The Bear Facts
October 11, 2008

Good morning! I'm Kelly Rouse!

And I'm Joe Straub! Welcome to the "Bear Facts" for October 11, 2008. Thanks for joining us for all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

A lot of our news this week focuses on band. Last Saturday Garrigan's Solid Gold Marching Band competed in Algona Band Day, and they earned three big awards. Garrigan won first place in our class in both the parade and field competitions, which ties the best showing the school has made at Band Day. It was an especially good day for senior Holly Byrkeland, who took the award for Best Drum Major. Congratulations to Holly and the whole band!

After bringing home three trophies on Band Day, the band is in competition again today. They left early this morning to head down to Fort Dodge for the state marching band competition. Garrigan performs at 9:15 this morning down at Dodger Stadium. Bands in all classes are rated on a point system, and director Ken Ferjak is hoping to earn enough points to get a Division One rating. Good luck at state, band!

Quiz bowl season is here again. The Golden Bears have been practicing and are gearing up for the question and answer season. Garrigan will be hosting the first quiz bowl tournament of the yar next Saturday, and teams from all over northern Iowa will be in town to compete. This year's Golden Bear team has about twenty-five members, including veterans of national competition like Joe Starub, Rebeccah Erdman, Brittany Berte, Anna Kollasch, and Jake Rosenmeyer. After competing at home, the Bears will go to tournaments at Ankeny, Algona High, Orange City, and Spirit Lake later this fall, with even more competition scheduled after the holidays. Good luck, quiz bowl!

In addition to the normal routine, there have been some interesting diversions in several Garrigan classes recently. Last week Garrigan's Personal Finance students visited Iowa State Bank, where they got a detailed behind-the-scenes tour. Then this past week Mr. Bode took his science students on a field trip to the Pioneer processing facility. Another trip involved Travis Cruise, Kevin Laubenthal, and Mallory Bormann, who participated in a Soil Evaluation Competition at North Iowa Area Community College. The biggest excursion, though, was a bus trip last Wednesday to Mall of America that involved about one-third of the school. That was the prize for all the top sellers in last month's calendar drive.

Every other year the Garrigan fine arts department presents an Extravaganza, a variety show highlighting the talents of students, faculty, and alumni. This year, as the school celebrates our fiftieth year, the extravaganza should be bigger and better than ever. Speech director Mary McCall has been working hard preparing this year's event. The Extravaganza will be Halloween night, October 31. We'll keep you updated on how things come along over the next few weeks.

Publications class just finished their primary sale for the 2009 yearbook and they're hard at work preparing both the yearbook and articles for the "Speak Up" student section of the Algona newspaper. Jimmy Geelan, Tayler Cink, Elijah Gelhaus, and Kayla Schiltz are this year's publications co-editors. Seniors involved in publications include Josh Berte, Maleri Bollig, Richard Forburger, and Kyle Smith. Others working on the yearbook include juniors Austin Wolf, David Reding, Mike Mergen, Luke McCall, Brandon Doughan, Molly Brashear, and Chloe Behr. 

Sophomores on the publications staff are Andrew Behr, Laura Richter, Kelsey Rahe, Jacob Behr, Rachel Beletti, McKayla Loss, Ashley Bode, Chelsea Doughan, and Kevin Elbert. Rounding out the group are freshmen Dylan Cink, Mercerdes Forburger, Addison Miller, Abby Reding, and Kim Schiltz. Mary McCall is in charge of publications at Garrigan.

(Randy Kenyon):  Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Christopher Schmidt. Here to tell you about him is Alec Boeckholt.

Christopher Schmidt is a Whittemore native who has lettered in cross-country, basketball, and baseball. He has also earned awards in both choir and quiz bowl, and he's active in Christian Leadership, National Honor Society, and drama. Chris even serves as the student representative on the wellness committee. Christopher wants to be an engineer, and next year he plans to go to Iowa State. Good luck, Chris!

Thanks, Alec! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's state marching band contest today in Ft. Dodge. Garrigan competes at 9:15am. Then tomorrow there's the CYO volleyball tournament at LeMars Gehlen.

Monday the JV football team hosts Clarion. Then on Tuesday there's the North Central Conference cross-country meet at Webster City. Wednesday juniors will be taking the PSAT.

Thursday there's volleyball at Hampton and the cross-country team runs at Spencer. Friday the football team plays at Southeast Webster in Burnside, and Saturday there's the big Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl tournament.

That's the "Bear Facts" for October 11th. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week to hear more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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