The Bear Facts - January 21, 2006

Good morning! I'm Alison Brandenburg!

And I'm Kelli Black! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio program from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today about thirty Garrigan students are in Laurens for the Iowa High School Speech Association district large-group speech contest. Garrigan has eleven events entered at district contest. Among them are three ensemble acting selections, entitled "But Listen", "Little Women", and "The Committee Meeting". There are also two readers' theatres: "Sergeant Peter Best's Lonely Hearts Club Band Syndrome" and "The Ugly Ducking". The one-act play is called "Kiss Me Quick, I'm Double Parked". There are also four improvisational acting groups and a group mime with a presentation called "Now Showing".

All the groups performing today will be evaluated by judges. Those that receive Division One ratings will advance to the state speech contest, which will be held February 4th in Spencer. Parents and other community members will also get a chance to see the speech performances at a special Evening of Theatre which will be presented Wednesday, February 1st as part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration. We wish all the best to the speech team today. Break a leg, everyone!

Last Saturday two Garrigan teams made the play-offs and finished in the top ten at the Eagle Grove Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament. The team of Spenser Rahm, Jacob Hellman, Alison Brandenburg, and Gavin Freking ended up in fifth place overall; while Andrew Missal, Amanda Golwitzer, Chris Scobba, and Joe Straub finished tenth. After a busy winter, the Bears now take a break. Their next competition will be March 25th at Boone. Also this spring the quiz bowl team will likely compete in the Trivia Champions fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

On Wednesday twenty-three Garrigan students went to Storm Lake for the annual Sioux City Diocesan Honor Band. Representing Garrigan this year were top musicians Rebecca Brosnan, Bridget Doughan, Dylan Freking, Shanna Miller, Spenser Rahm, Kelly Schmidt, Amanda Cruise, and Adam Elbert; as well as Melissa Cruise, Allison Even, Gavin Freking, Jacob Detrick, Admand Golwitzer, Jacob Hellman, and Tim Lind. Rounding out the group were Ashley Waller, Nancy Syharath, Tony Rouse, Sam Norland, Brittany Pfeffer, Brandon Rowley, Andrew Missal, and Kandice Roethler. Congratulations to director Dennis Freking and all these honor band participants.

Last Saturday the Garrigan math team competed in a Great Plains Math League tournament at Iowa Falls. The varsity Bears finished fifth, and the J.V. team ended up in fourth place. Tony Rouse, Maria Kohlhaas, and Dylan Freking won the relay round and qualified for state. In the sprint round, Chris Kellner and Alec Boeckholt tied for first among freshmen, and among juniors Tony Rouse was second and Maria Kohlhaas fourth. Congratulations to the math team!

Next Wednesday and Thursday the BGHS senior class will be in Cedar Falls at the American Martyrs Retreat Center for a special class retreat. Bishop Garrigan graduate Fr. Tim Johnson will be moderating the event, where the seniors will explore the question "What happens to your faith now?" This is the first time in many years that Garrigan has had a class retreat away from the school, and we're hoping it will be a good experience for everyone involved.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Chris Kirsch and Alicia Shackelford. Here to tell you about them is Rachel Byrkeland.

Chris Kirsch has been an alternate for all-state choir twice. Music is by far Chris' biggest activity. You'll often hear him cantering at mass or singing solos at school concerts. He likes all kinds of music, but he's probably fonder of country than many of the other guys here. Chris is also involved in drama and played the male lead in last fall's Garrigan production of Annie Get Your Gun. He'll be off to college next year, and we wish Chris all the best in the future.

This May Alicia Shackelford will receive two different diplomas. In addition to graduating from Garrigan, Alicia will be receiving her Associate of Arts degree from Iowa Lakes Community College. She's been working hard cramming both college and high school classes into her busy schedule. In addition she's worked as a sports manager, and she's by far the top female intramural basketball player. She'll be continuing her education next year. Good luck, Alicia!

Thanks, Rachel! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's the district speech contest today at Laurens. Then tomorrow intramural basketball continues.

Monday the freshman basketball teams host Algona High. Then on Tuesday there's a basketball quad, with the Bears taking on Eagle Grove.

Wednesday the seniors leave for their retreat in Cedar Falls. They'll return on Thursday, when the freshman and JV hoopsters play North Kossuth. The girls will be at home, with the boys in Swea City.

Finally next Friday the Golden Bears will host a basketball quad with Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. The National Honor Society will serve a chili supper during the games.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us next week for a special show where we'll tell you all about the many activities that are planned for Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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