The Bear Facts

March 15, 2008

Good morning! I'm Jacob Lane!

And I'm Krissy Kohlhaas! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear speech team went down to Manson to compete in the state individual speech tournament. Garrigan had one of our best days ever at state contest, bringing home 13 Division One (or "excellent") ratings, while only three entries earned Division Twos. Students earning Ones include Jenna Richter in Acting and Poetry; Gui Klein in Expository Address, Michelle Kollasch in Acting; Cassie Reising, Anna Kollasch, and Gina Rasmussen in Prose; Melanie Myers and Sam Norland in Poerty; Rebeccah Erdman, Rebeccah Brosnan, and Jake Rosenmeyer in Literary Program; and Shane Koob in Radio News Announcing. Brittany Berte got Twos in Radio and Literary Program, while Allison Missal got a Two in Prose. Congratulations to the speech team!

Tomorrow Garrigan seniors Melissa Cruise and Alyssa Berte will head down to Des Moines for the spring state HOSA conference. HOSA is the Health Occupations Student Association, a career-based organization for students who are planning to go into health-related careers. Melissa and Alyssa will be competing in several areas, the most important of which is forensic science. Iowa Lakes nursing instructor Jeanne Wunder is in charge of the HOSA group.

Less than two weeks from now the Golden Bear danz squad will be boarding a charter bus and heading southward to compete in the M.A. National Dance Championship in Ft. Worth. While Garrigan has a long tradition of success in dance, this is the first trip to nationals for most of the current squad. The Bears, who won championships in two divisions at state last December, will board a charter bus at 6pm on Thursday, March 27 and head south to Texas. They will compete Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, at the Ft. Worth Convention Center, and their trip will include a session with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

Emily Behr and Steph Kollasch are co-captains of the BGHS Danz Squad. Others headed to nationals include Kayla Schiltz, Danielle Rahm, Kristin Berte, Tina Berte, Christina Richter, Rachel and Rebecca Molsberry, Hannah Bode, Taylor Brandenburg, Meghan Mayer, Tayler Cink, Aimee Dahlhauser, and Beth Kollasch. Beth Broesder is a danz squad alternate, Casey Arndorfer is manager, and Colleen Conway-Shiltz and Julie Illg are the danz squad coaches.

The Bears will be competing in three divisions at nationals. Their hip-hop performance, called "Wind It Up", has been a crowd favorite all season. The piece features quaint Old World costumes. It starts with "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music and then morphs into a cool modern sound. The danz squad will also present their pom performance of "Soul Man" and the jazz selection "Fever". This will be Garrigan's third trip to a national dance competition. Good luck, girls!

Tomorrow we'll have the last regular season games in intramural basketball. This has been another exciting season, with lots of high-scoring games. The senior team that is the defending champions have already secured the top seed for play-offs and is heavily favored to win another intramural title. Five members of that team-Ben Golwitzer, Chris Gelhaus, Nick Berte, Jake Grein, and Lee Brashear-are among the top ten players overall. Ben tops the list, with 125 points so far this season. Intramural play-offs will be the Tuesday after Easter, with the championship game on Stewardship Day, April 23.

Right after Easter the curtain will open on the BGHS spring play. The Great All-American Musical Disaster stars Shane Koob as a film producer who tricks a wide variety of people to be in his show. He makes all of them think they are the stars, when in fact they've just got bit roles. Michelle Kollasch is the female lead, and the cast features a total of twenty-nine different actors and actresses. Showtime is 7:30 on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. So be sure to mark your calendar to see a fun-filled spring show!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Peyton Schindler, Alyssa Berte, and Jake Lane. Here to tell you about them is Ethan Dahlhauser.

Peyton Schindler is an Algona native who is part of the top-seeded intramural basketball team. He was part of last fall's district champion football team, and he's also been to state in track. Peyton will be off to college next fall, and we wish him the very best in the future.

Alyssa Berte is headed to state HOSA this weekend. She was also part of the state championship golf team last year, and she hopes for a repeat at state this spring. Alyssa plans a career in nursing, and we wish her good luck!

In addition to being one of the top students in the Class of 2008, Jake Lane prides himself on fitness and enjoys boxing as a hobby. Jake has been active in football and track, and his future plans include college and the military. Good luck, Jake!

Thanks Ethan! Because of the Easter holiday, we've got two weeks of events on our Garrigan calendar. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. The HOSA group leaves for state, and we'll have the final intramural regular season games in the afternoon.

Monday and Tuesday after school we'll have conferences and registration at the Rochleau Center. Wednesday there's an early dismissal for in-service, and Thursday we'll have the annual Holy Week retreat. That afternoon the quiz bowl team will participate in the Golden Bear Trivia Challenge Think-a-Thon.

There are no school activities over the period between Good Friday and Easter. There's also no school at Garrigan or Seton on Tuesday, April 25, though the Algona Community Schools are in session that day.

We'll have intramural play-offs on Tuesday the 25th. Classes resume on Wednesday, and Thursday the danz squad leaves for nationals.

Friday, March 28, the spring play premieres. Then Saturday the 29th the quiz bowl team travels to Boone.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Lent. We'll be off next weekend because of Easter break, but be sure to join us again two weeks from now, on Saturday, March 29th, when we'll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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