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2019 Senior Profile: Kira Sosinske

Posted on May 29, 2019

To celebrate members of the Class of 2019 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 3. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?

Mrs. Meuser is my favorite teacher at BHS. I had her for calculus, and she was so good at going through the problem thoroughly and making sure everyone understood. She has a great personality and sense of humor, and her Star Wars collection is awesome!

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will be attending St. Cloud State University with a soccer scholarship. I plan to study engineering or economics.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?

I would encourage students to get involved in sports or activities. These people will most likely have similar interests as you, which can lead to great friendships. It's also good to get up and do something productive in your free time.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?

I think BHS has exposed me to lots of different types of people. We are such a diverse school, and it's very important to learn about the people around you. BHS also has so many great teachers that want to help you with your journey.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

I'm excited to see all the different things you can do with your life. I want to explore the world until I find something that I love to do.

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Posted in Senior Profiles, Community | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, graduates, kira sosinske

Burnsville High School seniors recognized for academic, athletic achievements

Posted on May 28, 2019

Seniors receiving an academic or athletic award were recognized at a ceremony on Monday, May 20 at 7 a.m. in the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Hwy 13.

Students were recognized for curricular and co-curricular awards and G.P.A. achievements.

Students who received awards this year are:

Curricular Awards:
  • Ross Waataja –Business
  • Girma Dessu – ELL
  • Sidney Pot – Family and Consumer Science
  • Lindsey Larson – Art
  • Wesley Ho – Instrumental
  • Rachel Kelly – Instrumental
  • Ellen Olson – Instrumental
  • Andrew Vixayvong – Vocal
  • Cheyney McKinney – Language Arts
  • Clifford Yeboah – Math
  • Amanda Roepke – Physical Education and Health
  • Emma Martin – Science
  • Alyse Dees – Social Studies
  • Malia Montgomery – Student Services
  • Joshua Holtzleiter – Technology Education
  • Aradhana Menon – World Languages, French
  • Anna Cruz – World Languages, Spanish
Co-Curricular Awards:
  • Ben Ostertag – John Philip Sousa Award
  • Caleb Hubbard – Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
  • Jonathan Butler – National Choral Award
  • Ronald Romero – National Choral Award
  • Emma Harrold – Fred Waring Director’s Award
  • Emma Kate Redden – The National School Orchestra Award
  • Leita Nguyen – Leonard Bernstein Musicianship Award
South Suburban Conference Scholar Award:
  • Jaelyn Baisch
  • Samuel Bardwell
  • Emma Brown
  • Anna Cruz
  • Tatum Frey
  • Katherine Herzog
  • Hanna Holmstrom
  • Joshua Holtzleiter
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Aradhana Menon
  • Cormac Pearce
  • Olivia Rippentrop
  • Christopher Slemp
  • William Trussell
Academics, Arts and Athletics Award:
  • Ian Harpell
  • Mia Katzmarek
BHS Outstanding Athlete Award:
  • Kyle Atkinson, Track & Field – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • Maya Hansen, Girls Soccer – South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
  • Lyndsey Howard, Girls Hockey – Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
  • Marcus Shepley, Football – University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • Kira Sosinske, Girls Soccer – Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Athena Award:
  • Lyndsey Howard
BHS Distinguished Athlete Award:
  • Zachary Andreasen
  • Erin Bachmeier
  • Matthew Berg
  • Emma Brown
  • Nicholas Faith
  • Nicholas Gilman
  • Hanna Holmstrom
  • Lyndsey Howard
  • Anh (Ashley) Le
  • Olivia Rippentrop
  • Heidi Steward
BHS Athlete of the Year:
  • Kyle Atkinson
  • Maya Hansen
National Scholar Athlete Award:
  • Abdirahim Abdalla
  • Samuel Bardwell
  • Emma Brown
  • Jenna Hartung
  • Hanna Holmstrom
  • Dylan Hughes
  • Heidi Stewart
US Figure Skating Award:
  • Sydney Bjonfald
National Merit Finalists:
  • William Trussell
National Merit Commended Students:
  • Alexander Gorton
  • Cormac Pearce
  • Terra Tvedt
Multilingual Certificates/Seals:
  • Cristian Campos Castillo – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Bryan Casas Mendez – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Jason Velez Pico – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Stephanie Salas Toriz – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Melissa Islas Arcega – Gold Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Sundus Hussein – Gold Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Pamela Molina Mejia – Gold Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Ian Figueroa Fierro – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Spanish
  • Ronald Romero – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Spanish
  • Hamdi Abdi – Gold Bilingual Seal, Somali
  • Leyla Osman – Gold Bilingual Seal, Somali
  • Abdikadir Ali – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Somali
  • Sundus Hussein – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Somali
  • Ibtisaam Mahamed – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Somali

Congratulations to these students on their academic and athletic achievements!


