The Bear Facts

September 5, 1998

Good morning! I'm Tyler Struck!

And I'm Louie Bode! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Welcome back as we start our seventh season on KLGA, bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

There have been a lot of changes at Garrigan over the summer. One of the things we as students notice is that there are new desk in many of the classrooms around the school. Garrigan acquired the desks inexpensively over the summer from Westmar College, which went out of business last year. They also got some new teachers' desks, file cabinets, office chairs, and overhead projectors in the deal. All the new equipment really helps brighten up the school.

Another change is that there are three new faces among the BGHS faculty. Sr. Janet Stelken left Garrigan over the summer to take on new duties at the headquarters of her order. Father Bormann and Father Eisele took over some of Sister's duties, and Phyllis Even is teaching the rest of her old classes. In the English department, Sarah Freking has taken over for Amy Matuska, and in history Tony Tindall is teaching the courses Phil Ross used to have. We'll be profiling all our new teachers on upcoming shows.

There's a new freshman class at Garrigan, too. It's hard to believe that the Class of 2002 is already in high school. The freshmen voted for their class officers this past week. When the votes were counted, Lucas DeWaard and Andy Meyer were elected co-presidents of the freshman class. The student council representatives will be Andy Kardoes and Nolan Thilges. Congratulations to our freshman politicians.

This fall several BGHS students are taking new courses through the Iowa Communications Network. Garrigan was the first high school in Kossuth County to have ICN technology available, and this year we're using it in a special sharing project with St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge and St. Albert's in Council Bluffs. Students are working together with others across the state as they learn Russian, Music Theory, and Art Appreciation.

Homecoming is just around the corner. We'll be putting up decorations next weekend, with the big festivities set for September 17th and 18th. 1998 marks the fortieth anniversary of Bishop Garrigan High School, and we'll be celebrating that milestone with "A Blast from the Past" for Homecoming. Each class will be choosing a decade to center their decorations and special dress days around.

Last Friday we nominated this year's Homecoming Royal Court. The winners represent a wide cross-section of the Class of '99. The Homecoming queen candidates at BGHS this year include Liz DeWaard of Wesley; and Katie Reding, Kristi Patten, Natalie Salz, and Melanie McGuire--all of Algona. On the king's side, there's Algona natives Adam Sundall and Phil Kramer, together with Jake Hansen of Whittemore, Phil LaFleur of Burt, and Nick Thilges from St. Joe. Congratulations to all our Homecoming royalty!

Again this year the boys and girls of summer had an outstanding season at Garrigan. The baseball team has now won back-to-back conference championships. Chris Miller and Brad Nelson were named to the first team all-district, while Jeremy Bartolo made second team. In addition to them, Joe Lucas, Mark Anderson, John Mosbach, Thad Wunder, and Mike Cowan all received all-conference honors.

The Golden Bear softball team finished the summer with a 23 and 18 record. Lisa Boekelman received both district and conference honors. Other all-conference players include Katie Reding, Jill Erpelding, Ruby Bode, and Katie Elbert. Congratulations to the baseball and softball teams on another outstanding season!

It's time again for the annual BGHS calendar drive. Garrigan and Seton students are selling calendars for twenty-five dollars each. In addition to keeping track of all the events at BGHS, each calendar offers you 365 chances to win cash prizes. The least you can win is thirty-five dollars, and the top prize is a five hundred dollar jackpot. So be sure to find your favorite Garrigan or Seton student and pick up your 1998-99 BGHS prize calendar.

Again this year we'll be shining our Senior Spotlight on all the members of the senior class. There's a wide variety to choose from in the Class of '99, and we'll start things off this week by saluting Jason Kohlhaas and Doug Besch. Here with the details on them is Kristi Patten.

You may have seen pictures of Jason Kohlhaas in the Algona paper recently. The whole Kohlhaas family raises cattle, and Jason has won many awards showing livestock at the Kossuth County Fair. This LuVerne native enjoys football and basketball. He'll be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Doug Besch is an Algona native who is one of the top runners on the Golden Bear cross-country team. He also excels in track, and he enjoys choir. Doug is an Eagle Scout who has been active in a number of community service activities. We wish Doug the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Kristi! Our Golden Bear calendar is already busy. Today the volleyball team is playing in the Algona tournament. That's the start of a long weekend, with no school on Monday, thanks to the Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday is Catholic College Day at Garrigan. That night the cross-country team runs at Estherville, and there's freshman football at North Kossuth.

Wednesday the sophomore football team hosts Algona High. The calendar drive ends on Wednesday, and that night the volleyball teams travel to Iowa Falls.

Next Friday the varsity football team plays at Algona High. Saturday there's volleyball at Estherville, as well as a cheerleading camp. Then on Sunday we'll be putting up the decorations for Homecoming, 1998.

That's our first "Bear Facts" for the new school year. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in next week when we'll have a special edition highlighting all the Homecoming events at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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