Good morning! I'm Ashley Beisch!

And I'm Joe Straub! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we keep you up to date on all the news at Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past Wednesday eleven Garrigan students were down in Webster City for the North Central Conference Art Show, an annual event that honors the top high school artists from around northern Iowa. Brian Funk and Meghan Mayer each exhibited two pieces of artwork in the show. Jesie Rosenmeyer, Alison Blocker, Maleri Bollig, Brandi Roethler, Ashley Bode, Casey Crail, Laura Richter, Abby Hanna, and Jack Bradley had one piece each displayed. Brian Funk won the overall honor for best 3-D artwork in the conference show, and Maleri Bollig won a blue ribbon for the judges' choice.

Gala 2009 turned out to be a great success. Some people wondered if income might be down due to the economy, but when all the proceeds were counted, this year's Gala brought in almost exactly the same amount as last years-roughly $250,000. That money goes to help out lots of special projects at both Garrigan and Seton. In recent years there's been a special push to use Gala funds to help improve technology at our schools. Part of the money also helps keep the staff trained and up-to-date in their fields, some helps with tuition assistance programs, and some goes into an endowment to help keep the school financially sound well into the future.

Now that Gala is over, the development office is busy planning one of the biggest events they've ever been in charge of, the all-school reunion that will cap off Garrigan's fiftieth anniversary celebration. More than 4,000 students have graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School, and all of them and their families are invited back for Founder's Day weekend, July 9 - 12. 

In addition to the community Founder's Day events, Garrigan is planning a bike ride connecting all of our member parishes, tours of the school and an enormous time line tracing through the past fifty years. There will be alumni baseball, softball, golf, and quiz bowl events, an outdoor mass at Conway Field, burying a time capsule, a barbecue, a fireworks display, and a big dance for all the graduates from 1960 to 2009. Summer will be here before you know it, so we encourage everybody to mark your calendar for July 9 - 12 and our big golden anniversary celebration.

We finally got some good spring weather this past week, and the Golden Bear golf teams have really enjoyed the change. Coach Dean Capesius is in charge of both the boys and girls teams. The boys team includes five returning seniors: Alex Dodds, Jimmy Geelan, Brad Richter, David Miller, and Chris Kellner. The core of the team is juniors-like Mike Mergen, Bryan Berte, Luke McCall, Elijak Gelhaus, Brandon Doughan, Jordan Springer, Dylan Kollasch, and Chad Thompson. The boys golf team also includes sophomores Andrew Behr, Andrew Schiltz, Logan Smith, and Tyler Lallier; and freshmen Joe Farrell, Eli Marlow, Austin Salz, Billy Schiltz, and Brandon Schiltz.

On the girls side, four seniors-Kristina Schiltz, Ashley Beisch, Mandy Kohlhaas, and Beth Kollasch-hope to maintain the Golden Bear tradition of success on the links. The rest of the team is young-two sophomores and two freshmen. Rounding out the girls golf team are Kelsie Berke, Laura Richter, Sheridan Berte, and Carly Loss. Good luck throughout the season to all our Golden Bear golfers!

Today many of Garrigan's band and choir students are in Armstrong for the state solo and small ensemble music contest. They've been practicing hard since getting back from the music trip last month, and they'll be singing and playing their best for the competition. Good luck to directors Ken and Linda Ferjak and all our musicians!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Bethany Kirsch. Here with the scoop on her is Kelly Rouse.

Bethany Kirsch was in choir in the past, and these days she spends a lot of the time when she's not at school working at the Algona Good Samaritan Center. She's gotten a lot of experience working there, and she plans to go into nursing in the future. Before she does that, though, the military is in her future. She's in the Iowa National Guard, and she'll be part of the ROTC program in college. We wish Bethany all the best in the future.

Thanks, Kelly! On our Golden Bear calendar today there's state solo and ensemble music contest at Armstrong. Then tonight a lot of our students will be across town for Algona High's prom.

Monday the golf teams have triangulars with West Bend Mallard and Twin River Valley. The girls will be in West Bend, and the boys in Mallard. Then on Tuesday the girls track team runs at Garner.

The school board also meets on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday the quiz bowl team will compete in the spring Knowledge Master. Following that there's the speech and drama awards banquet. Also on Wednesday the golf teams play St. Ed's.

Thursday mid-term progress reports are due from teachers. Friday there's boys track at Pocahontas and girls track at Estherville. A lot of the students who aren't running will be helping out with the Garrigan Middle School Relays that night at Algona High.

Next Saturday there's the state math competition in Iowa City, with several Garrigan students competing. Then that night will be Prom Night, 2009.

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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