Posted in Academics, Activities, Achievement | Tagged bhs, senior awards

2019 Senior Profile: Dannely Ortiz

Posted on May 27, 2019

To celebrate members of the Class of 2019 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 3. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?

Ms. Burgman – she's just one of my favorites, though. She always made the class really fun, and she was very easy to talk to about things I was confused about.

What is one memory of high school you will take with you after leaving?

All the relationships I made while going here.

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?

I've become more responsible and mature.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?

Probably to just do your best. Don't be rude to the teachers because all they're trying to do is help you. It's tough, but it'll be worth it in the end.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?

The teachers helped me a lot! I had no idea where to begin, and they helped me step-by-step.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

I’m excited to begin the path of my dream career.

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Posted in Senior Profiles, Community | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, BAHS, graduates, dannely ortiz

Seniors awarded more than $100,000 in community scholarships

Posted on May 24, 2019

Thanks to generous individuals, companies and organizations, Foundation 191 presented more than $106,000 in scholarships to District 191 seniors at this year’s Community Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 22 at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center.

“Our organization is honored to host this event, made possible by ISD 191 employees, local youth organizations, charitable foundations, service groups, businesses, and families memorializing loved ones. This is truly a community effort,” said Robbie Bunnell, Foundation 191 president. “It is with great pleasure that we recognize these outstanding seniors as they move on to the next step in their educational careers.”

Scholarship donors and recipients are:  

  • American Legion Post 643 (Savage) to Arianna Day, Madisyn Gowans, Lucas Lesser and Heidi Stewart;
  • Apple Autos to Aradhana Menon;
  • BA 191 Ken Slipka Baseball Scholarship to Jordan Discher;
  • BHS Student Council to Grace Campbell and Mia Katzmarek;
  • BHS Tennis Scholarship to Samuel Bardwell, Katherine Herzog and Madeline Samz;
  • Burnsville Association of Educational Assistants to Lindsey Larson;
  • Burnsville Athletic Club Scholarship to Cade Marsolek, Nicole Matter, Amanda Roepke and Madeline Samz;
  • Burnsville Breakfast Rotary to Najma Abdi, Siham Hassan and Nawal Maxamed;
  • Burnsville Lions Club to Samuel Bardwell, Jon Butler, Riley Gill, Madisyn Gowans, Joshua Holtzleiter, Sundus Hussein, Bryana Maddox-Sanders, Barbara Sabino Pina, Mahlet Sinkie and Brandon Torralba;
  • Burnsville Noon Rotary to Lucas Lesser;
  • Burnsville Principals’ Association to Destiny Somsanouk;
  • Class Acts to Megan Bormann, Jenna Hartung, Ibtisaam Mahamed, Tristessa Mausolf, Isaac Nelson, Lisa Nguyen, Patrick Otto, Isaac Peterson, Taylor Robinson and Luna Yemane;
  • Dakota Electric Association Scholarship to Megan Bormann, Grace Campbell, Adam Haag, Hanna Holmstrom, Hayden Johnson, Bryan Casas Mendez, Leita Nguyen, Heidi Stewart, William Trussell and  Jacob Widen;
  • Devin Delaney #DWSL Scholarship to Nicholas Faith;
  • District 191 Employee Scholarship to Delaney Gigstad, Abby Harrold, Ibtisaam Mahamed, Emma Martin, Ellen Olson;
  • Fairview Ridges Scholarship to Emma Brown;
  • Firefly Credit Union Blood Drive Scholarship to Tatum Frey;
  • Foundation 191 Memorial Scholarship to Jonnathan Alvarado;
  • Hanson Scholarship Fund to Taylor Harris, Caleb Hubbard, Mikayla Hughes, Andrew Moe, Samuel Scheuneman and Crystal Yiu;
  • Kenneth J. Slipka Memorial Leadership Scholarship to Cade Marsolek;
  • Kopp Family Foundation to Manisha Mucherla, Jessica Nguyen and Olivia Rippentrop;
  • Lifetouch Presidential Scholarship to Mark Huttman, Grace McGovern and Ethan Tinklenberg;
  • Lon Hitch Secondary Education Memorial Scholarship to Alex Johnson;
  • Lon Hitch Community Involvement Memorial Scholarship to Catie Wright;
  • Mary Lenhardt Memorial Scholarship to Emma Harrold, Aradhana Menon and Liam Thomas;
  • Metcalf PTO Scholarship to Wesley Luu Ho;
  • National Honor Society Scholarship to Anna Cruz, Tatum Frey, Hanna Holmstrom, Joshua Hotzleiter, Sundus Hussein, Destiny Somsanouk and William Trussell;
  • PEO Chapters DP/El Women’s Scholarship to Sarah Kuplic;
  • PEO S.T.A.R. Scholarship to Anna Cruz;
  • Renae Gustafson Memorial Scholarship to Sarah Johnson and Caitlyn Kloeckl;
  • Robert Naffziger Memorial Scholarship to Jennifer Le Vvintre;
  • Savage Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Scholarship to Claire McDavid;
  • Taylor Zeibol Memorial Scholarship to Najma Abdi;
  • Walser Foundation “Driving a Stronger Community” to Leita Nguyen.
Posted in Community | Tagged scholarships, bhs, community

