Staff Ed: Editors finish senior year thankful for BSM


Jack Shields

Despite BSM being held online for the last quarter of their senior year, the KE Editors appreciate all that BSM has done for them.

Zach Zeman, Print Editor-In-Chief: I came to this school in 7th grade with not many expectations. Through the years, I have met many outstanding and motivational teachers who have helped shape who I am today. Because BSM strives to inspire us students daily, they have helped me develop into a student who is well prepared for the next four. Outside of the academics, the amazing Friday nights at the turf is something I will miss truly. I will never forget the feeling of goosebumps and excitement watching many pucks hit the back of the net during the hockey season as well. Thank you to the teachers, staff, and parents who made BSM an enjoyable place to learn.

Kaitlyn McTigue, Online Editor-In-Chief: All I want to say is thank you BSM. Thank you for introducing me to the greatest people whether that was the teachers I had or the friends I made. I will always be grateful for who I’ve met these past six years. Thank you for the many memories. From my first day of seventh grade to my “last” day of senior year, there have been bad times––like the time I cut my finger open on the locker––but there have also been many good times––like every fall Friday night at the turf––and no matter if they are bad memories or good I’m happy I’ll always have them. Over these past six years, I have learned a lot about myself as a student and person and I want to thank everyone who made my experience one I will never forget. I’m proud to say that I was and will always be a part of the BSM community. Thank you. 

Harry Madden, KEQ Editor-In-Chief: I have attended BSM for the last six years of my life, that’s a big portion of time. Throughout these last six years, I have learned so much about myself and the good that comes from a tight-knit community. I have been able to explore many different interests of mine because of the wide variety of opportunities that have been offered to me here. The kind of person I want to be going into my college years has been shaped by the kind people that have surrounded me every day. Although the journey has unfortunately been cut short, I will always cherish the time that I had at BSM. Thank you, I will miss it greatly.

So thank you BSM, for being a place to call home for the past six years, I’ll miss you. ”

— Quinn Elsenbast

Quinn Elsenbast, News Editor: While I’ll take away many things from my time at BSM, the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is what a community can do for you. The BSM community has been a place where I’ve always felt welcome. Where my math teacher knows what my favorite Taher breakfast snack is and I get asked how I’m doing every time I purchase my lunch. It’s been so special to grow up in a place that cared for me in every aspect–not just who I was as a student. So thank you BSM, for being a place to call home for the past six years, I’ll miss you. 

Laura Jennings, Student Life Editor: Before coming to BSM, I went to a small school with the same people for 9 years. I didn’t know many people going into freshman year, and I didn’t know what to expect for my high school years. What I did experience was more than what I ever could’ve predicted. I have met some of the best people at BSM, and have made the most amazing memories and friendships that I know I’ll cherish forever. Although my senior year was cut short, I am so thankful for my time here and for all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Lexi Basil, Student Life Editor: Coming to BSM in 7th grade was probably the greatest decision I ever made. I’ve had so many teachers that made a huge impact on my life, and if I didn’t go to BSM I would have never gained the knowledge that I have through them. I also want to thank BSM for giving me the opportunity to be on a state championship dance team for six years. This team has taught me passion and leadership and that will take me far in life. BSM has also given me my best friends and memories that will truly last a lifetime. I’m going to miss getting fried rice or potatoes from Chef Raul every morning, the bright lights shining down on the football field Friday nights, and most importantly, being in such a strong community of people every day. I am so grateful for every opportunity BSM has given me over these past 6 years, and I will continue to spread the Red Knight spirit wherever I go in life!

Whether it was friends, coaches, or teachers, I had always been around someone who not only cared about me but cared about the people around me.”

— Luke Mathwig

Luke Mathwig, Sports Editor: As intimidating as a new school can be for most 14-year-olds, BSM helped make the awkward middle school to high school transition as smooth as possible. Whether it was that fake first day of school, summer football camp, or picture day I always had the opportunity to meet new people. I quickly made friends and those relationships have molded me into the person I am 4 years later. These relationships have taught me how to be the person I want to be, all while creating memories that I will always hold close to my heart. I want to thank BSM for allowing me to be around some of the most influential people I have ever met. Whether it was friends, coaches, or teachers, I had always been around someone who not only cared about me but cared about the people around me.

