Good morning! I'm Brittany Berte!

And I'm Jenna Richter! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

About three hundred students are at Garrigan today for the district individual speech contest. They represent schools as close as Algona High and Sentral and as far away as Spencer, Okoboji, and Hartley. Garrigan has hosted district contest for more than twenty years, and most people agree it's one of the smoothest-running speech contests anywhere.

The Bears have eighteen entries in the contest. Things start right about now, with Brittany Berte competing in Radio News Announcing, Allison Missal presenting the prose piece "The Great Outdoors", Jenna Richter reading the poem "Childhood", and Sam Norland with the poem "The Power of the Mullet". Around 10:00 Cassie Reising will read the prose selection "Guys", Michelle Kollasch will act out "The Trials and Triumphs of My Peper Route", and Brittany Berte will present a literary program on "Skiing".

Later in the morning Jenna Richter and Sam Norland will compete in Acting with the selections "Fatal Woman" and "Defusing a Bomb". Rebeccah Erdman will present a literary program on "Death", Gina Rasmussen will read the prose piece "The Bride and the Butcher", and Malanie Myers will read a poetry version of "Cinderella". Around noon Rebecca Brosnan will read a literary program called "Lost Love" and Rebeccah Erdman will tell the story "Miss Rumphus". Then in the afternoon Anna Kollasch will present the prose piece "The Waltz", Shane Koob will compete in Radio, Gui Klein will present "A Taste of Brasil" in Expository Address, and Jake Rosenmeyer will give a literary program on "Sisters".

Mary McCall and David Burrow are in charge of both coaching Garrigan's speech students and running the speech contest. They've been working hard for almost a month getting everything in order for today's big event. The contest started at 8:30 this morning, and it continues until about 2:30 this afternoon. The public is welcome to see any of the events, and admission is a suggested donation of $3. We wish good luck to all the competitors and a special "break a leg" wish to everyone from Garrigan.

The Golden Bear danz squad will be very busy this coming week. The girls were invited to perform their state championship routines at halftime of two games at the girls basketball tournament. They will be performing at Wells Fargo in Des Moines this coming Wednesday at the 12:30 and 6:30 games. Later in the week Stephanie Kollasch, Kayla Schiltz, Danielle Rahm, Emily Behr, Meghan Mayer, and Christina Richter will be performing as part of the All-Iowa Honor Drill Team. They'll rehearse on Friday the 29th and perform at the championship game at 6:30 Saturday, March 1st.

The danz squad is also getting ready for their big trip to nationals a month from now. In addition to the girls we've already mentioned, Kristin Berte, Tina Berte, Rebecca Molsberry, Rachel Molsberry, Beth Kollasch, Hannah Bode, Taylor Brandenburg, Aimee Dahlhauser, Taylor Cink, and alternate Beth Broesder will all be making the trip to Fort Worth. They'll be competing in jazz, pom, and hip-hop. They'll be in Texas March 27th through April 1st, and they'll compete against the top dance teams from all over the country.

Last Saturday Garrigan took first place among schools with less than a thousand students in the tournament they hosted for the Great Plains Math League. Garrigan's students on the whole did well in almost every category. Junior Ben Hellman did especially well, taking first place in the Sprint Round and becoming the third Golden Bear "math-lete" to qualify for state this year. Congratulations, Ben!

We've now officially had the snowiest winter on record-which is great for everyone who likes to go snowmobiling, but not so great for school buses or people who have to drive to school. This winter's record precipitation has meant a string of late starts, early dismissals, and no school days. Since winter is still far from over, we want to remind everyone that for convenience with busing Garrigan and Seton always follow the closure decisions made by the Algona Community Schools-however the Catholic schools will always dismiss fifteen minutes earlier than the times announced for Algona. This year, in addition to making announcements here on KLGA and on Channel 3 in Mason City, we've also listing late starts and cancellations on the crawl on the front page of the Garrigan website: garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Chris Lanus and Taryn Vitzthum. Here to tell you about them is Rebeccah Erdman.

You may have seen Chris Lanus working at K-Mart or more recently at Hy-Vee. Chris is an Algona native who used to be in football and now is one of the top players on an intramural basketball-scoring 15 points in last Sunday's game. He's a big fan of Golden Bear sports who makes his presence known at games. Chris plans a career as an electrician, and next year he'll be studying at Northwest Community College in Sheldon. Good luck, Lanny!

Taryn Vitzthum says the biggest activity she's been involved with over the years is golf. She also was in volleyball when she was younger. Taryn's favorite class is English, and her artwork was chosen to represent Garrigan at last year's art show. She's part of the Christian Leadership group, and next year she'll be studying business at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. We wish Taryn all the best in the future.

Thanks, Becky! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's the district speech contest today. Also today several of Garrigan's quiz bowl students are helping with a middle school quiz tournament at Seton.

Intramurals continue tomorrow, with two games scheduled. Then on Wednesday the danz squad will perform at the girls state basketball tournament at Wells-Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Next Thursday and Friday it's time for one of the biggest events of the year, the annual pops concert. Showtime is 7:30 each night, and both the band and choir will be presenting lots of fun selections.

That's the "Bear Facts" for February. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next Saturday to hear more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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