The Bear Facts

November 21, 2009

Good morning! I'm Kelly Klein!

And I'm Cassie Reising! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is a very special day for two members of the Bishop Garrigan staff. It's the Feast of the Presentation. Sister Janet Goetz, our registrar, and Sister Mary Herman, our librarian, are both Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an order based in Dubuque that has served in Catholic schools for a century and a half. Dozens of Presentation sisters have worked at Garrigan in its fifty year history, and we're glad to have Sister Janet and Sister Hermann with us today.

This weekend the All-State Music Festival is taking place in Ames, and Garrigan junior Anna Kollasch is part of the festivities. Anna auditioned for All-State last month at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, and she was selected as one of the best vocalists in the state. She went down to Ames Thursday and has spent two days rehearsing with other top musicians from around the state. The festival concert will be tonight at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, and it will be broadcast Thanksgiving weekend over Iowa Public Television. Congratulations to Anna on making the All-State choir!

This is a big weekend for some other Golden Bears as well. Molly Brashear, Kelsie Berke, and Sarah Matthews are down in Cedar Falls as part of the state honor cheer squad. They're performing at the state football championships. Also today freshman Sean Dyson is in Des Moines for the Special Olympics bowling championships. Good luck, everyone!

Last weekend the Golden Bear quiz bowl team went over to Orange City to compete in the Little Dutch Invitational Tournament at MOC-Floyd Valley High School. The Bears had a perfect 4 - 0 record in the preliminary rounds. They beat North Sentral Kossuth in the semifinals and just narrowly lost to Sergeant Bluff-Luton in the championship game to take second place overall. Congratulations to Jake Rosenmeyer, Brittany Berte, Anna Kollasch, Michael Fakler, and Alex Hamilton!

This past week a big group of Garrigan students was inducted into the National Honor Society, an organization that honors students who excel in scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Seniors inducted this week include Amy Rasmussen, Taylor Brandenburg, Beth Broesder, Dylan Kollasch, Joe Golwitzer, and Mark Garman. Also honored were juniors Kelsie Berke, Andrew Schiltz, Jake Rosenmeyer, Kristin Berte, Aimee Dahlhauser, Kevin Elbert, Alicia Richter, Rebecca Molsberry, and Michael Fakler. Rounding out the group are Alex Hamilton, Katie Miller, McKayla Loss, Michael Hellman, Anna Kollasch, and Nora Krahenbuhl. Congratulations to all the new National Honor Society members!

The fall sports teams recently held their awards banquets. In volleyball Chloe Behr, Mackenzie Schindler, and Chelsea Doughan shared the offensive MVP honors, while Kelsey Rahe and Kelly Klein were named defensive MVPs. Shelby Schindler and Katie Miller were the most improved players, and Kelly Klein and Laura Richter shared the hustle award. Alicia Richter was recognized for having the best team spirit, and the coaches' award went to Chloe Behr, Mackenzie Schindler, Alyse Meyers, and Kelly Klein.

In cross-country it was no surprise that Erin Reedy, who broke the school record as a freshman, was named most valuable runner. Erin was also a first team all-state selection. Drew Magill won the MVP award for the boys team. Nora Krahenbuhl and Michael Fakler were the most improved runners; and Erica Carlson, Emily Bell, and Dustin Miller were named rookies of the year. Brittany Berte and Amy Rasmussen received the coach's appreciation award; and next year's honorary team captains will be Michael Fakler, Michael Hellman, Anna Kollasch, and Nora Krahenbuhl.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Alyse Meyers. Here with the scoop on her is Brittany Berte.

Alyse Meyers is a two-year National Honor Society member who was one of this year's volleyball captains. She was a state qualifier in track, and she's also a four-year member of the Golden Bear basketball team. Alyse is active in Christian Leadership in Action, and she works at the YMCA aquatic center. She wants a career as a veterinarian, and we wish her all the best of luck in the future!

Thanks, Brittany! Because of the upcoming holiday, we've got two weeks of events on our Golden Bear calendar. Today junior Anna Kollasch is at the All-State Music Festival in Ames, there's honor cheerleading in Cedar Falls, and freshman Sean Dyson is competing Special Olympics bowling in Des Moines.

Tomorrow the football cheerleaders will have their awards potluck. Then Monday basketball season begins, with the Bears hosting North Sentral Kossuth. There's more basketball on Tuesday, when the Bears travel to Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.

Wednesday we'll have our annual Thanksgiving liturgy, where we also honor all the Golden Bear alumni who have passed away. Mass will start at 9am in Friedmann Auditorium. Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and Friday we'll have the day off to spend with our families.

Next Friday and Saturday the nurse's aide students will have their clinical exams from 5am to 2:30pm each day. Then Sunday the 29th is the First Sunday of Advent.

On Monday the 30th the JV and varsity boys will be playing basketball at NSK, while the freshmen boys and girls teams host Clear Lake. Tuesday December 1st the JV and varsity Bears play at Humboldt.

There's no school at Garrigan Wednesday the 2nd. Seton and Algona High are in session with a short day. That morning the quiz bowl team will compete in the Knowledge Master Open. Thursday the 3rd Kossuth Connections meets, and that night the freshman basketball teams host Emmetsburg.

Friday the 4th we'll have First Friday adoration in the chapel. That night the varsity Bears host Iowa Falls-Alden, with a Bible-study group serving a soup supper at the games. Then on Saturday the 5th the math team hosts a tournament and the quiz bowl team travels to Spirit Lake.

That's the "Bear Facts" for November. We'll be off next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but we hope you'll join us again on December 5th when we'll be back with more news from ...


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