The Bear Facts ... December 8, 2007

Good morning! I'm Becky Jennings!

And I'm Jake Rosenmeyer! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Happy Hanukkah from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

We've have had quite a bit to celebrate this past week. The biggest news is probably from the danz squad. Last weekend they competed at the Iowa State Dance Team Championships which were held at Veteran's Auditorium in Des Moines. Not only did the Garrigan danz squad take first place in two different divisions, they also won the prestigious judges' choice award for the best routine out of 269 performances from all different classes at state.

The routine that won top honors is one of the most unusual that the danz squad has ever done. They competed in the extremely difficult hip-hop division for the first time ever. At the start of the routine, you'd never know it was hip-hop, though. The girls came out in traditional Alpine costumes, and their music was "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music. The yodeling soon gave way to a more modern sound, and the girls showed great versatility in combining different styles of dance.

In addition to the outstanding honors for their hip-hop routine, the girls also took first place in the more traditional pom division. They also won the Distinguished Academic Award for their team grade point average of 3.76. After winter is over, they'll be taking things to the next level by competing at nationals. This year the Bears are looking at traveling to a national dance competition in Fort Worth the last week in March. Congratulations to Coaches Colleen Conway-Schiltz and Julie Illg and to the whole Golden Bear danz squad!

Last Wednesday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in the Knowledge Master Open. This is a nationwide academic competition, where students work together to solve 200 challenging questions from all fields of knowledge. Scores of over 1000 are considered good in the Knowledge Master, and by pooling their wits the Bears managed to score 1029 points overall. There's more quiz bowl action scheduled for today. Weather permitting, the Bears will compete in the South O'Brien Invitational in Paullina. Good luck, quiz bowl!

The Bishop Garrigan math team is also in action today, with a big tournament at Iowa State University. Math team combines a wide variety of events with students working both individually and as teams to answer some of the toughest math questions you could imagine. The Golden Bear math team includes seniors Melissa Cruise, Kent Recker, Sheri Kenyon, Melanie Myers, Gina Rasmussen, Krissy Kohlhaas, and Brent Kajewski; as well as juniors Alec Boeckholt, Joe Straub, Kelly Rouse, Chris Hansen, Christopher Schmidt, Benny Hellman, Danielle Rahm, Sam Norland, and Chris Kellner. Younger math team members include sophomores Becky Erdman, Kelly Klein, Katrina Even, Brittany Berte, and Cassie Reising; and freshmen Alex Hamilton,. Anna Kollasch, and Nora Krahenbuhl. Good luck, math team!

Next Wednesday the middle school and high school choirs will present their combined Christmas vocal concert. A big change this year is that the Christmas concert will be in the sanctuary at St. Cecelia's, which choir director Linda Ferjak feels is a more fitting setting than the Garrigan gym. The vocal concert will conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, and the choir is inviting parents and alumni to join them in that number. The concert will be at 7:00 this coming Wednesday night.

Winter is definitely here, and it's time to review some of the bad weather policies at school. On bad weather days, Garrigan and Seton normally follow the decisions of the Algona Community Schools. The only exceptions are days-like this past week-when we are scheduled to have school, but Algona Public isn't. On late start days, Garrigan and Seton start school at 10:30am. Practices before school are normally cancelled. When school dismisses early, Garrigan and Seton will be out fifteen minutes earlier than the public schools in order to accommodate busing. When there is an early dismissal, after school activities are automatically cancelled. Late starts, early dismissals, and cancellations will normally be posted on the main page of the school website and announced here on KLGA.

The Garrigan scrip office wants to remind people that there are only two more gift card orders before Christmas. Dozens of local retailers accept scrip for purchases, and you can also buy gift cards from most of the leading national stores, hotels, and restaurants. Each time you buy scrip, the businesses donate anywhere from 2 to 20% of the cost to help pay school tuition. The money can either benefit your own family or it can go into a general tuition assistance fund for those who need the most help. For more information you can contact Barb Stence or Jill Book or check the scrip section of the Garrigan website.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Amber Broesder. Here with the details is Hannah Bode.

Twice in this broadcast we've mentioned the BGHS website, and many of the pages on that website were created by Amber Broesder, who has been working with the site for two years now. This Burt native is active in band, speech, and the National Honor Society. She also helps out with lots of different service projects. Amber wants to major in computer science in college, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Hannah! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's quiz bowl today in Paullina and a math competition at Iowa State. Also today several students are taking the ACT. Tonight the faculty has their Christmas party.

Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent. Monday the freshman basketball teams travel to Ft. Dodge to play at St. Ed's, and Tuesday the JV and varsity teams host St. Ed's. The cross-country team will hold a chili supper during the games.

Wednesday is the Feast of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas. Student Council will be doing Christmas shopping for the needy that day. Wednesday night there's the vocal concert at St. Cecelia's.

Thursday the freshman and JV basketball teams play Pocahontas, with the boys at home and the girls away. Friday the varsity Bears host Iowa Falls. Then next Saturday the quiz bowl team travels to Spirit Lake for a tournament that was postponed by the ice storm last weekend.

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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