The Bear Facts
April 2, 2011

Hi! I’m Emily Bell!

I’m Allison Frideres!

I’m Mallory Bormann!

And I’m Matthew Fakler!

Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear quiz bowl team made a long trip down to Omaha for the Questions Unlimited Midwest Regional Championship. While schools from five different states had the option of going to this event, the Bears traveled farther than any other team there and they mostly faced teams from the metro Omaha and Lincoln areas. Bishop Garrigan officially finished in third place overall, and they were the top Iowa team in the tournament.

National qualifiers Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Levi Bernhard, Alex Hamilton, Michael Fakler, Dustin Miller, and Michael Hellman competed for the Bears in Omaha. They found out after the tournament was over that their actual place probably should have been better than third. That’s because a correct answer that Garrigan gave was ruled incorrect on a technicality, but later the tournament sponsors agreed the Bears’ answer was in fact right. That one answer would have changed the outcome in the Garrigan’s narrow loss to the eventual champions, Creighton Prep. The Golden Bear team received a note of apology from the sponsors and 1,200 free questions they will use to practice for nationals.

Tonight the BGHS drama department will present their spring play, Better Football through High School Chemistry. The show is a comedy, and there are lots of fun scenes in it. This is the farewell show for drama seniors Hannah Bode, Becky Jennings, Nora Krahenbuhl, Drew Magill, Michael Hellman, Jake Rosenmeyer, Alex Hamilton, Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, and Kayla Blocker. The last performance is tonight, and curtain time is 7pm. So be sure to get your laughs and support the fine arts at Garrigan by seeing Better Football through High School Chemistry tonight!

Over the years several Garrigan alumni have become published authors, and one more was recently added to that list. Jeff Vaske was a 2002 Garrigan graduate who was best known as a baseball and basketball player. After high school he got bachelor’s degrees in both nursing and history from Grand View University, earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He then became an officer with the U.S. Army Medical Department and served on active duty for four years. Jeff now lives in St. Louis, and he’s used his experience to write the book A Student’s Guide to Acing College, a brief “how to” guide for academic success. The book is available in paperback, hardcover, and e-book editions, and it’s available at and other major retailers. We hope Jeff’s book is successful and helps lots of students to do well in college.

There will be some changes on the Bishop Garrigan staff next year, and official announcements were recently made on who will be taking over. Corwith native Brandon Schawb will be the new head girls basketball coach for the Golden Bears, taking over for Coach Beany Bode. Mr. Schawb has been working as a volunteer coach for the Algona Bulldogs, and he coached in eastern Iowa before that. There will also be some changes in the kitchen. Geri Reising will take over for Lisa Blocker as our head cook, and Valerie Fakler will be the new assistant cook. We’re glad to welcome all these new staff members!

Gala is just around the corner. The 2011 gala theme is “Deep Blue”, and guests will spend the evening in a beautiful undersea setting. This will be the twenty-second year for Garrigan’s biggest fundraiser, and the big event will take place next weekend. There will be a preview party Friday night, with the dinner and auction next Saturday. We’ll give you more information on Deep Blue Gala on next week’s “Bear Facts” show.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Laura Richter. Here with the scoop on her is Matthew Fakler.

Laura Richter has been an important part of the Golden Bear danz squad all through high school, helping lead the team to state and national titles. She also enjoys playing volleyball and golf, and she’s been active in publications, intramural basketball, and softball. Among her options for next year, Laura is looking at DMACC. Wherever she ends up, we wish Laura all the best in the future.

Thanks, Matthew! On our Golden Bear calendar today there’s a basketball tournament for Garrigan and AHS alumni today. Then tonight is your last chance to see the spring play, Better Football through High School Chemistry.

Monday the sophomores will take the ASSET test. This test qualifies them to take college courses, and it’s also one of the standards we use to report our academic success to the state.

Tuesday there’s girls track at Clear Lake. We’ll have mass on Wednesday, and we’ll also dismiss early that day for teacher inservice. What the staff will be doing that afternoon is planning the activity calendar for the coming school year.

Wednesday afternoon there’s a CYO track meet that was postponed from last week. Thursday the boys track team runs at North Iowa. Then Friday there’s the Gala preview party. Invited guests are welcome from 5 – 6:30, and the doors open to the general public from 6:30 to 8pm.

Next Saturday the music students will be busy as Garrigan hosts state solo and ensemble contest at Seton. There’s also ACT testing that day, and then Saturday night the gym will come alive for Gala 2011.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news about Bishop Garrigan High School.

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