Lady Sting gets 16 strikeouts from Claire Bergerson, win 8-1 over Sunset Park, move on to quarterfinals Reply

An ace performance by Claire Bergerson hoisted Lady Sting to an 8-1 win in seven innings over Sunset Park on Friday at Big Bush Park in the third round of the B Division Playoffs. (Click here to view the playoff bracket)

Bergerson racked up 16 strikeouts in the Lady Sting win. Bergerson allowed one earned run, three hits and four walks over seven innings.

The offense exploded for the Lady Sting in the fourth. In the inning Lady Sting scored five runs on an RBI single by Nina Don, an RBI single by Emily Costa, , and a two-run single by Amanda Eng.

Costa racked up two RBIs on three hits for Lady Sting Softball.

The lead stayed with Lady Sting Softball after the first, when it scored three runs on an RBI single by Bergerson and an RBI triple by Costa.

Lady Sting’s quarter final matchup is against Manhattan’s HS for Math, Science and Engineering at Big Bush Park on Wednesday June 1st at 4pm.

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Lady Sting fight back, score 6 in their final at bat to defeat Goddard H.S., 10-9, move on to third round of playoffs Reply

With two outs and Lady Sting trailing by one, Claire Bergersoncame to the plate and doubled, plating Rakia Islam and Nina Don for the win, capping off a six run rally in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Both squads had things going at the plate, tallying 19 runs and 26 hits, including 10 extra base hits.

The bottom of the first saw Lady Sting take an early lead, 1-0. Islam started the rally for Lady Sting with a double. Emily Costa singled, bringing home Islam.

Goddard brought home two runs in the second inning, taking the lead on a solo homer by Mary Meshanski and single by Schaefer.

Lady Sting tied it up in the bottom of the second Rakia Islam’s second double of the game which plated Marika Cygert.

Goddard took the lead scoring a run in the top of the third and extending their lead with one more in the top of the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth to take a 6-2 lead.

Lady Sting responded with two runs in the fifth making it 6-4. Lady Sting Softball scored on an RBI single by Amanda Eng and an RBI double by Marika Cygert.

Goddard scored three in the top of the seventh to give them their largest lead of the game, 9-4, which proved not to be enough.

Goddard’s 9-4 lead paved the way for some late inning heroics by Lady Sting who scored two in the bottom of the seventh on a double by Amanda Eng, and scored two more on bases loaded walks to Nina Don and Emily Costa. Those put Lady Sting down by one and set up Claire Bergerson’s game winning two run double to win.

Bergerson recorded the win for Lady Sting Softball even though she allowed nine runs over seven innings. Bergerson struck out seven, walked four and gave up 12 hits.

BSGE Lady Sting, the top seed in the entire Queens B Division bracket, received a first round bye, beat Goddard HS to move on to its third round matchup on Friday at 4pm.

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Lady Sting gets 10 strikeouts from Claire Bergerson in 8-1 win over Academy of American Studies, Finish Regular Season Undefeated Reply

IMG_6582Claire Bergerson hopes every outing could go as well as Thursday, as Bergerson struck out 10 batters to carry Lady Sting to an 8-1 victory over Academy of American Studies at Queensbridge Park in seven innings.

Seven runs in the opening three innings allowed Lady Sting Softball to easily put away Academy of American Studies. An RBI triple by Nina Don, an RBI single by Emily Costa, and an RBI single by Bergerson during the first inning helped Lady Sting put some runs on the board early.

Don racked up two RBIs on three hits for Lady Sting.

Lady Sting Softball tacked on another four runs in the third. Costa’s triple got things going, plating Rakia Islam and Don.

Lady Sting finishes the regular season a perfect 15-0 and Division BI champions.

Their first playoff game is schedule for Monday, 5/23.

Season statistics

Jennifer Qu led the team this year batting .743 (9th in PSAL) and led the team in stolen bases with 28.

Emily Costa batted .618 and led the team this year with 8 home runs (7th in PSAL) and 52 RBIs which led all PSAL varsity softball players in New York City.

