The Bear Facts ... January 29, 2005



Good morning! I'm Nicole Reding!

And I'm Samantha Kirsch! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.


If you looked in the Algona newspaper this past week, for a change you would have seen a lot of pictures of Garrigan students. There was a special insert honoring the national Catholic Schools week, which runs from now through next Friday. The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year is "Faith in Every Student", and the week celebrates the special place that schools like Garrigan have in people's lives.

There's a lot of special events planned for Catholic Schools Week. Monday all the Garrigan and Seton students will get together for a special mass, with Garrigan graduate Fr. Tim Johnson as the principal celebrant. Before mass Algona mayor Lynn Kueck will present a special proclamation. Tuesday night there will be a pack the gym night as the Bears host Clear Lake. The National Honor Society will be serving a chili supper at the game.


A very special event for this year's Catholic Schools Week will be an open house to celebrate the renovation of Garrigan's science labs. The rooms were virtually unchanged since Garrigan opened in 1959, but in the past year-thanks to over $40,000 in local donations-we were able to modernize the facilities. New storage cupboards and lab benches were added, and the facilities were brought up to modern standards. All the work was done locally with many donations of money, time and materials. The open house to celebrate the new facilities will be Tuesday starting at 4:30pm.


Another special event for Catholic Schools Week is the annual Speech Spectacular, when all the large-group speech events will perform for the public. Last week weather prevented Garrigan from going to the scheduled district contest, but the state association arranged a special make-up contest at Algona High on Monday. Garrigan had an outstanding night at contest. Out of eleven entries, nine received Division I ratings and will advance to state. You can see all the large-group speech events performing at the Speech Spectacular Wednesday night at 6pm. Admission is free.


Seton Middle School has a big event planned for Thursday night of Catholic Schools Week. That's when they'll have their Education Fair. Much of this event is devoted to science and history projects, some of which will advance to the state science and history fairs. At Seton, though, everybody gets involved in Education Fair, and the projects aren't just limited to science and history. Students also design projects about language arts, math, and technology-pretty much anything they're interested in. The public is invited to view the projects Thursday at 6pm.


Thursday is also Staff Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools Week. The day will begin with a special breakfast served by Garrigan Parents in Action to honor all the teachers. A special tribute will be given to those faculty members who have served in Catholic education for twenty years or longer. Then on Friday we'll wrap up Catholic Schools Week with School Tradition Day. The big event that day is basketball, with the Bears traveling to Hampton-Dumont.


One of the big things they try to teach us at Garrigan is the importance of service to others. In that spirit, at our mass on Monday, the Christian Leadership in Action group will be taking up a collection to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia. Student Council has also contributed some money to the relief effort, and all the funds collected will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, to help those in need. We encourage everyone listening to join the effort and give through whatever charity you choose.


The intramural basketball season is almost half over, and the competition has been very close this year. Three teams are essentially tied for first place. Mitch Buscher's, Matt Courtney's, and Eric Goodman's teams all have 3 - 1 records. Things will change tomorrow with two big games. Matt Courtney's and Eric Goodman's teams will face each other in a very tough game for both teams. In the nightcap, the freshman and sophomore teams will play for pride to see which team isn't winless.


Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Theresa Reising. Here to tell you about her is Holly Lancaster.

Theresa Reising comes to us from Wesley. She is a leader in Christian Leadership in Action and a member of the choir and the National Honor Society. She says her favorite "class" is open campus, but she also takes advanced classes like Spanish IV and Math V. Away from school you might see her waiting tables at the Family Table, so be sure to leave a good tip. Theresa plans to major in business in college, and we wish her all the best in the future.


On our Golden Bear calendar today the varsity basketball teams will be playing this afternoon at Garner. The girls game begins at 5pm

Tomorrow intramural action continues. Then on Monday we'll have the Catholic Schools Week mass at 1:30 at St. Cecelia's.

Tuesday there's the open house in the science wing. That night the Bears take on Clear Lake for "Pack the Gym" night, and the National Honor Society will serve a chili supper.

Wednesday night at 6pm we'll have the Speech Spectacular. Then on Thursday there's the Education Fair at Seton. Also that night the Bears will host Pocahontas in a game that was snowed out in January.

Friday night the basketball teams travel to Hampton. Then next Saturday there's the state large group speech contest in Sioux City.


That's the "Bear Facts" for this 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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