Good morning! I'm Katrina Even!

And I'm Brittany Berte! Welcome again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Homecoming 2009 is just around the corner, and this year's royal court was announced last week. The king nominees for 2009 are Brett Capesius, Nick Foertsch, Mark Garman, Daniel Krahenbuhl, and David Reding. On the queen side candidates are Molly Brashear, Kelly Klein, Alyse Meyers, Kayla Schiltz, and Mackenzie Schindler. Our theme this year is "The Wild West". Festivities will run September 27th through October 3rd. All of the sports activities-cross-country and volleyball in addition to football-are home for Homecoming this year, and the week will end with Algona Band Day. We hope everyone has fun at Homecoming 2009.

The annual calendar drive has ended. People expected sales might be down with the shaky economy, but it ended up being one of the best totals in years. Our official tally was 2,819 calendars sold, bringing income of more than $70,000 to the school's transportation fund. Thanks to everyone who bought a calendar through the 2009 calendar drive!

The top calendar seller was Bethany Capesius, who had sixty-nine sales in her name. Jake Rosenmeyer turned in 59 to take second place, and third place went to Johanna Vaske from Seton. Dillon Walker was fourth, and Kendra Roethler finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Nathan Krieps, Austin Salz, Kyle Fox, Hannah Byrkeland, and Andrew Meister. Congratulations to all these top sellers!

Freshman Erin Reedy has really stepped it up for the Golden Bear cross-country team. In the past week Erin won two separate meets, was named to the All-CYO team, and came within three seconds of breaking the school record. She won the Galva-Holstein meet, which also was the site of CYO, on Saturday and also won in Emmetsburg on Monday. Erin runs the 4-K course in just 15 minutes, 41 seconds. Good luck in the rest of the season to her and to the whole cross-country team!

Tomorrow the Advanced Biology classes are leaving on a trip. They'll be leaving at 7:00 tomorrow morning and heading up to the Minnesota Zoo. After seeing all the animals they'll travel to Minneopa State Park near Mankato, where they'll camp overnight. Monday they'll be hiking along the river and using their orienteering skills to find GPS caches. Biology teacher Beany Bode will be taking twenty-seven students on the trip.

Mr. Bode was also busy last Thursday, when he took a group of students on a star-gazing outing. On a clear night after a home volleyball game, students went out to look for different constellations and planets.

There's another big trip coming up next week too. Speech director Mary McCall has arranged for a group of students to head up to the Twin Cities to see the play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. They'll see a matinee performance next Wednesday.

We're getting used to a lot of strange schedules this year-even more than we've had in the past. This year we're having joint liturgies for Garrigan and Seton each Thursday morning over at St. Cecelia's. Our eight periods are shortened after we get back from mass on those days. We also have short periods every other week on Wednesdays, when both Garrigan and the Algona Community Schools have teacher inservice. Special schedules have been created for the shortened days, and the policy is to condense periods so that every class always meets. The schedules are posted on the school website at garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Bryan Berte. Here with the scoop on him is Cassie Reising.

Bryan Berte is a St. Joe native who is probably best known as part of the Golden Bear golf team. He's also in football, and in winter he keeps busy with intramural basketball. When he's not at school, Bryan says he likes to golf, watch TV, and eat. He plans to keep on golfing after high school, and he'll be going to DMACC next year. We wish Bryan all the best in the future.

Thanks, Cassie! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's JV volleyball at Algona this morning, and the freshmen are playing up in Swea City. Then tomorrow the Advanced Biology students leave on their trip.

Monday night the cross-country team runs at Humboldt. Then Tuesday we'll have a flu shot clinic for students and faculty at Garrigan and Seton. School pictures were originally planned for that date, but they've been moved to October 9th.

Next Wednesday speech students will be traveling to the Twin Cities to see a play. Thursday we have mass, and that night the volleyball team plays at Webster City. There will be Virtus training for people interested in working or volunteering in the schools Thursday evening.

Friday the football team plays at Southern Cal, and Saturday the volleyball team hosts their home tournament. Also on Saturday the math team travels to Cedar Rapids.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week when we'll be getting ready for Homecoming week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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