Good morning! I'm Michael Hellman!

And I'm Jake Rosenmeyer! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend eight Garrigan students went down to Boone for the annual Excel quiz bowl. The Bears had a great day, with both Garrigan teams finishing among the top eight overall. The team of Joe Straub, Christopher Schmidt, Rebeccah Erdman, and Jake Rosenmeyer was undefeated going into the semi-final round, with wins over Estherville, Wilton, Forest City, Chariton, Ankeny, and East Sac County. They lost in the semifinal and consolation games to take fourth place overall.

Manwhile Vince Cruise, Anna Kollasch, Michael Hellman, and Alex Hamilton racked up a 3 - 1 record going into playoffs, including big wins over Boone and Ames High. They finished in seventh place among the thirty-two teams in the tournament. In addition to the students, quiz bowl coach David Burrow captained a team of adults that won a special coaches' competition at the tournament. Congratulations on their success to the quiz bowl team!

Also last Saturday the Golden Bear math team ended up in second place overall at the Dordt College tournament in Sioux Center. Senior Ben Hellman qualified for state on Saturday. Ben is the seventh Golden Bear "mathlete" to qualify this year. He joins senior Kelly Rouse; juniors Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, and Luke McCall; and sophomores Alex Hamilton and Michael Fakler. The state math competition will be April 25th at West High School in Iowa City. Congratulations, math team!

Today is the state individual speech contest. A busload of Garrigan students left around 7:15 this morning to head down to Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Garrigan has nineteen entries at state contest. Rebecca Brosnan, Cassie Reising, Rebeccah Erdman, and Craig Kohlhaas are competing in Poetry; Alex Hamilton is entered in Public Address; Brittany Berte and Rebeccah Erdman are performing in Radio News Announcing; and Philip Detrick will be presenting Improvisation.

In the Prose category Jake Rosenmeyer, Rachel Berte, Michael Fakler, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Rachel Berte are all competing. Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Brosnan, and Cassie Reising will be performing Acting selections; and Sam Norland and Anna Kollasch will be presenting Literary Programs. In addition Sam Norland is competing in Musical Theatre and Anna Kollasch will perform a Storytelling entry. Contest runs all day on the Iowa Central campus, and we encourage everyone to head down to Fort Dodge for the event.

The 2009 spring play, Winnie the Pooh, is just around the corner. The curtain will go up next Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at 7:30pm. Mark DeLange is directing the this adaptation of a traditional and well-loved children's story. The cast includes me, Jake Rosenmeyer, as the title character, Joe Straub as Christopher Robin, Kelly Klein as Piglet, Rebecca Brosnan as Owl, Jenna Richter as Eeyore, Anna Kollasch as Kanga, and Hanna Bode as Roo.

Alec Boeckholt will be a voice narrator; and Meghan Mayer, Holly Byrkeland, Becky Erdman, myself, and Cassie Reising will play various animals. Ben Hellman is the stage manager. Don't forget-showtime is 7:30pm next Friday and Saturday. Be sure to mark your calendar and be there to see Winnie the Pooh!

A group of administrators and faculty has been working hard to revise our school's curriculum to put it in line with the new Iowa Core Curriculum. The core curriculum, which the legislature passed a year ago, stresses "rigor and relevance" in all subjects. Students, school board members, and community people will soon be joining the core curriculum committee, and they'll be discussing how to make courses both interesting and challenging in today's world.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kelly Rouse. Here to tell you about her is Michael Fakler.

Kelly Rouse is one of just three senior girls who are out for track this spring. She's also one of our top volleyball players, and in the past she has been in basketball. Kelly is part of the Christian Leadership in Action group and participates in lots of service projects in the school and community. She'll be off to college next year, and we wish Kelly the very best of luck.

Thanks, Michael! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's state speech contest today at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge. This afternoon the danz squad will have their spring show.

Tomorrow is the danz squad banquet. Also we'll wrap up the regular season games for intramural basketball. We'll tell you who made the playoffs on next week's show.

Monday and Tuesday we'll have conferences and registration after school. Garrigan's conferences will be in the Rochleau Center at St. Cecelia's from 3:30 - 6:30pm. Also on Monday several Garrigan students will participating in a blood drive at Algona High.

Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day. Then Wednesday we'll have a jeans day for Kleenex. Thursday the Spanish IV students will go on a field trip to Minneapolis, and next Friday and Saturday it's time for the spring play, Winnie the Pooh.

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

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