The Bear Facts

May 15, 2010


Good morning! I'm Aimee Dahlhauser!

I'm Becca Molsberry!

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


Last week we held student council elections at Garrigan, and our presidential election was the closest one in school history. The ballots were counted-and re-counted-and in the end the margin came down to just two votes. The winners and Student Council Co-Presidents for 2010 - 2011 are Kelsie Berke and Jake Rosenmeyer! Congratulations to them.

We'd also like to congratulate our class presidents. Co-Presidents of next year's senior class will be Kevin Elbert and Andrew Behr. The junior class co-presidents are Grant Reding and Alex Boisjolie, and leading the sophomore class will be Dustin Miller and Amelia Golwitzer. It was also decided last week that Kristin Berte and Alicia Richter will be the student council representatives for the Class of 2011 and Eli Marlow and Mitch Rahm will represent the Class of 2012. Congratulations to all these people.


Garrigan sophomore Craig Kohlhaas is in Kansas City this weekend for the Great Plaines Regional Mathematics Competition. Craig finished second in Iowa in the state mathematics finals last month in Iowa City, with a score that advanced him to regionals. Craig spent the whole day yesterday racking his brain to solve some of the toughest math problems around and matching wits with the some of the smartest people in the Midwest. Congratulations to him on advancing to this three-state competition!


This past week the Golden Bear track team competed in both the North Central Conference meets and the district meet. The Golden Bear girls took fourth place in the ten-team conference, their best showing ever. That's especially good considering Bishop Garrigan is by far the smallest school in the North Central Conference. Yesterday both the boys and girls teams ran against schools their own size in the district meet in Armstrong. We'll let you know who qualified for state on next week's show.


Last Wednesday Garrigan senior Brandon Doughan signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Grand View University in Des Moines. Brandon has been a standout for the Golden Bears all through high school, and we wish him good luck in his future career as a Grand View Viking!


At the end of each year, Garrigan honors seniors who have participated in a wide variety of different activities by presenting them with gold, silver, and bronze pins. Every extra-curricular activity is assigned a point value, and to earn pins students must participate in a range of different types of activities. This year Taylor Brandenburg, Mackenzie Schindler, Kayla Schiltz, Molly Brashear, Cassie Reising, David Reding, Brett Capesius, Beth Broesder, and Amy Rasmussen all received bronze pins.

Silver pins are awarded for even higher levels of achievement in activities. This year's silver pin honorees were Dana Miller, Katrina Even, Rebeccah Erdman, and Brittany Berte. The top honor anyone can receive is a gold pin, and this year only one senior qualified for that honor. Congratulations on winning a gold pin, Kelly Klein!


Last week awards were handed out to announcers on the "Bear Facts" radio show. Students can letter in all activities at Garrigan-including broadcasting-and this year eight students earned letters. They include Jake Rosenmeyer, Brittany Berte, Luke McCall, Katrina Even, Rebeccah Erdman, Kelly Klein, and Taylor Brandenburg. The final letterwinner was Cassie Reising, who was also honored as the Outstanding Broadcaster for 2010. Congratulations, announcers!


The speech team also recently gave out some awards. In addition to all the Division One and Outstanding Performance honors, Coach Mary McCall presented special awards for Excellence in Speech and Drama to Brittany Berte, Cassie Reising, and Rebeccah Erdman. Congratulations to these speech honorees!


Garrigan's Specialized Technology Topics class has been very busy lately. In addition to creating new pages for all the different classes and activities at school, the class has been moving the thousands of existing pages of our website to the new domain bishopgarrigan.org. More than two thousand pages have already been moved to the new server, but that's less than half the pages on the Garrigan site. The web page students will be working the rest of the year and webmaster David Burrow will be working through the summer to move everything to the new address-bishopgarrigan.org.


Our last Senior Spotlight for the year is Alicia Pfeffer. Here with the scoop on her is Andrew Schiltz.

With softball season coming up, it's appropriate to feature Alicia Pfeffer in our senior spotlight. This St. Benedict native has been in softball all through high school, and she won the Coach's Award for her efforts last summer. Alicia has also been involved in the Envirothon. We wish Alicia and all our seniors all the best after high school!

Thanks, Andrew! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, tomorrow is graduation day. The Class of 2010 will walk across the stage at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon. Then Monday there's girls golf districts at Spring Valley.

The school board meets on Tuesday. Then next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday there's state track at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.


That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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