The Bear Facts - May 17, 2008

Good morning! I'm Stephanie Kajewski!

I'm Logan Smith!

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

School is almost over here at Garrigan. There's only one more full day of classes, followed by three days of semester tests. While we had a lot of snow days last winter, thanks to starting earlier in the fall and having a couple of school days when the public schools were off, we'll still be finishing a week before the Algona Community Schools. It's mostly been a good school year, but we're very glad to have things winding down.

Last Sunday fifty-one members of the Garrigan Class of 2008 walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. There are always a number of awards announced at graduation. Among the new awards this year were scholarships in memory of twenty-eight year Seton teacher Chuck Stillman, who passed away this spring. Rachel Salz received the Chuck Stillman Memorial Scholarship, while Meredith Myers and Lee Brashear were awarded scholarships in Mr. Stillman's name from an anonymous donor.

Each department gives out awards at graduation. This year's art awards went to Steph Kollasch and Allison Missal. Bridget Murphy won the business honors, Carrie Courtney was honored in English, and Amber Broesder earned the technology award. Casey Arndorfer, Emily Behr, and Macy Fickbohm split the journalism honors; Jake Lane and Ethan Dahlhauser split the foreign language award; Krissy Kohlhaas and Melanie Myers shared the math award; while Melanie and Ethan earned top honors in science.

Ethan Dahlhauser won the social studies award, Michelle Kollasch and Melanie Myers were honored for achievement in speech, Ashli Krieps and Allison Missal shared the drama award, Brent Kajewski won an award from the vocal department, and Amber Broesder was honored for her work in band. Various theology honors went to Carrie Courtney, Ethan Dahlhauser, David Frideres, Melanie Myers, Casey Arndorfer, Emily Behr, Sheri Kenyon, Steph Kollasch, Chase Reding, Katie Boeckholt, Macy Fickbohm, Mike Garman, and Jacob Zittritsch. Congratulations to all the department award-winners!

At graduation Brent Kajewski received the Rotary Club's Service Above Self Award, and Macy Fickbohm was honored with the Iowa Bar Association's American Citizenship Award. Other top honors included the Outstanding Athlete and Student Awards, which this year went to Carrie Courtney and David Frideres.

For over a decade now, Garrigan has presented pins at graduation to students who excel in a wide variety of school activities. This year Emily Behr, Jacob Zittritsch, Melanie Myers, Amber Broesder, Jake Lane, and Stephanie Kollasch all earned bronze pins. Silver pins were awarded to Bridget Murphy, Casey Arndorfer, Melissa Cruise, Ashli Krieps, Shane Koob, Melissa Cruise, and Macy Fickbohm. Two students qualified for the top activity honor, the gold pin. They were Carrie Courtney and Krissy Kohlhaas. Congratulations to all these honorees!

Garrigan has eight different events competing at state track this weekend. The girls qualified the 4x200, 4x400, and sprint medley relays-featuring Carrie Courtney, Alyse Meyers, Cassie Vautier, Macy Fickbohm, Megan Hilbert, Shanna Miller, and Katrina Even. Macy also qualified in the 200-meter dash, Katrina made it in the 400-meter dash, and Shanna was a state qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles.

On the boys side, Joe Straub qualified for state in the discus. Also qualifying was the 4x800 relay, which features Brett Capesius, Brian Patterson, Peyton Schindler, and Andrew Elbert. Congratulations to Coaches Wadle and Ahlers and to all the state track qualifiers!

Summer sports are here. The Golden Bear baseball team starts their season Monday night at Estherville. This year's team features four returning seniors: Ben Golwitzer, Mark Poeppe, Jacob Zittrtisch, and Chris Gelhaus. There's a huge group of juniors-including Daniel Thilges, Alec Boeckholt, Jack Bradley, Joe Straub, Kyle Smith, Matt Elbert, Christopher Schmidt, Brian Patterson, Sam Norland, and Chris Kellner. Sophomores on the squad include Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, Joe Golwitzer, Dylan Kollasch, Dana Miller, David Reding, and Chad Thompson. Rounding out the team are four freshmen: Drew Magill, Andrew Schiltz, Kevin Elbert, and Tyler Lallier. Good luck, baseball!

The softball team begins their season at Emmetsburg on Tuesday. At the core of the team are senior veterans Amber Broesder and Bridget Murphy. Juniors Rebecca Brosnan, Jenna Richter, and Holly Byrkeland will be playing hard all season; as will sophomores Katrina Even, Beth Broesder, Alicia Pfeffer, and Kelly Klein. The team also includes freshmen Kelsie Berke, Alicia Richter, Becky Jennings, Laura Richter, McKayla Loss, and Anna Kollasch. Best wishes all summer to the softball team!

We recently finished electing all our student council officers for the coming school year. Next year's student council co-presidents are Joe Straub and Megan Hilbert. Ethan Gisch and Josh Berte will be leading the senior class, with Rebecca Brosnan and Alec Boeckholt serving as representatives. The junior class presidents are David Reding and Brett Capesius, while Nick Foertsch and Molly Brashear will be the representatives. For the sophomores-to-be, Jake Rosenmeyer and Kelsie Berke are the class presidents, backed up by representatives Andrew Behr and Alicia Richter. Congratulations to all our student council representatives!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the state track meet finishes up at Drake today. Monday there's girls golf regionals at Tripoli, and baseball season begins with a varsity doubleheader at Estherville.

Tuesday we start semester tests. There's a special schedule, and we'll have open campus whenever we don't have a test. That night the baseball and softball teams play at Emmetsburg.

Semester tests continue on Wednesday, and there's softball at Pocahontas that night. Thursday is the last day of school, with a 11:15 dismissal. The softball team hosts Spencer, and the baseball team hosts NSK that night. Finally on Friday there's more baseball, with the Bears hosting Spencer.

That's our next-to-last "Bear Facts" for the year. We'll be back one last time next Saturday to wrap up the school year and talk about what's going on in summer here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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