2019 Senior Profile: Jon Butler

Posted on May 24, 2019

To celebrate members of the Class of 2019 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 3. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?

My favorite teacher at the high school has been Mrs. Millea. She is funny and outgoing, and she's not afraid of sharing her personality with her students to make a relationship with them. Her classes teach much more than what is prescribed in the curriculum.

What is one memory of high school you will take with you after leaving?

One memory I will take with me from high school is all the time spent in the Mraz Center, whether it be performing, helping others, or just hanging out.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to attend Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle to study musical theater and music.

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?

I believe I have become much more confident in myself over the last three years. My time here has taught me that your attitude and what you put into something is the only thing that matters, and has a huge effect on how you look back on that time later.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?

One of the most challenging things I faced in the last three years was learning how to be myself and not let the opinions of others tear me down.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?

To make the most of your high school experience, get as involved in as many different things as you can. Being part of many groups of people will not only help you grow, but will expose you to a wider variety of people, ideas, and beliefs.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?

My high school experience helped me prepare for the future by helping me explore the things that I already knew I loved. The classes I took and the activities I joined helped me shape my own identity, and become the person I wanted to be.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

I become most excited when I think about doing the things that I love and being rewarded for it. In a career that I know I am confident in, I know that my job will feed my soul, and inspire me to do that job better, and become very skilled in that craft.

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Posted in Senior Profiles, Community | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, graduates, jon butler

‘No Doors Closed’ scholarships presented for third year

Posted on May 23, 2019

Four more District 191 students have the door to a college education opened to them, thanks to the “No Doors Closed” scholarships provided by generous donations from Kevin and Greta Warren.

The recipients will receive $5,000 each year for four years to cover tuition and other costs to earn an undergraduate degree at a college or university. This is the third year that the Warrens have provided the scholarships.

This year’s scholarship winners are Burnsville High School seniors Justin Gitonga, Louis Ikponmwosa, Brikty Tilahun and Liliana Valverde Ortiz.

Kevin Warren, who is an attorney and the chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings, and Greta Warren, who is a first generation college graduate, said their passion for education and desire to pay forward their own good fortune are driving factors for providing the scholarships.

At the awards presentation, Kevin shared that it’s also about the example set by his mother, a librarian who provided small scholarships of $25 to $50 to help students afford their education. He hadn’t thought that much about it until, after his mother passed away, one of her scholarship recipients said how the small gift had opened doors and changed his life.

“So much of what we do is aimed at removing barriers for students so they can prepare for success in their futures, but the cost of a college education is one barrier we can’t control,” said Dr. Jenna Mitchler, the district’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. “For many students, this support makes all the difference, and for that, we are incredibly grateful.”

