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

Boys SoccerTue, Sep 02 7 p.m.OronoHome
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 02 5 p.m.OronoOrono HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
Boys SoccerMon, Sep 15 7 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Mon, Sep 15 5 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 16 5 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

2010 debate season starts

Headed by a new coach, social studies teacher Ms. Kathy Green, the debate team will be seeing many changes this year. The season will kick off on September 8, with a meeting and a practice open to anyone who is interested.

The debate team plans to start moving away from BSM’s traditional Lincoln-Douglas debate, allowing returning members to continue in it, but diverting new members to other styles. “LD debate is one on one debate where the main premise is to debate values with a heavy emphasis on research,” said second year debater, junior Emily Herrmann.

The forms of debate that BSM will be specializing in are Public Forum and Classic debate. The team only started in Public Forum debate, which is a two-on-two style debate with topics about domestic or foreign policy issues, last year. Succeeding in this style, BSM freshmen Adam Bamonti and Kristian Evans went on to win the state tournament.

The new style being introduced this year is called Classic debate, a category specific only to Minnesota, featuring two competitors on either side arguing issues that are usually current events. The current resolution regards the issue of immigration and path to citizenship in the United States.

Returning debater, junior Sian Last, specialized in Public Forum debate last year with her partner, junior Frances Jimenez, and doesn’t expect the shift to Classic debate to be much of a change for her. “It won’t be a big change, but my partner and I will have to learn new rules,” said Last.

The change was instigated after Ms. Green discussed the issue with previous debate coaches, Ms. Kari Koshiol, Ms. Anna Overbo, Mr. Tom Backen, and others in the Twin Cities.

“‘LD’ in recent years has changed toward a direction that no longer really fits BSM. Minnesota Classic is a friendlier format, offers a state-sponsored state tournament and will enable more students to participate with a friendlier schedule ending around Thanksgiving/early December,” said Ms. Green.

Returning members of the debate team have already participated in a four-day pre-season camp this August. “Everyone started doing research for all the the topics,” said Herrmann, “Even though we’re all different divisions, we’re all one team.”

Captain Bennett Kenzie expects the team to do really well this year, and so do other returning members Last and Herrmann. “A lot of first years did very well last year, so we have a good team to work with,” said Last.

Herrmann agrees. “Ms. Green has put so much work into the team already,” said Herrmann, “and there’s just a lot of enthusiasm all around.”

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