The   Bear   Facts

September 26, 1998

Good morning! I'm Bob Brandenburg!

And I'm Dennis Gisch! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the radio show where we tell you what's happening at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The 1998 Bishop Garrigan calendar drive set yet another record. According to development director Diane Elbert, Garrigan and Seton students sold a total of 2,850 calendars this record, a full sixty more than the previous record. One hundred fifty students--eighty-one from the high school and seventy-one from the middle school--sold ten or more calendars, and fifty-five seniors sold the five they needed to earn open campus next winter. All together the fundraiser took in over $70,000. The net profits will be a little less, of course, but there will still be a good chunk of money to help out the Garrigan transportation budget.

Once again the top seller overall was senior Kristi Patten, who sold ninety-one calendars all by herself. She claimed a $1,000 cash prize for first place. In second place, with a $600 prize, was Seton seventh grader Scott Stence, who sold eighty-two calendars. Senior Adam Foertsch sold 40 calendars, to narrowly take third place over freshman Mark Meister, who sold thirty-nine. Adam took home a $400 prize, and Mark won $300. Other top sellers at the high school included Stephanie Hilbert, Ashley Schiltz, Greg Besch, Michael Murphy, and Katie Patterson. Congratulations to all our calendar sellers.

The other big fall fundraiser is just a month away. Each year we hold a magazine drive, where students sell subscriptions to people around the area. The money goes to the student council, which uses it to support all types of student activities. This year's magazine drive will begin Wednesday, October 28. So toss your junk mail in the recycling bin, and renew your magazines through Garrigan.

The Golden Bear football cheerleaders are also holding a fundraiser. Tomorrow morning they'll be serving an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring Dad's Belgian waffles. The meal runs from 8am to 12:30pm tomorrow at the Rochleau Center at St. Cecelia's. The cost is just $5 for adults, and $3.50 for students from 6 to 12 years old. Kids 5 and under get in free. So be sure to come to the Rochleau Center tomorrow, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and help support the cheerleaders.

1998 should be another great year for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team. Last summer the quiz bowlers went out east to New York and Washington for their fourth straight trip to the National Academic Championships. Thirty students have signed up to be part of this year's quiz bowl team. The returning seniors include national tournament veterans Mike Reel, Abby Rahm, and Rachel Studer, as well as Doug Besch, Adam Foertsch, Phil LaFleur, Andrew Brunsen, Mark Anderson, and Julie Henkelvig. Good luck to the whole quiz bowl team!

The quiz bowl season will start Saturday, October 17, when Bishop Garrigan once again hosts Iowa's largest academic tournament. According to director David Burrow, this year the Bears expect to welcome 54 teams from all over northern Iowa. That means around 250 students will be coming to Garrigan, representing places as far away as LeMars, Riceville, and Grundy Center. Workers are needed to help out at the tournament. If you are able to lend a hand, be sure to call the school to volunteer.

There's a change in grading for one Garrigan course this year. Starting in 1998, physical education classes will be graded on a pass/fail system, instead of with the traditional letter grades. Students will be evaluated for attendance, dressing out for class, attitude, and participation, and they need to receive a minimum of 67% to pass. Students can also receive an "honors" grade in P.E. by having perfect attendance all through the grading period.

If you look at what people are wearing everywhere you go, it's clothing with team logos on it. Well, now Garrigan has gotten into the act, with a school store stocked with officially licensed Golden Bear merchandise. There's almost every imaginable kind of item to let you show your support for the Bears. Order forms are available in the programs at all Garrigan athletic events, or you can stop by the school to check out the merchandise first hand. Soon you can even shop at home, through a virtual store on the BGHS website.

It's been a while since that website was updated, since its original developer graduated last spring. Three new students have agreed to take over the duties, though, and starting in October, you'll see lots of fresh web pages from Garrigan. Wade MacDonald, Josh Harp, and Kevin Lind will be the new school webmasters. In addition to updating the site, they'll also help out next winter as Garrigan's home in cyberspace moves to the school's own in-house server. The whole site is managed as part of the BGHS gifted and talented program.

This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Katie Reding and Adam Sundall.

Katie Reding is a senior class co-president who is also captain of the volleyball team. Last summer she was an honorable mention for the All-Conference softball team. Katie is a National Honor Society member, and away from school you may see her working at Dairy Queen in Algona. She'll be off to UNI next year, where she plans to study business. Good luck, Katie!

Adam Sundall dominates the record book for cross-country at Garrigan. In addition to holding every 5-K school record, he holds course records at several of the area cross-country meets. Needless to say, he is ranked the number one runner in the state. Adam has also been to state in track, and when he's not running, he works at Hy-Vee in Algona. Adam plans to major in engineering in college, and we wish him all the best.

On the Golden Bear calendar, there's volleyball today at Clarion. Tomorrow a group of art students is going to the Renaissance Fair in the Twin Cities.

Also tomorrow there will be the Rite of Welcoming in area parishes for confirmation candidates. And don't forget the cheerleaders' waffle breakfast at the Rochleau Center.

Monday there's freshman and JV football, with the Bears hosting Estherville/Lincoln Central. Also that night the volleyball team hosts Sentral.

Monday is the closest thing there is to a home cross-country meet. The runners will be at the Whittemore Golf Club for the Algona Invitational.

Tuesday the Advanced Biology and Ecology students will be taking a field trip. Then on Wednesday there's volleyball at Eagle Grove. Finally next Friday the football Bears host Sioux Central.

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

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