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SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWS FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS

Upcoming Events

Oct. 5-10
Blake Homecoming @Home
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Oct. 8
The Take on Blake: Remote Learning Highs and Lows
Virtual Webinar
1-2pm

Oct. 9
Breakfast at Blake with Rolf Haas '04 (Young Alumnus of the Year)
Virtual Webinar
7:30-9am

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Reunion and Homecoming

Bear Pause:
10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Sarah Carthen Watson '11Sarah Carthen Watson '11 is a fair housing attorney for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. She spends her free time reading, baking and chasing her escape artist puppy who is always trying to eat things he shouldn't. Learn more about Sarah in the latest edition of Bear Pause.

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

Alumni Spotlight

Andrij Parekh '90Andrij Parekh '90 won this year's Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series—on his birthday no less. He received the award for his work on HBO's "Succession" (season 2, episode 3 "Hunting"). Some of his other notable works include "13 Reasons Why" (episodes "Tape 1 Side A" and "Tape 1 Side B") and "Watchmen" (episode "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own"). This year's Emmy nominees participated virtually in the ceremony. In his acceptance, Andrij dedicated his award "to all the kids whose names, like mine, are difficult to pronounce. To those who don't look like their classmates and are defined as outsiders—as hyphenated Americans, and not simply just as Americans. This is proof that you belong, and this Emmy is ours."

Sanders Marvin '88 shares how a citywide ice cream crawl through New York City with his sons led to the establishment of a new family business, Sanders & Sons Gelato. Read the profile in Edible Ojai & Ventura County.

Matt Martin '02, CEO and co-founder of Clockwise, was a guest on the podcast "Founders & Friends with Scott Orn" where he talked about his company's intelligent calendar system.

Kathryn Moos '03 is co-founder of Owyn, a plant-based beverage company she started with her husband, Jeff Mroz. The two appeared on Fox Business to talk about why they got involved in the nutrition market and what sets their product apart in this crowded field.

Anna Morrison Nelson '03, director of digital strategy at the marketing and advertising agency Broadhead, shares her advice for companies trying to reach the right customers in a vast digital universe.

Benton Graham '11, a freelance writer and graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin studying journalism, writes for this piece on Vox about what it's like working at the polls in the middle of a pandemic.

Niharika Bhavsar '20 addresses how young people can join the movement to combat climate change on an episode of "The Kids Are Alright" podcast.

Today at Blake

Investments & Planning for 2020-21

Head of School Anne Stavney offers a big-picture view of the plans and investments Blake has in place for the 2020-21 school year. The work has been guided by two main priorities: to offer an outstanding academic experience while mitigating risks posed by COVID-19.

Discover Blake Fall Admissions Events

Andrij Parekh '90Local alumni looking for a school for their children are encouraged to rediscover their alma mater at our upcoming virtual Discover Blake events. Join us on Tuesdays to learn more about specific divisions, on Thursdays to learn more about special areas of interest and on two Saturdays (Oct. 31 and Nov. 21) for a virtual open house.

Tour Blake's New Entry Hall

Blake Entry Hall

Head of School Anne Stavney offers a look at Blake's new Entry Hall. This final building project of Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake was made possible thanks to generous support from our community. Enjoy this virtual tour.

Notes and Reminders

Breakfast at Blake and The Take on Blake

Join two virtual reunion events: The Take on Blake, focused on the highs and lows of remote learning and presented by two Upper School teachers; and Breakfast at Blake: Reunion Edition with Young Alumnus of the Year Rolf Haas '04. This year's remaining reunion and homecoming activities are postponed until fall 2021. For up-to-date information on events, visit our webpage.

Blake Homecoming @Home: This year we're coming to you!

Dog wearing Blake sweatshirtBlake Homecoming @Home is right around the corner so fire up your school spirit. Follow Blake on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter during the week of Oct. 5-10 to discover ways you can participate and win BearWear. Let's celebrate. Near or far, hear us roar! Go Bears!

Submit Your Artwork for Alumni Biennial

Blake Alumni Biennial GalleryThe Bennett Gallery Curatorial Team invites alumni artists to submit their work for display in this exhibition, which will take place throughout December in the virtual gallery. The show's theme is Seasons: Love, Loss, Pain, Peace. This past year has been challenging, and the student-led curatorial team has chosen to end it with a reflection on the community's current emotions. Submissions in any medium accepted here through Sunday, Nov. 1. Please include an artist statement and specify in which category (love, loss, pain or peace) you would like your art displayed. Questions? Contact Sophia Wagner '21 or Bennett Gallery faculty advisor Bill Colburn '88.

Alumni Board Nominations Due Oct. 31

Nominations for Blake's Alumni Board are welcome year-round, but considerations for the 2021-22 board close on Saturday, Oct. 31. Board members can serve up to two three-year terms and all alumni in good standing are eligible.

Alumni Award Nominations Due Oct. 31

Blake is accepting nominations for alumni awards. Nominations are welcome year-round, but consideration for the 2021 award closes on Saturday, Oct. 31. Award criteria and nomination forms at the links below:

Outstanding Alumni of the Year
Young Alumni of the Year
Jenny Stephens Hagen Spirit Award

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