Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

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Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

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

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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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  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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