04
Jun

Class of 2014 Commencement

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Faribault, MN - The 156th Shattuck-St. Mary’s Commencement was held under gloriously blue skies on Friday, May 30. In all, 113 seniors received their diplomas in front of the Chapel of the Good Shepard and became graduates of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

Robert Kashan, father of graduating senior Matthew Kashan ’14, was this year’s commencement speaker. Robert Kashan is the founder and CEO of EarthColor, Inc. and spoke on the importance of perspective and how the Shattuck-St. Mary’s experience fosters strong bonds of friendship and love.

Sei Yoon Oh ’14 and Nadezhda Braun ’14, this year’s Valedictorian’s, addressed their classmates during commencement.

To view all of the photos from the 2014 Commencement, visit the SSM Flickr Page.

Please enjoy this video recapping the tradition, emotion, and excitement from the Class of 2014 Commencement.

 

 

 

22
May

BioScience Students Impress at Research Symposium

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Faribault, MN - The yearlong BioScience research projects came to fruition Monday evening in the weCreate Center at the BioScience Research Symposium as the COE students presented their findings. Eight seniors gave presentations on topics ranging from health care in rural Nicaragua, to neuroprosthesis for restoration of function following spinal cord injury, to neuronal regeneration in Parkinson’s disease. Dozens of people packed the weCreate Performance Studio to learn about the issues that SSM students explored. Prior to the senior presentations, sophomores and juniors had a chance to explain their projects on a smaller scale at the poster session. Students and parents walked around to the different posters as the BioScience students explained their research and findings. The eight seniors who will graduate on May 30, have aspirations to continue on to college and pursue the medical field. For more photos of the event, visit the SSM Flickr page.

15
May

New Fire Pit Ready for Spring

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Zoe Berlinquette ’14 (left) and Sara Wicks ’14 stand in their freshly dug fire pit.

Six seniors and one Postgraduate student worked on constructing a fire pit as part of their senior leadership project. Mr. Bergdahl oversaw students dig a hole, lay the brickwork, and carve out a nice spot just West of Whipple Hall to relax by the fire. Broydon Stufko PG, who worked on the project for the last two years, describes what it was like building the pit.

In the beginning, the fire pit was nothing more than a dream; merely smoke in the wind.  We never dreamed that it would become a reality.  A team was assembled, consisting of Andrew Farny ’13, Hollis Malkowski ’13 and me, under the wise guidance of Mr. Bergdahl.  The world came to know us as The Brotherhood.  We spent the early days of the project holed up in a small room every Saturday and Sunday, huddled over a drawing board as we hammered out the details of the project.  This process lasted all winter, with nary a fire to keep us warm.  We feared for our lives, but knew the sacrifice was for the betterment of the Shattuck experience.  We knew our destiny in life, and that destiny was to go forth and give the world a fire pit.  The four of us ventured off into the massive unknown of Faribault, in search of bricks and mortar.  The journey was long and dangerous, but in the end it was worth it.  We found a supplier of bricks, and even a place that would forge us a metal ring to keep the heat from destroying our bricks.  Everything was coming together perfectly, the end was in sight.  But then tragedy struck; the worst storm in recent history.  The snow fell heavy and long, and held on until nearly the end of May.  By this time, we couldn’t build, couldn’t even dig the base hole.  The team crumbled, each of us going our separate ways, to pursue a new goal in life.  But I couldn’t shake the feeling that we needed to wrap up what we had started.  As it just so happened, my path led me back to Shattuck, giving me a second chance to take on the monumental task of building the greatest fire pit this campus has ever seen.  A new group was put together, determined to make the pit come to fruition.  It was led by me and Mr. Bergdahl, with Zoe Berlinquette ’14, Damian Clarke ’14, Devin Garg ’14, Sean Harrison ’14, SangJun Lee ’14, Broydon Stufko ’14, and Sara Wicks ’14 as the new recruits.  It took hours of backbreaking work, our fingers bloodied to the core, and finally, the fire pit became a reality.  It took two years of work, thinking of nothing but the end goal, and now it’s real.  I can leave in peace.

