The Bear Facts
October 20, 2007

Good morning! I'm Jake Lane!

I'm Gina Rasmussen!

And I'm Melanie Myers! Welcome to a special episode of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Homecoming week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Homecoming was late this year, and it also turned out to be a cold, wet week. That didn't dampen the school spirit, though, and everyone had a great time with the festivities. Things started out last Sunday, when we dodged the raindrops while building floats. This year's Homecoming theme was "Road Trip", and everyone interpreted it a little bit differently. The senior float portrayed the seniors' road through life, from pre-school days up through college and success. That float tied for first place with the juniors, who used an old wrecked Nova and a Winnie the Pooh tent to portray their road trip to state in every school activity. The sophomore float also used an old car, and the freshmen built a school bus for their class road trip.

All week long we've had special dress days. The most interesting were probably Hobo Day on Monday and Backwards Day on Thursday. For the traditional Black and Gold Day and Class Color Day we had 100% participation in all four classes. We finished up the week with Dress-Up Day on Friday.

For the past three years the real heart of the class competition has been the Battle of the Classes, a day of games on Wednesday that pits all four classes against each other in a wide variety of activities. Fortunately Wednesday was the one day this week it didn't rain, so we managed to get in all the outdoor activities without too much problem. While it was cold and people got dirty in the mud, it was still a lot of fun.

The senior class ended up winning badminton, trivia, girls' home run derby, video games, backgammon, ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, and boys' tug of war. Senior D.J. Thompson also won the school hot dog eating contest for the second straight year-downing eight hot dogs in a record 2 minutes 40 seconds.

The junior class finished on top in Twister, and girls' tug of war. They tied for first place with the sophomores in kickball and with the seniors in volleyball. The sophomore class took the championship in boys' home run derby, with Brett Capesius slamming eighteen homers. They also won pie eating on the strength of Cassie Reising's effort. While the freshmen didn't finish first in anything, Zach Zittritsch almost won the hot dog eating competition, and Miranda Gisch was second in pie eating.

Each class also designs hoops for the sports teams to run through at the pep rally Wednesday night. All used the "Road Trip" theme, and all tried to work in all the different activities here at Garrigan. The seniors ended up with the winning hoop, followed by the freshmen, the juniors, and the sophomores.

The climax of Homecoming week comes on Wednesday night, when we crown our king and queen. This year's king candidates were Lee Brashear, David Frideres, Mike Garman, Shane Koob, and John Parrish. The queen candidates were Katie Boeckholt, Carrie Courtney, Macy Fickbohm, Meredith Meyers, and Gina Rasmussen. When the votes were counted the winners were Lee Brashear and Meredith Meyers.

The Homecoming fun still isn't quite over. Because of the rain last Sunday, we had to postpone the powder puff football game. The game was rescheduled for tomorrow. It will be played Sunday afternoon at 2:30, with the freshman and senior girls taking on the sophomores and juniors.

This morning ten Garrigan music students are on their way to Storm Lake, where they're trying out for the All-State Music Festival. Ashli Krieps, Rebecca Brosnan, Alec Boeckholt, Casey Arndorfer, Sam Norland, Becky Jennings, Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbuhl, Alex Hamilton, and Mike Hellman are all auditioning for the all-state choir. Among the songs they're singing this year are the Canadian song that means "I Hear the Mill" in French, the Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond", the Brazilian medley "Tres Cantos Nativos", several classical and religious selections, and the traditional "America the Beautiful" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Good luck to choir director Linda Ferjak and all the all-state auditioners!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Homecoming queen Meredith Meyers. Here to tell you about her is Melissa Cruise.

Meredith Meyers is a volleyball team captain who helped lead her team to the district championship as a junior. Her other activities have included choir, Kossuth Connections, Spanish club, and Christian leadership in Action. When she's not at school, you might see Meredith working at the Innovations Salon and Spa. Next year she plans to major in marketing at UNI. Congratulations to our Homecoming queen, Meredith Meyers!

Thanks, Melissa! On our Golden Bear calendar, today there's all-state music auditions in Storm Lake. Then tomorrow will be the Bishop's Dinner for Catholic Education in Sioux City. Bancroft St. John's teacher Maxine Antoine will be honored at the banquet.

Also tomorrow is the re-scheduled powder puff football game. There are no activities scheduled on Monday, but Tuesday night there's the second round of district volleyball, with the Bears playing at Pocahontas. The freshman football team will also take on Pocahontas Tuesday night.

Wednesday there's no school at Garrigan, due to faculty inservice and our reward from the calendar drive last month. The faculty will be busy all day with meetings, faith formation, and figuring grades.

Thursday publications students will be going around town selling ads for the yearbook. That night there's regional volleyball at Cherokee. Friday the first quarter ends, and the Golden Bear football team hopes to wrap up an undefeated regular season by beating West Bend Mallard.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Homecoming week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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