The Bear Facts
May 3, 2014


Good morning! I知 Taylor Hovey!

I知 Kara Eischen!

I知 Jake Hamilton!

I知 Brittany Kirsch!

I知 Nathan Krieps!

And I知 Erin Quinlin! Thanks for joining us for a special episode of the 釘ear Facts, where we池e saying farewell to the seniors here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Class of 2014 has finished up their last 途eal classes. They値l have final exams next Monday and Tuesday, and they値l wrap up a few final projects. Wednesday is the traditional baccalaureate mass, where parents will officially present them with their graduation caps. Then next Friday at 2pm the seniors will walk across the stage for the final time to receive their diplomas.

Every class leaves their mark on the school, and the Class of 2014 has a lot of accomplishments. In sports they helped the football team advance to playoffs repeatedly, won the state championship in golf, been to state in cross-country, track, and golf, and advanced far in playoffs in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

The class is well-known for their fine arts accomplishments as well. They致e continued the school痴 tradition of state and national championships in dance. Seniors have also won all-state awards in music and speech, presented outstanding dramatic presentations, opened for a nationally-known vocal act, and won numerous awards for visual art.

Seniors have qualified for nationals in quiz bowl all four years they致e been in high school, and they池e on pace to win more games at nationals that any group in the past. They also helped start and maintain the tradition of a community quiz bowl for our town. In addition Garrigan痴 seniors have won regional and state awards in several math and science competitions.

While it痴 always good to receive medals and trophies, the senior class has always had a huge dedication to service. Among the many service projects they致e done, six seniors went on a mission trip to Haiti this winter. Nine members of the class took training to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They致e also made numerous trips to the Mary痴 Place Mission in Minneapolis and done numerous service projects in the community.

Three seniors recently broke school records in girls track. Nicole Behr now owns two school records, finishing the 100-meter dash in 12.7 seconds and the 200 in 26.33 seconds. The other record goes to the shuttle hurdle relay team謡hich includes seniors Brittany Kirsch and Aisha Miller, together with Avriel Miller and Johanna Vaske. Congratulations to these track record breakers!

We held student council elections at school last week. There was more campaigning than there was most years, including at last three different YouTube videos that people shared on Twitter before the voting began. There were three sets of candidates for student council co-president, but in the end one group won a clear majority. Congratulations to our new presidents, Ben Vaske and Andrew Miller!

As the year winds down for the Class of 2014, we池e going to shine our Senior Spotlight on four different people this week: Mallory Schiltz, Dillon Walker, Vanessa Arndorfer, and Colton Carroll.

Dillon Walker is a Whittemore native who is co-president of the Class of 2014. Dillon is also a member of the trap-shooting team, he痴 active in intramurals, and in the past he was in cross-country. Next year Dillon will study wind energy at Iowa Lakes, and we wish him all the best.
Mallory Schiltz is best known for her accomplishments in dance. She has also been active in cheerleading and in Christian Leadership in Action. Mallory was also captain of the 泥ancin Chicks intramural team. She plans to study nursing at the University of Iowa. Good luck, Mallory!

Vanessa Arndorfer has been active in FFA all through school. She痴 been an officer in the local club and has attended state and national conventions. Vanessa also participates in 4-H and area rodeos. She値l be off to college in the fall, and we send our best wishes to her.

Colton Carroll痴 biggest activity at school has been intramural basketball. He will also always be remembered for being a repeat winner in the Gatorade chug category for the Homecoming class competition. Colton is considering Iowa State and DMACC for college. Good luck to him after high school!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there痴 confirmation tomorrow at St. John痴 in Bancroft. Monday is Cinco de Mayo. The seniors will have their afternoon semester tests that day, and the younger students will vote for class representatives.

Tuesday is National Teacher Day. The seniors finish up semester tests on Tuesday. That night there痴 boys track at Algona High. The golf teams are also in action謡ith the girls at home and the boys at Clarion.

Wednesday there痴 a student mass in the morning, plus an early dismissal for teacher inservice. The seniors have graduation practice in the morning. There痴 CYO golf on Wednesday at Ft. Dodge. Also that day we値l be making up the CYO track meets that were postponed last week.

There痴 a home trap-shooting meet after school on Wednesday. Wednesday night at 7:00 is the baccalaureate mass for the Class of 2014. Thursday the girls track team runs at Eagle Grove, while the boys team hosts the Adam Sundall Relays.

The golf teams play at North Union next Friday. There痴 also state large group music contest at Belmond. Finally next Saturday there痴 another home meet for the trap-shooting team.

That痴 the last 釘ear Facts for the Class of 2014. There痴 still more than two weeks of school left for the younger students, though, and they値l be back next week to bring you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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