The Bear Facts
February 26, 2011

Good morning! I’m Michael Fakler!

I’m Aimee Dahlhauser!

And I’m Becca Molsberry! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School!

For the past quarter century Garrigan has been the perennial host for each year’s district individual speech contest, and we’re hosting district contest once again this year. Four hundred twenty entries from schools all over the area are competing in all different areas of speech. The contest just got under way at 8:30, and it will continue until around 4:00 this afternoon. The public is welcome to watch all the events, and admission is a suggested donation of just $3.

The Bears have thirty-three entries of their own at contest. In Public Address Michael Fakler is performing “In the Shadow of Giants”, while Alex Hamilton will deliver the address “Free Speech in Wartime”. Prose selections include “Technology” by Austin Salz, a new version of “Little Red Riding Hood” by Andrea Altman, Melanie Mergen with “The Pet Shop Sketch”, “The Difference Between Men and women” performed by Erin Quinlin, Anna Hohmeister presenting “The Little Match Girl”, and “The Waltz” from Sabrina Book.

In Poetry Levi Bernhard will read “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, Michael Hellman is presenting “Tamerlane”, Erica Carlson is performing a humorous version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and Drew Magill’s selection will be “Hillbilly Poetry”. Literary Program entries include Jake Rosenmeyer with “Fickle Females”, “Little Brothers” from Rachel Berte, and Amelia Golwitzer presenting “Love with Sarcasm”. The Bears also have three Acting entries: “After the Dance by Becky Jennings, Craig Kohlhaas’ “Defusing a Bomb”, and “The Little Red Shovel” performed by Lizzy Hohmeister.

Solo Musical Theatre entries include Becky Jennings with “Popular”, Michael Hellman with “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”, and Anna Kollasch with “I Cain’t Say No”. Alissa Kirsch is presenting an Expository Address on 4-H; and Philip Detrick, Matthew Fakler, and Craig Kohlhaas are entered in Improvisation. Garrigan also has three students in the field of After-Dinner Speaking. They are Jake Rosenmeyer with “Gambling Grandmas without Limits”, Philip Detrick presenting “Space Aliens Rock”, and Michael Fakler with “Teenage Girls Irritating Families”.

The final category is Storytelling, and five Garrigan students are entered there. Jenny Broesder will present “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians”, Lizzy Hohmeister’s story is entitled “Bootsie Barker Bites”, Levi Bernhard is presenting “John, Paul, George, and Ben”, and Anna Hohmeister will perform “The Runaway Bunny”. Finally Anna Kollasch hopes to follow up on her all-state storytelling performance with this year’s selection, “Giggle, Giggle, Quack”.

For more than a month now everyone at Garrigan has been participating in 100 Days of Fitness as a part of the Healthy Kids Iowa program. Each day we’ve been tracking our exercise and the types of healthy foods we eat. There have also been lots of special activities to help keep us active. This past week the homerooms competed against each other in an obstacle course. Mr. Burrow’s homeroom had the best time, with all the students in the homeroom finishing the course in 5 minutes, 9.59 seconds. You can check out a collection of fun pictures from the obstacle course on the school website –
Garrigan’s math team continues to do well. Earlier this month seven students competed at a regional competition at Iowa State University, and two of them qualified for the state math xcontest in April. So far Garrigan has had five state qualifiers this year: Michael Fakler, Alex Hamilton, Craig Kohlhaas, Jenny Broesder, and Austin Salz. The next competition for the team will be next weekend, when they head to Dordt College in Sioux Center. Congratulations to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and the math team!

Pops Concert is coming up. The musical showcase will be next Friday. It starts with cabaret acts at 6:45 including Neal Koob, Matthew Fakler, Sean Hart, Melissa Kellner, and Melanie Mergen. Special performances during the concert feature Becky Jennings, Hannah Bode, Sarah Matthews, Nora Krahenbuhl, Dustin Miller, Drew Magill, Anna Kollasch, and Matthew Fakler. Another highlight will be the show choir with a big medley from Grease. It’s a one night only event, so be sure to be at Garrigan next Friday for Pops 2011!

This coming week is a busy one for the Golden Bear danz squad. The girls just got done with their clinic for younger dancers, and tomorrow night they’ll have their annual spring show. Then next Tuesday the state champion danz squad will be part of the featured entertainment at the state girls basketball tournament. Best wishes, dancers!

 HOSA, the Health Occupations Students of America, has a chapter headed by Iowa Lakes health instructor Jeanne Wunder that features both Garrigan and Algona High students. To raise money HOSA is collecting used electronics for recycling. They’re collecting cell phones, digital cameras, radar detectors, laptops, e-book readers, inkjet cartridges, MP3 players, game systems, and GPS device—whether they work or not. The electronics are safely recycled, and the precious metals and other materials in them provide a profit that goes to HOSA.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Paige Fox. Here to tell you about her is Michael Hellman.

Paige Fox is an Algona native who is active in St. Cecelia’s parish. She has been one of the top sellers in the annual calendar drive ever since she was back at Seton, and she was also one of the winners in the DAR essay contest last year. Paige enjoys her Spanish classes, and she’s looking at continuing studying foreign languages in college. We wish Paige the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Michael. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, Garrigan is hosting district speech contest today. Tomorrow at 10:30 the freshmen will be confirmed as full members of the Catholic church.

There are intramurals tomorrow afternoon, and then at night the danz squad will have their spring show in the gym.

The danz squad will be performing at the girls state basketball tournament on Tuesday. Wednesday we’ll have mass, and there’s also an early dismissal that day for teacher inservice.

Thursday there will be a matinee performance of the pops concert for Seton students, and the main pops concert will be Friday at 7pm. Then next Saturday the math team competes at Dordt College.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for February. 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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