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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


A view from the Brenda Brown Library in spring 2023 looks out to Tom Ryan Field. The field underwent a renovation this summer.

Campus overview: A guide to Branson

By Herschel Pell September 9, 2023

Whether you’ve been to campus many times or just a couple, it’s helpful to know the ins and outs of each Branson landmark.  We start at the top of campus. Walking through tall white gates you’ll...

Navigating the Branson way

By Emmanuel Katz September 9, 2023

Welcome to Branson! You worked hard to get here. Congratulations! Branson, which you will soon get to know, is a close-knit community of diverse individuals, coming from all across the Bay. Many people...

At the schools club fair, students browse various booths. The annual event is an opportunity for students to learn about extracurricular activities available on campus.

Spotlight: Clubs at Branson

By Alexa Warrin and Saylor Mullarkey September 4, 2023

From fly fishing to film-watching, and coding to kazoos, Branson’s extracurricular organizations are as diverse as the confections crafted by the Baking Club. Students will have the opportunity to peruse...

Karl Schmidts freshman physics class dives deep into concepts, assessed through objective-based grading. OBG was implemented for all ninth-grade level classes in 2021.

Guide to Objective Based Grading

By Cooper Tenney, Editor-in-Chief September 3, 2023

Starting your first year at Branson is very exciting, and the rest of the school can’t wait to welcome the class of 2027! A new school comes with many new things and questions waiting to be answered....

Charlotte Ng ‘24 (left), Julia Haase ‘24 (middle), Wilson Wendt ‘24 (right) study together. The commons has been a hub for study groups.

Study tips and tricks for surviving Branson

By Cameron Aryanpour, Editor-in-Chief September 3, 2023

Be Organized One of the easiest ways to keep up in a class is organization. Binders, folders, separators, and individual notebooks for each class are your best friend. Another helpful tip is to sync...

Antwan Williams works with a camera near the gym complex on March 2, 2023. He’s one of the two E.E. Ford Fellows working on a documentary project.

Fellows use film to break down post-prison mission

By Alexa Warrin March 4, 2023
Antwan Williams and Eric Abercrombie have worked with Branson students as they create a documentary.
Ben Boas wears the red jacket during the opening “Thriller” dance at the “Fresh Tracks” performance in late January 2023. The show marked new dance teacher Alex Escalante’s first at Branson.

New teacher elevates annual dance show with ‘Fresh Tracks’

By Carly Lowe February 12, 2023
Alex Escalante showcased the school’s dance program during the performance.
There’s no match for Reese’s Cups

There’s no match for Reese’s Cups

By Cecilia Brenner December 13, 2022
There is no match that makes me smile more than creamy milk chocolate and salty peanut butter.

McNeely’s new film is released

By Anna Rende December 13, 2022
The main goal of the film was to provide representation for boys and men who struggle with eating disorders.
Neftaley Arceo teaches a history class this fall. Branson’s new faculty say they’ve enjoyed their first few months at school.

New faculty speak about their first months at Branson

By Ella Garrett, Emmanuel Katz, Adeline Newby, and Ryder Lariviere November 22, 2022
Branson’s newest instructors say they’ve enjoyed their first months at their new school.
Maura Vaughn, Branson’s theater director. The fall musical premieres Nov. 10.

Preview of ‘Legally Blonde’: A conversation with Maura Vaughn

By Josie Hohenrieder November 1, 2022
Branson’s theater director talks about the fall musical, which premieres Nov. 10.
Frances Dillon high-fives the brand-new bull mascot in October. She assumed the interim athletics director post this year.

Director position marks return to a ‘first love’ for Dillon

By Saylor Mullarkey October 29, 2022
Frances Dillon assumed the post of interim athletic director this school year.
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