Students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and College Possible college readiness programs were eligible to apply by filling out applications that included essays about obstacles they’d overcome, their goals for community involvement and their plans for the future. Previous scholarship winners, now finishing their sophomore year in college, helped read and evaluate the applications.

In addition to their essays, students were evaluated on leadership, community participation, volunteer service and participation in sports or the arts. They had to meet a certain grade point average, be members of underserved or underrepresented groups on college campuses, and show desire and determination to succeed.

The Warrens plan to continue awarding scholarships annually until a total of 16 students are in the program on a rolling basis.

Photo: Kevin Warren, center, presented this year’s “No Doors Closed” scholarships to, from left, Brikty Tilahun, Louis Ikponmwosa, Justin Gitonga and Liliana Valverde Ortiz.
Posted in Achievement, Community | Tagged bhs, AVID, kevin warren, greta warren

BHS Senior Jon Butler earns accolades as ‘triple threat’ of talent

Posted on May 22, 2019

Burnsville High School Senior Jon Butler is earning state and national recognition for his achievements in the performing arts, including his selection as a finalist for the Hennepin Theater Trust’s Triple Threat Awards, which recognize outstanding student performances in singing, dancing and acting.

But his talents go well beyond those three areas. He also plays several instruments, composes and arranges music, dabbles in cinematography and is the vocal/musical director for Burnsville Summer Theater.

And he’s just an all-around kind person, said BHS Theater Director Amy Stead.

“To have a kid with such an incredible gift be so humble and kind and a person of such character and integrity is amazing,” she said. “He’s very much a leader in our theater and music departments and everyone really looks up to him. He’s just the whole package.”

One of 26 students chosen from around the state as a finalist for the Triple Threat Awards, Butler will perform with the other finalists at the State Theater in Minneapolis on June 10 and 11. Four of the finalists will be selected to fly to New York to participate in workshops, meet with industry professionals and see Broadway shows.

Butler is also a finalist for the Jimmy Awards, the nickname for the National High School Musical Theater Awards, and a semi-finalist in the High School Musical Theater category of the National Association of Teachers of Music (NATS) National Student Auditions, which will hold competitions at St. Olaf College in June. 

“It’s exciting,” he said. “It feels kind of unreal.”

Butler said he’s always loved music, which he attributes to growing up in a household surrounded by it.

“My parents are both organists at churches and teach music,” he said. “My family did shows and roped me into doing them when I was young.”

Active in the church choir since he was a child, Butler started playing the upright bass in elementary school band and went on to play with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies. In sixth-grade band he was introduced to the electric bass, which soon became a favorite and led him to the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands and eventually jazz gigs around the metro area. But he credits his time at Metcalf Middle School with really influencing his passion for music and theater, including band teacher Mark Mraz’s enthusiasm for the piano, which got Butler hooked on it, too.

“Metcalf also has a very well-established drama program and I was involved in that for three years. It was really fun and let me know this is definitely something I want to pursue,” he said. “So I really got into musicals at that time.”

Since he’s been at BHS, Butler has been a member of the choir and involved in every musical performed at the school, starting with Les Miserables in 10th grade and ending with Seussical this spring. He started composing his own music in 10th grade, mostly choral music and some jazz. One of his pieces recently premiered at a church in Mankato, and last December the BHS concert choir performed a piece he originally wrote for his church choir. He said he’s been grateful to work with choir teacher Martha Schmidt, who is a published composer.

“She has always been very gracious about taking a look at my compositions and giving feedback,” he said. “It’s really helped to have a musically trained voice there to give an ear to my compositions or my nerdy musical jokes.”

He recently applied his musical talent to an assignment in his media literacy class, creating an album of originally composed music and lyrics interwoven with a set of narratives about racism and classism in today’s society, for which he consulted with friends who have direct experience.

“The original intent was to lift up the voices of people who maybe have had their voices silenced or who don’t have the privilege or the resources to express themselves,” he said. “I think that musical aspect is really important, because music is the way we as humans express ourselves and can make our experience known to the rest of the world.”

Butler plans to study musical theater next fall at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he hopes to expose himself to as many activities and ideas as he can.

“I think it’s really important to be a well-rounded person, to expose yourself to a bunch of ideas and beliefs that you may not agree with, because ultimately it will help you work well with as many people as possible,” he said.

Stead said she is confident that whatever he ends up doing, his talent will take him far.

