BEA speech team starts 2016 season in Worthington gaining skills

By: Amelia S.

Blue Earth- The BEA speech team attended their first invitational of 2016 on Feb. 6th in Worthington to start the season. Students will be practicing their skills by competing through March.

Speech is an opportunity for students to express themselves. Starting in December, BEA speech team practices are held every Monday at the Middle School or Tuesdays at the High School from 3:30-5:00. Students leave early on Saturday mornings and travel by bus.They have a choice among 13 different categories for competition. The speech team is for 7-12 graders. The BEA speech team is a very beneficial activity according to Ehlers. “The whole team represents the school very well,” says Mrs. Ehlers.

Caption: Five of the almost 20 students on the Blue Earth area speech team competed and some won ribbons and a trophy Emma G., Brady B., Jr K., Maygan C., and Sophie O. ( left to right).

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Fun and Games After School with Mr. Olson

By: Amelia S.

Blue Earth- A group of Blue Earth’s middle schoolers, along with 7th grade history teacher Mr. Olson, met for four Tuesdays after school from 3:00-4:45 on third floor playing games and eating snacks. Mr. Olson hosted the after school game time because, “It's a lot of fun, and it exercises the mind. This program helped build relationship among students and adults,” says Olson. His MM group originally came up with the idea from playing a chess tournament together and it grew into an after school activity through Community Education. This activity, posted in the Community Education booklet, cost was $22 to attend with snacks provided. Club members played any game that had to do with strategy like chess, Axis and Allies, King of Tokyo, Exploding Kittens, and Stratego. “I love board games, but my family doesn’t,” says Mr. Olson. This event gave Olson, and the students, an opportunity to get together with others who enjoy gaming. Approximately ten students attended the program and it’s uncertain if this program will be offered again next year.

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Teen Night

Teen Night will be Friday, March 18th. Teen Night is for 6th and 7th grade students. It takes place in Pemberton Gym from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $5. We still need chaperones in order to make this happen. Please have your parent call the middle school office if they are interested in volunteering.