Bachelor Nation: 2018 Year In Review



By Faith Quist, junior writing coach

WOW!! What a year it has been for Bachelor Nation! I’m going to be honest, I had such a headache trying to compile everything that went down this year because THERE’S SO MUCH. But nonetheless, here is your Bachelor Nation 2018 Year In Review!!

Oh Babies!

Carly Waddell Welcomes DaughterCredit: Courtesy Carly Waddell

Carly and Evan introduce their daughter, Isabella

This February, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass who met on Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, gave birth to their first child, Isabella “Bella” Bass!

Not long after, Sean and Catherine Lowe from The Bachelor season 17, introduced their second son, Isaiah Lowe. Sean Lowe remains the only Bachelor to marry the woman he gave his final rose to.

Only 6 days later did Ali Fedotowsky (The Bachelorette season 6) and her husband Kevin Manno, give birth to their second child, a son named Riley Manno.

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Sean and Catherine Lowe’s sons: Samuel and Isaiah

In July, Season 9 Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, and her husband Chris Siegfried announced that they were expecting their second son in January of 2019!

A baby is on the way for Bekah Martinez (Bachelor season 22) who in September, announced that she was pregnant with her first child.

One of the most shocking moments this year is when Bachelor season 22, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and fiancée Lauren Burnham announced in November that they are expecting their first child in June 2019.

We Found Love In A Hopeless Place

Of course there can’t be Bachelor Nation without love. Here are all the relationships that formed this year.

Joe and Kendall

Joe and Kendall

My personal favorite is Joe Amabile (aka Grocery Store Joe) and Kendall Long who met on Bachelor in Paradise season 5. Though they had an emotionally charged breakup on the show, they got back together post-production. Joe was on Dancing With The Stars season 27 where he lived in L.A. with Kendall. So cute!!

Chris and Krystal

Chris and Krystal

Another couple who met on Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise was Astrid Loch and Kevin Wendt who also broke up on the show but got back together afterwards! We wish them all the best!

BiP5 saw the engagement of Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson. As both villains on their respective seasons, they managed to find love in a hopeless place. Congrats to them on a hopefully beautiful and long marriage!

Clay and A

Clay and Angela

Angela Amezcua and Clay Harbour were an unlikely pairing that came to light this year, but they are totes adorbs!! Though they never appeared on the same Bachelor franchise show together, they found love in the real world.

And last but certainly not least, who can forget about our Minnesota girl Becca Kufrin, The Bachelorette season 22, who got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen. Hopefully we’ll see a wedding in Minnesota soon! (Can I ask for an invitation?)

What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, no more…giphy

Sadly, you can’t have love without some pain. This year we also saw some very sad breakups.

Arie and Becca

Arie and Becca breakup

To kick off our 2018, Season 22 Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Becca Kufrin… only to breakup with her weeks later and ask runner-up, Lauren Burnham, to take him back. Arie later proposed to Lauren on After The Final Rose in March.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Grand Opening in Dumbo

Derek and Taylor

To follow suit, Clare Crawley and Benoit Beauséjour-Savard who met on the inaugural Bachelor Winter Games, announced they ended their engagement after only 7 weeks; one of the shortest engagements in Bachelor franchise history.

In April, Dean Unglert and Lesley Murphy from Bachelor Winter Games announced their split, but honestly, can any of us say we were surprised?

Shawn and Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn and Shawn

One of the saddest breakups is that of BiP4, Derek Peth and Taylor Nolan, who called it quits on their engagement after one year. We were really rooting for them 😦

We heard the rumors and hoped they weren’t true, but in November, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth from the Bachelorette season 19, announced the end of their 3 year engagement. Bachelor Nation truly thought we’d be hearing wedding bells soon.


You can’t have a year without any surprises. Here are the top surprises from 2018 that left us totally shooketh.

Arie Pulls A Jason Mesnick

In 2009, Season 13 Bachelor Jason Mesnick revealed that he was still in love with his runner up, Molly Melaney, and subsequently ended his engagement to Melissa Rycroft.


Arie proposes to Lauren on ATFR

I guess history is ought to repeat itself again. In January, Arie and Becca announced their decision to end their engagement after Arie admitted he was still in love with his runner up, Lauren Burnham. After ending his engagement, Arie and Lauren immediately got back together and he proposed in March on After The Final Rose. Luckily, all couples involved have found their happy endings. Jason and Molly married in 2010 and now have a 5 year old daughter, Riley. Melissa is also happily married with kids. It seems Arie, Becca, and Lauren will meet the same fates. Arie and Lauren are set to marry on January 12th in Hawaii with their first child due in June. Meanwhile, Becca was chosen to be the Season 14 Bachelorette where she got engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen. All is well in Bachelor Nation… well, for the most part.


