"The Bear Facts"

Episode #196 ~~~ February 7, 1998

Good morning! I'm Beth Haag!

I'm Kristin Richter!

I'm Sadie Kohlhaas!

And I'm Ruby Bode! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This morning twenty-three Garrigan students are in LeMars for the Iowa High School Speech Association state large group contest. Garriga has four events at state, two in Ensemble Acting and two in Readers' Theatre. "I Remember Mama" is a drama selection starring Julie Henkelvig, Maria Loebach, Angie Weber, Jenni Krieps, and Rachel Studer. In the other Ensemble piece, "Talented Young Newcomers", Carrie Kohlhaas and Katie Patterson play nervous freshmen who are trying out for their first high school play.

"Bench 18" is a comedy about a blind date that goes wrong. Dennis Gisch and Sadie Kohlhaas play the happy couple, Tyler Struck plays an Irish cop with bad feet, and Beth Haag is the wife that now and then he manages to find a spark of love for. Brandon Donahe is type-cast as a bum, while Jeremy Richter plays a scuzzy guy just trying to pick up girls. The rest of the cast is Sam Lickteig, Natalie Salz, and Tiffany Meyer.

The other Readers' Theatre is called "How to Eat Like a Child". Besides showing the audience how children eat, they also describe how to torture a kitten and how to fake sickness to stay home from school. In this show freshmen Dan Bormann, Paul Loebach, Sara Kollasch, Marian Studer, Lynn Kohlhaas, Janet Kramer, and Angie Kohlhaas all stretch their abilities to play bratty children. Miss Mary McCall and Mrs. Sue Ney direct group speech at B.G.H.S.

The plans are all finalized for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team's fourth straight trip to the National Academic Championships. The team won the right to return to nationals by finishing first in a competition on the internet last November. They'll be headed out east in June for this year's tournament. First they'll be stopping in New York City, where they'll see the Yankees play the Florida Marlins, and catch such sights as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the New York Stock Exchange.

Then it's off to Washington, D.C. for the actual competition. The Bears will face four of the other top teams in the country, and they'll also see the sights of the nation's capital. This year's national tournament team includes seniors Nate Fouarge, Tim Mosbach, Jeremy Richter, and Brad Frideres; juniors Abby Rahm, Rachel Studer, and Mike Reel; and sophomores Jennifer Reinhart, Dennis Gisch, and Tyler Struck. We'll keep you informed on the plans throughout the spring.

The Golden Bear boys' basketball team has had an up-and-down season this year, staying toward the middle of the pack in the North Central Conference. Leading this year's team have been seniors Andy Laubenthal, Tom Twait, and Chris Miller. The other starters are freshman Brad Nelson and junior giant Jeremy Bartolo. Among the first men off the bench are Matt Kunkel, John Mosbach, and Ben Studer. Good luck in the rest of the season to coaches Meister and Matuska, and the whole boys' basketball team.

Next Thursday several math teachers from Garrigan will be in Des Moines to make a special presentation at the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference. Last year twelve Garrigan and Seton teachers participated in a demonstration classroom project, where they used new teaching methods to focus on the concept of measurement in their classes. They received awards from the area education agency for their efforts, and now they will be sharing what was good and bad about the new ideas to their colleagues from around the state.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Shelley Barth. Here with the details is Sadie.

Michelle Barth is probably best known for her artwork. She's taken almost every art class available at Garrigan, and for the past two years her work has been displayed at the North Central Conference art show. You may have also seen Shelley in community theatre plays, and over the years she's also been involved in publications, drama, and music here at Garrigan. We wish Shelley Barth the very best in the future.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's the state speech contest today in LeMars. Also today there's an honor band at I.S.U. in which Jamie Schmidt and Amanda Freking will be participating.

All weekend long there's a Discover retreat here at Garrigan, where freshmen and sophomores can find out more about themselves and their beliefs.

Monday the juniors will get out their #2 pencils to take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB. Then on Tuesday, we'll all have fun filling out questionairres for the annual computerized compatibility match-up.

Tuesday night B.G.H.S. hosts Humboldt, and it's Parents' Night for the Golden Bear girls. Then on Wednesday the freshman boys host North Kossuth.

Also on Wednesday five student council members will be in Carroll for a regional student council summit. Then on Thursday the math teachers will be presenting at the conference in Des Moines.

Next Friday night there's a concert at the Rochleau Center featurng kindergarten through second grade. Finally that night the Bears welcome Eagle Grove.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another 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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