Good morning! I'm Cassie Reising!

And I'm Brittany Berte! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts". Thanks for joining us to hear all the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is one of the busiest days of the year at Garrigan. Almost everyone knows about one of the big events. We're crossing our fingers that tonight the Golden Bear boys basketball team will qualify for state for just the second time in school history. The last-and only-time the Bears went to state was back in 1993, around the time a lot of the current players were born. That first trip to state also happened the very first year the "Bear Facts" was on the air. It's been a long time, but we're hoping this year might be the time for a return trip to the big barn in Des Moines.

To get to state, the Bears still have to win their substate game, which will be played tonight right across town at Algona High. They reached substate by rolling over Twin River Valley in the district opener, and then beating Armstrong-Ringsted and Laurens-Marathon to advance. Seniors Brandon Doughan, Brett Capesius, Dana Miller, and Mark Garman have come on in a big way in playoffs, and we're hoping for more good things from them tonight. Best wishes also to juniors Kevin Elbert, Andrew Schiltz, and Andrew Behr; sophomores Austin Vaske, Zach Keith, Eli Marlow, Alex Boisjolie, and Grant Reding; and freshmen John Burns and Adam Hamilton. We wish Coaches Roger Froehlich and Randy Schon and all the Golden Bears good luck at substate tonight!

There's another huge event on the calendar at Garrigan today as well. Hundreds of people from all over the area are on hand for the district individual speech contest. Garrigan has hosted district contest annually for over twenty years, and for more than a decade current speech directors Mary McCall and David Burrow have been in charge. There's a lot of work in making such a large event run smoothly but people almost always agree that Garrigan's contest is one of the best ones they go to. They like that the day moves quickly and that we get ratings posted faster than almost any other speech contest.

This year there were three hundred eighty-nine entries at district speech contest, with contestants coming from as far away as Fort Dodge, Southeast Webster, Spirit Lake, and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. The Bears have twenty-five events entered in our home contest. Right about now Brittany Berte will be telling the story "Madeline", Philip Detrick and Austin Salz are performing in Improvisation, Alex Hamilton is delivering a Public Address on "Free Speech in War", and Anna Kollasch will sing "I Can't Get a Man with a Gun" from Annie, Get Your Gun for Musical Theatre.

Later this morning Michael Fakler will compete in Radio News Announcing, while Nora Krahenbuhl will sing "On My Own" from Les Miserables and Becky Jennings will sing "Popular" from Wicked for Musical Theatre. In Storytelling Anna Kollasch will present "Doobie, Doobie, Moo" and Austin Salz will tell the story of "The Wolf Who Cried Boy". Then Matthew Fakler performs in Improvisation, Rachel Berte presents a poetry version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", Philip Detrick acts out "The Coach", Jake Rosenmeyer reads "The Great Outdoors" for Prose and presents a Literary Program on aging. Then Lizzy Hohmeister will perform an acting piece called "I Like Men".

In the afternoon Amelia Golwitzer will read "I Fall in Love" for Prose, while Brittany Berte presents the acting scene "Dawn". In Literary Program Michael Fakler will address the theme of Technology and Michael Hellman will read selections that tell us "Life Is a Blessing". Later on Craig Kohlhaas will compete in Improvisation, Rebeccah Erdman will read the poem "Because Love", and finally in Prose Jenny Broesder will present "Guys" and Cassie Reising will read "Chatty Cathy". Best wishes to all these performers. Break a leg, everyone!

The next few weeks will be really busy for the Golden Bear danz squad. The state champion dancers were invited to perform at the girls state basketball tournament, and six members of the Garrigan squad were selected to perform as part of the All-Iowa Honor Danz Squad. Taylor Brandenburg, Kristen Berte, Tina Berte, Rachel Molsberry, Kayla Schiltz, and Rebecca Molsberry will all be performing during the girls state finals next Saturday in Des Moines. Then in mid-March the danz squad will head to Los Angeles for nationals. Congratulations and good luck to Coaches Barb Stence and Colleen Conway-Schiltz and all our dancers!

Next Friday is your one and only chance to catch the 2010 Bishop Garrigan pops concert. Band and choir members have been preparing hard all winter, in spite of all the snow days. The show starts at 7:00 Friday in Friedmann Auditorium, and we encourage everyone to be there. Best wishes to directors Ken and Linda Ferjak and to everyone involved with pops concert!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Rachel Molsberry. Here to tell you about her is Luke McCall.

We chose to feature Rachel Molsberry this week because of her success in dance. Rachel has been dancing pretty much her whole life, and in addition to her many team honors, she won the state solo dance championship last fall. She's also won honors in band, she's keeps busy with Christian Leadership in Action, and she's a member of the National Honor Society. Rachel plans to continue to keep busy in college, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Luke! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's district speech contest all day today at Garrigan. Then tonight the Golden Bear boys play at Algona High for the right to go to the state tournament.

Tuesday night the danz squad performs at the girls state tournament. We wish good luck that night to the Algona High girls, who make their opening appearance at state that night.

School will start late Wednesday to accommodate the Algona girls game. Next Friday we'll have our annual pops concert. Finally on Saturday the quiz bowl team will travel to Boone and the math team plays at Dordt College in Sioux Center.

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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