The    Bear    Facts

May 18, 1996

Good morning! I'm Jen Lighter!

And I'm Matt Erpelding! Welcome to another exciting episode of the "Bear Facts," where this week we'll bring you the details of Graduation, 1996.

But first--our top news this week is in sports. Five Garrigan girls are in Des Moines today to compee in the state track meet. The Bears qualified two events for state. Laurie Fickbohm will be running in the 800-meter dash, and the foursome of Amy Schiltz, Liz DeWaard, Katie Seiler, and Lisa Boekelman are trying to bring home the gold in the 4 by 100-meter relay. Julie Collison and Kara Christianson coach the Golden Bear girls, and we wish them all the very best of luck.

Next week it's the girls' golf team that takes center stage. Last Monday the Bears won their fourth consecutive district championship. Mindy Berte was the medalist at district, shooting an 81 for the day. Other counting scores included Cindy Besch with 90, Emily Muller at 96, and Amy Goodman, who shot 109. The girls advance to regionals next week, and with a win there, they'll be the third Golden Bear girls' sports team to be bound for state this year.

Five Garrigan boys have already qualified for state. They'll be running in the state track meet next weekend in Des Moines. Weston Wunder, Tom Twait, Ryan Ludwig, and Mike Cowan each qualified in two events--the 4 by 100 and the 4 by 200-meter relays. The other state qualifier was Chris Eischen, who shattered his personal best in the discus last weekend to qualify for state with a throw of 137 feet, 9 inches. Greg Ahlers and Phil Ross coach boys' track at BGHS.

Well, after four long years it's finally the end of the line for the Bishop Garrigan Class of 1996. Tomorrow afternoon the band will attempt to play "Pomp and Circumstance," and the seniors will enter the gym one last time. Former Garrigan President Father Gerald Feierfeil will be back for commencement, and we're sure he'll have some inspirational words for this year's graduates.

There will be more inspiration when long-time "Bear Facts" announcer Matt Erpelding takes the state. Matt was selected by his classmates to give the 1996 commencement adress. He tells us it's "basically just a generic senior speech," but we know the speech will catch people's interest and keep them from yawning, because he'll be drawing parallels between the senior class and Walt Disney characters. To hear Matt's speech and all the rest of the commencement exercises, just tune in tomorrow at 1:00, right here on KLGA.

After a rather heated argument last fall, the Class of '96 chose the ivory rose as its class flower. The class colors are hunter green and ivory, and the class motto says:

Have pride in how far we have come;
Have faith in how far we will go.
Just like our seniors, the "Bear Facts" was new to Garrigan in 1992, and we've spent the past four years telling you of the accomplishments of this class. They've done well academically, athletically, and in the arts. They led the baseball team to a conference championship, the girls' basketball team to state, and the quiz bowl team on two consecutive trips to the national finals. Things will definitely be different when the Class of '96 heads out the door.

On our Senior Spotlights this year we've saluted all but seven of the members of the Class of 1996. With graduation fast approacing, today we'd like you to meet that remaining septet: Joni Elsbecker, Kathleen Foth, Heidi Henkelvig, Ryan Kollasch, Brian Rosenmeyer, Bryan Murphy, and Susie Rasmussen.

Joni Elsbecker is a Bancroft native who works at Hy-Vee in Algona. In her four years at Garrigan, her favorite activities have been band and Model UN. Next year Joni will be off to Ames, where she'll attend Iowa State University.

You may have seen Kathleen Foth when you've visited the Golden Arches at McDonalds. Kathleen's principal interest at Garrigan has been music, and next year she'll be off to college at UNI.

Heidi Henkelvig works at Sister Sarah's Restaurant. She's kept busy over the years with Model UN and choir. Next year she's bound for Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.

Ryan Kollasch is known to all his friends as "Flash". He's enjoyed classes such as health at Garrigan, and in the fall heŽll be a student at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Brian Miller was proud to be a member of the National Honor Society. He has also been involved in choir. Next year he'll be studying conservation science at Iowa Lakes COmmunity College.

Bryan Murphy is proud of his shiny new car. You may know him as a member of the Golden Bear football team or an employee at Godfather's. Bryan enjoys hunting, and next year he'll be studying at Ellsworth Community College.

Susie Rasmussen is our last featured senior this year. She's a Wesley native who works at a grocery store in Britt. She's enjoyed singing in choir at Garrigan, and next year she'll be a student at Iowa State University. Congratulations to Susie and to all the graduates in the BGHS Class of 1996!

On this week's calendar there's the girls' state track meet today in Des Moines. Today also marks the height of the social season, with all the graduation receptions.

Tomorrow there's commencement at 1:00. KLGA will broadcast the graduation live. Then on Monday the girls play in the regional golf finals for a chance to go to state.

Tuesday baseball season begins. The Bears open the summer with a doubleheader at West Bend/Mallard. Then on Wednesday the ecology class will take a field trip to the sewage treatment plant.

Wednesday night there's the spring sports potlucks. Then on Thursday there's a meeting for the sophomores and their parents to get ready for next year's Confirmation program.

Friday there's the boys' state track meet. We'll dismiss at 2:15 on Friday to start the Memorial Day weekend. Then on Friday night the baseball team plays Spencer in their home opener.

Finally this week, we'd like to update you on our lead story from last week. We're pleased to say that freshman Chuck Rahm, who was hospitalized with meningitis, is now home and is steadily recovering. We're also pleased to say that no one else has been diagnosed with the disease. We're glad Chuck is home, and we want him and his family to know we're still thinking of him and we wish him all the best.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening. With graduation here, we'd like to salute the seniors who have helped write for the "Bear Facts" this spring. They include Nikki Fickbohm, Jessica LaFleur, Tonya Berte, Zane Eisenbarth, and Jill Frideres. Other senior writers include Ben Geving, Sara Grandgenett, Mike Lallier, Jean Lappe, Beth Loebach, Judith McGraine, Chris Reding, and Travis Schoby. And we can't forget our number one writer and announcer--Matt Erpelding.

Like all the seniors, I'm out of here for the year. But the "Bear Facts" goes on, so be sure to tune in next week, when some of our younger reporters will take over to keep on bringing you all the news from Bishop Garigan High School.

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