Good morning! I'm Brittany Berte!

I'm Cassondra Reising!

I'm Taylor Brandenburg!

I'm Kelly Klein!

I'm Katrina Even!

And I'm Rebeccah Erdman! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're saluting the Class of 2010 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Garrigan's fifty-first graduating class has taken our last notes, and this weekend we're finishing our last assignments. We'll be cramming for our last test, because final exams are next Monday and Tuesday. After that we'll have baccalaureate Wednesday night, and graduation is next Sunday, May 16, at 3pm.

The seniors chose the bright pink rose as their class flower. Class colors are turquoise and silver, and the graduation motto for the Class of 2010 is "Behind us are memories, beside us are friends; before us are memories that will never end."

The Class of 2010 has a lot of accomplishments to their credit. Members of the class helped lead the Golden Bears to state championships in golf and dance, the first trip to state basketball in seventeen years, appearances at state football and track, and playoff success in baseball, softball, and volleyball.

It's definitely not just sports where the seniors excel, though. Two members of the Class of 2010 will be making their third straight trip to the National Academic Championships this summer, and seniors have also done well in math competition and in the Envirothon. Members of the class helped the marching band earn I's, and they earned I's themselves in group and individual speech. Seniors have also excelled in art, and one member was even part of a statewide firefighters' competition.

The Class of 2010 will also be remembered for the many service projects they've been a part of. Fifteen seniors are active members of the Christian Leadership in Action group, which has sponsored numerous food drives and fundraisers. One special activity many of this year's graduates took part in was the Parish Families Against Hunger project, where they helped pack thousands of meals for needy families in Haiti and Africa. The most recent service project that one of our seniors organized was just this past week, when we collected old cell phones for recycling.

Last week the seniors racked up one more accomplishment. We held our intramural basketball championship, and Mike Mergen's team came from behind to win the overall championship for the second straight year. In addition to Mike, seniors David Reding, Austin Wolf, Nick Foertsch, Joe Golwitzer, Devin Tindall, D.J. Beletti, and Elijah Gelhaus all contributed to the win, as did junior Jacob Behr. Congratulations to the intramural champs!

Also last week the 2010 All-Intramural Team was announced. While sophomore Mitch Rahm garnered enough votes to claim the title of captain, the first team had four members of the winning team-Joe Golwitzer, David Reding, Mike Mergen, and Jacob Behr. Rounding out the first team was Lucas Eischen. 

Second team All-Intramural honors went to Drew Magill, Zach Zittritsch, Nick Foertsch, Tyler Lallier, and Charlie Thilges. Philip Detrick, John Richter, Shawn Vaske, Jordan Springer, and Ashley Bode were All-Intramural honorable mentions, and for the third straight year Brett Capesius was the All-Intramural referee. Congratulations to all these honorees!

Not all the news revolves around the seniors. The quiz bowl team continued their tradition of dominating the online "20 Questions" competition. In April they were again tied for first place in the nationwide competition. Garrigan shared first place with schools from Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington. Congratulations to junior Jake Rosenmeyer, the main person responsible for the success in "20 Questions".

Also last week the quiz bowl team announced their awards for 2010. There are nine quiz bowl letterwinners this year, based on both number of competitions and success. Senior Brittany Berte was named the Most Valuable Player on the quiz bowl team, while Rebeccah Erdman won the Coach's Appreciation Award and junior Jake Rosenmeyer was named team captain. Also lettering were juniors Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, and Anna Kollasch; and freshman Matthew Fakler. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Elijah Gelhaus. Here to tell you about him is Cassie Reising!

Elijah Gelhaus is one of the biggest fans for almost any Golden Bear activity. He really gets into cheering on his friends. The biggest activity for Elijah himself is intramural basketball, where he has scored six points this season. He'll be studying business at Hawkeye next fall, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Cassie!  On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's boys golf at Hampton this morning, and the softball team is holding a camp. Then tomorrow is Mother's Day.

Monday the seniors have graduation practice in the morning and take semester tests in the afternoon. That night Garrigan will be hosting the North Central Conference girls track meet. The boys track meet will be in Humboldt, and conference golf meets will be in Humboldt and Fort Dodge.

Tuesday the seniors have their morning exams, and that day we'll also be electing student council presidents for next year. Wednesday we'll elect class presidents, and the Advanced Biology and Ecology classes will go on a canoe trip. Baccalaureate for the Class of 2010 will be Wednesday night at 7pm.

Thursday Craig Kohlhaas leaves for the Great Plains regional math competition in Kansas City. Then Friday there's district and regional track and boys golf sectionals.

That's the last "Bear Facts" for those of us in the Class of 2010. Next week some younger kids will be here, so be sure to tune in to hear them bringing you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Goodbye, everybody!

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