The Bear Facts

January 26, 2008

Good morning! I'm Alec Boeckholt!

And I'm Vinnie Humble! You're listening to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Every January Catholic schools all across the country celebrate Catholic Schools Week. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools Light the Way", and we've got lots of special things going on at both Garrigan and Seton all through this coming week. Monday Algona Mayor Lynn Kueck will be on hand to issue a special proclamation. Then Father Steve Broderson will be on hand for the Catholic Schools Week mass at St. Cecelia's. Tuesday will be a black and gold day. We'll have a special Assembly of Lights, and all the students at Garrigan and Seton will receive token gifts for the occasion.

On Wednesday the Seton students will enjoy Peers and Partners Day. That night at Garrigan we'll have the annual Evening of Theatre, where our large group speech students present their competition pieces. Thursday is Staff Appreciation Day. The staff will be honored with a special breakfast that morning, and that night is the annual Seton Education Fair. Friday we'll have a traditional Black and Gold Day, and the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce will have their weekly coffee here at Garrigan.

Last Saturday Garrigan's speech team braved the cold to head over to Spencer for the district large group contest. Five of the Golden Bears' entries received Division One or "excellent" ratings. They include the Musical Theatre presentation of "West Side Story" featuring Alec Boeckholt, Vinnie Humble, Sam Norland, Rebecca Brosnan, and Ashli Krieps; the group mime "Zoomania" with Becky Jennings and Brie Blocker; and the group mime "Kindergarten Rocks" starring Gui Klein, Cassie Reising, and Jade Kajewski. Two improvisation groups also earned I's. The groups included Michelle Kollasch, Allison Missal, Holly Byrkeland, Ashli Krieps, Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Alex Hamilton, and Nora Krahenbuhl. All the students who earned I's will now advance to state contest, which will be next Saturday, February 2, in Sioux City. Congratulations, speech!

For Garrigan's seniors, there hasn't been very much school this past week. In addition to two snow days and a late start, the seniors were gone Wednesday and Thursday. They were in Cedar Falls for the annual class retreat. They spent two days learning about themselves and their faith and preparing for the future. Garrigan graduate Father Tim Johnson led the retreat, which was held at the American Martyrs Retreat House.

The Garrigan website continues to grow and grow. More than a hundred new pages have been added since Christmas, and thousands of students, alumni, and friends check out the site each week. This semester Amber Broesder, Nick Foertsch, Joe Golwitzer, Ryan Bode, Jacob Zittritsch, David Miller, Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, and Brent Kajewski are in charge of keeping the site up to date. They work under the supervision of school webmaster David Burrow. You can check out their work by pointing your browser to garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot net.

The Golden Bear basketball teams have been doing very well this winter, which has given the girls on the spirit squad a lot to cheer about. There are seven cheerleaders on the basketball spirit squad this year. The senior veterans include Melissa Cruise and Megan Boever; and the squad also includes juniors Holly Byrkeland and Jade Kajewski, sophomore Emily Hidalgo, and freshmen Ryya Kumm and Becca Hyslop. Thanks to our cheerleaders for all they do!

Our senior spotlight this week shines on Kent Recker and Emily Behr. Here to tell you about them is Randy Kenyon.

Kent Recker's biggest activity at Garrigan is probably math team. He has qualified for state, and he is consistently among the top placers in one of the toughest activities there is. In the past Kent was involved in football and track, and he loves science-related classes and activities. Kent will be a college man next year, and we wish him the very best in the future.

Dance is Emily Behr's biggest activity. She's been on danz squad all through school and is a captain of this year's state championship team. Emily was also named to the 2008 All-Iowa Honor Drill Team, where she'll be performing next month. Emily is also co-editor of the Garrigold yearbook, and she's been an announcer here on the "Bear Facts". Emily will also be off to college in the fall. Best wishes to both Emily and Kent.

Thanks, Randy! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's a basketball match-up tonight, with the Bears hosting Garner-Hayfield. Tomorrow Catholic Schools Week begins.

Intramural basketball continues tomorrow afternoon. Then Monday we'll have mass for Catholic Schools Week. Tuesday the Bears travel to St. Ed's for a basketball quad.

Wednesday night we'll have the annual Evening of Theatre showcasing the large group speech events. Thursday there's the staff appreciation breakfast, and that night the freshman basketball teams face Mason City Newman.

Next Friday we'll have the annual blessing of the throats for St. Blaise's Day. That night the varsity Bears travel to Iowa Falls, and then on Ground Hog's Day there's state speech in Sioux City.

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

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