May 10, 1997

Good morning! I'm Scott Reising!

And I'm Jen Lighter! Welcome to another edition of the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio program from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Garrigan band and varsity choir are in Emmetsburg today for the large-group music contest. They'll be competing against other musicians from all over northwest Iowa. But the contest is only the beginning of their weekend. After contest is over, most of the musicians will be boarding charer buses to head for Omaha on this year's Garrigan music trip. They'll see the zoo and science museums and even have some time for shopping before the two-day trip is over. Bon voyage to all our Golden Bear musicians!

This was almost "Field Trip Week" at Garrigan. Just yesterday the health classes went to Rochester to see how things work at the Mayo Clinic. While they were watching the doctors and nurses, a group of art students was checking out the museums in Minneapolis. Earlier in the week some advanced chemistry students headed to Sioux City to work some experiments on the equipment at Briar Cliff College. Then there was the ecology class, who took a long weekend to go canoeing in Wisconsin.

There was one other trip this week, when twelve students headed to Spencer to get a close-up look at sports medicine. They're part of a brand new class at B.G.H.S.--Athletic Training. Coach Marty Wadle teaches the course, where students learn how to prevent injuries and how to treat them once they happen.

While some classes have been exploring the world outside Algona, others have been enjoying the spring weather with special outdoor projects. The physical education classes have been learning archery lately, while several science classes have been looking at the plants and animals. The geometry classes have been using trigonometry to find the height of tall objects around the school, while general math students have been investigating what effect various additions would have on the school grounds.

The additions the freshmen are studying--things like a practice gym or an auditorium--are basically just dreams and probably won't happen any time soon. There is one major improvement that is scheduled to happen at Garrigan this summer, though. What is now the school board room will become Algona's newest connection to the Iowa Communications Network.

The school will be hooked up to the fiber optics network this summer, which will allow our teachers and administrators to meet with colleagues from other schools more efficiently. It will also allow students to take classes that weren't available before by joining together with interested students from other schools. The ICN connection will improve our access to the Internet, and the room will also be available for use by other groups in the Algona area.

We finished our student council elections last week, with all the three younger classes voting for class representatives. The Class of 1998--next year's seniors--elected Katie Elbert and Chris Miller, while the Class of '99 voted for Katie Reding and Melanie McGuire. And, in the Class of 2000, the winning representatives were Nate Frideres and Eric Becker. Congratulations to all of next year's Student Council officers!

Things are definitely winding down for the BGHS Class of '97. The seniors have just three days of actual classes next week. Thursday they'll have graduation practice in the morning, and then final exams in the afternoon. Thursday night will be the official school baccaluareate and awards mass. The seniors finish their finals Friday morning, and then the official commencement ceremony is next Sunday, May 18th, at 2pm.

Our senior spotlight this week shines on Amy Welp and Sarah Waechter. Amy is the daughter of Kurt and Sandra Welp of Bancroft. Over the years she's been active in music, volleyball, and drill team. Sarah's parents are Steve and Theresa Waechter of Algona. She has excelled at band and choir, and she also enjoys health-related classes. Both Sarah and Amy will be off to college next year, and we wish them the very best of luck.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, all next week is National School Board Recognition Week. The girls' golf team is playing today in the Spencer Invitational.

Also today the band and choir compete in the large-group music contest. When contest is over, it's time for the music trip to Omaha.

Monday are the North Central Conference golf meets. The girls will play at Eagle Grove, and the boys will be at Clear Lake. Then on Tuesday, there's girls district track.

Also on Tuesday the boys track team runs at Forest City. Wednesday softball practice begins and the band and choir will hold their spring concert.

Together with the concert Garrigan's young artists will display their best work in the gym lobby. Thursday Garrigan hosts the CYO girls' golf meet at Spring Valley, and the seniors start their final exams.

Thursday night at 7:30 there's baccalaureate. Then on Friday we say farewell to the Class of '97. Friday night the girls will run in the North Central Conference track meet at St. Ed's.

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

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