The Bear Facts

October 23, 2010



Good morning! I’m Anna Kollasch!

I'm Aimee Dahlhauser!

I'm Kelsie Berke!

And I’m Becca Molsberry! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where every week we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


Today twelve Garrigan musicians are over in Storm Lake, where they’re auditioning to be a part of the 2010 All-State Choir. The All-State Music Festival will be held next month in Ames, and we’re hoping several Garrigan students will be heading down there for it. Seniors Anna Kollasch (an alto) and Sarah Matthews (a soprano) are both hoping to make their second trip to all-state. Joining them at the auditions today are sopranos Nora Krahenbuhl, Becky Jennings, and Grace Steil; tenors John Richter and Philip Detrick; and basses Michael Hellman, Alex Hamilton, Shawn Vaske, Nick Bronk, and Dustin Miller.

All-state auditioners are selected individually, but they must perform together in groups. They audition by singing songs from the all-state program. Those include classics like “America, the Beautiful” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, plus selections from a Latin mass and foreign language numbers like the Spanish song “Ritmo”. Best wishes to everyone auditioning today and to choir director Linda Ferjak!


The all-state auditioners have also been busy preparing for the BGHS fall musical. Showtime is just two weeks away for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Andrew Lloyd-Webber show features almost every style of music imaginable and tells the story of Joseph from the Hebrew scriptures, who was given a beautiful “coat of many colors” and was then sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers.

The dates for the show depend on Garrigan’s progress in football playoffs. One performance will be Saturday, November 6. If we’re continuing in playoffs, the other show will be Sunday, November 7. If not, it will be Friday the 5th. Joseph features Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbhul, and Hannah Bode as the narrators, Michael Hellman as Joseph, and Jake Rosenmeyer as Jacob. Reserved seating is available for $5 for adults or $3 for students. The seating plan is on the school website, and you can contact the school for reservations. Be sure to mark your calendar for Joseph—two weeks from now.


Last weekend the Golden Bear quiz bowl team began their season with their home tournament. Two different Garrigan teams made playoffs. The team of Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Alex Hamilton, and Drew Magill was undefeated after preliminary rounds and the top seed going into playoffs. They ended up 11 – 1 on the day, with their only loss coming to the championship team from Boone. The team of Allison Frideres, Levi Bernhard, Jake Hamilton, and Sabrina Book also made playoffs and finished in fifteenth place among fifty-one teams in the tournament.

There’s more quiz bowl action today. Ten Garrigan students are in Ankeny, where they’ll be going up against big schools from central Iowa. Jake Rosenmeyer, Levi Bernhard, Allison Frideres, Matthew Fakler, and Rachel Berte will be competing; as will John Richter, Zach Scobba, Sean Hart, Taylor Hovey, and Brittany Kirsch. Good luck to coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team.


The Golden Bear volleyball team got off to a good start in playoffs last Wednesday. They defeated Twin River Valley in three straight games: 25-6, 25-11, and 25-13. The Bears now host the second round of districts next Tuesday night, and they’re hoping to advance to the regional semi-final on Friday. Good luck, volleyball!


The annual BGHS magazine drive is underway. Every Garrigan student has a packet, and for the next two weeks they’ll be selling subscriptions to all your favorite magazines. When you renew through the school, 40% of the money you spend stays here to support student activities. Something we need to point out is that the order forms we got from the magazine company were printed wrong. They mention a $2 processing fee, but there are NO FEES at all when you order through the school. So get the best deals by finding your favorite Golden Bear and renewing your magazines today.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Michael Fakler. Here to tell you about Michael is Kristin Berte.

Michael Fakler has had a very interesting October. Earlier this month he spent a week in Europe with his father. When he’s not trotting around the globe, Michael keeps busy with cross-country, track, math team, speech, and drama. One of his biggest activities is quiz bowl, where he’s made repeat trips to nationals. He’ll be off to college next year, and we wish Michael all the best in the future.


Thanks, Kristin! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s all-state music auditions today in Storm Lake and quiz bowl in Ankeny. Also today Garrigan is one of the sites for the Autumn Fest craft show.

Monday is the first turn-in day for the magazine drive, and we’re hoping for lots of sales. Tuesday a group of Christian Leadership students will leave at 6am for a volunteer trip to the Caring and Sharing Hands Mission in Minneapolis.

Also on Tuesday sophomores will take the PLAN test. That night the volleyball team hosts the second round of district play. Then on Wednesday Garrigan should be hosting the substate football playoff.

There are volleyball regionals next Friday. Then next Saturday there’s the state cross-country meet in Ft. Dodge, where we’re expecting more good things from sophomore Erin Reedy.


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


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