The Bear Facts
December 10, 2011

Good morning! I’m Jason Reding!

I’m Andrew McGuire!

And I’m Thomas Bradley! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Tomorrow is one of the biggest days of the year for the fine arts department at Garrigan. Music, art, and drama are all combining their skills to put on a spectacular madrigal dinner. This week the playwright who created our show has been at Garrigan, working with students as they prepare for their performances. There’s a big rehearsal all afternoon today, and tomorrow there are two big shows. The first performance is a luncheon show at 11am. The menu is a little bit lighter than the 5pm dinner show, but the performance is the same.

While all the Garrigan musicians are featured in the madrigal, at the center of the show is the royal court. Philip Detrick stars as the jester, while Shawn Vaske and Lana Larson play the king and queen. Among the princes, lords, and ladies are Amelia Golwitzer, Austin Salz, Matthew Fakler, Melanie Mergen, John Richter, and Dustin Miller; as well as Anna Morse, Alex Matthews, Grace Steil, Nicole Grein, Nick Bronk, Hannah Byrkeland, Mark Fakler, Christian Matthews, Tony Kollasch, Erin Quinlin, Zach Kollasch, Sophia Kaduce, Alissa Kirsch,Janet Kenyon, Jeanne McCall, and Angelica Brosnan. We know it will be an outstanding show, so be sure to be on hand tomorrow for the madrigal!

Last Saturday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in the Spirit Lake Invitational Tournament. They braved the snowstorm coming back, but the trip was definitely worth it. While we knew this would be a rebuilding year in quiz bowl, the Bears seem to have rebuilt fairly quickly. The younger of two Garrigan teams took home the first place trophy in their division at Spirit Lake, finishing with a perfect 6 – 0 record for the day.

The Bears beat MOC—Floyd Valley, North Sentral Kossuth, Boyden—Hull, and Spirit Lake in the preliminary rounds. Their closest game was against Harris—Lake Park in the semifinals. They then easily beat LeMars to take the championship. Team members include junior Allison Frideres; sophomore Jakob Hamilton; and freshmen Hannah Bernhard, Zachary Kollasch, and Tony Kollasch.

Garrigan’s other entry also had a good day. They had a 3 – 1 record and ended up in fifth place overall in the tournament Members of that team were senior Philip Detrick; juniors Zach Scobba and Dustin Miller; and sophomore Levi Bernhard. Congratulations to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

Quiz bowl was far from the only event last weekend. The BGHS danz squad had their state competition, and they ended up bringing home third place statewide with their pom routine. While the girls always want to do better, third place is a very good showing, and we congratulate Coach Colleen Conway—Schiltz and the danz squad on their success.

The third team competing last weekend was the Golden Bear math team. They hosted their home meet and kept the third place trophy. This year’s math team features eleven competitors. At the core of the team are seniors Austin Salz, Craig Kohlhaas, and Jenny Broesder. Coach Daryl Kohlhaas leads the team. They practice every week and have several other competitions coming up throughout the winter.

This past Wednesday several members of Garrigan’s Christian Leadership in Action group went up to Minneapolis. They spent the day at Mary’s Place, the Caring and Sharing Hands Mission that is located just south of Target Field. Mary’s Place serves hundreds of homeless and needy people each day. Garrigan students toured the facility and helped serve breakfast and prepare lunch.

Making the trip to Minneapolis were Austin Vaske, Mitch Rahm, Joe Farrell, Alex Boisjolie, and Grant Reding; together with Kim Schiltz, Brandon Schiltz, Daniel Gelhaus, Erica Carlson, Savannah McNertney, Victor Berte, Elliot Boisjolie, and Rebecca Richter. Mrs. Colleen Schiltz and Mrs. Erin Miller took the group up to Mary’s Place.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Lana Larson. Here to tell you about her is Keni Roethler.

Lana Larson is an Algona native whose biggest winter activity is basketball cheerleading. She has also been an important member of the Golden Bear volleyball team, and she’s active in track and Christian Leadership. Away from Garrigan Lana works as a certified nurse’s aide at Good Samaritan. She wants to study nursing in college, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Keni. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s the final rehearsal for madrigal this afternoon. Then tonight the staff will have their Christmas party.

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent. There will be two madrigal performances at 11am and 5pm in Friedmann Auditorium. Monday we’ll begin our day with Advent prayer. That night varsity basketball teams play at Pocahontas.

Tuesday night the Bears host Clear Lake in a basketball quad. The cross-country team will be serving a chili supper during the games. Then on Wednesday we’ll celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.

Wednesday night is the annual concert and art show. The art displays open at 6:30, and the bands will start playing at 7pm.

Thursday the junior class will have a jeans day for meeting their goal in last month’s magazine drive. Then Friday night the varsity Bears travel to Hampton.

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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