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Mackenzie Swenson

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor

When she is not living and breathing schoolwork, Mackenzie enjoys playing the cello and working at North Dakota's only science museum. Her seemingly unrelated passions include reading, science, 70s music, and being that one annoying overachiever.

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Seaspriacy Review

Seaspriacy Review

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
May 26, 2021
Role models in inaction

Role models in inaction

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
February 17, 2021
In pursuit of knowledge

In pursuit of knowledge

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
February 16, 2021
Spoken word

Spoken word

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
February 16, 2021
Right fight, wrong people

Right fight, wrong people

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
December 16, 2020
Visualizing the future. Clouds, pedestrians and other ornamentation supplement an artist rendering of Northwest Elementary, which is expected to be completed in August of 2022. This past fall, BPS broke ground at the school’s construction site, which is located next to Tyler Parkway. “I know you guys [the architects] are all creative and you’re doing your best work, but anyway we can do it, we want to do it right. There’s no question about that,” Board President Karl Lembke said.

School Board meeting brief

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
December 14, 2020
Keep calm and mask on

Keep calm and mask on

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
November 22, 2020
Making the future more certain. A BHS senior’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) crewneck proclaims the goal of the program, which remains constant despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. However, participation in AVID includes far more rewards than simply a crewneck. “AVID is meant to give you some of the skills needed to prepare you to get into college and help you succeed in college by helping you with the application process your senior year, but it also allows you to effectively use your time in college and be prepared for what’s to come,” BHS senior John Johnson-Ripplinger said.

Looking ahead

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
November 20, 2020
Polling - at home or at the booth. A billboard in southern Bismarck spreads awareness of the different ways this year in which eligible ND residents will be able to cast their votes for candidates running for national, state and local positions. Carli Evanson, a BHS senior, is one individual among 18-year-olds across the nation who will be choosing how - and whether - they are going to vote in November’s election. “For the upcoming election, I feel there are many options on how to actually vote,” Evanson said. “I will be going to vote at an in-person facility to fill out my ballot. It is the way I feel most comfortable doing because voting by mail seems too confusing.”

A voice to be heard

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
October 21, 2020
Deadline disdain

Deadline disdain

Mackenzie Swenson, Co-Editor
September 23, 2020
Modified opportunities. BHS HOSA students waited eagerly to meet U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams at Legacy High School last October, months before nation-wide restrictions were imposed on large gatherings. Due to these restrictions, this year’s state HOSA conference was held virtually in April, and HOSA’s much larger International  Leadership Conference is set to take place this June in an online format. “The students miss out on the experience of being at a competition with over twelve thousand other students,” BHS HOSA Adviser Heather Frey said. “They miss out on all of the excitement and energy at the conference.  They also miss out on all of the fun that traveling brings.”

Adapting to virtual form

Mackenzie Swenson, Opinion editor
May 22, 2020
Understanding success. Sometimes, BHS junior Mackenzie Swenson can feel like she is not deserving of praise when it is compared to someone else’s success. However, winning the Free Spirit award made her realize how skilled she must be at journalism since only one person per state can win. “I don’t mean to imply that being a Free Spirit scholar makes me feel superior, but it has lightened the load of years of self-doubt,” Swenson said.

[PHOTO] Becoming a Free Spirit

Connor Fogarty, News/Feature editor
May 21, 2020
Tech issues

Tech issues

Mackenzie Swenson, Opinion Editor
May 16, 2020
Making the best of things. After the ND All-State Music Festival was suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, members of the festival’s Jazz Choir submitted individual recordings that were then stitched together over many hours by one of the choir’s members.  However, the Jazz Choir is the only All-State group reported to have created a virtual performance such as this, meaning that members of the festival’s other ensembles may simply miss out this year. “I sit on the board who made the decision regarding All-State, as well as the board that made the decision on contests,” BHS choir teacher Brian Saylor said. “These decisions, while imminent were some of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in any leadership role.”

A broken rhythm

Mackenzie Swenson, Opinion editor
May 1, 2020
Improving fluency. BHS Junior Elsie Marchuk reads a childrens book in Ukrainian, her parents first language. A couple of years ago, Marchuk renewed her attempt to learn the language using books and Duolingo, an app that is used by many BHS students who are learning a language not offered through the school system. I have been exposed to Ukrainian all my life but still have so much to learn, Marchuk said.

Language learners

Mackenzie Swenson, Opinion editor
April 10, 2020
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