The Bear Facts
October 6, 2007

Good morning! I'm Michelle Kollasch!

And I'm Gina Rasmussen! You're listening to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is the state marching band competition. Garrigan's Solid Gold Marching Band is headed south to Fort Dodge this morning to compete. After finishing second in parade and fourth in field competition at Algona Band Day last Saturday, the Bears are hoping for a good showing at state. Once again they'll be performing a medley called "Magical Mystery Tour", which includes Beatles selections such as "Eleanor Rigby" and "Hey Jude". .Good luck at state to Mr. Ken Ferjak and the band!

Last Wednesday Garrigan's varsity and a cappella choirs headed over to Carroll for the annual Sioux City Diocese Catholic Choral Festival. Kuemper High School hosted this year's event, which featured a guest director from Luther College in Decorah. Choirs from all seven Catholic high schools in northwest Iowa spent the day rehearsing together and then put on a joint concert at night. While it was a very long day, pretty much everyone agreed that this year's festival was a lot better than last year and that Garrigan's spotlight performance was one of the best in the show.

Seven choir members will also be leaving tomorrow to attend the Vocal Arts Festival at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Students selected to attend the festival include Ashli Krieps, Jenna Richter, Nora Krahenbuhl, Becky Jennings, Brittany Berte, Rebecca Brosnan, and Anna Kollasch. Best wishes to them and to choir director Linda Ferjak.

Quiz bowl season is here. The competition starts next weekend, when Garrigan will be hosting their eighteenth annual academic tournament. Garrigan has a long tradition in quiz bowl that includes a case full of trophies and nine trips to the National Academic Championships. While things have been down a bit in recent years, the team is hoping to get back on track in 2007. 

This year's Golden Bear quiz bowl team includes returning seniors like Ethan Dahlhauser, Brent Kajewski, Lee Brashear, Melissa Cruise, and Shane Koob; as well as Chad Lambert, Jake Lane, John Parrish, Mark Poeppe, Jacob Zittritsch, and D.J. Thompson. Among the younger players are sophomores Brittany Berte and Rebeccah Erdman, who gained valuable varsity experience last year; and freshmen. We're also expecting big things out of Michael Fakler, who is taking junior-level classes as a freshmen, and quiz bowl veterans Joe Straub, Ashley Beisch, Sam Norland, Brian Patterson, Christopher Schmidt, Vince Cruise, and Taylor Brandenburg. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

One of the things we do at Garrigan is to find out about the Catholic church's point of view on various issues. As part of that we had a special guest speaker last Wednesday. Kim Lehman is president of the Iowa Right to Life Association, and she spoke for about an hour and a half about human cloning and stem cell research. While not everyone agreed with everything Ms. Lehman had to say, her presentation provoked a lot of discussion at school and gave everybody a lot to think about.

Each year at Garrigan we're pleased to welcome exchange students. This year there's only one foreign student at Garrigan, Guillerme Klein, who most people call Gui. Gui is staying with the Krieps family in Sexton. He comes from rural Brazil, so being sent to our area wasn't quite as much of a shock as it might be for some exchange students. Guy is a laid back guy who seems to enjoy things at Garrigan, and we're glad to have him with us.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Brent Kajewski. Here to tell you about him is Carrie Courtney.

Brent Kajewski comes from the Cylinder area. At school his favorite activities are probably quiz bowl and choir. He also likes photography, and he's taken pictures both for the school website and for the Algona newspaper. Brent loves auto racing. He's followed the sport his whole life, and this past year you may have seen him rounding the track at area raceways. Brent also likes bowling, and works at the bowling alley in Bancroft. His college plans include studying technology, and we wish Brent all the best in the future.

Thanks, Carrie. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state marching band competition today in Ft. Dodge. Garrigan's Solid Gold Marching Band will take the field at 11:30 this morning.

Tomorrow the volleyball team will head to LeMars for the CYO tournament and the Vocal Arts Festival starts at UNI.

Monday Fire Prevention Week begins. That night the freshman football team plays at Eagle Grove. Then on Tuesday the business law class plans to attend a trial. Tuesday night the cross-country team runs in the North Central Conference meet at Ft. Dodge.

Wednesday several of Garrigan's Christian Leadership students will present an eighth grade retreat day at Seton. Then on Thursday the volleyball team hosts Clear Lake for Senior Night.

Next Friday there's cross-country at Spencer and football at SCMT in Sheffield. Finally next Saturday the quiz bowl team hosts their home tournament.

Finally this week we'd like to congratulate Seton kindergartner Lucas Hough, who won Hy-Vee's "Smiles for Education" contest. He won a new laptop computer for himself and a $5000 check for Seton. Congratulations, Lucas!

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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