The Bear Facts

October 1, 2011

Good morning! I’m Alexander Boisjolie!

I’m Craig Kohlhaas!

And I’m Craig Kohlhaas! Welcome again to the “Bear Facts”, where we’ve been celebrating Homecoming 2011 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

It’s been a great Homecoming week, and all week long we’ve been celebrating the theme “Made in America”. Last Sunday we built floats for the Homecoming parade. There were a lot of good ideas. The freshmen and sophomores had historic characters like Betsy Ross and Rosie the Riveter. The juniors had a turntable featuring genuine American products. Several floats included the Twin Towers and the anniversary of that tragedy.

The winning float was designed by the seniors. It included a real fire truck, and the centerpiece was students representing every school activity re-enacting the famous scene of raising the flag on Iwo Jima. It’s hard to get more American than that, and the judges were impressed with the seniors’ patriotism and school spirit.

We had a great group of Homecoming royalty this year. Alex Boisjolie, Daniel Gelhaus, Mitch Rahm, Grant Reding, and Austin Vaske were the king candidates; and the queen candidates were Rachel Berte, Addison Miller, Abbey Reding, Kimberly Schiltz, and Shelby Schindler. We voted on Monday, and the winners were announced Wednesday night. This year’s Homecoming king is Austin Vaske, and the queen is Abbey Reding. Congratulations, Abbey and Austin!

For about ten years now, the centerpiece of Homecoming has been on Wednesday, when we have our Battle of the Classes. This year’s competition was closer than some years, and all four classes ended up winning some events. The freshmen took the morning section of trivia, as well as ping-pong, and both boys and girls Gatorade chug. The sophomores won the first round of kickball and also ultimate football. 

The junior class won hot dog eating, pie eating, both boys and girls tug of war, and the hoop competition. The senior class started slow but had a great afternoon. They won both sessions of volleyball, boys and girls home run derby, the afternoon kickball and trivia sessions, as well as Twister, egg toss, and dodgeball. They also won the spirit competition at the pep rally, and that gave them an insurmountable lead in the class competition. 

Homecoming week isn’t over yet. The activities continue today with Algona Band Day. Garrigan’s Sold Gold Marching Band is participating in both the parade and field competitions today. The band’s competition show is called “Aztec Fire”, so it departs a bit from the “Made in America” theme with some South of the Border selections. 

The band’s show begins with the title selection “Aztec Fire”, and that’s followed up by “Oye Como Va”. There’s a percussion selection entitled “Owambo”, and the performance finishes with “Latin Closer”. You can see the band in the parade at 1:00 this afternoon and on the Algona High field at 6:15 tonight. Good luck to director Ken Ferjak and the Solid Gold Marching Band!

Both the band and choir are now selling cheesecakes to raise money for their trip to New York next spring. There’s a wide variety of flavors, including pumpkin, turtle, strawberry, and cookies and cream. There’s even a variety pack that includes those and several other flavors. Prices range from $15 to $20, and the music department really appreciates your support. So be sure to find your local band or choir member and order some tasty cheesecake.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our Homecoming Queen, Abbey Reding. Here to tell you about her is Austin Salz.

Abbey Reding comes to Garrigan from Wesley. She was an all-state honoree in softball, she went to state in track, she’s a varsity volleyball player, and she made last year’s all-intramural basketball team. She wants a career as a psychiatrist, and next year she plans to go to the University of Iowa. Good luck to Abbey, and congratulations on being named our 2011 Homecoming Queen.

Thanks, Austin. On our Golden Bear calendar, today is Algona Band Day. The Solid Gold Marching Band will be in the parade at 1:00, and you can see them march in the field competition at 6:15.

Monday there’s freshman/sophomore football at West Hancock. Tuesday the volleyball team plays at St. Ed’s, and there’s a cross-country meet at Eagle Grove.

Wednesday the choir will be in Carroll for the Sioux City Diocese Catholic Choral Festival. Also that morning the student council will be doing their Adopt-a-Highway project in Sexton. We’ll be dismissing early for teacher inservice Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday we’ll present awards to the top sellers in last month’s calendar drive, and there’s a special barbecue lunch that day. The volleyball team plays at Webster City Thursday night.

We’ll celebrate the Feast of the Rosary at school on Friday, and that night the football team travels to Burnside to play Southeast Webster—Grand. Then next Saturday the band will compete in the state marching contest at Dodger Stadium in Ft. Dodge.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” for October. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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