the bear facts
october 27 Y 2009

Good morning! I'm Jake Rosenmeyer!

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

The big news today is in choir. Ten Garrigan students are over in Storm Lake today to audition for the all-state music festival. They'll spend the day singing in groups, but the judges evaluate them individually. The top musicians will be called back, and from those the very best will be selected for all-state. Their music this year includes classical pieces like "Gloria" and "Prelude", a German version of "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place", and a breathy Italian song. They'll also be singing traditional all-state songs "America, the Beautiful" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic".

Juniors Sarah Matthews, Michael Hellman, Nora Krahenbuhl, Alex Hamilton, Hannah Bode, Becky Jennings, Kelsie Berke, and Anna Kollasch are auditioning; as are freshmen Dustin Miller and Grace Steil. Good luck to all of them and to choir director Linda Ferjak. We hope at least a couple Golden Bears are selected for the 2009 All-State Choir.

Last weekend the Golden Bear quiz bowl team began their season with their big home tournament. Fifty-one teams were registered for the event, and when the dust all settled the team of Jake Rosenmeyer, Brittany Berte, Anna Kollasch, and Rebeccah Erdman ended up in third place overall. A second Garrigan team-with Michael Fakler, Taylor Brandenburg, Kelly Klein, and Craig Kohlhaas-also made playoffs, with the #15 overall seed. Both teams lost to the #2 seed from East Sac County.

Quiz bowl continues today. About the time this show is airing, twelve Garrigan students will be arriving in Ankeny to face off against some of the toughest academic teams in the state. Competing for the Bears today are seniors Brittany Berte and Rebeccah Erdman; juniors Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Fakler, and Drew Magill; sophomores Rachel Berte, Austin Salz, John Richter, and Lizzy Hohmeister; and freshmen Zach Scobba, Allison Frideres, and Matthew Fakler. Good luck to coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

The Garrigan publications staff is working hard. The fiftieth anniversary yearbooks recently came out, and the staff hopes yearbook 51 is just as good. This year's yearbook staff is headed up by Kayla Schiltz. It includes seniors Chloe Behr, Bryan Berte, Molly Brashear, Brandon Doughan, Luke McCall, and Austin Wolf; juniors Andrew Behr, Jacob Behr, Chelsea Doughan, McKayla Loss, Kelsey Rahe, and Laura Richter; sophomores Alex Boisjolie, Carly Loss, Jeanne McCall, and Kim Schiltz; and freshmen Makayla Foertsch and Savanah McNertney. Miss Mary McCall is in charge of the Garrigold yearbook.

Performances of The Wizard of Oz are just two weeks away. Something new this year is that reserved seating will be available for the musical. All two hundred floor seats will be available on a reservation basis both Friday and Saturday nights, November 6 and 7. You can see the floor plan by going to the Garrigan website, garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net. Then go to either "Activities" or "Special Events" and click on "Musical". Choose your seats, and contact Mary McCall with your request. You can pay at the door, and as always bleacher seating is available to anyone-first come, first served.

Three weeks from now a committee of officials from the state Department of Education and the Sioux City Diocese Office of Education will be visiting Garrigan, Seton, and St. John's School in Bancroft. They'll be checking to make sure all the school's paperwork is in order and things are going as they should be. Lots of people have been working hard to get ready for the visit. One of the biggest student projects has been creating a PowerPoint presentation introducing the committee to our school. Web design students Joe Golwitzer, Nick Foertsch, and Tyler Lallier have been preparing the presentation, which will be available on the school website following the state visit.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kelly Klein. Here to tell you about her is Alex Boisjolie.

Kelly Klein is a Wesley native who is a year-round athlete. She has won all-conference and all-CYO honors in sofdtball, where she's earned varsity letters since eighth grade. She was athlete of the week in basketball, and she's also lettered in volletyball and track. Kelly is a National Honor Society member, she's earned "I" ratings in speech, and she's active in drama, Christian Leadership, and student council. After high school she plans to major in psychology at the University of Iowa, and we wish her all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar today, there's quiz bowl at Ankeny and all-state music auditions in Storm Lake. Also today Garrigan is one of the hosts for the autumn craft show.

Tomorrow a large group of students will be going to the Diocesan Youth Rally in Spencer. Then Monday the second quarter begins at Garrigan. That afternoon the cross-country team will run in the regional meet, which was postponed due to rain this past week.

Tuesday is the volleyball regional quarterfinal. Garrigan hosts North Sentral Kossuth with game time 7pm. Then Wednesday sophomores will take the PLAN test.

Wednesday night the Bears will play in the substate football game. Thursday we'll have another all-school liturgy, and Friday night is the volleyball regional semifinal at Laurens. Finally on Halloween there's the state cross-country meet at Ft. Dodge.

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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