Mia Rheineck, Features Editor: I would like to thank BSM for showing that there is more to the world than one’s immediate surroundings and the importance of individuality. Through my five years at BSM, I received guidance from teachers who stressed the importance of finding what I am passionate about and to stick with it. Through these lessons, I discovered the person I would like to be, what I want to study, and that there is still more to learn. As I say goodbye and thank you to BSM, I cannot wait to begin the next chapter and continue learning. In the words of the immortal Elle Woods: “It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world…You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself. Congratulations class of 2004 — we did it!

Brendan Amaris, Opinions Editor: I came to BSM sophomore year only knowing a few people, and to be honest I was a little nervous, but the students, teachers, and the rest of the staff made the transition very easy for me. At BSM, everyone always looks out for each other. Teachers are always willing to help you, whether it’s helping you with math homework in the math resource center or staying after school to let you take a test in their classroom so you can ask them a question if you’re stuck. I have made friends who I will have with me for the rest of my life, and I have created memories that I will never forget. These past three years have been the best years of my life, so for all this and so much more. Thank you, BSM.

I can confidently say that coming here was the best decision that I have ever made.”

— Brooks Carver

Brooks Carver, Reviews Editor: I came to Benilde-St. Margaret’s in 8th grade not knowing what to expect. I was nervous about starting at a new school and was concerned about how I would fit in without knowing many people. After 5 years at BSM, I can confidently say that coming here was the best decision that I have ever made. I’ve made lifelong friends, forged special relationships with my teachers and coaches, learned countless valuable life lessons, and created unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Although I am sad to turn the page on this chapter of my life, I am very grateful to the school, and everyone in Benilde-St. Margaret’s community for making the last 5 years the best they could be. I am and will forever be, proud to be a Red Knight.

Jack Shields, Photography Editor: I came to BSM last year, knowing only a handful people and never having switched schools before. I could never have expected to encounter what I found here. This great community welcomed me with open arms. Everyone was very helpful, making the transition easy. Everyone – students, teachers, staff; they all seem like they truly want to be here every day, which is what makes BSM special. I am incredibly grateful that I decided to come here. These last two years I’ve made lifelong friendships and memories I will cherish forever. Thank you BSM for making the end of my high school career fantastic.

Alice Petty, Photography Editor: I can’t believe my time at BSM is done. Over the years I have gained valuable friendships with friends and teachers making this high school career so memorable. I will miss standing on the bleachers during Friday night football games, roaming the lunchroom during free hour to talk to the incredible Taher chefs, and seeing friendly faces while walking through the halls. Shoutout to my Ultimate Frisbee team for making me feel like I had a second home and creating long-lasting friendships. Thank you BSM for all the memories.

I have made lifelong friendships and have learned so much about myself and how to treat people with kindness. The loving community has made me a proud Red Knight forever.”

— Libby Simpson

Libby Simpson, Multimedia Editor: Thank you BSM. Thank you for all of the experiences you gave me and all of the memories that I will cherish forever. I came in 7th grade only knowing a few people. I didn’t know what the next six years were going to be like, but I am so glad that I got to experience my high school career at BSM. There have been highs and many lows, but I am so grateful for everything. I have made lifelong friendships and have learned so much about myself and how to treat people with kindness. The loving community has made me a proud Red Knight forever.

Sophie Ludwig, Social Media Manager: Thank you to all the teachers that have helped me over the years––coming in early and spending that extra time to go over problems, I can not thank all of you enough. Thank you to all my friends that I met over the past four years for always making me laugh and always supporting me. A special thank you to the lunchroom staff for always providing the best food with so many delicious choices. After graduation, I will truly miss everything. BSM  created such an inviting place and atmosphere, it became a second home for me. These past four years created some of the best memories in my life that I am forever grateful for. Thank you, BSM!

Jack Williams, Graphic Design Editor: When I first attended BSM in 7th grade, I had no idea what to expect of high school, junior high was still complicated back then in my eyes. But after my freshman year of talking to new people, meeting new teachers, and experiencing more of this great community, I really started to settle in. Attending as many sports events as I could and studying with new faces led me to more friends and soon enough all of high school started to blend as one big happy memory. Thank you BSM for all you’ve done for me, I will definitely be sharing and reminiscing about some awesome memories I’ve had here.