“He’s going to hit the mark. And he could do it in a number of different ways because his talents are so versatile,” she said. “He’s really going to do everyone in our district and everyone who knows him and himself proud.”

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Dreaming of Disney: BHS Senior Alyse Dees has sights set on a career in Imagineering

Posted on May 22, 2019

Burnsville High School Senior Alyse Dees may be a high achiever in many areas, but she has been focused on one ultimate goal since she was 12 years old: becoming a Disney Imagineer. She recently came one step closer to that goal as one of only 100 students in the country selected to spend a week at the Disney Dreamers Academy, where she worked with and learned from current Disney Imagineers.

“I’m a bit of a Disney fanatic,” said Dees, who learned of the academy from her godmother, a former Disney employee. “We have drawers full of Disney movies at home, including on VHS, even though we don’t have a VCR.”

Dees earned her spot at the academy by writing multiple essays, the longest one detailing her life’s ambition of becoming an architect and eventually an Imagineer.

Imagineers bring Disney properties to life by creating all of the rides and attractions for the parks, cruise ships, resorts and more. Imagineering encompasses dozens of career fields, such as engineering, design, animation and music.

Dees spent four days at Walt Disney World in March getting a behind-the-scenes look at all things Disney and participating in interactive career workshops, listening to industry speakers and designing projects. She was the one person selected from her group to intern with Imagineers at Disneyland this summer.

“I get to fly to Glendale, California where Walt Disney Imagineering is headquartered and job shadow for a few days and learn how they operate. I’m very excited,” she said.

Dees first discovered Imagineering in sixth grade when she built a model roller coaster in her introductory physics class and loved it.

“I was like, ‘I want to build roller coasters when I’m older,’” she said. “So I Googled ‘How do people in Walt Disney World build roller coasters?’ and that led me to Walt Disney Imagineering and the entire industry behind it, and I knew it was what I wanted to do.”

She credits a civil engineering and architecture class she took at Burnsville High School with helping her decide to pursue a degree in architecture. The course was part of the Project Lead the Way program offered at the school.

“I realized I liked the architecture part better than the civil engineering part, so that really sealed that it’s what I want to do,” she said. “I just want to design things. I want to design parks and experiences and I think that’s what drew me in the most - it’s not just a building, it’s an experience. It’s an attraction.”

Dees, who has been taking honors, Advanced Placement or college-level courses since eighth grade, will be attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., next fall where she will pursue a five-year master’s degree in architecture.

A former gymnast who dedicated 20 hours a week to her sport until stepping away last year, she’s also very active in theater, appearing in the cast of “High School Musical,” “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Seussical” this year. But the activity this self-described government geek loves most is YMCA Youth in Government, where she held one of 16 elected positions this year and has participated in the Model UN program and the Youth Conference on National Affairs.

BHS Social Studies teacher Colleen Coleman said Dees is a stand-out student who is always informed on current events and has a real passion for issues related to equality, justice and government. And while she has well-thought-out opinions, she is also really willing to listen to others, she said.

“It will be so exciting to see what Alyse does, because she has such passion and such drive that I know she will make a difference in whatever area she chooses,” Coleman said. “She’s the kind of student where you know the world will be a better place because of her.”

Dees said the teachers and classes at BHS have played a pivotal role in planning her future, beginning with her civil engineering and architecture class, which reaffirmed her career choice and helped her decide where she wants to go to college.

“That was a really big influence. And I love all my teachers – they’re all fantastic. My guidance counselor has been very supportive and helpful since I was in 10th grade,” she said. “Overall, Burnsville High School does a really great job of supporting people on their post-high school trajectory.”

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BHS Junior Abby Bauleke excels both on and off the basketball court

Posted on May 21, 2019

As a junior at Burnsville High School, Abby Bauleke already has some pretty impressive accomplishments under her belt. An honors student who serves on the student council and in the #BurnsvilleStrong leadership group, Bauleke is captain of the BHS swim team, plays wheelchair basketball in the NWBA and is the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team, which won the gold medal at World Championships in Thailand in May.

But you would never know it, “because she won’t tell you,” said BHS social studies teacher Kevin Silberman. “She’s extremely humble about her achievements.”

