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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


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...

Fashion at Branson: a photo essay

By James Stovell December 11, 2023

Fashion has proven to be a way for students at Branson to express themselves and bring the community together. Events such as Spirit Week allow students to be in theme and have a shared sense of community...

The Landfill Harmonics Orchestra performs for Branson in the outdoor amphitheater. The group has traveled across the states to perform for different schools.

Landfill Harmonics: Transforming trash into music

By DIno Panos December 11, 2023

The stage lights beams upon the Paraguayan students, each holding an instrument in their hands. The crowd is chatting loudly over the Latin dance music playing in the background. Then, at once, the crowd...

Our Lady of Communion by Allyson Seal. The canvas painting was displayed in the New House art gallery in October 2023

New House exhibit shows off brilliant gallery of artistic expertise

By Cecilia Brenner November 14, 2023

The cliché “those who cannot do, teach” might want to take a look at the prolific multimedia art display in New House Gallery, done entirely by Branson staff. A full range of Branson teachers’...

View from outside Branson commons during an October lunch. The
commons serves as as central hub for students and faculty on-campus.

Students and faculty reflect on Branson’s growing enrollment 

By Rustin Dillard November 11, 2023

At the beginning of the 2022 school year, the first class of 105 students stepped foot onto the Branson campus. A year later, the school welcomed its second expanded class onto campus.  As Branson...

Ali Evans (left) Sophia Duran (center), and Elsie Dedyo (right) sing during Convocation. Convocation is an annual Branson tradition to kick off each year with celebration.

Convocation 2023: Celebration, reflection, and community

By Sadie Winter and Sadie Saavedra November 11, 2023

Every year at Convocation, the entire Branson community comes together to celebrate the seniors and set the tone for the school year. It’s a joyous occasion, with performances from Jazz Band and Rock...

Atticus teaching the Latin IV class in November.  Latin has been a core part of the language department for years.

Faculty spotlight: From math to military to Malawi

By Wilson Wendt November 11, 2023

When you think of a Latin teacher, you might imagine someone in a tweed blazer with wire-rimmed glasses, engrossed in ancient manuscripts, with a life dedicated to the language. Henri de Marcellus—better...

Andrew Peng 24 prepares a dish at a restaurant in Japan. Peng has traveled the world experimenting with different culinary styles. Courtesy of Shih-Wei Peng

Student spotlight: Peng’s culinary journey

By Wilson Wendt November 11, 2023

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The set of Urinetown, Bransons 2023 fall musical. The show is set to run on November 9,10, and 11.

Urinetown preview: A conversation with Maura Vaughn

By Ryder Lariviere, Print Editor November 11, 2023

Branson’s Director of Theater Maura Vaughn sat down with Ryder Lariviere, a reporter and editor at The Blazer, on Oct. 12 as she prepared for the upcoming musical “Urinetown.”  She discussed the...

Students and faculty compete in a pickleball match. With growing popularity, future tournaments will add to Bransons club sports.

Battle of the Bulls: Branson’s first-ever pickleball tournament

By Anna Rende and Rustin Dillard November 11, 2023

For the first time in Branson's history, a pickleball tournament featuring 46 teams took over the school's tennis courts, attracting the community to come together in support of each other.  Ranging...

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