The Bear Facts ... October 27, 2007

Good morning! I'm Rebeccah Erdman!

And I'm Brittany Berte! Welcome to the 638th weekly episode of the "Bear Facts", the radio show that keeps you informed about all the events at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Just a few minutes from now we'll have a send-off at Garrigan for sophomore Katrina Even, who will be competing today at the state cross-country meet. Katrina had a personal record time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds to finish in seventh place overall out of 119 runners at the regional meet last Monday. The state meet is at Kennedy Park in Ft. Dodge, and Katrina will be running at 2:00 this afternoon. Good luck at state, Katrina!

Also today the quiz bowl team is in action again. The Bears made the playoffs and finished in seventh place out of sixty teams in their home meet two weeks ago. Today they're in Ankeny. The tournament is smaller, but it features mostly large schools from the Des Moines metro area. Competing for the Bears today are seniors Ethan Dahlhauser, Melissa Cruise, Mark Poeppe, and Brent Kajewski; sophomore Brittany Berte; and freshmen Anna Kollasch, Alex Hamilton, Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Hellman, and Michael Fakler.

Pairings for football playoffs were announced this morning, and the district champion Golden Bears are hoping for a good match-up. The opening round of playoffs is on Halloween, Wednesday night, October 31. Kick-off for playoff games is at 7:00, rather than the usual 7:30, so be sure to be there on time. If the Bears win on Wednesday, the next round would be on Monday night, November 5. Good luck all through playoffs to the Golden Bear football team!

Next Wednesday we'll have an interesting assembly at school. Mr. Bode's Advanced Biology classes have been preparing a special Halloween presentation on insects. In addition to showing us information on the six-legged animals and on diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease, they'll be showing clips from horror films about bugs. They will also be offering the opportunity for those who dare to chow down on tasty arthropods.

One of Garrigan's Halloween traditions may get postponed this year. Each year the Christian Leadership in Action group goes trick-or-treating. Instead of looking for candy, though, they seek donations of canned goods for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. Unfortunately, between football playoffs and the CYO youth rally, they're having a hard time finding a time that works for the event. They may end up doing their Halloween project in the middle of November. In the mean time, they'll always welcome donations of non-perishable food, which they'll gladly pass on to the food pantry.

Last week students in Garrigan's Commercial Art and Independent Art classes went on a field trip. Art instructor Steve Brosnan took them to the gallery at the library to see the photography of Dave Thorsen. Thorsen has traveled extensively and work includes outstanding photos of both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. His work has been shown on public television, and the exhibit will be open to the public in Algona through November 16.

Next Friday and Saturday the curtain goes up on the Garrigan fall musical, Bye, Bye Birdie. The Tony award-winning play is based on Elvis Presley's being drafted into the Army during the Korean War, and it includes familiar songs like "A Lot of Livin' to Do" and "Put on a Happy Face". Joe Straub stars as teen idol Conrad Birdie. Other principals include Sam Norland as Albert, Rebecca Brosnan as Rosie, Krissy Kohlhaas as Kim, Alec Boeckholt and Ashli Krieps as Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee, Jenna Richter as Mrs. Peterson, Mike Hellman as Hugo Peabody, and Holly Byrkeland as Ursula Merkle.

The musical cast also features Brittany Berte, Christopher Schmidt, Casey Arndorfer, Megahn Mayer, Beth Kollasch, and Cassie Reising; as well as Carrie Courtney, Brent Kajewski, Michelle Kollasch, Allison Missal, Becky Erdman, Chris Kellner, and Shane Koob. Others in the show are Nora Krahenbuhl, Jade Kajewski, Drew Magill, Alex Hamilton, Travis Stone, Becky Jennings, and Anna Kollasch. There are also both teen and adult choruses, which include virtually all the Garrigan choir members. Kelly Klein and Shanna Miller are accompanists for the show. Showtime is 7:30 next Friday and Saturday nights, and admission is just $5 for adults and $4 for students.

With football playoffs coming up, our senior spotlight shines on one of the top senior football players, A.J. Doughan. Here to tell you about him is Brian Patterson.

A.J. Doughan is one of the taller students at Garrigan-or at any school, for that matter. He's one of the top receivers on the Golden Bear football team, where he's also a defensive back. He's used to hearing the announcers butcher his name when he makes big plays. Once football is over, he's looking forward to the start of basketball season. A.J. takes advanced classes like Math V and Spanish IV. When he's not keeping busy with classes and sports, A.J. says he likes to sleep and hang out with friends. He's considering playing basketball in college, where he'd like to major in pharmacy. We wish A.J. good luck in the future.

Thanks, Brian! On our Golden Bear calendar, today the quiz bowl team is in Ankeny. There's ACT testing at Algona High, and this afternoon Katrina Even will be running at state cross-country. Also today the community craft show will be using the Garrigan gym as one of its sites.

Tomorrow many of Garrigan's students will be in Spencer for the annual Catholic Youth Rally. They'll leave at 10am and return at 8pm. Then on Monday the cross-country team will have their awards banquet.

Tuesday morning we'll have the advanced biology insect assembly. The senior class will order graduation announcements that day. Then Wednesday afternoon there will be a matinee performance of the musical for Seton students.

Wednesday night will be the first round of football playoffs. Thursday morning we'll have mass for All Saints Day. Then Friday and Saturday the curtain goes up on the fall musical, Bye, Bye Birdie.

That's the "Bear Facts" for October. 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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