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
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
Boys TennisThu, Apr 24 4:00 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAquilla Park (St. Louis Park)
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
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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
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Sophomore Jack Jablonski in everyone’s prayers

Megan Beh

Senior Coco Paulson painted this banner in support of sophomore Jack Jablonski who suffered a spinal cord injury and goes to face the challenge of surgery today. Efforts such as this and many others have been pouring forth from the BSM community and beyond.

During a JV boys’ hockey game against the Wayzata Trojans on Friday, Dec. 30, sophomore Jack Jablonski was hit from behind, thrown into the boards, and fell to the ice, severely injured and immobile. Jablonski underwent surgery to fuse his C5 and C6 vertebrae at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Since the accident, BSM students, faculty, parents, and alumni have shown immense support for “Jabs” and his family in various ways, bringing together the entire community around one student.

Jablonski’s Caring Bride web page has received almost 100,000 visits, and visitors continue to flow in and out of his hospital room. “I think a lot of the tweeting is a big support and everyone going to the hospital whenever they can shows how much they really support him. Last time I was there, there were about 30 people there,” said Christian Horn, senior hockey captain.

The hopes of all of the supporters is to boost Jablonski’s spirits, encourage him to stay strong, and let him know he is loved by his community. “Everything that people are doing to keep his spirits up and keep him happy is really working for him. The doctor said the brain is such a powerful part in the body; his attitude can make or break what ends up happening to him in his recovery,” said Horn.

A prayer service was held at BSM during homeroom on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and the chapel was open for Eucharistic Adoration throughout the school day on Wednesday, Jan. 4. “An important thing over these days is that we are doing the most important thing we can do at this time for Jack, and that is pray,” said Mr. Mike Jeremiah, campus minister. “That’s what our school is all about––that we come together to do whatever we can, whenever we can, to bring God’s presence into people’s lives.”

Weekly “Prayer with J” will be held Thursday morning, and the rosary will be prayed with special intentions for Jablonski Friday morning before school. Both prayer sessions expect record numbers of participants based on the popularity of school-wide prayers offered thus far. “I think all of us appreciate that we can gather in prayer as a faith community to support each other and love each other,” said Dr. Sue Skinner, senior high principal.

Many winter sports teams have incorporated their support for Jablonski into their daily practices. Both the boys’ and girls’ hockey teams are putting “13” on their helmets and jerseys. The dance team is getting “13” sewn onto their warm-up jackets and writing “13” inside their performance shoes. Some basketball players have also written “13” on the outside of their shoes.

“I think students are really coming together to support each other, Jack, and his family. We all want the best for him and we know it’s not going to be an easy road, but we’ll be there together,” said Dr. Skinner.

The girls’ hockey team has ordered personalized LiveStrong braclets dedicated to Jablonski. “We ordered 50,000 bracelets, and we’re planning to sell them at school, at hockey games, and to other schools that have also expressed interest,” said Sara Taffe, junior hockey captain.

The boys’ hockey team has been particularly supportive of their teammate, continually praying as a team and doing what they can to keep his spirits high while he is in the hospital. “He’s our teammate and we love him. Everyone is sad, but they have to play through it,” said Horn.

The hockey community continues to reach out to Jablonski as NHL teams and players have contacted him to show their support. The Pittsburgh Penguins all signed a jersey and sent it to the hospital, ESPN’s John Buccigross emailed Horn to ask what he can do to help, Lou Nanne from the North Stars came to visit him at the hospital, and Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils called him personally to talk with him. Many hockey players who have suffered similar injuries have also contacted the family to show their support.

The most popular venues for showing public support for Jablonski has been through posts and comments on social media sites. By the end of the day on Tuesday, Jan. 3, nearly every Red Knight had changed their Facebook profile photo to a red and white “13” logo in honor of Jablonski to show their support.

By tweeting “#Jabs,” BSM students, alumni, students from other schools, and even celebrities have made #Jabs trending nationwide for the past week. “After visiting Jabs in the hospital, I thought that it’d be a cool idea to get him trending,” said senior Jake Horton, hockey captain and originator of the trend. “Not expecting much, I sent out a tweet that said “Let’s get #jabs #13” trending, and then later that night it was.”

Additionally, a few celebrities such as Atmosphere, Modson, Joe Mauer, Macklemore, and multiple famous hockey players have either tweeted at Jablonski or retweeted “#Jabs” tweets sent to them.

“All of the thought and prayer going out to Jack from BSM, other organizations, or people really shows what a great kid Jack is and what great character he has,” said Horton.

4 Comments

4 Responses to “Sophomore Jack Jablonski in everyone’s prayers”

  1. Jordan Dritz on January 4th, 2012 11:59 pm

    Great article. Prayers go out to Jack. #jabs

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  2. kelsey jacobson on January 5th, 2012 2:10 am

    This article makes me so incredibly proud and honored to have gone to BSM. there is something wonderful to be said about the BSM community. #jabs

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  3. lauren on January 5th, 2012 10:25 pm

    Can we purchase wristbands and have them mailed??

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  4. derrik dyka on January 8th, 2012 7:41 pm

    We created a pickup game at the Xcel center generating $800 already for the Jack Jablonski fund. We are also doing an auction of donated items to raise money. All items are posted here
    http://www.hockeyfinder.com/jackjablonski/

    Zach Parise has donated an autographed jersey.

    100% of the proceeds will be submitted to the Jack Jablonski Fund.

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