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.

Salivating for The Hunger Games

Salivating for The Hunger Games

Lions Gate Entertainment

With its oppressive government, bleak districts, and barbaric entertainment Panem is an world easily imagined and incredibly deep.

There was void left in the world of major fantasy series after the Harry Potter series finished up a few years ago and the movies ended last summer. And that is where Suzanne Collins and her best-selling “Hunger Games” and her dark world of Panem comes in. With its oppressive government, bleak districts, and barbaric entertainment Panem is an world easily imagined and incredibly deep.

“The Hunger Games” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where “The Capitol” runs everything with 12 outlying districts doing all the dirty work. And each year in order to show their power, they force two kids, one boy and one girl, from each district to be placed in the hunger games.

The games are the deadly entertainment for the residents of the Capitol, where they watch the “Tributes” battle to the death in the massive arena filled with landscapes, traps, beasts and more. Katniss Everdeen is chosen as one of the districts from district 12, and this is her story of the games.

Gary Ross was given the nod to direct the “Hunger Games.” Most of his films that he have previously directed have more of the optimistic feel such as“Seabiscut” and “Big.” Which makes this film somewhat of a departure for him because “The Hunger Games” is extremely dark. He also co-wrote the script with Susan Collins, the author of the novels.

The Actors:

Katniss Everdeen has become the next big literary icon and to find the right actress to portray her was the most important part of the pre-production stages of the film. And they found easily one of the most talented young actresses on the scene right now, Jennifer Lawrence. Her breakout came in 2010 with her part in “Winter’s Bone” in which she received the nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.

Her talent has been widely regarded and her beauty is highly regarded as well. This makes her the ideal choice for Katniss. This is not her first time donning more of an action role as well, since she played Mystique in last summer’s “X-men: First Class.”

Katniss’ teammate in the books was Peeta Melark, the quiet baker’s son, who becomes her only connection to home in the arena. Peeta will be played by Josh Hutcherson, who has been in some more kids movies, “Bridge to Terabithia” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” but has started to become a more serious actor, as shown in his role in “The Kids are Alright,” which makes him an apt choice for Peeta.

Gale, Katneiss’ other heartthrob will be played by Liam Hemsworth, who other than being handsome and being related to Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) has no real stardom yet, which makes “The Hunger Games” more of a proving grounds for him than the other actors. Now we get to the bit of of wacky, yet hopefully inspired casting.

Cinna, Katniss’ designer and calm confidante will be portrayed by Lenny Kravitz, which is random choice since he is known for acting, but in all of the released footage and photos he seems to be portraying the character well and has an immense screen presence.

The other two major supporting roles are played by Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harelson, who play Effie Trinket and Haymitch Abernathy respectively. Effie is the kid’s peppy and superficial publicist and Haymitch is their drunken and melancholy mentor. Each of these have smaller roles but both end up being quite influential. The film also features actors such as, Stanley Tucci (Margin Call), Wes Bentely (The Four Feathers), and Donald Sutherland (Pride and Prejudice).

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