The Bear Facts
October 10, 2009

Good morning! I'm Jake Rosenmeyer!

And I'm Drew Magill! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us for all the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 The big newsmakers this week are the Solid Gold Marching Band. Last weekend the band won first place in both the parade and field competitions at Algona Band Day. The judges particularly complimented the Garrigan band on their tone and musicianship, something that really set them apart from the other small division bands in competition. The Bears are hoping to repeat their success today as they compete at the state marching contest in Ft. Dodge.

Mr. Ken Ferjak directs the Solid Gold Marching Band, which this year is taking a trip back to the '70s with music from the rock group Queen. Beth Broesder and Rachel Molsberry are the field commanders. Jeff Broesder and Rebeccah Erdman are the other seniors in band. Juniors include Kayla Blocker, Becky Jennings, Zach Zittritsch, Anna Kollasch, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, Ryya Kumm, Nora Krahenbuhl, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Drew Magill.

There are only four sophomores in band: Austin Salz, Philip Detrick, Samantha Cruise, and Jenny Broesder. The freshmen are the largest group, with Shawn Vaske, Grace Steil, Dustin Miller, Logan Kumm, Janet Kenyon, Matthew Fakler, Andrew Eden, Angelica Brosnan, and Hannah Boisjolie all among the musicians. Good luck at state contest, band!

Two weeks from now another group of musicians will be trying out for the highest honor high school music students can receive. They're auditioning for the All-State Choir. Juniors Sarah Matthews, Nora Krahenbuhl, Hannah Bode, Becky Jennings, Anna Kollasch, Kelsie Berke, Alex Hamilton, and Michael Hellman, and freshmen Grace Steil and Dustin Miller are all auditioning for all-state. Good luck to them and to director Linda Ferjak.

Garrigan's faculty and staff have been working overtime lately getting ready for a visitation by representatives from the Iowa Department of Education and from the Sioux City Diocese. The evaluators will visit Garrigan together with Seton and St. John's grade schools early in November, and they will visit with students, parents, and community members as well as staff. While Garrigan and Seton receive no state funding, they are required to maintain at least as high of standards as public schools do. The team will check to make sure things are as they should be and offer suggestions on how to make our school even better.

After a bit of a slow start, Garrigan's sports teams got back on the winning track at Homecoming. The volleyball team really cranked it up to get back-to-back wins over conference rivals Clarion-Goldfield and Ft. Dodge St. Edmond, and the football team followed up two tough losses with a big victory over Newell-Fonda. Both teams have Senior Night home games this coming week. The cross-country team has also been running well, and they'll have the conference meet in Whittemore this Monday.

The state fall HOSA conference is this weekend. Garrigan students Kayla Blocker, Jessie DeRoos, and Kelsey Blocker will be down in Des Moines for the event. HOSA is the Health Occupations Students of America, a group for people who plan careers in the health field. Jeanne Wunder is in charge of the local HOSA chapter.

Garrigan's website continues to grow and grow. Just during Homecoming week we added more than a hundred new pages with pictures of all the fun events and activities. In addition to school activities, the site now also features parish information from St. Joe-Bode and St. Michael's in Whittemore. Seniors Nick Foertsch and Joe Golwitzer have worked on the site all through high school. Joining them this year are Tyler Lallier, Mike Mergen, Eric Baumann, Jacob Behr, Joel Reding, Daniel Gelhaus, Brandon Schiltz, Terrenze Franklin, and Austin Salz. You can check out the site at garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our Homecoming Queen, Mackenzie Schindler. Here to tell you about her is Steph Kajewski.

Mackenzie Schindler is a Luverne native whose accomplishments include running in the state track meet last spring. She's also a two-time letterwinner in volleyball and basketball, and last weekend she joined other Christian Leadership students for the CROP Walk. Kenzie works as a lifeguard at the Algona Aquatic Center. Next year she plans to go to Iowa State, and she wants to be an optometrist. Congratulations to our Homecoming Queen, Mackenzie Schindler!

Thanks, Steph! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's state marching contest today in Ft. Dodge. The Solid Gold Band will becompeting at 9:45, so there's just enough time to get down there to see them.

Tomorrow there's CYO volleyball in LeMars. Then tomorrow night art teacher Steve Brosnan and principal Mike Stence will be honored at the Bishop's Dinner for Education in Sioux City.

The Iowa Tests of Educational Development continue on Monday. Then Tuesday there's the conference cross-country meet in Whittemore.

Wednesday several juniors will take the PSAT, and many other students will help with an eighth grade day of reflection that day. Thursday the volleyball team hosts Hampton-Dumont for Senior Night.

Friday it's Senior Night for football as the Bears host Southeast Webster. Then next Saturday quiz bowl season starts, when fifty-one teams will be on hand for the Garrigan Invitational Tournament.

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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