The Bear Facts
MAY 13, 2000

Good morning! I'm Dennis Gisch!

I'm Nathan Frideres!

I'm Josh Harp!

I'm Corrie Stetzel!

I'm Jake Kohlhaas!

I'm Trent Youngwirth!

I'm Bethany Miller!

I'm Tyler Struck!

And I'm John Mosbach!

Welcome to a very special edition of the "Bear Facts," where it's graduation time here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

May 14 is jus about the earliest graduation ever at Garrigan. It's not that long ago that we had commencement on Memorial Day weekend. Since we started early last fall, though, the year is ending early, too. The seniors have already finished up their finals, and tomorrow twenty-five girls and thirty-six boys will be walking across the stage to get their diplomas.

The BGHS graduation will be tomorrow at 2pm in Friedmann Auditorium here at Garrigan. Afer the band plays the traditional Pomp and Circumstance, the senior choir members will sing their farewell song, "These Are Days". The honor students chose two-time speech all-stater Tyler Struck to deliver this year's senior farewell message. When he's done, Garrigan president Gene Meister will announce the many honors that the Class of 2000 has received.

Each year a different priest from around the area presents diplomas to Garrigan's graduates. This year it's Father lynn Bruch of Wesley. After the diplomas are passed out, senior co-presidents Eric Becker and Corrie Stetzel will present this year's class gift--furniture for the Garrigan library. They will then lead the graduates in the traditional class prayer. Then we'll all walk out and on to life beyond high school.

The class of 2000 chose eggplant and sterling silver as our class colors. When they walk into the gym tomorrow, the girls will all be carrying light lavender roses. The class motto for 2000 is:

Don't dwell on the past
or worry about the future--
just live for today.

We could go on all day about the Class of 2000's many accomplishments. In just the past year alone, senior athletes have led the Golden Bears to an individual state championship in girls' track; team runner-up trophies in football, baseball, and boys' golf; and state tournament appearances in boys' track, cross country, and girls' basketball. The past few years have been a sort of "golden age" for sports at Garrigan, and the Class of 2000 has been right in the heart of that success.

It's not just sports where the Class of 2000 has done well, though. Last winter four senios received the first group all-state speech award om pver a decade. and one of them also went on to all-state in individual speech. This year's senior quiz bowl players were part of the last Golden Bear team to qualify for the National Academic Championships, the danz squad won two state championships and went to nationals last year, and this summer senior Kelly Wieland will be competing at the national health occupations competition.

Another big change has been in band. Back in 1996, when this year's seniors started out at Garrigan, the band went to no competitions and was universally considered the worst in the area. While they're still not outstanding, director Dennis Freking and the seniors have led the Solid Gold Marching Band into a group that sounds good and can hold their own in competition.

The Class of 2000 will have two more chances to show what they've got, as they compete in summer sports. This year's Golden Bear baseball team includes senior veterans John Mosbach, Sam Lickteig, and P.J. Vaske. They'll be helped out by juniors like Brad Nelson, Scott McGuire, Chase Johnson, Josh Hanig, and Ben Lickteig. Other baseball players include juniors Steven Courtney, Scott Black, John Steier, and Tony Schmitt; and sophomores Mark Meister, Joe Bartolo, Nick Lane, Tyler Trenary, and Jeff Vaske.

There are two senior girls out for softball this summer: Corrie Stetzel and Nicole Erpelding. The juniors in softball include Sara Reding, Sara Seeley, Kelly Kunkel, Molly Meyer, Michelle Vitzthum, Deanna Kohlhaas, Lisa Arndorfer, Julie McGuire, and Lori Elsbecker. Among the sophomores are Jill Goodman, Heather Fickbohm, Heather Boever, Bridget Buscherfeld, and Stephanie Hilbert. Rounding out the softball squad are Jamie Loebig, Teresa McGuire, Ashley Schiltz, Bridget Hellman, and Jenna Becker. Good luck to all the boys and girls of summer!

As the seniors get ready to graduate, we're shining our Senior Spotlight on four members of the Class of 2000: Andrew Bormann, Steve Grandgenett, Nicole Erpelding, and Katie Kellner.

Andrew Bormann is active in band and FFA. He's also on the County 4-H Council. Andrew plans to go to Ellsworth next year, where he will study biotechnology.

Steve Grandgenett has been in a number of activities over the years--from golf and track to intramurals and the tech crew for plays. Next year Steve plans to attend Kirkwood Community College, where he will study human resource administration.

Nicole Erpelding has been active in volleyball all through school. In the past she has also been out for softball, basketball, and track. Nicole wants to major in elementary education at college, and next year she plans to go to NIACC.

Our last senior spotlight before graduation is Katie Kellner. Katie is a four-year honor student. She's active in 4-H, where she won a special leadership award. Katie plans to attend Iowa Lakes next year, where she'll be majoring in education.

Congratulations to these four spotlighted students--and to all our seniors!

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, tomorrow is Mothers' Day. We'll also have graduation here at Garrigan at 2pm.

Monday the girls' golf team has districts, and the boys' track team runs in the Last Chance Relays at Algona High.

Wednesday final exams start for the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Garrigan. We'll have a special schedule, and students who don't have tests will have open campus. Tests continue Thursday, and that night there will be a special dinner at the K.C. Hall to celebrate Sr. Annette's jubilee.

For most students, next Friday is the last day of school. State girls' track starts that day. We'll also have boys' golf regionals, and the boys' track conference meet.

Finally this week, we'd like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Cory Lane, and to all the students at Algona High. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

This has been a record-breaking year at Garrigan--right down to this broadcast of the "Bear Facts, where we shattered the old record of six announcers, with nine people announcing this week's show. ...So that's the "Bear Facts" for graduation week. There's one more week of school, so next week some of the younger Bears will be back with our last show of the year, bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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