The   Bear   Facts

April 4, 1998

Good morning! I'm Katie Elbert!

I'm Jeremy Richter!

I'm Tracey Fickbohm

And I'm Tim Mosbach! You're listening to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

It's here once again--the social event of the season and the biggest fundraiser of the year. That's right, it's time for Gala, 1998! This year's Gala theme is "A Night at the Oscars", and when the money is finally counted, the winners are sure to be Garrigan and Seton. Almost every Gala has brought in over $100,000, and in recent years the figure has nearly doubled that. We're hoping that tonight will also be a big time for fun and fundraising.

Again this year the Holiday Inn in Fairmont is catering a nine-course dinner for the affair. It all starts with hors d'ouevres including prosicutto melon balls, ham and cheese roll-ups, and salami coronets. Once everybody is seated, the student waiters will be serving saffron chicken and wild rice soup, followed up by mixed greens with dungeness crab and Russian dressing.

After the salad, guests will enjoy a raspberry sorbet, which will cleanse the pallette for the rest of the meal. The main course features a mango chicken and tenderloin duet, with pommes de foresterie and a bouquiterie of miniature vegetables. On the side, they'll have a foccacia roll with a star of garlic butter. Finally, for dessert, all the Gala-goers will enjoy a slice of caramel pecan turtle pie.

The main event at Gala is the live auction, where guests bid on a wide variety of gifts. Many of this year's auction items are practical items like five yards of concrete, processed beef, free tuition at Garrigan or Seton, and a shopping spree for groceries. There are also lots of dinners and parties. The students at Garrigan donated a $500 gift certificate for travel anywhere in the world. Then there's the most exciting item--the right to name the drive by the Garrigan gym. Names like "Meister", "Hall", and "Studer" have appeared on that sign over the years, and the price for those signs is always well into the thousands.

In addition to the live auction, there are hundreds of items for sale on the silent auction tables. These include college sweatshirts, arts and crafts, sports memorabilia, small appliances, and gift certificates. The key club is a raffle for a big screen TV, while the half-chance game gives the chance to win big cash prizes. The chest of chance guarantees that players will win a prize, and the winner of the last chance drawing will win a $2,000 vacation. Finally there's the big car raffle, where one lucky winner will receive a Dodge Stratus, a Chevy Malibu, or an Oldsmobile Cutlass GL. With all that going on, there's never a dull moment at Gala!

Last Wednesday several Garrigan students went to Emmetsburg for a busness competition at Iowa Lakes. Senior Tim Mosbach ended up in first place in general business knowledge, and other Garrigan students ended up in the top six in their respective categories. Among them were Ruby Bode, Wade MacDonald, Nate Fouarge, Jeremy Richter, and Tim Mosbach in web page design; Jamie Schmidt and Ruby Bode in job interview; Melissa McGuire in business math; Tricia Eischen in employment skills; and Alycia Besch and Melissa McGuire in accounting. Congratulations to all these business students!

The regular season for intramural basketball is over, but the big intramural play-offs and championship are still to come. The play-offs will be held Easter Monday, April 13th, with the championship game scheduled to start around 2:45. That day we'll also be announcing the 1998 All-Intramural Team. You can vote for your favorite players for All-Intramural by visiting the Garrigan website. We'll tell you who won and who the top players were on our next "Bear Facts", April 18.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Amy Goodman and Shanna Froehlich. Here with the scoop on them is Tim.

You may have seen Amy Goodman working at her job at the Innovations Salon, or you could have seen her at the scoring table as manager for the girls' basketball team. This National Honor Society member also spends a lot of time at the Brunsen house, and she's a member of the Spanish IV class. Next year Amy will be off to UNI, where she plans to major in education. We wish Amy the very best of luck.

Shanna Froehlich is a football cheerleader who works at Hy-Vee. She is also active in publications, as co-editor of the Garrigold yearbook. Shanna is out for track, and her favorite class is Peer Practicum. Next year she'll be studying to be a radiological technician at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines. Good luck, Shanna!

Thanks! Because of the Easter holiday, we have two weeks of events on our Garrigan calendar. Today is small group music contest. Then, at 4:00 this afternoon there will be a mass at Garrigan to kick off the Gala festivities.

Gala itself begins at 7pm and lasts till who knows when. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and Daylight Savings Time begns. Also tomorrow the track team runs in the CYO meet in Sioux City.

Monday Carrie Kohlhaas will be performing at the All-State Speech Festival in Cedar Falls. On Tuesday student council meets, and that night there's girls' track at Clear Lake.

On Holy Thursday we'll have Stations of the Cross at 10:50am at Garrigan. Then we'll be dismissing at 2:15 for Easter vacation.

Monday, April 13, the Algona Community Schools will be in session, but there's no school at Garrigan or Seton. That afternoon we'll have the intramural basketball play-offs.

Tuesday the 14th classes resume, and there's girls track at Algona High. Then on Wednesday the golf teams play St. Ed's.

Thursday, April 16, the juniors will have their final retreat before Confirmation. Friday the music students will be on tour, and that night there's golf with Webster City and boys' track at Estherville.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. We'll be off next Saturday, because of Easter vacation. But we'll be back two weeks from today, bringing you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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