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Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer


Sunshine Girl by Anna Han. The painting is displayed in the New House Art Gallery. Courtesy of Anna Han.

Art spotlight: Anna Han explores sense of self in final Branson portfolio

By Hannah Hodges November 11, 2023

As her Branson experience comes to an end, Anna Han wraps up her art portfolio for college and reflects on her most personally significant artwork. Han employs a variety of styles and mediums to explore...

Andrew Murr gets ready to make a play against the run. The Bulls stifled Calistogas run game on Sept. 30.

Tom Ryan field renovation met with approval

By James Stovell November 6, 2023

Over the summer, Branson unveiled turf renovation on Tom Ryan Field and the Quad. Getting rid of slipperiness and increasing safety and athletic performance could be a game-changer for the 2023-24 athletic...

Bode Dossey gives a presentation to the eLab class. The class was pioneered this year by Percival Baretto-Ko.

New “eLab” course dives into business world

By Hannah Hodges November 6, 2023

New science teacher Percival Baretto-Ko has launched the first-ever entrepreneurship-based elective at Branson this year, providing juniors and seniors with a chance to dive into the business world.  Entrepreneurship...

Students empty their compost scraps into new sorting bins in front of the commons. The compost sorting system was implemented at the beginning of the 2023-24 school year.

Green strides: Branson’s new compost-based waste program

By Alexa Warrin October 25, 2023

The Environmental Action Committee, in line with its efforts to promote an eco-friendly Branson and at the urging of Marin County, has developed and implemented a new waste management system. The digestion...

A group of Branson sophomores pauses for a photo during their summer Outward Bound trip. This marks the second year the school has participated in the Outward Bound expedition.

Sophomores bond during Outward Bound expedition

By Lauren Dignan October 22, 2023

When sophomores returned to campus in late August, they had the look of young people who had been through an intense experience: disheveled, exhausted, and in desperate need of a bath. These students were...

Students sign up for clubs during the Branson 2023 Clubs Fair. This years fair was held on September 13 in the quad.

Clubs fair starts the school year on high note

By Josie Hohenrieder October 20, 2023

On Sept. 13, the entire school gathered in the quad enclosed by a circle of white fold-up tables layered with posters, snacks, and eager students for the annual clubs fair. As student leaders stood by...

Wilson Wendt works on his computer for a homework assignment. Wendt completed his independent study last spring.

Branson students dive into next-level research

By Dino Panos October 20, 2023

As each new school year begins, some Branson students launch into a range of creative academic projects spanning everything from the intricacies of sports to the ins and outs of colonial history.  Independent...

Henry Lien pictured working on a project during Branson Data Science class. Data Science is a newer offering in the math department.

Henry Lien ’24 leads initiative to shape AI policy

By Anton Gridley October 20, 2023

Henry Lien ‘24 is leading the initiative to reshape the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom and the larger Branson community.  Lien began an independent study this fall on the topic of...

Spotlight: Alumni faculty who came full circle

By Jase Butler October 20, 2023

Here at Branson, some of the very people who once walked the halls as students have returned as faculty and staff members, now shaping the next generation of learners. As they stand by the whiteboard instead...

Branson Class of 2024 seniors gather for their final Branson orientation. They participated in team building activities and had a sleepover.

Senior sleepover: Bonding and traditions abound

By Joaquin Aguillon October 18, 2023

For the first time in over 10 years, senior students embarked the year with an orientation, which was a sleepover on campus filled with camaraderie, laughter, and activities. From bonding as a class to...

Kimberly De Leon 25 and  Elisa Vigil Rodriguez 25 interview Javier Zamora 08 at an all-school assembly. Zamora shared his experiences as an undocumented immigrant at Branson.

Branson alum Javier Zamora returns to talk about bestselling memoir

By Alexa Warrin October 5, 2023

Bestselling Solito author and Branson alum Javier Zamora (‘08) visited the school in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, Oct. 4 to share his remarkable experience as an El Salvadoran...

Charlie Zwibelman 24 (left) and Logan Tusher 24 (right) commence their first assembly as school presidents with a bang. With assemblies now taking place in the outdoor amphitheater, the duo has decided to use an air horn to start off assemblies.

Introducing your student-body presidents

By Anna Rende September 9, 2023

Welcome to the new school year Branson! Introducing your 2023-2024 Student Body Presidents: Charlie Zwibelman and Logan Tusher. Zwibelman is a pitcher for Branson’s Varsity baseball team, 2022 NCS champion,...

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