The Bear Facts

May 22, 2010




Good morning! I'm Grant Reding!

I'm Chelsea Doughan!

I'm Ashley Bode!

And I'm Philip Detrick! Welcome to our next to last "Bear Facts" for this school year. Thanks for joining us for news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Today is the last session of the three-day state track meet, which is being run at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Both the boys and girls teams from Bishop Garrigan are well-represented at state. The girls did especially well at regionals, qualifying seven different events for state. Freshman Erin Reedy qualified in both the 3000-meter and 1500-meter races, while Mallory Bormann made it in the 200-meter dash and Addison Miller made it to state in the 400-meter hurdles.

Three relays also qualified for the girls. Alyse Meyers, Mallory Bormann, Aubrie Meyers, and Addison Miller will be running the 4 x 200 relay. Mackenzie Schindler, Addison Miller, Mallory Bormann, and Abbey Reding are state qualifiers in the distance medley. Also qualifying was the 4 x 400 relay with Mackenzie Schindler, Mallory Bormann, Chelsi Lanus, and Addison Miller. Congratulations to Coach Greg Ahlers and the girls state track qualifiers!

The Garrigan boys had a very tough district. In fact, they'd have done better if they'd been in 2-A or 3-A than in the 1-A district they were assigned. While every single Garrigan time would have placed at state last year, only four boys events actually qualified this year. They were Kevin Elbert in the long jump, Brett Capesius in the 400-meter dash, Jacob Behr in the 200-meter dash, and the 4 x 100 relay with David Reding, Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, and Jacob Behr. Congratulations to Coach Marty Wadle and the boys who made it to state track!


The Golden Bear golf teams have also been doing very well. Both the boys and girls teams advanced to the final round before state, and we're crossing our fingers for return trips to the state golf meets. The boys won their sectional meet last Friday, with five of the top six golfers competing for the Bears. They played their district meet, the last step before state yesterday at Spencer. The girls won their district meet last Monday by seventy-three strokes. Kelsie Berke was meet medallist, and the top five golfers and six of the top seven all played for Bishop Garrigan. Their regional meet will be Monday, also at Spencer. Congratulations, Golden Bear golfers!


Bishop Garrigan's Class of 2010 graduated last Sunday, and every student in the class who applied for financial aid received some sort of scholarship. These ranged from a few hundred dollars to more than $50,000. Thanks to a variety of generous donors, more than thirty scholarships are available exclusively to Garrigan seniors, helping them with the costs of continuing their education after high school.

Each year outstanding seniors are honored by the different departments at Garrigan. Jordan Springer won this year's art award, while David Reding won the art department's Service Above Self Award. Brittany Berte and Rebeccah Erdman were honored by the gifted and talented Program, and Joe Golwitzer and Dylan Kollasch received the award for outstanding achievement in business classes. The English department honored Brittany Berte and Katrina Even, and Katrina also received top honors in foreign language. Kayla Schiltz won the school's journalism award.

Nick Foertsch and Joe Golwitzer received top honors in technology, Brittany Berte and Nick Kellner won the math award, and Katrina Even and Brett Capesius were honored by the science department. Rebeccah Erdman won both the social studies and drama awards, while Brittany Berte earned honors for success in speech. Amy Rasmussen was the music department honoree. Four Garrigan seniors-Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Katrina Even, and Cassie Reising-all received the President's Outstanding Academic Excellence Award for their all-around achievement.

The theology department always gives out multiple honors. This year Taylor Brandenburg, Rebeccah Erdman, Rachel Molsberry, and Kayla Schiltz earned honors for academic excellence in theological and religious studies. Molly Brashear, Katrina Even, Dana Miller, and Cassie Reising were honored for their service; and Brett Capesius, Nick Foertsch, Joe Golwitzer, and Alyse Meyers were cited as good examples of Christian role models. 

There are some broader awards we should mention, too. Nick Kellner got to shake hands with Governor Culver when he was honored by the state's Scholar Recognition Program. Joe Golwitzer earned the Iowa Bar Association Good Citizenship Award, Jeff Broesder was honored by the Rotary Club for Service Above Self, and Nick Foertsch was received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The Principal's Leadership Award went to Nick Foertsch and Joe Golwitzer, while Jeff Broesder, Mark Garman, Nick Kellner, and David Reding were honored with the Principal's Volunteer Achievment Award. Congratulations to all these senior honorees!


Since graduation is over, we're done with our Senior Spotlights for the year, so we'll move right in to our Golden Bear calendar. Today the state track meet finishes up down in Des Moines, and tomorrow is Pentecost Suinday.

Monday is locker clean-out day at Garrigan. Monday night baseball and softball start, with the Bears traveling to Estherville.

Tuesday we start final exams. That night the softball team hosts Woden Crystal Lake Titonka and the baseball team travels to Emmetsburg. Then on Wednesday there's more softball, with the Bears hosting Pocahontas.

Thursday is the last day of school, and we'll finish up our final exams. The baseball team hosts NSK that night, and the girls track team will hold their awards supper. 

Friday and Saturday there's state boys golf at Spring Valley. Also Friday night the baseball and softball teams play at Humboldt.

That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. We'll be back one more time next Saturday to wrap up the school year and look ahead to summer, with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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