September 13, 2008

Good morning! I'm Alec Boeckholt!

And I'm Randy Kenyon! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

This Homecoming is even more special than most, because 2008 marks Garrigan's 50th Homecoming. All next week we'll be celebrating fifty golden years as we treasure our past and plan for a bright future. The Golden Bears are hoping for a great week, with the cross-country team running at CYO today in Holstein, the volleyball team having their first home game Tuesday against Humboldt, and the football Bears returning home to play Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Friday.

We'll be getting into the Homecoming spirit tomorrow when we build floats for the Homecoming parade and hoops for the teams to run through at the pep rally. The freshmen will be at Buscher Brothers, the sophomores at Algona Marine and Sport, the juniors at Capesius Brothers, and the seniors at Reding's Gravel and Excavating. After float construction, we'll have the annual powder puff football game.

As always, we'll have special dress days all through Homecoming week. Monday will be Retro Day, when we'll dress in the styles of the past fifty years. Tuesday we'll wear the traditional black and gold. Wednesday is class color day-with the freshmen in green, the sophomores in blue, the juniors in white, the seniors in black, and the faculty in yellow. Thursday will be Pajama Day, and Friday we'll keep up fifty years of tradition by wearing our best clothes for Dress-Up Day.

As always part of Homecoming will be a competition between the four classes. Starting this year we're naming our class competition after longtime Homecoming judge Chuck Stillman, who died last spring. The biggest part of the competition will happen on Wednesday, when we hold the Garrigan Olympics, with classes competing in kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, tug-of-war, home run derby, backgammon, trivia, Twister, ping-pong, video games, and competitive eating. We'll let you know who came out on top on next week's show.

Something unique as we celebrate the school's golden anniversary is that we're inviting back all our Homecoming kings and queens from the past fifty years. Many of the royalty are coming back, and they'll be recognized at halftime of Friday night's football game.

We've got a great Homecoming court this year, too. Our queen candidates include Rebecca Brosnan, Megan Hilbert, Shanna Miller, Kristina Schiltz, and Kali Smith. Candidates to be Homecoming king are Jack Bradley, Brian Funk, Christopher Schmidt, Joe Straub, and Kory Wieland. Bishop Garrigan's fiftieth king and queen will be crowned in a special ceremony Wednesday night at 7:30 in Friedmann Auditorium.

Last Tuesday the cross-country team competed at Estherville. While the Bears were short on runners and did not place as a team, it was still an exciting day. junior Katrina Even won the meet, finishing the 4-K course in a time of 15:47, which was sixteen seconds faster than her previous personal best. Shanna Miller and Ben Hellman also medalled for the Bears. Both the boys and girls are also competing today in the annual CYO meet at Holstein.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on two of our Homecoming royalty: Brian Funk and Rebecca Brosnan. Here to tell you about them is Danielle Rahm.

You're likely to see Brian Funk working when you catch a movie at the State 3 Theatres in Algona. Brian is an Algona native who has been active in Christian Leadership, the Envirothon, and intramural basketball. Next year he plans to go to Kirkwood, where he'll major in environmental science and photography. We wish Brian all the best in the future.

Rebecca Brosnan was an all-area softball honoree. She's been to all-state in speech and lettered in band, choir, and drama, and she also received a blue ribbon at the North Central Conference art show. Away from school you might see her working at Sherree's Hallmark. Rebecca plans to major in musical theatre at college, and we wish her good luck.

Thanks, Danielle! On our Golden Bear calendar for Homecoming week, there's volleyball in Emmetsburg this morning and the CYO cross-country meet in Holstein. Also today there's a rehearsal for all-state music try-outs in Belmond.

Tomorrow there's float construction for Homecoming. Around 5:00 we'll have the annual powder puff football game. Then Monday there's JV football, with the Bears playing at Eagle Grove.

Tuesday the school board meets, and that night the volleyball team hosts Humboldt. Then Wednesday we'll have the Garrigan Olympics, a day of games for the class competition. That night there's the traditional Homecoming coronation and pep rally.

Thursday the volleyball team travels to Eagle Grove. Friday morning we'll have the traditional Homecoming mass. The classes will perform skits in the afternoon, followed by the parade down State Street.

The Golden Bear football spirit squad will serve a taco supper before the game Friday night. The Bears take on Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn that night, and at halftime we'll honor all the kings and queens from the past fifty years. After the game we'll have the big Homecoming dance.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Homecoming week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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