The Bear Facts
February 12, 2011

Good morning! I’m Anna Kollasch!

I'm Rebecca Moslberry!

I’m Michael Hellman! Thanks for joining us again for the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you in touch with everything that’s happening at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last week Garrigan competed in the state large group speech contest at East High School in Sioux City. Five out of nine Golden Bear events earned Division One or “Excellent” ratings. The short “Occurrence in Iowa” was probably the Bears’ strongest event, receiving only good comments from the judges. Austin Salz, Craig Kohlhaas, John Richter, and Sam Evers produced the five-minute horror film, which you can see on the Garrigan website.

Also earning Ones were two Ensemble Acting selections: Matthew Fakler and Amelia Golwitzer in “A Beautiful Friendship” and Michael Fakler and Lizzy Hohmeister in “The Diary of Adam and Eve”. An improvisation group featuring Austin Salz, Craig Kohlhaas, Matthew Fakler, and Melanie Mergen also earned a One; and the final top rating went to Brie Blocker, Becky Jennings, and Ryya Kumm for the group mime “Adventures in Babysitting: The Children Strike Back”.

Now it’s time for individual speech to begin. Again this year Garrigan will be hosting the district individual contest, and they’ll have thirty-five entries in their home tournament. Students competing include senior veterans Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, Drew Magill, Jake Rosenmeyer, Becky Jennings, and Anna Kollasch.

Others in individual speech include Austin Salz, Andrea Altman, Melanie Mergen, Jenny Broesder, Alissa Kirsch, and Erica Carlson; as well as Rachel Berte, Amelia Golwitzer, Craig Kohlhaas, Philip Detrick Matthew Fakler, and Lizzy Hohmeister. Rounding out the group are freshmen Erin Quinlin, Anna Hohmeister, Sabrina Book, and Levi Bernhard.

To raise money for their upcoming trip to the National Academic Championships, the Golden Bear quiz bowl team will be hosting a community trivia competition. The event will be Friday, March 18 at 6pm, and it’s open to everyone from 7th grade through adult. Teams of up to five can compete, and the entry fee is just $25 per team. You can find more information by going to the school website,, or by calling team captain Jake Rosenmeyer at 341-6160.

Intramural basketball is in full swing. After four weeks of competition, Tyler Lallier’s team is in first place overall, with a perfect 4 – 0 record. Tomorrow they’ll be taking on the other undefeated team, a group of staff members captained by Mrs. Beth Byrkeland. So far the top scorers overall are Daniel Gelhaus with 76 points and Luke Eischen with 74. Daniel Gelhaus, Jonathan Berte, John Richter, and Mr. Beany Bode have all won Player of the Week honors.

It’s playoff time for the varsity basketball teams. Last Thursday the girls started district play by hosting Twin River Valley. The second round of districts is next Tuesday at Britt. The boys start off their district play next Thursday night, when they’ll be playing WCLT. Good luck all through the tournament run to our Golden Bear basketball teams!

The Golden Bear math team is in Ames today for another Great Plains Math League competition. Eight Garrigan students are competing today, the biggest group the math team has had so far this year. In math team students work individually and in groups of three to answer some of the most difficult mathematics questions around. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team.

Some Garrigan students got extra practice with their math skills this past week when they took the AMC-12 test that is part of the American Mathematics Competition. Forty-two Garrigan students who are part of our accelerated math program participated, and most of them did well on the test. The top score locally belonged to senior Rebecca Moslberry, who answered ten questions correctly and had none wrong. Others near the top were Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Anna Kollasch, Grant Reding, Aimee Dahlhauser, Allison Frideres, Philip Detrick, and Lucas Eischen. Congratulations to all these top math students!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Michael Frideres and Alex Hamilton. Here to tell you about him are Aimee Dahlhauser and Kelsie Berke!

Michael Frideres is a big part of the senior class at Garrigan. He’s played on special teams in football all through high school, and he’s joined with some younger students on an intramural basketball team. When he’s not busy with his classes, you’ll probably see Michael spending time in the computer lab. We wish Michael Frideres all the best after high school.

Alex Hamilton has been very active in his high school years. He’ll be making his third trip to national quiz bowl this summer. He’s also won awards in speech, band, choir, and math team. Alex challenges himself with all the top classes, and we know he’ll have a tough schedule at college as well. Good luck, Alex!

Thanks Aimee and Kelsie. On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s math team today in Ames. Also today many students are taking the ACT at Algona High.

Intramural basketball continues tomorrow, with three big games. Doors open at noon, with the competition starting at 12:30. Monday is Valentine’s Day, and Tuesday is round 2 of girls district basketball.

There’s no school at Garrigan on Wednesday—partly due to teacher inservice and partly as our reward from the magazine drive last fall.

Thursday the boys basketball team begins their district run. Finally next Friday is the girls district final.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for Lincoln's Birthday. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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