The Bear Facts
March 5, 2016


Good morning! I’m Zac Kibby!

I’m Zach Boelter!

And I’m James Quinlin! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you informed on all the news at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last week a large part of our show revolved around the sad news of Gene Meister’s death from cancer. We had some more cancer-related news this week, but fortunately it was much happier. Freshman Bryce Capesius was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall, and he’s spent most of the school year going through treatment for the disease. This past Tuesday we joined Bryce in celebrating his “bell-ringing”, which marks his final radiation treatment. We’re glad he’s reached the end of this phase of his recovery, and we’re looking forward to having Bryce back with us in school.

Last Saturday Bishop Garrigan had nine entries at the Iowa High School Speech Association district individual contest, which was held at Okoboji High School in Milford. The Golden Bears had an awesome day, with every single entry earning a Division One or “excellent” rating. Junior Levi Capesius earned two top marks—one in Acting for “How to Be the Popular Guy” and the other in Musical Theatre, where he sang “Put on a Happy Face”.


Sophomore Sam trainer also took home two Division One ratings from district. He was judged excellent in Storytelling with “Clever Gretl” and in Prose with the George Carlin routine “Baseball vs. Football”. Freshman Gabe Trainer also earned a Division One with a literary program called “Ah, Bacon!” 

Sophomore Noah Buscher received top marks with a literary program that paired Carl Sagan’s writings with poetry on “The Awe and Wonder of the Universe”. In Prose Division Ones went to Tommy Kollasch for “Detention” and Caitlin Thilges for “The Waltz”. Junior Chloe Garman also earned a one for her acting piece “Born a Girl”.

All the speech students now advance to state contest. They’ll be travelling to Moville next Saturday for the state individual speech contest at Woodbury Central High School. Congratulations to all the speech contestants and to coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

The BGHS spring play is just two weeks away. “Anne Frank and Me” stars Carolyn Baxter as an American girl who is skeptical the Holocaust ever happened but then finds herself living the life of a French Jew during World War II. Other seniors in the cast include Johanna Vaske, Mariah Bronk, and James Quinlin.

The play cast also includes Emma Thul, Caitlin Thilges, Isabelle Davis, Aidan Koob, Levi Capesius, and Tommy Kollasch; as well as Caroline Bradley, Sam Vaske, Laurel Degen, Ashlyn Harrington, Emory Miller, and Jenna Boelter. Showtime will be 7pm on March 18 and 19 in Friedmann Auditorium.

In recent years a very popular activity at Garrigan has been the clay target shooting club, which is sponsored by the Izaak Walton League. This year nineteen students have signed up for trapshooting—including Mariah Bronk, LeeAnn Eischen, Grant Arndorfer, Alex Lichter, Taylor Becker, Nicole Walker, Chase Hatten, and Megan Brown. 
Others in the shooting club this spring are Will Eggers, Will Fox, Dylan Berte, Billy Erpelding, Caden Berte, Silas Goche, and Emerald Shipler; as well as Trevor Darling, Ashlyn Harrington, Jackson Rosenmeyer, and Lexi Berte. Good luck all season long to the trapshooters!

There’s still time to register for the annual community quiz bowl tournament. The Golden Bear quiz bowl team is organizing the event and writing questions as a fundraiser for their trip to nationals next summer. Teams from junior high through older adults are welcome to participate, and it’s all for fun. For more information or to register, call quiz bowl captain Devin Degen at 515-200-9347.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Andrew Lallier. Here to tell you about him is Michael Robert Condoleon.

If you’ve listened to the “Bear Facts” any other week this year, most likely you’ve heard Lally. This Algona native is one of our most frequent announcers, usually doing the weekly senior spotlight. Andrew’s biggest activities are golf and intramural basketball, and in golf he’ll be defending the state championship this spring. While Andrew likes to have fun, he’s also challenged himself with classes like Calculus. He plans to play golf in college, and we wish him all the best in the future. Good luck, Lally!

Thanks, Michael. On our Golden Bear calendar, Garrigan is hosting a junior high quiz bowl tournament today. Also today several danz squad members are participating in the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team in Des Moines.

Tomorrow the boys basketball team will have their awards banquet. Then intramurals resume tomorrow evening. Tuesday we’ll have the annual academic banquet at the K.C. Hall.

Wednesday is the reward day from the calendar drive last fall. Then next Friday the quiz bowl team will be hosting their annual community quiz bowl tournament. 

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