The Bear Facts
March 12, 2011

Good morning! I’m Anna Kollasch!

I’m Kristin Berte!

And I’m Kelsie Berke! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today Garrigan has twenty-six entries in the state individual speech contest. The contest is conveniently right across town at Algona High this year, but because it’s close the schedule meant more than half of BGHS entries were scheduled early in the morning. Many of our entries have already performed, and all but three will be done before lunch. The old saying goes that “the early bird gets the worm”. We hope that’s true and that all the Golden Bear performers do well today. Best wishes to all the speech performers. Break a leg, everyone!

Next week four Garrigan students will join other students from Algona High as part of our area delegation to the Iowa HOSA Leadership Conference in Des Moines. HOSA is the Health Occupations Students of America, and the local chapter that combines Garrigan and AHS students has been very successful over the years. Junior Sheridan Berte and sophomores Keni Roethler, Alissa Kirsch, and Andrea Gisch are active in HOSA. They’ll be competing in different areas of medical knowledge and skills, and we wish good luck to them and to chapter advisor Jeanne Wunder.

The Golden Bear basketball teams held their award banquets last Sunday. On the boys side junior Austin Vaske was named to the first team all conference, and sophomore John Burns was a second team selection. Other letterwinners were seniors Kevin Elbert, Andrew Behr, and Jacob Behr; and juniors Eli Marlow, Zach Keith, Grant Reding, and Alex Boisjolie. The Bears finished their season with an 11 – 10 winning record, and they ended up right in the middle of the North Central Conference.

On the girls side Chelsea Doughan and McKayla Loss were named Most Valuable Players for the season, Shelby Schindler was the Most Improved Player, Aubrie Meyers won the Miss Hustle award, Alicia Richter was named an outstanding teammate, and Emily Bell was honored for her dedication. Chelsea Daughan and Mallory Bormann were third team all-conference selections, and Anna Kollasch was an academic all-state honoree. Other letterwinners included senior Kelsie Berke; juniors Bethany Capesius and Addison Miller; sophomore Chelsi Lanus; and managers Michael Hellman, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Jenny Broesder.

Track season has begun. This past week we saw people running through the halls and around the neighborhood streets after school. Track competition will begin next week with two indoor meets. Monday there’s a meet at Iowa State University in Ames, and then on Friday the teams will be running at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Good luck in those meets and throughout the season to the track teams!

The regular season of intramural basketball finishes up tomorrow. Last week Dillion Walker’s team—which is heavy on freshmen—upset Jason Reding’s sophomore team by a score of 62 – 23. Tomorrow Dillon’s team will take on Philip Detrick’s team in a game that will probably determine a playoff spot. The final regular season game pits Jake Rosenmeyer’s team against Ashley Bode’s team. Games start at 12:30 tomorrow in the Garrigan gym.

Again this year you can vote online for the All-Intramural basketball team. Voting is open on the Garrigan website— The online votes are just part of the criteria for selection, which also includes total points scored during the season. Award certificates will be presented at the championship game later this season.

With pops concert and speech over, we’ve been busy getting ready for the spring play. This year’s show is Better Football Through High School Chemistry. Cast members include Hannah Bode, Becky Jennings, Nora Krahenbuhl, Shawn Vaske, Philip Detrick, and Drew Magill. Also in the cast are Michael Hellman, Jake Rosenmeyer, Alex Hamilton, Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, Melanie Mergen, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Neal Koob; plus Erin Quinlin, Amelia Golwitzer, Matthew Fakler, Nick Bronk, Kayla Blocker, Hannah Boisjolie, Brittany Kirsch, Allison Frideres, and Alissa Kirsch. The curtain will open April 1st and 2nd, so mark your calendar now for the spring play!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Hannah Bode and Eric Baumann. Here to tell you about them are Aimee Dahlhauser and Michael Fakler.

Hannah Bode has been active in lots of activities at Garrigan. She was part of the state champion danz squad, she’s been a four-year choir member, and she also keeps busy with Christian Leadership in Action. This year Hannah was also a member of the football and competition cheer squads. After high school she plans to study at Hawkeye Community College and then transfer to UNI. We wish Hannah all the best in the future.

Eric Baumann’s biggest activity is football, where he received all-district honors and won the Larry Weir academic award last fall. He’s part of the top student intramural team, and in the past he’s been in track. Eric is part of the team that maintains the BGHS website. He’ll be off to college next fall, and we wish him good luck.

Thanks, Aimee and Michael! On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s state individual speech today at Algona High. Tonight we’ll set our clocks forward for Daylight Savings time, and tomorrow the regular season of intramurals concludes.

Monday and Tuesday night we’ll have parent—teacher conferences and registration at the Rochleau Center at St. Cecelia’s. The state HOSA conference is also Monday and Tuesday, and Monday night there’s indoor track at Iowa State.

We’ll have mass on Wednesday, plus an early dismissal for professional development. Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day, and five science students will compete that day in the regional Envirothon.

There’s no school at Garrigan or Seton on Friday. That night the quiz bowl team will sponsor their community trivia competition, and also that day there’s indoor track at BVU.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. 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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