The Bear Facts
October 17, 2009

Good morning! I'm Katrina Even!

And I'm Cassie Reising! Welcome to another episode of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Did you know that before he painted American Gothic Grant Wood designed camouflage patterns for the U.S. Army? Did you know more CEOs of American businesses drive Lexuses than any other car? Did you know Nike shoes were named for the Greek goddess of victory? If answers like that are on the tip of your tongue, you should be in quiz bowl. Quiz bowl is an academic competition where students answer questions about every conceivable field of knowledge.

Quiz bowl season starts today, with Garrigan hosting one of the oldest and largest tournaments around. The BGHS Invitational has been running since 1990, and for more than a decade it has been by far the biggest tournament in Iowa. Fifty-one teams will be on hand today for the event. Everyone will compete in four preliminary matches starting around 10am, and the top sixteen teams will advance to playoffs in the afternoon. Quiz bowl coach David Burrow organizes the tournament at Garrigan, and more than twenty teachers, students, and alumni will be on hand to staff the rooms and make sure things run smoothly.

Twenty-seven Garrigan students are competing at their home quiz bowl tournament. Rachel Berte, Michael Fakler, Dustin Miller, Philip Detrick, Michael Hellman, and Jake Rosenmeyer are captains for the Bears. Seniors competing include Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Kelly Klein, and Taylor Brandenburg. Other juniors are Anna Kollasch, Kevin Elbert, Andrew Schiltz, Alex Hamilton, and Drew Magill. There's a big group of sophomores, including John Richter, Austin Salz, Jenny Broesder, Andrea Altman, Grant Reding, Alex Boisjolie, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Craig Kohlhaas. Rounding out the group are freshmen Matthew Fakler, Amelia Golwitzer, Allison Frideres, and Grace Steil. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Last weekend Garrigan's Solid Gold Marching Band competed at the state marching contest in Fort Dodge, and pretty much everything went as well as it possibly could have gone for them. The judges gave them outstanding comments, and they ended up earning a Division I rating. State marks the end of the marching band season, and now the band working on Christmas music to get ready for their holiday concert.

The annual Garrigan magazine drive is just around the corner. Next Friday all students will receive packets to sell subscriptions to all kinds of popular magazines. The prices are the lowest available anywhere, and 40% of the price stays right here to support student activities. So throw away those renewal notices, and see your favorite Golden Bear to renew your magazine subscriptions.

Some people were excited to see snow in this past week, while others were groaning at the start of a long winter. While it's still early we want to use the snow as an opportunity remind everyone of the severe weather policies at school. Because of busing, when there's bad weather, Garrigan and Seton follow the decisions made by the Algona Community Schools, but our schedules are always slightly different than the public schools.

On late start days, the first classes at Garrigan begin at 10:30am. Every period meets, but the classes are shortened. If there's an early dismissal, the Catholic schools will let out fifteen minutes earlier than the times announced for Algona. As soon as we have the information, cancellations and postponements are announced on the main page of our website: garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our Homecoming king, Mark Garman. Here to tell you about him is Brittany Berte.

Mark Garman is a four-year member of the Golden Bear football team who has had some outstanding pass receptions this year. When football's over, he also keeps busy with baseball, basketball, and track. Mark is an honor student who has served as a Gala valet. When he's not at Garrigan, you might see him working at Northwest Bank. Mark will be off to college next year, and he wants a career in the health field. Good luck to our Homecoming king, Mark Garman!

Thanks, Brittany! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's the big quiz bowl tournament today at Garrigan. Spectators are welcome, and admission is free.

Tuesday there will be a meeting for Garrigan and Seton parents in the gym to learn about online access to grades and assignments for their students. Then Wednesday there's no school. The teachers will be busy that day getting ready for a visit from state evaluators.

Wednesday night Garrigan hosts volleyball regionals, with the Bears facing Woden Crystal Lake Titonka. Then Thursday there's district cross-country at Holstein. That night the football team plays at Rockwell City. Note that this week's football game is Thursday rather than Friday.

The magazine drive kicks off next Friday. That day health students will be visiting residents at Algona Manner. Then next Saturday there's quiz bowl at Ankeny.

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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