The Bear Facts
March 3, 2018

Good morning! I’m Caitlin Thilges!

 I’m Lexi Berte!

 And I’m Megan Wadle! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 This past Wednesday the Golden Bear girls competed in the state basketball tournament. The Bears faced Springville, the top rated team in Class 1-A. Springville had a huge height advantage, and while the Bears played well, they weren’t able to overcome that. They ended up falling to Springville by a score of 54 – 36.

 Freshman Kaylyn Meyers was the first Golden Bear to score, and Jenna Boelter, Katie Noonan, Grace McGuire, Maddie Meister, and Caitlin Thilges also put points on the board at state. Whitney Hovey and Alisa Altman also got in the book with rebounds and steals, and every single member of the Golden Bear team got playing time on the floor at state. Congratulations to the Bears on making it to the state basketball tournament!

Last Tuesday Garrigan hosted the Iowa High School Speech Association district individual contest. The Bears had ten performances at district contest, and all ten of them earned division one or “excellent” ratings. In Prose Caitlin Thilges earned a “I” with “So You’re Kate’s Girl”, Gabe Trainer was judged excellent with “Nerds Are Cool”, and Bryce Capesius received top marks for “Gambling Grandmas”.

Sam Trainer received a “I” in Improvisation and also with the Storytelling selection “The Real Most Interesting Man in the World”. Jordan Hansen earned an excellent rating for the story “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type”. Logan Heying earned a “I” in Radio, and Ashlyn Harrignton got top marks in Acting for “Born a Girl”. Finally in Literary Program John Zeimet received a “I” with “Hillbilly Love”, and Sam Vaske got a “I” with “Fickle Females”. 

This is head speech coach Mary McCall’s last year directing speech at Garrigan, and the clean sweep at district means her final year will be one of the most successful. All the Garrigan entries will now advance to the state contest, which will be next weekend at Kuemper High School in Carroll. Congratulations on all the district ones, and best wishes at state to the speech team!

The YMCA state swimming tournament is being held today in Marshalltown, and three Garrigan students are competing in that event. Sam, Gabe, and Joey Trainer all had sectional times that qualified them to compete in the state swim meet. Sam Trainer will swim in three individual events: the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. Joey Trainer will be swimming the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, and Gabe Trainer is swimming the 100-yard breaststroke. They’ll also be joining teammate Carson Simpson at state for the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays. Good luck at state to the Trainers!

Next Friday the BGHS music department will present its annual pops concert. A new feature this year will be the addition of the Illumination show choir which won top honors at state completion last month. There will also be solos and small groups performing both vocal and instrumental selections. The pops concert will start at 7pm next Friday, March 9. Be sure to join us for the big event.

Next Tuesday a group of Garrigan students will be heading up to Minneapolis to help out at the Caring and Sharing Hands Mission. Garrigan has a long relationship with the mission, which is commonly known as Mary’s Place. Tuesday they’ll be helping prepare and serve meals and touring the facilities across from Target Field where the homeless and others in need receive help.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Will Fox. Here to tell you about him is DDDDD.

You may have seen Will Fox working at the Algona Theatre. Will is part of the Garrigan trap-shooting team, and his past activities include cross-country and band. Will is also a very accomplished guitar player. After high school, Will will be studying to be an electrician, and we wish him all the best in the future.

 Thanks,On our Golden Bear calendar, today there’s a big junior high quiz bowl tournament at Garrigan. Tuesday sophomores will be taking the Accuplacer test to qualify to take college-credit classes.

 Also on Tuesday Christian Leadership students will be helping at the Mary’s Place mission in Minneapolis. Then on Wednesday we’ll have group activity pictures.

Thursday afternoon juniors will be attending a college fair at Algona High. Friday we’ll have Stations of the Cross during the day, and that night is the annual Pops Concert. Then next Saturday there’s the state speech contest at Carroll Kuemper.

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