The Bear Facts
March 26, 2011

Good morning! I’m Anna Kollasch! 

I’m Aimee Dahlhauser!

And I’m Kristin Berte! Thanks for joining us for the 764th episode of the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Seven members of the Golden Bear quiz bowl team are in Nebraska today for the Midwest Regional Academic Finals. The tournament is being held in Gretna, a suburb of Omaha, and it’s sponsored by the same company that holds the National Academic Championships where Garrigan will be competing this summer. This is the first time the Bears have been to this particular tournament, but they’re hoping to make a decent showing.

Competing today are seniors Michael Fakler, Michael Hellman, Anna Kollasch, Alex Hamilton, and Jake Rosenmeyer; sophomore Dustin Miller; and freshman Levi Bernhard. All but one of these are the same people who will be competing at nationals Memorial Day weekend. Philip Detrick will join the group for nationals, which will be held at Loyola University in New Orleans.

The trip to nationals has gotten much less expensive thanks to the success of last weekend’s Community Quiz Bowl. Eighteen teams competed in the community tournament, which included people as young as middle school and as old as senior citizens. Participants were very generous with their donations, and we ended up raising more than $1,000 to help pay for the trip. Thanks to everyone who helped make the community quiz bowl a success.
Another academic-based team also did well this past week. The envirothon is a competition based around ecology and the environment. Allison Frideres, Stephanie Kajewski, Samantha Cruise, Lana Larson, and Kayla Blocker competed for the Bears, and the girls won the northwest Iowa regional championship in both the forestry and aquatic categories. What’s more, Garrigan’s combined score in those areas plus soils and wildlife was one of the best statewide and qualified the Bears for the state Envirothon. This is the first time in school history the Envirothon team has qualified for state, and they’ll be competing April 18th at Springbrook State Park near Guthrie Center.

Track season is here. Both the boys and girls will open their competition next Wednesday with the CYO meet. The boys return senior veterans Andrew and Jacob Behr, Kevin Elbert, Michael Fakler, Michael Hellman, and Drew Magill. Backing them up are juniors like Alex Boisjolie, Luke Eischen, Terrenze Franklin, Daniel Gelhaus, Zach Keith, Craig Kohlhaas, Mitch Rahm, Grant Reding, and Austin Vaske. Eleven sophomores and eight freshmen round out the squad this spring.

The girls track team features seniors Katie Miller, McKayla Loss, Nora Kranenbuhl, and Anna Kollasch; together with juniors Shelby Schindler, Abbey Reding, Addison Miller, Jeanne McCall, Lana Larson, Bethany Capesius, Mallory Bormann, and Emily Bell. State veteran Erin Reedy headlines a group of seven sophomores and seven freshmen on the team. Good luck, track!

The curtain opens next weekend on the 2011 BGHS spring play. This year’s show is called Better Football through High School Chemistry. Among those featured in the cast are Hannah Bode, Becky Jennings, Nora Krahenbuhl, Shawn Vaske, Philip Detrick, Drew Magill, Michael Hellman, Jake Rosenmeyer, Alex Hamilton, Michael Fakler, and Anna Kollasch. Showtime is Friday and Saturday at 7pm, and reserved seating is available. Be sure to be there for Better Football through High School Chemistry.

On Monday two Garrigan students will be honored at the All-State Speech Festival. All-state will be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Shortly after 1pm Jake Rosenmeyer will present his after-dinner address “Gambling Grandmas without Limits”, and then around 2:30 Matthew Fakler will perform in improvisation. The all-state festival is not a competitive event. Professionals do critique the performers, though, and they are honored for their outstanding performances. Congratulations, Jake and Matt.

We have one more all-stater at Garrigan, too. Last week Austin Vaske learned he had been named an all-state basketball player. Austin is a third team selection in Class 1-A. The Garrigan junior has also won all-state honors in baseball, and we he’ll be continuing his success next year. Congratulations, Austin!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Sarah Matthews. Here to tell you about her is Becca Molsberry.

Sarah Matthews is an Emmetsburg native who chose to come to Garrigan for her high school years. She’s been active in cheerleading and danz squad, and she also played intramural basketball. When she’s not at school, you might see her working at Emerald’s Restaurant. Sarah will be a college girl next fall, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Becca! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s regional quiz bowl today in Gretna, Nebraska. Then tomorrow is the third Sunday of Lent.

Monday there’s the All-State Speech Festival at UNI. Jake Rosenmeyer and Matthew Fakler will be performing at all-state in the afternoon. 

Wednesday we’ll have mass in the morning. Then that afternoon there’s CYO track at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Finally next Friday and Saturday there’s the spring play.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for March. 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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