Not So Ugly Dolls

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BENSON MN– A new project has begun in the BHS Art I class this week; students are sewing stuffed creations of all types called ugly dolls.

While each student has chosen a different design and pattern of cloth, they all seem to enjoy creating their own doll. Many students have chosen to make animals or beloved video game and movie characters, while others have designed monsters befitting the ugly doll name.

For many students, this is their first time sewing anything, and some who have before were self taught, thus not knowing the proper techniques. While many were skeptical about the project at first, they grew to enjoy it as their ugly doll took shape.

Art instructor Jenessa Grossman said that the ugly dolls are projected to be finished in time for Christmas and are “really great presents for kids and relatives.” Many are small enough to be used as the perfect stocking stuffer.

 

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Not So Ugly Dolls

CADD is RAD

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Senior Katelyn Tolifson adds the finishing touches to her garage design. Soon she will be able to add her house floor plans. 
Photo Credit: Matilyn Short

by Olivia Hoffman

BENSON – On Monday, November 12, Students in Mr. Manzke’s 3rd hour CADD class began to work on a new program, SoftPlan,  in which they are able to create their own building plans.

Students are finishing up their first assignment on this program of designing a simple garage. Some of the requirements for this assignment were having the garage equipped with windows, doors, a ceiling, a roof, and other details.

Senior Katelyn Tolifson said, “CADD is really fun because you get to be creative and show your style. I enjoy being in this class with my friends because we help each other with new ideas and projects. The program is really cool because you work really hard on something and when it’s done you can actually see the results when your picture becomes 3D. This class will help me in the future because I do not have a lot of designing experience and this helps me to think outside of the box.”

The CADD students will continue to work on the SoftPlan program and will continue building their garages and houses.

 

CADD is RAD

Volleyball Ends the Season with the Annual Banquet

By: Matilyn Short

BENSON – On Sunday, October 11, the c-squad, JV, and varsity volleyball teams all shared one last meal together before going into awards and watching a video recap of the season.

This year they switched it up a little bit, instead of just having some cheese and crackers, the seniors decided the food for the banquet should be served potluck style. Seniors were asked to bring desserts, juniors were asked to bring a main dish, and sophomores were asked to bring a side dish. The varsity team was thrilled to have mashed potatoes as one of the side dishes to go with a joke that had gone on throughout the season.

Everyone that had participated in volleyball got a certificate. Individuals of the varsity team can win other awards voted on by their teammates. Sophomore Rachel Berens received the “Most Improved” award. Junior Abbie Mitteness received the “Hustle” award. Junior Claire Ricard received the “Most Valuable Player” award. Senior Maranda Wieber received the “Braves” award. Seniors Paige Cain, Maranda Wieber and Matilyn Short all received the six year award, meaning they have participated in volleyball since seventh grade. Paige Cain, Maranda Wieber, Mariah Ahrndt and Matilyn Short received the captain award, for serving as captains for this year’s team. Claire Ricard was West Central Conference Honorable Mention. Juniors Mariah Ahrndt and Abbie Mitteness went All Conference in the West Central Conference. Maranda Wieber and Matilyn Short received the All State Academic award. The team also achieved the MSHSL Academic Gold award, the cumulative GPA of everyone on the team had to be above 3.8.

The team went 8-14 this year and are excited to get back in the gym to start working for next season.

 

Volleyball Ends the Season with the Annual Banquet

Gymnastics Season Starts

By; Logan Johnson

Benson, MN-The Girls gymnastics season has started and they are all very excited. There practices are held at the Benson Armory from 3:30-6:00pm. The Benson team is combined with the KMS girls to make a full team so they can compete and have an enjoyable season.

Their first meet is a invitational meet held Saturday, December 1 in Morris, MN. The bus leave Benson at 8:45am and the meet starts at 12:00pm. Their first meet in Benson is Friday, December 14 at 6:00pm and they will be competing against Litchfield. Let go and support our Benson/KMS gymnastics team.

Gymnastics Season Starts

Shaping the Community’s Future

By Maranda Wieber

BENSON, MN- On Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16, Doug Griffiths, an author, economic development strategist, and community therapist will be in town to speak about the future of Benson. On Thursday, there is a community meeting planned for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Benson Golf Club. He is also planning to speak for the students at BHS on Friday around 10:30 a.m.

Griffiths is a co-author of the book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, he wrote this book as a way for economic development and community building efforts, but his point still wasn’t getting across. He now goes around speaking to community leaders in effort to help change the community for the better.

Shaping the Community’s Future

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Nayeli Mejia

On Monday, November 5, the BHS Chapter of the National Honor Society held their annual induction ceremony.  Fifteen new members were inducted on Monday night. They join fifteen members who were inducted last year. Mr.Jason Wolter was the speaker at the NHS induction ceremony. Jason talked about the four pillars of NHS; Scholarships, Service, Leadership and Character.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Veterans Day On The Way

BY: TJ Hodge

BENSON, MN– The annual Veteran’s Day Program will be held in the BHS gymnasium at 10:30 on Monday, November 12.

Every year, students and veterans are invited to the Veteran’s Day Program in the BHS gymnasium to celebrate our veterans. The program usually features a slideshow put to music, showing off veterans of our families and history since the first World War. The program, on average, lasts around thirty minutes to an hour.

Veterans Day On The Way