The Bear Facts

October 2, 2010

Good morning! I’m Becky Jennings!

And I’m Makayla Loss! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.


This has been a very emotional week here at Garrigan. A week ago we finished up a fun and enjoyable Homecoming week. Then, right after the Bears topped off that week with a win, we learned that religion teacher and longtime coach Deacon Bob Larsen had died during the football game. The Homecoming dance was cancelled, and most of us spent Friday night remembering Deacon and saying prayers for him in the school chapel.

Monday morning we had a prayer service at school for Deacon Larsen. That afternoon students from both Garrigan and Seton had a private visitation time with his family. The Garrigan choir sang at the funeral mass on Tuesday, and members of the football team acted as servers and lectors. We were all impressed that Bishop Walker Nickless came all the way from Sioux City to celebrate mass in a very crowded church. After the funeral, the whole Garrigan student body lined the sidewalk in front of St. Cecelia’s, and then we all went to the gravesite for the burial. We sang a goodbye song to Deacon at the cemetery, and then we sadly walked back to school. We all miss Deacon Bob. He was a good teacher and coach, and just a wonderful man.

We’re happy that Deacon was able to spend his last day on earth with us at Garrigan, and that he had a very good day. He enjoyed judging our Homecoming skits in the afternoon and was running down the street beside the Homecoming parade. Then before the football game, we presented him with a special award commemorating the great job he did in coaching over the years. No one had any idea that would be the last formal event he’d be part of, but we’re definitely glad we had the chance to show him our thanks.


There was some debate about whether other school activities besides the dance should be cancelled or postponed. When we thought about it, though, we all knew Deacon wouldn’t want that. He’d want us to go on with life and dedicate everything we do to God’s glory. So last weekend we went ahead with the fine arts extravaganza, which turned out to be a wonderful show. The cross-country team ran on Monday, and they set a lot of personal records that day. The volleyball team played two good matches on Tuesday and Thursday, and the football team was back in action last night.


Today the focus is on band, because it’s Algona Band Day. While they haven’t had all the practice time they’d have liked, the Solid Gold Marching Band will be giving it their best when they compete today. This year’s competition show is The Best of the Doors. IT begins with “Touch Me”, which is followed up by “Light My Fire”. Then “Energizer” highlights the percussion section, and the close is a medley of “Peace Frog” and “Love Her”. The band will be playing in the parade this afternoon, and you can see them in the field competition at 6:15 tonight. Drum Major Kayla Blocker will be in front of the band, which is directed by Ken Ferjak and Katherine Simpson.

Something new this year is that for the first time Garrigan students will be part of the drum line exhibition. The Garrigan percussion section includes Nora Krahenbuhl, Anna Kollasch, Erin Reedy, Sean Hart, Jenny Broesder, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Drew Magill. The drum line show is at 3:00 this afternoon, and we invite everyone to come downtown and check it out.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Nora Krahenbuhl. Here to tell you about her is Stephanie Kajewski.

Nora Krahenbuhl will be featured in the drum line exhibition this afternoon. Then later this month she’ll be auditioning to be part of the all-state choir. Besides music, Nora keeps busy with cross-country and track, and she’s also active in drama, speech, and math team. When she’s not at Garrigan, you might see her working at the State 5 Theatre in Algona. She’d like to major in music therapy in college, and next year she plans to attend the University of Minnesota. Good luck, Nora!


Thanks, Stephanie! On our Golden Bear calendar, today is Algona Band Day. The Garrigan and Seton bands will be in the parade this afternoon. You can see the drum line at 3pm, and tonight at 6:15 the Garrigan band will compete on the Algona High field.


Tomorrow Christian Leadership students will participate in the CROP Walk. We’ll be donating money that would have gone to the Homecoming dance to CROP’s efforts to fight hunger. Then all through next week we’ll be taking ITEDs, which were postponed from this week due to the funeral. Monday night the freshman and sophomore football team will play at West Hancock.


Tuesday the volleyball team travels to Ft. Dodge St. Edmond, and also that night there’s cross-country at Eagle Grove. Then on Wednesday the choir travels to Sioux City for the annual Catholic Choral Festival.


We’ll have mass on Wednesday, and we get out early for teacher inservice that afternoon. Also on Wednesday the student council will be doing their adopt-a-highway project in Sexton.


Thursday night the volleyball team hosts Webster City for Senior Night. Then on Friday it’s Senior Night for the Golden Bear football team, as they host Southeast Webster. Finally next Saturday there’s the state marching band contest in Ft. Dodge.


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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