The Bear Facts
March 31, 2012
Good morning! I’m Alex Matthews!
I’m Thomas Bradley!
And I’m Noelle Vitzthum! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.
Tonight is your last chance to see the BGHS spring play. This year the drama department is performing Shoestring Theatre. The show tells a story we can relate to, because it tells of an amateur group trying to put on a show on a very tight budget. The characters in Shoestring Theatre are also characters in the play Cinderella that the group in the show is performing.
Director Carol Eischeid is in charge of a cast and crew of twenty-nine students. They include seniors Philip Detrick, Lizzy Hohmeister, Jenny Broesder, Austin Salz, Lana Larson, Rachel Berte, and Andrea Altman. Other key cast members include Amelia Golwitzer, Matthew Fakler, Nick Bronk, Mark Fakler, and Levi Bernhard; as well as Shawn Vaske, Hannah Bernhard, Alissa Kirsch, Dorothy Kirsch, and Erin Quinlin.
Other cast and crew members are Melanie Mergen, Dustin Miller, Zach Kollasch, Jacob Thul, Jacob Kollasch, Hannah Boisjolie, and Adam Hamilton; plus Logan Kumm, Alex Matthews, Jakob Hamilton, Anna Hohmeister, and Neal Koob, Showtime is at 7:00 tonight, so be sure to come over to Friedmann Auditorium to see Shoestring Theatre.
Last week we had a special assembly with NFL star Dallas Clark. Clark is a native of this area, and he’s used his foundation to help schools with their recycling projects. He spoke to our school on the need for recycling and presented each student with reusable shopping bags from his Initiative 44 project. At the assembly Clark and Garrigan recycling coordinator Beany Bode also honored Sean Dyson and Jake Kayser, the two students who work hardest in collecting the school’s recyclables.
The Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Daughters of America recently announced winners in their area essay and art contests. The 2012 winner of the KC essay contest was Melanie Mergen. For the CDA, Makayla Foertsch, Andrea Gisch, and Erica Carlson had the first, second, and third place high school essays. Amelia Golwitzer and Janet Kenyon were honorable mentions, and John Burns and Jonathan Berte received special mentions.
The top poems in the CDA contest were from Joseph Skilling, Makayla Foertsch, and Dustin Miller. Jake Kollasch and Mallory Schiltz were honorable mentions, and Hannah Byrkland and Melissa Kellner were special mentions. The Catholic Daughters also sponsored competitions in art, and Sam Evers won the first place award in computer art. Congratulations to these honorees!
The Golden Bear basketball teams recently announced their letterwinners for the season. On the girls’ side Emily Bell, Mallory Bormann, Shelby Schindler, Haley Froehlich, Chelsi Lanus, Aubrie Meyers, Addison Miller, and Taylor Hovey all earned letters. Emily, Chelsi, and Shelby set new school records this season. Shelby has highest field goal percentage both for a season and a career; Emily holds the new mark for three-pointers in a game, season, and career; and Chelsi holds the new rebounding record for a game and a season.
For the boys basketball team, this year’s letterwinners are Austin Vaske, Eli Marlow, Zach Keith, Mitch Rahm, Grant Reding, Joey Farrell, John Burns, Adam Hamilton, and Nathan Krieps. Zach set the new steals record for a game and a season, and Austin finished his career with 1150 points.
Track season has begun. On the boys side, Coach Marty Wadle has thirty-one team members this spring. The core of the team will be returning seniors Alex Boisjolie, Austin Vaske, Grant Reding, Daniel Gelhaus, Zach Keith, and Mitch Rahm. On the other side, twenty-eight girls are running for Coach Greg Ahlers this year. The girls’ returning seniors include Emily Bell, Lana Larson, Addison Miller, Abbey Reding, and Shelby Schindler. Good luck all season, Golden Bear track!Last weekend’s community quiz bowl went very well. The Golden Bears took in $555 that will help defray the cost of the team’s trip to Chicago for the National Academic Championships this June. A group made up mostly of teachers from around the area won the tournament, but everyone who participated had a good time. Thanks to everyone who was involved with the community quiz bowl.
Right after the community tournament, the quiz bowl team competed at Alta—Aurelia. The Bears had three teams in that tournament, and two of them had the #2 and #3 seeds going into playoffs. The third Garrigan team won a play-in game to claim the #16 seed. They then lost to the overall champions from Mediapolis. Competing for the Bears were Allison Frideres, Grace Steil, Levi Bernhard, Hannah Bernhard, Jake Hamilton, Craig Kohlhaas, Austin Salz, and Lizzy Hohmeister; as well as Dustin Miller, Rachel Berte, Zach Kollasch, Tony Kollasch, Gaby Steil, Taylor Illg, and Emily Berte. Congratulations, quiz bowl!
Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Joey Farrell. Here to tell you about him is Connor Garman.
When the boys basketball team announced their awards this year, Joe Farrell received a special honor. He was named recipient of the “Coaches, Fans, and Teammate Appreciation Award”, an honor that is very well deserved. While he’s not a starter, Joe has been one of the hardest-working basketball players all through high school. This Algona native is also active on the golf team. Joe plans a career as a TV meteorologist, and we wish him the very best of luck in the future.
Thanks, Connor. On our Golden Bear calendar, tonight at 7:00 is the final performance of Shoestring Theatre from the Garrigan drama department. Then tomorrow we’ll celebrate Palm Sunday in all the area parishes.
The Parish Families Against Hunger will be packing meals tomorrow afternoon, and many of Garirgan’s Christian Leadership in Action students will be helping out with that project.
Tomorrow afternoon we’ll have the playoffs for intramural basketball. The final four face off at 1:00 and 1:45, and the championship will start around 2:30pm. Members of the All-Intramural Team will be announced before the championship game.
Tuesday there’s girls track at Clear Lake. Then on Wednesday we’ll dismiss early for teacher inservice. Thursday we’ll have our annual school retreat, with an early dismissal after the retreat is over. Once school closes after the retreat, there’s no activities over Easter weekend.
Well, that’s the “Bear Facts” for March. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to join us again next Saturday when we’ll be celebrating Easter here at Bishop Garrigan High School. Thank-you for tuning in.