The Bear Facts—January 29, 2011

Good morning! I’m Andrew McGuire!

 And I’m Austin Salz Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past week Garrigan students joined adults from Kossuth County and all over Iowa in one hundred days of fitness and wellness. Juniors Daniel Gelhaus, Grant Reding, and Sheridan Berte have been serving on the Live Helathy Kossuth committee, and they’ve planned lots of activities to get our school involved in the springtime fitness project. Each homeroom is keeping track of how many minutes of physical activity we have each day and how much of certain foods we eat in our diet. This week, for instance, we kept track of how much fruit we ate.

In addition to keeping records, the wellness committee has organized lots of events to help keep us active. There will be different things to help keep us fit almost every week. This past week we had a dodgeball tournament. The different homerooms made their way through a bracket, and then the winners among the students took on the faculty. The winning dodgeball team was Mr. Wadle’s homeroom. Congratulations to them!

Last Saturday Garrigan students traveled down to Laurens for the district large group speech contest. The Bears have struggled in large group events in recent years, but they were definitely back this year—making the best showing they’ve had in nearly a decade. Nine Garrigan events featuring thirty-two individual performers received Division I or “Excellent” ratings at district. One of these was in the new category of Short Film. Austin Salz, Craig Kohlhaas, John Richter, and Sam Evers produced a horror film called “An Occurrence in Iowa” that got excellent reviews from the judge.
Also receiving “I” ratings were all three of Garrigan’s ensemble acting entries, two mime groups, and an improvisation group. Philip Detrick and Shawn Vaske will be headed to state with their musical theatre selection “Pretty Women” from Sweeny Todd, and the one-act play The Last Touchy-Feely Drama on the American Stage also earned top marks from the judges. Congratulations to all the speech performers and to directors Mary McCall and David Burrow.

The speech entries—both those that are going on to state and those that didn’t make the cut—will be featured in a special evening of theatre called the Speech Spectacular that is part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration. Admission is free, and the event will take place next Wednesday, February 2, in Friedmann Auditorium.

The cast list was recently announced for the BGHS spring play, a comedy called Better Football Through High School Chemistry. Shawn Vaske, Philip Detrick, and Drew Magill will play football players; while Hannah Bode, Becky Jennings, and Nora Krahenbuhl are the cheerleaders. Michael Hellman and Jake Rosenmeyer are the coaches, Erin Quinlin and Amelia Golwitzer play reporters, and Nick Bronk and Matthew Fakler are gossips.

The play cast also features Alex Hamilton, Michael Fakler, Anna Kollasch, Melanie Mergen, Lizzy Hohmeister, and Neal Koob; plus Kayla Blocker, Hannah Boisjolie, Allison Frideres, Bethany Kirsch, and Alissa Kirsch. Be sure to mark your calendar for April 1st and 2nd for the 2011 BGHS spring play.

Catholic Schools Week begins this weekend, and to kick things off Garrigan is playing a big part in the masses in every area parish this weekend. One hundred twenty give BGHS students—about three-fourths of our student body—will be serving as lectors, cantors, choir members, servers, ushers, and Eucharistic ministers. Garrigan will be represented all weekend long not just in Algona, but at all the Catholic churches from Emmetsburg to Wesley and Bancroft to Livermore.

Just in time for Catholic Schools Week. St. Cecelia parish in Algona is unveiling their new website, which was designed and created by a Garrigan student. Michael Fakler, who is part of the Specialized Technology Topics class, designed the new site, which you can check out at There’s also a link to St. Cecelia’s and all the other area parishes on the school website, which continues to grow and improve all the time.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jacob Behr. Jacob Behr is best known for his accomplishments as an athlete. He was the leading running back on the Golden Bear football team, and he’s run sprints and relays at the state track meet. Jacob was a star in intramural basketball last year, and he’s one of the few people who switched from intramurals to varsity as a senior. In addition to sports, Jacob has been active in publications, and he’s also designed pages for the school website. He’ll be off to college in the fall, and we wish him all the best.

On our Golden Bear calendar, it’s Catholic Schools Week. To kick things off Garrigan students will be helping out in every mass at the parishes this weekend.

Monday Bishop Nickless will come over from Sioux City to celebrate our all-school liturgy for Catholic Schools Week. Mass will be at 1:30 at St. Cecelia’s Church.

Tuesday we’ll have a Black and Gold Day. That night the Golden Bear basketball teams take on Algona High. Wednesday we’ll head over to Seton for partner activities with the little kids. We’ll dismiss early that day for teacher in-service.

Wednesday night there’s the Speech Spectacular. Thursday morning we’ll have a staff appreciation breakfast, and later that day we’ll have the annual blessing of the throats for St. Blaise’s Day. That night the freshman basketball teams host Mason City Newman.

We’ll have a jeans day on Friday, and Seton will host the weekly chamber coffee. That night the Golden Bear basketball teams will travel to Iowa Falls. Then Saturday the speech team heads to Sioux City for the state large group contest.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for January. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to catch the show again next week, when we’ll bring you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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