JANUARY 24 - 2009

Good morning! I'm Christopher Schmidt!

And I'm Joe Straub! Welcome to a special episode of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our school, Catholic Schools Week is a big event. This year's theme for Catholic Schools Week is "Celebrate Service", and last week several of Garrigan's Christian Leadership students did exactly that. Jesie Rosenmeyer, Kristina Schiltz, Kelly Rouse, Alec Boeckholt, Rebecca Brosnan, Beth Kollasch, Kali Smith, Jenna Richter, Meghan Mayer, Molly Brashear, and Cassie Reising all went up to the Mary's Place mission near Target Center in Minneapolis. They helped serve the noon meal to homeless people from the Twin Cities area. Christian Leadership will be visiting Mary's Place four more times this semester. The project is organized by religion teacher Rob Meister.

One of the big parts of Catholic Schools Week is a mass that brings together all the students at Garrigan and Seton, together with a lot of parents and friends of the school. The liturgy will be Monday afternoon, starting at 1:30pm. Algona mayor Jeff Gilmore will be speaking to us to wish everyone well before mass.

Another big event during Catholic Schools Week will be on Wednesday afternoon, when the entire high school student body will head to the State Street Theatres to see movies. It's a break from the regular routine, and we're looking forward to catching a show. The staff will have their treat on Thursday, with a big appreciation breakfast sponsored by Garrigan Parents in Action. We'll also have "Pack the Gym" nights with a "gold" theme for the home basketball games next Tuesday and Friday.

Last Wednesday eighteen Garrigan musicians went to Storm Lake to participate in the Sioux City Diocese Honor Band at Buena Vistaf University. Students selected for this honor included seniors Sam Norland, Holly Byrkeland, Ashley Beisch, Matt Elbert, Alec Boeckholt, Rebecca Brosnan, Ben Hellman, Chris Hansen, Vince Cruise, Brian Patterson, and Shanna Miller; juniors Rebeccah Erdman, Beth Broesder, Taylor Brandenburg, Rachel Molsberry, Katrina Even, and Amy Rasmussen; and sophomore Alex Hamilton. Congratulations to director Ken Ferjak and all these honor band participants!

District contest for large group speech is today. The Golden Bear speech team left at 6:15 this morning and is over in Laurens for the event. Among Garrigan's entries are three ensemble acting events: "All's Well That Ends Wrong" with Taylor Brandenburg, Rebeccah Edrman, Katrina Even, Amy Rasmussen, Kelly Klein, and Michael Fakler; "Sure Thing" starring Rebecca Brosnan and Jenna Richter; and "My Name Is Leslie" featuring Jake Rosenmeyer, Becky Jennings, Anna Kollasch, and Michael Hellman. 

There are also varsity and JV readers theatre entries, "The Great Western Melodrama" with Sam Norland, Beth Broesder, Brittany Berte, Jade Kajewski, Rebeccah Erdman, Stephanie Kajewski, and Amy Rasmussen; and "Act Three, Scene Five" starring Rachel Berte, Abby Hanna, Lizzy Hohmeister, Jenny Broesder, and Terrenze Franklin. There are also two group mimes and four improvisation groups that we told you about last week. Best wishes to Coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow and the speech team. Break a leg, everybody!

Intramural basketball is taking a break this week so the Knights of Columbus free throw competition can have the gym. There was some exciting action last week, though. In the closest game so far this season Mitch Rahm's team upset David Miller's team by a score of 45 - 43. So far Ben Hellman's team is in the lead in intramurals, but the upset shows this year everybody could threaten to take the championship. Among the top scorers so far are seniors Kyle Smith, Matt Elbert, and Alec Boeckholt, as well as staff member Mr. Mark Meister.

The cast for the spring play, Winnie the Pooh, was announced this past week. The show will feature Ben Hellman, Joe Straub, Jake Rosenmeyer, Kelly Klein, Rebecca Brosnan, and Jenna Richter; together with Anna Kollasch, Hannah Bode, Sam Norland, Meghan Mayer, Holly Byrkeland, Brittany Berte, Katrina Even, and Alec Boeckholt. The show will be March 20th and 21st. We'll give you more information on upcoming shows. 

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jesie Rosenmeyer and Kristina Schiltz. Here to tell you about them is Danielle Rahm.

Jesie Roesnmeyer is probably best known for her accomplishments on the volleyball court. Her favorite thing is probably art, though, and each time we have an art show she has lots of different projects on display. Jesie also keeps busy with Christian Leadership and was among the people serving at Mary's Place last Wednesday. She'll be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best.

Kristina Schiltz was also part of the Christian Leadership group that went up to Mary's Place this week. She's a basketball cheerleader, and she's also part of the award-winning Golden Bear golf team. When she's not at school you'll probably see Kristina working as a certified nurse's aide. She'll also be a college girl in the fall, and we wish her good luck.

Thanks, Rahm! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's district large group speech contest today at Laurens-Marathon. Then tomorrow Catholic Schools Week begins.

Monday we'll have a short day of classes, with the all-school Catholic Schools Week liturgy in the afternoon. Mass starts at 1:30pm at St. Cecelia's.

Tuesday is Student Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools Week, and we'll have a black and gold day at school. That night the basketball teams host Clear Lake. The softball team will be serving a supper at the game.

Wednesday afternoon we'll be seeing movies. Then Thursday morning there's the staff appreciation breakfast. That night the freshmen boys play Estherville and there's the annual Education Fair at Seton.

Friday Seton will host the Chamber Coffee to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. We'll have a jeans day at Garrigan. That night the Bears host Webster City for another big home game.

Finally this week we want to thank science teacher Greg Ahlers for his technical assistance. We had some serious problems with our recording equipment this week, and he managed to temporarily patch things together. Thanks, Mr. Ahlers!

That's the "Bear Facts" for Catholic Schools 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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