The Bear Facts
May 2, 2009

Good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

And I'm Michael Fakler! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend Garrigan participated in the state math championships in Iowa City. While all of the Golden Bear competitors did well, it was an especially good day for junior Brittany Berte. Brittany was one of the top three finishers in the target round, with a score that qualified her for the Midwest regional mathematics tournament, which will be held May 15th in Kansas City. Congratulations to Brittany and to math team coach Daryl Kohlhaas!

Last Wednesday we had our annual Stewardship Day at Garrigan. It was cold and damp, but mostly the rain held off and let us get everything done. A lot of the activities had environmental themes. One group packaged up fifteen pallets of electronic waste-outdated computers, broken monitors, and the like-which will be sent away for recycling. Meanwhile the student council gathered thirteen big bags of trash in their Adopt-a-Highway project by Sexton. Other groups spruced up the school building and grounds or helped out at the parishes or in the community. This annual day of service has been part of the calendar since the early 1990s.

There was another break in the routine on Friday, when we celebrated Go the Distance Day. The day centers around wellness, and we took some time out of the day to participate in a wide range of physical activities. Coach Marty Wadle organized all the events, and this is the third year we've participated in Go the Distance Day at Garrigan.

After we finished up the Stewardship Day activities on Wednesday, we held the intramural basketball championship. It's been quite a while since the semi-finals, because for the past month the gym has been closed, first for Gala and then for prom. The championship turned out to be worth the wait. It was an exciting, back-and-forth game. In the end a team made up mostly of juniors beat a senior team 34 - 30. The winning team includes Mike Mergen, David Reding, Nick Foertsch, Joe Golwitzer, D.J. Beletti, Bryan Berte, Devin Tindall, Jacob Behr, Elijah Gelhaus, and Fr. Randy Schon.

At the championship game, the 2009 All-Intramural basketball selections were announced. Mark Meister received a special award for best staff member, and Brett Capesius was named referee of the year. Second team honorees this year include Zach Zittritsch, Benny Hellman, Alec Boeckholt, Tyler Lallier, Billy Schiltz, and Luke Eischen. The first team selections were David Miller, Matt Elbert, Kyle Smith, Mike Mergen, Joe Golwitzer, and all-intramural captain David Reding. Congratulations to the 2009 all-intramural team!

Last week the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in the semi-annual Knowledge Master competition. Six Golden Bears competed-Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, Brittany Berte, and Rebeccah Erdman-and they ended up doing quite well. Scores over 1000 are considered good in the Knowledge Master, and the Bears racked up 1125 total points, the top score among small schools in Iowa. The score also beat big schools like Ankeny and Urbandale, and it was about 50 points higher than Garrigan did at a similar event in the fall. Congratulations to the students who competed and to Coach David Burrow!

There's more quiz bowl action today. Eight students are down in Ames for the Iowa State NAQT Finals. They'll compete against mostly large schools from all over Iowa using a format different from the quiz bowl tournaments in our area. They don't know exactly what to expect, but they hope they'll make a good showing. Competing for the Bears today are seniors Joe Straub, Christopher Schmidt, and Vince Cruise; sophomores Anna Kollasch, Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Hellman, and Alex Hamilton; and freshman Craig Kohlhaas. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Matt Elbert. Here with the details on him is McKayla Loss.

Away from Garrigan, you're most likely to see Matt Elbert if you happen to be shopping at Fareway. He seems to always be there, stocking shelves and carrying out groceries. Matt used to be out for basketball, and his skill there has made him one of the top intramural players. He also plays the trombone in band, and he's a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan. We wish Matt all the best when he goes off to college next year.

Thanks, McKayla! On our Golden Bear calendar there's quiz bowl today in Ames and the girls golf team is hosting a meet at Spring Valley. Monday the baseball team officially starts their practices.

Tuesday the boys track team runs at Algona High, and there's girls track at Eagle Grove. The golf teams take on Iowa Falls and Eagle Grove that day.

Also on Tuesday the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will elect their student council presidents for next year. We'll tell you how the race came out on next week's show.

Wednesday we'll have class president elections. That night there's the annual band concert and art show in Friedmann Auditorium. Then Thursday there's CYO golf and the boys track team hosts the BGHS relays.

Finally next Friday is Grandparents Day at Garrigan and Seton. That night we'll be hosting the state large group music contest.

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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