April 12, 1997

Good morning! I'm Cindy Bormann!

I'm Kristy Frideres!

And I'm Maggie Nelson! Welcome back to the "Bear Facts". After a long Easter break, we're back again bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This weekend a group of Garrigan students are competing in an event you don't hear about very often. It's the state finals for the Health Occupations Student Association, or HOSA. At the HOSA convention, students compare their skills at first aid and CP|R. They also compete through resumes, interviews, and job skills. Then there's the HOSA bowl, where students answer questions about health sciences and careers. Seniors involved in HOSA include Zeb Besch, Jill Cruise, Ben DeWaard, Tina Frideres, and Amy Schiltz. Also making the trip to Des Moines are juniors Shanna Froehlich, Jeff Geving, and Katie Vaske. Mrs. Jeanne Wunder is in charge of HOSA at Garrigan.

Intramurals are officially over, and the overall champions were a bit of a surprise. The Attack Force was seeded fourth among the five teams in the play-offs, but they won four straight games in the play-offs to take the BGHS intramural championship. The Attack Force includes the top two overall intramural scorers, Doug Mergen and Jamie Weydert. Other championship players include Eric Reding, Joe Lynch, Mark DeLange, and Nick Thilges. Winter graduate Jeff Schneider also helped out the team.

For the first time ever, this year the players voted for an official All-Intramural Team. Doug Mergen was named this year's All-Intramural captain. Also receiving top honors were Joe Henry, Mike Cowan, Justin Roethler, Jason Anderson, Jeff Salz, and Jamie Weydert. While being tops in intramurals is not exactly an outstanding honor, we congratulate all these guys anyhow.

With basketball over, it's time to thing about spring sports--even though the snow continues to fall outside. The boys' and girls' track teams practice together at Garrigan, and they're hoping for a good year. Returning seniors on the boys' track squad this year are Matt Molacek, Kenny Kramer, Tim Hellman, and Chris Eischen. The senior girls include Molly Froehlich, Maggie Nelson, and Jill Rosenmeyer; together with exchange students Tahn Vudjakorn and Biljana Nedelkovska.

Golf season has also started, although cold weather has gotten in the way. Cindy Besch, Casey Wolf, and Sarah Cruise are the senior veterans on the girls' golf team. On the boys' side, the seniors include Zeb Besch, Jeff Salz, Mark DeLange, Cory Mescher, Ben DeWaard, and Jeremy Kohlhaas. Good luck to all our golfers, and to everyone out for track!

Next weekend marks the time for Gala '97--the annual gathering of food, fun, and fundraising, where people from around the area meet to show their support for Catholic schools. Last year's Gala set new records, and we hope this year's event will be even more successful. We'll bring you all the details on Gala '97 as part of next week's show.

Bishop Garrigan has been chosen to host the annual North Central Conference Art Show and Competition, which is coming up on April 23rd. The most talented art students from the ten conference schools will gather that Wedensday at the National Guard Armory in Algona for an exhibit, seminar, and banquet honoring them. The exhibit of about 150 art projects will be open to the public at 9:30am. A professional artist from Fort Dodge will judge the work and give the main address. For more information on the N.C.C. art show, you can contact Garrigan art instructor Steve Brosnan.

This week's senior spotlight shines on Kenny Kramer. Ken is the son of Marty and Barb Kramer of Algona. He has been involved in football all four of his years in high school. This year he won the Bill Higgins Award. Kenny also played on the intramural basketball team we refer to on the radio as Team Anti. Next year he plans on going to Northwest Iowa Area Community College to study diesel mechanics. Good luck, Ken!

On our Garrigan calendar this week, the state HOSA competition continues today in Des Moines. There's also the state solo and ensemble music contest.

Tomorrow the track team will head for Sioux City for the annual CYO track meet. Then on Monday the golf teams take on Humboldt.

Tuesday there's girls' track at Algona High. Wednesday the golf teams face Eagle Grove. Then on Thursday there's the final retreat leading up to Confirmation.

Next Friday night is the VIP Preview Party, and finally next Saturday the doors open for Gala '97.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week, when we'll bring you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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