The Bear Facts

March 29, 2003

Good morning! I'm Steven Kellner!

And I'm Katie VonRuden! Welcome to a special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating success in just about everything here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

On last week's show we told you it was a very busy weekend, with danz squad, speech, and HOSA all competing. Well, not only did those groups compete, but they all did extremely well. By now almost everybody knows that the Golden Bear danz squad brought home an enormous trophy for first place from the National Dance Association competition at Disneyland. The girls earned an 8.4 rating out of a possible 10, which was better than the twenty-two other squads competing at nationals. This marks the first time ever that a Garrigan team in any activity can call themselves national champions.

Danz squad members include Kim Frideres, Rachel Foth, Lindsey Eischen, Amanda Wolf, Nikki Loebig, Sarah Schmitt, Maria Erpelding, and Nicole Krieps. Also on the squad are Ashley Shaw, Jessica Cink, Monica Schiltz, Jennifer Vaske, April Wolf, Lizzie Mayer, Melissa Hilbert, and Michaela Pease. Congratulations to all these girls and to coaches Colleen Conway-Schiltz and Carey Harris on becoming Garrigan's first-ever national champions!

Garrigan's health occupations students also competed last weekend at the state HOSA conference in Des Moines. Every Garrigan event earned medals at state, and two students qualified for nationals. Matt Studer finished first in medical math, and Katelyn Besch was second in veterinary assistance. Both of them now advance to the national HOSA competition, which will be held in Atlanta next summer. Both of them also competed in healthcare issues, where Matt finished third and Katelyn was fourth.

Ashley Berte finished fifth in the nutrition category, and Lisa Thilges was sixth in creative problem solving. There was also a problem solving team that included Matt Studer, Katelyn Besch, Lisa Thilges, and Ashley Berte. They placed sixth overall at state. Congratulations to all the HOSA students and to their coach, Jeanne Wunder.

Garrigan had thirteen entries at the state individual speech contest last Saturday, and they also had a great day. Eleven students brought home Division I ratings, the best percentage the school has ever gotten at state. What's more, four Garrigan students were named "Outstanding Performers" and will compete at the All-State Speech Festival next month in Cedar Falls.

The outstanding performers include Autumn Thompson, who received the All-State nod for her public address "Character", Eric Cassmann who won for the Acting selection "Defusing a Bomb", Amber Golwitzer for a literary program on "Political Correctness", and Keshar Nadkarni who read a poetry version of "Little Red Riding Hood". Congratulations to the All-State speech performers and to their coaches, Mary McCall and Sarah Freking!

The Golden Bear basketball teams recently held their awards banquets. Ten boys basketball players lettered this year: seniors Justin Fickbohm, Jeff Hellman, and Joe Hellman; juniors Adam Arndorfer, Aaron O'Kane, Brent Shillington, and Scott Stence; and sophomores Mark Parrish, Derek Tindall, and Matt Vitzthum. Justin Fickbohm received the Steve McCall Award, the top honor in Garrigan basketball. Aaron O'Kane won the Hustle Award, Brent Shillington was named Most Improved Player, and Adam Arndorfer and Scott Stence were the Players of the Year. Justin was a unanimous first team all-conference selection. Adam also made the first team, while Aaron and Brent won third team All-N.C.C. honors.

On the girls side there were seven letterwinners: seniors Molly Bartolo and Nellie Fowler; juniors Lindsay Becker, Nettie McGuire, and Michaela Mescher; and sophomores Miranda Boekelman and Emily DeWaard. Nettie McGuire and Emily DeWaard shared MVP honors for the girls, while Molly Bartolo and Alison Brandenburg split the "Miss Hustle" Award. Lindsay Becker and Miranda Boekelman were the Most Improved Players; Nellie Fowler and Molly Bartolo won the Dedication Award; and Nettie McGuire, Lindsay Becker, Michaela Mescher, Emily DeWaard, and Alison Brandenburg were named captains of next year's team. Nettie won second-team all-conference honors, Nellie was third team, and Emily DeWaard was an honorable mention. Congratulations to all the basketball award-winners.

Last Sunday we had the semi-finals in our intramural basketball tournament. In the first game Miles Berte's team came from behind to defeat Mark McGregor's team by a final score of 41 - 33. In the second game Jon Hanig's and Ben Geelan's teams were all tied up at the end of the third quarter. But then Adam Gisch went on a 12-point scoring run that put Geelan's teams ahead for good. They won by a final score of 62 - 35. The intramural championship game will be tomorrow at 12:30pm. 

Tonight is your last chance to see the Garrigan spring play, The Curious Savage. The play is directed by Garrigan graduate Mark DeLange, with assistance from Anne Studer and Tyler Struck. Among the cast members are Keshar Nadkarni, Ashley Waller, John Kohlhaas, Rosalind Kirsch, Brad Thompson, and Jeff Hellman; as well as Eric Cassmann, Brooke Myers, David Murphy, Amber Golwitzer, Autumn Thompson, and Steven Kellner. Seth Rogers serves as stage manager for the production. Showtime is at 7:30 tonight, so be sure to come out to Garrigan for The Curious Savage.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Mark McGregor. Mark is an Algona native who is probably best known for his accomplishments on the football field. Mark has been at the core of the Golden Bear team for three straight years. Mark is also out for track, and his team made the play-offs in intramural basketball. He will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Thanks. On our Golden Bear spotlight this week there's quiz bowl today at Boone. Then tonight the curtain goes up on The Curious Savage. Tomorrow at 12:30 we'll have the intramural championships.

Tuesday there are football cheerleading try-outs. Then Wednesday we'll have an early dismissal for teacher in-service. That night the danz squad will have their awards banquet.

Thursday the Christian Leadership group will be doing a service project at the Mary's Place mission in Minneapolis, and Friday and Saturday there's the alumni basketball tournament at the Algona YMCA. Finally Saturday night we'll celebrate Prom Night, 2003.

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

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