April 22, 2006

Good morning! I'm Jeff Lappe!

And I'm Samantha Arndorfer! Welcome to the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Earlier this month Garrigan business students did very well at the Iowa Lakes business competition in Emmetsburg. Jeff Lappe won first place overall in General Business Knowledge and took second in Job Interview Skills. Tony Rouse was first in Advanced Accounting and third in Business Math. Dustin Tindall was second in Advanced Accounting and sixth in Business Math, Chris Cassmann finished fourth in Advanced Accounting, and Ben Golwtizer took fifth in Weitten Computer Applications. Also doing well was the team of Chris Scobba, Brian Capesius, and Logan Wood, who took second place in the region in Web Page Design. Congratulations to all these students and to teachers Annette Vaske and Sarah Freking.

There's only a couple weeks left for the BGHS Class of 2006. Last week the senior honor students met to choose this year's commencement speaker. When the votes were counted, Gavin Freking was selected to deliver this year's farewell speech. Gavin is the second member of his family to have that honor. His sister Amanda gave the commencement address back in 2001. Graduation for the Class of 2006 will be Sunday, May 14, at 2pm.

Track season is well underway, and both the boys and girls teams have already enjoyed some success. This year's boys track squad includes eleven returning seniors: Gavin Freking, Chad Meyer, Spenser Rahm, Jesse Studer, Jacob Hellman, Nate Pierson, John Reding, Jeff Lappe, Joe Rahm, Brandon Rowley, and Jude Studer. Juniors in track include Dustin Tindall, Ben Berte, Garrison Brosnan, Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, Josh Rahm, Scott Kollasch, Chris Loebach, Brian Capesius, and Alex Bradley. Also running varsity are sophomores David Frideres, Peyton Schindler, Lee Brashear, and A.J. Doughan. Good luck, boys track!

On the girls side the returning seniors include Kelly Schmidt, Samantha Arndorfer, Alison Brandenburg, Kayla Reding, Allison Even, Alison Brandenburg, and Bridget Doughan. The juniors are Kelli Black, Tami Lallier, Abbie Bradley, Maria Kohlhaas, Emily Funk, Alicia Miller, and Cindy Reding. Among the sophomores to watch are Cassie Vautier, Macy Fickbohm, Carrie Courtney, and Stephanie Kollasch. There's also a good group of freshmen, including Danielle Rahm, Shanna Miller, Beth Kollasch, Allison Blocker, Holly Byrkeland, and Christina Richter. Good luck to all the girls track team!

Next week we'll have an annual tradition at Garrigan, Stewardship Day. Each year we take a day off from our regular classes to do a variety of service projects. Some people will be sticking around school, doing things like getting the baseball and softball fields ready for summer. Others will be going out into the community, adopting a stretch of highway, doing clean-up work in area churches, and pitching in to help out with various other projects. Stewardship day will be next Thursday, April 27.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on three people: Kathy Kohlhaas, Samantha Arndorfer, and Betsy Miller. Here to tell you about all of them is Seth Rogers.

Kathy Kohlhaas is a cheerleader who comes to Garrigan from the West Bend area. She's active in HOSA, the Health Occupations Students of America, and you may have heard her announcing here on the "Bear Facts". When she's not at school she works at the West Bend Care Center. Next year she plans to study radiology at the University of Iowa.

Samantha Arndorfer works at the Bancroft pool, but you might also see her at Fareway checking up on her boyfriend. Samantha is a cheerleader, and she's also involved in music and track. She's taken tough classes all through high school and should do well in college.

Betsy Miller is our third spotlighted senior this week. Betsy enjoys her biology classes, and you may have seen her hanging out with friends. Over the years her activities have also included speech. We wish Betsy, Samantha, and Kathy all the best when they leave Garrigan. Good luck, girls!

Thanks, Seth! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today is the state math competition. About a dozen Garrigan students are down in Iowa City for the event, and we'll tell you next week how they did.

Also today is the Garrigan invitational girls golf meet at Spring Valley. Meanwhile the boys golf team will play in the Algona Invitational. Monday the Advanced Biology class will be away on a field trip.

Monday night the boys golf team plays at Eagle Grove. Then Tuesday there's girls golf at Hampton, boys golf here, boys track at Emmetsburg, and girls track at Forest City.

Wednesday we'll have the election for next year's student council presidents. That afternoon the quiz bowl team will finish their season with the spring Knowledge Master competition. Thursday is Stewardship Day, and that night the track teams run in the North Kossuth Relays at Armstrong.

Friday we'll elect student council representatives. There will be a special assembly that day abiout Food for the Soul. Friday night the girls golf team plays at home, the boys golfers are at Iowa Falls, and the boys track team runs at Hampton. Finally next Saturday will be the spring play, Little Women.

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

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