The Bear Facts
April 12, 2008

 Good morning! I'm Jake Lane!

And I'm Gina Rasmussen! Welcome to the "Bear Facts", the weekly show where we bring you all the events from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Tonight is Prom night 2008. The prom theme this year is Hollywood Nights, and all week long the junior class and lots of other helpers have been working to get the gym ready for the big event. One of the highlights of the evening is the Grand March, which will be at 8:30pm. The public is invited to see all the prom couples as they strut their stuff.

 The fun will continue long after the dance music stops. After-prom has become a long tradition at Garrigan, and this year should again provide lots of fun. Activities include a hypnotist, a photo booth, caricature drawings, mini-golf, Family Feud, ping-pong, poker, dodgeball, Nintendo Wii, black jack, dice games, and a money machine. There are lots of prizes at after-prom, including an Ipod Nano and an LCD TV. The fun continues until morning, and it should be a great time for everyone.

Prom comes right after the big Gala celebration. Gala this year set a new record, with around $250,000 in income for Garrigan and Seton. One of the biggest donations was a group of seventeen computer projectors that teachers can use to bring internet and PowerPoint activities into their classroom. The projectors cost about $600 each, so getting people together to donate a group of them is huge. Everyone seemed to have a good time at Gala this year, and the circus theme provided lots of interesting decorations and entertainment.

A week ago eleven Garrigan students represented Garrigan at the annual North Central Conference Art Show. Seniors Ashli Krieps, Shane Koob, Stephanie Kollasch, Peyton Schindler, Allison Missal, Michelle Kollasch, and Megan Boever; juniors Maleri Bollig, Jesse Rosenmeyer, and Brian Funk; and freshman Laura Richter all made the trip to Fort Dodge for the event. Ashli Krieps won a blue ribbon for a video presentation she had created, and for the second year in a row Garrigan won one of the top three awards in the show. That was the Best 3-D Sculpture award, which was given to Stephanie Kollasch for her painted crib with an abortion theme. Congratulations to all the artists who won all-conference awards.

Spring sports are underway, and tomorrow the track teams will be running at the annual CYO meet in Sioux City. Garrigan's boys track team features six returning seniors: A.J. Doughan, Peyton Schindler, D.J. Thompson, Chris Gelhaus, Andrew Elbert, and me--Jake Lane. Juniors include Jack Bradley, Alec Boeckholt, Ethan Gisch, Brian Hamilton, Ben Hellman, Vince Cruise, and Richard Forburger; plus Kory Wieland, Joe Straub, Chrisopher Schmidt, Kyle Smith, Daniel Thilges, Sam Norland, Brian Patterson, and Vinnie Humble. Sophomores out for track include Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, Dana Miller, Nick Kellner, David Reding, Devin Tindall, Zach Price, Elijah Gelhaus, and Mark Garman. Rounding out the group are freshmen Jacob Behr, Michael Hellman, Gage Samson, Drew Magill, Eric Baumann, and Kevin Elbert. Good luck to Coach Wadle and boys track!

Girls track is more split among the different classes. The ten returning seniors include Carrie Courtney, Macy Fickbohm, Cassie Vautier, Bridget Murphy, and Steph Kollasch; plus Krissy Kohlhaas, Rachel Salz, Emily Behr, Casey Arndorfer, and Megan Boever. Among the juniors in girls track are Holly Byrkeland, Megan Hilbert, Allison Blocker, Shanna Miller, Kelly Rouse, Christina Richter, and Kali Smith. 

The sophomores are Taylor Brandenburg, Katrina Even, Kelly Klein, Makenzie Schindler, and Amy Rasmussen; as well as Chloe Behr, Molly Brashear, Alyse Meyers, Tayler Cink, and Amanda Buscher. The girls track team also includes a strong group of freshmen: Aimee Dahlhauser, Chelsea Doughan, Anna Kollasch, Hannah Bode, and Ashley Bode; as well as Brittany Brandt, Nora Krahenbuhl, McKayla Loss, Katie Miller, and Alicia Richter. Good luck to Coach Ahlers and the girls track team! 

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Chris Gelhaus, Kattie Boeckholt, and Taryn Vitzthum. Here to tell you about them is Melissa Cruise. 

In summer Chris keeps busy with baseball, and last fall he was part of the district champion Golden Bear football team. Chris is also out for intramural basketball, and in a couple of weeks he'll be looking to defend his intramural title. Away from school you might see him working at Berte's Back Nine. Chris is also one of the members of the Garrigan Bear track team. He will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Katie Boeckholt was one of the candidates for Homecoming queen last fall. Her biggest activity is band, where she's received several honors over the years. This Titonka native was also a football cheerleader, and she keeps busy with Christian Leadership in Action. She's one of the helpful smiles at Hy-Vee, and next year she plans to attend Briar Cliff College. Good luck, Katie!

Taryn Vitzthum is one of the veterans returning from last year's state champion girls golf team. While golf is her #1 activity, she also keeps busy as a member of Christian Leadership in Action. Taryn works at the Prime Time Supper Club, and next year she plans to attend Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. We wish her the very best of luck! 

Thanks, Melissa! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, tonight is Prom night, with the grand march at 8:30pm. The after-prom activities start at midnight and continue all through the night.

There's CYO track tomorrow in Sioux City. Then on Monday the boys golf team plays at West Bend.

Tuesday the school board meets. That night the girls track team runs at Garner. Wednesday is the speech awards banquet, and Thursday the golfers take on Clear Lake, the boys golfers will be in Clarion, and the girls golf team is at home.

Next Saturday the girls golf team hosts their own invitational, while the boys play in the Algona Invite. Also that day the quiz bowl team competes at Iowa State University.

 That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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