The Bear Facts - May 14, 2005




Good morning!  I'm Kathy Kohlhaas!

I'm Jude Studer!

And I'm Monica Schiltz.  Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2005 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


The BGHS Class of 2005 have the honor of being the smallest class in history to graduate from Garrigan.  That hasn't always been true.  In middle school there were as many as 54 students in the Class of 2005, but over the years people have moved away or transferred, leaving just 39--plus an exchange student--who will be graduating tomorrow.

Each graduating class chooses symbols for their class.  This year the seniors chose bright pink and black as their class colors.  The class flower is the pink rose.  Each year the seniors also choose a class motto.  This year's is:

Behind us are memories;
Beside us are friends;
Before us are dreams
That never will end.

The thirty-nine students left in the Class of '05 are a very diverse group, and they've had a lot of achievements over the years.  In sports, this year's seniors led the Golden Bear football team to their first appearance in the UNI-Dome in the 21st Century.  The baseball team won two conference championships in the past three years, the girls golf team won the state championship, and both the boys and girls cross-country teams qualified for state.

This year's seniors did well in other areas, too.  The quiz bowl team qualified for the National Academic Championships for four consecutive years.  One senior was part of two different national championship dance teams.  In music the class broke a long string of "almosts" by actually seeing two seniors qualify for the All-State Choir, and they turned the marching band into a serious contest contender that earned repeat "one" ratings.

The Class of 2005 has done well in the classroom, too, but their life isn't confined to school.  They have jobs at places ranging from the Bancroft Food Center to the Family Table to the Good Samaritan Home.  Pretty much all the seniors enjoy having fun.  When they're not at school, you might see this year's seniors playing a game of cards, and the class spent so much time at McDonalds that they decided top get their class picture taken there.

Graduation for the Class of 2005 will be tomorrow at 2pm.  Student council president and co-valedictorian Matt Courtney will deliver the senior farewell address.  Class co-presidents Jim Garman, Derek Tindall, Lindsay Schiltz, and Kristi Reding will be presenting the class gift.  This year's seniors are helping to renovate the P.A. system that is used for baseball and football games, so that hopefully in the future people can actually hear what's going on.


Today lots of Golden Bears are in Laurens fore the district track meet.  Both boys and girls are competing for the right to go on to state.  The Garrigan boys have done as well as state runners-up in recent years, and we're hoping this year's team continues the tradition.  Good luck to both the boys and girls track teams.


Baseball and softball are just around the corner.  The defending conference champion Golden Bear baseball team includes five returning seniors:  Matt Vitzthum, Bill Vaske, Tim Richter, Chris Reinhart, and Mitch Buscher.  There are three uninjured juniors:  Jeff Lappe, Gavin Freking, and Adam Elbert.  Junior Dan Garman is also on the roster, but he is still recovering from surgery during basketball season.

The sophomores in baseball include Brian Capesius, Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, Chris Cassmann, Nick Reding, Scott Kollasch, Alex Elbert, and Adam Finley.  Rounding out the team is a group of talented freshmen--including Dylan Freking, Mark Poeppe, Mike Garman, Ben Golwitzer, Chris Gelhaus, Jake Lane, Jacob Zittritsch, and Dustin Shackelford.  Good luck to coaches Rob and Gene Meister and the whole Golden Bear baseball team.


The BGHS softball team features three returning seniors:  Rose Mayer, Nicole Reding, and Emily DeWaard.  The core of the team includes juniors Kelly Schmidt, Allison Even, Ashley Waller, Sadie Foertsch, Denise Kohlhaas, and Alison Brandenburg; and sophomores Maria Kohlhaas, Brittany Pfeffer, Andrea Richter, and Marisa Spain.  There's also a big group of freshmen rounding out the team.  Good luck to Coach Wendi Meister and the softball team!


We've finished up saluting all thirty-nine seniors in our Senior Spotlight, so we'll move right along to our Golden Bear calendar.  Today there's district track at Laurens.  The action starts at 10:00, so you've just got time to get over there.

Tomorrow is graduation day.  The ceremony will be at 2:00 in Friedmann Auditorium, and many seniors will be having receptions following the big event.

Monday there's girls district golf at West Bend.  Then next Wednesday the speech team will hold their awards banquet.

Finally next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be the state track meet.  For the first time ever the boys and girls meets will be held together at Drake Stadium.  We're hoping that lots of Golden bears will be competing on the big blue oval.


That's our next-to-last "Bear Facts" for this school year.  We'll be back next week to wrap things up and bring you the events coming up this summer at Bishop Garrigan High School.


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