JANUARY 31, 2009

Good morning! I'm Anna Kollasch!

And I'm Michael Fakler! Welcome to the 684th episode of the "Bear Facts", the weekly news program from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear speech team competed in the state large-group contest at Laurens Marathon High School. While it was far from the best day the Bears have ever had, they did enjoy some success. Four of Garrigan's events received Division I or "excellent" ratings and will advance to state contest. Two improvisation groups received I's. Students involved were Jake Rosenmeyer, Anna Kollasch, Nora Krahenbuhl, and Michael Hellman; as well as Holly Byrkeland, Joe Straub, and Randy Kenyon. Also earning I's were the acting ensembles "Sure Thing" with Jenna Richter and Rebecca Brosnan and "All's Well That Ends Wrong" featuring Taylor Brandenburg, Rebeccah Erdman, Katrina Even, amy Rasmussen, Kelly Klein, and Michael Fakler.

All these groups now advance to state contest, which will be held February 7th in Spencer. Several of Garrigan's performances also received Division II or "good" ratings-two readers theatres, two mimes, an acting ensemble, and an improv group. In addition to those mentioned earlier, students earning II's included Becky Jennings, Beth Broesder, Steph Kajewski, Sam Norland, Jade Kajeswki, Cassie Reising, Brittany Berte, and Brie Blocker; plus Ryya Kumm, Philip Detrick, Austin Salz, Craig Kohlhaas, Abby Hanna, Lizzy Hohmeister, Terrenze Franklin, Rachel Berte, and Jenny Broesder. We're pleased to salute all the students who have been working hard in large group speech.

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team has been finalizing their plans for a tenth trip to the National Academic Championships. This year's national quiz bowl tournament will be Memorial Day weekend in the recently-revived historic city of New Orleans. The Bears are planning a week-long trip that will take them through Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The Bears qualified for nationals by winning the championship in four different tournaments this year, one of their best showings ever.

The core of the team will be returning national veterans Brittany Berte, Rebeccah Erdman, Anna Kollasch, and Jake Rosenmeyer. Also making the trip will be seniors Chris Hansen and Vince Cruise and sophomores Michael Hellman, Michael Fakler, and Alex Hamilton. Accompanying the group will be coach David Burrow, two quiz bowl parents, and two-time quiz bowl MVP Ethan Dahlhauser. In addition to a six-game competition, the team plans to explore the historic city, see the National World War II Museum, and spend some time on the Gulf Coast beaches. This will be the Bears' third trip to New Orleans and their tenth trip to the National Academic Championships. In addition to the "Big Easy" previous trips have taken them to Washington, New York, Dallas, Chicago, and St. Louis.

All year long we're celebrating Garrigan's fiftieth anniversary. As part of the anniversary, the BGHS website, garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net, is creating a number of retrospective features. Just this month features highlighting "50 Years of Sports" and "50 Years on Stage" have been added to the website. There was a Golden Anniversary Homecoming salute last fall, and plans are in the works to salute former teachers, past proms, and the religious events and service projects that are at the foundation of our school.

David Burrow is in charge of the Garrigan website, which is created by and for our school's students. Working on the website this semester are Joe Golwitzer, Nick Foertsch, Brett Capesius, Mark Garman, D.J. Beletti, Tyler Lallier, and Richard Forburger. New pages are added every day, and you can check them out by heading to garrigan - dot - unlimitedweb - dot - net.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Vinny Humble and Sam Norland. Here to tell you about them is Alex Hamilton.

Unlike most of our students, Vinny Humble has only been a Golden Bear for two years. He transferred to BGHS from Twin River Valley last year. Since coming to Garrigan, his biggest activity has been music, but he's also been involved in football, track, and intramurals. Vinny plans to go to Kirkwood next year, and we wish him all the best.

Sam Norland's biggest activity is definitely music. He sang in the all-state choir last November, and he has also been repeatedly selected for honor bands. When he's not in and out of classes, Sam also keeps busy with cross-country, math team, and quiz bowl. He also plans to go to college next year, and we wish him good luck.

Thanks, Alex. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the varsity Bears will be playing at Garner-Hayfield tonight. Tomorrow intramural basketball resumes.

Monday the freshmen hoopsters host Eagle Grove. Then Tuesday we'll have our throats blessed for the Feast of St. Blaise. That night the varsity teams play Algona High.

Wednesday night is the "Speech Spectacular", when the large group entries perform for parents and community members. Thursday there's freshman basketball with the Bears hosting Mason City Newman, and then on Friday the varsity Bears host Hampton-Dumont.

That's the "Bear Facts" for January. 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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