The Bear Facts

September 11, 2010

Good morning! I’m Jake Rosenmyer!

And I’m Drew Magil! Welcome again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Homecoming 2010 is just a week away. For this year’s Homecoming theme, the student council chose “A Week at the Movies”, and all the classes are working hard to plan their floats and skits. The senior class nominated Homecoming royalty last week. This year’s queen candidates are Kelsie Berke, Ashley Bode, Aimee Dahlhauser, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Katie Miller. The king candidates are Andrew Behr, Kevin Elbert, Drew Magill, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Andrew Schiltz. Homecoming will start Sunday, September 19, with parade, football game, and dance on Friday the 24th. We’ll update you on all the Homecoming activities on next week’s show.

The cast list was posted last week for the Garrigan fall musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The first name on the list is Dustin Miller. Dustin doesn’t have a speaking role, but almost everyone would agree he’s the most important person in the show. Dustin is a very accomplished pianist who will be accompanying the entire show. Much of the show is done through sung narration, and three vocalists—Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Hannah Bode—will be splitting up the narration.

The title character, Joseph from the Old Testament, will be played by Michael Hellman. Jake Rosenmeyer will play Joseph’s father Jacob. Playing Joseph’s jealous brothers are Philip Detrick, Shawn Vaske, Alex Hamilton, John Richter, Craig Kohlhaas, Kelsie Berke, Sarah Matthews, Becky Jennings, Jenny Broesder, Nick Bronk, and Alex Matthews. Matthew Fakler will play Potiphar, while his wife is portrayed by Lizzy Hohmeister. Drew Magill will play the Elvis-like Pharoh, Grace Steil will be the baker, and Jake Hamilton will be the butler. Hannah Bode will be an Apache dancer, and all the choir members will take part in various parts of the show.

The show will be Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th. When you come to see Joseph, you’re sure to notice the new stage curtains that are being installed in Friedmann Auditorium. These were paid for with money from DARTS, the support group for drama, art, and speech. DARTS is also purchasing a new spotlight this year, and in the past they’ve funded major purchases like light and sound equipment for plays and small supplies like the tapes we use to record the “Bear Facts”. The annual DARTS fund drive is on right now. If you don’t receive a letter, we encourage you to contact Mary McCall to make your donation to help the fine arts at Garrigan.

The other big fundraiser that’s underway is the annual calendar drive, which continues through next Tuesday. Funds from the calendar drive go to our transportation budget. In recent years we’ve bought a new bus and a new suburban to take students to out-of-town activities. The calendars cost just $25 each, and part of the fun is a raffle where you could win up to $500. If you haven’t bought a Garrigan calendar yet, we encourage you to find any student from fifth through twelfth grade and get yours today.

This fall twelve Garrigan choir students are practicing hard to audition for the all-state music festival. Many of them are busy today, at a special all-state rehearsal in Belmond. Those auditioning include sopranos Nora Krahenbuhl, Sarah Matthews, Becky Jennings, and Grace Steil; altos Anna Kollasch and Alissa Kirsch; tenors John Richter and Philip Detrick; and bass singers Michael Hellman, Alex Hamilton, Shawn Vaske, Nick Bronk, and Dustin Miller. Good luck to all our all-state auditioners!

The cross-country team is also busy today. They’re over in Holstein for the annual CYO meet. This has already been a great week for cross-country. Last Tuesday at Estherville sophomore Erin Reedy broke the school record, finishing the four-kilometer girls course in just 15 minutes, 13 seconds. That was nineteen seconds faster than her old record and nearly a minute faster than the previous sophomore record. Congratulations to Erin and good luck at CYO to the whole cross-country team!

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Becky Jennings. Here to tell you about her is Chelsea Doughan.

We’ve already mentioned Becky Jennings twice on this week’s “Bear Facts”, and if you listen regularly you’ve likely heard her name dozens of other times. This Algona native is active in every band and choir group, as well as speech, drama, cheerleading, Christian Leadership, and announcing here on the “Bear Facts”. She’s also very active at St. Cecelia’s Church, where she lectors, helps with children’s liturgy, and serves as a Eucharistic minister. Away from school she enjoys reading, rollerblading, and hanging out with friends. Becky would like to major in music therapy at college, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Chelsea! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s CYO cross-country today at Holstein, and the all-state choir auditioners are rehearsing at Belmond. Then tomorrow the advanced biology students leave for an overnight excursion to Decorah.
Monday night the cross-country team runs at Emmetsburg and the freshman/sophomore football team hosts Eagle Grove. Tuesday the calendar drive ends, and that night the volleyball team welcomes Iowa Falls—Alden.

We’ll have mass Wednesday morning, and there’s an early dismissal for teacher inservice that afternoon. Also on Wednesday several student council members will be traveling to Des Moines for the North Central Conference leadership workshop at the Iowa Hall of Pride.

The volleyball team hosts Algona High on Thursday night, and the juniors will serve a meal to raise money for prom served during the games. Next Friday the football team will be at home to take on Woodbury Central, and then on Saturday the volleyball team hosts the BGHS tournament.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch us again next week when we’ll be previewing all the special activities of Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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