The Bear Facts
April 2, 2016

 Good morning! I’m Alex McGuire!

 I’m Taylor Becker!

 And I’m Noah Buscher! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 Gala 2016 is just around the corner. The annual celebration and fundraiser will be next weekend. There will be a preview party Friday, April 8, and the main event will be next Saturday the 9th. This year’s theme is “Rio Revealed”, in anticipation of the upcoming Olympics in South America. Something new this year will be an after-party at the KC Hall, following the conclusion of Gala. We’ll tell you more about Gala on next week’s show.

 Next Monday three Garrigan students will travel to Cedar Falls, where they’ll be performing at the All-State Speech Festival. Caitlin Thilges, Sam Trainer, and Levi Capesius were all named Outstanding Performers at the state speech contest last month. Caltlin will be Garrigan’s first performer Monday. She’ll read “The Waltz”, a short story that alternates between the real things a woman says and the sarcastic thoughts that go through her mind while she’s on a date.

 Sam Trainer was also an all-stater in prose. In in the afternoon he’ll perform “Baseball vs. Football”, a comedy routine written by George Carlin. Then in the last section of the day Levi Capesius will present an acting selection called “How to Be the Popular Guy”, where he tells about a nerd transforming into a cool kid. All-state is the highest honor students can achieve in speech, and we congratulate Levi, Caitlin, and Sam on their accomplishment.

 Right before Easter the sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Garrigan spent a day taking field trips around the state. The seniors went to religious sites throughout central Iowa. While there were some language problems, they enjoyed seeing a beautiful Hindu temple and Buddhist shrine as well as a Jewish synagogue in Des Moines. Meanwhile the juniors met with a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court and toured the governor’s mansion and the state historical museum.

 The sophomores stayed relatively close to home. They went to the new Iowa Lakes technology center, where they learned about wind energy, and they also visited a fish hatchery and hiked to a kettle pot land formation. We’re hoping to make field trips like these an annual tradition and let students see things they don’t normally encounter in Algona.

 Track season is here. While there was lots of rain to start things off, both the boys and girls teams are looking forward to good seasons. The boys are coming off one of their best years ever, and they’ll return seven state qualifiers on this year’s team: Will Kellner, Zac Kibby, Devin Degen, Logan Rosenmeyer, Cameron Langerman, Gibson Behr, and Ryan Kenyon. Coach Marty Wadle has thirty-three boys out for track this year.

 On the girls side, coach Greg Ahlers is in charge of twenty-two competitors. Returning state veterans include Johanna Vaske, Avriel Miller, Gracie Behr, Caitlin Thilges, Livia Miller, Alisa Altman, Olivia Hall, Emory Miller, and Isabelle Davis. Good luck all season long to the track teams!

 Intramural basketball has finished up for the year, and the result wasn’t even close. This year’s champions ended the season with a perfect record and an average of 72 points per game. The winning team features seniors Alex McGuire, Devin Degen, Jedd Magill, Stephen McCall, Andrew Lallier, and Will Kellner, as well as freshman Alec Studer. Congratulations, intramural champs!

 Next Friday we’ll be traveling out of town for our weekly school mass, instead of just going over to St. Cecelia’s. This week’s mass will be down at St. Mary’s in Humboldt. Several Garrigan students come from Humboldt, and others come from the Livermore and Bradgate areas. The mass in Humboldt is the second in a series that helps us keep in touch with our outlying parishes. Earlier this winter we went over to St. Michael’s in Whittemore.

 Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Avriel Miller. Avriel is one of the top athletes in the Class of 2016. She has been to state in track, and she’s also been an important part of the Golden Bear volleyball and basketball teams. Avriel is also in Christian Leadership, and you may have heard her announcing here on the “Bear Facts”. She’ll be off to college next year, and we wish Avriel all the best in the future.

 On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the music students who have spent the week in New York City will be returning home late tonight. Then tomorrow is Divine Mercy Sunday.

 Monday is the All-State Speech Festival, which will be held at UNI in Cedar Falls. Then on Tuesday the girls track team runs at Clear Lake.

 Golf begins on Thursday, with a co-ed meet at North Union. Friday we’ll travel to Humboldt for mass. That night the boys golf team hosts Spencer and Emmetsburg, and the boys track team runs at Clarion.

 That’s our first “Bear Facts” for April. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.