The Bear Facts
May 3, 2008

Good morning! I'm Brent Kajewski!

And I'm Jacob Zittritsch! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The school year is winding down fast, especially for the seniors here at BGHS. Many of them are having their graduation receptions this weekend, and next week the seniors have just three more days of classes and then final tests. The baccalaureate mass for the Class of 2008 is scheduled for next Wednesday night, May 7, at 7pm. Graduation will be at 2pm on Sunday, May 10.

This morning more than a third of all Garrigan's students are over in Emmetsburg. They are competing in the state large group music competition. Garrigan has three groups competing: the concert band, the a cappella choir, and the treble choir. Each group will perform a combination of required and selected music, and they will be judged both on their musical ability and their showmanship. The band is performing right about now in the Emmetsburg High School gymnasium, while the choirs will perform later this morning in the middle school auditorium. Good luck to all the Garrigan musicians.

We had two special events at school this past week. The first was "Go the Distance Day". On Wednesday morning everybody in the school-students and teachers alike-participated in a half hour of sustained physical activity. The majority spent the time walking around the track, while others enjoyed playing ultimate Frisbee or working on their hula-hoop skills. The goal of the statewide program is to make people aware of the benefits of healthy lifestyles, and we're pleased to have had 100% participation here at Garrigan.

Thursday was Grandparents Day at both Garrigan and Seton. Once a year we invite our grandparents, as well as some other senior citizens that we just sort of "adopt", to join us here at school. At Garrigan we have lunch with our grandparents and give them a brief tour of the school, while the younger kids invite their grandparents to the weekly mass at Seton.

Last Monday we voted for the 2008 - 2009 student council officers. Four groups of candidates were running, and voting was fairly close among all the different candidates. When everything was counted, though, the winners were two long-time student council members. Next year's student body co-presidents will be Megan Hilbert and Joe Straub. We voted for class presidents on Friday, and next Monday we'll elect class representatives. We'll give you the rest of the election results on next week's show.

Last week the quiz bowl team competed in the spring Knowledge Master. For this event the group gets together in the computer lab and answers 200 challenging trivia questions that are stored on a CD-ROM. At the same time the top students at more than a thousand schools from all over the country are answering the same questions, so we can compare our scores to those nationwide. This year Garrigan did pretty well, finishing in the top half of the nation, at #562 overall. We had the best score among Iowa schools with under 200 students, and even did better than Class 4-A Davenport West. Congratulations to the quiz bowl team!

The Garrigan website keeps growing and growing. Recent additions include large picture sections on Stewardship Day and Go the Distance Day, plus a memorial retrospective on Seton teacher Chuck Stillman. There's also information on all the events and activities, as well as what's going on in our classes. Students in the Specialized Technology Topics create all the pages on the website, which you can check out at Garrigan - dot - unlimited web - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Megan Thilges, Brittney Stone, and Abby Gregg. Here to tell you about them is Vince Cruise.

Megan Thilges was one of the senior choir members who was honored for four years of dedication at last week's spring music concert. When she's not at Garrigan, you might see her working at the Chrome Country Inn. She'll be studying at Iowa Lakes next fall, and we wish her all the best.

Abby Gregg's biggest activity is football cheerleading. In the past she was out for golf and volleyball, and when she's away from school she keeps busy working at Fareway. She wants to major in apparel merchandising in college. Good luck, Abby!

Brittney Stone lettered in cheerleading and is a danz squad manager. She works as a nurse's aid at the Good Samaritan Center, and she also enjoys babysitting. Next year she plans to major in nursing at Iowa Lakes. We wish her the very best of luck!

Thanks, Vince! On our Golden Bear calendar, this morning there's large group music contest at Emmetsburg. The girls golf team is at Spencer and the boys golf team is at Hampton today.

This afternoon the cheerleaders are holding a car wash. You can go to Algona Marine and Sport from 12 to 4 today to get your car looking like new.

Monday is Cinco de Mayo. We'll elect student council representatives that day. The conference golf tournaments are that day, with the girls at Eagle Grove and the boys at Hampton. Monday night softball practice starts and there's boys track at Eagle Grove.

Wednesday morning there's graduation practice for the seniors. Baccalaureate mass is Wednesday night at 7:00. Thursday and Friday the seniors will take final exams, and Friday night there's boys sectional golf at Lake Mills.

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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