The Bear Facts ... January 22, 2005

Good morning! I'm Matt Courtney!

I'm Anthony McGuire!

And I'm Theresa Reising! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we tell you what's going on at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The big news this weekend is speech. A bus load of students left early this morning for the district large-group speech contest at Ft. Dodge Senior High. The Bears have eleven different performances entered in today's contest, and coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow have been working hard to get everybody ready for competition.

The first event of the day starts in about half an hour, when Ashley Waller, Brandon Rowley, Chris Loebach, Garry Brosnan, and Andrew Missal will present a group improvisation. Then around 9:30 the varsity readers' theatre, "Happily Never After" will go on. The readers' theatre looks into what happens after fairy tales end. It features Amanda Thompson, Katelyn Besch, Renee Taphorn, Andrea Arndorfer, and Samantha Kirsch; together with Saide Foertsch, Laura Kellner, Nancy Syharath, Maria Kohlhaas, and Elizabeth Erdman.

There are two other improv groups later in the morning. The first group features Ashili Krieps, Bridget Murphy, Shane Koob, and Chad Lambert. After that Jacob Hellman, Tim Lind, Jacob Richter, and Alicia Miller will perform. Then just before lunch Ansley Waller, Amanda Golwitzer, Laura Kellner, Brandon Rowley, and Andrew Missal will star in the one-act play "Deliver Us Not". The play puts a twist on the question of what happens after death by exploring just what happens after birth?

Next on the agenda is a group mime called "Elementary School Recess" which stars Lizzie Mayer, Joey Dailey, and Logan Wood. Next up is the freshman readers' theatre, "The Case of the Glass Slipper". The show features Macy Fickbohm as Cinderella, Chad Lambert as a handsome prince, Kendra Plathe as a wicked stepsister, and Becca Kramer as the stepmother. Other cast members are Krissy Kohlhaas, Carrie Courtney, Melanie Myers, and Ashli Krieps as the officers of the court and Dylan Freking as a shoe salesman.

There's yet another group improvisation in the afternoon-this time with Samantha Kirsch, Brianne Donahe, Holly Lancaster, Andrea Arndorfer, and Rachel Byrkeland. Then the day finishes off with three acting ensembles. The first is called "Remember When", an original piece written by Garrigan alumni Eric Cassmann, Tyler Struck, and Mark DeLange. Starring in the show are Gavin Freking, Garry Brosnan, and Chris Loebach.

The ensemble "Flag Girls" shows the problems of a group displaying the flag in a Memorial Day celebration. Cast members are Katelyn Besch, Amanda Thompson, Allison Even, Amanda Golwitzer, and Nancy Syharath. Finishing up the day is "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay", which tells of a romantic cruise that gets spoiled by the measles. The play features Jacob Hellman, JoAnn Kirsch, and Anna Bormann.

Last Wednesday twenty-four members of the Garrigan band participated in the Sioux City Diocese honor band in Storm Lake. Students participating included flautist Jill Patterson; Allison Even on oboe; Rachel Byrkeland, Carrie Courtney, Kelly Schmidt, and Amanda Thompson on clarinet; Samantha Kirsch oncontra-bass clarinet; Ashley Waller, Renee Taphorn, and Tony Rouse on saxophone; trumpeters Maria Kohlhaas, Gavin Freking, and Amanda Golwitzer; JoAnn Kirsch and Kandice Roethler on French horn; Mitch Bode, Dylan Freking, Jacob Hellman, and Andrew Missal on trombone; Adam Elbert and Jacob Richter on baritone; Jacob Detrick and Brandon Rowley on tuba; and percussionist Samantha Arndorfer. Congratulations, honor band members!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Chris Reinhart. Chris' friends say his favorite class is Spanish, but he disagrees. Chris is one of the Bears' top football and baseball players, and you might also have seen him running track. He's an excellent bowler, and he was also the "player of the week" in intramural basketball. Away from school you may see his helpful smile in the aisles of Hy-Vee. Chris plans to major in computer science at college, and we wish him all the best in the future.

On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's the district large-group speech contest today at Ft. Dodge Senior High. Also today Bridget Doughan, Theresa Reising, Brad Thompson, and Chris Kirsch are at Wartburg College in Waverly for the Meistersingers Festival.

Sunday intramurals continue. There's also a K.C. free throw contest at 3pm tomorrow. Then on Monday the freshman boys basketball team plays at Algona High.

Tuesday the varsity and JV Bears play at Eagle Grove. Wednesday we'll have a jeans day to raise money for the student gift to Gala 2005. Then on Thursday there's freshman and JV basketball, with the boys hosting North Kossuth and the girls playing at Swea City.

Next Friday the basketball teams play at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. Finally on Saturday there's more basketball, as the Bears travel to Garner.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us next Saturday, when we'll tell you all about the special events for Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

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