The Bear Facts - October 1, 2005

Good morning! I'm Kathy Kohlhaas!

And I'm Amanda Shaw! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This week we're saluting music here at BGHS, because the next few weeks are some of the busiest for our school's musicians. Today, as almost everyone knows, is Algona Band Day, and the BGHS Solid Gold Marching Band will be part of both the parade and field competitions. Garrigan's band has been on the upswing for the past decade. With almost seventy members, it's as the band at many 3-A schools, and the group definitely produces a good sound. The band is directed by Dennis Freking, and he and flag coach Colleen Schiltz have choreographed a great marching program this year.

This year's competition show is titled The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You. The show opens with the jazz classic "Birdland". Soloists are Amanda Golwitzer on trumpet and Jacob Hellman on trombone. The production number is "Corazón", with trombone soloist Dylan Freking. The signature song, "Rhythm is Gonna Get You", features the percussion and flag line, and this year's closer is "El Gato Triste" (or "The Sad Cat") with trumpet soloist Gavin Freking. The whole show is under the direction of field commander Ashley Waller. The band day parade begins at 12:30, with BGHS coming through around 1:30 this afternoon. The field show starts at 5pm, and Garrigan is scheduled to perform in Class 2-A at 6:47pm. Good luck on Band Day to the band!

The action doesn't stop with band day. Next Wednesday the BGHS choir will be down in Fort Dodge for the annual Catholic Choral Festival. All morning long they'll be at St. Edmond's, rehearsing some difficult numbers together with singers from around the Sioux City Diocese. Then at 7pm they'll join together for the annual choral festival concert.

There's more music competition next weekend, when many of our musicians head back to Fort Dodge. On October 8th the Solid Gold Marching Band will compete in the State Marching Band Competition. After a long competitive drought, Garrigan has done well at state in recent years, and they're hoping to compete that success again this year.

Many Golden Bear musicians have been working hard all through the fall getting ready for the all-state band and chorus auditions. Ashli Krieps, Rebecca Brosnan, Kendra Plathe, Alyssa Berte, Krissy Kohlhaas, Casey Arndorfer, Jacob Hellman, Chris Kirsch, Bridget Doughan, and Emily Reising are all auditioning for the Iowa All-State Choir. In band, Allison Even, Amanda Golwitzer, Sam Norland, and Dylan Freking are trying out for all-state. Auditions are Saturday, October 22, and we hope to have a good delegation from Garrigan at all-state this year.

If you want to know what's up at Garrigan, you can always check out the BGHS website. Garrigan's home in cyberspace is one of the most comprehensive school home pages around. It has well over at thousand pages full of pictures and information about almost everything that's going on at both Garrigan and Seton. Almost forty new pages were added in just this past week. The pages are created by one of Sarah Freking's Computer Applications classes, and they're uploaded by our "Bear Facts" sponsor, David Burrow. Because the site is maintained by students, it has a very different look and feel than most school sites, and almost everyone who visits seems to like it. You can check us out online at garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

The "Bear Bucks" scrip program is going very well. In less than half a year, people doing their regular weekly shopping with scrip have earned more than $18,000 for students' tuition at Garrigan. For a small-town school our size, that's an outstanding amount. With scrip, you make your regular purchases with gift cards from both local and national businesses. For each dollar you spend, the school earns from 2 to 20 cents, which gets applied to tuition assistance. For more information about scrip, you can contact Barb Stence or Jill Book at Garrigan.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Gavin Freking and Courtney Mergen. Here with the scoop on them is Jennifer Vaske.

Gavin Freking is a football captain who has won all-CYO honors in baseball. He's also lettered in track, and he enjoys intramural basketball. Gavin was part of the quiz bowl team that qualified for the National Academic Championships last summer, and he is also part of the BGHS math team. He has earned Division One honors in band, and he is active in speech, drama, choir, and student council. He plans to major in sports medicine in college, and we wish him all the best.

Courtney Mergen is a Whittemore native who is a cheerleading captain in both football and basketball seasons. She is active in Christian Leadership in Action, and she has also been part of the Garrigan choir. She teaches tumbling and youth cheerleading at the Algona YMCA. After high school, Courtney plans to go to college, and she plans a career in the field of interior design. Good luck to both Courtney and Gavin!

Thanks, Jenn! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today is Algona Band Day. Several cross-country runners are marching in the Tornado Alley Run this morning. The Solid Gold Band will march in the parade around 1:30 this afternoon, and their field performance is at 6:47pm at Algona High.

Next week is National Fire Prevention Week. Monday the freshman and JV football players host St. Edmond, and on Tuesday the cross-country team runs at Eagle Grove. Also that night the Golden Bear volleyball team travels to Iowa Falls.

Wednesday is Catholic Choral Day, with the concert at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond at 7pm. That morning the student council will do their adopt-a-highway project in Sexton. Then on Thursday the volleyball team plays at Webster City.

Friday we'll have First Friday adoration in the Garrigan chapel. The Iowa Tests of Educational Development end that day, and that night the Golden Bear football team travels to play Aplington Parkersburg.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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