The Bear Facts
March 19, 2011

Good morning! I’m Kristin Berte!

And I’m Michael Fakler! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”. Thanks for joining us to hear the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last night was a first for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. They hosted their first-ever community trivia event. Eighteen teams registered for the tournament, a better turn-out than anyone expected. Seniors Jake Rosenmeyer and Anna Kollasch organized the event. They and their fellow quiz bowl veterans wrote the questions, compiled the brackets, and made all the other arrangements it takes to host a big event. The community tournament turned out to be a great fundraiser, taking in more than $600 to help with the cost of going to nationals this summer. Thanks to everyone who participated in the community quiz bowl.

Before they head to nationals, the Bears will have another big challenge. Next weekend seven Golden Bears will be competing in a regional academic competition at Gretna High School in suburban Omaha. Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, Philip Detrick, and Levi Bernhard will have a full day of competition in Omaha. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Last Saturday the Golden Bear speech team competed at the state individual contest, which was held at Algona High School. Traveling across town instead of across the state seemed to give the Bears a home team advantage, because they did just about as well as they could possibly do. Bishop Garrigan ended up earning eighteen Division One or “excellent” ratings and eight Division Two or “good” ratings.

Among those earning Ones were Jake Rosenmeyer, Rachel Berte, and Amelia Golwitzer in Literary Program; Craig Kohlhaas, Matthew Fakler, and Philip Detrick in Improvisation; Anna Kollasch in Musical Theatre; Jake Rosenmeyer, Philip Detrick, and Michael Fakler in After-Dinner Speaking; Anna Hohmeister in Prose; Michael Fakler in Public Address; Lizzy Hohmeister, Anna Kollasch, and Anna Hohmeister in Storytelling; and Drew Magill, Erica Carlson, and Levi Bernhard in Poetry.

The Division Two ratings went to Michael Hellman, Craig Kohlhaas, Jenny Broesder, Andrea Altman, Alissa Kirsch, Melanie Mergen, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Levi Bernhard. Congratulations to all these students and to speech coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

There was even more good news for two of the Garrigan speech students on Monday. That afternoon we learned that Jake Rosenmeyer and Matthew Fakler had been selected as Outstanding Performers and will perform at the All-State Speech Festival. Jake will be presenting his After-Dinner speech “Gambling Grandmas without Limits”, while Matthew will present an improvisation scene. The All-State Speech Festival will be Monday, March 28, at UNI.

March madness is here, and this year for a bit of variety Mrs. Greteman, the Garrigan librarian is putting a twist on the fun. In a friendly competition each homeroom filled out a bracket—but instead of basketball teams the bracket showed their favorite books. We voted on books ranging from The Great Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn to Twilight and Lord of the Rings to Curious George and The Cat in the Hat. This is one of many projects Mrs. Greteman has done throughout the year to get kids more involved with the library and with books in general.

It’s also March madness for intramural basketball. The faculty team finished the regular season undefeated, but they are not eligible to advance to playoffs. In the intramural Final Four, the top seed is the team of Tyler Lallier, Brandon Schiltz, Andrew Schiltz, Billy Schiltz, Luke Eischen, Eric Baumann, and Daniel Gelhaus. Second seed goes to Jake Rosenmeyer, Travis Cruise, Zach Zittritsch, Kevil Laubenthal, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, and Drew Magill. The fourth seed is a team captained by Jason Reding, while Dillon Walker’s team has the third seed. Intramural playoffs will be tomorrow starting at 12:30 in Friedmann Auditorium.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Brittany Brandt and Ryya Kumm. Here to tell you about her is Ashley Bode.

Brittany Brandt keeps busy with track in the spring and cross-country in the fall. She has been in choir in the past, and she still sings with the youth choir at Life Teen masses at St. Cecelia’s. Brittany helped out with the speech contest Garrigan hosted last month, and she’s also volunteered on several other occasions around school. We wish Brittany all the best after high school.

Ryya Kumm is a cheerleader who is also active in band and choir. Another of her activities is speech, where she done group mime all through high school. Ryya keeps busy with Christian Leadership in Action, and she helps with the Life Teen masses. She is thinking of going to Briar Cliff next year, and we wish her good luck.

Thanks, Ashley! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, spring begins tomorrow. We’ll have the intramural playoffs starting at 12:30pm. Then on Monday boys golf begins.

The juniors will take the ACRE test next week to see how their religion knowledge is developing. Tuesday there’s a blood drive at AHS, and also that day several Christian Leadership students will be helping at the Caring and Sharing Hands Mission in Minneapolis.
We’ll have our annual Academic Banquet Tuesday night. Wednesday we’ll have the sacrament of reconciliation, and then on Thursday the sophomores will have a career day when they’ll visit different businesses around the community.

The third quarter ends on Friday. Finally next Saturday the quiz bowl team will compete in a regional tournament in Omaha, Nebraska.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this 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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