The Bear Facts
December 1, 2007

Good morning! I'm Gina Rasmussen!

And I'm Melanie Myers! This is the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We were off last week because of Thanksgiving, and there's a lot of news that's happened since our last show. First there's quiz bowl. Two weeks ago the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in the Little Dutch Invitational at MOC/Floyd Valley in Orange City. Garrigan's freshman/sophomore team finished the day with a perfect 6 - 0 record and took first place out of 24 teams in their division. Team members included Captain Brittany Berte, together with Rebeccah Erdman, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Anna Kollasch. Meanwhile the junior/senior team of Ethan Dahlhauser, Christopher Schmidt, Shane Koob, and Melissa Cruise had a 3 - 1 record and missed making playoffs by just 25 points out of more than 1500 scored.

There's lots more quiz bowl action this week. The Bears have two teams entered in the Spirit Lake Invitational. Ethan Dahlhauser, Becky Erdman, Brittany Berte, Anna Kollasch, and Shane Koob are in the varsity division; while Brent Kajewski, Ashley Beisch, Alex Hamilton, Jacob Zittritsch, and Jake Rosenmeyer are the JV team. Then next Wednesday the quiz bowl team will go to the computer lab to compete in the Knowledge Master Open, a 200-question competition against teams from all over America. Next weekend they'll travel to South O'Brien, and finally on December 15 they'll compete at Iowa State University.

The annual Garrigan magazine drive finished up in November. Things started out slowly, but we ended up with pretty good sales overall. Our overall sales were right at $12,000, or two thousand dollars more than our goal. The class of 2009 took top honors for the third straight year. The seniors were second, followed by the sophomores and the freshmen. Freshman Eric Baumann was the top individual seller, with senior Taryn Vitzthum and junior Ben Hellman close behind. Proceeds from the magazine drive go to student council, which uses the money to support all different student activities and to fund various service projects. Thanks to everyone who bought magazines through Garrigan this year.

If you missed out on the magazine drive, it's never too late to support the school. If you go to the Garrigan website- will find a link on the "Updates" page that will take you to the QSP magazine service. You can order online any time of the year, and when you do 40% of the cost goes right back to Garrigan.

This weekend is the state dance competition at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines. The Golden Bear danz squad competed in the hip-hop and pom divisions. Dance squad members include All-Iowa Drill Team honorees Emily Behr, Christina Richter, Meghan Mayer, Kayla Schiltz, Steph Kollasch, and Danielle Rahm; as well as Kristin Berte, Tina Berte, Hannah Bode, Beth Broesder, Taylor Brandenburg, and Aimee Dahlhauser. Others on the squad are Rebecca Molsberry, Tayler Cink, Ryya Kumm, Beth Kollasch, and Rachel Molsberry. Casey Arndorfer and Katie Miller are the danz squad managers, and the coaches are Colleen Conway-Schiltz and Julie Illg. If you didn't get a chance to get down to state, you can see the danz squad perform at home basketball games throughout the winter.

The day before Thanksgiving was a very busy day. In the morning we had our annual memorial mass, where we honor all the deceased alumni who have been through the Garrigan system. This is a long-standing tradition at Garrigan, and each year the list of alumni who have passed on gets longer. The honorees can be seen in a special PowerPoint presentation that is available for download on the Garrigan website.

Also before Thanksgiving the Christian Leadership in Action group sponsored our annual Hunger Meal. Instead of our normal hot lunch, we had a light meal of homemade soup, and the money saved was donated to fight world hunger. While we ate Christian Leadership students spoke on poverty around the world. This is one of dozens of service projects the Christian Leadership group sponsors, and this year we were proud to have 100% participation from the student body at the hunger meal.

Our senior spotlight this week shines on one of the Christian Leadership members: Gina Rasmussen. Here to tell you about her is Jake Lane.

Gina Rasmussen comes to Garrigan from Wesley. She keeps busy at school with activities like speech, track, National Honor Society, and Christian Leadership in Action. She's also one of the top competitors on the Golden Bear math team. Away from school she spends most of her time at the Hy-Vee customer service counter, and last weekend she won two movie tickets at the Hy-Vee employee Christmas party. Gina plans a career in physical therapy, and next year she'll be at the University of Iowa. We wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Jake! On our Golden Bear calendar today the dance squad is at state in Des Moines and the quiz bowl team is competing in Spirit Lake. Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent.

Monday we'll have an Advent prayer service during homeroom, and that night there's a financial aid meeting for parents in the Garrigan board room. Then on Tuesday the basketball teams travel to Clear Lake.

Wednesday the wellness committee meets. After school that day the quiz bowl team will compete in the Knowledge Master. Then Thursday there's no school due to a teacher inservice.

Thursday night the freshman basketball teams host Clarion. Friday the Algona Community Schools are off, but we will have school at Garrigan and Seton. That night the Bears travel to Webster City.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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