The Bear Facts

October 22, 2011

Good morning! I’m Sheridan Berte!

I’m Emily Bell!

And I’m Mallory Bormann! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday Bishop Garrigan hosted our twenty-first annual quiz bowl tournament, with fifty-one teams from twenty schools on hand for the event. While Armstrong—Ringsted won the tournament, the Bears did really well in their home meet. Three different Garrigan teams finished among the top ten overall, gaining the fifth, eighth, and ninth seeds after preliminary rounds. 

Garrigan’s top two teams both advanced to the quarter-finals. One included seniors Rachel Berte, Lizzy Hohmeister, Philip Detrick, Austin Salz, and John Richter; and the other featured freshmen Hannah Bernhard, Tony Kollasch, Taylor Illg, Zach Kollasch, and Mark Fakler. The third Garrigan team in playoffs included juniors Zach Scobba, Dustin Miller, and Allison Frideres, together with sophomore Levi Bernhard. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

Today is a big day for fifteen members of the BGHS choir. They’re over in Storm Lake for all-state music auditions. The singers have been working hard all fall, practicing complicated arrangements of difficult songs—most of which is in foreign languages. Today they’ll see how they compare with the best musicians from all over northwest Iowa.

The girls auditioning for all-state include sopranos Sophia Kaduce, Melanie Mergen, and Angelica Brosnan; and altos Grace Steil and Dorothy Kirsch. On the boys’ side, tenors Philip Detrick, John Richter, Christian Matthews, Sean Hart, Matthew Fakler, and Alex Matthews are auditioning; as are bass vocalists Shawn Vaske, Nick Bronk, Mark Fakler, and Dustin Miller. Those who make the cut will perform at the All-State Music Festival, which will be November 17 through 19 in Ames.

Mr. Beany Bode’s classes have kept busy this fall tending a new school garden, which is located between the science and middle school wings in back of the building. They broke ground right at the beginning of the school year and have been cultivating the garden through the fall. This past week they harvested a large quantity of lettuce, which we all enjoyed as part of our school lunch. While that’s a small start, we hope that in the future there will be more vegetables available from the school garden.

The Golden Bear volleyball team started playoffs this past week. They hosted Corwith Wesley Luverne on Wednesday night, and the Bears won their district opener in three straight games. That advances the Bears to the second round of regionals. Garrigan will host that match next Tuesday, when the Bears will take on the North Iowa Bison. The regional semi-finals will also be at Garrigan. They’ll be next Friday at 7pm.

The cross-country team had a great day at their regional meet in Holstein last Thursday. The girls finished in second place at regionals, behind only Sioux Central, which qualified them for the state meet. Erin Reedy, Erin Quinlin, and Nicole Behr paced the Bears, finishing in second, seventh, and tenth place overall. All three would have qualified for state individually, as well as part of the team. State will be held next Saturday at Kennedy Park in Ft. Dodge. Congratulations to the Bears on qualifying for state!

The annual BGHS magazine drive begins next Thursday. From then until mid-November every high school student will have a packet with the best deals on magazines, as well as books and music. Garrigan keeps 40% of everything spent on magazine sales. The profits go to student council, which in turn funds all kinds of student activities. 

Two weeks from today the BGHS fine arts programs will sponsor Extravaganza, a variety show that combines the talents of students, faculty, and alumni. This year’s Extravaganza will be Saturday, November 5, at 7pm in Friedmann Auditorium. 

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Rachel Berte. Here with the scoop on her is Kimberly Schiltz.

Rachel Berte comes to Garrigan from the Livermore area. She’s a volleyball player who is also a two-year letterwinner in cheerleading. Rachel has studied baton and dance for twelve years, and she’s lettered in speech, drama, and quiz bowl. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and serves on the student council. Rachel is looking at attending the University of South Dakota next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Kim! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s all-state music auditions in Storm Lake today. Also today BGHS is one of the sites hosting Algona’s Autumn Fest Craft Show.

The second quarter begins on Monday. Then Tuesday the volleyball team will host North Iowa in the second round of regionals.

We’ll have a school mass on Wednesday. That night the Golden Bear football team will begin the 2011 playoffs. Then on Thursday the annual magazine drive kicks off.

The volleyball regional semi-finals will be at Garrigan Friday night. Then next Saturday there’s state cross-country in Ft. Dodge and the quiz bowl team will be playing at Ankeny.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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