The Bear Facts
September 20, 2008

Good morning! I'm Danielle Rahm!

And I'm Ashley Beisch! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We just finished up Homecoming week, and it's been a busy and exciting time. Wednesday night we crowned this year's Homecoming king and queen. This year's king candidates were Jack Bradley, Brian Funk, Christopher Schmidt, Joe Straub, and Kory Wieland. The queen candidates were Rebecca Brosnan, Megan Hilbert, Shanna Miller, Kristina Schiltz, and Kali Smith. When the votes were counted, the winners were Jack Bradley and Shanna Miller. Congratulations to our 2008 Homecoming king and queen.

This was Garrigan's fiftieth Homecoming, and our theme revolved around fifty golden years of memories. As part of the celebration we invited back all the past Homecoming kings and queens, and nearly half accepted the invitation and were honored at halftime of last night's football game. Many others left special messages, which we heard as part of our morning prayer throughout the week.

One of the biggest parts of Homecoming each year is the class competition, where all four classes get into the spirit of the week. We started off last Sunday by building floats for the parade. The judges ranked the sophomore float best, followed by the seniors, the freshmen, and the juniors. We also built hoops for the classes to run though at the pep rally. The senior hoop was rated tops, edging past the other classes-all of which tied for second. Another big event was the powder puff football game, which we played on a cold, drizzly afternoon last Sunday. It started out close, but by the end the seniors and freshmen had trounced the sophomores and juniors by a score of 62 - 28.

Also part of the class competition are the special dress days for Homecoming. We had 100% participation both on Black and Gold Day and on Class Color Day. Almost everybody got into all the other days, too-Retro Day on Monday, Pajama Day on Thursday, and the traditional Dress-Up Day on Friday. Other events included skits and a special collection for the Kossuth County Food Pantry.

For the past five years the core of our class competition has been the Garrigan Olympics, a day of games that involves everyone in school. The sophomores won four events: girls home run derby, kickball, trivia, and hot dog eating. The junior class also came out on top four times-winning boys home run derby, video games, ping-pong, and volleyball. The big winners, though, were the seniors. They took top honors in Ultimate Frisbee, boys tug of war, girls tug of war, pie eating, Twister, and the hotly contested dodgeball tournament. The sophomores were especially competitive in this year's class competition, but in the end the seniors-who also cheered the loudest at the pep rally-won the Chuck Stillman Homecoming Spirit Award.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our Homecoming king and queen. Here to tell you about them is Christopher Schmidt.

Jack Bradley is a Burt native who is a captain and all-district player in football. He has also lettered in baseball and track, and he was an honorable mention selection for the All-Intramural basketball team. Jack is an honor student who has helped with decorating for Gala for three straight years. He has also been in publications and announced here on the "Bear Facts". Next year Jack plans to attend Hawkeye Community College, where he will major in biology. Good luck, Jackl!

Shanna Miller is been to state in both track and cross-country. She's also lettered in basketball, and she was selected for honor bands all through high school. She sings in choir and serves as an accompanist for solo and small group vocal selections. Shanna is also active in Christian Leadership in Action and in the National Honor Society. She'll be at UNI next year, and she plans a career in social work. Congratulations to Shanna and to all our Homecoming royal court!

Thanks, Christopher! On our Golden Bear calendar, the volleyball team is playing today in the Algona tournament. Then on Monday the cross-country team runs at Humboldt and there's JV football at Mason City Newman.

All next week the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be taking the Iowa Tests of Educational Development. They'll take ITEDs in their regular math, English, and science classes.

Tuesday is Picture Day, so everyone will dress up and smile for the camera. That night there's JV football at Clarion.

Next Friday the football team will host Southern Cal in one of the biggest district games of the season. The junior class will serve their tailgate supper before the game. Then next Saturday the volleyball team hosts the Garrigan tournament and the math team travels to Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next time to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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