The Bear Facts

March 31, 2007

Good morning! I'm Rachel Byrkeland!

I'm Chris Scobba!

And I'm Chris Loebach! You're listening to the "Bear Facts", the radio show where each week we keep you up-to-date on all the news at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today most of Garrigan's band and choir members are over in Garner for the state solo and small ensemble music contest. Garrigan has thirty-two entries at state contest. Soloists include vocalists Bethany Kirsch, Cassie Reising, Brittany Berte, Ashli Krieps, Casey Caril, Alec Boeckholt, Rebecca Brosnan, and Kelly Klein; as well as Shane Koob, Krissy Kohlhaas, Kendra Plathe, Sam Noirland, Beth Kollasch, Jenna Richter, Michelle McGuire, Casey Arndrofer, and Becca Kramer. Instrumental soloists are Melissa Cruise on clarinet, Joanna Freking on saxophone, Dylan Freking on low brass, and Jake Lane on saxophone.

There's a clarinet ensemble with Kelly Klein, Molly Brashear, Amanda Buscher, Amy Rasmussen, and Taylor Brandenburg; a saxophone quintet featuring Katrina Even, Ethan Dahlhauser, Brittany Pfeffer, Joanna Freking, and Amber Broesder; a trombone quartet with Matt Elbert, Vince Cruise, Brian Patterson, and Jeff Broesder; and a clarinet trio that includes Gina Rasmussen, Carrie Courtney, and Michelle Kollasch. There's also a trombone ensemble with Dylan Freking, A.J. Lane, Jacob Zittritsch, and Chris Hansen; a trumpet trio that features Alec Boeckholt, Ben Hellman, and Dana Miller; and a flute ensemble with Allison Missal, Katie Boeckholt, Ashli Krieps, and Tina Berte.

Rounding out the entries are a mixed wind ensemble with Shanna Miller, Becky Brosnan, Michelle Kollasch, JoAnn Kirsch, and Rebeccah Erdman; a brass quartet with Sheri Kenyon, Krissy Kohlhaas, Sam Norland, and Randy Kenyon; and a clarinet group that includes Amanda Cruise, Melissa Cruise, Holly Byrkeland, and Katie Molacek. Good luck to directors Dennis Freking and Denis Greenfield and all the music competitors.

Also today the Golden Bear quiz bowl team is in action. They left early this morning to travel down to Boone. While the team's numbers are down because of music contest, they should still have a decent team at the tournament. Senior Chris Scobba will serve as captain today. Joining him in competition are juniors D.J. Thompson, Mark Poeppe, and Brent Kajewski, and sophomore Joe Straub. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

Last weekend we had tryouts for the 2007-2008 Golden Bear danz squad. Emily Behr and Stephanie Kollasch will be co-captains of next year's squad. Joining them on the team are Kristin Berte, Kayla Schiltz, Danielle Rahm, Tina Berte, Hannah Bode, and Christina Richter; as well as Rebecca Molsberry, Taylor Brandenburg, Taylor Cink, Rachel Molsberry, Meghan Mayer, Taylor Cink, Aimee Dahlhauser, and Beth Kollasch. Alternates are Beth Broesder and Ryya Kumm, and the managers will be Casey Arndorfer and Katie Miller. Congratulations, danz squad members!

Two weeks ago several of Garrigan's ecology students competed in the northwest Iowa ENVIROTHON. A BGHS team consisting of Alex Elbert, Chris Loebach, Emily Funk, Nick Kirsch, and Alex Bradley placed third overall in the regional event. They just missed qualifying for state by three points. Two other groups from Garrigan also competed. They were Cassie Vautier, Nick Berte, Adam Finley, Christina Richter, Maleri Bollig, Emily Behr, Brian Funk, Logan Wood, and Meghan Mayer. Congratulations to science teacher Beany Bode and all the ENVIROTHON competitors.

Last Wednesday thirty Garrigan students went to Emmetsburg to take part in the annual Iowa Lakes business competition. Business teacher Annette Vaske was very pleased with the group's performance. Seniors Brian Capesius, Chris Scobba, and Logan Wood took first place overall in web page design. In Business Math Jake Grein was first, A.J. Doughan second, and Bella Alfonz sixth overall. Kelly Rouse took third place in the region in Beginning Accounting, with Jake Grein fourth, Bella Alfonz fifth, and Gina Rasmussen sixth. Tony Rouse ended up third in Business Law, Lee Brashear was fourth in Advanced Accounting, and Brian Capesius was fifth in Computer Applications. Congratulations, business competitors!

Earlier this month the Golden Bear boys basketball team held their awards potluck. Brian Capesius won the Steve McCall Award as the team's MVP. Scott Kollasch and A.J. Doughan were offensive players of the year, while Nick Reding and Colby Krieps took top honors on defense. Josh Rahm was the team's most improved player, Logan Wood won the hustle award, and Chase Reding received the coaches appreciation award. The Bears had one all-conference selection, 6'7" junior A.J. Doughan. Congratulations to these basketball honorees.

Next Monday and Tuesday Garrigan will be hosting the annual North Central Conference Art Show. Thirteen Garrigan students will be exhibiting work at the show. They are Liz Liz Erdman, Jack Bradley, Garrison Brosnan, Rebecca Brosnan, Amanda Cruise, Brian Funk, and Maria Kohlhaas; plus Michelle Kollasch, Steph Kollasch, Alissa McGuire, Allison Missal, Kendra Plathe, and Taryn Vitzthum. They'll join the best artists from all over the conference. The public is invited to a special show of their work Monday night from 7 to 9pm at the KC Hall in Algona.

Gala 2006 is almost here. Right after Easter we'll be setting up for this year's event which has an Australian theme of "Gala Down Under". Larry and Mary Hellman, Allen and Jean Kramer, and Rod and Laurie Vitzthum are the co-chairs of this year's Gala, and more than a hundred students and adults will be helping to see that everything goes smoothly. The Gala preview party will be Friday, April 13, and the big fundraiser night will be Saturday, April 14.

Because we have so many different news stories this week, we're skipping our Senior Spotlight. We'll be off next week for the Easter holiday, so we've got two weeks to cover on our Garrigan calendar. It begins today with state music contest in Garner and quiz bowl in Boone.

Also today there's an alumni basketball tournament taking place in the Garrigan gym. Tomorrow the Final Four intramural teams face off in the semi-finals. Then on Monday Dylan Freking will be performing at the All-State Speech Festival at UNI.

Also on Monday we'll be setting up for the conference art show. The public showing is from 7 - 9 Monday night. The conference art awards will be presented on Tuesday, and that night the girls track team runs at Clear Lake.

We'll have our annual Day of Reflection on Thursday, with an early dismissal that day. There are no classes or activities over Easter Break.

School resumes on Tuesday, April 10. That night the girls track team is at Algona, and the boys run at Iowa Falls. The boys golf team hosts Humboldt and St. Ed's, while the girls play the same teams in Ft. Dodge.

On Thursday, April 12, there's boys track at Lake Mills. Friday the 13th is the Gala preview party. Also that night the girls track team hosts the Garrigan Relays while the boys run at Estherville. There's boys golf at Algona, and the girls golf team hosts AHS and Clear Lake.

That's the "Bear Facts" for March. We'll be off next week for Easter break, and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. 

Be sure to join us again two weeks from now when we'll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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