The Bear Facts
April 30, 2011



Good morning! I’m Aimee Dahlhauser!

And I’m Rebecca Molsberry! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”. After a break for Easter we’re back bringing you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

On Easter Monday we held the championship game in intramural basketball. It wasn’t really very surprising to anyone that the winning team had been the top student team all season long. Captained by Tyler Lallier, the team also includes Andrew, Brandon, and Billy Schiltz, Eric Baumann, Luke Eischen, and Daniel Gelhaus. Their only loss all season was to the faculty team, and in the championship game they defeated Jake Rosenmeyer and Travis Cruise’s team by a final score of 44 – 38. Congratulations to the intramural champions!

At halftime of the championship game the 2011 All-Intramural Team was announced. The team is selected each year by a combination of total points and an online vote on the school website. First team selections this year were Captain Daniel Gelhaus, plus Jake Rosenmeyer, Luke Eischen, Andrew Schiltz, and Tyler Lallier. The second team features Jonathan Berte, Eric Baumann, Kevin Laubenthal, Zach Zittritsch, and Joseph Skilling; and honorable mentions are Billy Schiltz, Corey Weydert, Charlie Thilges, Mr. Lynn Miller, and Abbey Reding. The 2011 All-Intramural referee is Andrew Behr. Congratulations to the All-Intramural Team!


Right before Easter the Golden Bear quiz bowl team had their last event before nationals. They competed in the spring Knowledge Master Open, an online competition that rewards both knowledge and speed. The Bears’ score of 1,166 was the eighth highest score in Iowa, and the top score among all schools with less than 350 students. Garrigan also beat out much larger schools like Ankeny, Urbandale, and Des Moines North; as well as nearby schools like Humboldt, Mason City Newman, and Clay Central Everly. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

This past week the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors voted for their student council officers for next year. There was no contest in the junior class. Without opposition Grant Reding and Alex Boisjolie will be next year’s student council co-presidents, Eli Marlow and Mitch Rahm will be the co-presidents of the Class of 2012, and Rachel Berte and Lizzy Hohmeister will be the class representatives.

The younger classes had a lot more competition. In the Class of 2013, three pairs of candidates—Amelia Golwitzer and Dustin Miller, Charlie Thilges and John Burns, and Matthew Fakler and Melanie Mergen—were running for class offices. The freshmen had even more politicians. Erin Quinlin and Jake Hamilton, Neal Koob and Taylor Hovey, Michael Berke and Mallory Schiltz, Chris Loss and David Klein, Mariah McCall and Corey Weydert, and Nicole Behr and Nathan Krieps were all running to be class presidents, and Sydney McNertney joined all of them in the race for class representative. We’ll give you the results of these elections on next week’s show.

Last week several Garrigan students participated in the North Central Conference Art Show, and two of them came home with top awards. Senior Katie Miller earned a blue ribbon Judge’s Choice award for a black and white acrylic painting of two hands clapping. Meanwhile junior Jeanne McCall won the best 3-D art for a rendition of two figures holding hands that was sculpted in foam and then painted. Congratulations to these students and to art teacher Steve Brosnan!

The year is almost over for the BGHS Class of 2011. Since Garrigan started early last fall, the year ends early this spring. After this weekend there are only four days left. We’ll finish up learning new stuff Monday and Tuesday and take our semester tests next Wednesday and Thursday. There’s a week between the end of school and graduation. The schoolwide baccalaureate will be Wednesday night, May 11, and commencement will be Sunday, May 15 at 2pm.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kelsey Rahe and Kayla Blocker. Kelsey Rahe has been active in several Garrigan activities. She was part of the yearbook staff and a key member of the volleyball team, and Kelsey was also part of the girls team in intramural basketball this winter. Kayla is a Bancroft native who is best known for her accomplishments in band. She was drum major in marching band, and she plays the flute at concerts. She’s also active in 4-H, and when she’s not at school you may see her working at the grocery store in Bancroft. We wish Kayla and Kelsey all the best after high school.

On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, the girls golf team is hosting the BGHS Invite today. Tomorrow is May Day, and we’ll have danz squad tryouts in the afternoon.

Monday is Grandparents’ Day. We’ll start the day with mass at Seton, and then our grandparents will have lunch with us at Garrigan. That night the golf teams have triangulars with Iowa Falls and Eagle Grove.

Tuesday is locker clean-out day for seniors. There’s boys track and girls golf that day at Algona High. Wednesday the seniors have their final exams. There’s staff inservice that afternoon, and that night will be the spring music concert.

Thursday is Cinco de Mayo . The boys track team hosts the Adam Sundall Relays that night, the golf teams play St. Ed’s, and there’s girls track at Eagle Grove. Then Friday night Garrigan will be hosting the state large-group music contest.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for April. 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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