The Bear Facts

April 21, 2007


Good morning! I'm Chris Scobba!

And I'm Rachel Byrkeland! Welcome to another exciting episode of "The Bear Facts", your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend we celebrated Gala, and everything came off as a great success. When receipts were counted up, the preliminary estimate is that we took in $220,200 in income. That makes the 2007 Gala one of the best fundraisers we've ever had at Garrigan. Part of the money from each year's Gala goes to an endowment fund that will help sustain the school well into the future. Another part goes to support specific special expenses, while the rest goes to the general day-to-day operations. Thanks to everyone who helped make "Gala Down Under" such an outstanding event.


This morning four of Garrigan's top students are down in Iowa City for the Great Plains Math League state mathematics championship. Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, Kelly Rouse, and Dylan Freking are all representing Garrigan at state. Dylan is filling in for Maria Kohlhaas, who also qualified but is unable to compete today. These students qualified for state by earning top scores in area contests throughout the year. They will compete in individual and team events against the top math students from all over the state. They're hoping to win the right to advance to the Midwest regional competition which will be held next month in Lawrence, Kansas. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!


Tomorrow we'll have the 2007 intramural basketball championship. The two finalists include one group of seniors and one group of juniors. The seniors are officially captained by Adam Finley. His teammates include Chris Loebach, Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, Joe Dailey, Dustin Tindall, and Chris Cassmann. Nick Berte is captain of the junior team. Playing along with him are Kent Recker, Dylan Freking, Chris Gelhaus, Shane Koob, Peyton Schindler, Jake Grein, Mike Garman, and Ben Golwitzer. Because the gym is closed for prom decorations, the championship will be at the Algona Family YMCA. Game time is 1:00 tomorrow afternoon, and we wish both teams good luck.


Last Wednesday the Golden Bear speech team held their annual awards potluck. The bulk of the awards presented were certificates for individuals and groups that received Division I and II ratings throughout the year. Dylan Freking got a special recognition for his Outstanding Performance in poetry, and letterwinners in speech and drama were also announced. At the end of the evening Garrison Brosnan and Chris Loebach received special awards for Outstanding Achievement in Drama over their four years in high school, while JoAnn Kirsch and Rachel Byrkeland received awards for Outstanding Achievement in Speech. Congratulations to all the speech honorees.


Earlier this month Bishop Garrigan hosted the annual North Central Conference Art Show. Two Garrigan students made an especially good showing this year. Garrison Brosnan received a special award for the best three-dimensional project in the entire show with his unique portrait sculpture. His sister Rebecca Brosnan received a medal for the top project from Garrigan for her digital photography. Congratulations to all the students honored at the North Central Conference Art Show.


Next Wednesday ecology teacher Beany Bode and P.E. teacher Marty Wadle will be taking a group of students down to Story City to go canoeing on the Raccoon River. The group from Garrigan will be joining together with a group supervised by former Garrigan teacher Tom Froehlich, who now teaches in the Des Moines area. The P.E. students will be getting a workout rowing, while the ecology students learn about the habitats in the watershed.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Emily Reising. Here to tell you about her is Rachel Byrkeland.

Emily Reising is a Wesley native who will be part of a big family wedding this afternoon. At school she's best known for her accomplishments in music. She was an all-state auditioner and part of the jazz choir. Away from school she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, and you might see her working at the Family Table restaurant. Next year she plans to major in computer graphic design at Iowa Lakes in Estherville. We wish Emily all the best in the future.


Thanks, Rachel! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the state math tournament today in Iowa City. Also today the girls golf team hosts their invitational at Spring Valley and the boys play in the Algona Invitational.

Tomorrow we'll have the intramural championship. Game time is 1pm at the Y. Then on Monday the girls golf team hosts Algona High.

Tuesday there's girls track at Forest City and boys track at Emmetsburg. The golf teams play Iowa Falls-Alden, with the boys at home and the girls away.

Wednesday we'll have our election for next year's student council presidents. There's also a jeans day to raise money for prom. Also on Wednesday is the ecology and P.E. canoe trip to Story City.

Thursday we'll have class president elections. That night the girls and boys track teams run at North Sentral Kossuth meet at Armstrong. Then Friday we'll elect class representatives.

Friday night the boys track team runs at Hampton. There's golf teams play Eagle Grove, with the boys away and the girls at home. Finally next Saturday it's time for Prom Night 2007.


That's the "Bear Facts" for this 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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