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Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer

Branson School News, Sports, Life and Opinion

The Blazer


The cover for the Devil’s Dating Service. Maura Vaughn was key in producing the show.

Vaughn writes new theatre production “The Devil’s Dating Service”

By Cecilia "CC" Brenner April 9, 2024

“The Devil’s Dating Service” is too good a name to not write a musical about. Branson students had the opportunity to spend their Martin Luther King Jr. Day evening at the read-through of the comedic...

View from outside Branson commons during a March lunch. The commons serves a central hub for students and faculty on-campus.

The Bullshot: Is Branson absenteeism a problem?

By Ryder Lariviere, Kasra Panahi, and Wilson Wendt March 21, 2024

In the years after the pandemic, the United States has seen the percentage of chronically absent students skyrocket from the pre-pandemic rate of 12.1 percent in 2018–2019 to roughly 25 percent in 2022–2023. According...

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...

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’...

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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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...

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...

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...

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...

Peter Stovell, left, flips his racket at College of Marin on May 9, 2023. Branson boys tennis finished the season undefeated, claiming MCAL and NCS titles.

Boys tennis finishes undefeated season with NCS championship

By Herschel Pell May 21, 2023
The team defeated University in the NCS Division II title game to finish the season 25-0.
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