Good morning! I'm Andrea Arndorfer!

And I'm Allison Even! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

First, second, and third. That's how things turned out at state last weekend for the Golden Bear danz squad. The girls received Division Ones for all their routines; and they took first place honors statewide in kick, second place in jazz, and they tied for third with their pom show. In addition Garrigan received a distinguished academic achievement award and a plaque for outstanding community service.

The core of this year's danz squad are eight seniors who are veterans of last year's national champion squad. They include Tara Trenary, Ashley Waller, Monica Schiltz, Amanda Shaw, Melissa Hilbert, Michaela Pease, Jennifer Vaske, and Jessica Cink. Juniors on the team are Marisa Spain and Candace Schiltz. Sophomores Emily Behr and Stephanie Kollasch are also part of the danz squad; as are freshmen Christina Richter, Danielle Rahm, Kristina Schiltz, Beth Kollasch, and Megan Meyer. Congratulations on another outstanding job at state to Coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz and the danz squad!

The biggest activity happening today is math team. Nineteen Garrigan students are in Ames this morning for one of the largest in a series of competitions for the Great Plains Math League. Competing today are senior Jeff Lappe; juniors JoAnn Kirsch, Maria Kohlhaas, Tami Lallier, Tony Rouse, and Chris Scobba; sophomores Melissa Cruise, Dylan Freking, Sheri Kenyon, Krissy Kohlhaas, Melanie Myers, and Kent Recker; and freshmen Alec Boeckholt, Chris Hansen, Ben Hellman, Chris Kellner, Sam Norland, Danielle Rahm, and Kelly Rouse.

Math competitions involve taking a series of tests-some individually and some as teams. One of the most interesting features is called the relay round, where competitors work in teams of three. The first person must solve a problem, and then the second player uses that answer to solve another problem. The third team member has to rely on both of the earlier answers to get the final answer for the team. Good luck today to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the Garrigan math team.

Another group is also competing today. The Golden Bear quiz bowl team was supposed to be in Spirit Lake last Saturday, but the tournament was postponed by snow. Between math team and ACT testing, the team took quite a hit, but there are eight students scheduled to go to Spirit Lake for the make-up contest today. The Bears' varsity team includes Seth Rogers, Josh Rahm, Joe Dailey, and Chris Loebach; while the J.V. team features D.J. Thompson, Joe Straub, Brent Kajewski, and Jacob Zittritsch. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team.

As we enter the holiday season, our musicians have been busy preparing and performing Christmas concerts. Last Thursday the BGHS choirs presented their holiday concert, and next Wednesday night we'll have the annual Christmas band concert and art show. There will also be a special concert at Garrigan this year by InPulse, a visiting a cappella group from the Twin Cities. The group makes all their sounds, including what sounds like instrumental and drum accompaniment, entirely with their voices. We got a sneak preview of the show last week, and the full concert will be Thursday, December 22. Tickets are available from every BGHS choir member, and we encourage all of you to come.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jeff Lappe. Here with the story on him is Alison Brandenburg.

It's pretty rare that a week goes by on "Bear Facts" when you don't hear Jeff Lappe's name. This week it was because of math team, but there's almost always something this Wesley native is involved in. He was one of the top players on the state runner-up football team, he's placed at state in track, he's been to nationals in quiz bowl, and he's also a good baseball player. Jeff would like to major in business at college, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Alison. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the math competition today at Iowa State University, and the quiz bowl team is competing in Spirit Lake. Tonight the Garrigan and Seton staff have their annual Christmas party.

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent. Then Monday the freshman basketball teams play St. Edmonds, with the boys at home and the girls in Ft. Dodge.

Tuesday there's a basketball quad against Clear Lake. The baseball and softball teams will serve an Italian dinner at the games. Then on Wednesday we'll have the Christmas band concert and art show.

Thursday we'll have our Advent reconciliation service at St. Cecelia's. That night the freshman hoopsters take on Pocahontas, with the girls at home and the boys on the road. Finally next Friday the basketball teams travel to Hampton.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another 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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