"The Bear Facts"

Episode #188

November 22, 1997

Good morning! I'm Jenni Krieps!

And I'm Tim Mosbach! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of feasting, but every year, one week before Thanksgiving, we take time out at Garrigan to help out those who are in need. Again this year we had an extra-light lunch at Garrigan, and the money that was saved went to Oxfam, a group that helps to fight world hunger. We also helped out the hungry close to home. The National Honor Society sponsored a jeans day, and everyone had to bring in canned or boxed goods if they wanted to wear jeans. We filled twelve big boxes to overflowing with donations for the Kossuth County Food Pantry.

The BGHS Student Council is also involved in helping out the needy this Thanksgiving. Each class has taken the name of a needy area family, and next week they'll be shopping for turkey and all the trimmings for the family's Thanksgiving dinner. The money to buy the food is a small part of the profits of last month's magazine drive, and it's just one small way that the student council tries to give something back to the community.

The BGHS quiz bowl team has a tradition of winning at the Algona PTO quiz bowl tournament, and last Saturday they kept that tradition alive. Out of fifty-one teams registered for the tournament, Garrigan took home the fourth place trophy. This makes 1997 the fourth straight year that the Bears have finished in the money at the Algona High tournament. The trophy-winning team included captain Tim Mosbach, a senior, together with junior Abby Rahm and sophomores Dennis Gisch and Nathan Frideres. Congratulations, Bears!

Garrigan senior Carrie Kohlhaas is in Ames this weekend for the All-State Music Festival. Carrie was selected to this elite group of musicians when she auditioned last October in Hampton. The All-State concert will be tonight at 7:30 in the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium at I.S.U. Among the selections you'll hear Carrie and the other All-Staters sing are "The Battle of Jericho" and "Gloria". If you can't make it down to Ames tonight, you can see the All-State concert next Thursday--Thanksgiving evening--at 7pm on Iowa Public Television.

Last Thursday the Golden Bear volleyball team announced their 1997 award winners. This year's most valuable players are Katie Vaske on offense and Lisa Boekelman on defense. Katie was also named to the first team all-conference and the CYO All-Tournament Team, together with fellow senior Jenny McAlpine. Other award winners include Sarah Hall, who won the Most Improved Player Award, and Abbey Studer, who received the Hustle Award. Congratulations to the volleyball award winners!

Last week twenty-four students were inducted into the local Bishop Garrigan chapter of the National Honor Society. NHS recognizes students who excel in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. This year's new members included seniors Kelly Elbert, Katie Vaske, Jill Erpelding, and Nathan Fouarge. Other new seniors in NHS are Chris Miller, Deanna Hellman, Lynne Lappe, and Emily Muller.

There are also sixteen juniors among the new National Honor Society members. They include Libby Wingert, Abbey Stder, Jessica Richter, Katie Reding, Lisa Rasmussen, and Abby Rahm. Among the other juior inductees are Doug Besch, Andrew Brunsen, Liz DeWaard, Lisa Kollasch, and Phil LaFleur. Rounding out the group are Heidi Pierson, Kristi Patten, Molly Nelson, Melanie McGuire, and Maria Loebach. Congratulations to all the new National Honor Society This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Tim Mosbach and Jeremy Richter. Here with the details is Nate Fouarge.

If you want to find Tim Mosbach, look for the nearest computer. Tim has a deep love of electronics, and he has used his talent in this area to create the Bishop Garrigan website on the Internet. This Whittemore native is also a quiz bowl captain who enjoys working behind the scenes for drama and music productions. When he's away from school and away from his computer, you'll probably find him at K-Mart, where he seems to do just about every job in the store. Good luck, Tim!

Jeremy Richter is a Wesley native who was one of the best defensive players on this fall's Golden Bear football team. He's also a top-notch quiz bowl player, who competed at nationals in Washington, D.C. last summer. Jeremy also likes electronics, and he enjoys music. Like Tim, he'll be off to college next fall, and we wish him the very best of luck.

Thanks, Nate! Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we have two weeks worth of events on our Golden Bear calendar. It starts today with the All-State Music Festival in Ames. Then tomorrow is the Rite of Blessing for confirmation candidates.

Monday there's freshman girls' basketball at Humboldt. Tuesday we'll have a jeans day to celebrate the outstanding scores Garrigan stents had on the Iowa Tests of Educational Development last month.

There's girls' basketball at Algona High Tuesday night. Then on Wednesday we'll have mass at 10:45 and a holiday dismissal at 2:15pm.

School resumes Monday, December 1st, when there's freshman basketball at Mason City Newman. Tuesday the varsity boys and girls play at Iowa Falls.

Wednesday the freshman teams host Estherville, while the JV basketball players travel to Twin River Valley.

Friday the 5th there's basketball at St. Ed's, and Saturday the 6th there's quiz bowl at Spirit Lake and state drill team at Veterans' Auditorium in Des Moines.

That's the "Bear Facts" for November. We'll be off next week, as we enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, but be sure to catch us again two weeks from today when we'll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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