The Bear Facts

February 20, 2010

Good morning! I'm Luke McCall.

And I'm Brittany Berte! Welcome to another exciting episode of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday the Golden Bear math team went down to Ames to compete in the Iowa State invitational, a Great Plains Math League qualifying tournament. The Bears had a good day, with the freshman/sophomore team finishing in second place in their division and the junior/senior team finishing third. Sophomores Jennifer Broesder, Austin Salz, and Craig Kohlhaas finished in second place in the team round, with a score that qualified them for the state math tournament in April. Juniors Michael Fakler and Anna Kollasch also had good days. Michaeo won the target round, while Anna finished third in both the target and sprint rounds. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

Many of Garrigan's quiz bowl players are busy today working at a middle school quiz bowl tournament at Seton Grade School. Middle school kids from all over the area will be matching wits at Seton today, and Garrigan quiz bowlers Allison Frideres, Zach Scobba, Lizzy Hohmeister, Rachel Berte, Anna Kollasch, Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Hellman, Rebeccah Erdman, Brittany Berte, Michael Fakler, and Grace Steil will all be working as readers or scorekeepers. High school coach David Burrow will also be helping out, and we wish middle school coach Dave Wieland and the whole Seton quiz bowl team good luck.

One of the biggest events every year at Garrigan is Gala. Right now the development office is shifting into high gear, because Gala 2010 is just over a month away. This year Gala-goers will be taking a trip to Asia, as we celebrate a "Zen" theme. It's hard to believe that this year marks the twenty-first Gala celebration. The annual event has grown into by far the biggest fundraiser for Garrigan and Seton. Over the years it has generated literally millions of dollars to improve technology and educational supplies and to build up an endowment to keep the schools going well into the future.

The Zen 21st Gala will be Saturday, April 10, with a big preview party the night before. As always seating is limited, and tickets are going fast. Admission is $75, and it includes an elegant five-course meal and drinks in a gorgeous setting. You can reserve your place by calling the Garrigan development office at 295-3521. For more information go the Gala link at the very top of the Garrigan website: garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Right now Garrigan's Christian Leadership in Action group is selling T-shirts to raise money to help with relief from the earthquake in Haiti. The whimsical shirts cost $15 each. The first order went in last Thursday, but there should be a second order coming soon. You can contact Mr. Meister or any Christian Leadership student for more information.

In case you're wondering, last Monday brought us up to ten snow days this winter. That's more than we've had any year since the seniors were in kindergarten-and we're not even close to the end of February yet. Last week the Garrigan school board approved making up one of those days by having school on the Monday after Easter, which was originally scheduled as a vacation day. We also forfeited out early dismissal last Wednesday, and we're looking at going full days at other times teacher inservices were scheduled as a way of making up lost time.

While the first few snow days were fun, at this point pretty much everyone is ready for winter to be over. A large percentage of Garrigan's students come from rural areas, and they've been literally stuck at home every time there's been a storm. Even on days when there was school some students had trouble getting here. Garrigan students come from as far away as Emmetsburg, Titonka, West Bend, Bancroft, and Bode, and we have teachers who live in Forest City and Thompson. Last Tuesday, even with a late start, several students showed up around lunchtime because they had trouble with snow drifts and ice on the roads. Most of our classes start with prayer at Garrigan, and lately just about every prayer has included the intention that winter will be over soon.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Nick Kellner and Cassie Reising. Here to tell you about them is Cassie Resing.

Nick Kellner comes to Garrigan from the Livermore area, so he's had a long trip up to Garrigan this winter. Nick has been to state in track, and he's been a major force on the Golden Bear football team. He also enjoys math team, and he's a National Honor Society member. Away from school he keeps active in 4-H. Nick will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Cassie Reising is a Wesley native who you've probably heard announcing on the "Bear Facts" from time to time. Her biggest activity is probably cheerleading, and she's also active in Christian Leadership, National Honor Society, math team and speech. She enjoys music and swimming. Cassie is planning on attending UNO for college next year. Good luck to both her and Nick!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, tomorrow intramural basketball continues. Then Tuesday is the second round of boys basketball playoffs, most likely here at Garrigan.

Wednesday is the girls basketball potluck. Thursday we'll have mass at St. Cecelia's, and that night we're hoping for more district basketball. Then next Saturday Garrigan will host the district individual speech contest.

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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