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Two juniors nominated for MSHSL ExCEL Award

Two juniors nominated for MSHSL ExCEL Award

Will Whitmore, Staff Writer
February 25
Filed under NEWS, News in Brief, TOP STORIES

BSM juniors Braeden Fitzgerald and Claire Grazzini were recently nominated for the Minnesota State High School League ExCEL Award. The ExCEL Award is a prestigious award that recognizes juniors that are active in school activities, show quality leadership skills, and work voluntarily in the community. Ever...

Science teacher Mr. Peterson uses different grading method

Science teacher Mr. Peterson uses different grading method

Kasey Desmond, Print Editor-in-Chief
February 24
Filed under STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

BSM science teacher Mark Peterson prides himself on a unique grading system that better evaluates students’ skills. Rather than basing grades on an accumulation of points throughout the semester, Peterson grades his students on their mastery of certain learning targets, skills pertinent to the subject....

Football and girls soccer teams hang State Championship banners in Haben

Football and girls soccer teams hang State Championship banners in Haben

Jack Hendrickson, Staff Writer
February 24
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The State Championship banner for BSM's football team was recently lifted into the rafters of the Haben Center at halftime during a boys basketball game. While this was a monumental moment in BSM's history being the first State Championship win for the football team ever, the girl's soccer team al...

What is the future of education?

What is the future of education?

Abby Letscher, Features Editor
February 24
Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA, Showcase, TOP STORIES

In 1996, IBM’s computer program Deep Blue won a chess game against world champion chess player Garry Kasparov. While Deep Blue would go on to lose the match, the implication of this win was clear: technology is evolving rapidly. One year later Deep Blue beat Kasparov. Since then, technology has progres...

Working at Chuck E. Cheese was a vomit-filled nightmare

Working at Chuck E. Cheese was a vomit-filled nightmare

Olivia Rossman, Staff Writer
February 23
Filed under DIVERSIONS, TOP STORIES

“Hey, Olivia, so I just wanna let you know, the guy at your party… it looks like he has a gun, so I’m not going to be in the Chuck E. costume,” my former coworker, Alex, told me one September day. I had been working at Chuck E. Cheese Inc. for three months at that point, and there were rarely en...

Students with politicians as parents

Students with politicians as parents

Nathanael Ashton-Piper, Staff Writer
February 23
Filed under Featured People, STUDENT LIFE, TOP STORIES

Dennis Smith represents district 34B in the Minnesota House of Representatives and is the father of BSM senior Lillian Smith and sophomore Buchanan Smith. As a member of the house, Mr. Smith is tasked with not only keeping the people of his district happy, but also keeping in mind what’s best ...

Dance Team wins State Championship in Jazz

Dance Team wins State Championship in Jazz

Nathanael Ashton-Piper, Staff Writer
February 23
Filed under MULTIMEDIA, Showcase, SPORTS, TOP STORIES

“The team from Benilde-St. Margaret’s,” the PA announcer’s voice boomed over the loudspeakers. Emotions that had been built up over a whole season in the fans, parents, and dancers all surfaced; the crowd roared, and the Knightettes embraced in arms as sisters reclaiming their crown for Jazz supremacy.

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BSM engineering department uses new technology with 3D printer

BSM engineering department uses new technology with 3D printer

Andrew Plouff, News Editor
February 23
Filed under MULTIMEDIA, NEWS, News in Brief, TOP STORIES

The BSM engineering department received a new 3D printer from the company Stacker. The printer was donated by two BSM alumni, John Cich and Mark Ryan, who are investors at Stacker, a relatively new company. “[Stacker] wants to get into schools because they figured it’s a good marketing plan for t...

Art department welcomes new teacher Mr. Alex Walton

Art department welcomes new teacher Mr. Alex Walton

Andrew Plouff, News Editor
February 20
Filed under NEWS, News in Brief, TOP STORIES

For the second semester, the art department welcomed a brand new teacher: Mr. Alex Walton. Walton is teaching art classes primarily for the junior high, but he also has a section of Drawing and Painting for senior high students. Although it's his first year teaching at BSM, Walton has had a conne...

Visiting a cappella group raises funds for BSM choir department

Visiting a cappella group raises funds for BSM choir department

Maria Van Hove, Staff Writer
February 15
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The Red Knotes performed with the five-man vocal band The Cat’s Pajamas at BSM's Hamburge Theater on Thursday, February 9, and the hype surrounding the event was apparent among the BSM choir students. The idea of the concert came from choir teacher Mr. Adam Petroski, who is working to improve ...

Eight students qualify for BPA state competition

Eight students qualify for BPA state competition

Maria Van Hove, Staff Writer
February 13
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With a recent regional competition, the Business Professionals of America (BPA) team had been working hard to prepare themselves. The bus left at 7 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, February 8, and BSM hoped to beat its northwest suburban competitors at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. While this is only the third year that BSM i...

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