The Bear Facts

February 28, 1998

(Episode #199)

Good morning! I'm Dennis Gisch!

And I'm Jeremy Richter! Welcome to the 199th episode of the "Bear Facts", the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Ten Garrigan students are busy today at the district individual speech contest. BGHS is hosting the event for the thirteenth straight year. Students from all over the area will be at Garrigan today, competing in areas ranging from acting to poetry to oratory to radio. English teacher Sue Ney is the contest manager, and Mary McCall and David Burrow are the individual speech coaches at BGHS.

Julie Henkelvig will be presenting an original oratory on gun control as well as a public address on creativity. Jenni Krieps is telling the story "The Case of the Missing Duckie" and reading the prose selection "Charles". Jenessa McGuire will be acting out "In Rebecca's Room" and reading the selection "I Fall in Love". There are also two radio news announcing entries--KLGA's own Tom Twait, and his fellow senior Carrie Kohlhaas.

In storytelling, Ruby Bode is presenting "Pigs", while Tiffany Meyer will be telling the story of "The Polar Express". Katie Patterson is presenting the acting selection "Wrong Number", and Amanda Freking is reading the prose piece "Dearest Mom". Finally, freshman Michael Murphy is also entered in prose. His selection is "The Long Trip Home". Best wishes to all the speech contestants. Break a leg!

The BGHS spring play is just a month off. This year's play will be a little different, since for the first time in memory the show features an all-female cast. For this year's show, director Sue Ney chose to do "Steel Magnolias". The six actresses cast in the show are Tiffany Meyer, Katie Elbert, Carrie Kohlhaas, Beth Haag, Jamie Schmidt, and Jenessa McGuire. We'll tell you more about the show in the coming month.

Basketball season ended for the Golden Bears this past week. The district champion girls lost a one-point heartbreaker against St. Ansgar on Tuesday, to end their hopes for a return trip to the state tournament. Every regular player made contributions this year, and finished with positive "team value points". Senior Katie Vaske had the highest score overall. She also led the regular players in rebounds. Junior Liz DeWaard had the highest shooting percentage, and Ruby Bode and Jenny McAlpine were tops in free throws. Other top players included Lisa Boekelman, Angie Froehlich, and Molly Nelson. Congratulations to Coach Patterson and the girls on another great season.

The boys played a tight game against Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Thursday, but they also ended up on the short end. Freshman stand-out Brad Nelson was the top scorer against St. Ed's, and he has been one of the strongest players all season. Overall Andy Laubenthal was the top scorer for the Bears, while fellow senior Chris Miller set a new record for three-point shots. Tom Twait was the top Bear on defense. Among the other top players were Matt Kunkel, John Mosbach, Jeremy Bartolo, and Andrew Brunsen. Congratulations to Coaches Meister and Matuska, and the whole boys' basketball team.

One good thing about the early end to basketball season is that the music department won't have to worry about re-scheduling pops concert. The show will go on next Thursday and Friday in the Garrigan gym. This year's show takes you on a musical tour from shore to shore, with representative music from all across the country. Table seats are available for just $5, and you're also welcome to sit in the bleachers for just $3 per perso. So don't miss it. Mark your calendar and be sure to be there Thursday or Friday for the annual BGHS pops concert.

In our student spotlight this week we're featuring the two exchange students who are with us here at Garrigan this year. Both of our exchange students are girls from Eastern Europe. Dorota Czerwinska is a native of Poland. She is living with the Walter and Maureen Krahenbruel family in rural Algona and is a senior at Garrigan.

Our other exchange student is officially classified as a junior. Codruta Lucuta comes to Garrigan from Romania, and she's staying with Rebekah Shepard in Algona. We hope both exchange students are enjoying their time here at BGHS, and we wish them well in the future.

In our Golden Bear calendar for March, tomorrow is the first Sunday of Lent. We'll have intramurals at Garrigan starting at 12:15.

There's nothing on the calendar Monday, but Tuesday and Wednesday it's kindergarten round-up for the Garrigan Class of 2011.

Thursday it's time to go "on tour" with opening night for Pops Concert, 1998. There's no school Friday, due to a teacher in-service, but that night it's the repeat performance of the pops concert.

Finally, next Saturday, there's a morning of reflection for juniors who are involved in the confirmation program.

That's the "Bear Facts" for February. Next week we'll be back with a very special show, as we celebrate our 200th episode here on KLGA. So be sure to listen then, and every week, for all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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