BEA Today

A Paper By The Students For The Students

Is Peer Pressure Affecting Students?

I’m sure all of you have been under pressure. Doing something you don’t want to do, people yelling at you to do something right, or just trying to do your best. You and I can’t stop peer pressure, it will always be around. But we can try to ease it.

Imagine you are at one of your games baseball, basketball, football, tennis, etc. You are going up to bat, everybody is watching you, and some are even yelling at you. You tell yourself don’t mess up, don’t mess up. This is peer pressure. Or you are with some friends and they try to get you to do something you know you shouldn’t. Sometimes you don’t want to, but your friends convince you. Afterwards you feel guilty or stressed out. And this all started due to pressure.

Just the other night I went to a girl’s softball game. Sadly we lost, but the LCWM girls were doing chants to distract our players. They get stressed out and not focused. Parents yelled at BEA to not get distracted, others kept telling the pitcher to get LCWM girls out. This somewhat angered me. Some of them used to be in the sports we play, and they kind of get how we feel. Others have never been on a field. So, they have no idea what they’re talking about. I don’t know much about softball, but I do know the players have feelings.

We just finished MCA’s. They were exhausting and boring. We didn’t do very well. This could have been from slacking, not trying your best, or peer pressure. We know we have to try our best, but this isn’t always easy. You get distracted or work your brain too hard.

There is peer pressure everywhere. Probably the worst of all, is your friends. They can pressure you to do things. I have a friend, and she was going to do something not so good. She was going to do it because of another friend I don’t know too well. She came up to me and told me about it. I told her not to, and she said she was doing it with and for her friend. I talked to another friend about this problem. We talked to her, and she changed her mind. She isn’t doing that because she has two other awesome friends that know right from wrong. I’m glad we helped her. Sometimes we don’t realize we are asking someone to do something, that isn’t the right thing. Think about this, would your family, friends, and teachers approve of this? You can be a good kid with a bad influence friend (or someone just not thinking) and you end up just like them.

Please don’t let peer pressure overcome you. It can be hard, but take my advice. Don’t listen to what others tell you what to do. Be your own person and choose your own path. Thanks for taking your time to read this.

-Erika W.

Mockingjay Part 2

Mockingjay Part 2 is an outstanding movie! It was action packed, adventurous, and very thrilling. It is full of booby traps and surprises! Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. published the entire Hunger Games and Divergent series.

Katniss Everdeen participated in the last two Hunger Games. She is now with District 13, and known as The Mockingjay. District 13 saves Peeta, but he thinks everybody is evil, and the Capital is good. The group sneaks into the capital, going through booby traps and losing friends along the way. This movie takes place in the future, but not to far into it. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are the two main characters.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth star in this movie. Everybody was great in this movie, but the worst probably had to be Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Josh and Jennifer did an amazing job! They are a perfect couple in the movie(s).

The best part is the gigantic explosions and surprises around every corner. When Katniss and the rest of the crew are going through the destroyed streets of the Capital, they must detect the traps ahead of time. Or they might not have been lucky. The part I didn’t like was when a certain character died. They gang was down in the sewers under the city. They hit a booby trap, and these deformed, human cannibals started trying to eat and kill them. It was very disturbing and creepy.

I would have to give this movie an eight out of ten. It wasn’t the best, but it was very good. I would definitely watch this movie again.

Reviewer Bio

Erika W. is a seventh grade student at BEA. Her favorite subject is Science. She doesn’t play sports, but she loves acting. Her favorite things are animals, nature, baking, and reading. She has a great personality and loves her friends. She has three siblings, Kali, Jacob, and Joshua W. Erika lives on a little hobby farm outside of Winnebago, with lots of animals. Her dog is a Great Pyrenees that she loves very much, named Ben.

