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

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

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

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
BaseballMon, Apr 21 4:30 p.m.WayzataHome
Boys GolfMon, Apr 21 9 a.m.Chanhassen Invite Deer Run Golf Club
BaseballTue, Apr 22 4:15 p.m.IrondaleAway
Boys GolfTue, Apr 22 1 p.m.NSC OpponentsVictory Links Golf Course
Girls GolfTue, Apr 22 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 22 7 p.m.St. Thomas AcademyHome
Boys TennisTue, Apr 22 4:00 p.m.FridleyFridley High School
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
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.

Kaminski takes flight

Kaminski takes flight

Photo courtest of Matthew Kaminski

Kaminski pilots his own planes each week.

While most students spend their time after school doing activities in classrooms, gyms, or outside on one of the various fields, junior Matt Kaminski spends his time up in the sky. Kaminski takes flying lessons at the Hummingbird Aviation Flying School, spending one to three days a week, for an hour and a half to two hours each session, learning how to be a pilot.

With flying lessons lacking much predictability, Kaminski never knows what to expect going into one. “They are always spontaneous, I never know what I’m going to do until I get there. I have two instructors; one of them was a Vietnam helicopter pilot, and the other one was an air battle manager, which is someone who is responsible of making sure the mission is executed,” said Kaminski.

With much to learn on his track to pilothood, Kaminski is often tested with challenging instructions during his lessons, including procedures on how to avoid tragedy, such as making an emergency landing. “Sometimes my instructor will turn the engine off, and we start gliding towards the ground, and we look for somewhere to land,” said Kaminski.

Although Kaminski attends a flying school, he’s not interested in being just an average pilot. “I want to go to the Air Force Academy for college, eventually get into the Air Force from there, and be a fighter pilot,” said Kaminski.

Kaminski will not soon forget what it was like flying for his first time. “My instructor started stalling the plane to see what I would do, but he didn’t tell me that he was going to do that, so it was really unexpected and nerve-racking,” said Kaminski.

It may be a fun, different activity to try, but aviation is no cakewalk. “The mental aspect is the hardest part. You can’t fly with any emotions; you need to be calm. It’s also really frustrating when you can’t do or understand something. It took me about two days of practice before I was finally able to land by myself for the first time,” said Kaminski.

Surprisingly, the thing that makes Kaminski the most nervous doesn’t have anything to do with actually flying the plane. “I hate talking on the radio. The first time I had to talk on the radio to the control tower, I was really nervous because I didn’t want to screw up and say something wrong,” said Kaminski.

Kaminski intends to get his pilot license soon, since he began flying in July. “When your instructor feels like you’re ready, they’ll give you a certificate, which lets you fly by yourself,” said Kaminski.

Once Kaminski obtains his license, he does not plan on getting a plane because he won’t have much time to fly it recreationally. “After high school I will be gone for 14 years. It’s a 14-year commitment for the four years in the academy and a 10-year commitment if you become a fighter pilot,” said Kaminski.

With everything there is to learn and practice about flying, Kaminski has found the part of flying he enjoys the most. “It’s not like driving on the road; there are no lines that you need to follow. You feel free. It’s limitless,” said Kaminski.

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