Nina Don led the team with 37 runs scored and also hit 7 home runs and drove in 35.

Claire Bergerson batted .527, with 6 home runs, 31 RBIs, and 27 runs scored at the plate and went 13-0 on the mound with a 0.42 ERA allowing only 4 earned runs, 24 hits, and 17 walks this season against 115 strikeouts in 66.2 innings this year.

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Four BSGE Students’ Works on Display at Queens Borough Arts Festival Reply

FINAL_BAF_Flyer%20Subway%20MUSEUM%20THEATRE%20%28774x1024%29As of yesterday, May 11, 2016 the Queens Museum is exhibiting artwork by K – 12 Queens public school students, as part of the Queens Borough Arts Festival. We are proud to have four BSGE students exhibiting artwork. This is juried exhibition so not all the artwork that is submitted is chosen to be displayed.Two 10th grade students, Annika Cheng and Nadja Martinovic, each exhibited self portrait charcoal drawings, submitted for the exhibit by Mr. Sheridan. Two seniors, Rakia Islam and Isabelle Lee, exhibited assemblage artworks that made use of found objects. The opening reception that took place last night included performances by students at Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences High School, Forest Hills High School, and PS 16 The Nancy DeBenedittis School and PS 115 James J. Ambrose School. This was the second annual arts festival, in which each teacher was invited to submit two artworks each.

The exhibition is open through Sunday, May 15 at the Queens Museum, which is open from 11am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday). We hope that you can visit the exhibition. Congratulations to Annika, Nadja, Rakia, and Isabelle. (photo credits: Cecelia Cheng)

Lady Sting jumps on Long Island City HS early and coasts to 13-1 win, clinch division title Reply

Lady Sting jumped out to an early lead on Long Island City HS and captured a 13-1 victory on Tuesday at Long Island City HS.

Seven runs in the first three innings allowed Lady Sting to put the game away early.

Lady Sting piled on five runs in the top of the fifth inning highlighted by a bases loaded triple by Emily Costa.

Don boosted her batting average thanks to a perfect 4-4 day at the plato pace Lady Sting Softball.

Bergerson handled Long Island City’s lineup with ease, racking up nine strikeouts. Bergerson allowed no earned runs, three hits and no walks over five innings.

With this win, BSGE clinched the division title and remained undefeated.

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Lady Sting score early and often in 21-2 win over Academy of American Studies Reply

Lady Sting continued to pile up the runs on Monday, scoring 10 runs in the seventh inning, on the way to a 21-2 landslide win over Academy of American Studies at Queensbridge Park.

Lady Sting Softball scored 10 runs in the seventh on Lady Sting Softball scored in the seventh on an RBI single by Emily Costa, an error, a groundout by Maya Juman, an RBI single by Amanda Eng, an RBI single by Angelica Benares, an RBI single by Rakia Islam, a two-run single by Nina Don, an RBI double by Costa, and an RBI double by Claire Bergerson.

Costa racked up six RBIs on four hits for Lady Sting Softball.

Bergerson baffled Academy of American Studies, striking out 12 batters. Bergerson allowed one earned run, three hits and six walks over seven innings.

Lady Sting Softball easily handled Academy of American Studies pitching as eight hitters combined for 21 hits, 20 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Lady Sting Softball stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring three runs on a two-run single by Jamie Carroll.

Lady Sting Softball built upon its lead with three runs in the third. The inning looked promising, as Costa singled, bringing home Islam to kick things off.

Lady Sting Softball increased its lead with four runs in the fifth. A clutch bases loaded walk scored Juman to open the scoring in the frame.

BSGE is now 13-0 with two regular season games left to play.

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The Day of Silence: Shhhhh! Reply

Every April, BSGE participates in a nationwide event called the Day of Silence. The day highlights how it is unfortunately common for members of the LGBTQ+ community to be discriminated against in the United States. By participating in the Day of Silence, whether someone is just supporting or actually silent, students send a message of acceptance and support to LGTBQ+ teenagers across the country.

