The Bear Facts
November 5, 2011

Good morning! I’m Philip Detrick!

I’m Brandon Schiltz!

And I’m Joey Farrell! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”. Thanks for tuning in to hear all the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Golden Bear volleyball team finished up a great season this past week. After cruising through most of their playoffs, they took on Boyden—Hull in the regional championship last Tuesday. It was a hard-fought match, with some controversial calls. In the end the Bears came up short, missing out on their chance to go to state. Garrigan went further in playoffs than any area team, though, and we congratulate the Bears on an excellent season.

Last Saturday ten Garrigan students headed south to compete in the Ankeny Scholastic Bowl. Garrigan had two teams entered in that tournament. While they didn’t make playoffs, both Golden Bear teams ended up with 3 – 2 winning records. Among the teams the Bears beat were Algona High, Ankeny, Grundy Center, and Ackley—Geneva—Wellsburg—Steamboat Rock. Competing for the Bears were Philip Detrick, John Richter, Craig Kohlhaas, Rachel Berte, Dustin Miller, Allison Frideres, Zach Scobba, Levi Bernhard, Taylor Illg, and Hannah Bernhard.

Quiz bowl was supposed to be in action again today at Algona High, but for some reason that tournament was unexpectedly postponed. There are two other competitions going on today, though. The math team is over in Waverly at their second big competition of the year. Also today MaKayla Foertsch is down in Pella for the state solo dance competition. Good luck to all the Golden Bears competing today.

Tonight is your one and only chance to see the 2011 Garrigan fine arts Extravaganza. This is a big variety show that combines the talents of students, staff, and friends of the school. There will be twenty-four different performances, ranging from drama to vocals to ukulele. Admission is just $5, and it’s free for patrons of DARTS, the support group for drama, art, and speech. Curtain time is 7:00 tonight, so be sure to come out to Garrigan and see the Extravaganza.

Last Thursday Garrigan junior high and high school students met with a special visitor. Fr. Jocelyn is the priest of Sainte Jeanne de Chantal in Haiti, the parish that St. Cecelia’s in Algona is twinned with. We found out about Fr. Jocelyn’s country and his church, which will be part of our mission giving in the coming months.

The annual BGHS magazine drive got off to a good start, and we’re hoping to keep the momentum up next week. Our goal this year is just under $10,000 in sales. Forty percent of all sales go to the Bishop Garrigan student council, which funds all kinds of school activities. The magazine drive will continue through November 15, so be sure to renew your subscriptions through the school.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Shelby Schindler. Here to tell you about her is Cede Forburger.

All through school Shelby Schindler has been a stand-out on the Golden Bear volleyball team, and she also plays club volleyball for the North Stars. Shelby has also been to state in track, she’s a key member of the Golden Bear basketball team, and she’s part of Christian Leadership in Action. When she’s not at Garrigan, you might see her working as a lifeguard at the Algona Aquatic Center. Shelby plans to go to UNI next year, and we wish her good luck!

Thanks, Cede! On our Golden Bear calendar, the math team is in Waverly, and Makayla Foertsch is competing at state solo dance in Pella.

Tonight at 7:00 the curtain opens on the Extravaganza talent show. Then tomorrow the cross-country and football teams will have their awards potlucks.

Monday and Tuesday we’ll have parent—teacher conferences. As usual, the Garrigan teachers will be in the Rochleau Center at Seton. Monday several high school students will be heading to Mall of America as their reward from the calendar drive back in September.

Tuesday after conferences we’ll have a meeting of the School Improvement Advisory Committee. Wednesday sophomores will be taking the PLAN test. There’s no school next Friday, and that night Garrigan will be hosting a Search retreat.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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