-Broydon Stufko PG

09
May

Blue Jackets sign goaltender Oscar Dansk to a three-year, entry-level contract

Blue Jackets sign goaltender Oscar Dansk to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 1:45 PM / News By  BlueJackets.com Staff   l COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Oscar Dansk to a three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Dansk, 20, was Columbus’ second pick, 31st […]

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05
May

Hill Wins at FCWT Whistling Straits

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Sophie Hill with her first FCWT victory!

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Sam Eisenhuth (far right) surges with a final round 76 to end up with a top 3 finish. On far left is Tripp Kinney who finished in 2nd place and is grandson of SSM alumni Hank Kinney who graduated in 1952.

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Shane Hoben hits the best shot of the day and sticks it to 7 feet on Hole 11 which was a tough par 3 just off the water of Lake Michigan.

Congratulations to Sophia Hill (2015) who won the FCWT Whistling Straits event with a final round 86 in tough, windy conditions.  She topped her nearest competitor by 10 strokes over the two day event. This is her first victory of many to come in the FCWT.  She had a 3rd place finish earlier this season in Arizona, a 2nd place finish in California, and now the victory in Wisconsin.  The course played difficult for everyone with the cold, wind, and aerated greens.

Sam Eisenhuth (2014) made a charge during the final round and shot a two under par 34 on his final 9 holes to end up in sole possession of 3rd.  He was able to move up six spots with the solid play on Sunday and score of 76.  Shane Hoben played consistently solid all weekend in the tough conditions with rounds of 83, 81 and ended up moving up one position during the final round to end up in 4th place.  Tommy Schick (2015) also moved up two spots on the leader board by finishing in 7th place.  Alejandro Marquez wrapped up the weekend in 6th place in the boys 13-14 age division.  On a nice side note, Shane played with Tripp Kinney from Iowa during the final round.  Kinney’s grandfather Hank graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in 1952 and his Aunt Katie graduated from SSM in 1984.  Kinney finished in 2nd place just ahead of Eisenhuth.

Congratulations to our golfers for crowding the top of the leader board this weekend in Wisconsin and battling the tough conditions of Lake Michigan.  The Golf CoE will have 10 players leaving this Friday to compete next weekend in Zion, Illinois for a MAJGT event that will take place May 10th and 11th.

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28
Apr

Human Rights Activist Visits SSM

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Arn Chorn-Pond spoke to a small group of honors students in the library on Friday afternoon.

The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Honors Program welcomed human rights activist Arn Chorn-Pond to speak on Friday, April 25. Arn is the main character in the book, Never Fall Down, which tells the story of a young boy escaping Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime of the 1970′s and 1980′s. In Newhall auditorium Friday morning, Chorn-Pond gave a very emotional speech about his upbringing in Cambodia and the chaos that ensued when the Khmer Rouge took power and forced people from the city to the countryside. Chorn-Pond saw thoudands of Cambodians slaughtered by the rebels and took to playing music as an outlet to tune out the graphic killings. Chorn-Pond was then forced to fight for the Khmer Rouge against the Vietnamese Army but fled to a refugee camp in Thailand. He was then rescued by an American missionary and brought the United States where a difficult transition awaited him. Chorn-Pond gave some examples of problems he encountered adjusting to American life such as using an airplane bathroom and eating a Big Mac hamburger. Since living in the United States, Chorn-Pond has returned back home to Cambodia to reignite the culture of his country through music. Students had plenty of opportunities to speak with the refugee turned activist as Chorn-Pond spoke to the entire school in Newhall Auditorium, then was available in the Library, weCreate Center, and a lunchtime session as he answered questions.

27
Apr

Zhao and Reddig – AJGA Events

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Sophie Hill hits her tee ball of #1 in the 40 degree temps at Winnetka

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Parker Reddig signs his scorecard at Kokopelli

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Nathan Zhao tees off.