A member of BSGE’s Sexuality and Gender Acceptance club explains that “the Day of Silence, for some, is a way to evade participating in class. For others, it’s a way to show the people of the LGBTQ+ community that they are not alone.” More…

Nina Don stars as Lady Sting defeats Information Tech HS 20-1 Reply

A superb effort by Nina Don led Lady Sting to a 20-1 win in five innings over Information Tech on Thursday at Murray Playground.

Don hit two home runs for Lady Sting. Don went 2-4 in the game with five RBIs and four runs scored. Don homered in the first and fourth innings.

Fifteen runs in the first three innings helped Lady Sting blow out Information Tech. A three-run home run by Don, an RBI triple by Claire Bergerson, an RBI triple by Jamie Carroll, an RBI single by Peyton Heron, a two-run error, and a two-run single by Emily Costa in the first inning and a two-run single by Jennifer Qu during the second inning supplied the early offense for Lady Sting.

Bergerson baffled Information Tech HS, striking out 11 batters. Bergerson allowed no earned runs on one hit and no walks over five innings.

Lady Sting Softball easily handled Information Tech pitching as six hitters combined for 13 hits, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Lady Sting Softball scored three runs in the third inning, and then followed it up with three more in the fourth. In the third, Lady Sting Softball scored on an RBI triple by Costa, plating Don.

The inning got off to a hot start when Don homered.

Lady Sting Softball tacked on another two runs in the fifth. A ground out scored Beatriz Benares for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Bergerson’s triple, bringing home Costa.

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Lady Sting use big fourth inning to beat Queens HS Complex 15-2 Reply

An eight-run explosion in the fourth inning lifted Lady Sting to a 15-2 win in five innings over Queens HS Complex at Big Bush Park on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Lady Sting Softball scored in the fourth on an RBI single by Claire Bergerson, a walk by Angelica Benares, an RBI single by Jennifer Qu, and a two-run home run by Nina Don.

Don boosted her batting average thanks to a perfect 2-2 day at the plate to pace Lady Sting Softball.

Bergerson pitched lights out for Lady Sting. Queens HS Complex managed just one hit off of the Lady Sting’s pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked four and struck out 10 during her five innings of work.

Lady Sting went up for good in the first, scoring five runs on a three-run home run by Maya Juman.

After posting one run in the second, Lady Sting Softball again scored one in the fifth. In the second, Lady Sting Softball scored on a passed ball, plating Don.

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Lady Sting use big first inning to beat Information Tech HS 21-7 Reply

Lady Sting jumped out to an early lead on Information Tech HS and captured a 21-7 victory on Monday at Murray Playground.

With 19 runs in the first three innings, Lady Sting left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

A 14 run first inning was highlighted by a three run double by Amelia Chen and a two run homer by Nina Don.

Starting pitcher Claire Bergerson struck out 12 in 4 2/3 innings, giving up no runs. Relief pitcher, Rakia Islam gave up 7 runs on 7 walks in a third of an inning.

Lady Sting Softball easily handled Information Tech pitching as six hitters combined for 11 hits, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Lady Sting Softball got two-run rallies in the third inning and the fourth. In the third, Lady Sting Softball scored on a wild pitch, bringing home Marika Cygert.

With the win, BSGE improves to 10-0.

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IB Conferences for Diploma Program Teachers Reply

Students may have noticed that recently, teachers have been attending International Baccalaureate conferences in other parts of the country. They attend conferences like these every few years to adjust the curriculum of their courses after the IBO makes changes to grading criteria, content, or course structure.

Ms. Jennifer Dikes, the IB coordinator and 12th grade IB History of the Americas teacher, has been to several of these conferences. “To be a part of the International Baccalaureate, schools are required to provide their teachers with training in the IB curriculum and the IB philosophy,” she says. According to her, teachers have to go every six to seven years since every curriculum changes within that time span. IB teachers from across the country meet to discuss ideas on teaching and resources. Everyone who teaches a Diploma subject are sent to IB-specific training at least once. More…

67% of Eighth Graders Leaving BSGE Reply

This year, two-thirds of the eighth graders in BSGE will be leaving for other high schools. Since October, more than 20,000 eighth grade students from all over the city were anxiously waiting to hear if they had gained admission into 1 of the 9 glorified specialized high schools in New York City either through a performing arts audition or through the SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test). Those schools include LaGuardia, Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Lehman, and others. During the high school application process, thousands of eighth graders not only take the SHSAT, but start applying to non-specialized schools as well.

