The Bear Facts ... April 28, 2007




Good morning! I'm Kelli Black!

I'm Cindy Reding!

I'm Josh Rahm!

And I'm Rachel Byrkeland! You're listening to a very special episode of the "Bear Facts", where we're getting ready for prom night here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


The junior class has been working very hard getting the final touches ready for Prom 2007. The prom theme this year is "Jungle Fever", and they've been transforming the gym into a rainforest. The evening will begin with a dinner sponsored by the senior parents. Then at 8:30 there's the Grand March. The public is welcome to attend, and admission is just $1. Following the Grand March the dance starts at 9:00 and continues until midnight.

After prom is "After Prom". The party starts at 12:45, with doors locked at 1:00, and the fun continues until 4:00 in the morning. Games include Airbots, human bowling, Texas hold 'em, Pop-a-Shot, Nintendo, "Let's Make a Deal", boat races, ring toss, Spin the Wheel, Guitar Hero, and mini golf. There will also be a hypnotist, caricatures, and lots of other fun ways to pass the night. It should be a great time for everyone as we celebrate Prom 2007.


Also this weekend is confirmation. Bishop Walker Nickless is in the area this weekend to confirm dozens of freshmen both from Garrigan and the area public schools. The freshmen have been studying hard all year, and now they'll be full members of the Catholic church. Confirmation for St. John's in Bancroft and Sacred Heart in Ledyard is this afternoon at 5:00, while St. Benedict, St. Joe-Bode, St. Joseph-Wesley, and St. Michael's-Whittemore will combine with St. Cecelia's for a confirmation ceremony in Algona at 10:30 tomorrow morning.


Last Sunday we held the intramural basketball championship. Because the gym was being decorated for prom, the championship took place at the Algona Family YMCA. It was one of the closest games ever, pitting the top two intramural teams-Adam Finley's team of seniors and Nick Berte's juniors. While the seniors had won the two regular season match-ups, the juniors came through when it counted. They won the championship by a final score of 36 - 35. Congratulations to Nick Berte, Kent Recker, Dylan Freking, Chris Gelhaus, Shane Koob, Peyton Schindler, Jake Grein, Mike Garman, and Ben Golwitzer! Helping them out are their coaches-"Coach K" Colby Krieps and "Coach E" Andrew Elbert.


At halftime of the championship game we announced the 2007 All-Intramural Team. Selection is determined by three factors: an internet poll, ranking by the referees, and total points scored during the season. When everything was tallied, the second team honorees were Chris Scobba, Nick Berte, Shane Koob, Alec Boeckholt, Mike Mergen, and Jack Bradley. John Parrish was named the all-intramural referee. First team honors went to Adam Finley, Tony Rouse, Ben Golwitzer, and Chris Cassmann; and the captain of the 2007 All-Intramural Team is Chris Gelhaus.


A week ago several Garrigan quiz bowl students competed in the spring Knowledge Master competition. Because of numerous conflicts, only a limited number of people were able to participate this time. Rebeccah Erdman and Brittany Berte participated as a freshman team, and they had a very impressive score of 1227 points. The varsity team of Chris Scobba, Mark Poeppe, Ethan Dahlhauser, Brent Kajewski, and Sam Norland had a harder set of questions, but they still managed to score 909 total points. We'll find out next week how Garrigan's scores compared against other schools around the country.


It's time again for student council elections, and lots of candidates are participating this year. Carrie Courtney and Lee Brashear ran against Shane Koob and John Parrish to be overall student body co-presidents. For next year's senior class Macy Fickbohm, Meredith Meyers, David Frideres, and Andrew Elbert were running for president; while Britteny Stone, Ethan Dahlhauser, Krissy Kohlhaas, and Brent Kajewski were on the ballot for representative. Joe Straub and Megan Hilbert, Ashley Beisch and Brandi Roethler, and Sam Norland and Alec Boeckholt were running to be leaders of the Class of 2009; while for next year's sophomores David Reding and Mike Mergen ran against Nick Foertsch and Brett Capesius for co-presidents; with Dylan Kollasch, Molly Jean Brashear, Dana Miller, and Luke McCall on the ballot for representative. We'll give you the election results on next week's show.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Alyssa Gisch. Here with the details on her is Josh.

Alyssa Joy Gisch is a Bancroft native who is never afraid to say what's on her mind. She's best known for her accomplishments in golf and basketball, and she'd like to continue to be active in sports after high school. Away from Garrigan you might see her working at the Heritage Home in Bancroft. Next year she's considering going to Iowa Central and being part of the Air National Guard. We wish Alyssa all the best in the future.


Thanks, Josh. On our Senior Spotlight this week, there's Prom tonight and confirmation tonight and tomorrow. Monday baseball practice starts. Also that night there's boys golf triangular with Clear Lake at Algona.

Tuesday is Stewardship Day, when we take a day to do service projects in the school and community. Tuesday night the golf teams play Webster City and the boys track team runs at Algona.

Wednesday we'll all be physically active for "Go the Distance Day". That night is the high school spring band and vocal concert, where we'll also say farewell to our music directors. Then on Thursday there's CYO golf at Alton.

Also on Thursday we'll have Grandparents' Day here at school. That night the boys host the BGHS Adam Sundall Relays and the girls track team runs at Eagle Grove.

Friday we'll have First Friday adoration in the Garrigan chapel. Then on Cinco de Mayo there's state large group music contest and a boys golf meet at Hampton.


Finally this week we'd like to honor our sympathy to the Meister family, many of whom are students, employees, or alumni of the Bishop Garrigan schools. Thelma Meister died of a heart attack last Monday. She was one of the school's biggest supporters, and we'll all miss her greatly.


That's the "Bear Facts" for April. Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.


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