May   3,   1997

Good morning! I'm Jen Lighter!

And I'm James Weber! Welcome to another edition of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio program where we keep you up-to-date on everything that's news at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Tonight dozens of beautiful couples will be stepping out as Garrigan celebrates Prom Night, 1997. This year's theme is a salute to the Big Apple, "New York, New York". We know it will be a night of dancing and romancing as we celebrate life in the big city. Plans have been in the works since February, but the real work has taken place just the past two days, as the juniors rushed to get everything just right for the big night. The Grand March will begin at 8:30 tonight, and admission is just one dollar.

Prom officially ends at 12:30, but the night is still young for most prom-goers. The junior parents have once again spent many hours planning a special After-Prom Party. While the formal prom has an uptown theme, this year's after-prom is more down home. The couples will be kicking up their heels to a country music theme. The fun keeps on going until 3:30 in the morning on Sunday!

When April draws to a close, we start looking forward to the next school year. Last week we had our annual student council elections. The presidential race was one of the closest in years--pitting Chris Miller and Thad Wunder against Ruby Bode and Brian Kohlhaas. Wednesday morning the candidates squared off in an interview-style debate over the school's TV system. After the debate, we cast our votes, and when everything was counted, Brian and Ruby ended up the winners, 53% to 47%.

The elections continued on Thursday, with the vote for class presidents. There was no contest in the Class of 1999. Andrew Brunsen and Liz DeWaard were unopposed as next year's junior class co-presidents. The freshman election brought out some slick campaigning ... In the end, ... Ed Elbert and Jason Geving won a majority of the votes in a three-way race. They will lead the Class of 2000 next year. Things were quieter in the Class of 1998, where Mike Cowan and Jason Anderson won the co-presidency of next year's senior class. We'll give you the results of the votes for student council representative on next week's show.

The boys' track team has chalked up some successful times this season. At the Armstrong Relays last week Adam Sundall, who is coming off a bout with pneumonia, took first place in the 1600 meter, with a time of 4 minutes, 53 seconds. Andy Vaske was second in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 10.32 seconds. Earlier in the month, at Spirit Lake, Adam set a new personal record in the 1600, in 4 minutes, 47.9 seconds. Other recent medalists include Doug Besch and Brad Frideres in the 3200 meter, Josh Harp and Andy Laubenthal in the 110 meter high hurdles, Chris Eischen in both shot put and discus, and Andy Laubenthal and John Mosbach in the high jump.

Several relays have also earned high fnishes. The medley relay, consisting of Mike Cowan, Tom Twait, Andy Laubenthal, and Andy Vaske, finished fifth at Spirit Lake, fourth at Estherville, and third at Armstrong. The 4 by 200 meter relay was sixth in Estherville and fifth at Armstrong. Runners include John Mosbach, Eric Becker, Chris Weir, and Phil Kramer. Finally the 4 by 100 was fourth in all three recent meets. That relay features Mike Cowan, Paul Richter, Phil Kramer, and Tom Twait. Phil Ross and Greg Ahlers coach boys track at Garrigan.

The year is winding down, and it looks like this coming summer will be one of the shortest ones on record. All the snow days we had last winter mean that school won't be out at Garrigan until Tuesday, June 3rd. That's still earlier than Algona High and some of the other schools around the area. After summer vacation, we'll be starting up again on Thursday, August 21st, a full week and a half before Labor Day.

While most of us have a month of school left, the seniors are almost done. In fact next week is their last full week of school. The following week they'll have just three days of classes, and then their final tests. The school baccalaureate mass is scheduled for 7:30pm on Thursday, May 15th. Several awards will be presented that night, and there will be a special reception afterwards to honor the Class of 1997. Graduation is coming up on Sunday, May 18th, at 2pm.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jake Eischen and Joe Henry. Jake is the son of Rich and Kathy Eischen, while Joe's parents are Tom and Ingrid Henry. Both of them come from the Algona area, and both are probably best known for the important roles they played on the Screaming Stus intramural basketball team. We wish both Jake and Joe the very best in the future.

Our Golden Bear calendar this week starts tonight with the "New York, New York" celebration of Prom Night, 1997. Tomorrow morning at 8:30 St. John's in Bancroft will have baccalaureate for the seniors from their parish.

Monday baseball practice begins, a sure sign that spring is finally here. The ecology class will take a field trip on Monday, and the sophomores will have their class retreat at the K.C. Hall.

Monday night the golf teams play Clear Lake. Then on Tuesday there's the freshman retreat. That night the girls track team runs at Spirit Lake, while the girls golfers host Iowa Falls.

Wednesday the boys' golf team travels to Iowa Falls. Also that night the girls track team runs at Eagle Grove. Then on Thursday we'll have mass for Ascension Thursday at 10:45am.

Thursday there's boys' CYO golf at Alton. Then on Friday the health class will make their spring field trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Finally, all next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We know how hard all the teachers work at Garigan, and while we don't always like everything they do, we want them to know that we do appreciate the effort they make to do what's best for us.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to set your dial here again next week to hear more news from Bishop Garrigan High School!

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