BSGE, which offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in eleventh and twelfth grade, guarantees all current eighth graders a spot to stay for high school as long as it’s listed on their high school application as their first choice. While many students decide to stay in BSGE, other students decided to attend other high schools in the fall. More…

Investigating BSGE’s Water Quality Reply

Even if all water fountains are created equal, their quality can change over time, and we wanted to investigate the water quality on every floor of BSGE. There are two water fountains on each floor, one tall and one shorter. We found that all the smaller fountains were of lower quality when considering three factors of temperature, murkiness, and pressure.

The first floor water fountains are an interesting case. The two fountains are in front of the security guard’s desk, excluding the one in the lunchroom, which has been out of order, as well as the cafeteria’s water cooler. The water from the smaller fountain has a colder temperature than the larger one, at 16 degrees Celsius. However, the larger one, at 17.1 degrees Celsius, has much clearer water than the smaller one. Although the small water fountain did not have really murky water, it was relatively unclear. In terms of water pressure (how much water came out of the fountain and at what speed), the larger fountain wins. It sprays water at a more forceful rate, with a larger arc of water.  If you had to make a choice between the two water fountains on the first floor, the larger water fountain would win due to its pretty cold water and much higher cleanliness than the other one. More…

Lady Sting first-inning burst enough to top Queens HS Complex, 11-0 Reply

An 11-run explosion in the first inning lifted Lady Sting Softball to an 11-0 win in five innings over Queens Complex at Big Bush Park on Thursday.

Lady Sting Softball scored on an RBI single by Claire Bergerson, a two-run home run by Jamie Carroll, an RBI triple by Amanda Eng, a groundout by Peyton Heron, an RBI single by Rakia Islam, and a three-run home run by Nina Don.

Jennifer Qu also contributed with three stolen bases and two runs scored.

Claire Bergerson allowed only one hit, walking no one, over five scoreless innings.

Lady Sting improves to 9-0 in the regular season.

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Students Helping Honduras: Combating Poverty and Violence Reply

Most BSGE students are aware of the Helping Hands Committee, which strives to help those without a voice. In addition to the one main committee, students organize their own sub-committees to combat either local or international issues. One of the sub-committees inside Helping Hands, Students Helping Honduras, or SHH, raises money to help build schools, houses, and children’s homes in Honduras. The committee is connected to the international NGO of the same name, which is how the money is donated. As explained by one of the committee members, “we focus on raising money to build schools and houses for villages whose children do not have access to schools or whose schools are very far away from their homes.”

The members range in age from 7th grade to 9th grade. The main way that the committee fundraises is by holding bake sales and candygrams, recently hosting a raffle as well. SHH has been very productive, raising over $1000 for the people of Honduras since the start of the school year. More…

Nearby Gymnasium Helpful for BSGE Sports Reply

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This past basketball season has seen vast improvements to both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams, thanks to the availability of a new court. It is the gymnasium of Most Precious Blood, a Catholic school taken over by the NYC Department of Education. They agreed to override Most Precious Blood’s principal, who wanted to prevent BSGE from using the gymnasium, so it became accessible to the teams on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. In previous years, both basketball teams had to practice outdoors, weather permitting, and either play their home games in the Long Island City YMCA or in the stadium of the opposing team. Unfortunately for the boys’ team, however, their games were scheduled before the court was acquired, so they could not hold any home games there this season. More…

Costa allows no hits, drives in 6 as BSGE defeats Young Women’s Leadership 20-0 Reply

Emily Costa was great on Tuesday, allowing no hits Lady Sting’s 20-0 victory over Young Women’s Leadership School.

