Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

BSM's Principal Dr. Sue Skinner visits with one of the members of the accreditation team as they evaluate the school. Accreditation happens on a five year basis in order to ensure BSM is focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. (Taya Rettler)

Accreditation team visits to evaluate BSM

April 24, 2014

On Wednesday April 23, a team of Accreditation members visited BSM to perform an evaluation that takes place every five years. The evaluation's purpose is to make sure that BSM is continuously focused on creating an environment that lives up to the best practice in education. The accreditation process takes place after BSM fills out a self report... Continue Reading

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

Due to cold weather, the golf team has been forced to practice inside. (Taya Rettler)

Both boys and girls golf teams look forward to a solid season

April 22, 2014

After practicing indoors due to the weather for the past two months hitting balls and getting their form down, the girls’ and boys’ golf teams are ready to start their seasons. When the teams began playing outside, they played nine holes while focusing on putting and driving. “I believe that we have a lot of strong and talented players on the... Continue Reading

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

Nevells has been quickly earning a reputation as a skilled filmmaker at BSM. (Keenan Schember)

Senior engages in his passion for cinematography

April 24, 2014

On March 30th, BSM senior Mack Nevells won the award for best high school director in the midwest. The award was given by NATAS, or the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the same group that hosts the Emmy... Continue Reading

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

Craft making options abound in the Twin Cities

April 22, 2014

Fired Up Tucked away in a spacious warehouse near the University of Minnesota, Fired Up, the pottery creation shop, provides a sculpting experience unlike any other. Potters of all skill levels, including newcomers,... Continue Reading

Paint your plate provides a fun and colorful environment for guest to realease their creativity and enjoy painting a unique pottery piece. (Taylor Blad)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys GolfFri, Apr 25 TBDTBDEdinburgh USA
Boys TennisFri, Apr 25 4:15 p.m.Holy AngelsValley View Playfield (Bloomington)
Boys TrackFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
Girls GolfFri, Apr 25 3:30 p.m.Moore RelaysBenilde-St. Margaret's
BaseballSat, Apr 26 12 p.m.EdinaAway
BaseballMon, Apr 28 6:30 p.m.St. Louis ParkAway
Boys GolfMon, Apr 28 11 a.m.NSC OpponentsBunker Hills Golf Course
Girls GolfMon, Apr 28 11 a.m.NSC OpponentsBunker Hills Golf Course
Boys TennisMon, Apr 28 4:00 p.m.Robbinsdale ArmstrongArmstrong High School
Tue, Apr 29 12 p.m.Elk River InviteElk River Country Club
Boys TennisTue, Apr 29 4:00 p.m.IrondaleIrondale High School
BaseballWed, Apr 30 4:15 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperAway
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

Two speechers to represent BSM at nationals

Two speechers to represent BSM at nationals

Sam Flumerfelt

Senior Alex Smith and sophomore Liza Magill are busy rehearsing their speech skills as they prepare for nationals.

As the 2011 speech season comes to a close for most of the team, senior Alex Smith and sophomore Liza Magill will extend their speech season by attending the National Speech Tournament this June in Austin, Texas.

The two will be competing under the category of extemporaneous speaking, which combines quick speech writing with elegant speaking skills. Under this category, each speaker draws a random topic about domestic or international political issues and then gets 30 minutes to prepare a speech about that issue.

Although Minnesota Speech is a 13- category activity, only seven categories participated in the National Forensic League Tournament that was held this year at Centennial High School with finals taking place at Eagan High School. The tournament was two days long, but it proved successful for Smith and Magill. “There hasn’t been a National qualifier from BSM in years, at least not for speech,” said Mrs. Maura Brew Head Speech Coach.

Smith had his doubts about attending the final day of the NFL Minnesota tournament because of the high level of competition in Minnesota speech. “I was surprised to get to the second day of the NFL tournament,” said Smith.

Minnesota often produces many national tournament champions, and has become a very competitive activity. “It is a little scary I suppose; there have to be at least 450 extemp speakers;it is very intimidating,” said Smith.

Magill and Smith will continue practicing throughout the rest of the year; usually practices consists of one hour a week, and whether this holds true for national competition participants Magill and Smith are not sure. “I will be practicing with [Ms.] Green, probably once or twice a week,” Smith said.

The National Forensic League Tournament, the largest academic competition in the world, will take place June 13-18 with students competing for over $200,000 worth of scholarship money. “I expect it to be a wonderful experience, [and] if I do well, I can hopefully get some scholarships,” Smith said.

To qualify for Nationals is an honor that every speecher strives for, and for sophomore Magill, simply qualifying for nationals is an incredible achievement. “[I’m] hoping it will be fun with a whole bunch of people that are good at speech, and I can learn a lot from them,” said Magill.

 

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One Response to “Two speechers to represent BSM at nationals”

  1. Kaia Preus on April 21st, 2011 10:49 pm

    Congratulations to both of you! As a former speecher, I know how difficult and intimidating the NFLs can be. We are all proud of you. Remember to enjoy yourself!

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