Good morning! I'm Tim Mosbach!
And I'm Wade MacDonald! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.
A bus load of Garrigan students is in Garner today for the Iowa High School Speech Association district large group contest. Directors Sue Ney and Mary McCall are in charge of eight Golden Bear entries. These include the one-act play "Why Do We Laugh?", which stars Abby Rahm, Jenessa McGuire, Brandon Donahe, Rachel Studer, Wade MacDonald, Katie Elbert, Jeremy Richter, and Carrie Kohlhaas. There's also a readers' theatre called "Bench 18" which includes Dennis Gisch, Tyler Struck, Sam Lickteig, Brandon Donahe, Natalie Salz, Sadie Kohlhaas, Tiffany Meyer, Beth Haag, and Jeremy Richter.
Garrigan has three ensemble acting scenes entered at today's contest. Jennifer Rainhart, Kristi McGraine, Jenessa McGuire, and Tracey Fickbohm are acting together in "Little Women". A scene from "I Remember Mama" features Julie Henkelvig, Maria Loebach, Angie Weber, Jenni Krieps, ad Rachel Studer; and there's also a duet entry from Carrie Kohlhaas and Katie Patterson called "Talented Young Newcomers".
The Golden Bear freshmen are starring in three speech contest entries. The freshman readers' theatre is called "How to Eat Like a Child", and it includes Janet Kramer, Angie Kohlhaas, Marian Studer, Lynn Kohlhaas, Sarah Kollasch, Dan Bormann, and Paul Loebach. "Murder Will Out" is an ensemble entry with Marian Studer and Angie Kohlhaas, and the ensemble "A Knock on the Door" features Sarah Kollasch and Lynn Kohlhaas. Good luck today to all our large group speech entries!
The North Central Iowa Bandmasters' Association Honor Band was held January 10 on the campus of North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. Jessica Richter was selected to represent BGHS in the clarinet section of the band. On February 6th and 7th the Iowa State Honor Band will be held in Ames. Amanda Freking, who plays tenor saxophone, and Jamie Schmidt, on clarinet, will attend two days of rehearsals and then present a concert at I.S.U. Congratulations to these honor band members!
We're ready for the biggest week of the winter at B.G.H.S., as we prepare for the annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This year's theme is "Preserving Faith in Education", something Garrigan has been doing for forty years. It all starts tomorrow with "Spirit Day", when there will be special masses and activities in all the local parishes. Monday is "Student Appreciation Day". Algona mayor Lynn Kueck will speak at Seton, and the elementary students will enjoy a presentation by the Des Moines Science Center.
Tuesday is "Family Appreciation Day". We'll have the traditional grandparents' lunch here at Garrigan, and students will spend the early afternoon giving Grandma and Grandpa tours of the building. It's also a black and gold day, so everyone will be decked out in the school colors. There's a "Pack the Gym" night for the Garrigan/St. Ed's game that night.
Wednesday is "National Appreciation Day". All the Garrigan and Seton students will join together at St. Cecelia's for the Catholic Schools Week mass. Mass will be extra special this year, because the new Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, Daniel DiNardo, is coming to Algona to lead the liturgy. The church is likely to be crowded, because we expect a lot of community people to stop by to hear the Bishop speak.
After mass we'll visit the Seton students in their homerooms. Then on Thursday we'll have "Staff Appreciation Day", with a special early morning breakfast for the faculty sponsored by Garrigan Parents in Action. The celebration ends Friday with "School Tradition Day". To finish off Catholic Schools Week, the Algona Chamber of Commerce will have their weekly coffee at Garrigan.
Our Senior Spotlight for Catholic Schools Week shines on Brandy Youngwirth and Angie Kellner. Brandy Youngwirth lives in Bancroft. She has worked at Premier Pizza in Algona for almost a year. In school she participates in swing choir and a capella choir. Brandy is also a two-year member of the National Honor Society. Her future plans are to attend Iowa State and major in psychology.
Angie Kellner is also in our Senior Spotlight this week. Angie lives on a farm near St. Joe. She is currently active in her 4-H club, the Riverdale Rustlers, and she works at Algona's local K-Mart. Her plans for next year are to attend NIACC in Mason City, where she will be majoring in business. Good luck, Angie and Brandy!
This week's Golden Bear calendar begins with he district large group speech contest today at Garner. Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday, but the real action will be on the basketball court at Garrigan, as intramurals resume.
Tomorrow is also the date for the Meistersingers Music Festival at Wartburg College in Waverly. Then on Monday the Golden Bear freshmen host Algona High.
Tuesday we'll have a special lunch in the gym as we welcome everyone's grandparents. It's a black and gold day, and don't forget that Tuesday night will be "Pack the Gym" night at Friedmann Auditorium as the Bears take on Fort Dodge St. Edmond.
Wednesday we'll have the Catholic Schools Week liturgy. Bishop DiNardo will say mass at 1:30 at St. Cecelia's. As always, the public is invited. After mass, we'll meet with the Seton students in their home bases.
Thursday we'll dismiss at 12:45 for a teacher in-service. That night Model UN meets, and so does the Catholic Community Advisory Committee.
Next Friday there's the Chamber coffee at Garrigan, and that night the Bears travel to Webster City. Then on Saturday, there's a make-up basketball game, with the Bears travelling to Hampton/Dumont.
That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Our recent contributors include Jenessa McGuire and Kristi Patten. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School!
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