"The Bear Facts"

NOVEMBER 21, 1998

Good morning! I'm Jessica Richter!

And I'm Brandon Donahe! Welcome to the "Bear Facts". Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

English teacher Mary McCall has something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. She was recently named Garrigan's nomineefor the Sioux City Diocese Teacher of the Year. Miss McCall teaches courses like Variations in Literature, where each semester students learn about life in ancient Greece by feasting on a traditional Greek meal. Miss McCall is also in charge of publications, so you may see her snapping yearbook pictures at school events. In addition, she works with speech, and she helps out with the area youth choir. For all her hard work, we congratulate Miss McCall on her Teacher of the Year nomination.

Sixteen BGHS students recently received letters telling them they would be inducted into the Garrigan chapter of the National Honor Society. NHS is a nationwide organization that recognizes students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Among this year's honorees are seniors Mark Anderson, Alicia Arndorfer, Josh Kohlhaas, Phil Kramer, Matt Kunkel, Mike Reel, and Natalie Salz. Also honored this year are juniors Eric Becker, Jenny Frideres, Justin Frideres, Jake Kohlhaas, and Pam Kramer. Rounding out the list are Matt Rahm, Jenny Reinhart, Nick Roethler, and Tyler Struck. The installation ceremony will be next Tuesday at 2:15. Congratulations to all our new National Honor Society members.

Last week the Golden Bear football team passed out its awards for the season. This year's most valuable Bears were Justin Roethler, Paul Richter, and Phil Kramer. Paul was the offensive player of the year, while Eric Becker was named defensive player of the year. Andrew Brunsen, Jason Kohlhaas, and Jay Servantez were named the most improved players. Phil Kramer won the special teams award, while Matt Buscher and Matt Rahm received the scout team award. Mark Anderson received the Larry Weir Scholastic Achievement Award, and Ben Studer received the Bill Higgins Memorial Trophy. Finally Mike Reel was honored with the Dennis Cruise Memorial Award.

All-district football awards were also announced last week. Six Golden Bears were named to the first all-district team. Ben Studer was a unanimous first team selection on the offensive line, while Eric Becker was a unanimous selection at linebacker. Jake Sutter was first team quarterback, Paul Richter was a first team offensive back, Mark Anderson was first team at defensive back, and Justin Roethler was named to first team on the defensive line.

Phil Kramer, John Mosbach, and Jay Servantez all received second team all-district awards. Phil made all-district at offensive back, John on the defensive line, and Jay at linebacker. Jason Kohlhaas, Matt Dornbier, and Josh Kohlhaas received all-district honorable mentions. In addition, five Golden Bears made the Academic All-District Team--the most academic awards of any school in the district. Mike Reel and Mark Anderson were first team all-academic, while Andrew Brunsen, Phil Kramer, and Josh Kohlhaas received honorable mentions. Congratulations to them, and to all the football award winners.

Last week we announced another honor for some of our football players, the chance to play for the Iowa All-Star Team in the Down Under Bowl in Queensland, Australia. In addition to Jay Servantez and Justin Roethler, who we mentioned last week, we're pleased to say that Phil Kramer also received an invitation to go down under. Phil was a two-way starter who was one of this year's Golden Bear captains. We hope he and the other all-stars get the chance to accept their offer and spend a week in June down in the southern hemisphere.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Ben Studer and Melissa McGuire. Here to fill you in on them is Louie Bode.

Ben Ster is a Wesley native who is best known as an imposing force on the line in football. Ben's size also helps out in basketball, his other main activity. Ben says his favorite class is study hall, buthe doesn't care much for Advanced Comp. We wish Ben the very best of luck.

One day you might find Melissa McGuire calling you on the phone, because she's a telemarketer for APAC. At school she enjoys Accounting, Foods, and math, and her activities include Model UN and the "Bear Facts" radio show. Melissa will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best.

Thanks, Louie. Because of the holiday weekend, we have two weeks of events on our Golden Bear calendar. Today is Presentation Day, the feast day of the sisters who have served Algona for over a century.

Tomorrow the juniors in confirmation will receive the Rite of Passage at parish masses. Then at six o'clock the football cheerleaders will have their awards potluck.

Tuesday afternoon we'll have the National Honor Society induction. Then on Tuesday night, basketball season begins, with the girls travellingto Hampton/Dumont.

Wednesday we'll have Thanksgiving mass at 10:45, and then we dismiss at 2:15 for the holiday weekend.

School starts up again Monday the 30th, when the health classes take a field trip. That night there's freshman basketball, with the Bears hosting Mason City Newman.

Tuesday December 1st there's a four-game basketball match-up at Humboldt. That night there's also a college financial meeting on the ICN.

Wednesday the 2nd the freshmen will have a jeans day as a reward from the magazine drive. That night the freshman boys basketball team plays at Estherville.

Thursday December 3rd is the annual Christmas concert and art show. Then on Friday the 4th the basketball teams host St. Ed's. During Friday's games we'll have a chili supper as a fundraiser for the National Honor Society.

Finally this week, there's one other part of the Garrigan family with someting to be thankful for this year. A couple of weeks ago choir director Todd Herbst-Ulmer and librarian Julie Herbst-Ulmer gave birth to their second son, Theo Jay Ulmer. Congratulations to them!

That's the "Bear Facts" for November. We'll be off next week because of the holiday weekend, but be sure to tune in again on Saturday, December 5th. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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