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

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Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAway
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Robbinsdale ArmstrongArmstrong High School
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Multiple OpponentsFridely
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Multiple OpponentsFridely
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 5 p.m.EaganAway
BaseballMon, Apr 21 4:30 p.m.WayzataHome
Boys GolfMon, Apr 21 9 a.m.Chanhassen Invite Deer Run Golf Club
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Girls GolfTue, Apr 22 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 22 7 p.m.St. Thomas AcademyHome
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Boys TennisTue, Apr 08 Columbia Heights7-0W
Boys TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents46
Tue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Girls TrackTue, Apr 08 Multiple Opponents83
Boys TennisMon, Apr 07 Blake 3-4L
Girls BasketballSat, Mar 08 Holy Family Catholic61-66L
Girls BasketballTue, Mar 04 Mound-Westonka85-60W
Boys BasketballSat, Mar 01 Waconia60-69L
Girls BasketballFri, Feb 28 Columbia Heights84-46W
Boys HockeyWed, Feb 26 Eden Prairie2-3 2OTL
Boys BasketballTue, Feb 25 Mound-Westonka50-47W
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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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