The Bear Facts--January 28, 2006

Good morning! I'm Chris Scobba!

And I'm Brian Capesius! Welcome to a special episode of "The Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Character, Compassion, and Values-that's the theme of Catholic Schools Week 2006. In the coming week we celebrate all the different ways that schools like Garrigan and Seton excel, not just academics and sports, but also at making their students better people. There are a lot of special activities planned at both schools, and we'd like to highlight them this morning.

Each day of Catholic Schools Week has a theme. Monday will be Student Appreciation Day, and everyone will receive a token gift to remind them of how important students are to Catholic schools. Tuesday is Community Appreciation Day. The highlight will be the annual Catholic Schools mass. This year Walker Nickless, the brand new Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, will be making the trip to Algona to preside. We're expecting a lot of community people at St. Cecelia's for the 1:30 mass, and a special overflow area will be set up in the Rochleau Center so those who aren't part of the schools can watch the Bishop on TV screens.

Wednesday is National Appreciation Day, where we focus on the place of Catholic Schools in our country. That night we'll have our annual Speech Spectacular, an evening of theatre showcasing the events that did well at large-group contest last weekend. Thursday will be Staff Appreciation Day, with the Parents in Action group serving a special breakfast to the faculty and staff from Garrigan and Seton. Friday will be School Traditions Day. We'll have a Black and Gold Day here at Garrigan, and the Chamber of Commerce will hold their weekly coffee here. That night we'll have a "Pack the Gym" night as the Bears host Hampton Dumont in basketball.

If you checked out last Sunday's Fort Dodge Messenger, you probably saw pictures and quotes from Garrigan speech students on the front page. A reporter spent a long time interviewing contestants at the district speech contest last weekend, and much of his article focused on students from BGHS. In addition to a picture of one-act play participants Gavin Freking, Nancy Syharath, and Allison Even, there were quotes about the contest from Joe Dailey and D.J. Thompson.

The Bears rewarded the reporter with a good showing at contest. Even though judging at district contest was very strict, six events received Division One or "Excellent" ratings and will now advance to state. These include two improvisation groups, the ensemble acting selections "But Listen" and "The Committee Meeting", a group mime called "Now Showing", and the freshman readers' theatre "The Ugly Duckling". Five other groups received Division Two or "Good" ratings at district.

Twenty-three Garrigan students will be advancing to state contest, which will be held next Saturday in Spencer. They include Amanda Golwitzer, Sadie Foertsch, Garrison Brosnan, Nancy Syharath, Laura Kellner, Anna Bormann, Andrea Arndorfer, and Allison Even; as well as Lizzie Mayer, Joe Dailey, Shane Koob, Ashley Waller, Seth Rogers, Brandon Rowley, and Chris Loebach. Also heading to state are Andrew Missal, Rachel Byrkeland, Jacob Hellman, Sam Norland, Jade Kajewski, Rebecca Brosnan, Holly Byrkeland, and Jenna Richter. Congratulations to them and to Coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Joe Rahm and Allison Even.

Joe Rahm is a Wesley native whose favorite activity is probably football. He has also been active in track, and he ranks #49 out of sixty-three players who have scored in intramurals this year. Joe also enjoys quiz bowl, he's been a "Bear Facts" announcer, and he challenges himself with advanced classes like Math V. He'll be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Allison Even is one of the top students in the Class of 2006. In addition to taking all the hard classes, she has been active in band, speech, and drama, as well as broadcasting. She has been a runner in the past, and this year she was a cross-country manager. College is in Allison's future next year. Good luck to both her and Joe!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the basketball Bears will be hosting Garner Hayfield tonight. Start time is 5pm. At halftime of the boys game the Garrigan danz squad will be presenting a special old school drill team presentation.

Catholic Schools Week begins tomorrow, and local churches will likely have that as the theme at mass. Monday night Garrigan will host Eagle Grove in a make-up game.  Tuesday morning many Garrigan students will take the American High School Mathematics Examination. That afternoon Bishop Nickless will officiate at our Catholic Schools Week mass.

 Tuesday night the Bears travel to Clear Lake for a three-game match-up. Wednesday at 6pm we'll have the Speech Spectacular in Friedmann Auditorium. Then on Thursday the JV girls will host Sentral while the freshman and JV boys travel to Mason City Newman.

Next Friday the varsity Bears host Hampton Dumont. We'll have a "Pack the Gym" night to conclude Catholic Schools Week. Then on Saturday there's the state large-group speech contest at Spencer.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Catholic Schools Week. 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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