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 SoccerThu, Aug 21 4 p.m.MarshallMarshall
Girls SoccerThu, Aug 21 7 p.m.Blake Blake Middle School
Boys SoccerTue, Aug 26 7 p.m.Eden PraireHome
FootballThu, Aug 28 7 p.m.Holy AngelsHoly Angels
Boys SoccerThu, Aug 28 4:30 p.m.St Paul AcademySt Paul Academy
Girls SoccerThu, Aug 28 7:30 p.m.MinnetonkaHome
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
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Funky to Formal brings fashion and fun

Funky to Formal, holding its ninth annual fashion show, shopping bazaar, and luncheon, raised over $10,000 for BSM this year. Out of the four social events hosted by the Parent Association, Funky to Formal is the only fund-raising event.  All the money raised goes to the Parent Association and funds various school activities and scholarships.

Funky to Formal started off as a a dress swap and a way for girls to sell their dresses that they weren’t going to wear again.  But Cathy Terp and Kathy Gillman, who first chaired this event, faced problems. “Less and less girls actually wanted to get rid of their dresses, and they just wanted to buy new ones,” said Terp.

The name “Funky to Formal” came about as the event continued to grow and change–some of the dresses were the girls’ old ones that had been used (Funky) and then they began bringing in other stores and brand new dresses (Formal).

The Parent Association chose to do a fashion show because it was such a unique fundraiser compared to their other ones. “They thought it would be a great community building activity: bringing together girls, moms, grandmas, and friends for a common cause,” said Terp.

Today Funky to Formal still brings people together: from the 68 students who walked the runway, to the sold out crowd of mothers, daughters, and alumni that came for the show. “I usually model in it, but this year I went with my mom to watch and it was so much fun,” said junior Annalisa Huge.

The event was equally as fun for the student models who walked the run way in the latest trends from stores such as Banana Republic, Pink Champagne, and even the Spirit Shop.  Her first time in the show, freshman Taylor Kenyon loved everything about it. “The practices were actually really fun, the shopping was good, and I loved my outfit,” said Kenyon.

Her enthusiasm was shared by other models who do it because they love how much fun walking in the show is. “My favorite part was the catwalk, when I am up there I feel like a strong, independent, beautiful woman and I also like having all the attention be on me,” said junior Maddie Bergh.

But the senior models in the show feel that they had the most fun, “We got to wear two outfits and were started and ended the show which was really fun, but it was also sad because we realized this was the last time we would ever do it,” said senior Tricia Eagan.

This year the fashion show was switched from its previous location in the Haben Center to the Great Hall. This transition was made so that the vendors could set up in the Commons which created a lot more space for the bazaar and allowed 35 vendors to come this year. “It was a little smaller in the Great Hall, but I really liked the new shopping space because there was so much more stuff and it was organized a lot better,” said Annalisa Huge.

With mittens, jewelry, clothes, items for the home, and baked goods the 35 different vendors provided something for almost everyone there. “We have really great timing with this event,” said parent volunteer Mrs. Lisa Walsh, “The organized women who like to get their holiday shopping done early love it.”

Funky to Formal is a tradition that lets girls have fun and feel good about shopping since it’s for a good cause: “[Funky to Formal] is a tradition that will certainly continue at BSM because it excels in its purpose of raising money and bringing the community together through a day of fun,” said Terp.

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