The Jenna Cooper and Jordan Kimball Scandal

Jenna and Jordan

Jordan and Jenna

Oh my, help me as I try to explain this. Jenna and Jordan met on BiP5 where Jordan dropped down onto one knee and proposed, to which Jenna said “Yes!”. There was laughter and cheers and many congratulations! Only to be shattered a day before the BiP5 finale when RealitySteve released text message screenshots that exposed Jenna who allegedly cheated on Jordan and said to use him as a way to advance her own career. Jordan declared heartbreak, Jenna denied the claims, and Bachelor Nation was in a frenzy. Jordan ended their engagement, Jenna vowed to prove her innocence. Jenna then took legal action against RealitySteve and Jordan, and provided forensic evidence that those screenshots were fabricated. She also claimed that it was JORDAN who framed her. Of course, Jordan and RealitySteve vehemently denied these claims. After weeks of he-said-she-said, Bachelor Nation just sat back with their popcorn.


The Most Surprising Engagement of the Century

When in March, Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon announced they were dating, my JAW. DROPPED. If you are truly apart of Bachelor Nation, you would know the 3 year long Ashley I. and Jared saga. Ashley I. was on Bachelor season 19 while Jared was on the succeeding Bachelorette season 11. They formally met on BiP2 where Ashley I. declared her love for Jared… only to be friendzoned for the first time. Ashley I. and Jared reunited the next year on BiP3 where Ashley once again declared her love for Jared, only

Ashley I and Jared

Jared proposes to Ashley I.

to be friendzoned… again. In the famous words of multi-Bachelor seasons, Nick Viall, “Ashley, you will never be with Jared”. It was all intended in good spirit to help his friend move on from the seemingly never-going-to-happen relationship. Sadly though, Nick said what was on all of our minds (except Ashley’s, of course). Following BiP3, Ashley and Jared’s friendship was almost headed to the dumps. In February 2016 at BiP3 couple’s Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s wedding, Ashley once again, declared her love for Jared, only to have her feelings not returned…again. Poor Ashley 😥 Finally on Winter Games, Ashley I. met Kevin Wendt who became the first guy to take her mind off Jared, and they dated after the show ended. Then Jared panicked, realized he was about to lose what he could’ve had 3 years ago, and decided to run to Ashley and declared his love for her. Now poor Kevin didn’t stand a chance. Fast forward a few months and Jared is down on one knee proposing to Ashley. Though their love story sounds disingenuous, if you watch their YouTube video online, it is quite endearing and they clearly in love. Congrats Ashley I. and Jared!

Looking Onwards

Rachel and Bryan

Rachel and Bryan

We can hope to see an engagement between Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk who met on BiP4. We can also hopefully see a wedding for Bachelorette season 13, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan

Jojo and JOrdan

JoJo and Jordan

Abasolo who are to get married sometime in the next half year. Though they are taking their time, Bachelor Nation can only hope to hear wedding bells for season 12 Bachelorette, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. Bachelor Nation can also expect to see Ashley I. and Jared tie the knot sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.

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The next Bachelor

Following Becca’s season of the Bachelorette, Colton Underwood was announced as ABC’s Season 23 Bachelor. With the season premiere on January 7th, we can only expect laughter, drama, many tears, and hopefully: love. Good luck, Colton!



Pheeeeewwww!! We got through it! Bachelor Nation saw a lot this 2018 year, and this is only a sliver! We can only imagine what to expect in 2019. Well Bachelor Nation, until next year…



by Jeff Erickson, Minnetonka High School Principal


Last year, I used a word in the holiday Beyond 140 that a lot of people had to look up. The word was “xanadu” and I’ll save you a few clicks:

Definition: an idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty.

While MHS is that for me many days of the week, I’d like to talk about my most special xanadu—a place that has been in my family for as long as I’ve been alive.

That place?

Battle Lake, Minnesota.

3 Generations…My Grandfather Carl, My Dad, Charles, and me.

Growing up, much of our time was spent at our family cabin. My parents bought the cabin in fall of 1971. Back then, it was a simple 20’x 20′ space with no modern amenities. Still, it was a special moment when they put the sign at the end of the road that read 5 E in Roman numerals, representing the five members of my family. My mom and dad, Pat and Chuck Erickson, were so proud of the opportunities for connection and fun that this space would provide for our family.

And today, nearly 48 years later, it still does. Of all the places in the world I can call home, my know I can find true relaxation there—my xanadu. Honestly, it’s mind boggling to me how many family and friends have walked the same shores, played cards on the same the porch, and shared the same celebrations together. Even today, with my own family, we still spend big chunks of our time there. I never thought I would be able to teach my own children to fish at the same spot my Grandma did for me, or show them how to swim and bike in the same spots I learned to myself as a kid.

