The Bear Facts
November 19, 2011


Good morning! I’m Erica Carlson!

I’m Kendra Roethler!

And I’m Hannah Boisjolie! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Wednesday we had the annual induction ceremony for the National Honor Society. NHS is an organization that recognizes scholarship, leadership, service, and character, and this year nineteen new students were added to the Garrigan chapter. New senior members are Craig Kohlhaas, Austin Salz, and Brandon Schiltz. Also honored were juniors Noelle Vitzthum, Jamie Baumann, Hannah Byrkeland, Shawn Vaske, and Grace Steil; plus Erica Carlson, Matthew Fakler, Erin Reedy, Dustin Miller, and Makayla Foertsch. The other new National Honor Society members are Amelia Golwitzer, Jake Kollasch, Aubrie Meyers, Logan Kumm, and Melanie Mergen.

The new inductees join thirteen second-year NHS members. They include Andrea altman, Rachel Berte, Austin Vaske, Kimberly Schiltz, Grant Reding, and Alex Boisjolie; as well as Bethany Capesius, Jenny Broesder, Abbey Reding, Sara Peoppe, Daniel Gelhaus, Addison Miller, and Lizzy Hohmeister. Congratulations to all those honored in the National Honor Society.

The annual BGHS magazine drive concluded this past Tuesday, and we’re proud to say we met the school goal. In fact we went over it—selling over $10,000 in subscriptions. The junior class made the biggest contribution in the magazine drive. That group alone sold over $4,200.
Kendra Roethler was the top overall magazine seller, turning in $609 in subscriptions. Others in the top six were Jake Kayser, Sabrina Book, Sarah McCall, Dillon Walker, and Erin Reedy. The profits from the magazine drive go to the student council, which uses them for a wide range of school activities. Thanks to everyone who supported the magazine drive.

Last Wednesday sixty-five Garrigan students and staff members went up to the Twin Cities. They had lunch and then saw the Broadway show Hairspray at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. The tickets were available at a discount thanks to DARTS, the support group that helps out drama, art, and speech. Miss Mary McCall organized the tour, and everyone who went on the trip enjoyed the show.

Garrigan senior Craig Kohlhaas earned a big honor this past week. Craig learned that he had passed his final requirements to become an Eagle Scout. Eagle is the highest rank in Scouting, and Craig worked hard to satisfy all the requirements. Congratulations, Craig!

Next Thursday we’ll have our annual Thanksgiving mass at Garrigan. A longstanding tradition at this mass is to honor all our alumni who have died. Their senior pictures are displayed in a PowerPoint, and students will read all their names. The deceased alumni tribute is also available on the BGHS website – – throughout the year.

Also next Wednesday we’ll have our annual hunger meal. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, we’ll take a moment to remember those in need. The money saved from this extra-light meal will go to help fight hunger in our community and throughout the world.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Addison Miller. Here with the scoop on her is Jason Reding.

Addison Miller has won all-conference honors in softball, she’s been to state in track, and she’s lettered in basketball and volleyball. Addison is a two-year National Honor society member, and she’s helped out with projects like the CROP Walk in Christian Leadership in Action. Addison would like to attend the University of Iowa next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Jason! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ve got two weeks of events on our Golden Bear calendar. Next Monday is Presentation Day, when we recognize the sisters who have served our school for over a century.

Monday night the girls basketball team plays NSKAR at home. Then on Tuesday they’ll be traveling to Eagle Grove. Wednesday at 9am we’ll have the memorial mass, and that noon is the hunger meal.

We’ll dismiss early for Thanksgiving next Wednesday, and there’s no school Thursday or Friday. The boys basketball team will be playing in a jamboree at Graettinger on Friday. 

Advent begins on Sunday the 27th, and we’ll start our day on Monday with Advent prayer. That night the boys basketball teams play NSKAR at Fenton. Tuesday the 29th there’s a basketball quad with the Bears hosting Clarion—Goldfield. National Honor Society will serve a chili supper at the games.

The danz squad has state contest in Des Moines December 1st and 2nd. On Thursday the 1st the freshman hoopsters play Emmetsburg, and Friday the 2nd the varsity teams play at Webster City. Finally Saturday, December 3rd there’s quiz bowl at Spirit Lake.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for November. We’ll be off next week celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, but be sure to join us in two weeks when we’ll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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