The Bear Facts ... February 3, 2007



Good morning! I'm Lee Brashear!

And I'm Ashley Krieps! You're listening to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Today is the day for state large group speech contest. Garrigan has five groups and twenty-three students performing this afternoon. The contest is close-just down the road at Fort Dodge Senior High-so we encourage everyone to head down and watch the performances. The fun begins at 12:00 noon, when Ashli Krieps, Allison Missal, Michelle Kollasch, Holly Byrkeland, and Rachel Byrkeland will perform a group improvisation. Then at 3:20 this afternoon Jenna Richter and Holly Byrkeland will present their ensemble selection "Talented Young Newcomers". That's followed at 4:30 by the freshman readers' theatre called "Flag Girls". The cast includes Taylor Brandenburg, Rebeccah Erdman, Brittany Berte, Katrina Even, and Beth Broesder.

At 5:30 you can see the varsity readers' theatre, a selection entitled "Romeo and Winifred". Cast members are Jenna Richter, Rebecca Brosnan, Amber Broesder, Sheri Kenyon, Casey Arndorfer, Megan Boever, Gina Rasmusen, and Jade Kajewski; as well as Becca Kramer, Kendra Plathe, Dylan Freking, Carrie Courtney, Sam Norland, Melanie Myers, and Michelle Kollasch. Garrigan's day ends late, with Rebecca Erdman and Brittany Berte performing an improvisation at 6pm. Best wishes at state to all the speech students. Break a leg, everybody!


Be sure to You'll want to be sure to set your VCR or Tivo for 8:00 tonight. That's when Iowa Public Television will be replaying the Iowa State Dance Championships, which took place in Des Moines last December. The Bishop Garrigan danz squad brought home two first place trophies from state, and tonight is your chance to see why. In addition to seeing the Golden Bears' dance routines, you can see an interview with the girls about their many community service activities. That's all tonight at 8:00 on Iowa Public Television.


Valentine's Day is coming up, and three Garrigan freshmen are helping to support Kossuth County's Relay for Life by distributing Valentine "Cupcakes for a Cure". For $1 each, students can buy chocolate or vanilla cupcakes to be delivered to their sweethearts at Garrigan on Valentine's Day. The proceeds go to Relay for Life. Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, and Joanna Freking are working with the project, and they're taking orders up through February 12th.


Intramural basketball action continues. This year's dark horse team just might be the freshmen, who are captained by Mike Mergen. While they're still winless, last Sunday three of the freshmen played a three-on-five game against a team of sophomores and nearly pulled off the victory. The freshmen also managed to recruit junior Marcus Raymond Poeppe to help their cause, but that "secret weapon" hasn't played for them yet. Other members of their team are Luke McCall, Devin Tindall, Elijah Gelhaus, D.J. Billeti, Dylan Kollasch, and Ryan Wakefield.

The team everyone is expecting to dominate intramurals is the seniors, whose captain is Adam Finley. His teammates include former basketball players Chris Cassmann and Tony Rouse, as well as Spenser Eischen, Chris Loebach, Chris Scobba, Joe Dailey, and Dustin Tindall. They already have a 3 - 0 record on the season, and the top four overall scorers-Scobba, Rouse, Cassmann, and Finley-are all members of that team. Intramurals continue tomorrow with a make-up session of games that were postponed by snow two weeks ago. We'll keep you updated on how the season progresses.


Scrip just keeps continuing to grow. We've now sold over two million dollars worth of scrip, which has generated more than $113,000 to pay tuition for Garrigan and Seton students. Something new this year is that tickets to Gala can be bought with Scrip, at a 5% discount. You can use Scrip for almost all your shopping needs, and every time you do, some of the money you spend helps out the school. You can find more about Scrip on the Garrigan website or by contacting Jill Book or Barb Stence here at Garrigan.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Spenser Eischen and Caleb DeRoos. Here to tell you about them is Colby Joseph Krieps.

Spenser Eischen is probably best known for his accomplishments in football, where he wore #23 for the Bears and helped them qualify for state. Spenser has also been active in track, and he enjoys intramural basketball. In his free time he likes music and chilling with his friends. 

You're most likely to see Caleb DeRoos if you stop in at the Algona Fareway store. He's been a dedicated Fareway employee through most of his high school career. Caleb hasn't been involved in a lot of activities, but he's a big fan who enjoys cheering on his Golden Bear friends. Both Caleb and Spenser will be continuing their education next year, and we wish them all the best after high school.


Thanks, Colby Joseph! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state speech contest in Ft. Dodge today. Garrigan's bus will be leaving at 10:15 this morning, and the first event is at 12 noon. Then tonight be sure to watch the state dance competition on Iowa Public Television.

Tomorrow intramural basketball continues, and the dance competition will be replayed at 4:00 on IPTV. Then on Monday the freshman basketball teams travel to Humboldt.

Tuesday morning advanced math students will take the American Mathematics Competition Test, onc of the most challenging math tests around. That night the basketball teams play Algona High. The JV games are here at Garrigan, with the varsity playing across town.

Wednesday the seniors will leave for a retreat in Cedar Falls. They'll be gone until the end of the day on Thursday. Thursday night there's freshman basketball, with the Bears hosting Algona High.

Friday the Golden Bears travel to Humboldt for a basketball quad. Saturday there's ACT testing, and Garrigan will also be hosting a Great Plains Math League competition.


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


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