The Bear Facts
October 18, 2008

Good morning! I'm Kelly Rouse!

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

Did you know that Beethoven's Ode to Joy is the official anthem of the European Union? Did you know that more spam e-mails originate in Russia than anywhere else on earth? Did you know that crab nebula is shaped like a football? If useless information like that is always on the tip of your tongue, then quiz bowl is for you. Quiz bowl season begins today, and once again Bishop Garrigan is hosting the largest tournament in Iowa. Fifty-one teams will be competing in the Garrigan Invitational this year, and at least six more wanted to come, but missed the registration deadline.

The teams come from all over northern Iowa. Teams will be coming from as far away as Aplington-Parkersburg, Boone, Spirit Lake, and Sioux Central. Closer to home, teams will be coming from Algona, Armstrong-Ringsted, Emmetsburg, West Bend-Mallard, Humboldt, North Sentral Kossuth, and Twin River Valley. In all twenty-one schools are represented at the tournament, one of the most diverse fields ever. The Golden Bears will have five teams entered at the tournament. Team captains today include Joe Straub, Ashley Beisch, Chris Hansen, Mike Hellman, and Lizzy Hohmeister.

Each quiz bowl match works like a game show, with three parts to the game. Toss-up questions are quick single-part questions on topics ranging from science and history to sports and Academy Award winners. In the bonus round, teams confer among themselves to answer five-part questions on a single topic. Then in the lightning round each team has just sixty seconds to answer a series of ten rapid-fire questions on one theme. Every team will play four games this morning, facing a total of eight other teams. After lunch the top sixteen teams will advance to playoffs. The whole event includes 748 different questions, and after they're all answered the top four overall will take home trophies.

People sometimes wonder if they can come to watch quiz bowl. The answer is yes-the public is always welcome, and admission is free! You can come to either the main entrance or the gym door at Garrigan. Schedules are posted all over the school, and the games will start shortly after 10am. If you want to see a specific student, you might want to call or text them before the tournament starts to find which number their team is. That will make it easier to locate where they are, since games take place all over the school. There will be a break for lunch between 12:30 and 1:30, and playoffs will continue until about 3:00 this afternoon.

We had to make a change on one of Garrigan's quiz bowl teams because Anna Kollasch, who was scheduled to be a captain today, couldn't be here. She's instead down in Des Moines for the World Food Prize Symposium. Sponsored by Norman Borlaug, an Iowan who won the Nobel Peace Prize, the symposium looks into the causes and solutions to problems with hunger around the world. Anna wrote a paper on hunger in Honduras that she will be sharing in Des Moines. She hopes to be among the top high school students whose submissions will win scholarships from the World Food Prize Foundation. Biology teacher Beany Bode accompanied Anna to Des Moines, as did alumna JoAnn Kirsch, who won a scholarship through the World Food Prize Program when she was at Garrigan. We wish Anna good luck with her entry.

Last weekend Bishop Garrigan's Solid Gold Marching Band competed at state marching contest in Fort Dodge. After taking two first place awards at Band Day the previous week, Garrigan was the only band in their class to receive a Division One rating at state. The band is directed by Mr. Ken Ferjak and led by field commander Holly Byrkeland. Twelve of the thirty-one members are seniors. Besides Holly they include Ben Hellman, Rebecca Brosnan, Randy Kenyon, Vince Cruise, Sam Norland, Matt Elbert, Chris Hansen, Shanna Miller, Brian Patterson, Alec Boeckholt, and Ashley Beisch.

The Class of 2009 recently will be the fiftieth class to graduate from Garrigan. They recently chose turquoise, dark purple, and sterling silver as their class colors. The class flower will be the lavender daisy, and the motto is "We are Garrigan's 50th Class. To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. To be as much as we can be, we must dream of being more." Graduation is set for Sunday, May 17, 2009.

Our Senior Spotlight for quiz bowl week shines on Chris Hansen. Here to tell you about Chris is Alec Boeckholt.

Chris Hansen is part of lots of different activities that are going on right now. The Whittemore native is a quiz bowl captain who is also a four-year member of the band. Chris keeps busy as a cross-country manager, keeping track of times while his friends run the course. He's been in drama, math team, and choir, and he takes lots of challenging classes. Chris will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Alec! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's quiz bowl today at Garrigan, and Anna Kollasch is presenting her paper at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines.

Monday there's district volleyball at NSK. Then Tuesday the freshman and sophomore football team plays at Pocahontas. Also that day there's a fall vocal concert, and the school board meets.

There's no school on Wednesday due to a faculty in-service. HOSA will meet that afternoon, and district volleyball continues Wednesday night. Then on Thursday the cross-country team runs in districts at Holstein.

The Garrigan magazine drive is scheduled to begin on Thursday, which is also National Mole Day, a celebration of chemistry. The first quarter ends next Friday, and that night the Golden Bear football team returns home to play Rockwell City-Lytton.

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

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