The Bear Facts ... November 17, 2007

Gobble! Gobble! Good morning! I'm Lee Brashear!

And I'm Allison Missal! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

One of the things we're thankful for here at BGHS is that new drinking fountains were installed in the school last weekend. That may sound kind of strange, but it's definitely a great addition to the school. The old fountains had served for decades and were on their last legs. The new ones cool well and dispense tasty, refreshing water. Dozens of people commented on how nice they were in just the first day after they were installed.

Last Tuesday we had the annual ceremony inducting new members into the National Honor Society. NHS is a nationwide organization that honors students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. To even be considered for membership in the Garrigan chapter, students have to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above. Then they fill out a lengthy application, and a committee of teachers and staff members makes the final selection. It's never a perfect process, but we do try to honor everyone who should be included.

Twenty new members were inducted into NHS this year. The six new seniors include Ethan Dahlhauser from Whittemore; Ashli Krieps from Sexton; and Algona natives Rachel Salz, David Frideres, Michelle Kollasch, and Bridget Murphy. Juniors inducted are Kyle Smith, Joe Straub, Ashley Beisch, Rebecca Brosnan, Holly Byrkeland, Shanna Miller, and Kelly Rouse-all from Algona; Alec Boeckholt from Titonka; Megan Hilbert from Livermore; Christopher Schmidt from Whtitemore; Beth Kollasch from Bancroft; and Bethany Kirsch, Jenna Richter, and Danielle Rahm of Wesley.

There are also eleven returning NHS members. President Jake Lane, Vice President Gina Rasmussen, Treasurer Krissy Kohlhaas, and Secretary Carrie Courtney; as well as Melanie Myers, Allison Missal, Colby Krieps, Macy Fickbohm, Casey Arndorfer; Sheri Kenyon, and Amber Broesder. Mrs. Linda Peterson is the NHS sponsor at Garrigan. Congratulations to all our National Honor Society members!

Two weeks from now the Golden Bear danz squad will be competing in the Iowa State Dance Championship in Des Moines. Garrigan has a long history of success in dance, and they're hoping for a return to nationals this year. The eighteen-member squad will be competing in the hip-hop division for the first time ever, and they will also compete in the traditional pom division. One of the Bears' routines combines old and new, with the girls playing puppets from The Sound of Music's "The Lonely Goatherd" who suddenly morph into more modern music and dance.

The 2007 danz squad includes captains Emily Behr and Stephanie Kollasch; as well as Kristin Berte, Kayla Schiltz, Tina Berte, Danielle Rahm, Hannah Bode, Christina Richter, Taylor Brandenburg, and Rachel Molsberry. Other dancers include Rebecca Molsberry, Meghan Mayer, Tayler Cink, Aimee Dahlhauser, and Beth Kollasch. Alternates are Beth Broesder and Ryya Kumm. Casey Arndorfer and Katie Miller manage the squad, and Colleen Conway-Schiltz and Julie Illg are the coaches. Good luck at state to the Golden Bear danz squad!

The quiz bowl team is in action again today. Eight quiz bowlers are over in Orange City for the MOC-Floyd Valley Little Dutch Invitational. Ethan Dahlhauser, Shane Koob, Melissa Cruise, and Christopher Schmidt will be the varsity team; while Rebeccah Erdman, Brittany Berte, Anna Kollasch, and Jake Rosenmeyer will be competing at the J.V. level. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Bears will have four other quiz bowl events. They're competing in the Knowledge Master Open and also in tournaments at Spirit Lake, South O'Brien, and Iowa State University.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Katie Boeckholt. Here to tell you about her is John Parrish.

Katie Boeckholt is a Titonka native who is a four-year member of the Solid Gold Marching Band. She is also active in Christian Leadership in Action, where she participated in service projects like the CROP Walk and volunteering at the Mary's Place mission. She was part of the football cheer squad, and away from school she works at the floral department at Hy-Vee. Next year Katie plans to major in nursing at Briar Cliff College, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, John! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we'll be off next week. So we've got two weeks of activities on our Golden Bear calendar. Today there's quiz bowl in Orange City, and Monday the girls basketball team begins their season by hosting North Sentral Kossuth.

Tuesday the school board meets, and Wednesday is Presentation Day, where we honor the sisters who have served the Algona area for decades. That morning we'll have our Thanksgiving liturgy, where we also remember all the deceased alumni of the school.

We'll dismiss early for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday afternoon, and there's no school Thursday or Friday. Friday night the boys basketball team has a jamboree at Graettinger.

Monday the 26th there's boys basketball at NSK. Then Tuesday the 27th we begin the conference basketball season with a quad against Clarion Goldfield. Wednesday midterm D-slips are due, and Thursday the 29th we'll have a reconciliation service at St. Cecelia's.

Friday the 30th is the state dance competition at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. There's basketball that night, with the Bears hosting Hampton-Dumont. State dance continues Saturday, December 1st, and also that day there's quiz bowl at Spirit Lake.

That's the "Bear Facts" for November. Thanks for tuning in. We'll be off next week as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, but be sure to join us two weeks from now when we'll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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