The Bear Facts

January 30, 2010

Good morning! I'm Jake Rosenmeyer!

And I'm Hannah Bode! Thanks for joining us for the "Bear Facts", where we're celebrating Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Each winter students and teachers all over the country celebrate Catholic Schools Week, a time when we recognize the difference Catholic education makes in our country. This year's Catholic Schools Week theme is "Dividends for Life", and Garrigan, as well as Seton, Bancroft St. John's and Emmetsburg Catholic are all celebrating how faith, knowledge, discipline, and morals pay off as Catholic school students grow to adulthood. The week starts today and tomorrow, with a focus on education at the parish masses around the area.

Monday we'll have an all-school mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, with Fr. Paul Eisele returning to Algona to officiate. Algona mayor Lynn Keuck will offer a proclamation before the event. Tuesday will be Student Appreciation Day. The community will get involved that night, with a Paint the Crowd Gold night when the Bears host Algona High. Wednesday is National Heritage Day, and that night we'll have the annual Speech Spectacular. Thursday is Staff Appreciation Day, and Friday we finish up Catholic Schools Week with School Tradition Day.

Last Saturday the Golden Bear speech team competed in the district large group contest over in Spencer. While all the different snow days left them with far fewer rehearsals than they'd have liked, the Bears still brought home three Division One or Excellent ratings. Jake Rosenmeyer, Michael Hellman, Anna Kollasch, and Nora Krahenbuhl received a "I" in Group Improvisation, as did freshmen Matthew Fakler, Hannah Boisjolie, and Melanie Mergen. Also successful was the group mime featuring Becky Jennings, Brie Blocker, and Ryya Kumm. All these competitors now advance to the state contest on February 6 in LeMars. Congratulations, speech!

Another group that has been working hard this winter is show choir. Director Linda Ferjak has a group of twenty-seven in show choir this year. The sopranos include Nora Krahenbuhl, Sarah Metthews, Becky Jennings, Hannah Bode, Angelica Brosnan, Grace Steil, Becca Hyslop, Melissa Kellner, and Rahcel Renger. Singing alto are all-stater Anna Kollasch, plus Kayla Blocker, Kelsie Berke, Alicia Richter, Amelia Golwitzer, Harli Eggers, and Nicole Grein. On the boys side are tenors Philip Detrick, John Richter, Matthew Fakler, and Alex Matthews; and basses Michael Hellman, Alex Hamilton, Shawn Vaske, Drew Magill, Jake Rosenmeyer, Dustin Miller, and Adam Hamilton. Best wishes, show choir!

This has been a weird year for the lower-level basketball teams, with a lot of the games being re-scheduled or cancelled due to weather. This year's JV boys team features juniors Andrew Behr and Andrew Schiltz; sophomores Daniel Gelhaus, Eli Marlow, Joe Farrell, Alex Boisjolie, Zach Keith, and Grant Reding; and freshmen Adam Hamilton, John Burns, and Jake Kollasch. Others playing freshman basketball include Elliot Boisjolie, Dustin Miller, B.J. Plathe, Joseph Skilling, Thomas Bradley, Jonathan Berte, Zach Scobba, and Andrew McGuire.

In girls basketball, the lower-level roster includes sophomores Addison Miller, Shelby Schindler, Bethany Capesius, Emily Bell, Abbey Reding, and Mallory Bormann; plus freshmen Sarah McCall, Amelia Golwitzer, Chelsi Lanus, Haley Froehlich, Sophie Behr, Aubrie Meyers, Andrea Gisch, Melissa Kellner. Best wishes in the rest of the season to them!

Some people have wondered if we'll be going to school through the 4th of July, but since we started in the middle of August, it's not quite that late-at least yet. In case you've been wondering, we're now up to seven snow days this winter-and that's not counting all the late starts and early dismissals due to weather. As of now the last day of school at Garrigan and Seton will be Thursday, May 27, and so far senior graduation is still scheduled for May 16. We've all had enough of winter, so for now we're hoping neither of those dates change.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Chad Thompson and Devin Tindall. Here to tell you about them is Drew Magill.

Over the years Chad Thompson's biggest activity has been golf. He was part of the successful Golden Bear team last year, and he's hoping for more success as a senior. In the past Chad was also in baseball. He enjoys his art classes, and he's taking a college-credit math class to help prepare for the future. We wish Chad all the best after high school.

Devin Tindall is best known for his place on the line on the Golden Bear football team. Devin has also been in track all through high school, and he's looking forward to winning his second intramural basketball title this winter. Devin will be off to college in the fall, and we wish him good luck.

Thanks, Drew! On our Golden Bear calendar, there's varsity basketball at home vs. Garner tonight at 5:00. Tonight at 8:00 you can watch Garrigan take first place in the Iowa State Dance Championships. The show will be re-run tomorrow at 2pm. Also tomorrow intramurals continue.

Monday we'll have mass for Catholic Schools Week. Then Tuesday it's Paint the Crowd Gold night as the Bears play Algona High. The JV games will be across town, with the varsity here at Garrigan. The baseball team will serve a supper at the games.

Wednesday we'll have an early dismissal for staff development. That night will be the annual Speech Spectacular, when all the large group events will perform for the public. Then Thursday morning there will be a staff appreciation breakfast in the Garrigan cafeteria.

Thursday night the freshman basketball teams play Mason City Newman. Friday we'll have a jeans day. Garrigan will host the weekly chamber coffee, and at Seton they'll have a birthday party for the school. That night the varsity Bears travel to Hampton-Dumont.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Catholic Schools Week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch our show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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