March 1. 2008

Good morning! I'm Jake Rosenmeyer!

And I'm Hannah Bode! Welcome to another episode of the "Bear Facts" the show where every week we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Garrigan senior Steph Kollasch will be making a special trip this Easter. She is joining a group from Gehlen High School in LeMars that will be doing a special service project in Honduras, Central America March 12 - 24. Mission Honduras LeMars has been going for nearly a decade, providing help to rural villagers in one of the poorest countries on earth. On this year's trip, Steph will be helping to lay a water line and haul tanks to supply clean, disease-free water to people in a Honduran town. She'll also meet with the local people and see the Holy Week processions that are traditional in Central America.

Steph will be taking a variety of supplies to the villagers, and she is accepting donations for them. Needed items include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, flip-flops, sandals, shoes, underwear, and T-shirts; as well as small toys, nail polish, bubbles, stickers, hair ties, caps, soccer balls, and gum. Twin-size bed sheets are also needed, as are all kinds of school supplies, Spanish children's books, vitamins, and Tylenol. There are three drop-off boxes in Bancroft-at St. John's Church, Farmers and Traders Savings Bank, and the Bancroft Food Center. Steph will be accepting donations through the coming week, and she'll pack for her trip to Central America on Sunday, March 9th.

Last Saturday BGHS hosted the district individual speech contest. The Bears were comfortable at home, and they ended up with one of their best showings ever. Every person on the Garrigan team will be going on to state, with sixteen of seventeen entries earning Division One or excellent ratings. The state contest will be next Saturday, March 9th, at Manson-Northwest Webster High School. Congratulations to Miss McCall, Mr. Burrow, and the speech team!

The Golden Bear girls basketball team recently held their annual awards potluck. At the banquet it was announced that senior Carrie Courtney had earned all-conference honors in the North Central Conference. Carrie also shared the team's Most Valuable Player award with Cassie Vautier, and she shared the Dedication award with Megan Hilbert. Cassie and Macy Fickbohm earned "Miss Hustle" honors, while Bridget Murphy and Brandi Roethler were named the Most Improved Players. The Coaches' Appreciation Award went to Melissa Cruise and Rachel Salz. Congratulations to all these basketball honorees!

Intramural basketball is winding down, with only two weeks left in the regular season. Last week we had both the closest and the most lop-sided games of the season in intramurals. The first game was a nail-biter where every single point mattered. In the end a team featuring Alec Boeckholt, Jacob Zittritsch, and Chris Lanus beat a younger team whose top scorers were Vince Cruise and Eric Baumann by a score of 38 - 37. In the second game last Sunday last year's intramural champions cruised past David Miller's team 153 - 22. The top scorer and Player of the Week last week was Ben Golwitzer, who is also the top overall intramural scorer, with 109 points so far this season.

Tonight six members of the Golden Bear danz squad will be performing as part of the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team. The honor group spent yesterday rehearsing, and they'll be performing this evening at halftime of the Class 3-A girls championship game. The game starts at 6:30 and will be aired on TV stations all over Iowa. Emily Behr, Christina Richter, Meghan Mayer, Kayla Schiltz, Steph Kollasch, and Danielle Rahm are all part of the prestigious group.

Student Council just started one of their more fun projects of the year. Surveys went out this past week for the annual Computer Match. Everyone in school answers an interesting variety of questions, and the responses are sent off to a processing center. In a couple weeks, we'll have the opportunity to buy cards showing who we're the most and least compatible with. It's all in fun, and it provides a good laugh. We'll tell you some of the questions and responses on upcoming shows.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Steph Kollasch. Here to tell you about her is Logan Smith.

As we told you earlier, Steph Kollasch will be spending Holy Week this year on a service trip in Honduras. That's one of many activities that keeps her really busy. Steph is active in danz squad and cheerleading, she's on the girls track team, she's involved in Christian Leadership in Action, and she displayed her work at the North Central Conference art show last year. Steph will be off to college next year, and she'd like a career where she can work with children. Gold luck, Steph!

Thanks, Logan! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's a math contest today at Dordt College in Sioux Center. Tonight the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team will perform at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

There's no intramurals tomorrow. It was a snow make-up date, and even with all the snow this winter, none of it managed to cancel any games.

Next Tuesday is a jeans day to raise money for the Mission Honduras project. Girls track starts on Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon we'll have a reconciliation service at St. Cecelia's.

Next Friday Garrigan and Seton have classes, even though there is no school at the Algona Community Schools. We'll have parish busing that day. Then next Saturday the junior class will hold a Belgian waffle breakfast and there's the state speech contest in Manson.

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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