The Bear Facts ... May 5, 2007

Good morning! I'm Shane Patrick Koob!

And I'm Joseph John Straub IV! Thanks for joining us for the 626th weekly episode of the "Bear Facts", the radio show that keeps you informed about all the news and events at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last week we held our student council elections here at Garrigan. In the race for student council co-presidents, the winners were Carrie Courtney and Lee Brashear. Shane Koob and John Parrish will be co-presidents of next year's senior class, Joe Straub and Megan Hilbert will lead the juniors, and Nick Foertsch and Brett Capesius will be co-presidents of the Class of 2010. The races for class representative were pretty much wide-open, with as many as eight candidates running in a class. In the end David Frideres and Macy Fickbohm were elected senior class representatives, Ashley Beisch and Alec Boeckholt won the junior race, and Molly Brashear and Dana Miller will be the representatives for next year's sophomore class. Congratulations to these new student council officers.

Two weeks ago seniors Tony Rouse and Chris Scobba, junior Dylan Freking, and sophomore Kelly Rouse went to Iowa City to compete in the state math competition. Tony did especially well at state. He finished third statewide in the Target Round, with a score that qualified him for the Midwest Regional Math Competition. Regionals are next weekend at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. This is the second year in a row Tony has qualified for regionals. Congratulations to Tony Rouse and to the whole BGHS math team!

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team recently announced its letterwinners for 2006 - 2007. Only one senior lettered this year: Chris Scobba. Ethan Dahlhauser was named this year's quiz bowl MVP, the first time a junior has won that honor. Other juniors receiving letters include Melissa Cruise, Jacob Zittritsch, D.J. Thompson, Brent Kajewski, Mark Poeppe, Shane Koob, and Jake Lane. Sophomore Joe Straub also received a varsity letter, as did freshmen Brittany Berte and Rebeccah Erdman. Congratulations, quiz bowl award winners!

Also this past week letters were passed out to frequent announcers here on the "Bear Facts" radio show. Those honored include seniors Chris Scobba and Rachel Byrkeland; and juniors Brent Kajewski, Lee Brashear, Shane Koob, Colby Krieps, and Ashli Krieps. Congratulations to the broadcasting letterwinners!

This past week was a busy one at school. Tuesday we had our annual Stewardship Day. On that day each year we take a day off from our regular classes and instead work on different service projects around the school and community. Student council does their adopt-a-highway project near Sexton, while members of many sports teams work to clean up the athletic fields and equipment storage areas. Other people work in the area parishes, doing clean-up, repairs, and yard work at the churches, rectories, and convent. It's fun to do something a little different, and it also gives us a chance to give something back to the community.

Thursday this week we had Grandparents Day, both at the high school and at Seton Grade School. The grandparents started out at Seton, where they visited classes and joined their grandchildren for mass. Here at Garrigan we had lunch with our grandparents and then took them on a tour of the school. The development office plans Grandparents Day, which is one of the biggest activities of the year.

We'll have four different faculty members leave Garrigan over the summer, the most turn-over we've had in many years. Computer teacher Sarah Freking will be moving to Storm Lake, where she'll be using her master's degree in computer science as the district-wide technology coordinator for the public schools there. Her husband Dennis Freking will be leaving his position as band director at Garrigan and should be working in school administration next year. English teacher Sarah Kollasch is retiring from teaching and plans to watch her daughter Jenna play college volleyball next fall, and choir director Denis Greenfield will be leaving Garrigan to start life together with his new wife. We'll definitely miss all these teachers very much, and we wish them the very best after they leave Garrigan.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shnes on Candace Schiltz. Here to tell you about her is John Parrish.

Candace Schiltz is an Algona native who is best known for her accomplishments in dance. She was captain of the Golden Bear danz squad that won another state championship last fall. Her friends say she's awesome at economics class, and that should help her next year when she majors in business at UNI. We wish Candace the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, John Robert Parrish! On our Golden Bear calendar there's boys golf today at Hampton, and this weekend a lot of the seniors are having their graduation receptions.

Monday are the North Central Conference track and golf meets. Garrigan is hosting the boys track meet, while the girls run at St. Ed's. The girls golf meet is in Eagle Grove, and the boys play in Clear Lake.

Wednesday the seniors start final exams. That night Father Eisele will say the baccalaureate mass for the Class of 2007.

Thursday the seniors finish up finals. Friday is boys sectional golf, and Tony Rouse will compete in the regional math contest. Then on Saturday there's district track at Laurens.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week when we'll have a very special show saluting the Class of 2007 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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