April 17, 2010

Good morning! I'm Cassie Reising!

And I'm Brittany Berte! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past week Algona hosted the annual North Central Conference Art Show. Fourteen Garrigan students had fifteen works of art entered in the competition. Junior Suzana Eichstadt had two separate entries-a color photograph and a color pencil drawing and mixed media creation. Others honored include Katie Miller for an acrylic painting, Kristin Berte for digital color photography, David Reding with a terra cotta tile, and Chelsi Lanus for black and white photographny.

The art show honorees also include Rebecca Richter for a color collage and mixed media display, Amy Rasmussen for a single color photograph, and Nora Krahenbuhl for a color photography group. MaKayla Foertsch is being honored for an abstract acrylic painting, Zach Zittritsch has a three-dimensional display of weapons in plaster, and Mackenzie Eischen is displaying pastel flowers. Jordan Springer's entry is a mixed media golf course, Jeff Broesder is displaying color digital photography, and Jeanne McCall's art show project was abstract painting. Congratulations to all these North Central Conference Art Show honorees.

The artists aren't the only people to receive honors. The area chapters of the Catholic Daughters of America recently sponsored an essay contest that many Garrigan students entered. Students had to write on the topic "The Joys of God Surround Us", and lots of good entries were received. In the end the winners of the essay contest were juniors Travis Cruise, Paige Fox, and Michael Fakler. Congratulations to them!

One of our faculty members also learned of a big honor recently. Math teacher David Burrow, who also happens to be our producer here on the "Bear Facts" is this year's nominee for the Bishop's Award for Excellence in Education, the highest award that the Sioux City Diocese gives to Catholic school teachers. This is the second time Mr. Burrow has been nominated for the award, and we congratulate him on the honor.

You may have heard that next year we'll have a big change in the leadership here at Garrigan. Mike Stence has been on the staff since 1968. He started out as a teacher and later had the title of dean of students and more recently principal. It's hard for the students today to believe that when our parents were here many of them were truly afraid of Mr. Stence. We always find him friendly and approachable, and pretty much everyone here has enjoyed having him as our principal.

Mr. Stence will be officially be retiring after this school year, and long-time counselor Lynn Miller will be taking over as principal. Mr. Stence won't be leaving the school completely, though. He'll be staying on as an assistant to help the transition go more smoothly. We want to thank Mr. Stence for his decades of service and for the difference he's made in the lives of thousands of Garrigan graduates.

We want to thank a whole group of people as well. Schools like Garrigan and Seton couldn't exist without the hard work of hundreds of volunteers. Next Thursday, April 22, we'll have a special all-school mass to honor all the volunteers who help out in our schools. Following the mass there will be a special reception for the volunteers in the elementary gym. A big thanks to everyone who volunteers their time to help out at Garrigan and Seton!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Brandon Doughan. Here to tell you about him is Luke McCall.

Brandon Doughan was one of the key players on the Golden Bear basketball team that made it to state last winter. Brandon is also part of the perennially good boys golf team, and he enjoys playing baseball in summer. Aside from sports, he helps out on the publications staff, and you may have seen him working at Hy-Vee. He hopes to play basketball at either Briar Cliff or Grandview next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Luke! Today Garrigan is hosting the state solo and ensemble music contest. Good luck to all our competitors! Then Monday the golf teams face the Wolverines, with the boys at West Bend and the girls at Mallard.

Tuesday the boys track team runs at Belmond-Klemme, and there's also girls track at Garner. The school board meets that night, and the Gala committee will begin planning for next year's big event.

Wednesday the quiz bowl team will compete in the nationwide Knowledge Master contest. Also on Wednesday the golf teams face St. Ed's, with the boys at home and the girls playing in Fort Dodge.

We'll have our special mass for volunteers on Thursday. There's boys track that night at North Iowa, and also on Thursday the speech and drama departments will hold their awards potluck.

Next Friday the girls track team runs at Estherville, while the boys are in Pocahontas. Then on Saturday there's the state math competition in Iowa City, and that night is Prom 2010.

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

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