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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


The former student lounge area by the commons on March 15, 2023. The school intends to bring back the student lounge in spring 2023.

Commons’ student lounge to return with gusto

By Cooper Tenney March 15, 2023
New furniture and perks will fill the now-dormant room beside the commons.
Malik Ali looks over a sophomore history class in February 2023. Another Ali class, History of Hip-Hop, will become a cross-registered course.

English, history to blend in new ‘cross-registered’ classes

By Shun Graves February 13, 2023
Starting this fall, students can choose whether to credit such classes under English or history.
Cars sit in the parking lot in February 2023. Seniors could see expanded exit privileges after a pilot program over two weeks in January.

January trial examines restoring complete senior privileges

By Adeline Newby February 12, 2023
Driving off campus, then returning, could make a comeback for seniors.
Will Ashley, right, counts as one of the Branson seniors who filled out a ballot in November. Some seniors got their first chance to vote during the midterm election.

Branson seniors complete ballots during midterms

By Sadie Winter, Samara Lehman, and Ashley Vela February 7, 2023
The November election marked some seniors’ first time to vote.
Nathalio Gray stands on the library porch in fall 2021. Starting that year, he has the title of assistant head of school. (File: Natalie Wendt, Lena Sugrue)

School helm falls to Gray after Mazzola takes dive

By Cameron Aryanpour November 22, 2022
Chris Mazzola called on the assistant head to act as head of school amid her medical leave.
Karl Schmidt teaches a freshman physics class this fall. The Branson administration has expanded objectives-based grading to all freshman classes.

Freshman courses, students grapple with OBG system’s expansion

By Alexa Warrin November 22, 2022
The school administration has cemented objectives-based grading in all introductory classes.
Todd Bickel serves as Branson’s new transportation director.

New role, new office: Transportation head dives into traffic tumult

By Shun Graves August 25, 2022
Todd Bickel, once an elementary school principal, must grapple with the traffic issues arising from growing enrollment.
Vans sit in the Corporation Yard in June 2022. Branson has sought to expand its van fleet to shuttle students from off-campus locations.

New traffic restrictions face students amid enrollment growth

By Cooper Tenney June 14, 2022
Trips in and out of campus will face monitoring as Branson seeks to obtain more vans.
A “Beach for President” sign in January 2022. Councilman Beach Kuhl became an overnight sensation after a Town Council meeting that month.

The Kuhl way: Ross councilman reflects on Branson’s growth

By Shun Graves April 11, 2022
He pushed for approval of Branson’s growth. Now, Beach Kuhl reveals why.
Parents volunteer at the Snack Shack, March 30, 2022. The Student Senate has decided to close the store after spring break if trash conditions do not improve.

Trash issues could force Snack Shack to close

By William Mueth March 30, 2022
A planned closure after spring break will arrive amid persistent issues around littering.
Solar panels atop the commons on March 14. Planned solar and environmental projects this year will boost Branson’s commitment to sustainability, school leaders say.

Green goals grow with planned solar panels, charging stations

By Cooper Tenney March 14, 2022
Head of School Chris Mazzola has called for “priority” on sustainability as Branson expands its solar and environmental initiatives.
During the height of the omicron surge in January, many students learned remotely. Two months later, no one at Branson tested positive for COVID-19.

As rules loosen and cases dwindle, pandemic’s end in sight

By Shun Graves March 10, 2022
The pandemic, now nearing its two-year anniversary, has declined. And COVID-19 rules will further loosen as masks go optional.
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