BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014

As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading

Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014

As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading

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Knowledge bowl team places 9th at Regions

Knowledge bowl team places 9th at Regions


There is one team at BSM that doesn’t lift weights or run miles: the knowledge bowl team. They merely practice up on their “nerd” skills and, recently, they demonstrated the success of their skills by receiving ninth place out of 100 teams.

The knowledge bowlers are preparing for regionals which will take place on Tuesday, March 11. “I’m way excited for what’s coming up. I think we’ll do alright—we’re pretty good, but here are some pretty big nerds out there,” said senior Michael Kelly-Goss.

The team hopes to have the chance to attend state; at regionals, the top five go to state and “there are four powerhouse teams, so we have a chance for the fifth spot,” said Mr. Wallestad, knowledge bowl coach, “there are only fifteen at regionals, and they are all really good teams.”

Conference for knowledge bowl was recently held, and BSM was the champion, winning by eight points. Unsurprisingly, this was their third consecutive championship at conferences, as the BSM knowledge bowl team has a smart group of participants.

The team also competed in quiz bowl this year and went to state, an accomplishment the team has never achieved before. “We lost our first round against Wayzata, but it was still the best we have ever done,” said Mr. Wallestad.

During practice, “we read a lot of sample questions from the last ten years. The odds are, the questions we ask won’t show up, but it’s good practice,” said Mr. Wallestad, “practices are more about building a team, having fun, and giving people a place to belong. It’s not like we make them run sprints or anything.”

However, each knowledge bowler is required to have a large amount of knowledge in several fields in order to be successful; “we answer questions about all sorts of things: science, math, history—we’ve got it all,” said Kelly-Goss.

This year’s team is fairly large but it is made up of “mostly seniors, so next year we’ll have a small team,” said Mr. Wallestad. But the team is still proud of its successes this season and hopes the year will finish well at regionals.

by Elin Lantz, staff writer

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