"The Bear Facts"

MARCH 14, 1998

Good morning! I'm Dennis Gisch!

And I'm Katie Patterson! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend was a special time for Garrigan junior Doug Besch. At a special ceremony last Sunda, Doug received the Boy Scouts' most prestigious award, when he became an Eagle Scout. Doug has been involved in scouting for more than half his life. He has won over forty merit badges, and he has received special awards for his camping skills. Last fall, as a service project on the road to becoming an Eagle, Doug organized a project to build new wooden benches on the lawn in front of the main entrance here at Garrigan. We're proud that Doug has achieved Scouting's highest honor, and we hope his success will be a model for younger boys. Congratulations, Doug!

There were lots of other award winners this week, too. Thursday night the basketball teams held their annual awards potluck. There were seven letterwinners among this year's Golden Bear boys: seniors Andy Laubenthal, Tom Twait, and Chris Miller; juniors Jeremy Bartolo and Matt Kunkel; sophomore John Mosbach; and freshman Brad Nelson. Brad and Jeremy shared the boys' hustle award, Chris was named offensive player of the year, and Tom was named defensive player of the year. Both Chris and Tom also earned all-conference selections. Andrew Brunsen was named this year's most improved player. Then there's Andy Laubenthal, who was named all district, as well as first team all-conference. It's no surprse that Andy is also this year's Golden Bear MVP.

On the girls' side, six seniors earned letters: Ruby Bode, Lisa Boekelman, Katie Elbert, Jenny McAlpne, Jenessa McGuire, and Katie Vaske. Also among the letterwinners were juniors Liz DeWaard and Molly Nelson, and sophomore Angie Froehlich. Katie Vaske and Liz DeWaard were first team all-conference, and Ruby, Angie, Lisa, and Jenny also received all-conference honors. Ruby and Katie Vaske are this year's MVPs, while Lisa and Jenny were the most improved players. Ruby, Liz, and Sarah Hall shared the hustle award, and Ruby, Jenessa, and Katie Elbert won the award for dedication. The coaches' award went to Abbey Studer and Sarah Hall; and next year's team captains will be Liz, Sarah, Molly, and Abbey. Congratulations to all the Golden Bear award winners!

A few weeks ago, almost everyone at Garrigan filled out a questionarre for our annual computer match compatibility survey. The forms were sent to the love center of the universe--Carroll, Iowa--and the results came back to tell us who made the best and worst matches. The results also included the most common answers to the different questions. Among this year's results, we found that Garrigan students prefer sports cars, action adventures, people who aren't stuck on themselves, and brown M&Ms.

There were a couple of "issue" questions, too. Probably the most controversial one this year asked for people's opinions about teenage drinking. It didn't ask whether people drank, but rather what they thought about drinking. It's not really a surprise that the responses were pretty much middle of the road. While there was a wide range of answers, we're pleased to tell you that almost no one felt that drinking was a good thing that everyone should try.

After a long time-out over the winter, there's quiz bowl action again today. This morning the Bears are in Blairsburg for the Northeast Hamilton Invitational Tournament. Garrigan is one of thirty-two teams in the tournament, and they'll be answerng questions all morning, as they fight their way to the top. The Golden Bear captains are Tom Twait and Nate Fouarge. Backing them up are seniors Brad Frideres and Jenny McAlpine; juniors Adam Foertsch, Abby Rahm, and Rachel Studer; sophomores Dennis Gisch, Jennifer Reinhart, and Louie Bode; and freshman Paul Loebach. Good luck, quiz bowlers!

And speaking of quiz bowl, the registrations have been finalized for the team's fourth straight trip to the National Academic Championship. The Bears qualified for the prestigious tournament by winning an on-line competition on the Internet last November. They will be one of about seventy teams that will be competing in Washington, D.C. this June. This will be the most experienced team the Bears have ever sent to nationals. For Senior Tim Mosbach, this will be his third straight trip; and Nate Fouarge, Brad Frideres, Jeremy Richter, Tyler Struck, and Dennis Gisch will all be making their second appearance at nationals.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Ben Erdman and Nicole Forburger. Ben is probably best known for helping out behind the scenes for Garrigan drama and music events. He's been responsible for lights and sound all through high school. Nicole's major activity is band, and both she and Ben enjoy reading and spending time with friends. We wish both Ben and Nicole the very best in the future.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's quiz bowl today at Blairsburg. Tomorrow we'll have intramurals at 12:15 in the Garrigan gym.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday there are cheerleading try-outs for next year's squads. Tuesday is Saint Patrick's Day, and Wednesday we'll be welcoming the eighth graders from Seton for orientation.

Thursday we'll have a jeans day to raise money to help a school in Grand Forks that was destroyed in last year's flood. Then Friday is the end of the third quarter.

Friday and Saturday the track teams will be in Ames for the ISU indoor classic. Saturday is also state individual speech in Manson, and finally that night is the danz squad's big sprng show.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School!

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