The Bear Facts ...

February 16, 2008

Good morning! I'm Shane Koob! Welcome to another episode of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School, where today I'll be doing the whole segment due to weather problems last week.

It's math time at BGHS. This morning Garrigan is hosting a regional competition for the Great Plains Math League, and schools from as far away as Iowa Falls and Southeast Polk will be on hand to compete. The Bears have twenty-two people entered in the tournament. They include Jaboc Lane, Sheri Kenyon, Krissy Kohlhaas, Cassie Reising, Alec Boeckholt, Benny Hellman, Alex Hamilton, and Rebeccah Erdman; as well as Brittany Berte, Joe Straub, Chris Hansen, Gina Rasmussen, Melanie Myers, Kelly Klein, and Katrina Even. Also competing today are Kelly Rouse, Michael Fakler, Jake Rosenmeyer, Nick Kelliner, Danielle Rahm, Luke McCall, and D.J. Beletti.

Most of a math competition involves taking tests. Competitors work individually in the sprint and target rounds, and they work together in groups of three during the team round. The relay round is one of the most interesting parts of the day. In that event, three students get similar questions. The first student answers his question and passes the answer to the second. The second student must use that answer to answer his own question. He passes his answer to the third student, who must use it to get the final answer for the team. So if any one of the three of them screws up, the whole team answer is wrong.

Earlier this week these and others among Garrigan's top math students took the AMC-12, a tough exam that pits our school against the best math students in the nation. Chris Kellner had the top score at Garrigan on the test, followed by fellow juniors Alec Boeckholt, Randy Kenyon, and Ben Hellman. Seniors A.J. Doughan and Jake Grein tied for fifth place, with sophomore Rebecca Erdman and freshman Michael Fakler tying for seventh. Rounding out the top scores were Brittany Berte, Nick Kellner, Kent Recker, and Colby Krieps.

The Garrigan music department is getting ready for the annual pops concert. Something different this year will be a show choir performance. It's been quite a while since Garrigan has had a show choir, and the students involved are having a lot of fun with it. They include sopranos Ashli Krieps, Jenna Richter, Melissa Cruise, Brittany Berte, Cassie Reising, Nora Krahenbuhl, Becky Jennings, Jade Kajewski, Hannah Bode, and Casey Crail; and altos Rebecca Brosnan, Krissy Kohlhaas, Kelly Klein, Anna Kollasch, and Kelsie Berke. Tenors in the show cjhoir are Chris Hansen, Ben Hellman, Vinnie Humble, Alex Hamilton, Brent Kajewski, and Travis Stone; and the bass voices are Alec Boeckholt, Sam Norland, Randy Kenyon, Mike Hellman, Christopher Schmidt, Drew Magill, Joe Straub, Chris Kellner, and Jake Rosnemeyer.

The mistresses of ceremonies for this year's pops concert will be Ashley Beisch, Allison Missal, Michelle Kollasch, Gina Rasmussen, and Holly Byrkeland. Soloists include Kelly Klein, Ashli Krieps, Rebecca Brosnan, Krissy Kohlhaas, and Anna Kollasch. Nora Krahenbuhl, Cassie Resiing, and Alec Boeckholt will present pre-show acts, and there will be a special performance by Garrigan's own band-with Randy Kenyon, Vinnie Humble, Alec Boeckholt, and Dana Miller. The pops concert will also include selections from Hairspray performed by Becky Jennings, Alicia Richter, Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbuhl, Stephanie Kajewski, Becca Hyslop, Hannah Bode, and Cassie Reising. The show will be Thursday and Friday, February 28 and 29, so mark your calendar today!

Also just around the corner is the BGHS spring play. Director Mark DeLange is preparing a comedy entitled The Great, All-American Musical Disaster. Twenty-nine Garrigan students have parts in the show, including seniors Michelle Kollasch, Shane Koob, Carrie Courtney, Allison Missal, Ashli Krieps, Gina Rasmussen, Chad Lambert, Brent Kajewski, and Lee Brashear. The show is scheduled for March 28 and 29, and we'll tell you more about it on upcoming shows.

Next Friday the Garrigan music department is sponsoring a special event. Johnny Blend, an a cappella group from St. John’s University in Minnesota will be in Algona that day. They’ll spend the school day working with music students here at Garrigan, and then at night they’ll present a public concert at St. Cecelia’s Church. Proceeds from the concert will go to the music programs at BGHS. Johnny Blend has a special attachment to Garrigan, because one of their singers, John Kohlhaas, is an alumnus of the school. We encourage everyone to catch concert next Friday at 7:30 at St. Cecelia’s.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Colby Krieps. We're in the middle of basketball play-offs now, and Colby has been one of the top players for the Golden Bears all season long, and he had twenty-eight points in the opening round of playoffs against Clarion. He towers above the competition, and he uses his skill to drain lots of baskets for the Bears. Colby isn't all about sports, though. He's a hard-working student who got one of the top scores on the AMC math test last week. Colby will be off to college in the fall, and we wish him the very best of luck.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the Great Plains Math League contest today at Garrigan. Tomorrow intramurals continue, and at 6pm the Golden Bear danz squad will hold their spring show in Friedmann Auditorium.

Monday is Presidents' Day. Then Tuesday night will be the boys basketball district final. Wednesday a group of personal bookkeeping students will be touring Iowa State Bank. Friday night there's the Johnny Blend concert, and then next Saturday we'll be hosting the district individual speech contest here at Garrigan.

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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