The Bear Facts

February 13, 2009

Good morning! I'm Jake Rosenmeyer!

And I'm Steph Kajewski! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Happy Valentine's Day from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday ten Garrigan students braved the weather to head over to LeMars for the state large group speech contest. The Bears had three groups competing, and two of them came home with Division One or excellent ratings. In group improvisation Anna Kollasch, Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Hellman, and Nora Krahenbuhl earned a "I", and Becky Jennings, Brie Blocker, and Ryya Kuum received a "I" for their group mime. Garrigan also earned a Division Two or good rating for the freshman improvisation featuring Matthew Fakler, Hannah Boisjolie, and Nicole Mergen. Congratulations, speech students!

This morning eight Golden Bears are down in Ames for one of the largest Great Plains Math League competitions of the year. Junior Alex Hamilton has already qualified for state in math, and he's hoping for more success today. Joining him are senior Brittany Berte; juniors Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, and Nora Krahenbuhl; and sophomores Jennifer Broesder, Austin Salz, and Craig Kohlhaas.

Math team involves a series of tests and games. The most unique is probably the relay round where teams of three work together. The first person solves a problem and passes the answer to a second person, who then uses the first answer to solve another problem. They then give their answer to the last person, who has to solve yet another problem that involves that number. If any one of the first two answers is wrong, it can make the final answer way off. Coach Daryl Kohlhaas is looking for some right answers, and we wish his team good luck today.

Individual speech season has begun. This year eighteen Garrigan students are involved in individual speech-in categories ranging from improvisation to poetry and from storytelling to musical theatre. This year's group includes senior veterans Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, and Cassie Reising; as well as juniors Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, Becky Jennings, Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Jake Rosenmeyer. Sophomores in speech are Rachel Berte, Jenny Broesder, Philip Detrick, Lizzy Hohmeister, Craig Kohlhaas, and Austin Salz. Rounding out the group are freshmen Matthew Fakler and Amelia Golwitzer. Best wishes to Coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow and the speech team!

Last week Garrigan's seniors took a special test. Garrigan was one of a number of schools around the country that was randomly selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. This test is given by the U.S. Department of Education. It is used to see how different states compare in achievement and how students from our country compare with people overseas. The seniors didn't exactly like the test, but most of them tried to give it their best shot.

The annual Garrigan pops concert is right around the corner. This year's pops concert will be Friday night, March 5 at 7pm. We had tryouts this past week to determine soloists and groups for the concert. It should be a long, but fast-moving show. So be sure to mark your calendar with that date-Friday, March 5, and be on hand for Pops Concert 2010.

If you ask many students at Garrigan, they'll tell you that one of the more interesting rooms in the school belongs to math teacher David Burrow. That's because whether the class is interesting or boring, we can always look at Mr. Burrow's Pepsi collection. Mr. Burrow has been collecting Pepsi stuff for twenty-six years, and there's a big collection of bottles, cans, cups, signs, toy cars, sporting goods, and even an enormous cooler filling a corner of his classroom. Junior Kevin Elbert recently counted and identified 506 separate items in the collection, and that's counting whole sets of things as one. In some of his classes Mr. Burrow even uses parts of the collection to illustrate math concepts. The collection continues to grow and grow, and it does make math class more interesting.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on D.J. Beletti and Jeff Broesder. Here to tell you about them is Drew Magill.

You're most likely to run into D.J. Beletti if you're shopping at K-Mart. He's been checking people out and stocking the shelves there for the past two years. At school his biggest activity is math team. When he's not busy working or studying, he spends his time playing X-Box. Next year D.J. plans to go to Iowa State, and we wish him good luck.

Jeff Broesder is a Bancroft native who is active in band and math team. He also enjoys 4-H, and he used to be part of the Golden Bear football team. Jeff wants to study civil engineering at college, and he's planning to go to Hawkeye next fall. Best wishes to both Jeff and D.J.

 Thanks, Drew! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's math team at Iowa State today. Then tonight there's the second round of the girls regional basketball playoffs, hosted right here at Garrigan.

Intramural basketball continues tomorrow afternoon. Monday track practice starts, so we'll be seeing people running through the halls. Tuesday is the third round of girls regionals, with NSK hosting.

Lent begins on Wednesday, and we'll have a special Ash Wednesday service at St. Cecelia's that morning. There's an early dismissal that afternoon for faculty inservice. Then on Thursday boys basketball playoffs begin, with the Bears hosting Twin River Valley.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone, and we'll be back again next week with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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