The Bear Facts
January 15, 2010



Good morning! I’m! Anna Kollasch!

I’m Michael Hellman!

And I’m Kelsie Berke! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is a busy day for several Garrigan activities. Philip Detrick is over in Waverly this weekend for the Meistersingers Honor Choir, which is being held at Wartburg College. “Meistersinger” means “master singer” in German, and the name originally referred to wandering minstrels in medieval times. Today Wartburg uses the name for a music festival that honors the top musicians from all over Iowa. We’re pleased that Philip is representing Garrigan as a Meistersinger today.

Also today there’s a Great Plains Math League qualifying tournament being held in Iowa Falls. Among the Garrigan students competing is juniors Jennifer Broesder and Austin Salz and freshmen Jake Hamilton and Brittany Kirsch. At math team students compete both individually in small groups to solve various kinds of tough problems. Coach Daryl Kohlhaas has a young team, but he’s hoping for some success today. Good luck, math team!



Quiz bowl is back in action today as well. After a month-long break over the holidays, Garrigan has three teams entered in the Twin Lakes Academic Festival at Sioux Central High School in Sioux Rapids. Seniors Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, Michael Hellman, and Drew Magill will be leading the Golden Bears today. Others competing include junior John Richter, sophomores Allison Frideres, Dustin Miller, and Matthew Fakler; and freshman Levi Bernhard. Good luck, quiz bowl!

The community of Algona is participating in 100 days of fitness, and Garrigan has taken up the challenge. Grant Reding, Daniel Gelhaus, and Sheridan Berte are part of a special wellness committee that has planned a variety of activities—from dodgeball to a dance—to keep everyone active this spring. Health teacher Jeanne Wunder is overseeing the activities, and each homeroom is charting their progress. We’ll keep you updated on how things go along.

This past week brought some of the worst weather of the season, We missed two days of school, and several games and activities were postponed or cancelled. For Garrigan the no-school days came right before semester tests were scheduled. We decided to extend our semester. Semester tests began yesterday, and they will continue Monday and Tuesday. That will give everyone a chance to study and do their best on their semester tests.

While we hope we don’t get too much more bad weather, we want to take a minute to go over the school policies that are in effect when storms hit. If there’s an early dismissal, all practices and after-school activities are automatically cancelled. That’s also true when there’s a late start—there are no practices or activities before school on late start days.

If school is called off, there will be no activities during the school day. Sometimes the weather improves enough during the day, though, that evening activities can take place. The status of evening events will be announced on the radio, and we’ll also post these events on the school website—bishopgarrigan.org.

Remember that whenever there is an early dismissal—whether for weather or teacher inservice, Garrigan and Seton always dismiss fifteen minutes before the announced time. This is due to busing, since the buses pick up our students before they go to the public schools.

Parents sometimes wonder why there are so many late starts and no school days, particularly when it sometimes seems fine in town. The problem is that people come to school from long distances away. At Garrigan, for instance, we have students who come from four different counties and ten different school districts. Even if it’s decent weather in Algona, it could be bad in Emmetsburg, Bancroft, or Livermore, and buses have to drive on gravel roads in all those areas.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on two Wesley natives: Alicia Richter and Kevin Laubenthal Here to tell you about them are Rebecca Molsberry and Kristin Berte.

Alicia Richter is a Wesley native who keeps busy with lots of different activities. She’s a year-round athlete who’s active in basketball, volleyball, track, and softball. Alicia is also on the student council, she’s part of the Christian Leadership in Action group, and she’s part of the parish youth group in her church. Alicia would like to major in marketing at college, and we wish her all the best.


Kevin Laubenthal has been active all through high school in the area chapter of the FFA. At Garrigan Kevin’s biggest activity is intramurals, where he began the season by scoring four points last week. You might also see him serving at mass at St. Joseph—Wesley. Kevin will also be off to college next year, and we wish him good luck in the future.

Thanks, Kristin and Becca. On our Golden Bear calendar there’s quiz bowl today in Sioux Rapids, math team at Iowa Falls, and the Meistersinger honor choir in Waverly. Then tonight the Golden Bear girls will be playing at Woden—Crystal Lake—Titonka in a game that has been added to the schedule.

Tomorrow there’s more intramural basketball action. Monday we’ll continue semester tests, and that night the freshman boys play Eagle Grove. We’ll finish up semester tests on Tuesday.

The Golden Bears host Clarion—Goldfield in a quad Tuesday night, with the math team servng a spaghetti supper at the game. We’ll begin the second semester with mass on Wednesday, and fourteen students will be gone to a diocesan honor band that day.

Thursday we’ll begin 100 days of wellness with a special speaker. The freshmen host St. Ed’s that night. Friday we’ll have a prayer service, and that night the Bears host Humboldt, with the music department serving a chili supper.

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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