The Bear Facts - September 17, 2005'


Good morning! I'm Andrea Arndorfer!

And I'm Alison Brandenburg! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Homecoming 2005 is here. This year we're taking a trip through the "Golden Bear Time Machine" as we celebrate almost fifty years of school history. Our Homecoming royalty this year includes queen candidates Alison Brandenburg, Courtney Mergen, Kayla Reding, Tara Trenary, and Ashley Waller. The candidates for this year's Homecoming king are Gavin Freking, Dan Garman, Eric Goodman, Andrew Missal, and John Reding.

The festivities start tomorrow night with the annual powder puff football game. On Tuesday we'll be judging the floats each class has built for the Homecoming parade. Then Wednesday we'll have our second annual "Battle of the Classes", where students compete in games ranging from dodgeball and ultimate Frisbee to Texas hold 'em and trivia. Wednesday night is the coronation and pep rally. Then on Friday we'll have a morning mass, with the parade down State Street at 4pm. The football game is Friday night, followed by the annual Homecoming dance.

Homecoming always features a big competition between the four classes at Garrigan. In addition to the game day and float construction, each class will present a skit and build a hoop for the sports teams to go through at the pep rally. Another part of the competition is a food drive for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. Then there's the special dress days, where we count the percent of each class that dresses in the theme of the day. Monday will be Hillbilly Day, and Tuesday is Celebrity Day. Wednesday will be "Decade Day", with the seniors dressing in '80s clothes, the juniors decked out in the threads of the '60s, the sophomores saluting the '70s, and the freshman in '90s clothing. Thursday will be the traditional Black and Gold Day, and Friday will be Dress-Up Day.

Garrigan's football and cross-country teams are both off to a good start this fall. The football team is still flying high after their 28 - 7 win over Class 3-A Algona High last Friday. They started the 1-A district football season yesterday, and they're hoping for a good season overall. The cross-country team had eight varsity medallists and three JV medals at the Holstein meet last Saturday. Three Garrigan runners-Chris Scobba, Tami Lallier, and Maria Kohlhaas-made the diocesan-wide All-CYO team. Congratulations to our athletes!

The cast was just announced for Garrigan's fall musical, Annie Get Your Gun. Students starring in the show include Holly Byrkeland, Garrigson Brosnan, Bridget Doughan, Brandon Rowley, Tim Lind, Chris Loebach, Laura Kellner, Chris Kirsch, and Brittany Stone; as well as Ashley Waller, Sam Norland, Rebecca Brosnan, Krissy Kohlhaas, Emily Reising, Shane Koob, Casey Arndorfer, and Kendra Plathe. Other cast members are Michelle Kollasch, Amanda Golwitzer, Jacob Hellman, Andrew Missal, Gavin Freking, and Mitch Bode; together with Macy Fickbohm, Sadie Foretsch, Jen Vaske, Joe Straub, JoAnn Kirsch, and Andrea Arndorfer.

The show also includes an ensemble. The Indian dancers are Emily Behr, Jessica Cink, and Meaghann Mayer; while the townspeople include Melissa Cruise, Rachel Byrkeland, Michaela Bormann, Amber Broesder, Jade Kajewski, and Gina Rasmussen. Others in the Indian chorus incldude Allison Missal, Sheri Kenyon, Jenna Richter, Alyson Berte, Megan Boever, Ashli Krieps, Beth Kollasch, Rebecca Kramer, Mandy Kohlhaas, and Stephanie Kollasch. Rehearsals are underway, and the show will be the weekend of November 4 and 5. Break a leg, everybody!

Each fall the Diocese of Sioux City sponsors the annual Bishop's Dinner to honor Catholic Education around the area. This year Garrigan is privileged to have two honorees at the dinner. Math teacher Daryl Kohlhaas is the school's finalist for the Bishop Lawrence Soens Excellence in Education Award, while system president Eugene Meister will receive the Servant Leadership Award for his commitment as a school administrator. Congratulations to Mr. Meister and Mr. Kohlhaas.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on two members of our Homecoming royal court: Tara Trenary and Ashley Waller. Here to tell you about them is Kandice Roethler.

Tara Trenary is a Corwith native who has been active in volleyball and dance. She's a member of the National Honor Society, and she serves as an accompanist for school masses, musicals, and choir events. Away from school you might see her working as a receptionist at the Styles Salon. She plans to major in child psychology in college, and we wish Tara the very best of luck. 

Ashley Waller keeps busy with volleyball, dance, softball, speech, drama, and music. She is field commander for the Solid Gold Marching Band. She is active in Christian Leadership and National Honor Society, and she works for the Kossuth County Economic Development Board. Ashley would like to major in theatre at the University of Iowa, and we wish her good luck.

Thanks, Kandice! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's a varsity volleyball tournament at Algona High this morning, and the freshman volleyball team plays at North Kossuth. Tomorrow at 5:00 we'll have the powder puff football game for Homecoming.

Monday is "Hillbilly Day" for Homecoming. That night the cross-country team runs at Humboldt and the freshman football team hosts Armstrong.

Tuesday will be "Celebrity Day". We'll judge floats that night, and also on Tuesday the volleyball team hosts St. Edmond. Then on Wednesday we'll have "Decade Day" and the annual Battle of the Classes.

We dismiss at 12:45 on Wednesday for teacher in-service. Then Wednesday night at 7:30 we'll have the Homecoming coronation and pep rally. You should be able to hear the coronation here on KLGA.

Thursday will be "Black and Gold Day". That night the volleyball team will host Clear Lake. Then on Friday we'll have "Dress-Up Day", with mass at 10:50, the parade at 4:00, and football vs. Rockford at 7:30pm.

The baseball and softball teams will serve a chili supper during the game. After the game we'll have the annual Homecoming dance. Then next Saturday Garrigan hosts a volleyball tournament.

Finally this week, we'd like to salute former Golden Bear Brad Nelson. Brad finished the minor league baseball season with the AAA Nashville Sounds who have done outstandingly in play-offs and are poised to win the Pacific Coast League championship. Brad remains one of the Milwaukee Brewers' top prospects, and we're proud to say he got his start right here at Garrigan.

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

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