The Bear Facts

May 10, 2008

Good morning! I'm Dean Raymond Thompson!

I'm Melanie Myers!

I'm Krissy Kohlhaas!

I'm Shane "Buddha" Koob!

I'm Gina Rasmussen!

And I'm Jacob Zittritsch! We're all members of the BGHS Class of 2008, and we're glad you joined us for this week's episode of "The Bear Facts", as we say farewell to Bishop Garrigan High School.

School is over for the Garrigan seniors. We had our baccalaureate mass last Wednesday night, and we finished up final exams last Thursday and Friday. Graduation is tomorrow at 2pm in Friedmann Auditorium. Carrie Courtney will be delivering the farewell speech for the Class of 2008. She continues a family tradition, since her brother Matt gave the Garrigan graduation address in 2005, and her sister Laura was a speaker at Algona High's commencement. The graduation ceremony will be broadcast live here on KLGA tomorrow afternoon.

The Class of 2008 has a lot of accomplishments to be proud of. Just this year the football team had an undefeated regular season and won the district championship. They've had awesome seasons for all of the past four years. While the seniors have been in high school girls golf has won consecutive state championships, and this year both the boys and girls golf teams won the CYO golf tournament.

Members of the Class of 2008 helped the boys basketball team to a substate berth two years ago, and the baseball team has won district and conference championships thanks to contributions from our seniors. The softball team has advanced in playoffs, and seniors have made huge contributions to the cross-country and volleyball teams.

Seniors are at the core of the quiz bowl team, which will be returning to nationals this summer. The Golden Bear danz squad also qualified for nationals under senior leadership. Technology students have helped the school's website to triple in size over the past four years, and this past year Garrigan's speech and music groups received excellent ratings at contest, artists in the class received special awards, and the drama department produced two outstanding shows. The math team has done outstandingly in the past four years, and class has also participated in new activities like the Envirothon. 

The Class of 2008 has also excelled in the areas of leadership and service. More than half of the seniors are in Garrigan's Christian Leadership in Action group, which does a wide variety of service projects in the school and community. Two seniors, Jake Lane and Jake Zittritsch, recently became certified EMTs, and one, Steph Kollasch, participated in a mission trip to Honduras last March. In lots of ways this year's senior class has made their mark on Garrigan, and we know we'll all be doing great things as we go out into the world.

Last weekend Garrigan's band and choir students performed at the state large group music contest in Emmetsburg. The band and treble choir received excellent ratings, while the a cappella choir was judged superior. This is the first time in years Garrigan has competed at large group contest, and they made an outstanding showing. Congratulations to directors Ken and Linda Ferjak and all the music students!

This weekend Garrigan freshman Alex Hamilton is in Kansas City for the Great Plains Regional Mathematics Championship. Alex qualified for regionals by earning one of the top places at the state math finals last month in Iowa City. He'll be competing against the very best math students from all across the Midwest, and we wish him all the best!

Last Monday at the North Central Conference track meet, Garrigan sophomore Katrina Even set a new school record in the 400-meter run. Katrina ran the race in 60.48 seconds, breaking a mark that had stood since 1982. Congratulations, Katrina, and good luck to her and all the runners as they compete today in the district track meet!

We've got two more seniors to feature in our Senior Spotlight: Megan Boever and Bridget Murphy. Megan Boever runs the shuttle hurdles for the Golden Bear track team. She was also involved in basketball cheerleading, and when she's not at school you might see her working in the floral department at Hy-Vee. We wish Megan all the best in the future!

Bridget Murphy is one of the top athletes at BGHS. She keeps busy with softball, track, and basketball. Next year she plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa. Good luck to Bridget and to all the seniors in the Garrigan Class of 2008!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today there's district track at Laurens. The action starts at 10:00 this morning.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. We'll have graduation for the BGHS Class of 2008 at 2pm in Friedmann Auditorium. If you can't be there, you can hear the ceremony here on KLGA.

Monday the Bears will be hosting the district girls golf meet at Spring Valley. Then on Tuesday several seniors will attend the KIMT Academic Honors Luncheon in Mason City.

Boys golf districts are Friday in Mason City, and on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday there's the state track meet in Des Moines. We hope we'll have some Golden Bears down there running on the blue oval at Drake.

That's the last "Bear Facts" for the Class of 2008. The school year isn't over yet for the younger kids, though. They'll be back two more times this year to bring you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Goodbye, Garrigan ...
Hello, World!

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