning process

Katrina Lake '01, founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, was featured in a recent issue of Time magazine. Read "Stitch Fix Has One of Silicon Valley's Few Female CEOs. But The Company Stands Out For More Than That" and "Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake on Why Gender Matters In the Business World."

Brittany Randolph '08 is a founding member and marketing communications manager for Bow Wow Labs, which makes products that keep dogs safe and makes dog ownership fun and enjoyable. The company will launch its first product via kickstarter on June 19. Visit their website to learn more and find them as @bowwowlabs on social.

Sam Shapiro '18, founder of the nonprofit Sprint to Cite Soleil, talks about his work to help people in Haiti through basketball in a recent Q&A.

Congratulations to the class of 2018, whose members officially joined the ranks of Blake alumni this month. Photos from the commencement ceremony are available on Flickr. Class of 2018, 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

Curiosity and Connection - Global Immersion Programs at Blake

Ben Lee '19As students and faculty prepare for summer immersion experiences in China and Sierra Leone this summer, rising senior Ben Lee '19 reflects on his experience last year in Cuba.


Today at Blake

Retiree Tributes

Nan Peterson, Cindy Ohman, Terry Smith, Steve Haugh

Blake community members share their memories, thanks and best wishes with this year's retirees: Nan Peterson, Cindy Ohman, Terry Smith and Steve Haugh.

Boys' Tennis Takes 2A State Title

Blake boys' tennis team

In its first year playing in class 2A, the Blake boys' tennis team has won the state championship. The Bears defeated Rochester Century 4-3 in the finals to claim the title. In doing so, they became the first boys' tennis team in state history to win a championship after moving up a class. Learn more about this historic win in stories from the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and KSTP.

Girls' Track Wins State

Blake girls' track and field team

The Bears won the girls' track and field team 1A state title at the 2018 Minnesota State High School League championships at Hamline University. The team scored 46 points; Winona Cotter came in second place with 42 points. In addition, Blake's Robbie Grace '19 took the state girls' long jump title.

Notes and Reminders

LearningWorks Summer Visitors Day

LearningWorks studentsJoin LearningWorks Executive Director Natalie Owens-Pike '07 and Blake Head of School Anne Stavney on July 11 or July 25 to see the impact of our public-private partnership in action! Contact Natalie for details and to RSVP at 952-988-3706 or


Breakfast at Blake with Erica Dolland '98

Anne Stavney and Erica Dolland '98Erica Dolland '98 was honored as Young Alumna of the Year at the May Breakfast at Blake, where she discussed her work in education in the U.S., West Africa and the Middle East. Her presentation is available on Blake's YouTube channel.


Reunion & Homecoming Weekend 2018

We look forward to welcoming all alumni back to Blake Oct. 4-6! See what exciting Blake-hosted alumni events are taking place. Registration will begin in August. Reunion committees are currently planning class-specific activities, so stay tuned for more information. To learn more or to get involved, please contact Ann Ford '08.

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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Needlepoint artwork

Blake is looking for more information on this needlepoint artwork. If you know anything about its origins, please contact

The Blake School, 110 Blake Road South, Hopkins, MN 55343