The Bear Facts ... May 6, 2006

Good morning! I'm Andrea Arndorfer!

I'm Jennifer Vaske!

I'm Denise Kohlhaas!

I'm Amanda Golwitzer!

I'm Andrew the Missal!

I'm Allison Brandenburg!

I'm Jacob Hellman!

I'm Kelly Schmidt!

I'm Bridget Doughan!

I'm Laura Kellner!

I'm Jessica Cink!

I'm Alison Brandenburg!

I'm Samantha Arndorfer!

I'm Kandice Roethler!

I'm April Wolf!

I'm Jeff Lappe!

I'm Seth Rogers!

I'm Jake Detrick!

I'm Spenser Rahm!

I'm Joe Rahm!

... And I'm Gavin Freking! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're saluting the Class of 2006 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

"In our hands we hold today;
in our dreams we hold tomorrow; 
in our hearts we hold forever." 

That is the motto of the sixty-two seniors who will walk across the stage in Friedmann Auditorium next weekend as they receive their diplomas. As we get ready for finals and graduation, on today's "Bear Facts", we're going to salute the many accomplishments of this unique senior class.

Years from now the Class of 2006 will probably be best remembered for their athletic accomplishments, and when people think of us, they'll almost certainly remember us as a class of over-achievers. People assumed this would be a "rebuilding year" in football, but thanks to the skill and leadership of the Class of 2006, the Bears beat some heavily favored competition and made it all the way to the championship game at state.

The girls golf team led by this year's senior class is arguably the best in school history. They just finished an undefeated conference season, and they're looking to take home three back-to-back state championship trophies. Boys golf has also dominated their competition this year. They just won their second straight CYO tournament, and they also should do well in playoffs.

This year's seniors have also done outstandingly well in track. A higher percentage of seniors stayed out for track this year than in the past, which helped the boys team win their home tournament and should make both Golden Bear teams competitive at district and state. Our cross-country team has also enjoyed repeated trips to state, and our other athletes, as well as our dancers and cheerleaders, have done well too.

It's not just sports where the Class of 2006 has excelled, though. The Golden Bear math team has done better this year than at any time in history, beating schools twice our size and setting new records at state. Garrigan seniors have also been named all-staters in both speech and music. We've excelled in business, health, and art competitions, and we've helped the quiz bowl team continue its success. In almost every area this year's seniors have made it to the top.

There was some good news for one of our seniors this past week. Monica Schiltz has been an important part of the Golden Bear danz squad all through high school. She auditioned and recently learned that she was accepted to be a part of the pom team at Iowa State University. Congratulations, Monica!

This past week the Golden Bear quiz bowl team announced their letterwinners. Forty-nine people participated in quiz bowl this year, and sixteen of them earned activity letters. The senior letterwinners were Andrew Missal, Alison Brandenburg, Spenser Rahm, Gavin Freking, Amanda Golwitzer, Jacob Hellman, Jeff Lappe, Jesse Studer, and Seth Rogers.

Several underclassmen also lettered in quiz bowl. They include juniors Chris Scobba and Joe Dailey; sophomores Ethan Dahlhauser, D.J. Thompson, Jacob Zittritsch, and Brent Kajewski; and freshman Joe Straub. Jeff Lappe was named this year's quiz bowl MVP.

The broadcasting letterwinners were also announced this past week. Receiving awards were seniors Samantha Arndorfer, Alison Brandenburg, and Andrea Arndorfer, and junior Alex Elbert, each of whom announced at least six of our "Bear Facts" shows during the past year. Congratulations to these announcers.

Last week the student council held elections for the coming year. The new student body co-presidents are Chris Loebach and Dustin Tindall. Class presidents for next year's seniors are Kelli Black and Brian Capesius. Next year's juniors selected Shane Koob and John Parrish as presidents, and the presidents for the sophomores-to-be are Joe Straub and Megan Hilbert. 

The student council representatives are Maria Kohlhaas and Alex Bradley for the Class of 2007, Carrie Courtney and David Frideres for the Class of 2008, and Brandi Roethler and Ashley Beisch for the Class of 2009. Congratulations to the new student council!

This week our Senior Spotlight shines on three people: Jennifer Vaske, Jessica Berte, and Sarah Funk. There's a good chance you've seen Jenn Vaske at some point when she's been working at one of her three jobs: working the counter at Dairy Queen, a drive-in waitress, or a lifeguard. Jennifer is active in danz squad and Christian Leadership in Action. She plans to go to UNI next fall, where she'll major in Elementary Education.

Jessica Berte also keeps busy with multiple jobs. She works at the theater and she's also employed at the Good Samaritan home. Jessica's favorite color is purple, and her biggest activity in high school was HOSA, the health occupations group. She plans to go to NIACC next year, and we wish her good luck.

Sarah Funk is also a Good Samaritan employee, and you might have also seen her working at Hallmark. Sarah enjoys hunting, and she recently suffered a bite from a brown recluse spider. She'll be attending Iowa Central next year, and she plans a career in nursing. Best wishes to Sarah, Jessica, and Jennifer, this week's spotlighted seniors!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state large group music contest today in Emmetsburg. Both Garrigan choirs and the concert band will be competing. Also today the boys golf team is at Hampton.

Tomorrow several Garrigan seniors will be honored at a special luncheon at NIACC. They were selected as part of the Globe-Gazette's all-star class for 2006. Tomorrow we'll also finish tryouts for next year's football and basketball cheerleaders.

The North Central track and golf meets are on Monday. Boys track will be at Eagle Grove, girls track at Iowa Falls, boys golf at Clarion, and girls golf at Clear Lake.

Tuesday is National Teacher Day. The seniors will begin final exams that day and finish them on Wednesday. Then Wednesday night at 7:30 we'll have the annual baccalaureate mass.

Thursday is the CYO girls golf meet at Breda. Boys golf sectionals are Friday in West Bend, and also that day there will be awards from the student art show that's been going on at the Algona Library. Finally on Saturday there's district track at Laurens.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week, and the last show we seniors will be doing. We set a new record this week with twenty seniors announcing the show.  Be sure to tune in next week when some of our younger classmates will be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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