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

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
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Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
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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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