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Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer


Sophia Duran 25 sings on the microphone at winter formal. Duran and Rock Band are favorites among the Branson community at events like this.

Rock Band leads a successful winter formal

By Hazel Levinson April 9, 2024

While life at Branson can often feel busy and fast-paced, events like these rekindle school spirit and provide opportunities for meaningful connection among students of all ages. Dancing with friends and...

Actors shine at annual Theatresports event

By Sadie Winter March 27, 2024

On Jan. 12, Branson’s acting students competed in the annual Theatresports competition. Invented by Keith Johnstone, Theatresports is an improvisation competition in which teams compete in different...

Alexander LaMonica ‘24 and Sabine Fuchs ‘25, awardees of the Impact App Challenge, stand together on Tom Ryan Field. They developed Nectar Connect, an app set to be published later this year.

Impact App winners’ app connects, supports cancer patients

By Josie Hohenrieder March 27, 2024

After months of designing, coding, and marketing their app, Alexander LaMonica ‘24 and Sabine Fuchs ‘25 are almost ready to release Nectar Connect to the public. The project was made possible by the...

Joaquin Aguillon 24 recites poetry at Bransons WORD open mic event. The session took place on November 16th, showcasing student literary works.

WORD makes its debut with spoken word open mic session

By Alexa Warrin January 17, 2024

WORD, Branson’s new literary salon, made its debut with an informal open mic session Nov. 16. English teacher Evan Schnair, one of three faculty leaders of WORD, says the door is open to any student,...

Cars parked in the Redlands parking lot. Due to limited on-campus parking at Branson, many students, faculty and staff park at off-campus sites like the Redlands lot.

Behind the scenes: Todd Bickel sheds light on parking situation

By Anton Gridley December 20, 2023

At any other school, parking can often be considered an administrative afterthought, but at Branson, the parking situation is anything but. Parking at Branson has become increasingly complex in recent...

Nico Moon 27 showcases his pickleball skills during a game at Branson. His dedication to the sport has led to the establishment of a popular pickleball club on campus. Courtesy of the Moon Family

Top pickleballer Nico Moon popularizes sport at Branson

By Lauren Dignan December 13, 2023

Anyone who knows Nico Moon ‘27 knows about his passion for pickleball. In his first year at Branson, Moon single-handedly brought a new sport to the school community.  Branson has a commitment to...

Emma Casaudoumecq 24 shares reading materials with children at a KIP event. Her junior fellowship aimed at boosting early childhood literacy in underserved communities. Courtesy of Emma Casaudoumecq

Chase Fellow awardee Emma Casaudoumecq speaks on childhood literacy

By Hannah Hodges December 13, 2023

Early childhood literacy can be a very important factor in the later success of a child’s education.  For her junior fellowship, Emma Casaudoumecq’s ‘24 focused on helping provide underserved...

Alexander Golden 24 stands at Machu Picchu as part of his ethnographic study on Peru. His research is part of the Chase Junior Fellowship he was awarded. Courtesy of Alexander Golden

Chase Fellow awardee Alexander Golden speaks on his research

By Wilson Wendt December 13, 2023

In the world of academic research, few endeavors are as challenging as ethnographic studies. Alexander Golden ‘24 recently embarked on a journey to Peru after being awarded the Chase Junior Fellowship....

Painting by Charlotte Ng as part of her Junior Fellowship. Ng traveled to Taiwan over the summer to teach art to elementary schoolers.

Spotlight: Junior fellowships inspire and teach through art

By Cecilia Brenner December 12, 2023

Junior fellowships at Branson give students the opportunity to explore their passions while gaining knowledge and experience that will help them in the future. Carter West’s and Charlotte Ng’s fellowships...

Rosie Slayen 25 playing for a basketball team in Israel. Slayen returned from overseas in November. Courtesy: Rosie Slayen

Students explore climate and ethics leadership in study abroad; new offerings

By Samara Lehman December 12, 2023

When asked to picture students learning, you probably imagine a lesson inside a classroom. But what about on a beach by the Atlantic Ocean? Or at the U.S.-Mexico border?  Once again, Branson students...

Self defense club equips students with protection skills

By Talbot Bales and Charley Goldstein December 12, 2023

A survey conducted by the National Safety Council found that 60% of respondents believed that self-defense training is important for personal safety. Ryka Kashi ‘26 is leading an initiative to provide...

Kaia Hayes poses next to her traditional 2-tiered wedding cake. This was just her second wedding cake. Courtesy of Kaia Hayes

Sweet Kaia’s: A delectable journey with Kaia Hayes, culinary entrepreneur

By Lauren Dignan December 11, 2023

At the tender age of five, Kaia Hayes ‘24 first discovered her passion for baking through her grandmother, setting the stage for a remarkable journey she never could have anticipated. Today, Kaia...

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