The Bear Facts / January 7, 2006

Good morning! I'm Andrea Arndorfer!

And I'm Samantha Arndorfer! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Happy New Year from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Quiz bowl season is back in full swing. The Golden Bears have six teams competing this morning at the Cougar Invitational at North Kossuth High School in Swea City. The first team includes Jeff Lappe, Gavin Freking, Spenser Rahm, and Joe Rahm. Team 2 features Shane Koob, Mark Poeppe, Joe Straub, and Ben Golwitzer; and Team 3 includes Chris Scobba, Brandon Rowley, Seth Rogers, and Andrew Missal.

The fourth Garrigan team competing today is made up of Amanda Golwitzer, JoAnn Kirsch, Amanda Cruise, Bridget Doughan, and Melissa Cruise. Team 5 has Brent Kajewski, Jacob Zittritsch, Chris Gelhaus, and Brian Patterson; while the members of Team 6 are Josh Rahm, Joe Dailey, Ethan Dahlhauser, and D.J. Thompson. Also going along as a reader is last year's quiz bowl captain, Matt Courtney. Good luck today to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

Also today sophomore Dylan Freking and freshman Holly Byrkeland are over in Mason City for the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association honor band. They'll rehearse with some of the best musicians in northern Iowa today and present a concert in the NIACC Auditorium this evening. Three other musicians were honored with special selections, too. Jacob Hellman, Bridget Doughan, and Chris Kirsch were chosen to attend the Dorian Choir Festival at Luther College in Decorah. Unfortunately they will be unable to attend that event, but we're proud of them for their accomplishments.

Speech contest is just around the corner. The Golden Bear speech team has been busy rehearsing since before Christmas, and now they've got just two weeks left before district contest. Among Garrigan's varsity speech team is preparing a one-act play called "Kiss Me Quick, I'm Double Parked" and a readers' theatre entitled "Sergeant Peter Best's Lonely Hearts Club Band Syndrome". They will also be performing three ensemble acting selections, "But Listen", "The Committee Meeting", and "Little Women", as well as three group improvisations and a mime. Garrigan also has two freshman selections, a group improvisation and a readers' theatre called "The Ugly Duckling". We'll tell you more about contest in the coming weeks.

Semester test time is just around the corner. Next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we'll have tests covering everything we've learned so far this year. We always have a special schedule at semester test time. The tests themselves are a full hour long, and there's extra time between classes, in case people need more time to finish. That means Wednesday we'll just have Periods 2, 3, and 8; while on Thursday we'll take our exams for Periods 1, 6, and 7. Semester tests finish up next Friday with Periods 4 and 5.

Intramural basketball starts this weekend. This popular activity has more participation this year than ever. We've got ten teams competing for the coveted championship T-shirts. For the first time in over a decade there's a faculty team, this time organized by science teacher Beany Bode. Other team captains include Nick Berte, Eric Goodman, Ben Hellman, Brent Kajewski, Amber Broesder, Joe Dailey, Brandon Rowley, David Miller, and D.J. Thompson. The teams will play a full round-robin of games between now and the end of March, with all the games scheduled on Sunday afternoons. Good luck to all the intramural competitors.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jace Boekelman. Here to tell you about him is Samantha.

Jace Boekelman is an Algona native who enjoys study halls and keeps busy with Applied Math and Electricity. When he's not at school, he works for Tri-Square Construction. He also enjoys four-wheeling and snowmobiling, as well as roping and horses. Jace plans a career in technical trades, and we wish him all the best after high school.

Thanks! On our Golden Bear calendar today the quiz bowl team is competing at North Kossuth. This afternoon the girls basketball team will be making up a snow-cancelled game at Eagle Grove, and tonight there's the honor band concert at NIACC in Mason City.

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Epiphany. We'll also be starting intramural basketball for 2006. Then on Monday the freshman and JV basketball teams take on North Kossuth. The boys will be at home, with the girls at Swea City.

Tuesday there's varsity basketball action, with the Bears playing at Pocahontas. Then on Wednesday semester exams begin. The sophomore class will enjoy subway party subs that day as their second place reward from last fall's magazine drive.

Semester tests continue on Thursday. The freshmen will have lunch at Godfathers that day, their reward for finishing first in the magazine drive. That night the freshman and JV basketball teams play West Bend Mallard. The girls are at home, and the boys on the road.

We finish up semester tests on Friday. That night the basketball Bears host Humboldt, and the math team will serve a spaghetti supper during the games.

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

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