Good morning! I'm John McMahon!
And I'm Danielle Elbert! Welcome back to "The Bear Facts," your weekly newscast from Bishop Garrigan High School.
Last Saturday was a big day for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. The Bears won their second straight championship when they took home the gold from the Eagle Grove Invitational Tournament. Garrigan breezed through the preliminary rounds, scoring 150 points more than any other team. In their first play-off match, the Bears shut out Hampton by a score of 360 to 0. Then they defeated two teams from Webster City before coming from behind in the championship match to beat Eagle Grove. Junior Aaron Twait is the captain, and other team members include Tracy Studer, Beany Bode, B.J. Hodd, and Tory Wunder. Mr. David Burrow coaches the quiz bowl team.
As soon as the quiz bowl tournament was over, Aaron Twait was on his way to Des Moines. The junior is spending most of the winter in the capital city, where he is a page in the Iowa Senate. He will be running around the Capitol, doing errands for the legislators. Becoming a page is very competitive, and we're proud to say that this is the second straight year that a Garrigan student has won that honor.
At the beginning of the season, boys' basketball coach Tom Froehlich said he wasn't sure how this year's team would turn out--they might be lucky to get any wins. Well, they started out shaky, but now the Bears are back on track and on their way to a winning season. Garrigan scored big wins against Algona High, Eagle Grove, and Armstrong/Ringsted, and they're looking to go above the .500 mark when they face Spirit Lake tonight.
The win/loss record for the girls doesn't really show how well they've played. In several games they got behind early, but then played hard and outscored their opponents all the way to the end. This weekend the girls are in Sioux City for the CYO Basketball Tournament. There they'll take on tough teams from all around the diocese, but Coach Ron Patterson is confident that the Garrigan girls will hold their own.
Ever since November Garrigan students have been rehearsing for large group speech events. Next Saturday about forty students will be travelling to Forest City for the district speech contest. They'll be performing in events like Readers' Theatre, Ensemble Acting, TV Newscasting, and Group Improvisation. Mrs. Sue Ney and Miss Mary McCall are the group speech directors at Garrigan.
For some students, as soon as speech rehearsal is over, play rehearsal begins. Garrigan's spring play, The Rainmaker, is already in production, with shows scheduled for March 25 and 26. This will be a student-directed show, produced by senior Nick Becker as his project for the gifted and talented program. Among the cast members are sophomore Matt Erpelding, playing Starbuck, and senior Jennifer McGreevey as Lizzie. Other stars include John McNertney, Beany Bode, Scott McMahon, Tom McGreevey, and my fellow announcer this week--John McMahon.
Plans are already underway for Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of the tradition of private education. The week will begin January 30, and special events include Grandparents Day on Wednesday, an all-school mass on Thursday, and "Pack the Gym" night as the Bears face Humboldt on Friday, February 4. This year's Catholic Schools Week theme is "Your Choice in Education," and the Garrigan Development Office is responsible for making most of the plans for the local celebration.
Again this year the Student Council is sponsoring a computer match project. Next week students will be filling out surveys. The responses will be sent to a computer center in Carroll, where they will be processed. Then each student will have the chance to find out which members of the opposite sex they are most compatable with. As an added bonus this year, there will also be a list of the five least compatable people. The results should be back just in time for Valentine's Day.
This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Travis Kasch. Travis is probably best known as a record-breaking sprinter in track or for his accomplishments on the football field. Away from school, you're likely to see Travis at McDonalds--it sort of runs in the family for him. Travis is uncertain of his future plans, but he intends to go to college. Best wishes, Travis!
On this week's Golden Bear calendar, the Golden Bear girls are playing today and tomorrow in the CYO Tournament in Sioux City. Tonight the boys host Spirit Lake.
Monday the freshman basketball teams travel to West Bend, and Tuesday the JV and varsity girls tackle the Emmetsburg E-Hawks.
Wednesday the freshman girls host Humboldt, while the JV boys and girls take on West Bend. Then on Friday the JV and varsity girls host Harris/Lake Park.
Next Saturday is the district large group speech contest at Forest City and the Meistersingers Vocal Festival at Wartburg College in Waverly. Also next weekend the boys' basketball team will travel to Fort Dodge for their own CYO tournament.
Finally this week, our congratulations to math teacher and "Bear Facts producer David Burrow. Mr. Burrow found out this week that he will be receiving an award from the Algona Jaycees as Citizen of the Year in Education. Dean of Students Mike Stence nominated him for the award. In addition to teaching math and helping out with the "Bear Facts", Mr. Burrow is Garrigan's Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Student Council Moderator, Assistant Speech Director, and Quiz Bowl Coach. Garrigan President Father Feierfeil described Burrow as a truly dedicated teacher who spends long hours, even on nights and weekends, working to help students.
That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.
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