Good morning! I'm Randy Kenyon!

And I'm Alec Boeckholt! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.


The Garrigan math team begins their season today. Thirteen Golden Bears are headed down to Cedar Rapids this morning, where they'll be competing in the first Great Plains Math League competition of the season. Students making the trip include Nora Krahenbuhl, Michael Fakler, Brittany Berte, Jeff Broesder, Anna Kollasch, Austin Salz, and Craig Kohlhaas; as well as Alex Hamilton, Cassie Reising, Luke McCall, Randy Kenyon, Alec Boeckholt, and Jenny Broesder. They'll be solving hard problems both individually and as part of teams, and we hope they'll do well in the competition.


The big event of this coming week is the Sioux City Diocese Catholic Choral Festival. The seven high schools in the diocese take turns hosting the event, and this year all the other schools are coming to Garrigan. About 350 students from all over northwest Iowa will be arriving around 11:30am on Wednesday, October 1st. They'll spend most of the day rehearsing with guest director Dr. Brad Barrett from UNI.

Wednesday night the choirs from all over the diocese will join together for a special concert. Garrigan will be one of the choirs presenting an individual number, "Rockin' Jerusalem". There will also be full group selections such as "I am in Need of Music" and "Jubilance". Admission is just $3 for adults and $1 for students and senior citizens. The concert begins at 7pm Wednesday in Friedmann Auditorium.


Catholic Choral Festival kicks off a very busy year for the Bishop Garrigan music department. The biggest event of the year will happen next spring, when band and choir members will head east to visit the Big Apple. Garrigan's musicians will be in New York March 24 - 28, 2009. Their schedule includes playing a concert at the United Nations. We'll keep you updated on the big trip throughout the year.


While the choir is rehearsing at school, our student council members will be busy with their semi-annual Adopt-a-Highway project. For the past sixteen years Garrigan has adopted the stretch of highway 18 one mile either side of Sexton. This year's student council includes presidents Joe Straub and Megan Hilbert; senior class officers Ethan Gisch, Josh Berte, Alec Boeckholt, and Rebecca Brosnan; juniors David Reding, Brett Capesius, Nick Foertsch, and Molly Brashear; sophomores Kelsie Berke, Jake Rosenmeyer, Andrew Behr, and Alicia Richter; and freshmen Grant Reding, Alex Boisjolie, Abby Hanna, and Mitch Rahm.


Student council's big fundraiser for the year is coming up in late October. Each year they lead the school's magazine drive, which raises money for all sorts of student activities. If you have magazines that are about to expire, you can help out the school even before the drive officially starts. You can go online to the Garrigan website-Garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net. On the "What's New" and "Student Council" pages there are links to the QSP magazine renewal service. If you renew online, you'll automatically help out the school, and you can even choose to have a specific student get credit.


This year marks Garrigan's 50th anniversary, and next spring will be the 20th anniversary for Gala, the school's biggest fundraiser each year. This past week the Gala committee announced that Gala 2009 will be the "R-r-r-r-oaring Twentieth Gala", with a theme from the Roaring '20s. Gala will be April 4, 2009, so be sure to mark your calendar now.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kory Wieland. Here to tell you about him is Joe Straub.

Kory Wieland's biggest activity is football. He's a football captain and all-district honoree. Kory also lettered in track, he's played basketball all through school, and he coaches what he says will be this year's intramural championship. Kory also keeps busy with Christian Leadership, and he's done lots of different service projects over the years. He wants to study accounting next fall, and we wish him all the best in the future.


Thanks, Joe! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today Garrigan is hosting our home volleyball tournament. Also today the math team competes at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Monday night the cross-country team runs in the Algona Invitational. The meet is at the Whittemore Golf Club. That's the closest they get to running at home, and we encourage everyone to come out and cheer on the Bears.

Also on Monday the freshman and sophomore football players will host Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. Then on Tuesday the volleyball team hosts Iowa Falls.

Wednesday Garrigan hosts the Catholic Choral Festival. That morning student council will be doing their Adopt-a-Highway project. Thursday Kossuth Connections meets and the volleyball team travels to Clarion.

Next Friday the Golden Bear football team travels to play Newell-Fonda. Then next Saturday it's Algona Band Day.


That's the "Bear Facts" for September. Remember, if you ever miss our show, you can check out the audio archives online at Garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot net. And be sure to join us next time for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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