By Courtney McNeill
Benson, MN- The Class of 2018 celebrated their last band and choir concert on Monday, May 7. The seniors were recognized at the end of the concert during the program that followed. The seniors presented Mrs. Mikkelson with gifts of treble clef earrings and a music note plaq. They also gifted Mr. Duncan a music tie, a mug, a music plaq, and a pair of crocs that they all signed. Four Scholarships were given to the seniors: Kelly Svor Furman ($500), Barry F. Jungworth Music Memorial Scholarship ($500), Albert Lokken ($400), and Music Boosters ($400). Courtney McNeill received the Kelly Svor Furman Scholarship, Leah Molden received the Music Boosters Scholarship, Erin Dubbels received the Albert Lokken Scholarship, and Grace Lee received the Barry F. Jungworth Memorial Music Scholarship.
Awards also presented that night were the Choir Director’s Award (Kaden Schmidt), John Philip Sousa–band– (Leah Molden), Band Director’s Award (Erin Dubbels), and Arion Award–choir– (Grace Lee).
By Olivia Hoffman
BENSON, MN – On Friday May 4th, the Benson Braves baseball team took on the Hancock Owls with a Junior High game and Junior Varsity game at 5:00 and a Varsity game at 7:00.
The varsity baseball team had a close game that resulted in a loss of 4-5. “It was a tough loss, but we have a tough team. We’ll come back stronger than ever,” said junior Matthew Ebnet about his team’s varsity game.
The annual baseball burger feed with homemade bars, chips, various beverages, and grilled burgers were available for purchase for duration of all the games. Each meal was $6.00 and $3.00 more for and additional cheeseburger. The burger feed and various ball games brought many fans and members of the community out to the fields. The three baseball games were also accompanied by varsity and junior varsity doubleheader softball games against Melrose at the Northside Recreation area.
by : Heidi Hagen
On Monday May7th after the concert the seniors who were in the music program were sitting together in seats that were saved for them. Awards were presented to Kaden Schmidt, Leah Molden, Erin Dubbles, and Grace Lee. Kaden Schmidt won the Director’s Award in choir. Grace Lee won the Arion Award in choir. Leah Molden won the John Philip Sousa Award for band. Erin Dubbles won the Director’s Award in band. Grace said, “I am very honored and proud to be awarded the Arion Award. This is one of my proudest moments in my musical high school career.”
By: Grace Arnold
BENSON – As the air gets warmer and days get longer, the majority of Benson High School students are eager to get out for the summer while others are a little hesitant. The senior class will have their last day on Wednesday, May 16th, while the rest of the student body will have their last day a half-day on Tuesday, May 22nd. In between these days, the senior class graduation will take place, on Sunday, May 20th. “So basically I feel like a little bit of me is dying, because you know, I am still gonna see some people but others I probably won’t ever see again. I’m really gonna miss those people, and some faculty. I’m sad but you know what, it’s time for change, and I hope it’s something I can do without failure,” explains senior Aidyn Molden when talking about his finals at Benson High School. Although, with spring sports in full swing, students will still be found at the school for practices even after classes are out for the summer.
By: Chloe Collins
BENSON- Benson High School’s teacher appreciation week has finally come! The week of May 7 is a week full of goodies and a special lunch grill out for them on Thursday during their lunch hour.
Student council prepared grilled hot dogs, chips, and lemonade. This is an annual event coordinated and run by the 9-12 Student Council. Student Council President, Courtney McNeill comments, “the grill out is a fun and nice way to give back to our staff who work hard every year.”
This week is important because we wouldn’t be here without the teachers and staff in this school, so giving back to them shows how much we appreciate their dedication and hard work.
By Tianna Mitchell
Benson, MN- Tuesday, May 1st Benson High had a bad sewer problem. The very strong smell turned into sewer water running down the hallway floors, our bathrooms immediately got shut down so they could figure out the problem. Yesterday Wednesday may 2nd jason stated while having draining holes in the floor that he knew it was a plug but he was trying to figure out actually how to stop it.
This has never happened at Benson High before in the past couple of years. I wonder what happened and how it started, I wonder where did it go wrong and was this something random or has it been some type of sewer problems and it finally exploded.
BENSON – On Tuesday, April 24th, senior captains of the softball team, Courtney McNeill, MacKenzie Kurkosky, and Elizabeth Staton met with the Kiwanis group at McKinney’s to speak about their softball program and upcoming season.
MacKenzie Kurkosky spoke about their summer softball league and how their overall summer season was. Elizabeth Staton told the Kiwanis about how the varsity softball players help coach younger softball players during clinics that Coach Barb Schwarz puts on during the school year and also during the morning softball recreation through Community Ed.
Courtney McNeill spoke about the time at the beginning of the season when former Benson athlete, Kayla Svor Carlson, spoke to the softball team about team building, being committed to the sport, and other aspects of the game. McNeill also told the Kiwanis about how some of the players have read at daycares in town and how Staton and Kurkosky designed team t-shirts. “It was fun to share information about what we do with the community,” said McNeill.
The three seniors talked about other parts of their softball season and team and also spoke about their various goals they have set and plan to reach for this season.