"The Bear Facts"
JANUARY 31, 1998

(Episode #195)

Good morning! I'm Jeremy Richter!

And I'm Jenni Krieps! Welcome to another edition of the "Bear Facts", where each week we keep you in touch with Bishop Garrigan High School.

We've been celebrating Catholic Schools Week at Garrigan and Seton this past week. One of the week's events was a special breakfast that honored all the faculty and staff, but especially those people with at least twenty years of service to Catholic education. Seton has nine long-time staff members. They are Chuck Stillman, Sue Salz, Sister Mary Herman, Mary Foth, Kathee Froehlich, Sister Annette, Garry Flaherty, Kathy Kohlhaas, and Sister Michelle.

Here at Garrigan we have ten staff members with twenty or more years of Catholic school experience. On the teaching staff are math teachers Eileen Kadow and Daryl Kohlhaas, English teacher Sue Ney, religion teacher Sister Janet Stelken, science teacher Tom Froehlich, and music assistant Father Paul Eisele. President Gene Meister, Principal Mike Stence, Registrar Sister Janet Goetz, secretary Lynn Elbert, and kitchen worker Sharon Kenne have also been around for twenty years or more. Congratulations to all these long-time staff members!

Last weekend eight groups from BGHS competed in the district large group speech contest at Garner. Four of the groups brought home Division I ratings. These excellent ratings mean that twenty-three Garrigan students will be going on to compete in the state large group speech contest next weekend in LeMars. Among those earning I's are seniors Carrie Kohlhaas, Jeremy Richter, Jenni Krieps, Sadie Kohlhaas, Beth Haag, and Tiffany Meyer.

The juniors who eard Division I ratings include Natalie Salz, Rachel Studer, Julie Helkelvig, and Maria Loebach. Among the sophomores were Angie Weber, Katie Patterson, Tyler Struck, Dennis Gisch, Sam Lickteig, and Brandon Donahe. There were also seven freshmen earning I's. They were Lynn Kohlhaas, Sarah Kollasch, Marian Studer, Angie Kohlhaas, Janet Kramer, Dan Bormann, and Paul Loebach. All of these students will be performing next Thursday night, February 5, in the annual "Evening of Theatre" presentation at Garrigan.

It's really amazing just how many people have checked out the Bishop Garrigan website. The counter had reached 5,000 when we re-set it at New Year's, and just this year the site has been accessed almost 8,000 times. Senior Tim Mosbach created the page as a project for the Garrigan Gifted and Talented program, and now he's passing the baton to some younger students who will keep the page going well into the future.

Among the things you'll find when you check out Garrigan on the net are full transcripts of each week's "Bear Facts" broadcast. We know a number of former studenrs and staff who keep in touch with the school news by checking out "Bear Facts--Online". You'll also find a photographic virtual tour of the school, a complete activity calendar, and the official stats from intramural basketball. Over a hundred people have signed the electronic guestbook, and they only have the highest praise for Garrigan's home in cyberspace. In fact, many seasoned web surfers say it's the best high school site they've seen anywhere.

The URL, or web address for Garrigan is pretty complicated, and it will change soon when the school switches over to its own in-house server. One way to find the homepage is to go to Northwest Internet at ncn.net, click on "schools", then on "Algona", and then on "Catholic". Before you know it, you'll be at our website. You can also find our website by typing "Garrigan" on any major search engine. So the next time you're out surfing the web, be sure to check out BGHS online.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Lisa Boekelman. Lisa is a four-sport athlete. She's been co-captain of this year's volleyball and girls' basketball eams. She's competed in the state track meet, and she's won all-conference honors in softball. Lisa is also active in choir, and she's been vice president of her 4-H club. She'd like to play softball in college, where she plans to major in radiology. We wish Lisa the very best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar today, there's a make-up basketball match-up tonight, when the Bears welcome Hampton-Dumont. Tomorrow noon there's more intramural action.

Monday the freshman boys' basketball team will play at West Bend. Then on Tuesday student council meets, and that night there's a four game JV/varsity boy/girl basketball match-up, with the Bears taking on the Clarion/Goldfield Cowboys.

Wednesday we'll have a jeans day at Garrigan. Everybody will pay a dollar to wear jeans that day, and the proceeds are going to support a soup kitchen in the Twin Cities. Wednesday night the freshman boys host Mason City Newman.

Next Thursday there's a technology committee meeting at 7:30am. Then that night is your chance to catch all the state-bound large-group speech entries, with the "Evening of Theatre" in the Garrigan gym.

Next Friday is the ISU Honor Band. That night the Bears travel to Clear Lake for more basketball action. Then next Saturday there's state large group speech at LeMars.

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

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