The Bear Facts
September 17, 2011

Good morning!  I'm Mallory Bormann!

I'm Jenny Broesder!

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

The annual calendar drive continues through next Tuesday, so if you haven't gotten your calendar yet, be sure to get one soon. The calendars include dozens of color pictures, as well as listing all the school events for the 2011 – 2012 school year. In addition they enter you in a raffle where you can win from $35 to $500. Calendars cost $25 each, and the money goes to buy buses and suburbans that we use for school activities. All Garrigan students are selling calendars, so be sure to get yours today.

The Golden Bear girls cross-country team is on a roll, winning two straight meets. Last weekend at Holstein they won the small schools division at one of the biggest meets in the state. It was especially good news that their opponents in that meet were many of the same teams they'll be running against at districts. Erin Reedy won the meet, and four Golden Bear girls were in the top ten. The Bears also won the Emmetsburg Invitational on Tuesday, and we're hoping they continue their outstanding running throughout the season.

The Golden Bear volleyball team has done especially well in tournament play this fall. They won their first tournament at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond two weeks ago and then followed that up with another big victory at Emmetsburg last Saturday. Tomorrow they have the big CYO tournament, facing schools from all over the CYO diocese, and we wish the volleyball players good luck.

The Golden Bear football team moved back into the statewide top ten ratings after wins over Pocahontas and West Sioux. So far none of the Bears' games have officially counted, since they've played teams from larger classes and in a twin district. The Bears start play in their own district next Friday at Northwood - Kensett, and they'll be back home for Homecoming September 30. Good luck, Bears!

There's a good chance you've encountered some advertising for Garrigan lately. You may have heard our president, Gene Meister, doing ads here on KLGA, or you may have seen billboards for the school south of town or over by Seton. This past week there was a photographer at school shooting footage for a TV commercial that will soon be airing on local cable TV. Various donors have contributed to the ad campaign, which is being organized by the development office. We thank them for helping us make people aware of the school.

It's strange to think that the Bishop Garrigan website has been around as long as most of us, but 2011 marks the school's seventeenth year online. Garrigan was one of the first schools anywhere with its own website, and ever since the beginning the site has been created and maintained by students. What sets our site apart from most other schools is the pictures -- literally thousands of pages of pictures that show everything that happens here at school.

This all four students-- Victor Berte, Billy Schiltz, Luke Eischen, and Jason Reding--are working hard each day on the BGHS website. For several years now staff member David Burrow has served as webmaster, and he's uploaded hundreds of changes just since the beginning of the school year. You can even listen to the audio of our "Bear Facts" shows online. So head over to and check out the school online.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Lizzy Hohmeister. Here to tell you about her is Bethany Capesius.

Lizzy Hohmeister is an Algona native who is active in lots of different things. She's on the volleyball team, and she also enjoys dance and baton. Lizzy has won awards in speech and drama, and she also enjoys making artistic creations. When she's not at school you might see her working at the Market in downtown Algona. She plans to study nursing in college, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, ! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's  a JV volleyball tournament at Algona today, and the freshman volleyball team is playing at Fenton. Also the Garrigan girls who swim for Algona have a meet at Charles City today.

Tomorrow is the Parish Families Against Hunger carnival. There's also the CYO volleyball tournament, which will be held at Gehlen High School in LeMars.

There's no school at Garrigan or Seton on Monday. All the teachers will be in Carroll for the Diocesan Ministries Conference. That night the cross-country team runs in Humboldt.

Tuesday is the final day for the calendar drive, and we all hope we make our goals. Wednesday there's mass in the morning, and we'll have an early dismissal for teacher inservice. Then Thursday the volleyball team hosts Eagle Grove.

Next Friday the football team plays Northwood--Kensett. That game marks the first anniversary of the death of Deacon Bob Larsen, and we'll all be keeping Deacon and his family in our prayers that day.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week when we'll be previewing Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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