The significant challenges Bauleke has overcome make her accomplishments even more impressive. Diagnosed with leukemia at age 4, she suffered an incredibly rare side effect of chemotherapy that left her paralyzed.

“I just woke up one morning and couldn’t walk anymore. The doctors had never seen it before,” she said.

Growing up in what she calls a “sports family,” Bauleke didn’t think basketball was an option for her. Then she attended a camp in Colorado designed to introduce sports to people with disabilities, where she learned that Minnesota has one of the best wheelchair basketball teams in the NWBA, the Rolling Timberwolves. She joined the youth team, the Rolling Rowdies, in sixth grade and moved on to the junior varsity team, the Rolling Gophers, in seventh grade.

“Ever since then I’ve loved it,” she said. “I have two older siblings and I grew up watching them play basketball and all my friends play basketball. So finally being able to play it for myself was so fun for me.”

For the past three years Bauleke has played for the Rolling Timberwolves and competed against teams in other states. Last December she was invited to try out for the U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball team and was the youngest person chosen to represent the country at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Thailand May 23-28.

“I was really shocked and excited. I wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “I never imagined when I was younger that I would ever play basketball, and I definitely never imagined it would be at this level.”

Bauleke said she loves to educate people about wheelchair basketball, which isn’t widely known about and is just as physical and competitive as standard basketball.

“I think a lot of people don’t realize that it’s a really demanding sport,” Silberman said. “They’re really good athletes.”

Silberman said that while all students are unique, Bauleke stands out among the thousands of students he has taught. He describes her as hardworking, kind, bright and motivated, a star in not only athletics but academics and community. Even with all of the time and traveling demands of her sports and activities, Bauleke is a dedicated student who has maintained excellent grades, he said.

“She’s already been recruited by both Alabama and Illinois universities (for wheelchair basketball) and offered full scholarships. But she still works so hard in school – she’s basically in every honors class you can sign up for,” he said. “She remains academically focused, which I think is really impressive.”

A member of the homecoming court this year, she is also popular among her peers, he said.

“She has all sorts of friends. She’s just the nicest kid and always so positive,” he said.

Bauleke, who has also been swimming competitively since seventh grade and will serve as captain of the BHS swim team next season, said she intends to play basketball for as long as she can, and plans on attending one of the four universities in the U.S. that offer wheelchair basketball.

“But I also know there’s life outside of basketball, so I’m looking at being a child life specialist to help kids and families who are going through stuff similar to what I went through,” she said.

Bauleke credits the support of teachers and the BHS community as a crucial part of her success.

“All of my teachers are really good about helping me because I’m gone a lot. I never feel insanely overwhelmed because of their help,” she said. “Our family has been involved in various Burnsville programs for years because of my siblings, and for as much support as we give them, I feel like they really give that support back to me. It’s nice to have a community that’s so loving and supportive of everything.”

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Burnsville High School Theatre Guild offers a week-long summer camp for grades 6-9

Posted on May 21, 2019

Burnsville High School Theatre Guild’s summer camp, “Dear Edwina, Jr.,” runs June 17-21, which will culminate with three performances in the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Highway 13.

The camp will be held 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. daily at Burnsville High School and is open to students entering grades 6-9 for the 2019-2020 school year.

The cost for the camp is $100, and checks can be made payable to Burnsville High School Theatre Guild.

Final performances are slated for June 21 at 7 p.m. and June 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets for the show will be $10 for adults and $8 for students. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each show.

The camp offers participants a true ensemble piece, where they will join Edwina Spoonapple and her crew in the family’s garage as they run an advice column for teens. All the letters that kids write come in the form of a song, and the responses her crew give are songs as well.

Listen to the show’s music here:

There are plenty of opportunities for students to be featured as a singer or dancer in this show, and all cast members are included in all the songs.

Costumes and dinner between the shows on Saturday are included in the cost of camp.

Cast pictures will be mailed within a few weeks of the show, and dvds will be available to order for delivery a few weeks after the show closes.

If you would like to audition for a solo or leading role, please make that indication on your registration form (click on this link to access the registration form).

All students who register (up to 60 campers) will be cast; students interested in solos will be asked to come in for an audition in early June (an email will be sent to parents regarding audition time/date). Participants should indicate if they are interested in being a part of the crew or tech. Camp fee still applies.

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, theatre guild, summer camp, dear edwina jr.