The Bear Facts ... November 18, 2006

Good morning! Katie Buscher!

I'm Emily Funk!

And I'm Candace Schiltz! Welcome to the "Bear Facts". Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

We finished up our annual magazine drive last week, and it was another successful fundraiser. We ended up selling over $12,200 in subscriptions, which is slightly more than last year's total. Almost $5,000 of that amount stays right here at Garrigan. Some is paid out as prizes, but most becomes the budget for the BGHS student council. They, in turn, pass most of that money on to different school groups which need help in funding their activities.

The sophomore class was tops in sales this year. For their efforts they'll be treated to a pizza buffet during semester test week in January. The seniors were close behind, and their reward will be Subway party subs. The junior class will enjoy a sundae bar for finishing third among the four classes. The #1 seller overall was Beth Kollasch, who racked up $515 in sales. Bridget Murphy was second with $453, and Jesie Rosenmeyer finished third with $437. There was also a prize for 13th place, which went to Caryn Taphorn, who sold $224 during the drive.

There were small prizes given out to the top sellers each day in the magazine drive. This year those people were Ben Hellman, Abbie Bradley, Brandi Roethler, Dylan Kollasch, Jesie Rosenmeyer, Macy Fickbohm, and Alex Bradley. In addition, thirty-five people got to spin the Lucky Wheel to win cash prizes. The big winners there were Tony Rouse, Rebeccah Erdman, and Chris Loebach, who won $50, $25, and $20 from spinning the wheel.

Last Sunday the Golden Bear cross-country team held their annual awards potluck. This year's Most Valuable Runners were Chris Scobba and Tami Lallier, each of whom won nine medals this season. They joined Kelli Black and Maria Kohlhaas in receiving the Adam Sundall Cross-Country Award. Maria earned Academic All-State recognition, while Chris and Tami received both All-CYO and All-Conference honors. In addition to those seniors, junior Carrie Courtney was named an honorary team captain.

One advantage Garrigan students have over people in other schools is the ability to earn college credit right at school while they're still in high school. This is thanks to agreements with Iowa Lakes Community College. We've offered college credit health occupations courses for over twenty years, and in recent years the offerings have expanded into math and social studies. Many juniors and seniors are taking Psychology, Statistics, and Math for Liberal Arts. They can take all these courses without even leaving school grounds and fulfill some of their college general education requirements before they've even graduated from high school.

Last Tuesday fourteen new members were inducted into the BGHS Chapter of the National Honor Society. NHS recognizes students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Seniors Andrea Richter and Tony Rouse were inducted this year. Joining them were juniors Gina Rasmussen, Casey Arndorfer, Amber Broesder, Melanie Myers, Allison Missal, and Carrie Courtney; as well as Macy Fickbohm, Dylan Freking, Jacob Lane, Colby Krieps, Sheri Kenyon, and Krissy Kohlhaas. Congratulations to all our National Honor Society inductees!

Our senior spotlight this week shines on one of those new NHS members, Tony Rouse. Here to tell you about him is Christopher Cassmann.

Tony Rouse is an Algona native who was one of the senior veterans on the Golden Bear football team. Over the years he's also been active in basketball, baseball, and track. Outside of sports, Tony's biggest accomplishments are in math team. He's been one of the top math competitors all through high school and competed in the Midwest regional tournament last year. Tony will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thank-you, Chris! We'll be off next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, so we've got two weeks of events on our Golden Bear calendar. Today the quiz bowl team is competing in Orange City, and several members of the cross-country team are running at Living History Farms. Monday the girls basketball team plays at Sentral.

Tuesday is Presentation Day, when we honor the sisters who have served the Algona area for over a century. Also that day several speech students will be traveling to St. Paul to see a presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Wednesday we'll have our Thanksgiving liturgy. A tradition at this mass is to invite back the family of deceased alumni of the school. The special presentation that honors them is available as a multimedia feature of the Garrigan website.

We'll dismiss early Wednesday for the holiday break, and there's no school next Thursday or Friday. Friday afternoon the boys basketball team plays in a jamboree at Graettinger.

There's nurse's aide clinicals next Friday and Saturday. Monday the 27th the boys basketball team hosts Sentral. Then Tuesday the 28th the girls team travels to Clarion Goldfield.

Wednesday the 29th we'll have a motivational speaker in the morning and a reconciliation service in the afternoon. Then on Thursday the 30th the sophomores, juniors, and seniors will have a jeans day as a reward for meeting their goals in the magazine drive.

Friday, December 1st the danz squad will travel to Des Moines for the state drill team championships. That night the basketball teams play at Hampton Dumont. Finally on Saturday the 2nd there's quiz bowl at Spirit Lake.

That's the "Bear Facts" for November. We'll be off next week to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, but be sure to catch us again in two weeks for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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