The Bear Facts - April 23, 2005

Good morning! I'm Amanda Shaw!

And I'm Kayla Reding! Welcome to the 453rd weekly episode of the "Bear Facts", the radio show where for the past thirteen years we've been bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday forty-three Garrigan musicians went to Britt to compete in the state solo and small ensemble music contest. Four members of the BGHS choir brought home Division One or superior ratings. They include Bridget Doughan and Chris Kirsch, who each were just one point away from perfect scores. Krissy Kohlhaas and Emily Reising also earned Division Ones. Choir members earning "Excellent" ratings were Ashli Krieps, Jacob Richter, Sadie Foertsch, Alyssa Berte, Casey Arndorfer, Jacob Hellman, and Renee Taphorn.

Members of the band earned eight "Excellent" ratings at state contest. JoAnn Kirsch and Kandice Roethler's horn duet; Amanda Golwitzer, Maria Kohlhaas, and Krissy Kohlhaas' trumpet trio; Amanda Golwitzer's trumpet solo; Dylan Freking and Jacob Hellman's trombone solos; Gavin Freking, Tim Lind, and Spenser Rahm's trumpet trio; Samantha Kirsch's clarinet solo, and Jacob Richter's baritone solo were all judged "excellent" by the judges. Congratulations, musicians!

Six Garrigan students got up very early this morning and left for Iowa City. They're competing in the state finals for the Great Plains Math League. Thirteen Garrigan math students actually qualified for state, but conflicts prevented more than half of them from making the trip. Competing for the Bears today are juniors Jeff Lappe and Joe Rahm; sophomores Tony Rouse, Chris Scobba, and Maria Kohlhaas; and freshman Dylan Freking. Coach Daryl Kohlhaas is accompanying the group to state. Good luck to all these members of the Garrigan math team!

Tonight is Prom Night at BGHS. The juniors have been working hard for two weeks, and according to class presidents Eric Goodman and John Reding this will be the best prom ever. The prom theme is "An Evening in Paradise". The gym features tropical decorations, guests will be presented with Hawaiian leis when they enter, and the Grand March will take the couples through a grass-roofed tiki hut. Prom starts with a banquet, followed by the dance. The Grand March will be at 8:30, and the public is invited to come.

Last Wednesday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in their last event of the regular season. The Bears had both freshman and varsity teams entered in the spring Knowledge Master, a computer-based contest that pits schools from all over America against each other. A score of 1,000 is generally considered good in the Knowledge Master, and both Garrigan teams were above that mark. The varsity team answered 153 questions correctly, to earn a score of 1,022. The freshman team had 140 correct answers, for a total score of 1,003. Congratulations, quiz bowlers!

Last Friday, Garrigan junior Spenser Rahm set a new school record when the Golden Bear track team competed at Estherville. Spenser threw the discus 154 feet, 9 inches-almost ten feet more than the previous mark that was set by Andy Kardoes in 2002. Spenser should be competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on April 29th. You can see video of his throw on the Garrigan website at garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Emily Salz and Maria Cantu. Here with the details on them is Sarah Kunkel.

Maria Cantu is an Algona resident who really enjoys her Spanish classes. When she's not at school you might see her working at the Daily Grind or spending time with friends. Next year she plans to major in speech pathology at Ellsworth Community College.

Emily Salz is a National Honor Society member. She's a basketball manager who is also part of Christian Leadership in Action. Away from school, she spends a lot of time working at the Dairy Queen. She'll also be college-bound next fall, and we wish both Emily and Maria all the best.

Thanks, Sarah! On our Golden bear calendar today there's state math in Iowa City, girls golf on their home course at Spring Valley, and boys golf at the Algona Country Club. Tonight we have "An Evening in Paradise" for Prom, 2005.

Monday Sam Dittrich, Renee Taphorn, Joe Rahm, Matt Kollasch, Jesse Studer, Jacob Detrick, Amanda Thompson, Alicia Schackelford, and Yani Vasileva will be canoeing for an Advanced Biology field trip.

Monday night the girls golf team plays at Clear Lake and the speech and drama department will have their annual awards potluck.

Tuesday the golf teams play Algona High, there's girls track at Forest City and boys track at Emmetsburg. Then on Wednesday we'll elect next year's student council presidents.

We have class president elections on Thursday. That night the boys golf team plays at North Kossuth and the track teams run at Armstrong.

On Friday Garrigan graduate Eric Becker will speak to science classes about careers in engineering. Spenser Rahm will be throwing the discus at the Drake Relays, there's boys track at Hampton, and the golf teams play Eagle Grove.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another 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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