"The Bear Facts"
December 13, 1997
(Episode 190)

Good morning! I'm Tyler Struck!

And I'm Jeni Krieps! Welcome to another fact-filled episode of the "Bear Facts", the radio show where we keep you in touch with Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday the BGHS Danz Squad went down to Des Moines to compete in the twenty-fourth annual Iowa State Drill Team Competition. The squad took two routines to the competition, in the categories of "pom" and "dance/funk". The pom routine, a rock medley, was choreographed by the juniors on the squad. Senior members choreographed the dance/funk routine to a bass dance combination of music. At the competition the performers were evaluated by a panel of twelve judges. In order to place, the routine had to earn a Division I rating. We are proud of our Danz Squad for bringing home two third place trophies for some of the best routines in the state. Congratulations!

The holiday season is upon us, and once again the Bishop Garrigan choir and band will hold their annual Christmas concert. This year's musical celebration will be next Thursday, December 18th, at 7:30pm. You can hear some of those classic Christmas carols like "Silent Night" from the band. The choir will sing "Holiday Favorites" and "Festival Sanctus"--which may be unusual, but really are entertaining. The concert is sure to be a great success, and we invite everybody to come.

Among those to watch for at the concert are senior Lynne Lappe, who will be singing a solo. Several small groups will be singing out on a medley called "Christmas Day". They include Melanie McGuire, Natalie Salz, and Mindy Erpelding, as well as Eric Becker, Tyler Struck, and Ed Elbert. And be sure to watch for "Holiday Favorites"--where the freshman, varsity, and a capella choirs will join together with the band for a musical salute to the holidays. The time again is 7:30 next Thursday, December 18th.

Next Tuesday the Golden Bears will be facing Clear Lake for a big basketball match-up. During the games, the National Honor Society will be sponsoring a chili supper. The dinner features hot, hearty chili, together with crispy crackers and relishes, delicious cinnamon rolls, steaming coffee, and ice cold lemonade. The cost for all that food is just four dollars, with the proceeds going to the National Honor Society. Serving times are from 5:00 to 8:30 next Tuesday night, December 16th.

Also on Tuesday the BGHS student council will be getting into the Christmas spirit by doing a service project to help the needy. Again this year the student council is adopting an area family and helping them to have a merry Christmas. Several other people are helping out this holiday, too. Some confirmation students have placed a big box in the lobby to collect Toys for Tots, and the faculty has also joined together to help make the holidays brighter for some families in the area.

Next Monday the Garrigan Iowa Communications Network room will be the site for a special meeting about financial aid. Counselor Lynn Miller will host the meeting for parents of seniors who will be off to college next year. Experts from around the state will give advice over the fiber-optic system, and aid application forms will be distributed. The meeting is Monday night at 7:00 in the BGHS ICN room.

We told you last week that the Golden Bear quiz bowl team was again going to nationals. There's so much interest in the trip this year that the team is having to hold try-outs to see what players get to make the trip. For seniors are guaranteed slots. They include Nathan Fouarge, Tim Mosbach, Brad Frideres, and Jeremy Richter. Among those competing to join them on the trip to New York and Washington are juniors Mike Reel, Abby Rahm, Adam Foertsch, and Rachel Studer; and sophomores Jennifer Reinhart, Dennis Gisch, Nathan Frideres, and Tyler Struck. Things will be decided before Christmas break, and we'll be the first to let you know who makes the cut.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Joe Bormann and Angie Dornbier. Joe describes himself as a full time worker on his family's beef production and row crop operation. He is an eight-year 4-H member who is now captain of the Anti-School Studenjts intramural basketball team. Next year Joe plans to attend Iowa State, and we wish him all the best.

Angie Dornbier is a certified nurse's aide who works at the Good Samaritan Center. She is a National Honor Society member who also manages the boys' track team. She has also been in 4-H for eight years, and in the future she plans to major in nursing at NIACC. Good luck, Angie and Joe!

On this week's Golden Bear calendar tonight the Garrigan and Seton faculty are having their annual Christmas party. Then tomorrow is the Third Sunday of Advent.

Monday the freshman basketball teams host Fort Dodge St. Edmond. Also on Monday there's the financial aid meeting in the ICN room.

Tuesday the student council will be shopping for the needy. That afternoon we'll have a pennance service at 1:15. Tuesday night the JV and varsity basketball teams welcome Clear Lake, and the National Honor Society will hold its chili supper.

Wednesday Garrigan alumna Sally Besch will speak to the BGHS art classes. Then on Thursday there's the band and choir concert, together with the winter art show.

Finally next Friday the Golden Bears will be travelling to Eagle Grove for a four-game basketball blow-out.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Our recent writers have included Angie Weber, Kristi Patten, Jenni Krieps, Jenessa McGuire, and Tim Mosbach. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to listen again next week, when we'll be celebrating Christmas here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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