The Bear Facts
March 27, 2010



Good morning! I'm Brittany Berte!

And I'm Cassie Reising! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show where we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


It's hard to believe that it was fifteen years ago that the Garrigan website first went online. What started as just a handful of web pages has grown into one of the largest, most comprehensive school sites anywhere. The site was originally created as a student project, and it continues to be designed and maintained by students today. The core of the site is its pictures-literally thousands of photos that show off every aspect of the classes, sports, activities, and religious services at both Garrigan and Seton. Many other school sites have no pictures or just a handful of pictures. At Garrigan long ago we made the decision to use the web to show people what our school is really like.

We're mentioning the website on this week's "Bear Facts" because March 2010 marks just the second time since we went online 1995 that there's been a major change in the look of the school website. Seniors Joe Golwitzer and Nick Foertsch have worked on the website since they were sophomores, and they spent much of the winter creating a new main page, new menu pages, and a system of navigation buttons that is gradually being added throughout our site. We've had lots of good comments on their clean, professional design, and we encourage you to check it out. You can see their work and find out everything you want to know about our school by going to garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.


Last week five Garrigan science students headed over to the Storm Lake area to compete in the regional Envirothon. This event tests people's knowledge and skills in science areas related to the environment. Biology teacher Beany Bode escorted the ecology students, which finished in the top third out of seventy-five different schools. Students competing included Suzana Eischstaedt, Austin Salz, Amy Rasmussen, Cede Forburger, and Molly Brashear. Congratulations to the Envriothoners!


Garrigan's spring play, Sabrina Fair, premiered last night, but if you didn't catch it then, there's another chance to see the show tonight. The cast includes Nora Krahenbuhl, Rebeccah Erdman, Alex Hamilton, Michael Fakler, Brittany Berte, Matthew Fakler and Austin Salz; as well as Cassie Reising, Lizzy Hohmeister, Michael Hellman, Becky Jennings, Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, and Philip Detrick. Anne Studer and Rosalind Gomez are directing, and showtime is 7:30 tonight in Friedmann Auditorium.


Gala 2010 is just around the corner. Believe it or not, this is the twenty-first year for Gala, the elegant dinner and auction that are by far Garrigan's largest fundraiser each year. This year's Gala will be Saturday, April 10, with a preview party on Friday the 9th. The theme will take guests on a trip to Asia as they celebrate "Zen 21st Gala". The first Gala in 1990 took in $85,000, but the amounts have steadily increased, and in recent years each Gala has raised around a quarter million dollars. We're hoping this year will be another big success and we wish all the best to everyone involved in Gala 2010.


One of the things Gala money goes to is keeping our school's technology up to date. Gala donations have allowed us to get laptops in every classroom and computer-based projectors throughout the school. One recent addition is a new digital "smart board" that Mr. Burrow uses for notes in his math classes. We're hoping to update both the hardware and software in our computer labs with some of the income from this year's event.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jordan Springer and Chloe Behr. Here to tell you about him is Luke McCall.

With golf season about to start, it's an appropriate time to talk about Jordan Springer. Jordan was the sectional medallist on last year's team, and he helped qualify the Golden Bear boys for state. Jordan also enjoys intramural basketball, where he ranks among the top half of the players overall.

Chloe Behr's biggest activity is probably volleyball, where she's been a key asset to the Bears all through school. She's also active in intramural basketball, where she racked up sixteen points this season. Aside from sports, Chloe enjoys working on the publications staff. Both Chloe and Jordan will be continuing their education after high school, and we wish them all the best in the future.


Thanks, Luke! Because of the Easter holiday coming up, we've got two weeks of events on our Garrigan calendar. Today is the final performance of Sabrina Fair. Showtime is 7:30 in Friedmann Auditorium.

Tomorrow we'll have the intramural playoffs. Travis Cruise's team will face Mitch Rahm's team at 12:30, and Shawn Vaske's team will take on Mike Mergen's team at 1:15. Also tomorrow the Parish Families Against Hunger will at the KC Hall packing food for those in need around the world.

Monday is the All-State Speech Festival. Philip Detrick will perform in Improvisation and Anna Kollasch will present her Storytelling piece down at UNI, and fourteen other Garrigan students will accompany them to the festival.

Tuesday night Seton will have their DARE graduation. The role models from Garrigan will be on hand for the event. Then on Wednesday we'll have the Stations of the Cross here at Garrigan.

For Holy Thursday we'll have our traditional Morning of Reflection, and that afternoon the quiz bowl team will have their annual Think-a-Thon. Then there's no school activities Friday, Saturday, or Sunday because of the holy Triduum of Easter.

We will have school Easter Monday to make up one of the many snow days earlier this year. Tuesday, April 6 there's girls track at Clear Lake, and then Wednesday, April 7 both the boys and girls run in the CYO meet at Storm Lake.

Friday the 9th is the Gala preview party. Doors open to the general public at 6:30pm. Saturday the 10th there's ACT testing, and that night we'll have our twenty-first Gala celebration.


That's the "Bear Facts" for March. Thanks for tuning in. Because of the Easter holiday, we'll be off next week, but be sure to join us again on Saturday, April 10, when we'll be back with a special show featuring all the details of Gala 2010 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


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