The Bear Facts

October 16, 2010


Good morning! I’m McKayla Loss!

And I’m Stephanie Kajewski! Welcome to another episode of the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Did you know that “logology” (LOW-goll-uh-gee) is the study of words? … Or that the comic strip Superman was created by two teenagers in 1938? … Or that the synthetic element “americium” is primarily used in smoke detectors? If trivia like that is on the tip of your tongue, then you should be in quiz bowl. Quiz bowl season starts today, with more than two hundred students from all over northern Iowa on hand for the competition.

This year marks the twentieth year for the annual Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl tournament. The event started back in 1991 with just eight teams, but it quickly grew into the largest academic competition in Iowa. This year fifty-seven teams from twenty-one area schools will be on hand for the event, and three other schools were turned away because they registered after the deadline. The teams are coming from far-off places like Ankeny and Riceville, and from nearby schools like Algona, Humboldt, Twin River Valley, Emmetsburg, and North Sentral Kossuth. One team at this year’s tournament, Mason City Newman, is here for just the second time—with a nineteen-year gap since their first appearance.

Quiz bowl works sort of like a game show. Each game features three rounds—a toss-up round where anyone can answer short questions, a bonus round that includes multi-part questions on related topics, and a lightning round where each team answers ten rapid-fire questions in one minute. After four preliminary games, the top sixteen teams will advance to the playoffs. The top four teams this year will take home big trophies.

There’s a long tradition of success in quiz bowl at Garrigan, and the Bears are hoping for another good year as they start this season. Five of this year’s seniors have made multiple trips to the National Academic Championships, and there’s lots of talent in the younger classes as well. The Bears will have six teams competing today. Team captains include Jake Rosenmeyer, Jennifer Broesder, Allison Frideres, Michael Hellman, Zach Scobba, and Taylor Hovey.

Others in quiz bowl this year are Anna Kollasch, Alex Hamilton, Drew Magill, Rachel Berte, Philip Detrick, Dustin Miller, and Lizzy Hohmeister; as wekk as Levi Bernhard, Sabrina Book, Jake Hamilton, Sean Hart, Mercedes Espinosa, and Kara Eischen. Rounding out the team are Craig Kohlhaas, Austin Salz, John Richter, Andrea Altman, Matthew Fakler, Anna Hohmeister, and Brittany Kirsch. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and everyone in quiz bowl!


Last weekend the Garrigan Solid Gold Marching Band competed at state down in Ft. Dodge. The band played well, and they were rewarded for their efforts. Bishop Garrigan had excellent comments, particularly on their musical ability, and they ended up receiving the only Division One rating awarded to a Class 1-A school. Congratulations to director Ken Ferjak, drum major Kayla Blocker, and the entire Solid Gold Marching Band!


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Andrew Behr. Here to tell you about him is Becky Jennings.

Andrew Behr has won multiple letters in football, basketball, and track. In football he’s been on both sides of passes as a quarterback and a receiver. Andrew is also a three-time letterwinner in publications, and he’s a proud to have been part of the co-ed dance routines all through high school. This Algona native is active in Christian Leadership in Action, and he’s co-president of the BGHS senior class. He has also worked with the community relay for life. Away from Garrigan you might see Andrew working at the Algona Family YMCA. Andrew plans to major in business at UNI next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.


Thanks, Becky! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s the quiz bowl tournament at Garrigan today. Spectators are welcome, and the competition will begin right at 10:00.

Also this weekend Sr. Janet Goetz will be celebrating her golden jubilee. Congratulations to as she celebrated fifty years as a Sister of the Presentation.

Monday night there will be Virtus training in the Garrigan ICN room for people who want to volunteer in the schools or parishes. Then Tuesday we’ll have a jeans day to raise money for the student gift for Gala.

Wednesday we’ll have parish busing. Garrigan and Seton are in session that day, though there’s no school at the Algona Community Schools. We’ll have mass at St. Cecelia’s Wednesday morning and a Respect Life prayer service in the afternoon.

Wednesday night Garrigan begins volleyball playoffs by hosting Twin River Valley. Then Thursday the annual magazine drive begins. Also on Thursday the cross-country team will run in districts at Holstein.

Friday the football tam plays at North Iowa. Then next Saturday there’s all-state choir auditions in Storm Lake and quiz bowl at Ankeny.


Finally this week, we note that tomorrow would have been Deacon Bob Larsen’s sixty-seventh birthday. We all miss Deacon, and we continue to keep his wife Lorri and the whole Larsen family in our thoughts and prayers.


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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