The Bear Facts
October 8, 2011

Good morning! I’m Lana Larson!

 I’m Brandon Schiltz!

And I’m Joe Farrell! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

There are three big trophies in the main lobby at Garrigan this week, all from Algona Band Day. Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band took first place in their division in both the parade and field competitions at band day, and the 7th and 8th graders earned first place among middle schoolers in the parade. Congratulations, band!

Today is another big day for the Solid Gold Marching Band. The band is down in Fort Dodge this morning for the state marching contest. Garrigan will be the first band to perform at Dodger Stadium today, taking the field at 9:15am. The band’s show is called “Aztec Fire”, and they’re hoping to earn another Division I rating for their efforts. Good luck at state, band!

The Golden Bear math team has only had one competition so far this year, but they’ve already qualified two students for state. Senior Craig Kohlhaas and freshman Dorothy Kirsch were among the top finishers in at the Great Plains Math League competition in Cedar Rapids last month. The Bears will compete in about five other math contests throughout the year, and they’re hoping to have several other state qualifiers.

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team is about to start their season. Next week they’ll be hosting the Garrigan Invitational, which for more than twenty years has been the first and biggest quiz bowl tournament each year. A lot of key quiz bowl players graduated, but the Bears should still have a good team. Returning players include national veterans Philip Detrick and Levi Bernhard and national qualifier Dustin Miller.

Other seniors in quiz bowl are Craig Kohlhaas, Alex Boisjolie, Rachel Berte, Billy Schiltz, Andrea Altman, Daniel Gehlaus, John Richter, Grant Reding, Austin Salz, Brandon Schiltz, Eli Marlow, and Lizzy Hohmeister. Juniors include Mercedes Espinosa, Grace Steil, Zach Scobba, Allison Frideres, and Mark Fakler. Rounding out the team are sophomore Jake Hamilton and freshmen Hannah Bernhard, Reece Wadle, Gaby Steil, Zach Kollasch, Mark Fakler, Taylor Illg, Dorothy Kirsch, and Tony Kollasch. Good luck, quiz bowl!

In terms of number of participants, the single biggest activity at Garrigan is Christian Leadership in Action. More than eighty students are part of Christian Leadership. Throughout the year they organize different religious events, and they also help out with many different service projects. Last weekend almost fifty Garrigan students were part of the CROP Walk, helping to earn money to help needy people both here and throughout the world.

Christian Leadership also organized a rosary for Respect Life Month, which we celebrated yesterday. Later this month they’ll be holding a Halloween Food Drive, collecting cans and boxes for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. Mr. Rob Meister organizes the Christian Leadership group, and this year’s core leaders include Emily Bell, Kim Schiltz, Sara Poeppe, Daniel Gelhaus, Mallory Bormann, Alissa Kirsch, Hannah Boisjolie, Kristin Condoleon, Erin Quinlin, and Taylor Hovey.



Another group that helps out with service projects is Garrigan’s student council. Last Wednesday the student council did their semi-annual adopt-a-highway project. For the past twenty years Garrigan has adopted the stretch of highway 18 one mile either side of Sexton. This fall we were pleased to find less trash than usual along the road.

We spend a lot of time on the “Bear Facts” talking about the Golden Bears who compete in football, volleyball, and cross-country. This fall, though, three Garrigan girls are also competing together with the Bulldogs as part of the Algona swim team. Keni Roethler, Emma Plathe, and Erica Carlson are Garrigan’s swimmers, and they’ve been an important part of the Algona team. Their next meet is Monday at Spencer, and we wish the girls good luck.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Daniel Gelhaus. Here to tell you about him is the man himself.

I am an Algona native who has been very successful in both football and track. I was also part of the championship intramural team last winter. I am a core member of Christian Leadership, and I am becoming an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion for the church. I am also a youth delegate on the area wellness organizations. I would like to attend the University of Minnesota next year, in hopes of having a career as a funeral director. The school wishes me all the best in my future.

Thanks, Daniel. On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s state marching band this morning in Fort Dodge. Then Monday the JV football team plays Humboldt and the swim team is at Spencer.

Tuesday there’s the North Central Conference cross-country meet at the Bible camp in Ventura. We’ll have mass on Wednesday, and Thursday several Garrigan students are helping with the eighth grade retreat.

The volleyball team hosts Clarion—Goldfield for Senior Night on Thursday. Then Friday the football team hosts Britt West Hancock.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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