December 5, 2009

Good morning! I'm Luke McCall!

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

Some of the big news this week comes from quiz bowl. Over Thanksgiving break the Bears learned that they were one of just seven schools nationwide that had gotten a perfect score in the November "20 Questions" quiz, a monthly online test of knowledge and research skills. Jake Rosenmeyer did the bulk of the work on this month's "20 Questions", and he was helped out by fellow juniors Anna Kollasch and Michael Hellman. Congratulations to them for getting 100% on the quiz.

The Bears has more success this past Wednesday when they competed in the fall Knowledge Master Open. This is a nationwide competition where teams from different schools each answer two hundred challenging questions from all fields of knowledge. Scores are based on both correctness and speed, and anything above 1000 is generally considered good. This fall the Garrigan quiz bowl team scored 1,137 points-which beat their score from last year.

The quiz bowl action continues today. Eleven Golden Bears are up in Spirit Lake this morning for one of the oldest academic competitions in our region. Both varisty and JV teams are entered, and Coach David Burrow hopes to do well in both divisions. Jake Rosenmeyer, Rebeccah Erdman, Brittany Berte, Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, Michael Hellman, Drew Magill. Alex Hamilton, Zach Scobba, Craig Kohlhaas, and John Richter are competing for the Bears. Good luck, quiz bowl!

There's academic competition right here at Garrigan today as well. The Golden Bear math team is hosting a competition for the Great Plains Math League, with teams from around northwest Iowa coming to participate. Daryl Kohlhaas is in charge of the math team at Garrigan, and today's participants include Jenny Broesder, Allison Frideres, Craig Kohlhaas, Cassie Reising, and Jeff Broesder. Good luck, math team!

Basketball season is here, and the Golden Bear boys havestarted things out strong. This year's boys team features senior veterans Brandon Doughan, Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, and Dana Miller. Kevin Elbert, Andrew Behr, and Andrew Schiltz are the juniors on the squad. 6'3" sophomore Austin Vaske got lots of playing time last year as a freshman, and we're expecting big things from him this year. Rounding out the boys team are sophomores Grant Reding, Alex Boisjolie, Eli Marlow, and Zac Keith. Good luck to Coach Roger Froehlich and the boys basketball team!

Seniors Kelly Klein and Mackenzie Schindler will be at the core of the girls team this winter. Others to watch include juniors McKayla Loss, Chelsea Doughan, Kelsie Berke, Alicia Richter, and Anna Kollasch; and sophomores Abbey Reding, Emily Bell, Shelby Schindler, Addison Miller, Mallory Bormann, and Bethany Capesius. Good luck all season long to Coach Beany Bode and the Golden Bear girls!

 Throughout the year Garrigan and Seton celebrate school masses almost every week. This week's mass was something different. The patron saint of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, is honored in December, and in honor of her we had a Spanish-themed mass last Thursday, with most of the prayers and some of the music in the native language of more than half the Catholics in the Western Hemisphere. It wasn't as easy to participate in as our usual English liturgies, but we had programs we could use to follow along. Spanish teacher Linda Peterson and Fr. Ed Girres helped organize this special service.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Katelyn Renger. Here to tell you about her is Cassie Reising.

Katelyn Renger has been involved in a number of activities over the years. She was a football cheerleader, and she was also active in HOSA, the health occupations group. Earlier in high school Katelyn was in music, and she also has been part of the Kossuth Connections planning group. Katelyn works as a nurse's aid, and she plans to graudate early and continue working in the health field after high school. We wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Cassie! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's quiz bowl today at Spirit Lake and the math team hosts their home tournament. Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent, and we'll have a brief Advent prayer service during homeroom on Monday.

Monday night the freshman basketball teams host Clarion-Goldfield. Tuesday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and we'll have mass at St. Cecelia's in the morning. That night the JV and varsity Bears travel to Clarion.

Wednesday night we'll have the middle and high school Christmas vocal concert at St. Cecelia's church. Then Thursday the freshman hoopsters welcome St. Ed's.

Next Friday there's a basketball quad, with the Bears hosting Eagle Grove. The junior class will serve a supper during the games. Saturday there's ACT testing, and the quiz bowl team will compete at South O'Brien in Paullina.

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.

I'm Luke McCall. You stay classy, Bishop Garrigan!


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