The Bear Facts
November 5, 2016
Good morning! I’m Emerald Shipler!
I’m Logan Heying!
And I’m John Meis! Thanks for tuning in for the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.
state solo dance championships are taking place today down in
Pella. Garrigan has three dancers entered in the contest.
Seniors Courtney Noonan and Sarah Skilling and junior Kat Willie are
all part of the solo competition. Good luck at state, Golden Bear
At our All Saint’s mass last Tuesday thirteen Garrigan
seniors were installed as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy
Communion. They will help out distributing communion at our
school masses and also in their home parishes—which include. Six
girls and seven boys became Eucharistic ministers, and they represent
the churches in Algona, Bancroft, St. Joe, Whittemore, West Bend, and
The new ministers include Rebecca Bonstetter, Miranda
Book, Sam Bormann, Megan Brown, Sam Harrington, and Danielle Plahte; as
well as Levi Capesius, Ben Fogarty, Logan Capesius, Chase Hatten,
Andrew Meister, Joel Vaske, and Andrew Thilges. Congratulations
to the new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Golden Bear volleyball team wrapped up their season last Tuesday.
After and up and down regular season, the Bears had an awesome run in
regionals, winning three straight matches on the road.
Unfortunately in the regional final they faced the #1-ranked team in
the state, and the Janesville Wildcats lived up to their
reputation. The Bears put up a good fight, but they ended up
losing in three games.
The Bears’ prospects continue to look
good in the future. Just three seniors will be leaving after this
fall: Courtney Kirsch, Ciera Hall, and Megan Brown. There’s
also a dedicated group of juniors who will be next year’s
leaders: Caitlin Thilges, Whitney Hovey, Jenna Boelter, Grace
McGuire, Aubrey McEnroe, and Megan Wadle. On top of that a very
talented group of freshmen emerged this year and should help the team
well into the future. Congratulations on wrapping up a great
The Golden Bear football team won their
playoff opener last Friday, and for the second straight year they
advanced to the state quarterfinals undefeated. We had to record
this week’s show before last night’s big game against West Hancock, and
the outcome of that game has quite a lot to do with determining next
week’s schedule. We know the Bears played a tough game, and we’re
hoping they did well enough to advance to the dome.
One of the
things that depends on football playoffs is the schedule for next
week’s BGHS musical. This year the music, drama, and art
departments are presenting Beauty and the Beast. The play
features a huge cast—including all-state vocalists Levi Capesius, Sam
Trainer, and Bryce Capesius. Other cast members include Andrew
Thilges, Rebecca Bonstetter, Sam Harrington, Andrew Meister, and
Also part of the musical are Isabelle
Davis, Skyland Meraz, Megan Bronk, Layah DeLange, Lauren Kenyon, Amanda
Miller, and Bailey Kollasch; as well as Jordan Hansen, Madison Illg,
John Zeimet, Ashlyn Harrington, Laurel Degen, Jenna Heinen, Aidan Koob,
Tommy Kollasch, Eric Thul, Sam Vaske, Chloe Garman, Caitlin Thilges,
Gabe Trainer, and Emma Thul. If the Bears are not playing
football on Friday, the musical will be Friday and Saturday
nights. If they are at the UNI-Dome, the musical will be next
Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
There’s more quiz bowl
action today. The Bears will be competing across town in the
Algona invitational tournament. Garrigan has a tradition of doing
very well at Algona High, and we hope that luck continues today.
Good luck, quiz bowl!
With state solo dance happening today, our
Senior Spotlight this week shines on Courtney Noonan. Here to
tell you about her is Zach Muller.
Courtney Noonan’s biggest
activity is dance. She has been named to the All-Iowa Honor Drill
Team twice, and she has won both individual and team state
championships in dance. She’s also been to state in
cheerleading. In the summer when she’s not at school you might
see Courtney working at the Algona Aquatic Center. She wants to
go to Iowa State next year, and she’d like a career in interior or
graphic design. Good luck, Courtney!
On our Golden Bear
calendar today there’s state solo dance today in Pella. Also
today the quiz bowl team is competing at Algona High.
about half the high school students will be heading north to the Mall
of America. That’s their reward for selling ten calendars in the
recent calendar drive. Girls basketball practice also starts on
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we’ll get out our #2
pencils to take the Iowa Assessments. We’ll have a school mass on
Wednesday, followed by a special Veterans Day reception. There’s
also an early dismissal Wednesday for teacher inservice.
state football semi-finals will be next Friday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar
Falls. If the Bears are playing the game time is 10am. If
not the musical will start that night with a 7pm curtain.
Saturday Garrigan will host the Top of Iowa Conference quiz bowl
tournament, and one way or another there will be a musical performance
That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week.
Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week for
more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.