The Bear Facts ... October 8, 2005

Good morning! I'm Ashley Waller!

And I'm Eric Goodman

And I'm Alex Elbert! You're listening to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The BGHS Solid Gold Marching Band made a great showing at Algona Band Day last Saturday. Field Commander Ashley Waller took the "Outstanding Drum Major" award, and the band received second place in Class 2-A in the field competition and third place in street. They're hoping to do well again today as they compete in the state marching band competition in Ft. Dodge. The band will perform at 10:30 this morning at Dodger Stadium, and we encourage everyone to head down there to see them.

Band Day begins each year with the Tornado Alley Run. This year Garrigan junior Chris Scobba was the overall winner in the men's 5-K run. Brandon Rowley finished third in the 5-K, and Randy Kenyon was 5th. In the 10-K run, senior Jacob Hellman was first in his division and second overall, while his brother Ben Hellman finished second in the division. Garrigan junior Tami Lallier was first in her division and second overall in the women's 5-K, while teammate Kelli Black was second in the division.

The cross-country runners continued their success on Tuesday, when they ran at Eagle Grove. The Golden Bear girls' "black pack" ran together for most of the race. Kelli Black finished 5th overall, Maria Kohlhaas 6th, Tami Lallier 7th, and Carrie Courtney 11th. The girls won the championship, and they finished ahead of rated teams in both theirs and higher classes. On the boys' side Chris Scobba ginished in 5th place, Brandon Rowley was 16th, and Jacob Hellman medalled in 25th place. The boys were 6th overall, but only one team in their class finished ahead of them.

There was great news this past week for six members of the Golden Bear danz squad. Monica Schiltz, Michaela Pease, Jessica Cink, Jennifer Vaske, Amanda Shaw, and Melissa Hilbert auditioned for the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team, an elite group where less than one-third of those who try out are accepted. All six Garrigan dancers were accepted to the all-state squad. The group will perform at halftime of the girls state basketball championship in March. Congratulations to them!

Twice each year the BGHS student council does its Adopt-a-Highway project. Each year since 1992, Garrigan has been cleaning up the stretch of highway 18 for one mile either side of Sexton. Last Wednesday eleven students headed out on a cold, wet morning to do their part to keep Iowa beautiful. Decked out in work boots and rain ponchos, they filled nine big orange bags with trash people had littered-not to mention a surprising variety of wildlife. Andrew Missal, John Reding, Eric Goodman, Brian Capesius, Dustin Tindall, David Frideres, Alison Brandenburg, Kelli Black, Carrrie Courtney, Ashley Beisch, and Brandi Roethler all helped out with Adopt-a-Highway.

Quiz bowl season is almost here. Next weekend Garrigan will host the largest academic competition in the Midwest, with seventy-two teams competing. That ties the record for the largest quiz bowl tournament ever held in Iowa. The Bears alone have forty-eight students out for quiz bowl, and they've got eight teams entered in their home tournament. Quiz bowl captains include Joe Straub, Jacob Hellman, Jeff Lappe, Bridget Doughan, Alex Bradley, Tami Lallier, Brent Kajewski, and Jude Studer. The season continues through the fall, winter, and spring. Good luck, quiz bowl!

After the recent hurricanes, being prepared for emergencies is on everybody's mind. Garrigan's HOSA group, the Health Occupations Students of America, have a fundraiser that will help you be prepared. HOSA is selling emergency preparedness kits for your home and car. The kits include emergency food and water, as well as medical supplies, communication devices, and basic items like plastic sheeting and duct tape. Prices range from $34 to $49. You can see any HOSA student or advisor Jeanne Wunder to order your emergency kit.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kayla Reding. Here to tell you about her is Alex Elbert.

Kayla Reding is a Wesley native who is active in basketball and track. She went to the national Health Occupations conference in Nashville last summer, and she also keeps busy with Christian Leadership, publications, broadcasting, and National Honor Society. Kayla also plans to go to Iowa next year, where she'll major in exercise science. We wish Kayla all the best in the future.

Thanks, Alex. On our Golden Bear calendar today there's the state marching band competition in Ft. Dodge. Garrigan will be performing at 10:30 down at Dodger Stadium.

Tomorrow there's CYO volleyball in LeMars. Then Monday there's no school at Garrigan or Seton because all the teachers are attending the Diocesan Ministries Conference. That night the freshman and sophomore football players host Eagle Grove.

Tuesday the cross-country team runs in the North Central Conference meet in Humboldt. Wednesday juniors will take the PSAT and sophomores will take the ASSET test. Then Thursday we'll have a word and communion service with the theme of respecting life.

Thursday night the volleyball team hosts Clarion Goldfield for Senior Night. Friday the cross-country team runs at Spencer and the football team has their last home game of the regular season, as they host Belmond Klemme. Then next Saturday the quiz bowl team hosts their home tournament.

Finally this week we'd like to offer our sympathy to the family of Phillip Goetz, a longtime supporter of the Garrigan school system. His family includes Sr. Janet Goetz, the registrar at Garrigan, Mary Ann Meister, who is on our development staff, and Rob Meister, one of our religion teachers. Mr. Goetz died late last month, and we will continue to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

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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