Good morning! I'm Jacob Lane!

And I'm Melanie Myers! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Several Garrigan students got up very early this morning. They left at 5am to head westward to Sioux City for the state large group speech contest. Garrigan has give entries at state contest. There are two improvisation groups. The first features Michelle Kollasch, Allison Missal, Holly Byrkeland, and Ashli Krieps; while the second includes freshmen Nora Krahenbuhl, Anna Kollasch, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Alex Hamilton.

The Bears also have two group mimes entered at state. "Zoomania" starts freshmen Brie Blocker and Becky Jennings, and "Kindergarten Rocks" features Gui Klein, Cassie Reising, and Jade Kajewski. The final Golden Bear entry is in the relatively new category of Musical Theatre. Alec Boeckholt, Sam Norland, Vinnie Humble, Ashil Krieps, and Rebecca Brosnan received awesome comments at district on their selections from "West Side Story," and we're hoping they'll do equally well at state.

Last Tuesday was one of the most annoying days at school-for us students, for the teachers, and also for the people in the office. The weather was fine when most people left for school, although it was windy and the temperature was dropping rapidly. It started to snow about the time school started for the day, and toward the end of first period they announced that both Garrigan and the Algona Community Schools would be dismissing within half an hour. 

Everyone was excited when the early dismissal was announced. Unfortunately, just a few minutes later it started snowing harder and the wind whipped up-reducing visibility to almost nothing. They soon announced that it was too dangerous for anyone to leave school, and we would have classes as normal until conditions improved. Only students whose parents came to get them could leave.

We ended up staying in school until 7th period, around 2:00 in the afternoon. Because of the blizzard, however, buses couldn't run in the sheriff was advising no travel on area roads. Most of Garrigan's students and many of our staff lives outside Algona, in places as far away as Emmetsburg and Thompson. That meant lots of people had to make special arrangements to stay with friends or family in town. Even the streets in town weren't good on Tuesday, but everyone was glad we didn't end up stranded at school overnight.

Intramural basketball is in full swing, though there are no games this weekend because of the Superbowl. It's no surprise to anyone that after three weeks of play Nick Berte's team, an all-senior group who won last year's championship, is leading the pack. Nick's team also includes Jake Grein, Kent Recker, Peyton Schindler, Ben Golwitzer, Chris Gelhaus, Shane Koob, and Mike Garman. They're averaging 82 points per game so far. In second place is Mike Mergen's team, which also includes the top overall scorer, D.J. Thompson. The intramural season continues through March 16, with playoffs right after Easter.

The regular season is drawing to a close for the "real" Golden Bear basketball players. The Garrigan girls begin districts next Saturday, facing Garner Hayfield at Garner. If they win, they'll play either West Hancock or Lake Mills the following Tuesday. Meanwhile, the top-ten rated Golden Bear boys open districts Monday the 11th by playing Clarion Goldfield at Clarion. Their second round opponent will be either Eagle Grove or Pocahontas. Good luck in playoffs to the Bears!

The majority of Garrigan's students have been at our school since kindergarten. This year, though we've added four new students to our classes. Four students may not seem like that many, but it's a big increase for a small school like ours. Because of that, we're going to take a break from our Senior Spotlight this week and instead take a look at the new faces here at Garrigan. Here to tell you about them is Gina Rasmussen

Michael Fakler joined the freshman class at the beginning of the school year, when his family moved from the Twin Cities to rural Iowa. Michael enjoys advanced classes, and he's helped the quiz bowl team win trophies and qualify for nationals.

Our newest student is also a freshman. Gage Samson came to Garrigan from suburban Des Moines. He looks forward to getting involved in Golden Bear activities in the future.

Zach Price is a new student in the sophomore class. He moved to Iowa from Arizona, so the severe winter is a bit of a change for him. He's looking forward to hitting the golf course with his friends in the spring.

Vinnie Humble is a junior who transferred to Garrigan from Twin River Valley. While he's likely to be involved in sports in the future, so far his biggest activity has been music. Vinnie's made a lot of friends here, and he says he really likes things at Garrigan. We're glad to have him and all our new students with us.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week there's state speech today at Sioux City East. Monday the varsity basketball teams host Algona High, the JV teams play at AHS, and the freshman girls are at Humboldt.

There will be a danz squad supper at the games Monday night. Then Tuesday they'll tentatively play St. Edmond in games rescheduled because of last week's blizzard.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. We'll have a service of Word and Ashes at 8:45 Wednesday morning at St. Cecelia's.

The Kossuth Connections group meets next Thursday. Friday there's a jeans day for Gala. Then on Saturday the girls basketball team begins their playoff run by playing at Garner.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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