The Bear Facts ... ... ... March 4, 2006

Good morning! I'm Gavin Freking!

And I'm Alex Elbert! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is one of the busiest days of the year here at BGHS, as we host the annual district individual speech contest. It's a tradition for Garrigan to host district contest; in fact we've been the contest site for longer than any of the people competing today have been alive. There are four hundred sixty-four entries registered to compete today, representing schools from all over the area. The biggest delegations are from Algona High and Spencer, but there are also large groups from schools like West Bend Mallard, Armstrong Ringsted, Fort Dodge, and Humboldt.

The host school also has a large group of students competing today. In Prose, Sadie Foertsch will present "The Long Trip Home", Amanda Golwitzer offers "Hamlet, the Drince of Penmark", and Garrison Brosnan will read "The Great Outdoors". Jade Kajewski's prose selection is "The Waltz", while Sam Norland is reading "The Driving Instructor". In the Poetry category, Anna Bormann will present a version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves", Kendra Plathe reads "Redneck Love Poem", and Rebecca Brosnan will present "The Charge of the Light Brigade". Sam Norland's poetry selection is "The Three Little Pigs", while Jenna Richter is reading "Emmie" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Gavin Freking, Shane Koob, and Alex Elbert will compete in Radio News Announcing; while recent all-state nominees Andrew Missal and Chris Loebach are entered in Improvisation. In Storytelling, Amanda Golwitzer will present "Just Go to Bed" while JoAnn Kirsch tells the story of "Hester in the Wild". Joe Dailey will present a literary program called "Mind Games", and the topic of Dylan Freking's literary program is "Gender Wars". Finally in Acting Rebecca Brosnan's scene is "I Fall In Love", and Jenna Richter will act out "Ballet for Boys". Best wishes to coaches Mary McCall and Sarah Freking, and all the speech team!

The coming week is a very busy time for the Golden Bear danz squad. Tomorrow the girls will present their spring show. At 5:00 the girls will perform along with the co-ed team, elementary dancers from the danz squad clinic, other area dance teams, and soloists. Showtime is 5:00 tomorrow, and admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students. Once the spring show is over, the girls have two other big events. Wednesday they'll perform a halftime show at the girls state basketball tournament, and Friday is the All-Iowa Drill Team performance. Good luck in all their events to Coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz and the BGHS danz squad!

The Bear Bucks scrip program at Garrigan has just passed the million dollar mark in gift card sales. To celebrate, all orders turned in next week will be entered in a special drawing. With scrip you buy cards and gift certificates that merchants accept at face value for all their normal goods and services. The merchants, though, pay a bonus that averages around 5% back to the school. That money helps out with tuition, either for specific children or for the general fund for those who need assistance. So far we've earned almost $48,550.37 for tuition assistance through purchases people would have made anyway. Thanks to everyone for your help, and remember to continue buying and using scrip.

Pops concert is just around the corner. The big show will be next Thursday and Friday, starting at 7:30pm. Featured soloists will be Bridget Doughan, Chris Kirsch, Emily Reising, Shane Koob, and Ashli Krieps. As always, popcorn and pop will be provided. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the tradition of the school's biggest concert of the year, the annual Garrigan pops concert.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Sadie Foertsch and Jenni Miller. Here to tell you about her is Andrew Missal.

Jenni Miller's biggest activity is probably HOSA. Like most people in this group, she's interested in going into a health-related career. Jenni is also a cheerleader, and as part of the Christian Leadership group she helped distribute ashes at our Ash Wednesday service last week. Jenni will be starting college in the fall, and we wish her all the best.

Sadie Foertsch is an Algona native who is active in a wide variety of activities. She'll be performing at the individual speech contest today. In addition to that she's involved in large group speech, publications, Christian leadership, choir, volleyball, and softball. Sadie will be off to college next fall, and we wish her the very best in the future.

Thanks, Andrew! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the district speech contest all day today at Garrigan. Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Lent. We'll finish the regular season of intramural basketball, and at 5pm the danz squad has their spring show.

Tuesday we'll have a reconciliation service at St. Cecelia's. Wednesday the danz squad performs at the state basketball tournament. Then Thursday and Friday nights we'll have the pops concert. Also next Friday there's the All-Iowa Drill Team in Des Moines. 

Some early versions of the calendar showed next Friday as a no school day. Unfortunately for us students, we WILL have school at Garrigan and Seton next Friday, though Algona High will not be in session. There will be parish busing that day.

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

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