The Bear Facts
November 8, 2008

Good morning! I'm Kory Wieland!

And I'm Kelly Rouse! Welcome back to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear football competition spirit squad went down to Des Moines to take part in the state cheerleading competition at Veterans Auditorium. The girls wanted to do their best, but neither they nor coach Erin Miller were really expecting all that much. That's why it was an exciting surprise when they not only did well, but ended up taking home the first place trophy in their class. Congratulations to state champions Ryya Kumm, Abbey Reding, Addison Miller, Ashley Bode, Kelsie Berke, Katelyn Renger, Beth Broesder, Beth Kollasch, Meghan Mayer, Kayla Schiltz, Kim Schiltz, and Molly Brashear!

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team is decked out in new shirts. It's been nearly a decade since quiz bowl has gotten team shirts, but after their big home tournament win, they decided to get T-shirts this year. The black on gold shirts feature the slogan "If the desk isn't cracked, you're not slapping hard enough," a reference to how players slap the desk in front of them to signal they want to answer a question.

The shirts are appropriate, since today the Bears are competing in their second largest quiz bowl tournament of the year. Right about now they're arriving across town at Algona High, where Garrigan will have five teams entered in the competition. Team captains today are Christopher Schmidt, Ashley Beisch, Anna Kollasch, Jenna Carlson, and John Richter. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Last Tuesday America elected a new President, as well as lots of other leaders. Here at Garrigan we held a special mock election, and while the margins were different, it turned out that we voted the same way as both the state of Iowa and the nation as a whole. When the votes were all counted, Barack Obama got almost 60% of the votes here at Garrigan, compared to 35% for John McCain and 5% for other candidates. In the U.S. Senate race, Tom Harkin got 78% of Garrigan students' votes, while Representative Tom Latham got 72% of the vote. The hotly-contested race for sheriff was the most lop-sided here at Garrigan. Students gave Steve Kollasch 84% of the vote, compared with 16% for Roger Fisher. The mock election was sponsored by Mr. Meister's Modern World Problems class.

The cross-country team passed out their awards at a special dessert bar this past week. Katrina Even earned All-Conference and All-CYO awarfs, while Ben Hellman was an all-conference honorable mention. Although she's just a junior, Katrina was named Most Valuable Runner. Katrina tied a school record for most medals, and she shared the MVP award with Ben Hellman. Manager Chris Hansen earned the Coach's Appreciation Award. Brittany Berte and Michael Fakler shared Rookie of the Year honors.

Senior Sam Norland was honored as a Bishop Garrigan Schools six-year runner. Holly Byrkeland, Ben Hellman, and Christopher Schmidt earned the Adam Sundall Award for four years in cross-country. Anna Kollasch and Shanna Miller were honored as Most-Improved Runners. Honorary team captains were also named. Receiving that honor were Ben Hellman, Christopher Schmidt, Shanna Miller, and Katrina Even.

Last Wednesday twenty-five of Garrigan's Advanced Biology students went down to Ames, where they toured the Iowa State Biotech Research Center. This is one of numerous field trips biology teacher Beany Bode has taken his students on. Several of the students are considering careers in biological research and engineering, and the trip gave them a chance to explore what this field was like.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kali Smith and Michaela Bormann.

Kali Smith is probably best known for her achievements in volleyball. She's also been out for basketball, and she's active in the Christian Leadership in Action group. When she's not at Garrigan, Kali keeps busy doing office work downtown. She plans to attend Simpson next year, where she's like to continue playing volleyball.

Michaela Bormann has been active all through school in the Algona FFA, and she just finished selling holiday fruit and cheese baskets for the group. Michaela is also a volleyball player, and away from school you might see her working at Bomgaar's. We wish both Michaela and Kali all the best of luck in the future!

On the calendar today there's quiz bowl at Algona High, and the math team is competing at Sioux Center. Then tomorrow the football team will have their awards luncheon.

We'll have parent-teacher conferences next Monday and Tuesday. High school conferences will be from 3:30 to 6:30 in the Rochleau Center at St. Cecelia's.

Girls basketball practice starts on Monday. Then it's a pretty quiet week until Friday, when we have the day off. Nurses' aide students will be doing their clinical testing that day.

Clinicals continue next Saturday, and also that day the quiz bowl team will be playing at Orange City.

Finally this week we'd like to say goodbye to Sam Aschenbrenner. Sam joined our freshman class about a year ago when they were at Seton, and he's gotten to fit in very well. He's returning to southeast Iowa to live with his family and go to City High in Iowa City. We're glad to have gotten to know him while he was at Garrigan. Good luck, Sam!

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to catch our show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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