The Bear Facts - October 22, 2005

Good morning! I'm Adam Elbert!

I'm Eric Goodman!

And I'm Alex Elbert! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

While you couldn't tell it from looking through the Algona paper, fourteen Garrigan students are in Storm Lake today auditioning to be a part of the All-State Music Festival. All-state is the highest honor in music, and we're hoping that again this year several Golden Bears receive that honor. Auditioning for the all-state choir are Ashli Krieps, Rebecca Brosnan, Kendra Plathe, Alyssa Berte, Krissy Kohlhaas, Casey Arndorfer, Jacob Hellman, Chris Kirsch, Bridget Doughan, and Emily Reising. Band students auditioning for all-state are Allison Even, Amanda Golwitzer, Sam Norland, and Dylan Freking. Good luck to directors Denis Greenfield and Dennis Freking and all the all-state musicians!

The Golden Bear cross-country team is once again headed to state! Last Thursday at Holstein the girls team defeated teams ranked higher than them and won the outright regional championship. Kelli Black finished second overall at district, in a new school record time of 15 minutes 38 seconds. Tami Lallier, who finished fifth, joins Kelli as the only two Garrigan runners who have ever finished the course in less than sixteen minutes. Maria Kohlhaas finished 12th at state, Carrie Courtney was 21st, and Marisa Spain tied for 41st place. Also running for the Bears were Kelly Schmidt and Bridget Doughan, who both ran their best times of the season.

Districts were a bit of a heartbreaker for the Golden Bear boys. Four of the top teams in the state were assigned to the district meet at Holstein, and only three of them could advance to state. The Bears took the fourth place spot by just four points. Chris Scobba qualified for state as an individual with his fifth place overall finish, and seniors Brandon Rowley and Jacob Hellman were also among the top twenty overall. Other runners for the boys included Peyton Schindler, Randy Kenyon, Ben Hellman, and Sam Norland.

The Bears will run in the state meet next Saturday at Kennedy Park, just north of the Fort Dodge Airport. You can get there easiest by driving south of Humboldt and turning at the chicken plant. The Bears will leave Garrigan around 9:00, and we encourage everyone to come out to the school then to see them off to state. The girls race will be at 2pm, followed by the boys at 2:30. Congratulations to Coaches Daryl Kohlhaas and Greg Ahlers and all the cross-country runners on making another trip to state!

It's time again for the annual Garrigan magazine drive. For the next two weeks every BGHS student will be selling subscriptions to all your favorite magazines. The prices are the same or lower than they are through the mail, and when you renew through the school, 40% of what you pay stays right here to help out student activities.

There's lots of other selling going on now, too. The band and choir are selling candy to raise money for their music trip next spring. HOSA, the health occupations students, are selling disaster preparedness kits, the Spanish students are selling gift wrap, and shared time students who are part of the Algona FFA group are selling fruit, meat, and cheese. By planning carefully, you could get all your Christmas shopping done, just through the fundraisers.

The Golden Bear football cheerleaders also have a fundraiser this weekend. They're sponsoring a car wash tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the new car wash by Hy-Vee. You can get your car looking good before winter comes. There's no set price, so donate what you feel the job is worth. Be sure to come out tomorrow to the cheerleading car wash.

This weekend the Diocese of Sioux City is sponsoring their annual Bishop's Dinner for Education. They still call the event that, even though the diocese hasn't had a bishop for almost two years. At this gala event, two Garrigan staff members will be honored for their years of outstanding service. Long-time math teacher Daryl Kohlhaas is receiving the Bishop Lawrence Soens Award for Excellence in Education. Also at the dinner system president Gene Meister will be the first layperson ever to receive the "Called to Service" Award for outstanding work as a school administrator. Congratulations to Mr. Kohlhaas and Mr. Meister.

Our senior spotlight this week shines on Dan Garman. When asked to describe himself, Dan said he was tall and blond, and that he enjoys long walks in the rain. We know he's also both smart and athletic. When he's not injured, he's been an important part of the Golden Bear baseball, basketball, and golf teams. He's also in quiz bowl, and last year he won the Bausch and Lomb Science Award. Dan plans to major in dentistry at college, and we wish him all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar, the area craft show is in the Garrigan gym today. Meanwhile several BGHS music students are auditioning for all-state in Storm Lake. Tomorrow the cheerleaders will have their car wash from 10 - 2 just east of Hy-Vee.

Tomorrow night is the Bishop's Dinner at the Sioux City Convention Center. Congratulations to honorees Gene Meister and Daryl Kohlhaas.

Tuesday the freshman football team plays Pocahontas. Then Wednesday we'll have a jeans day to supply our Kleenex for the winter.

Thursday night professional guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform at the Congregational church. He'll be presenting a workshop for Garrigan guitar students on Friday. That night the football team closes out their district season by taking on North Butler in Greene.

Next Saturday is state cross-country. The team will be leaving Garrigan at 9am. The girls race is at 2pm, with the boys running at 2:30 at Kennedy Park in Ft. Dodge.

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

Stay classy, Algona!

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