The Bear Facts

Good morning! I'm Brandon Donahe!

And I'm Jessica Richter! Welcome to another edition of the "Bear Facts, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend was a time of celebration for the Golden Bear danz squad. They were among 164 schools at Veterans' Auditorium in Des Moines for he Iowa Drill Team Association state finals. The girls competed in both the dance/funk/jazz and the pom category. The pom routine was choreographed by the junior danz squad members. Garrigan received a division I rating in pom, and they ended up in fourth place in their division.

The big news, though, was the Golden Bear dance routine. Choreographed by the seniors in danz squad, the routine also received a division I. When the judges votes were tallied, though, we also found out that Garrigan had ended up in first place. Monday the girls presented their Class II state championship trophy to the student body. It's the first time in twelve years that Garrigan has won a state championship in drill team.

By winning the state championship, Garrigan now qualifies to compete in the national drill team finals, which will be held next spring in Long Beach, California. The team has not decided whether they will be going to nationals. Either way, though, we're proud to say that the Golden Bear danz squad is the best drill team in Iowa.

The senior leaders in danz squad are Sarah Foth, Melanie McGuire, Abby Monson, Natalie Salz, and alternate Tracey Fickbohm. The juniors include Abby Bartolo, Anna Erpelding, Amanda Hilbert, Corrie Stetzel, Jillian Trenary, and alternate Katie Patterson. The danz squad also includes sophomores Heather Johnson and Kelly Kunkel and freshmen Allison Courtney and Monica Studer. Congratulations to Coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz and all the danz squad on winning the state drill team championship!

Attention, lords and ladies! Next weekend the BGHS music department will hold their madrigal dinner. The semi-annual event has become a Christmas tradition, and this year's madrigal should be at least as good as past shows. The royal court includes seniors Doug Besch, Tracey Fickbohm, Josh Kohlhaas, and Phil LaFleur; as well as Maria Loebach, Melanie McGuire, Paul McNertney, and Natalie Salz. Among the juniors on the royal court are Eric Becker, Wade MacDonald, Katie Patterson, Abby Rahm, and Jenny Reinhart. The court also features sophomores Paul Loebach and Marian Studer, and freshman Adam Rahm.

The madrigal centers around a full luncheon or dinner, featuring the finest in medieval cuisine. Throughout the meal, travelling entertainers amuse the guests, while others mingle and present musical selections. The royalty form the core of a musical play that all the action centers around. A limited number of tickets are still available, and we encourage everyone to come and enjoy the finest in holiday entertainment.

The athletic association sent out posters showing the district wrestling pairings this week, and it's an odd sight to see Garrigan's name among the schools on the poster. While the school doesn't have a formal wrestling program, for the second straight year you'll see black and gold uniforms being worn on the mat. One of those students passed a milestone recently. Phil Kramer made school history by becoming the first Golden Bear to pin an opponent. Congratulations, Phil!

We haven't had much in the way of snow days or weather problems this winter--at least not yet. The weather is bound to make a turn for the worse sooner or later, though, and the Garrigan administration would like to remind everyone of weather-related school policies. Remember that when the Algona Community Schools cancel classes, Garrigan and Seton are both automatically cancelled as well. On late start days, Garrigan and Seton start late by the same amount of time as Algona. Normally, morning activities are postponed by the same amount of time as the late start. If school is called off early, because of busing, Garrigan and Seton always dismiss fifteen minutes earlier than the public schools. And remember, after-school activities are always cancelled if school is called off early.

This week's senior spotlight shines on Sara Casey and Matt Buscher. Here to tell you about them is Anne Smith.

Sara Casey is a LuVerne native who is a four-year member of the Solid Gold Marching Band. When she's not with the band, she enjoys watching sports and being with her friends. Sara works at the Daily Grind. She'll be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best.

Matt Buscher was a lineman for the Golden Bear football team last fall, and he also enjoys playing golf. He likes math and peer helper, and in his free time he enjoys working on his car. Away from school, you might see Matt at Buscher K&H. We wish Matt the very best in the future.

Thanks, Anne! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's basketball tonight, with the varsity Bears hosting Hampton/Dumont. Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent, and a group of Garrigan students will be helping out at a soup kitchen in Minneapolis.

Monday the freshman basketball teams will travel to Fort Dodge to play St. Ed's. Then on Tuesday the student council members will be shopping for needy area families the school is adopting for the holidays.

Tuesday afternoon we'll have a pennance service at Garrigan. We'll also have a pep rally that afternoon in preparation for the big games with Algona High. The JV games will be across town, while Garrigan hosts the varsity contests.

Wednesday the freshman hoopsters welcome Pocahontas. Then on Thursday, the youth council will hold their Christmas party.

Friday will be a jeans day, to raise money for the student gift for Gala '99. That night the basketball Bears will be playing at Webster City.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. We'll be back next week with a special holiday show to wrap things up for 1998. Until then, thanks for listening to all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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