The Bear Facts ... April 9, 2005

Good morning! I'm Adam Elbert!

And I'm Chris Kirsch! Thanks for joining us for "The Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This weekend the Garrigan drama department is presenting their spring play, Pure As the Driven Snow. This classic melodrama features Ashley Waller as Purity Dean, a fair young maiden with a big secret. Gavin Freking plays her dashing hero, Leander Longfellow; while Andrew Missal is Mortimer Frothingham, the villain who tries to steal her away. Other cast members include Chris Kirsch, Amanda Golwitzer, Brandon Rowley, Chris Loebach, Katelyn Besch, and Amanda Thompson. Rounding out the cast are Lizzie Mayer, Samantha Kirsch, Rose Mayer, and Rachel Byrkeland. Jacob Detrick is the stage manager.

The cast has been rehearsing for two months, and they tell us Pure As the Driven Snow is funnier than last year's production of State Fair. There's also a cool set and fun costumes and make-up, including an enormous mustache on the villain. You can check it all out at tonight's performance. The curtain opens at 7:30pm in Friedmann Auditorium, otherwise known as the Garrigan gym.

Next Tuesday eight Garrigan students will be traveling to Humboldt for the annual North Central Conference art show. They'll enjoy a great lunch and participate in workshops, but the real point is to display their artistic creations. Lizzie Mayer will display a mosaic table and a big, swirly painting. Maria Kohlhaas created a teddy bear sculpture, and Brianne Donahe created a three-dimensional display portraying the side effects of the drug Accutane.

Jesse Studer and Katelyn Besch will be displaying pottery they created, and Courtney Mergen will bring a photography project. Amanda Golwitzer has a mural depicting an eye and also a painting of the tsunami that hit Asia last Christmas. Finally Chad Meyer will exhibit a glass etching table top. Congratulations to all the students being honored at the conference art show and to their instructor, Mr. Steve Brosnan.

Two weeks ago nine Garrigan students and six Algona High students competed at the state Health Occupations contest. All the Garrigan students placed in the top three statewide in various divisions at state. Bringing home medals were Anna Bormann, who finished first in Clinical Specialty; Jennifer Miller, Sarah Funk, Kayla Reding, and Rachel Byrkeland, who were second in Biomedical Debate; Katelyn Besch, who was second in both Veterinary Assisting and Extemporaneous Writing; and Anna Bormann, Alicia Miller, Katie Buscher, and Elizbeth Erdman, who were third in Creative Problem Solving. Jennifer Miller also earned a ribbon for finishing sixth in the Nutrition category.

Seven of these students-Sarah Funk, Kayla Reding, Katie Buscher, Alicia Miller, Elizabeth Erdman, Anna Bormann, and Jennifer Miller-will all be traveling to the national conference for the Health Occupations Students of America. The conference will be in Nashville, Tennessee in late June. Congratulations on qualifying for nationals to all these Garrigan students and to health instructor Jeanne Wunder!

Nine Garrigan business students recently competed in the Skills America competition at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. Junior Jeff Lappe took home two first place medals, one in business math and the other in accounting. Spenser Rahm earned second place in accounting, and the business law team made up of Derek Tindall, April Wolf, and Matt Courtney also medalled. Other Garrigan students competing were Dustin Tindall, Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, and Josh Rahm. Congratulations to them and to business teacher Annette Vaske!

Golf season is here. The defending state champion Golden Bear girls have just one senior-Lindsay Schiltz-back this year. They're still expecting a good season, though. The core of the team should be juniors like Amanda Shaw, April Wolf, Sarah Kunkel, Alicia Schackelford, and sophomores Laura O'Kane, Alyssa Gisch, Amanda Cruise, and Anna Bormann. Freshmen out for golf are Melissa Cruise, Kendra Plathe, Taryn Vitzthum, Abby Gregg, Ashli Krieps, and Alyssa Berte. Good luck to Coach Dean Capesius and the girls golf team.

On the boys side, the returning seniors are Tim Richter, Matt Vitzthum, Mitch Buscher, Sean Kohlhaas, and Jacob Richter. Juniors include Ross Froehlich, Eric Goodman, Bobby Geelan, Matt Kollasch, Brad Thompson, and Nate Pierson. The team also includes sophomore Logan Wood and freshmen Colby Krieps, Ben Golwitzer, Nick Berte, Dustin Schackelford, and Chris Lanus. Roger Froehlich and Tom Geelan are the boys golf coaches at Garrigan.

The "Bear Bucks" scrip program got off to a good start last week. "Bear Bucks" allow you to buy gift certificates to all the places you normally shop, with part of the sale helping to support tuition assistance at Garrigan and Seton. The first week brought in over $7,000 in sales, with about 5% of that going to defray students' tuition. On that pace, the program would bring in nearly $20,000 a year to help support the school-all from things people buy everyday. You can find out more about Scrip by checking out the school website or contacting BGHS.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on the infamous Pete Bormann. Here with the details on him is Tim Lind.

Pete Bormann comes to Garrigan from the Livermore area. He is a sheep and cattle farmer who enjoys driving trucks and tractors. Pete's biggest activity is FFA, where he has earned statewide honors and participated in national conventions. Pete was also head of the valet parking attendants at last weekend's Garrigan gala. He'll be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Thanks, Tim! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the spring play, Pure As the Driven Snow, at 7:30 tonight. Tuesday the girls golf team plays at Webster City, and the boys play at Humboldt.

Also on Tuesday the girls track team runs at Algona High and there's the North Central Conference art show in Humboldt. Wednesday is a jeans day for Relay for Life.

Thursday the boys track team runs at Lake Mills, and Friday they'll be running at Estherville. Also next Friday the girls track team will host the BGHS Relays on the Algona track.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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