The Bear Facts ... May 12, 2007

Good morning! This is Dustin Tindall!

I'm Marisa Spain!

And I'm Rachel Byrkeland!

And I'm Josh Rahm!

And I'm Cindy Reding!

And I'm Nick Reding!

And I'm Stephanie Fox!

And I'm Andrea Richter!

And I'm Chris Scobba! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're saluting the Class of 2007 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past week the Garrigan Class of 2007 finished up their last classes and tests. They had their baccalaureate mass Wednesday night, and graduation is tomorrow. The commencement ceremony will be at 2pm, and you can listen to it here on KLGA.

This year's seniors chose the light green spider mum as their class flower. On the tables at graduation receptions you'll see decorations in the class colors of bright lime green, black, and silver. The motto the class chose is "Remember yesterday; dream for tomorrow; live for today."

This year's seniors have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of. Just last weekend the BGHS concert band received a superior rating at state large group music contest, and the marching band has also received "I"s. Garrison Brosnan received the North Central Conference art award for best three-dimensional display, and both Garry and fellow senior Chris Loebach have earned all-state speech awards.

The seniors on the Golden Bear football team have made it to the state playoffs three times, including playing three games in the UNI-Dome. The cross-country team has won the regional championship and gone on to state three years in a row, and the volleyball team won the district championship.

Probably the biggest athletic accomplishment comes from girls golf. This year's seniors are continuing a tradition of winning three consecutive state championships-and they hope to make it four this year. The baseball team won the North Central Conference championship. Volleyball, boys basketball, and girls basketball were all district champions, and the softball team was the district runner-up.

The Golden Bear danz squad has also done well in the past four years. The seniors in dance have earned three state championship trophies, and have made one trip to the national dance competition. Senior Marisa Spain also placed in the state solo dance contest.

This year's seniors have also excelled at math competition. Seniors on the math team have gone to state all four of the years they've been in high school, and this weekend Tony Rouse is making his second consecutive trip to the Midwest Regional Mathematics Competition. The seniors have also earned medals in business competition and trophies in quiz bowl. They've traveled to nationals in HOSA, and they placed at the regional Envirothon.

There are a lot of individual accomplishments and records set by the Class of 2007. Chris Scobba and Maria Kohlhaas have been state country qualifiers for four straight years. Maria also holds the records for most cross-country medals and for steals and free throw percentage in basketball. Tami Lallier holds the school record for the 3000-meter run, Dustin Tindall has the most tackles in a season in Golden Bear football history, and Cindy Reding and Hilary McGuire both hold volleyball records.

One of the biggest honors received by the Class of 2007 went to senior JoAnn Kirsch. She was selected for a special internship in Bejing, China as part of the World Food Prize Symposium. JoAnn had her orientation last week, and she'll be headed to China this summer.

Today dozens of Garrigan students are over in Laurens competing in the district track meet. Many Garrigan entries have a legitimate shot at making it to state. On the boys side senior Chris Scobba should qualify in the 3200 meter run. Peyton Schindler, Brian Capesius, Brian Patterson, and Brett Capesius also have a good shot with the 4 by 800 meter relay. 

For the girls the 4 by 400 relay with Maria Kohlhaas, Katrina Even, Emily Behr, and Carrie Courtney has a good chance of qualifying for state. Other relays-which include those girls as well as Macy Fickbohm and Alyse Meyers-should also be bound for state. We'll tell you who ended up qualifying on next week's show.

Our final senior in the Senior Spotlight this year is Andrea Richter. Andrea is part of the state champion girls golf team, and she was the individual CYO golf champion this year. This Bancroft native is a four-year volleyball player who is known for her massive spikes and kills. She was on the Homecoming royal court and is a member of National Honor Society. Next year she'll be down in Cedar Rapids attending Kirkwood Community College. We wish Andrea all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar, today the track team is over in Laurens for the district meet. Both the boys and girls are running today for the opportunity to compete at state.

Tomorrow is Mothers Day, and it's also graduation. The seniors will march across the stage at 2pm, and as always you can listen to the ceremony here on KLGA.

Monday softball practice begins. Also that day we'll have girls golf districts. On Tuesday the school board meets, and Wednesday students will be taking national achievement exams in mathematics.

Thursday the state track meet begins in Des Moines. That will also be locker clean-out day for freshmen and sophomores. The juniors will clean out their lockers next Friday. Both those days most of the classes will be reviewing for final exams the following week.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us for our special senior show. Next week some of the younger announcers will be back with our final show of the season, previewing the events of summer here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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