MARCH 7, 2009

Good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

And I'm Michael Fakler! Welcome to another episode of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we bring you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday Garrigan hosted the district individual speech contest, and the Bears had a very successful day. Garrigan students earned nineteen Division I (or excellent) ratings and just four Division Iis. Rebecca Brosnan earned Is in both Poetry and Acting, Brittany Berte in both Acting and Radio News Announcing, Anna Kollasch in both Storytelling and Literary Program, Rebecca Edrman in both Radio News Announcing and Poetry, Cassie Reising in both Acting and Poetry, and Sam Norland in both Musical Theatre and Literary Program. Also earning I's were Jake Rosenmeyer, Rachel Berte, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Michael Fakler in Prose; Alex Hamilton in Public Address; Craig Kohlhaas in Poetry, and Philip Detrick in Improvisation.

Four Golden Bears earned Division II (or good) ratings. They were Jake Rosenmeyer in Public Address, Michael Hellman in Radio, Abby Hanna in Prose, and Philip Detrick in Acting. The nineteen Division I entries now advance to the state speech contest, which will be held next Saturday at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge. Congratulations to all the speech students and to coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

After a couple months off, quiz bowl is back in action today. Eight Golden Bears are down in Boone for the annual EXCEL Quiz Bowl. Competing for the Bears today are seniors Joe Straub, Christopher Schmidt, and Vince Cruise; junior Rebeccah Erdman; and sophomores Anna Kollasch, Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Hellman, and Alex Hamilton. Good luck to them and to quiz bowl coach David Burrow.

The math team also has a big competition today. They're over in Sioux Center for the Dordt College Invitational. Coach Daryl Kohlhaas is escorting eleven math team members-seniors Alec Boeckholt, Chris Hansen, Ben Hellman, and Kelly Rouse; juniors D.J. Beletti, Brittany Berte, Jeff Broesder, Nick Kellner, and Luke McCall; and sophomores Michael Fakler, and Jenny Broesder. They will compete in target, relay, sprint, team rounds, solving some of the toughest math problems around. Good luck, math team!

Last Thursday Garrigan's sophomores participated in a career development program where they toured area businesses. Different groups of students toured Pioneer Hi-Bred, Kemna GM Center, Pharmacists Mutual, KLGA, the hydrogen engine center, Universal Manufacturing, the Max-Yield Agronomy Plant, and the Kossuth Regional Health Center. Teacher chaperons accompanied the students on their tours around town.

Coming up next week is eighth grade orientation day. Next Friday the high school will dismiss early so that the eighth graders can spend a couple hours getting familiar with Garrigan. Next year's freshmen will have lunch and then hear presentations on all the different activities available in high school. They will then tour the building and meet in small groups with staff members to plan their schedules for next year. We'll be welcoming forty-seven eighth graders, and we hope they all enjoy their orientation.

Twelve Garrigan seniors were recently selected to be DARE role models. They met with Seton students last week to talk about positive lifestyle. This year's DARE role models are Kyle Smith, Allison Blocker, Jenna Carlson, Jim Geelan, Richard Forburger, and Kristina Schiltz; as well as Megan Hilbert, Kelly Rouse, Holly Byrkeland, Jesie Rosenmeyer, Brandi Roethler, and Brian Patterson. Congratulations to these DARE role models.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Randy Kenyon and Mandy Kohlhaas. Here to tell you about them is Alexander Hamilton.

Randy Kenyon is active in band and choir. In addition to the regular school versions, he plays bass for the group Kickstart, which recently released their CD. Randy is a cross-country runner who has also been involved in track. His height also helps him out in intramurals. Randy will be off to college in the fall, and we wish him all the best after high school.

Mandy Kohlhaas is looking forward to golf season. She finished in 5th place statewide as an individual golfer last year, and she's been part of state championship teams in the past. Mandy is also active in basketball and volleyball, as well as 4-H, where she's won state championships showing cattle. She plans to attend DMACC next year. Good luck, Mandy!

Thanks, Alex! On our Golden Bear calendar this week there's math team today at Sioux Center and quiz bowl in Boone. Also today the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team is performing at state basketball.

Tomorrow Daylight Savings Time begins. In the afternoon intramural basketball resumes. Then next Tuesday there's the annual Academic Banquet, honoring the top students in the school.

Wednesday and Thursday the seniors will be in Cedar Falls for their annual class retreat. This was postponed due to snow in January. Thursday another group will go up to the Mary's Place mission in Minneapolis.

Friday we'll dismiss early for eighth grade orientation. That afternoon the danz squad will hold a clinic for younger girls. They'll have their spring show on Saturday, and also next Saturday there's the state speech contest in Fort Dodge.

Finally this week we want to express our sympathy and wish the best to Gary Peterson, the husband of Spanish teacher Linda Peterson, who is hospitalized in Mason City. Our prayers are with you, and we hope you get well soon!

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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