No Young Women’s Leadership batter was able to locate Costa’s pitches during the game. Costa allowed no hits, striking out seven batters and walking three while recording the win.

Sixteen runs in the first three innings helped Lady Sting Softball blow out Young Women’s Leadership . An RBI single by Nina Don, a two-run double by Costa, an RBI single by Jamie Carroll, an RBI triple by Amanda Eng, and during the first inning and a two-run home run by Costa, an RBI double by Eng, an RBI single by Jennifer Shin, an RBI single by Jenny Tieu, and a home run by Don in the second inning helped Lady Sting Softball put some runs on the board early.

Both Jamie Carroll and Amanda Eng contributed to the effort at the plate, both going 4 for 4. Costa also racked up six RBIs on three hits for Lady Sting.

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BSGE Lady Sting Hand Academy of American Studies First Loss, 18-0, BSGE Takes Sole Possession of First Place Reply

Lady Sting Softball jumped out to an early lead on Academy of American Studies and captured an 18-0 victory on Monday at Big Bush Park.

The game was decided quickly as Lady Sting Softball exerted its will early with 12 runs in the first three innings.

A three-run triple by Emily Costa, an RBI single by Claire Bergerson, and an RBI single by Maya Juman in the first inning and a three-run home run byNina Don during the second inning helped Lady Sting Softball put some runs on the board early.

Lady Sting Softball hit three home runs in the win. Additional home runs for Lady Sting Softball came when Rakia Islam homered in the fourth inning and Costa homered in the fourth inning.

Costa racked up eight RBIs on three hits for Lady Sting Softball.

Lady Sting Softball built upon its lead with four runs in the third. A bases loaded walk scored Juman to get Lady Sting Softball on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Costa’s double, plating Marika CygertAngelica Benares and Islam.

Lady Sting Softball added six more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A passed ball scored Jamie Carroll for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Jennifer Qu‘s single, scoring Cygert.

BSGE is currently 7-0 and have outscored their opponents 136-7 this season.

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Lady Sting jump on Long Island City HS early and coast to 15-2 win Reply

Lady Sting Softball jumped out to an early lead on Long Island City and captured a 15-2 victory on Thursday at Big Bush Park.

Nine runs in the first three innings allowed Lady Sting Softball to put the game away early.

A two-run triple by Nina Don, an RBI double by Emily Costa, and an RBI single by Claire Bergerson in the first inning and an error during the second inning supplied the early offense for Lady Sting Softball.

Costa racked up six RBIs on three hits for Lady Sting Softball. Her grand slam in the bottom of the fifth ended the game by giving BSGE a 13 run victory by the mercy rule.

Bergerson brought the heat against Long Island City during her outing. Long Island City managed just three hits off of the Lady Sting’s pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out five during her five innings of work.

Two Long Island City runs crossed the plate in the top half of the third, making the score 5-2. An error and an RBI single by Martinez fueled Long Island City’s comeback.

Lady Sting Softball answered Long Island City’s top inning with four runs of its own in the third. Lady Sting Softball scored on a two-run single by Maya Juman, an RBI single by Marika Cygert, and a wild pitch.

Lady Sting Softball increased its lead with five runs in the fifth. A single by Rakia Islam ignited the offense, bringing home Angelica Benares.

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Claire Bergerson allows no hits, drives in four, as Lady Sting Softball defeats Information Tech HS 24-1 Reply

Claire Bergerson was untouchable on Tuesday, allowing no hits in four innings in BSGE Lady Sting’s 24-1 victory over Information Tech HS.

No Info Tech batter was able to locate Bergerson’s pitches during the game. Bergerson struck out six batters and walked three. She got Giemay Manuel to ground out for the final out of the game.

Emily Costa rocked Info Tech with two home runs. Costa went 2-4 in the game with five RBIs and four runs scored. Costa homered in the second and third innings. Bergerson and Catcher Rakia Islam also hit home runs with four and five RBIs respectively.

Jennifer Qu went 5 for 5 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.

Lady Sting Softball easily handled Information Tech pitching as seven hitters combined for 17 hits, 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

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