The Bear Facts

February 19, 2011

Good morning! I’m Anna Kollasch!

I'm Michael Hellman!

And I’m Michael Fakler! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Tuesday fourteen junior and senior girls made the trip from Garrigan up to the Twin Cities to help out at the Caring and Sharing Hands Mission, a place also known as Mary’s Place. The mission is located on the back side of Target Field, just west of downtown Minneapolis, and they provide food, clothing, and shelter to hundreds of homeless and otherwise needy people. Garrigan has sent volunteer groups to Mary’s Place many times in the past decade.

This week’s helpers included seniors Aimee Dahlhauser, Katie Miller, Rebecca Molsberry, Ashley Bode, Kristin Berte, Kelsie Berke, Alicia Richter, and McKayla Loss; plus juniors Bethany Capesius, Kimberly Schiltz, Andrea Altman, Lana Larson, Mallory Bormann, and Shelby Schindler. Staff members Rob Meister and Colleen Conway-Schiltz accompanied the group. They helped serve the morning meal and prepare lunch and also got a tour of the enormous facility.

The Mary’s Place helpers are members of Garrigan’s Christian Leadership in Action group. Christian Leadership is the single largest activity at Garrigan, including nearly half of all our students. The group helps plan and lead many or our religious activities, and they also participate in lots of different service projects. In addition to helping out in Minneapolis, Christian Leadership recently sponsored a coat drive in cooperation with Kossuth Connections and the CARE Team to help out people right here in Algona.

There was another trip this past week, too. On Monday a bus load of Garrigan’s music and drama students headed over to Waldorf College in Forest City. They were there to see a production of the musical Kiss Me, Kate. This is one of two theatre trips Garrigan’s fine arts program is making this year. In April a group will head up to the Twin Cities to see Jesus Christ, Superstar at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.

Garrigan’s quiz bowl team is known for its perennial success. Quiz bowl has been one of the school’s strongest activities for twenty years now. Just like in sports, a quality varsity program depends on players developing their skills when they are young. Some of that development is happening today, as Seton hosts their annual middle school quiz bowl tournament. Several of Garrigan’s varsity academic competitors are helping out at Seton today. We wish good luck to Coach Dave Wieland and the future Golden Bear quiz bowlers.

You may have read in the paper or heard on the radio about another upcoming quiz bowl event. One month from today Garrigan’s varsity quiz bowl team will be hosting a community trivia competition—with everyone from seventh graders through senior citizens welcome to participate. Teams of up to five people will compete against each other, and the entry fee is just $25 per team. The bracket is filling up, so we encourage everyone to register soon. You can get a registration form on the school website –, or call Jake Rosenmeyer at 341 – 6160.  That number again is 341 - 6160.   Have some fun, and be part of the community quiz bowl.

Gala 2011 is coming soon. This year’s Gala theme is “Deep Blue”, celebrating the mysteries of the ocean. The development and Gala planning staff have been working hard to plan the decorations, meal, and fundraising activities for the big event. This year’s Gala will be April 9th in Friedmann Auditorium. Be sure to contact Diane Elbert at the Garrigan development office to get your tickets. 

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Michael Berte. Here to tell you about him is Alex Hamilton.

Michael Berte stood out this past week when he got a big Valentine surprise from his sweetheart—a singing telegram delivered right at school. This laid-back Lakota native always has a smile on his face. Michael is active in FFA, and he helps maintain the Garrigan website. You’ll also see him at Golden Bear games cheering on his friends. Michael plans a career in agriculture, and we wish him all the best after high school.

Thanks, Alex. On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s the Seton quiz bowl tournament today. Tomorrow intramural action continues. Then next week we’ll have more wellness activities as part of Healthy Kids Iowa.

Boys playoff basketball continues through next week. There’s district play on Tuesday and Thursday and the substate final on Saturday night.

We’ll have an all-school mass at St. Cecelia’s on Wednesday, and the school board also meets that day. Then next Saturday Garrigan will host the district individual speech contest.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week, when we’ll be bringing you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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