By the shore with my mom and brother and sister

Over my lifetime, I’ve had many life changes, but this cabin has been a constant. So many memories have been created on this spot along the lake, and as we enter this time of the year, I reflect back on all the Christmas and New Year holidays my family spent up North when I was growing up. There were so many days of cross country-skiing, ice fishing, and even near death experiences—like being pulled on an inner-tube by our snowmobile at a high speeds across the glassy ice and snow of the lake, often resulting in the rider flying off the tube, hoping to land on the soft snow. (This was long before we worried about potential concussions…)

Since it was the holidays, there’d also be gifts. In fact, each year, we’d receive a new pair of slippers. And these weren’t just any kind of slippers. They had super slick bottoms—perfect for sliding outside in the snow. In the winter, there was no running water and, logically, no working bathroom. Instead, there was an outhouse. I have vivid memories of going out at in the frigid night, sliding around the steps and hills and trails that led to our outhouse. There were even competitions among my siblings to see who could skate on them the best, moments I remember today as pure joy. They were simple, inexpensive gifts. Yet, to this day, the slippers still produce a strong sense of nostalgia for my childhood.

Swinging in the winter time in front of infamous outhouse

During this time of year, there can be such expectations—expectations of gifts (given and received), expectations about how you spend time with both family and friends, and even expectations on what levels of joy you should feel. But this story reminds me to focus on what matters. Those slippers most likely did not cost more than 15 dollars. Yet, 40+ years later they remain a vivid memory.

So, my message to you from my own life, Tonka:

It turns out what you carry forward beyond these years is the time you spend around friends and family. What will be your “slippers” this season?

the place to bee: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe

By Alexa Vos, senior writing coach

Bees and I have something in common: we both are obsessed with sugar. While they get their intake through nectar, I get mine mostly through desserts. Therefore, for this second installment, I buzzed on over to Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe to evaluate if it will be the next place to bee.

zing & zest

Despite being a cupcake shop, Amy’s offers a wide variety of products. Drinks range from teas to hot cocoas to an assortment of caffeinated drinks; all of which are great options to fuel your study habits. There is also a great selection of desserts to match your beverage choice. I happened to select the vanilla chocolate cupcake. While it tasted good, I found myself disappointed by the texture since the cupcake lacked moisture like a day old dessert. Remember that this was but one item on the menu, but my experience didn’t wow me. 2/5 bees.



Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe has the aesthetic taste resembling the cupcakes themselves. The interior is full of bright colors, primarily a light blue, accented with white to maintain modern appeal, and the ceiling is covered in balloons that create a happy, childlike vibe. I also adored the beautiful menus and the fancy, glass casing for the desserts. The setting certainly satisfies sugar cravings and provides an inspiring workspace. 5/5 bees.



Since Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe is located off of Mainstreet in Hopkins, parking for multiple hours is limited, so time to truly study might be best spent elsewhere. Besides the location though, Amy’s has tables and a great vibe that would certainly cultivate your inner Einstein and help you buzz through all your work. 3/5 bees.



Winter Break(fast)

by Erika Schmidt, junior writing coach

During school we all tend to skip the “most important meal of the day” a few times too many. So as winter break approaches and the opportunity to sleep in and eat a real breakfast is nearing, chances are you will be looking for the perfect breakfast place. I have taken the time to narrow down your breakfast and brunch options to five that you absolutely cannot go wrong with!


     1.  Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room

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5635 Manitou Rd, Minnetrista, MN 55331

Hazellewood has a fantastic selection of breakfast items and is perfect for a family brunch. Their popovers are to die for and fortunately come with every order. Their menu has a large variety of options to choose from and they also offer healthy and gluten free options! However if this is your breakfast plan I highly recommend getting a reservation because it can fill up very quickly.


     2. yum! Kitchen and Bakery

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6001 Shady Oak Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55343 or 4127, 4000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Admittedly I have only ever been to yum! for dinner but they have many breakfast options and their bakery is fantastic. I don’t even like cake but their cakes are amazing – my favorite is their coconut cake. Everything I have eaten from this restaurant has been absolutely sensational and it has proven to be one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Also, they tend to change their menu from time to time so every couple of weeks you might find a new favorite dish!


     3. Bellecour

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739 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391

This French restaurant and bakery is an amazing experience. Bellecour’s food is fantastic and with their many brunch options you are sure to find something you will love. If you want to sit down for brunch I do recommend grabbing a reservation because this place is a hit! However, my favorite part of Bellecour has to be the little bakery to the side which has a variety of traditional French items including macarons, scones, and of course, croissants. Many of their bakery items come with a gluten free option as well!


