The Bear Facts

September 18, 2010

Good morning! I’m Makayla Loss!

And I’m Stephanie Kajewski! Welcome to a special edition of the “Bear Facts”, where it’s Homecoming week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

We’re spending “A Week at the Movies” to celebrate Homecoming 2010 at Garrigan, and it should be a really fun week. As always, we’ll show our spirit with special dress days all throughout the week. Monday we’ll get into the theme of the week with “Movie Character Day”. We’ll be heading to the beach on Tuesday for “Gilligan’s Island Day”. Wednesday is “Colors” Day, with each class dressing in a single color. We’ll all get out our camouflage for Rambo Day on Thursday. Then Friday, the theme of our traditional dress-up day is “Oscar Night”.

We’ll start our Homecoming celebration tomorrow afternoon. Each of the classes will be building floats, planning skits, and designing hoops for our sports teams to run through at the pep rally. The freshmen will build their float at Buscher Brothers, the sophomores at Reding’s Gravel and Excavating, the juniors at Capesius Brothers, and the seniors at Algona Marine and Sport. Teachers from Seton Grade School will judge the finished floats to see who had the best design and construction.

For the past several years one of the biggest events of Homecoming week has been the Battle of the Classes. We’ll take a break from our regular schoolwork on Wednesday, and that all four classes will compete against each other in a wide range of physical and mental challenges. We’ll be playing kickball, ping-pong, and volleyball. Ultimate football, and trivia. There will even be a new jousting event this year. After a hard-fought dodgeball game, we’ll have an egg toss relay, a push-up contest, a pie-eating contest, a Gatorade chug, and a good old-fashioned tug-of-war.

Another traditional part of Homecoming is a collection for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. This year instead of a competition, we’re setting a school goal of donating 2,000 items during Homecoming week. We hope our contribution will make a difference for a few people around the area.

All the fall sports have big events for Homecoming. The cross-country team will be running at Humboldt on Monday. The volleyball team plays Eagle Grove on Thursday night, and then on Saturday they’ll be hosting their home tournament. For Golden Bear football, Homecoming marks the start of the district season, with the Bears taking on Northwood—Kensett Friday night. Even fine arts has a special event coming up, with the big Extravaganza next Sunday, September 26.

The traditional Homecoming coronation will be Wednesday night at 7:00. Andrew Behr, Kevin Elbert, Drew Magill, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Andrew Schiltz are up for Homecoming king; while Kelsie Berke, Ashley Bode, Aimee Dahlhauser, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Katie Miller are the candidates for Homecoming queen. The Homecoming parade will be on State Street downtown at 2pm on Friday, and the Homecoming dance will follow the game on Friday night.

One other big event is our traditional Homecoming liturgy. This year former Garrigan Superintendent Father Cecil Friedmann will be celebrating the Homecoming mass. This year marks a special milestone for Father Friedmann. We had a special tribute at the Golden Bear football game last night honoring the sixtieth anniversary of Father Friedmann’s priesthood. We salute Father Friedmann’s long service to the church and especially to all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School. We encourage any alumni who are available to join us when Father Friedmann says our Homecoming mass in the Garrigan gym Friday morning at 10:45.

We told you a couple weeks ago that over the summer the Garrigan website had moved to a new site— While the original plan was to keep our old site up for about a year, redirecting people to the new location, we found out this past week that the old site was no longer active. Because of that we encourage everyone to update your bookmarks, and remember that from now on you can find Bishop Garrigan online at

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Drew Magill. Here to tell you about him is Becky Jennings.

Drew Magill is one of the members of our Homecoming royal court. This Algona native has connections in both the Midwest and the South. He’s a cross-country captain who has also been active in basketball and track. Drew has also lettered in band, choir, and quiz bowl, and he enjoys speech and drama. When he’s not at Garrigan you might see Drew working at Hy-Vee in Algona. He plans to join the Air Force after high school, and he’d like a career in aerospace engineering. We wish Drew all the best in the future.

Thanks, Becky Jennings! On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s JV volleyball at Algona today and freshman volleyball at NSK. Tomorrow Homecoming week begins, with all four classes building floats.

Monday is Movie Character Day for Homecoming. That night the cross-country team runs at Humboldt. Tuesday the school board meets, and that day all the students will be dressed up for Gilligan’s Island Day.

Wednesday is Colors Day. We’ll have the Battle of the Classes during the day and the big coronation and pep rally that night. Thursday we’ll dress for Rambo Day, and that night the volleyball team will travel to Eagle Grove.

Friday we’ll be dressed for Oscar Night. We’ll have Homecoming mass in the morning and a special assembly for the classes to perform their skits after lunch. The parade will be at 2pm.

Friday night the Golden Bear football team takes on Northwood—Kensett. The Homecoming dance will follow the game. Then on Saturday the volleyball team hosts the BGHS Tournament.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for Homecoming 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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