Nathan Zhao (2015) and Parker Reddig (2017) both finished their tournaments by shooting final rounds of -1 relative to par. Zhao who was playing in the Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia got off to a bit of a rough start with a bogey on the opening hole followed by a double bogey on the second. He didn’t let that rattle him as he came right back and birdied both number 3 and 4 to finish the front nine in 37 (+1). Nathan played solid the rest of the way in with 3 birdies and one bogey to finish with a 34 (-2) on the back nine and final round score of 71 (-1) and move into a 19th place finish in the strong field of juniors.

Not to be outdone, Parker Reddig (2017) who was playing in the AJGA Junior All-Star at Kokopelli in Marion, IL also carded a final round of -1 but the course was playing at a par 71 so his score was 70. Reddig who started on number 10 got off to a solid start of all pars until a bogey at number 17 which had him finish his first nine holes at 37 (+1). Parker caught fire on his final nine holes and finished with two birdies on the side to shoot 33 (-2). His solid play and strong finish vaulted him up the leader board for a top 10 finish.  Reddig’s score of 70 was low round of the day by 2 shots of the nearest competitor.

Five other team members were competing at the AJGA Preseason Junior at Winnetka in Winnetka, IL. The temps were blustery and wind was strong as Sophie Hill (2015) had the best finish with a final round 83 that moved her up the leader board to finish in 6th place. Rae Spears (2016) finished one shot back of Hill and ended up in 8th place. On the boys side Carter Haskins (2015) was the low overall finisher as he closed out the tournament in 21st place of the 63 golfers. Grant O’Donnell (2016) made a charge up the leader board with a final round 78 to finish one shot behind Haskins. Tommy Schick (2015) had the largest improvement of any golfer in the field on day 2 as he got things moving in the right direction with a final round 79.

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27
Apr

Zhao and Reddig See Red on Day 2 of AJGA Events

 

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Sophie Hill hits her tee ball of #1 in the 40 degree temps at Winnetka
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Parker Reddig signs his scorecard at Kokopelli
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Nathan Zhao tees off.

Nathan Zhao (2015) and Parker Reddig (2017) both finished their tournaments by shooting final rounds of -1 relative to par.  Zhao who was playing in the Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno at The Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Georgia got off to a bit of a rough start with a bogey on the opening hole followed by a double bogey on the second.  He didn’t let that rattle him as he came right back and birdied both number 3 and 4 to finish the front nine in 37 (+1).  Nathan played solid the rest of the way in with 3 birdies and one bogey to finish with a 34 (-2) on the back nine and final round score of 71 (-1) and move into a 19th place finish in the strong field of juniors.

Not to be outdone, Parker Reddig (2017) who was playing in the AJGA Junior All Star at Kokopelli in Marion, IL also carded a final round of -1 but the course was playing at a par 71 so his score was 70.  Reddig who started on number 10 got off to a solid start of all pars until a bogey at number 17 which had him finish his first nine holes at 37 (+1).  Parker caught fire on his final nine holes and finished with two birdies on the side to shoot 33 (-2).  His solid play and strong finish vaulted him up the leader board for a top 10 finish.  Reddig’s score of 70 was low round of the day by 2 shots of the nearest competitor.

Five other team members were competing at the AJGA Preseason Junior at Winnetka in Winnetka, IL. The temps were blustery and wind was strong as Sophie Hill (2015) had the best finish with a final round 83 that moved her up the leader board to finish in 6th place. Rae Spears (2016) finished one shot back of Hill and ended up in 8th place. On the boys side Carter Haskins (2015) was the low overall finisher as he closed out the tournament in 21st place of the 63 golfers. Grant O’Donnell (2016) made a charge up the leader board with a final round 78 to finish one shot behind Haskins. Tommy Schick (2015) had the largest improvement of any golfer in the field on day 2 as he got things moving in the right direction with a final round 79.

 

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