THE BEAR FACTS
September 26, 2009



Yee-haw! Good morning! I'm Cassie Reising!

And I'm Taylor Brandenburg! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


For Homecoming this year we're taking a trip to the Wild West. The fun starts tomorrow when we'll be building floats for the class competition. The seniors will be at Capesius Brothers Pioneer Seed, the juniors are at Algona Marine and Sport, then sophomores at Reding's Gravel and Excavating, and the freshmen at Buscher Brothers RV. Teachers from Seton will be judging the floats based on how everything looks, how they fit the theme, and how well they incorporate all the different school activities here at Garrigan.

Homecoming is unique this year because there's no school on Monday. The teachers will be over in Spencer that Day for the Sioux City Diocese Ministries Conference. All the other days we'll have special dress for Homecoming week. Tuesday will be Western Day, and then Wednesday we'll have Class Color Day. The seniors will dress in black that day, the juniors in white, the sophomores in blue, and the freshmen in red. Thursday is Celebrity Day, and Friday we'll have the traditional Dress-Up Day.

Just about every school activity is at home for Homecoming week. The volleyball team will be playing at Iowa Falls on Tuesday, and then they'll be at home versus Clarion Thursday night. The cross-country team runs in the Algona meet at the Whittemore Golf Club Monday night, and the football team welcomes Newell-Fonda on Friday. There's even a home event for the marching band, who will be competing in Algona Band Day next Saturday.

Five years ago we began a tradition that's become the main part of Homecoming, the class-showdown, a competition among all four classes in a wide variety of games. We'll spend the day Wednesday getting exercise and seeing who's best at lots of different activities. The day will wrap up with the traditional powder-puff football game. Then that night we'll have the traditional Homecoming coronation and pep rally. Friday we'll have a special mass at 10:45am. That afternoon the classes will perform skits, and the parade down State Street will be at 2:00. The festivities will end with the big Homecoming dance Friday night following the game.

Another Homecoming tradition is a canned food drive, with the four classes competing to see who can bring in the most food for the needy. The drive is a joint venture between student council and the Christian Leadership in Action group. Each year is different, but we're hoping to bring in hundreds of food items for the food pantry this year.


The Golden Bear danz squad had some great news this past week. Six Garrigan girls tried out for the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team, and all six made the cut. Kristin Berte, Kayla Schiltz, Rachel Moslberry, Taylor Brandenburg, Rebecca Molsberry, and Tina Berte will were all selected to the all-Iowa squad. Congratulations to them and to dance coaches Colleen Conway-Schiltz and Barb Stence.


Two different school records fell by the wayside in the past week. Last Friday Garrigan junior Jacob Behr broke the school record for longest rushing gain in football, running 94 yards for a touchdown. That bettered a record Kevin Kajewski set nearly a quarter century ago. That was one of four touchdowns Jacob had in last week's game at Marcus, enough to make him Radio Iowa's Player of the Week. Meanwhile on Monday, freshman Erin Reedy broke not only the freshman record, but also the school record for fastest girls cross-country time. She bettered Kelli Black's record from 2004 by six full seconds, and Erin's time keeps improving at every meet. Congratulations to our record-shattering Golden Bears!


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Nick Foertsch. Here to tell you about him is Kelly Klein.

Nick Foertsch is one of our Homecoming king candidates this year. You've probably seen a lot of his work among the pages of the BGHS website. He's a football captain who was named Scout Team Player of the Year as a junior. Nick enjoys weightlifting, he's active in track, and he was part of last year's championship intramural basketball team. He is senior class co-president, and he enjoys working with the Adopt-a-Highway service project. Nick plans to major in business at UNI next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.


Thanks, CCCCC! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the math team begins their season at Cedar Rapids Jefferson today. Also this morning the Golden Bears host their home volleyball tournament.

Tomorrow Homecoming Week begins. We'll be building floats tomorrow afternoon, with the judging around 5pm. Then Monday there's no school because of the Diocesan Ministries Conference.

Monday night the cross-country team runs at Whittemore. Also that night there's freshman/sophomore football, with the Bears traveling to St. Ed's. Tuesday will be Western Day for Homecoming, and that night the volleyball team plays at Iowa Falls.

Wednesday we'll have the Class Showdown, with the big Homecoming coronation and pep rally that night. Thursday will be Celebrity Day, with the volleyball team hosting Clarion Goldfield that night.

Friday will be Dress-Up Day. We'll have mass in the morning, the reward barbecue from the calendar drive at noon, and a special assembly for Homecoming skits in the afternoon. The parade will be at 2pm, followed by a brief pep rally on the courthouse lawn.

Friday night the football Bears take on Newell Fonda. The junior class will hold their tailgate supper that night. After the game is the big Homecoming dance in Friedmann Auditorium. Then next Saturday will be Algona Band Day.


That's the "Bear Facts" for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week when we'll wrap up Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


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