The Bear Facts
April 24, 2010

Good morning! I'm Jake Rosenmeyer!

And I'm Drew Magill! Welcome to the 731st weekly episode of the "Bear Facts", the radio show that keeps you in touch with Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday Garrigan hosted the state solo and ensemble music contest for schools from around the area. The contest ran smoothly, and the Bears had an outstanding day at contest. Garrigan band and vocal students earned sixteen Division One (or "superior") ratings and fourteen Division Two (or "excellent") marks. The remaining six events were judged "good" and earned Division Threes. Junior Sarah Matthews won a special honor. Her solo was judged the best vocal performance of the day. Congratulations to Sarah and to all the band and choir!

Performances earning I's at state contest included the junior triple trio, the saxophone trio, the percussion choir, the sax sextet, the boy's double ensemble, the chamber choir, percussion solos by Nora Krahenbuhl and Anna Kollasch, a trombone solo by Alex Hamilton, and vocal solos by solos by Sarah Matthews, Hannah Bode, Becky Jennings, Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Dustin Miller. Congratulations to the twenty-eight students who were part of these events and to their directors Ken and Linda Ferjak!

Now that solo and ensemble contest is over, both the band and choir are busy getting ready for the state large group music contest, which will be Friday, May 7,at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. The Band will be performing "Incantations" and "Let the Spirit Soar", while the choir will sing "Song of Triumph", "Every Time I Feel the Spirit", and "Sing Me to Heaven". Good luck at large group contest, musicians!

Tonight is prom night 2010. The juniors and their helpers have been preparing the gym with a castle motif. The grand march will be at 8:30, and admission for the general public is a dollar. Following the dance, there will be after-prom. Among this year's activities is a special "Survivor" game, where groups of prom-goers will endure various challenges. We know everyone at prom will have a fun night.

This past week projects from the North Central Conference Art Show have been on display at the Algona Public Library, in a special exhibit sponsored by the Stinson Prairie Arts Council. Bishop Garrigan High School students had fifteen different works entered in the art show, which was judged by Lakes Art Center director Alissa Potter. While none of the Bears won the overall top honors, Kristin Berte's digital photography was judged the top Garrigan entry. Kristin's picture was a beach scene that she took while at the national dance championships in California last winter. Congratulations to Kristin and to all the artists who competed in the conference art show.

Today three Garrigan students are down in Iowa City for the state mathematics competition. Sophomores Craig Kohlhaas, Austin Salz, and Jenny Broesder will be representing the Bears at state. Several other Garrigan students also qualified for state, but they'll be busy today with prom. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

The school calendar has been set for 2010 - 2011. It will be a short summer, with classes starting up again on Wednesday, August 18. Christmas vacation is also fairly short, starting on December 23 and ending on January 2. The good part of that is that unless we have even more snow days than we did this year, we'll be getting out very early next spring. The seniors' last day is scheduled for May 5, 2011, and the final day for everyone else will be May 12-the earliest end of the school year ever at Bishop Garrigan.

We're not getting out quite so early this year, particularly since we missed the equivalent of two weeks of classes with snow days. Both Garrigan and Algona High made up one day on Easter Monday, and other days are being made up by canceling early dismissals for teacher inservice. Even with that, a few more days still had to be tacked onto the end of the year. For 2010, the seniors' last day will be May 11, and the rest of us will be going until Thursday, May 27. There are other schools that are going until the middle of June, though, and we're glad we'll be out by Memorial Day.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Kelsey Blocker. Here to tell you about her is Becky Jennings.

Kelsey Blocker lives in the Bancroft area and will be part of the baccalaureate ceremonies at St. John's this weekend. When she's not at Garrigan, you might see Kelsey working as a nurse's aid. She plans to continue her training in the medical field after high school and next year she'll be going to NIACC. We wish Kelsey all the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Becky! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's state math today in Iowa City. Then tonight is Prom, with the grand march at 8:30pm.

Tomorrow St. John's in Bancroft will hold their baccalaureate. Then Tuesday the girls golf team plays at Webster City and the boys host Webster City and Hampton. There's also boys track at Emmetsburg that day, and the girls track team runs at Forest City.

Wednesday are the CYO golf meets. The boys will be at Alton, and the girls play at Breda. Thursday we'll have mass, and that night the boys and girls track teams run at Armstrong. Then on Friday the golf teams take on Clarion-Goldfield, with the girls at home and the boys in Clarion.

That's the "Bear Facts" for April. 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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