     4. School of the Wise

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1750 Tower Blvd, Victoria, MN 55386

This cozy little restaurant in the booming center of Victoria, Minnesota is a fantastic stop to get some avocado toast, waffles, or an acai bowl. The environment is warm and friendly and the service is great. It’s a little bit quirky and a lot of fun. They have coffee and bakery items as well so you can kick back on their free WiFi and relax.


     5. Isles Bun & Coffee

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Isles Bun & Coffee, 1424 W 28th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

I am not exaggerating when I say this little bakery produces cinnamon rolls, buttercream frosting, and coffee as close to the ambrosia and nectar of the Greek gods as humanity will ever get. Isles Bun & Coffee may be a little bit out of the way and you may have to park at a meter but I promise you it is worth it! The recent expansion also gives plenty of room to sit and enjoy. Take it from somebody who has bought their “puppy dog tails” (not made from real puppies don’t worry) for years- this place is absolutely marvelous!

I hope these five options have inspired you to find your perfect breakfast spot. If you do end up going to one these places feel free to tell me how it was. I would love to hear your review!


A Guide to the Classics

by Becca Schumacher, senior writing coach

The classics can be an intimidating genre. For a long time I was intrigued by the idea of reading prestigious authors like Dickens or Tolstoy, but never actually cracked open a book. However, in that past couple of years I started exploring the arena of classics, and I’ve picked up a few strategies along the way that might assist you on your classics journey.

  1. Be patient.

For those of us who are used to drama and fast pace of modern books, the classics can seem dry and boring. It’s important to remember that, with classics, there is no instant gratification.  While modern books can be like speed dating, classics are a long term relationship. You have to commit. Trust me, it’ll be worth it in the end.

  1. Don’t be too proud to give up.

There are some books that have stood the test of time because of their literary brilliance or their beautiful prose or their compelling characters, but there are some books that are still around because English teachers really like them. For example, I read A Tale of Two Cities in eighth grade and I have to say, that was five hundred pages of pure agony. I mean, a chapter long cryptic conversation with a ghost to tell us that this guy just got out of jail? Come on Mr. Dickens. If you’re ever a hundred pages deep in a classic and are getting absolutely nothing out of it, it’s okay to move on to something else.

  1. Appreciate the gift that is Sparknotes.

For some reason, classic authors seem to have never heard the phrase “just get to the point.” They love confusing, page long paragraphs about sunflowers that somehow translate to commentary on the fickleness of humankind. Sometimes you need a little bit of help to make it all the way through one of these ancient tomes, and that’s perfectly alright.

  1. Pay attention to the details.

So you thought TJ Eckelberg was just some random doctor that Nick happens to notice on a billboard in the Great Gatsby? Turns out that’s symbolism for the eyes of God looking down on what F. Scott Fitzgerald saw as a materialistic, moral wasteland of a country. Classic authors love to foreshadow, create symbols or throw in metaphors that seem random but are actually central to the plot. Make sure you’re paying attention (and still awake) when this happens.

So now that you’re armed with these strategies, go forth and conquer the classics world. Not sure where to start? I recommend To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the Count of Monte Cristo, by Andre Dumas, or anything by Jane Austen. Happy reading!

The Act of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes: John Green Style



By Daniluz Schueller, junior writing coach

“We never really talked much or even looked at each other, but it didn’t matter because we were looking at the same sky together…I mean, anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

John Green, Turtles All the Way Down


In the first book debut of Walk a Mile Book Club, we decided to read the novel Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green to connect to this year’s theme of what it means to walk in another’s shoes. In the Walk a Mile Book Club, we are interested in selecting books that reach beyond our comfort zone and help us to develop our sense of empathy as we encounter many perspectives similar and/or different from our own.

Turtles All the Way Down is a young adult fiction novel that features the life of 16-year-old, Aza, who in cracking the case for a missing millionaire is also struggling with anxiety as she tries to live a normal teenage life. I will say that for me personally, this beginning of this book made me feel uncomfortable because it felt so personal, but once I kept reading and got to understand the characters better, I eventually felt myself becoming more and more invested in the book to the point where I could not put it down until the very end.

As a student who is becoming more aware of the stigma around mental health, I found that this story was a good start in understanding the reality of those who suffer from mental illness and how that affects people’s relationships with others. In Aza and her best friend Daisy’s case, their relationship did not always include sunshine and rainbows, but their bond is strong. Like all friendships, their relationship needs to be cared for and though it is not perfect, finding ways to be each other’s support system has caused them to support each other when they needed friendship most.

I have heard talk about mental health, but the reality of it did not fully reach me until I read this book. I hope to read more books like this in the future to expand my ways of thinking and challenge them too. I encourage all you readers out there to reach out and try to understand other points of views. Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. There are many books to start with doing so, and I would humbly suggest this one as a recommendation.