The Bear Facts

December 11, 2010

Good morning! I’m Drew Magil!

And I’m Stephanie Kajewski! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garirgan High School.


The Golden Bear danz squad has a long tradition of success, and that tradition has definitely continued in 2010. This year’s danz squad couldn’t have done any better at state than they did. The Garrigan dancers won two different first place awards. Both their kick and pom routines were judged the very best in the state. In addition the girls received a special distinguished academic award for the highest possible combined team grade point average.

There was an even bigger award last week, though. Longtime dance coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz was the 2011 recipient of the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association’s Lifetime Membership Award, the highest honor that organization gives out. Mrs. Schiltz’s family and a delegation from Garrigan were down in Des Moines to see her be honored for her lifetime achievement. We’re proud of both this year’s danz squad and the many great dance teams Mrs. Schiltz has coached over the years.


The Golden Bear quiz bowl team had another great week. Last Saturday they brought home two different trophies from the Spirit Lake Invitational Tournament. Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, and Alex Hamilton took second place overall among twenty-two schools entered in the varsity division. Meanwhile Michael Hellman, Levi Bernhard, and Matthew Fakler won the JV championship and were the only team in either division to go undefeated all day long.

The quiz bowl success continued on Wednesday, when the Bears competed in the semi-annual Knowledge Master, an academic competition that includes schools from all over the country. While it’s theoretically possible to get a score as high as 2,000 in the Knowledge Master, any score over 1,000 is generally considered good. This year a group of eighteen Golden Bears earned a score of 1,201—which was 102 points higher than our school total last year.

There’s even more quiz bowl action scheduled for today. Twelve Golden Bears are scheduled to compete in the South O’Brien Invitational, which includes seventeen schools from all over northwest Iowa. Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, Levi Bernhard, and Philip Detrick will make up the varsity team; Alison Frideres, Bily Schilz, Craig Kohlhaas, John Ricther, and Matthew Fakler will be playing JV; and Drew Magill and Brittany Kirsch will serve as alternates. Good luck, quiz bowl—keep up the good work!


Speech rehearsals have already begun for the 2011 season. We’re pleased that this year should involve a bit less travel than sometimes happens in speech. Both the district and state individual contests will be local events—with district at Garrigan and state at Algona High. In large group speech the district contest will be nearby, with the only long travel being to state group contest in Sioux City.


People sometimes wonder just what the teachers do when students get out early for inservice sessions. Lately the teachers at Garrigan, Seton, and St. John’s have been busy working on the Iowa Core Curriculum. This fall they’ve been working with the Iowa Curriculum Alignment Tool, a computer program that shows how the things we teach in our school compare with the standard curriculum taught in other schools around the state and nationwide. Teachers have particularly been focusing on the 21st Century skills they have added to their classes. Five staff members—David Burrow, Nancy Nelson, Kathy Kohlhaas, Jackie Rahe, and John Byrkeland—head up the Core Curriculum team for the area Catholic schools.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Rebecca Molsberry. Here to tell you about her is Makayla Loss.

With all the dance awards this week, it’s appropriate to spotlight Rebecca Molsberry. Becca has spent much of her life dancing. She’s been a danz squad member all through high school, and she was the state runner-up in solo dance last month. Aside from danz squad, Becca’s other main activity is Christian Leadership in Action. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society. She’ll be off to college next year, and we wish Becca all the best in the future.


Thanks, Makayla! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s quiz bowl today at South O’Brien in Paullina. There’s also ACT testing today, and tonight the staff have their Christmas party at the KC Hall.


Tomorrow is the Third Sunday of Advent and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the afternoon member of the Garrigan choir will sing with the Algona Cornbelt Chorus at the Methodist Church. Showtime is 2 and 4pm.


Monday the varsity basketball teams host Pocahontas. Meanwhile the freshman hoopsters will be at Algona High. Then on Tuesday there’s more basketball, with the Bears hosting Clear Lake. The National Honor Society will serve a chili supper that night.


Wednesday we’ll dismiss early for teacher inservice. We’ll also have a reconciliation service that day at St. Cecelia’s. Wednesday night the choir will have their Christmas Concert, which again this year will be in the St. Cecelia’s church sanctuary.


Thursday we’ll have locker clean-out. That night the freshman and JV basketball teams face Pocahontas, with the boys at home and the girls away. Next Friday we’ll have a rosary service, and that night the varsity basketball teams play at Hampton.


That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next week for our special Christmas show—celebrating the holiday season here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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