Good morning! I'm Cassie Reising!

And I'm Kelsie Berke! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts". Happy May Day from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend three Garrigan students went down to Iowa City to compete in the state championships for the Great Plains Math League. Sophomore Craig Kohlhaas finished second in the target round with a score that was high enough to qualify him for the Midwest Regional Finals. Craig will be heading down to Kansas City May 13 and 14 for the competition. Congratulations to Craig and to the other state competitors, Austin Salz and Jenny Broesder!

The Algona Library recently sponsored the Kossuth Garden of Poets contest, and people of all ages from around the area submitted entries. Several Garrigan juniors in Miss McCall's English classes wrote original poems for the contest. Amy Dahlhauser's entry was selected for first prize in the high school division. Alex Hamilton finished in third place, and Nora Krahenbuhl eaned an honorable mention. Other Garrigan students-including Travis Cruise, Kayla Blocker, Austin Salz, Becca Hyslop, Ryya Kummn, Rachel Beletti, Sara Matthews, Becky Jennings, Andrew Schiltz, and Kelsey Rahe-had their poems selected for publication in a special book that is now for sale at the library. Congratulations to all these young poets!

The Garrigan website has been around for fifteen years now, and for twelve of those years it has been at the same lengthy address. That address is changing, though. From now on you can find our school online by going to bishopgarrigan - dot - org. Mr. Burrow and the students in his Specialized Technology Topics class are working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. There are more than five thousand pages on our school site, and it's a long process to change the links on all of them and transfer them to the new server. The whole changeover should be complete by the end of the summer, and both the old and new addresses will remain active indefinitely. It's easy to remember the new website, though: bishopgarrigan - dot - org.

Next Thursday we'll have our annual Stewardship Day here at Garrigan. That's a day when we take a break from our regular classes and spend time doing service projects to help out both the school and community. A lot of what we do is clean-up work, things like the student council's adopt-a-highway project. Stewardship Day has been going on for a decade now, and it's an event everyone looks forward to each year.

After the service projects are done, we'll finish Stewardship Day with the championship game from intramural basketball. Most of the intramural games took place from January through March, and we've been on a break as the gym was closed for Gala and prom. The favorite team in the championship is captained by Mike Mergen and features Joe Golwitzer, David Reding, Jacob Behr, Devin Tindall, Nick Foertsch, Austin Wolf, Luke McCall, D.J. Beletti, and Elijah Gelhaus. They'll be challenged by Mitch Rahm's team, which includes Billy Schiltz, Luke Eischen, Brandon Sxhiltz, Jordan Springer, Eric Baumann, and Tyler Lallier. Congratulations to both teams on advancing to the championship game!

Last week the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in the nationwide Knowledge Master competition. While the group participating was small, they did extremely well. In fact, their score of 1099 points was the top score of any small school in Iowa and well above the national averages for both large and small schools. Jake Rosenmeyer, Brittany Berte, and Alex Hamilton stayed for all 200 questions of the Knowledge Master, and Allison Frideres was also there for most of the time. Congratulations to them!

The regular season is now over for quiz bowl, and it's just a month until seven Golden Bears will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the twenty-eighth annual National Academic Championship. Jake Rosenmeyer will be the Bears' captain at nationals, and also making the trip will be Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, Michael Hellman, and Alex Hamilton. All of this year's team have previous experience at nationals, and for four of them this will be their third straight trip. The group will leave Tuesday, June 2nd. Good luck, quiz bowl!

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Mike Mergen. Here to tell you about him is Luke McCall.

We chose to feature Mike Mergen this week because his intramural basketball team will be playing in the championships this week. When they win this will be Mike's second straight intramural championship. Aside from intramurals, Mikes biggest activity is football, where he plays wide receiver and defensive back. He's also played golf and worked on the publications staff. Mike will be off to college in the fall, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Luke! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's a baseball camp today at Garrigan. Also today the girls golf team is hosting the Bishop Garrigan Invitational.

Monday there are golf triangulars, with the girls at Iowa Falls and the boys at Eagle Grove. Then on Tuesday the boys track team runs at Algona.

Wednesday night we'll have the spring concert and art show in Friedmann Auditorium. Thursday will be our annual Stewardship Day, and that afternoon we'll have the intramural championships.

Thursday night the boys track team hosts the Adam Sundall Relays, and also that night the girls team runs at Eagle Grove. Then Friday we'll have Grandparents Day with our grandparents joining us for lunch. That night the band and choir will compete in the state large group music contest at Storm Lake.

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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