The Bear Facts - Episode #650 - February 9, 2008></p>

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Good morning! I'm Becky Jennings!

And I'm Jake Rosenmeyer! Welcome to the six hundred fiftieth weekly episode of the "Bear Facts", where for sixteen and a half years we've been bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

For the past month we've been raising money at Garrigan to help with medical expenses for one of our favorite elementary teachers. Chuck Stillman has been at Seton for longer than any of us can remember. He mostly taught fourth grade in the past, but recently he's moved up to middle school. You may have read the special "A - Z of the Bishop Garrigan Schools" that Mr. Stillman created for the Catholic Schools Week feature in the newspaper.

Mr. Stillman has fought a long battle with cancer, which is recurring and getting worse. His frequent, expensive treatments have created a lot more expense than insurance will handle. To help with his expenses, we are raffling off a beautiful black and gold quilt. You can see a picture of the quilt on the Garrigan website or see it in person by coming out to the school. Tickets are available for just $1 each or at twelve for $10. You can see any Garrigan student, stop in the offices at either Seton or Garrigan, or mail your entry to either school. We encourage everyone to support the raffle, because we all really want to help Mr. Stillman as much as we can.

Gala 2008 will be coming up soon. The theme for this year's event is "The Greatest Show on Earth", and the decorations will portray a unique carnival and circus theme. For eighteen years now Gala has been the single biggest fundraiser for the Bishop Garrigan Schools, taking in almost three million dollars to benefit the area Catholic schools. The dinner and auction for Gala 2008 will be Saturday, April 5, with a preview party on Friday, April 4. Tickets are available from the Garrigan development office or by calling 295-3521. If you've never been to Gala before, it's an experience you shouldn't miss.

The development office is also busy making plans for the big golden anniversary celebration of Bishop Garrigan High School. Next year Garrigan turns fifty, and we'll be celebrating all year long. The festivities will begin in the fall with our fiftieth Homecoming and they'll continue all through the 2008 - 2009 school year. Then on Founders Day Weekend we'll have an all-school reunion with lots of special events to celebrate fifty years of the black and gold. While it's still more than a year off, we know people's calendars will fill up quickly. So we encourage you to mark the dates July 9 - 12, 2009, and keep things free for Garrigan's big golden anniversary celebration.

Mentioning the school's anniversary makes sense on this particular show, because this week we are celebrating our 650th episode of the "Bear Facts". The program started back on September 19, 1992, before some of the current Garrigan students were even born. A contest to name the show was held among the students back then. Brian Blocker's entry won, and the name stuck.

The first announcers on the "Bear Facts" have gone on to become a music teacher, a priest, and a TV newscaster. We've had over two hundred fifty announcers over the years, and several of them have used their "Bear Facts" experience to get jobs in the communications field-both as part-time college jobs and as careers. The "Bear Facts" has won a couple of awards over the years, and we're proud to continue the long tradition of an excellent weekly program.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Krissy Kohlhaas and Melanie Myers. Here to tell you about them is Stephanie Kajewski.

Krissy Kohlhaas is active in lots of activities. She's in band, choir, cross-country, and the musical. She's treasurer of the National Honor Society, and she's become a fan of quiz bowl. Away from school she's active in 4-H, and she works as a certified nurse's aide at the West Bend Care Center. Krissy wants to major in agricultural engineering at college, and we wish her good luck.

Melanie Myers keeps busy with band, math team, cheerleading, and the National Honor Society. She enjoys baton, and she both plays and teaches piano. When she's not at school, you might see her working at the Algona KC Hall or as a nurse's aide at the Kossuth Regional Hospital. Melanie will also be off to college in the fall. Best wishes to both Melanie and Krissy!

Thanks, Stephanie! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's ACT testing today. Tonight the Golden Bear girls start their playoff run as they play at Garner.

Intramurals resume tomorrow. Monday the boys basketball team begins district play at Clarion. Then on Tuesday about a third of our students will take the American Mathematics Exam, a tough test that pits our top math students against the best in the nation.

The girls district final is Tuesday night. Wednesday morning there's no classes at Garrigan, our reward from the magazine drive last fall. There's teacher in-service in the afternoon and evening.

Next Thursday is Valentine's Day. A group of Christian Leadership students will be headed to Minneapolis that day to help out at the Mary's Place mission. Boys districts continue that night.

Friday we'll have a jeans day for Kleenex at Garrigan. Then next Saturday the math team will host a Great Plains Math League tournament.

That's the 650th episode of the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us, both this week and over the years, and be sure to tune in again next week when we'll have more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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