September 27, 1997

Good morning! I'm Tim Mosbach!

And I'm Jenni Krieps! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we'll fill you in on all the details of Homecoming week at Bishop Garrigan High School.

The Bears are getting ready to party! It's time once again for that big annual celebration--Homecoming. This year's Homecoming theme is "The Bears' Ultimate Victory", and we're hoping that all the festivities lead up to an ultimate victory when the Bears play Pocahontas next Friday night.

Monday will be Super-Hero Day at BGHS. Don't be surprised if you stop out at school to see lots of movie or cartoon characters, not to mention wrestlers and ultimate warriors. Then on Tuesday we'll catch a few Z's on Pajama Day. Wednesday is Class Color Day, when the seniors will dress in black, the juniors in white, the sophomores in blue, and the freshmen in green. Thursday we'll show our school spirit with Black and Gold Day, and Friday will be the traditional Dress-Up Day.

Cross-country has been one of the most successful teams at Garrigan this fall, and they'll start things off for Homecoming by running as close to home as they ever do. Monday they'll be at the Whittemore Golf Club for the Algona Invitational. It's not often that cross-country gets featured for Homecoming, but this year we invite everybody to go cheer on the Bears.

Homecoming is also a big week for our Golden Bear musicians. On Wednesday the choir will head west to Sioux city for the annual Catholic Choral Festival. Then on Saturday the band will compete in Algona Band Day. Best wishes to all our musicians.

Each year the four classes at Garrigan battle against each other in the big Homecoming class competition. Last year the Class of 2000 surprised everyone by almost winning the whole thing as freshmen. They'll be hard-pressed to beat this year's seniors, though, who won last year and have a tradition of always doing well.

The seniors surprised everybody by choosing to decorate the gym lobby instead of the main lobby, which seniors have picked for decades. The juniors will decorate the main lobby this year. The sophomores will have the science hallway, and the freshman will put up their decorations in the English hallway.

Classes will also compete by building floats for the Homecoming parade, by dressing up for the special dress days, and by preparing skits for the pep rally Thursday night. There's also a new event this year, the "hoop" category. Each class will make a hoop that teams will run through at the coronation. Tune in to next week's show, when we'll tell you how things turned out in the class competition.

It just wouldn't be Homecoming without a king and queen, and this year ten seniors are vying to be that royal couple. Hoping to wear the king's medallion are Chris Miller, Andy Laubenthal, Mike Cowan, Andy Peterson, and Brian Kohlhaas. On the queen's side, Katie Elbert, Ruby Bode, Lisa Boekelman, Kristin Richter, and Emily Muller are hoping to wear the crown. The coronation ceremony will be next Thursday at 7:30 in the Garrigan gym. Juniors Andrew Brunsen and Liz DeWaard will be the masters of ceremonies.

Another big event is the Homecoming liturgy. Garrigan graduate Father Paul Bormann will say the special mass Friday at 10:45. Friday afternoon at 4:00, we'll have the annual parade down State Street in downtown Algona. Then at 10:00 Friday night the BGHS gym will be rocking with the big Homecoming dance.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on two of our queen candidates, Emily Muller and Kristin Richter. Here with the scoop on them is Nate Fouarge.

Emily Muller is probably best known for golf. This Whittemore native is a three-year letterwinner who last year finished ninth overall in the state. She's also been active in choir, and she keeps stats for the girls' basketball team. Next year Emily will be off to Loras College in Dubuque, where she plans to major in social work. Good luck, Emily!

Kristin Richter is also from Whittemore. She is a captain on the Danz Squad, and she's also an excellent softball player. Kristin is active in swing choir and pep club, and when she's not in school you might see her working at Fareway. Next year she hopes to major in interior design at Iowa State University. We wish Kristin the very best of luck.

Thanks for that report, Nate. On this week's Golden Bear calendar, this weekend the classes will be decorating the hallways for the class competition. Tomorrow will be the Rite of Welcoming for confirmation candidates.

Monday at 5:00 the cross country team will run at Whittemore. Also on Monday the JV football team plays at Estherville. Then on Tuesday there's volleyball at Clear Lake.

We'll dismiss at 2:15 Tuesday for float construction. Wednesday there's the Catholic Choral Festival at Sioux City. Also that day the student council will be doing their Adopt-A-Highway project in Sexton.

Thursday we'll have the Homecoming coronation and pep rally at 7:30pm. Then on Friday there's mass at 10:45am and the parade at 4pm. The varsity football team plays Pocahontas at 7:30pm, and at 10pm it's time for the Homecoming dance.

Next Saturday is the feast of St. Francis. Also that day the Solid Gold Marching Band will be part of the competition for Algona Band Day.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Homecoming Week. Thanks for setting your dial here, and be sure to listen up again next week when we'll bring you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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