The Bear Facts ... October 4, 2008

Good morning! I'm Kory Wieland!

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

Yesterday we gave out awards from the annual Bishop Garrigan calendar drive. This year's sales went quite well, and combined with other sales in recent years the school took in enough money to buy a new 65-passenger bus. The top seller overall was freshman Bethany Capesius, who had eighty calendars in her name. Second place went to Seton student Kendra Roethler. Rounding out the top ten were Page Fox, Nathan Krieps, Shawn Vaske, Jake Rosenmeyer, Holly Byrkeland, Cassie Reising, Mallory Bormann, and Sam Kollasch. Thirty different students all sold twelve or more calendars, and we thank everyone who bought one.

Every other year the Garrigan music and art departments collaborate to produce a madrigal dinner. This year's event is Sunday, December 14, and plans are already underway to make it spectacular. The royal court and madrigal cast was announced last week. Rebecca Brosnan and Alec Boeckholt will preside over the madrigal as king and queen. The ladies of the court are Kelly Klein, Anna Kollasch, Kayla Blocker, Cassie Reising, Sarah Matthews, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Becky Jennings; and the lords will be Randy Kenyon, Christopher Schmidt, Michael Hellman, Chris Hansen, Benny Helmann, Alex Hamilton, and Vinnie Humble.

The cast of characters includes Sam Norland as a jester, Jenna Richter as Moderately Grimm, Holly Byrkeland as Relatively Grimm, Brittany Berte as a beautiful maiden and a beggar, and Drew Magill as a distraught father. Other characters include a handsome prince played by Joe Straub, a generic witch played by Rebeccah Erdman, and a small boy played by Jake Rosenmeyer. Rounding out the cast are Craig Kohlhaas as an ample man, Philip Detrick as the town crier, John Richter as a delivery person, and Hannah Bode as a beggar. Mark your calendar now December 14 and Madrigal 2008.

Today is Algona Band Day. For the forty-eighth time Bishop Garrigan is entered in the festival, and we'll be competing in both the parade and field events. This year's marching band show is called "Aztec Fire", and it has a Mexican theme. You can see drum major Holly Byrkeland in a tropical outfit, and you'll hear the band counting off "uno, dos, tres, cuatro". The parade is at 1:00 this afternoon, and you can see Garrigan perform in field competition over at Algona High at 6:15pm.

Last Wednesday the student council did their semi-annual Adopt-a-Highway project over by Sexton. Student council has been doing Adopt-a-Highway ever since 1992, and over the years they've found just about everything you could imagine littered along highway 18. The ditches were comparatively clean this year, but even so they managed to pick up eight bags full of trash in about an hour's time. We glad that the student council helps keep Sexton beautiful.

Last Saturday the Golden Bear math team traveled down to Cedar Rapids for the first Great Plains Math League competition of the season. Two Garrigan sophomore-Michael Fakler and Alex Hamilton-got an outstanding score in the team round and qualified for the state math tournament next spring. In the process, Garrigan's 9th and 10th grade team finished in second place overall among all the teams in the tournament. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

There was also good news this past week for one of our Garrigan alumni. Former Golden Bear Brad Nelson learned that he had been selected for the twenty-five man playoff roster for the Milwaukee Brewers. Brad was just called up to the big leagues September 1st, and he's batted .286 with two doubles and a walk in the past month. The Brewers started the playoff race in Philadelphia last Wednesday, and they're back home in Milwaukee today. We wish good luck to Garrigan's own Brad Nelson all through playoffs.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kali Smith.

Kali Smith is an Algona native has been in volleyball and basketball all through high school. She won Athlete of the Week honors in volleyball, and she has also lettered twice in track. Kali is an honor student who is active in Christian Leadership in Action. She works for the county development corporation. Next year Kali plans to study physical therapy at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and we wish her good luck.

On our Golden Bear calendar, today is Algona Band Day. Be sure to catch the parade at 1:00 and see the Solid Gold Marching Band at the Algona High field at 6:15 tonight.

Monday there's freshman/sophomore football with the Bears hosting Eagle Grove. Then on Tuesday the volleyball team plays at St. Edmond and the cross-country team runs at Eagle Grove.

Wednesday is the annual megamall trip, the big reward from last month's calendar drive. Thursday the volleyball team will host Algona High for Senior Night. Then next Friday it's Senior Night for the football team as the Bears take on North Iowa.

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

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