The Bear Facts

November 6, 2010

Good morning! I’m Kristin Berte!

And I’m Emily Bell! Welcome to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

While the Golden Bear volleyball team had a so-so record in the North Central Conference, playing in that tough conference helped them to excel when playoff time came around. The Bears advanced farther in playoffs than any other team in the area, making it all the way to the regional championship game. They easily beat Twin River Valley and Ruthven Ayrshire in districts and then played a back-and-forth match that brought them a victory over North Central Kossuth. Last Tuesday they went up against one of the top-rated teams in the state, the Alta Cyclones. The Bears played well, but they ended up missing out on their dream of going to state. We’re proud of our volleyball team, though, and we congratulate the girls on the great season they’ve had.

Today the Golden Bear cheerleaders are down in Des Moines for the state cheer competition. Garrigan’s competition cheer squad includes Kristin Berte, Kimberly Schiltz, Hannah Bode, Jessica Springer, Sarah Matthews, and Sydney McNertney; as well as Ashley Bode, Nicole Behr, Ryya Kumm, Mallory Schiltz, and Kelsie Berke. They will perform at Hy-Vee Hall around 1pm, and the awards are at 2:45. Good luck to Mrs. Miller and the cheerleaders!

Today is also the state solo dance championship in Pella. Aimee Dahlhauser and Becca Molsberry will be competing against other top dancers from all over the state. Kirstin Berte and Aimee Dahlhauser will also be interviewing for the Iowa State Drill Team Association Scholarship. Good luck, dancers!

The quiz bowl team is back in action today. They’re competing across town in the Algona Invitational. Garrigan has five teams entered in today’s tournament. On our schedule, those teams are named after galaxies. Team Milky Way is captained by Alex Hamilton, while Brittany Kirsch is the captain of Team Andromeda. Matthew Fakler will captain Team Magellanic Cloud, while Team Dwingeloo is captained by Rachel Berte. The final captain is Jake Rosenmeyer, who will be heading up Team NGC 3109. Quiz bowl action starts this morning at 9:00 at Algona High.

The quiz bowl team had some good news this past week as well. They received word Monday that they were one of only five teams nationwide to get a perfect score in the October “20 Questions” competition, an online quiz produced by the sponsors of the National Academic Championships. Jake Rosenmeyer was primarily responsible for the Bears’ entry, which is one of numerous ways teams can qualify for the summer national tournament. Garrigan was the only team from the Midwest with a perfect score. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

There’s also a math competition today. Numbers are down because of the conflict with quiz bowl, but Coach Daryl Kohlhaas is hoping Austin Salz and his fellow competitors will make a good showing in the tournament over at Waverly. Math team involves working both individually and as a team to solve complicated problems, and we wish good luck to our Garrigan competitors.

Tonight is your last chance to see the Garrigan fall musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Dustin Miller, Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbuhl, Hannah Bode, Michael Hellman, and Jake Rosenmeyer will be heading up the show. Other key cast members include Philip Detrick, Shawn Vaske, Alex Hamilton, John Richter, Craig Kohlhaas, Kelsie Berke, Sarah Matthews, Becky Jennings, Jenny Broesder, Nick Bronk, and Alex Matthews.

The cast also features Matthew Fakler, Lizzy Hohmeister, Grace Steil, Jake Hamilton, Drew Magill, Alicia Richter, Kayla blocker, Amelia Golwitzer, Harli Eggers, Angelica Brosnan, Kayla Blocker, Lana Larson, Samantha Cruise, Stephanie Kajewski, Ryya Kumm, and Alissa Kirsch; and every Garrigan chorus member and a lot of Seton musicians will be backing up the group. A lot of the tech crew has been literally giving it their all for this show, which we know you won’t want to miss. Best wishes on their final performance to the cast and crew of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Garrigan’s Christian Leadership in Action group had some very successful projects lately. They went trick-or-treating on Halloween to get donations for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. They collected more than two thousand food items, and they added more than $200 in cash donations from students to that. The group also held a “pink-out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raised $550 to fight for a cure. 

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Aimee Dahlhauser. Here to tell you about her is Keni Roethler.

Aimee Dahlhauser is one of the dancers who is competing in the state solo dance championships today in Pella. Aimee is a danz squad co-captain, and she’s won numerous individual and team awards for her dancing. Aimee also lettered in track, where she was part of the record-setting shuttle hurdle team. She keeps busy with Christian Leadership in Action, and she’s a regular announcer here on the “Bear Facts”. When she’s not at Garrigan she works as a nurse’s aid at Kossuth Regional Hospital. Aimee plans to attend Iowa State next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Keni! On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s state cheerleading, state solo dance, quiz bowl, and math team all happening today. Tomorrow daylight savings time ends, and the football team will have their awards potluck.

Monday many Garrigan students will head up to Mall of America as their reward from the calendar drive in September. Girls basketball practice begins Monday night.

We’ll have parent-teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30 at the Rochleau Center. Tuesday the magazine drive ends, so be sure you get your subscriptions renewed before then.

We’ll have mass on Wednesday, and then Friday there’s no school at Garrigan, Seton, or Algona Community Schools. Finally next Saturday there’s quiz bowl in Orange City.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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