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The Blazer

Branson’s student-run newspaper
Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer


Students in classroom during immersive course. Branson administration announced the schools break from AP courses March 12.

Symonds says end of APs at Branson is opportunity for ‘innovation’

By Olivia Ritter June 4, 2024

When the student body first heard about the clean break from the AP curriculum, every qualm circulating around campus centered on a perceived disadvantage in college admissions. In response, Jeff Symonds,...

African Drumming performs drumming sequence during immersive presentations June 3. African Drumming is one of Bransons many immersive courses offered at the end of the school year.

Immersive spotlight: African Drumming takes leadership focus

By Hazel Levinson June 4, 2024

As students and faculty alike conclude another school year at Branson, immersives are on everyone’s end-of-year radar.  This is the third year of immersives at Branson, which allow the community...

Natalia Rincon ‘27 paints a mural on New House during FAB. FAB is a celebration of students in the arts at Branson.

Visual artists ‘get their roses’ at FAB

By Cecilia "CC" Brenner May 29, 2024
Plus, see photos from the event
Dylan Whisenant 24 painting a bowl in the Sculpture Studio. Some seniors choose to pursue art beyond their two-year requirement.

More than a requirement: A tribute to seniors in visual arts

By Cecilia "CC" Brenner May 29, 2024

The current seniors at Branson had only a two-year arts requirement, but some stuck with their visual arts classes to the end.  One of the biggest trends among senior artists is that they came to Branson...

Saylor Mullarkey 24 receives the Local Hero Award for her work in dental care for individuals with disabilities. The award, sponsored by Dedication to Special Education and The Village at Corte Madera, acknowledges her contributions to the community.

Saylor Mullarkey receives Local Hero award for social justice work

By Lauren Dignan May 23, 2024

There are people on the planet who simply notice problems, those who go on to discuss social issues. And then there are those who work to solve challenges in the community. Saylor Mullarkey ‘24 is the...

Students play Ultimate Frisbee on Tom Ryan Field, marking the launch of the schools new club. The club, led by Zachary Redlin 25 and Christopher Mao 26, looks to expand beyond casual play to competitive matches.

New Ultimate Frisbee Club looks to offer friendship, fun

By James Stovell May 22, 2024

After enduring countless weeks of rain, Branson’s spirit is back and the field has come alive with the birth of a new activity and club, the Ultimate Frisbee Club. Led by Zachary Redlin ‘25 and...

Branson students stand together on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas at the Island School. The group spent their mid-winter vacation exploring and learning about the marine ecosystem. Courtesy of Logan Tusher.

Island school highlights mid-winter break

By Quinn Birkenseer May 7, 2024

With the end of mid-winter break came the return of 11 Branson students who spent their break at the Island School. The Island School, based on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, hopes to educate students...

Jump back through time: The Blazer, March 1957

By Cooper Tenney April 19, 2024

A jump through time of the Blazer’s History: how different was Branson on March 1, 1957 from today, March 1, 2024? Looking back through the archives, I was able to find some of the first editions...

Furhman shares experience of fall semester at S.E.G.L.

By Saylor Mullarkey April 9, 2024

Not many Branson students have had the experience of being at the epicenter of American politics during major world events as Reese Furhman ‘25 has. “They suspended classes,” Furhman said of...

Gospel night reaches record high numbers

By Maitland "Mait" Wais April 9, 2024

2024 marked the 30th anniversary of Gospel Night at Branson, and it was the most successful year to date. For the first time ever, tickets for the original performance sold out just hours after release,...

Lucas Mobley ’16 returns in teaching role

By Cecilia Brenner April 9, 2024

Lucas Mobley ‘16 is back to invite the class of 2027 into the world of improvisation. Mobley is the most recent addition to the arts department as the beginning acting teacher. His love for improv...

Students participate in the spray painting workshop during the Beloved Community event on Jan. 11.

Hip-hop unites beloved community

By Wilson Wendt April 9, 2024

The rhythmic beats of hip-hop echoed throughout Branson's Jan. 11 Beloved Community event. Organized to celebrate hip-hop's 50th anniversary in the Bay Area, the interdisciplinary event integrated music,...

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