Good morning! I’m Christopher Schmidt!

And I’m Joe Straub! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Nine votes isn’t much, but that’s what decided the winners in our election for next year’s student council president. Two pairs of candidates ran to be co-presidents, and most people would have been very happy to have either team win. In the end David Reding and Brett Capesius edged out Nick Foertsch and Dana Miller to win the title of student body co-presidents. Nick and Dana will still be on student council, though. They’ll be next year’s senior class co-presidents. Congratulations to all the candidates in this extremely close race.

Last weekend the Golden Bear quiz bowl team was down in Ames for one of the toughest tournaments of the year, the Iowa State NAQT Championships. This tournament features extremely long questions on obscure topics like Czechoslovakian authors and modern developments in quantum mechanics. While it was extremely difficult, the team of Joe Straub, Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, and Christopher Schmidt did manage to qualify for playoffs. They proceeded to get absolutely annihilated by Ames High School. The score was 400 – 40, by far the worse loss the team has had. One consolation was that Joe Straub received a special award for his eagerness to answer questions—right or wrong. Congratulations on their hard work to the quiz bowl team.

Quiz bowl season is now over, except for the big trip to nationals at the end of the month. With the conclusion of the regular season, Coach David Burrow announced this year’s letterwinners and special awards. Senior Joe Straub was named this year’s quiz bowl MVP for his outstanding success the past four years, and sophomore Jake Rosenmeyer won the Coach’s Appreciation Award. Other letterwinners include seniors Chris Hansen, Vince Cruise, and Christopher Schmidt; juniors Rebeccah Erdman and Brittany Berte; sophomores Michael Hellman, Anna Kollasch, Alex Hamilton, and Michael Fakler; and freshman John Richter. Congratulations, quiz bowl award-winners!

Last week was an especially good one for Garrigan senior Vince Cruise. Vince was down in Des Moines last week competing in Skills USA, a contest of technical ability. Vince wants to go into a career as an electrician, and he was entered in the home wiring competition. After a series of tough challenges, Vince won first place statewide, the top competitor in the contest. Out of all the required tasks, there was only one—wiring a doorbell—that he didn’t complete perfectly. His state championship now qualifies Vince to compete in a regional competition in Kansas City next June.

Last Friday we celebrated Grandparents Day at Garrigan and Seton. This is a time we take every year to visit with the older generation and thank them for their influence on us. The grandparents start their day by joining the elementary kids for mass, and then they come over to the high school for lunch. It’s always a fun day, and we’re pleased to welcome our grandparents to school.

 The year is winding down for Garrigan’s seniors. At this point there’s only one full day of school left, plus semester tests. The seniors finish their last tests Wednesday at lunch time. Wednesday night we’ll have the schoolwide baccalaureate mass, followed by the announcement of various awards. Garrigan’s 50th graduation ceremony will be next Sunday, May 17, at 2pm in Friedmann Auditorium. The seniors selected Rebecca Brosnan to give this year’s commencement address. Next week we’ll have the “Bear Facts” senior farewell show, and we invite you to tune in then to hear more about the Class of 2009.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jade Kajewski and Chris Kellner. Here to tell you about them is Danielle "the" Rahm.

When she’s not at Garrigan you might see Jade Kajewski working at the Good Samaritan Center. In her years at Garrigan she’s been a cheerleader, and she’s been active in choir, speech, and HOSA. Next year she’ll either be at NIACC or attending college in California. Good luck, Jade!

Chris Kellner is a four-year member of the choir and cross-country teams. He’s also part of the Golden Bear math team. When he’s not at school, Chris keeps busy working at Spring Valley Golf Course. Next year he’ll go to Kirkwood and major in turf grass management. We wish both Chris and Jade all the best in the future.

Thanks, Rahmer! On the Golden Bear calendar, there’s lots of graduation receptions this weekend for our seniors. There’s boys golf today at Hampton, and the cheerleaders are having a car wash at Algona Marine and Sport.

Tomorrow is Mothers Day. Then Monday there’s the North Central Conference golf and track meets. Tuesday the seniors have graduation practice, and that night the golf teams play West Bend—Mallard.

Wednesday is the seniors’ last day. That night we’ll have the baccalaureate mass. Thursday the wellness committee meets. Then finally next Friday there’s boys sectional golf at Graettinger and boys and girls district track at Laurens.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next week for a special show where we’ll say goodbye to the Class of 2009 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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