The Bear Facts

March 4, 2017

Good morning! I’m Miranda Book!

I’m Lexi Berte!

And I’m Caitlin Thilges! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This weekend the Golden Bear danz squad is down in Orlando competing in the National Dance Association nationwide competition. They qualified for nationals by winning the state championship with their pom and kick routine last December. The national contest is being held at Disney World, and the girls are enjoying the sights between their rounds of competition.

The Golden Bear danz squad features seniors Courtney Noonan, Chloe Garman, and Danielle Plathe. Other dancers are Aubrey McEnroe, Kat Willie, Olivia Hall, Grace Menke, Laurel Degen, Isabella Capesius, and Tabi Kollasch. Coach Colleen Conway-Schiltz is also accompanying the girls to Florida. Good luck at nationals, danz squad!

Last Saturday Garrigan hosted the district individual speech contest for the Iowa High School Speech Association. While bad weather forced us to start the contest late, things still went very smoothly. What’s more, the Bears had an outstanding day—with 9 of their 10 entries earning Division one or “excellent” ratings.

Levi Capesius received I’s in both Acting and Musical Theatre; while Logan Heying earned I’s in both Radio News Announcing and After-Dinner Speaking. Sam Trainer also received two I’s—in Storytelling and Improvisation. Others earning I’s were Caitlin Thilges in Literary Program, Bryce Capesius in Prose, and Gabe Trainer in Storytelling. Layah DeLange earned a division two or “good” rating for her prose selection.

Students who earned I’s now advance to the state speech contest. State will be held next Saturday at East High School in Sioux City. Congratulations to the speech contestants and to coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

The annual pops concert is just around the corner. This year’s pops concert will be next Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm. There will be special solo performances, as well as presentations by jazz band, concert choir, vocal jazz, and show choir. Table seats are available for $7 by calling BGHS at 295-3521, and bleacher seats are available for just $5 at the door. Be sure to mark your calendar for March 10 and the annual pops concert.

The quiz bowl team will be hosting their seventh annual community quiz bowl on Friday, March 17. Teams of all ages may compete, and up to five players may compete on a team at a time. The entry fee is $20 per team, and proceeds will help pay expenses on the quiz bowl team’s trip to nationals this May. A registration form is available at, and for more information you can contact quiz bowl captain Ben Degen at 515-200-9356. Don’t miss out on community quiz bowl.

Next Thursday students in Garrigan’s Christian Leadership in Action group will be making another trip to the Caring and Sharing Hands Mission in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll tour the facilities at Mary’s Place and help prepare and serve a meal for homeless people in the Twin Cities. Garrigan has been helping out at the mission for more than a decade. Religion teachers Jake Rosenmeyer and Rob Meister will accompany the group to Minneapolis.

Again in February Garrigan math students made the wall of fame in the nationwide Perennial Math competition. This time around it was the younger students who had the top scores: Jordan Hansen, John Meis, Caroline Bradley, Laurel Degen, Aidan Koob, Gabe Trainer, Billy Erpelding, Meredith Tigges, Logan Heying, Abbi Heying, Reese Rosenmeyer, Emma Fogarty, Amanda Miller, Emma Lichter, Ashlyn Harrington, and Caden Berte. Congratulations to these top math students and to math teacher David Burrow.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Danielle Plathe. Here to tell you about her is Megan Wadle.

Danielle Plathe is one of the dancers who’s in Orlando for nationals this weekend. She has been involved in dance most of her life, and she’s won a major scholarship for her accomplishments. Danielle is also a top-level student and a National Honor Society member. She challenges herself with college-credit classes, and she keeps busy with a wide range of service projects. Danielle will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Megan. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s a middle school quiz bowl tournament at Garrigan today, and all weekend the danz squad is in Orlando for nationals.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Lent. The last regular season intramural games will be tomorrow night, and then Monday golf practice begins for the season.

Next Wednesday we’ll have a reconciliation service in the morning. Then we’ll have an early dismissal for teacher inservice. Thursday Christian Leadership students will go to the Mary’s Place mission in Minneapolis.

Next Friday we’ll celebrate Stations of the Cross at 9am, and the annual pops concert will be next Friday night. Then next Saturday there’s state speech contest in Sioux City.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.