The Bear Facts

December 9, 2006

Good morning! I'm Alex "B-Rad" Bradley!

And I'm Brian "B.C." Capesius! Thanks for listening to the "Bear Facts". Greetings from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear danz squad went down to the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines for the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Championships. Garrigan has a long tradition of success in dance, and they definitely continued their success this year. They pretty much swept the awards at state. The Bears brought home two state championship trophies for first place with their jazz and pom routines. They also received a special citation for outstanding community service as well as an award for distinguished academic achievement.

The Garrigan danz squad includes senior captains Marisa Spain and Candace Schiltz; juniors Emily Behr and Stephanie Kollasch; sophomores Christina Richter, Rebecca Brosnan, Danielle Rahm, Beth Kollasch, Kristina Schiltz, and Megan Meyer; and freshmen Tina Berte, Rachel Molsberry, Tayler Cink, Molly Brashear, and Taylor Brandenburg. Colleen Conway-Schiltz, Julie Illg, and Sarah Kollasch are the danz squad coaches. You can see why the girls are state champions when they perform at home basketball games throughout the season.

Danz squad wasn't the only group to bring home a trophy this past week. The BGHS quiz bowl team took second place in their division at the Spirit Lake Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament last Saturday. The team included junior Ethan Dahlhauser together with freshmen Brittany Berte, Katrina Even, and Rebeccah Erdman. They were undefeated in the preliminary rounds and were the top seed going into play-offs. They came from behind to narrowly beat West Bend Mallard in the semi-finals, but lost to the home team from Spirit Lake in the championship game. Congratulations to the team and to their coach, David Burrow.

Quiz bowl turned around and played again on Monday, when several team members competed in the Knowledge Master, a nationwide computer-based quiz. Shane Koob, Ethan Dahlhauser, Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Chris Scobba, D.J. Thompson, Jacob Lane, Brent Kajewski, Brian Patterson, Christopher Schmidt, Joe Straub, and Jacob Grein represented Garrigan in this year's Knowledge Master. Scores over 1,000 are considered good in the Knowledge Master. The Bears' freshman team scored 1125 points, while the varsity ended up with 1003. The top category for both teams was "Useless Trivia". The freshmen also did well in World History and English, while the varsity team scored high in Economics, Law, and Geography. The next quiz bowl competition is this morning at South O'Brien.

Today is one of the biggest tournaments of the year for the Golden Bear math team. Coach Daryl Kohlhaas is taking twenty-four students to Ames today for a Great Plains Math League competition at Iowa State University. Tony Rouse, Maria Kohlhaas, Dylan Freking, Kent Recker, Krissy Kohlhaas, Melanie Myers, Melissa, Cruise, Jake Lane, Chris Kellner, Alec Boeckholt, Ben Hellman, and Sam Norland will be competing at the varsity level today. J.V. competitors include Danielle Rahm, Kelly Rouse, Cassie Reising, Rebeccah Erdman, Brittany Berte, Kelly Klein, D.J. Beletti, Nick Kellner, Luke McCall, Chris Hansen, Christopher Schmidt, and Joe Straub. Good luck, math team!

Last Thursday fourteen Garrigan students went on a special service trip to the Twin Cities. Seniors Rachel Brykeland, Chris Scobba, Katie Buscher, Caryn Taphorn, Marisa Spain, Cindy Reding, and Andrea Richter; and juniors Chase Reding, Ashli Kripes, Sheri Kenyon, Michelle Kollasch, Becca Kramer, Stephanie Kollasch, and Casey Arndorfer spent the morning serving breakfast at the Mary's Place Mission in Minneapolis. This service project was one of many ways Garrigan's Christian Leadership in Action group is helping out during the holiday season. They are also collecting donations for Toys for Tots, collecting coats for the Care Team, delivering fruit baskets for St. Cecelia's, touring the nativity with elementary students, and doing Christmas crafts with pre-schoolers. Rob Meister coordinates the Christian Leadership program at Garrigan.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Chris Cassmann. Here to tell you about him is Tony "Tone-Love" Rouse.

Chris Cassmann is an Algona native who is one of the members of the Golden Bear varsity basketball team. He was also one of the reasons the BGHS baseball team won another conference championship last summer. When he's not at school Chris enjoys hunting (where he's not a good shot), and he may have been your delivery boy if you ordered a pizza from Premier. Chris will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Tony! On our Golden Bear calendar today, there's a math competition in Ames and the quiz bowl team is competing in Paulina. Tonight the staff members will have their annual Christmas party.

Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent. Monday the freshman basketball teams host Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. 

Tuesday morning student council members will be shopping for needy families, and that afternoon the whole school will be seeing The Nativity at the Algona Theatre. That night the varsity hoopsters travel to St. Ed's. 

Wednesday is the holiday band concert and art show. Thursday we'll have a jeans day to raise money for the Lights of Hope project. That night the freshman basketball teams play at Pocahontas.

Next Friday the varsity Bears travel to Iowa Falls. Saturday morning the quiz bowl team plays at Aplington Parkersburg, and Saturday night we'll have the madrigal dinner.

Finally this week we want to say we're pleased to welcome Andrew Elbert back here to Garrigan. Andrew was in a serious accident before Thanksgiving and was out of school for some time. We're glad to have him back with us here at school.

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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