The Bear Facts ... April 26, 2008

Good morning! I'm Lee Brashear!

And I'm Shane Buddha Koob! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the radio show where we keep you in touch with everything that's news at Bishop Garrigan High School.

A week ago we held our annual fine arts banquet at BGHS, where students involved in speech, drama, and the musical were honored for their achievements. In addition to passing out letters and participation awards, five seniors received special honors. Carrie Courtney, Gina Rasmussen, Melanie Myers, and Amber Broesder all got trophies for excellence in drama and speech, while Michelle Kollasch received a trophy for outstanding work in theatre. Congratulations to these special honorees.

The quiz bowl team recently announced its letter winners for this school year. Lettering in quiz bowl is based on participation and success, and a lot of students were very successful and went to a lot of tournaments this year. Letter winners include seniors Ethan Dahlhauser, Mark Poeppe, Jacob Zittritsch, Brent Kajewski, and Shane Koob; juniors Joe Straub and Vince Cruise; sophomores Rebeccah Erdman and Brittany Berte; and freshmen Jake Rosenmeyer, Alex Hamilton, Michael Hellman, Anna Kollasch, and Michael Fakler. For the second straight year Ethan Dahlhauser won the quiz bowl MVP award. Mark Poeppe received this year's coach's appreciation award. Congratulations to all the quiz bowl letterwinners!

Last Saturday two Garrigan teams competed in the NAQT quiz bowl championships at Iowa State University in Ames. In a field s competed at the Iowa State University. In a field dominated by 4-A schools, both Golden Bear teams finished right in the middle of the pack, with 4 - 4 records after the preliminary rounds. Garrigan was the only small school to make that good of a showing, and their wins included victories over Bettendorf and Davenport Central.

Individual records were also kept during the ISU tournament. Senior Ethan Dahlhauser was the #10 overall out of 99 players in the tournament. Freshman Anna Kollasch, who placed #18 overall, was one of only two girls among the top twenty players. Junior Vince Cruise also finished in the top third of all players.

Last weekend four members of the math team went down to Iowa City for the state finals of the Great Plains Math League. Melanie Myers, Kent Recker, Ben Hellman, and Alex Hamilton all competed in the event. Alex had one of the top scores among ninth graders and earned a spot in the regional math competition, which will be held next month in Kansas. As a team Melanie, Kent, and Ben finished second to the overall champions from Central Elkader. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

Last Wednesday we had our intramural championship game. At halftime of the game certificates were handed out to the 2008 All-Intramural Team. Second team honors went to Alec Boeckholt, Joe Golwitzer, Tyler Lallier, Jacob Zittritsch, Mike Mergen, and Jacob Grein. The first team included Nick Berte, David Miller, Chris Gelhaus, Kyle Smith, and captain Ben Golwitzer. Brett Capesius was named this year's all-intramural referee. Congratulations to these award-winners!

Coming up next week are our annual student council elections. This year there are three groups of people hoping to be student council co-presidents. They include Megan Hilbert and Joe Straub, Ethan Gisch and Josh Berte, and Alec Boeckholt and Ashley Beisch. (CORRECTION:  AFTER THIS SHOW WAS RECORDED, THE CANDIDATES WERE FINALIZED AS FOLLOWS--Megan Hilbert & Joe Straub, Ethan Gisch & Josh Berte, Ashley Beisch & Rebecca Brosnan, and Alec Boeckholt & Vinnie Humble.)  Good luck to them and everyone running to be on the student council!

Our senior spotlight this week shines on Becca Kramer, Rachel Salz, and Cassie Vautier. Here to tell you about them is John Parrish.

Becca Kramer is probably best known for her accomplishments as part of the Algona swim team. She has also been involved in large group speech, Christian Leadership in Action, and Kossuth Connections. Away from Garrigan you might see her working at Sister Sarah's Restaurant.

Rachel Salz keeps busy with basketball and track. She's a National Honor Society member, and she also is involved in Christian Leadership in Action. Rachel works at the Algona Dairy Queen, and next year she's planning to go to UNI.

Cassie Vautier is part of the Golden Bear volleyball, basketball, and track teams. When she's not at school or sleeping, you might see her working at the Algona movie theater. She also plans to go to UNI in the fall, and we wish Cassie, Rachel, and Becca all the best in the future.

Thanks, John! On this week's Golden Bear calendar, there's a concert at St. Joseph in Wesley tomorrow night featuring Fr. Doug Herman. Then on Monday baseball practice starts. We'll also be voting for student council president that day.

Monday night there's confirmation for all the freshmen in the area who are becoming full members of the Catholic church. Confirmation will be 6:30pm at St. Cecelia's in Algona.

Tuesday the boys track team runs at Algona High. There's girls track at Belmond, and the golf teams face Webster City.

Wednesday will be "Go the Distance Day" with special physical activities in the morning. That night there's the spring band concert and art show.

Thursday will be Grandparents Day. We'll have a special lunch and give our grandparents tours of the school. That night the boys have the BGHS relays at Algona High.

Also on Thursday the danz squad will be performing at the state capitol. There's also CYO golf that day, with the boys at Alton and the girls at Breda. Finally next Friday we'll have elections for class president.

That's the "Bear Facts" for April. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to listen again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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