The Bear Facts ... May 19, 2007




Good morning! I'm Melanie Myers!

This is Gina Rasmussen!

This is Kent Recker!

And I'm Sheri Kenyon! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us for our final broadcast of the school year, as we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Last Sunday forty-six seniors marched across the stage and received their diplomas from BGHS. There are always a lot of award winners at graduation each year. This year Garrison Brosnan and Chris Loebach split the speech award. Chris was also honored in social studies, while Garry split the art award with Maria Kohlhaas. Maria also received awards in English and math. Tony Rouse was honored in math, business, and foreign language; and Ben Marso received awards in foreign language and English. Dustin Tindall won a business award; Chris Scobba and Logan Wood received technology hoors; and Stephanie Fox, Tami Lallier, and Candice Schiltz got awards in journalism. JoAnn Kirsch was named the top band student, and she split drama honors with Rachel Byrkeland. Alicia Miller received top honors from the vocal department.

The theology department honored eleven different students. Amanda Cruise, JoAnn Kirsch, and Marisa Spain were honored for academic excellence in theological and religions studies. Anna Bormann, Cindy Reding, Andrea Richter, and Chris Scobba received outstanding service awards; and Brian Capesius, Martia Kohlhaas, Scott Kollasch, and Brittany Pfeffer were honored for their behavior and conduct as Christian role models.

Nearly half the class received a special Christian Leadership citation for performing hundreds of hours of community service. Among the biggest awards, JoAnn Kirsch was honored by Governor Culver with the Governor's Scholar Recognition Award, and Scott Kollasch received the Principal's Leadershp Award. Maria Kohlhaas was a State of Iowa Scholar, and she was also honored as a semi-finalist with the Des Moines Register's outstanding scholars program. JoAnn Kirsch won the Rotary's Service Above Self award, and Brian Capesius received the American Bar Association citizenship award. Scott Kollasch was honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.

Each year pins are presented to students who excel in a wide variety of school activities. This year Rachel Byrkeland, Amanda Cruise, Tami Lallier, Chris Loebach, and Tony Rouse received bronze activity pins. Silver pins were awarded to Kelli Black, Brian Capesius, JoAnn Kirsch, Scott Kollasch, Alicia Miller, Cindy Reding, Chris Scobba, and Marisa Spain. There were also two gold pin honorees: Brittany Pfeffer and Maria Kohlhaas. Congratulations to all these seniors on their accomplishments.


Last Saturday Garrigan's track teams went over to Laurens for the district and regional track meet. The boys and girls teams each qualified five events for state, which is happening in Des Moines this weekend. On the girls side, Maria Kohlhaas qualified in the 800-meter run, and Macy Fickbohm in the 100-meter dash. The distance medley, sprint medley, and 4 x 400 relays also qualified. Relay runners include Macy Fickbohm,. Katrina Even, Emily Behr, Maria Kohlhaas, Cindy Reding, Kelli Black, and Carrie Courtney.

For the boys, Chris Scobba will be running at state in the 1600 and 3200-meter events, while Brian Capesius is in the 800. The 4 x 800 relay with Brian Patterson, Brian Capesius, Brett Capesius, and Peyton Schindler is also competing, as is A.J. Doughan in the high jump. Good luck at state to all our Golden Bears!


It's time for summer sports to begin. The Golden Bear baseball team starts their season Monday night with a home game against Estherville. There are seven senior veterans on this year's team: Chris Cassmann, Nick Reding, Brian Capesius, Chris Scobba, Scotty Kollasch, Alexander Elbert, and Adam Finley. Juniors Dylan Freking, Jacob Zittritsch, Marcus Poeppe, Benjamin Golwtizer, and Christopher Gelhaus will also be at the core of the team.

There are enough sophomores to field a baseball team just from their class alone: Christopher Schmidt, Chris Kellner, Brian Patterson, Kyle Smith, Alec Boeckholt, Sam Norland, Dan Thilges, Jack Bradley, and Matt Elbert. Finally six freshmen are out for baseball. They are Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, Dana Miller, Joe Golwitzer, Chad Thompson, and Mike Mergen. Good luck all summer to Coaches Gene and Rob Meister and the defending North Central Conference champion baseball team.

The softball team hopes to defend their district championship and improve on their record this year. The team returns three seniors: Maria Kohlhaas, Brittany Pfeffer, and Marisa Spain. Also out for softball are juniors Amber Broesder and Bridget Murphy; sophomores Alison Blocker, Rebecca Brosnan, Jenna Richter, Mandy Kohlhaas, Megan Hilbert, and Holly Byrkeland; and freshmen Kelly Klein, Kayla Schiltz, Katrina Even, Alicia Pfeffer, Taylor Brandenburg, and Tina Berte. Good luck to Coach Wendi Meister and the softball team!


Also coming up is state golf. The Golden Bear girls are hoping to bring home their fourth consecutive state title this year. Seniors Anna Bormann, Laura O'Kane, Alyssa Gisch, and Andrea Richter are leading this year's team. Backing them up are Abby Gregg, Taryn Vitzthum, Melissa Cruise, Alyssa Berte, Ashley Beisch, Kristina Schiltz, Mandy Kohlhaas, and Jade Kajewski. Good luck in the post-season to Coach Dean Capesius and the golf team!


In about two weeks seventeen Garrigan students will be headed for sunny Spain. They have an awkward connection getting there-traveling to Madrid via Frankfurt, but they should have a fun time once their there. Spanish teacher Linda Peterson will be escorting seniors Josh Rahm, Candace Schiltz, Hilary McGuire, and Stephanie Fox; and juniors Alyssa Berte, David Frideres, Emily Behr, Casey Arndorfer, Cassie Vautier, Lee Brashear, Amber Broesder, Michelle Kollasch, Krissy Kohlhaas, Stephanie Kollasch, Jake Lane, Mark Poeppe, and Chase Redding a trip that will include Madrid, Toledo, Seville, and the Costa del Sol. Bon voyage, everybody!


On our Golden Bear calendar, there are final exams next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We'll have a special schedule with open campus whenever we don't have a test. School gets out for the summer at 11:15 Wednesday morning.

There's state track in Des Moines this weekend, and baseball games next Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Then on Memorial Day the Garrigan band will be playing for the ceremonies at the courthouse in Algona.

The Spanish group leaves for Spain on June 11. Baseball and softball games continue through the summer. Garrigan will host baseball playoffs starting July 14. Band camp and football practice begins in early August. Then, before you know it, it will be August 21-time for school to begin again.


That wraps up our final "Bear Facts" for this school year. We'd like to thank KLGA for airing our show for the past fifteen years as well as all the sponsors who keep it going. Thanks also to all of you who tune in to listen each week.

We hope to be back again in the fall to begin our sixteenth season on the radio. Until then, we hope everyone has a great summer. Thanks for joining us to hear the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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