May 17, 1997

Good morning! I'm Tyler Struck!

And I'm Nathan Frideres! Welcome to a very special edition of the "Bear Facts", where we'll fill you in on all the details of graduation at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Aloha means goodbye! We'll say our farewells to fifty-seven seniors tomorrow at two o'clock, when the thirty-eighth class of Bishop Garrigan seniors walks across the stage and on out the door. This year's seniors have many accomplishments to their credit. They led the school to two consecutive appearances at the girls' state basketball tournament, and they set new records in almost every other sport. Their honors include all-state speech and music, as well as national honors in drill team, cheerleading, health occupations, and quiz bowl. Over the years twenty-five different members of the Class of '97 have even made their mark as announcers here on the "Bear Facts".

After some debate, the senior choir members chose a familiar tune for their farewell song at graduation. This year they'll be crooning the theme from "Cheers". The seniors said they chose the song because it really does say what they feel about Garrigan--it's a place where everybody cares and tries to help out, and above all where everybody knows your name.

This year's class motto is "In our hands we hold today; in our dreams we hold tomorrow; in our hearts we hold forever." The class selected navy blue and silver for their class colors, and the red rose is the official class flower. Two four-point students lead this year's class as valedictorians--Maggie Nelson and Jennifer Lighter. Jen will also be giving this year's commencement address, where she will recall her experiences as a transfer student, seeing Garrigan from the outside and making the choice to come here.

Each year the seniors pool their money and buy a class gift for the school. This year's gift is especially useful. The seniors bought two laser printers for the school computer lab. Printing had always been the weak link in our computer set-up, but once the bugs are all worked out we'll now be able to get high-quality print-outs of everything we do. It's a great gift, and we thank the seniors for it.

The Class of 1997 will head off to a wide variety of places next year. Iowa State University is by far the most popular destination for this year's graduating class. There's also people heading to community colleges like NIACC, DMACC, and Indian Hills. Some students are also headed for more distant schools like Loras, Creighton, Briar Cliff, and the University of Beloit. Wherever next year may take them, we wish all the best to the Class of '97!

With the year winding down, we're already making plans for next year's school calendar. One of the biggest changes from the past will be Homecoming. Next fall's Homecoming will be October 3rd, when the Bears take on Pocahontas. Because that weekend is also Algona Band Day, for the first time in recent memory, the Homecoming dance will be Friday night, right after the game. It also means downtown Algona will see two parades just a day apart next fall.

It's less than a month now until the Golden Bear quiz bowl team will head to Washington for their third straight appearance in the National Academic Championships. Junior Brad Frideres is the captain of this year's national tournament team. Other starters include Tim Mosbach, Jeremy Richter, and Tyler Struck. Coming off the quiz bowl "bendh" will be Nathan Frideres, Dennis Gisch, and Louie Bode. The team will spend three days at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. They'll play at least four games against other top teams and see the sights of our nation's capital.

Once they're done in Washington, the quiz bowl team will move on to Baltimore. They'll do some sightseeing, and then it's time for baseball. They'll see big-time players like Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mike Mussina when the Orioles take on the Expos in inter-league play at Camden Yards. The quiz bowlers will also pass through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois on their way eastward.

The season hasn't started yet for the Garrigan baseball team, but Coach Meister is hoping for big things once the boys of summer start things off. Returning veterans on this year's squad include record-setting seniors like Chris Eischen and Eric Scobba. There's also a lot of juniors to watch, including Tom Twait and Chris Miller. Baseball season starts May 27th, with the Bears hosting West Bend/Mallard in a double-header. The CYO tournament will be June 7th and 8th at Carroll, and play-offs begin July 14th. Good luck, Bears!

We've still got a few seniors left for our Senior Spotlight. This week the spotlight shines on Nick Frideres and Sarah Cruise. Nick is the son of Howard and Ruth Ann Frideres of rural Algona. Nick recently won the Bode Co-Op Scholarship, and he'll be using it next year when he studies agriculture at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Sarah is the daughter of Mick and Jet Cruise of Wesley. She is a former APAC employee who also enjoys golf. At school she especially likes her art classes. We wish both Sarah and Nick the very best of luck in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there's boys' district track today at Pocahontas. Tomorrow morning are the parish baccalaureates, and graduation is tomorrow afternoon at 2:00.

You can hear the whole graduation ceremony live right here on KLGA. Then on Monday there's girls' district golf, and the boys' track team runs at Algona High.

Next Thursday there's a meeting for the sophomores and their parents, as they prepare for next year's Confirmation program. Friday we'll dismiss at 2:15 for the holiday weekend, and that night Garrigan will host the boys' conference track meet at Algona High.

That's the "Bear Facts" for another week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to listen up again next week when we'll be back for the 175th time on KLGA, bringing you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

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