A Look Into The World of Mr. Dressler

Erika W

Blue Earth- Our Assistant Principal, Mr. Dressler, grew up in Waseca, Minnesota. He played basketball and baseball. He attended Gustavus Adolphus for college. He has his parents in Waseca and a brother in St. Paul

He has spent 11 years in school districts and 2 of them with us here in BEA. His job before was very similar to an Assistant Principal. He used to lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. He moved here because he wanted to move back to his homestate of Minnesota

His favorite color is blue, favorite book is Touching Spirit Bear, best movie is Avengers, the all time favorite season is fall, and nothing can beat pasta. After a while of searching, he found out his hidden talent is woodworking. He likes fishing, hiking, and spending time with his family outside of school.

Goodbye Glenn!

Thank you Mr. Glenn Gaylord for your 35 years of service to Blue Earth Area! Please congratulate him and thank him for everything he has done for us!. His last day was Friday, May, 13th!

What Is The National Honor Society?


The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national premier organization which consists of many chapters in high schools. It was established to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character, which are the four pillars of NHS. Blue Earth Area’s chapter is called Pro Merito.

You need requirements to get into NHS. “It is an honor to be accepted into NHS and membership is offered to students who excel, serve, lead, and succeed,” replies Ingrid Chrisman, NHS Adviser. Students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership are able to be invited for membership. Each chapter is based on the four pillars of NHS:

  • Scholarship

    • Per guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale for 10th grade, 3.7 on a 4.0 scale for 11th grade, and a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for 12th grade.

  • Service

    • This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.

  • Leadership

    • Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

  • Character

    • The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have a chance to complete an application detailing their accomplishments and commitment to service, leadership, and character. Applications will be judged by a faculty committee that determines if the student has met all of the necessary elements.

Students who are willing to invest their time and effort, NHS have several benefits.

  • For the student looking for additions to their resume, NHS provides opportunities to demonstrate the excellence and commitment to activities and community that colleges praise.

  • The invested student will learn to work as a group and assist in planning activities as well as seeing them through. Every activity is planned by the students and they all volunteer for different roles in order to complete the task.

  • They learn communication, leadership and problem solving as they work through plans that may not have been successful the first time in a real setting.

  • They are able to work with their community and gain a personal, hands-on advantage in learning what community service and helping those in need consists of beyond the classroom.

  • They gain insight into the impact they can make together and the work and effort needed to complete the task.

  • Finally, they find success through their commitment to excellence and the lasting differences they make in their community as well as create lasting friendships with peers who support their goals.

There were seven Blue Earth Area High School students inducted into NHS this year: Grace Leland, Jacob Willette, John Lindsey, Samantha Barslou, Bennett Petersen, Ashley Petersen, and Christopher Sanders.

The students get to look forward to activities that bring them closer together and closer to the people who live in the surrounding areas. They will usually continue many of the activities already started by previous years’ NHS members, continue expanding them, and will create new ones to make their community a better place. “Even getting together for our monthly meeting over breakfast is something to look forward to. We start right away with Relay for Life in August! Get ready to play games with NHS!” exclaims Ingrid.

The activities they lead in 2015-2016 are: Respect Retreat for 9th grade, Trick or Treating for Interfaith Caregivers, Packaging military care packages for soldiers overseas for the holidays, Selling candy canes with a message for the local Food Shelf, Selling lollipops for Pennies for Patients, Hosting family Movie Night twice to collect items for the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul (and personally delivering them), Relay for Life (Team BEA NHS) for Faribault County.

These are activities organized as a group. The students continue to find service opportunities to complete on their own as well to meet their 30 hours per year requirement. Hopefully this will expand with new ideas for the 2016-2017 school year!

With each activity there are different jobs that need to be delegated and volunteered for, but there are no specific committees within NHS. They do have officers that keep things running smoothly. Such as: President, Vice President, Secretary, Historian, and Treasurer. Congratulations to this year’s new NHS inductees and thank you to Ingrid Chrisman for advising this worthwhile program.


Credit Info: Ingrid Chrisman