The Bear Facts
December 13, 2OO8

Good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

And I'm Michael Hellman! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us to hear all the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Madrigal is tomorrow. The BGHS music and drama departments are combining to present this biannual event, which will have two performances tomorrow. This year's madrigal royal court is presided over by Queen Rebecca Brosnan and King Alec Boeckholt. The play that's part of the performance includes Sam Nortland, Jenna Richter, Holly Byrkeland, Brittany Berte, Drew Magill, Joe Straub, and Rebecca Erdman; plus Jake Rosenmeyer, Craig Kohlhaas, Philip Detrick, John Richter, and Hannah Bode. The Lords of the Court are Randy Kenyon, Christopher Schmidt, Michael Hellman, Chris Hansen, Benny Hellman, Alex Hamilton, and Vinnie Humble; and Kelly Klein, Anna Kollasch, Kayla Blocker, Cassie Reising, Sarah Matthews, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Becky Jennings will be the Ladies of the Court. The luncheon performance is at 11am, with the evening meal at 5pm. Don't miss a trip back to the merry medieval days with Madrigal 2008!

Last Saturday the Golden Bear danz squad went down to Des Moines to compete in the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Championships. Winning state championships has become routine for the danz squad, so it's no surprise that they brought home another first place trophy-this time the 2008 Class III Pom championship. Coach Tricia Garry presides over a danz group that includes seniors Danielle Rahm and Christina Richter; juniors Kayla Schiltz, Rachel Molsberry, Taylor Brandenburg, and Tina Berte; sophomores Kristin Berte, Hanna Bode, Katie Miller, Rebecca Molsberry, and Laura Richter; and freshmen Abby Hanna, Kimberly Schiltz, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Sara Poeppe. Congratulations to the danz squad on another big win!

 The quiz bowl team also had a lot of success last week. Saturday the Golden Bears won the championship in the freshman/sophomore division at the Spirit Lake Invitational Quiz Bowl. They scored more points than any other team in the tournament in the preliminary rounds, with wins over Schaller-Crestland, Armstrong Ringsted, and LeMars. Because of a narrow loss to LeMars, though, they were seeded fourth going into playoffs. The easily defeated top-seeded North Sentral Kossuth in the semi-finals, and then they cruised past Algona High by more than a 200-point margin to take the championship. Team members included captain Jake Rosenmeyer, fellow sophomores Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, and Michael Hellman, and freshman John Richter.

Earlier in the week Garrigan was one of 695 quiz bowl teams from around the country that competed in the Knowledge Master Open. We finished right in the middle of the pack, both among Iowa schools and the U.S.A. as a whole. Garrigan scored 1079 points. That was better than Algona High's 1011 and Ankeny's 1056. In addition to those already mentioned, Knowledge Master competitiors included Craig Kohlhaas, Austin Salz, Rebeccah Erdman, Alex Hamilton, Vince Cruise, Chris Hansen, and Brittany Berte. The quiz bowl team will next compete in the Humanities Challenge in January at Garner.

The Golden Bear math team also enjoyed success over the weekend. They finished second in their home meet here at Garrigan. Sioux Center Won the meet, and Iowa Falls was third. Twelve Golden Bears won medals at the tournament for finishing in the top three in their grades. They included Jenny Broesder, Austin Salz, Alex Hamilton, Luke McCall, D.J. Beletti, Rebeccah Erdman, Cassie Reising, Nick Kellner, Benny Hellman, Alec Boeckholt, Kelly Rouse, and Chris Hansen. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Ethan Gisch and Josh Berte. Here to tell you about them is Nora Krahenbuhl.

Ethan Gisch is one of the co-presidents of the BGHS Class of 2009. He is probably best known for his accomplishments in football, but he also is active in track and intramural basketball. This fun-loving Bancroft native enjoys his science and math classes. He says he'd like to be the first settler on Mars, but in the mean time he plans to work at a construction job. Good luck, Ethan.

Josh Berte is the other senior class co-president. He's comes to Garrigan from the St. Joe area, and he'll be graduating early at the end of the first semester. Josh enjoys agriculture and technical work, and he plans a career in agribusiness after high school. We wish both Ethan and Josh all the best in the future.

Thanks, Nora! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's ACT testing at Algona High this morning. Then tonight the faculty will hold their Christmas party.

Tomorrow is the madrigal, with lunch at 11am and dinner at 5pm. Then on Monday the freshman basketball teams play Algona, while the varsity hosts Pocahontas.

Tuesday the nurses' aide students will have testing. That night the Bears travel to Clear Lake. Nurses' aide tests continue on Wednesday, and that day Christian Leadership students will deliver baskets to shut-ins.

There's more nurse's aide testing on Thrusday, with freshman basketball vs. Pocahontas that night. We'll have our Christmas mass at St. Cecelia's Thursday morning.

Friday we'll dismiss early for Christmas vacation. That night the Bears play at Webster City.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next week for a special Christmas edition of the "Bear Facts", when we'll be celebrating the holidays here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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