Good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

I'm Taylor Brandenburg!

And I'm Kelsie Berke! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

While you're listening to this show on Saturday morning ten Garrigan students are in the middle of their first big game at the National Academic Championships in New Orleans. Seniors Christopher Schmidt, Vince Cruise, and Chris Hansen; juniors Brittany Berte and Rebeccah Erdman; and sophomores Michael Hellman, Alex Hamilton, Michael Fakler, Jake Rosenmeyer, and Anna Kollasch are all competing for the Golden Bears at nationals. They left Thursday morning and traveled south about 1,200 miles for the competition.

The Bears' first match is against South Glens Falls High School from New York state. Later today they will play three other games-including one against Fruita Monument High School from Colorado and two where they take on other Catholic schools from around the country. They have two more games tomorrow. This is the Bears' tenth trip to the National Academic Championships and the third time a Golden Bear quiz bowl team has been in New Orleans. Good luck at nationals, quiz bowl!

Also today the state track meet continues in Des Moines. Last week the Golden Bear boys won the district championship and qualified seven events for state. The 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400, and 4 x 800 relays are all running, and Garrigan also has entries in the discus, the 400-meter dash, and the 800-meter dash. Boys competing at state include seniors Joe Straub, Brian Patterson, Jack Bradley, and Ben Hellman; junior Brett Capesius; sophomores Zach Price, Kevin Elbert, and Jacob Behr; and freshmen Alex Boisjolie. Alternates are Nick Kellner, David Reding, Drew Magill, and Grant Reding.

On the girls side the 400-meter hurdles and 4 x 400 relay both qualified for state. Shanna Miller, Addison Miller, Mackenzie Schindler, and Mallory Bormann will be running; with Megan Hilbert, Shelby Schindler, and Kelly Rouse as alternates. State track started Thursday, and the finals are today down at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Congratulations to all our state track qualifiers!

The Class of 2009 graduated last Sunday, and they received lots of awards in the process. Rebecca Brosnan, who gave the commencement speech, also received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award. Ben Hellman won the Rotary's "Service Above Self" Award, Shanna Miller won the Bar Association Citizenship Award, and Beth Kollasch won the Lions Club Scholarship. Tyler Rowley, Alex Dodds, and Kyle Smith received the Principal's Leadership Award; while Vince Cruise and Ethan Gisch were cited for volunteer achievement. Kelly Rouse received the Governor's Scholar Award.

Departmental honors went to Bethany Kirsch in health, Meghan Mayer and Brian Funk in art, Kelly Rouse in Business; Megan Hilbert in English, Kelly Rouse and Christopher Schmidt in foreign language, and Kelly Rouse and Ben Hellman in math. Other department awards were given to Joe Straub in social studies, Megan Hilbert and Shanna Miller in science, Rebecca Brosnan and Jenna Richtger in speech, Ben Hellman in drama, Shanna Miller and Randy Kenyon in vocal music, and Vince Cruise in band. 

The theology department honored numerous students. Megan Hilbert, Shanna Miller, Kelly Rouse, and Christopher Schmidt were honored for academic achievement in theology; while Holly Byrkeland, Ben Hellman, Jesie Rosenmeyer, and Kristina Schiltz received service awards. Ashley Beisch, Rebecca Brosnan, Bethany Kirsch, Kory Wieland were named outstanding Christian role models; and Beth Kollasch, Meghan Mayer, and Danielle Rahm received recognition for their service work with Mission Honduras.

Thousands of dollars in scholarships are passed out every year at graduation. New this year was the Clyde Dahlhauser Scholarship, in memory of a 1974 Garrigan graduate and the parent of three BGHS students. Alec Boeckholt was the first recipient of that scholarship. Also new this year was the Honsbruch Memorial Scholarship, which went to Michaela Bormann, Rebecca Brosnan, and Jenna Richter. Another new scholarship from an anonymous donor went to Tyler Rowley for his positive attitude, cheerful service, and unique sense of responsibility.

Brian Hamilton received the Ronald Armstrong Scholarship, Chris Hansen got the Whittemore Anonymous Scholarship, Randy Kenyon received the Tony Lane Scholarship, Kristina Schiltz was awarded the Bob Farrell Scholarship, and Ashley Beisch received the scholarship named after her brother Sean Beisch. The Kathy Jo Rahm Scholarship went to David Miller and Danielle Rahm; the Les Erickson and Jerome Kramer Scholraship was awarded to Alex Dodds, and Shanna Miller and Christopher Schmidt received the Adam Sundall Scholarship.

Kyle Smith received the Bernard Meister Scholraship, while Ben Hellman got the Brad Meister Scholarship. The Justine Becker Scholarship was awarded to Katie Molacek and Jesie Rosenmeyer; and Brad Richter, Jack Bradley, and Ethan Gisch all received the Monseigneur Schultes Scholarship. Beth Kollasch earned the Monseigneur Keleher Scholraship, and Kristina Schiltz was awarded the Friedmann-Franciscan Memoral Scholarship.

The Edmund Elbert Scholarship went to Matt Elbert, Kali Smith earned the Bill and Mary Bestenlehner Scholarship, and Mandy Kohlhaas and David Miller received the Marion Ringsdorf Scholarship. Brian Funk, Meghan Mayer, Brian Patterson, Brandi Roethler, and Kory Wieland all received scholarships in memory of former Seton teacher Chuck Stillman. The Garrigan Anonymous Scholarship went to Jenna Carlson and Vince Cruise; and the Father Conway Memorial Award was given to Megan Hilbert and Kelly Rouse.

We're done with our Senior Spotlight for the year, but we do have some events on our Golden Bear calendar. Today state track finishes up in Des Moines, and the National Academic Championships begin in New Orleans.

Monday is Memorial Day. The Garrigan band will play for the festivities in Algona that morning. Tuesday baseball season begins with the Bears hosting a double-header vs. Estherville Lincoln Central.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we'll have semester tests. There's a special schedule, with open campus whenever students don't have exams. The quiz bowl team returns home on Wednesday, and the softball team plays at Pocahontas that night.

Thursday there's baseball at North Sentral Kossuth, and Friday-the last day of school-the softball team plays at Twin River Valley.

That's this week's "Bear Facts". We'll be back next week with one last show for the year, a very special show we're recording in New Orleans that marks our 700th episode bringing you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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