The Bear Facts
March 5, 2011

Good morning! I’m Aimee Dahlhauser!

I’m Kelsie Berke!

And I’m Kristin Berte! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend Garrigan hosted the Iowa High School Speech Association district individual contest. The Bears were among the schools competing in their home tournament, and they had just about the best day they could possibly have imagined. Garrigan students earned twenty-six Division I or “excellent” ratings, plus four Division II’s and one III. Only two area schools—Spencer and Spirit Lake—had more I’s than Bishop Garrigan.

Students earning Division I ratings included Michael Fakler in Public Address; Philip Detrick, Craig Kohlhaas, and Matthew Fakler in Improvisation; Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Fakler, and Philip Detrick in After Dinner Speaking; and Alissa Kirsch in Expository Address. Also earning I’s were Anna Kollasch, Jenny Broesder, Levi Bernhard, Anna Hohmeister, and Lizzy Hohmeister in Storytelling; and Craig Kohlhaas and Lizzy Hohmeister in Acting.

Excellent ratings also went to Levi Bernhard, Drew Magill, Erica Carlson, and Michael Hellman in Poetry; Jake Rosenmeyer, Amelia Golwitzer, and Rachel Berte in Literary Program; Anna Kollasch in Solo Musical Theatre; and Andrea Altman, Melanie Mergen, and Anna Hohmeister in Prose. All of these entries now advance to the state individual speech contest, which will be held March 12th at Algona High.

Just two weeks from now on March 18, Garrigan’s varsity quiz bowl team will be hosting a community trivia event. The team seniors have been entirely responsible for planning the tournament, including organizing the schedule and preparing hundreds of questions. Eight different teams have already registered, but more spaces are available for interested participants. The cost is $25, with the proceeds helping with the expenses of the quiz bowl trip to nationals this summer. If you’d like to be part of the event, you can call Jake Rosenmeyer at 341-6160.

Today nine Garrigan students are at Dordt College in Sioux Center for a Great Plains Math League competition. In math team competitors work individually and in teams of three to solve challenging problems. Competing today are Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Anna Kollasch, Jenny Broesder, Craig Kohlhaas, Austin Salz, Allison Frideres, Brittany Kirsch, and Jake Hamilton. Good luck, math team!

Next Friday a large group of middle school students from Seton and from the Catholic schools in Emmetsburg and Humboldt will be visiting Garrigan. It’s traditional this time of year for eighth graders to come here to tour the building and learn about the classes and activities we offer at the high school. This year younger Seton students will also be visiting Garrigan as part of the preparation for the seventh and eighth grades to move out here next year.

Because of the middle school move there has been lots of construction going on at Garrigan. Seventh and eighth graders will be in a self-contained area in the north wing of the Garrigan building. To make room for them Mr. Brosnan, Miss McCall, and Mrs. Miller will be moving their classrooms to other parts of the school. In preparation for this several areas of the building are being remodeled—with fresh paint, new carpet, and additional storage being added.

The intramural basketball season is continuing. So far the top scorers have been Luke Eischen and Daniel Gelhaus, each of whom has scored over 100 points. Staff members Mark Meister, Scot Miller, Beany Bode, and Lynn Miller have made their presence known, and with 43 points Abbey Reding is the top girls player. There are two more weeks in the regular season, and then the final four will advance to playoffs.

The majority of our “Bear Facts” audience listen to our broadcast Saturday morning on KLGA. More and more people, though, check out the “Bear Facts” podcast online. At last check there were around two hundred “Bear Facts” listeners each week. Each week’s “Bear Facts” is archived in .mp3 format on the school website at If you miss the show you can check it out on your own time, and you can also listen to old episodes going back as long as fifteen years ago. That’s just one small part of what you’ll find on our website at

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Miranda Gisch and Rachel Beletti. Here to tell you about them are Anna Kollasch.

Miranda Gisch’s biggest activity is golf. She was part of last year’s state runner-up team, and she’s also out for golf this year. Miranda is a Bancroft native who has studied to work as a nurse’s aide. She plans to enter the military after high school, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Rachel Beletti keeps busy with publications and in the Christian Leadership in Action group. She challenges herself with classes like Human Anatomy, and she was also honored last year as part of the Kossuth Garden of Poets. Rachel will be a college girl next year, and we wish her good luck.

Thanks, Anna. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the math team is in action today at Dordt College in Sioux Center. Intramural basketball resumes tomorrow, with two more exciting games.
Monday the Golden Bear cheerleaders will be performing at the state boys basketball tournament. Wednesday the juniors will attend a college day at Algona High.

Wednesday is also the start of Lent, and we’ll also have an Ash Wednesday prayer service that day.

Garrigan and Seton do have school next Friday, though the Algona Community Schools are not in session. The high school will dismiss early on Friday so the middle schoolers can have their orientation.

Next Saturday there’s state speech contest at Algona High. Then we’ll set our clocks ahead to get ready for Daylight Saving Time.

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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