The Bear Facts
February 6, 2016

Good morning! I’m Devin Degen!

And I’m James Quinlin! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past week was Catholic Schools Week at Garrigan, and we pretty much celebrated by not having school. Because of the big winter storm, there was no school Tuesday or Wednesday, and we had a late start on Thursday. When you add a couple of religious services and special activities, that didn’t leave very much time for classes. You won’t hear many people complaining, though—especially among us seniors, who are set to graduate May 15 no matter what happens with the weather.

Today is the state large group speech contest. The bus left just a few minutes ago to take twenty-six Golden Bears over to LeMars for the event. The first performers will be a group of freshmen presenting a readers’ theatre called “The Committee Meeting around 10:45am. They include Emma Thul, Laurel Degen, Lauren Kenyon, Megan Bronk, and Caroline Bradley.

At 11:23am the choral reading group will perform. Gigi Byrkeland, Megan Wadle, Lexi Berte, Sam Trainer, Kat Wille, Jenna Boelter, Emory Miller, Isabelle Davis, John Zeimet, and Alisa Altman will do their rendition of the Dr. Seuss selection “You’re Only Old Once”. Then at 1pm Mariah Bronk, Levi Capesius, Joseph Espinosa, and Kylie Fox will compete in radio broadcasting.

The final performance of the day will be the varsity readers’ theatre. “The Great Pandemonium” stars Levi Capesius, Joseph Espinosa, Caitlin Thilges, Tommy Kollasch, Sam Harrington, Noah Buscher, Carolyn Baxter, Rebecca Bonstetter, and Precious Robeson. Best wishes to them and to speech directors Jake Rosenmeyer and David Burrow. Break a leg, everyone!

The Golden Bear math team is also in action today. Those math-letes who aren’t in speech will be down in Ames today for a Great Plains Math League competition hosted by Iowa State University. Good luck to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas and all the math team!

The math team’s success might be one reason why when we got our scores back from the Iowa Assessments this year, math was the best subject overall. Garrigan did very well overall on the tests that used to be called ITEDs and Basic Skills, with about 80% of our students scoring in the top third statewide. Math and English were the top areas overall.

Last weekend Garrigan competed in the postponed Algona High quiz bowl. Our JV team, which featured Aidan Koob, Logan Heying, Gabe Trainer, and Bryce Capesius had a great day, taking the second seed going into playoffs. Their only loss was to Estherville Lincoln Central. The next quiz bowl competition will be a week from now, when Garrigan will compete in the “Lightning in Winter” event at Waukee.

After winning two different quiz bowl tournaments last fall, the Bears will be returning to nationals next summer. To help pay for that trip, they’ll be sponsoring the sixth annual community quiz bowl tournament on Friday, March 11. The high school players organize the event and write the questions, and anyone from junior high through senior citizens is welcome to participate. For more information, check on or contact quiz bowl captain Devin Degen at 515-200- 9347.

This past week was the time for football players to sign letters of intent to play at college. Out of this year’s Garrigan seniors all-stater Zac Kibby signed to play with Iowa Western in Council Bluffs. Zac played quarterback and safety for the district champion Golden Bears this past fall. Congratulations, Zac!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kylie Fox. Here with the scoop on her is Andrew Lallier.

You’ve probably heard Kylie Fox announcing here on the “Bear Facts”, and today she’s one of the students competing in the Radio Broadcasting division at state speech contest. Kylies other activities include band, cheerleading, math team, National Honor Society, and Christian Leadership in Action. Kylie plans a science-related major at college, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Andrew! On our Golden Bear calendar today, there’s state speech contest today at LeMars. There’s also math team today at Iowa State in Ames, and Zach Muller and Donovan Berte will have wrestling sectionals at Garner.

Tonight the Golden Bear danz squad will be performing at the Iowa Barnstormers game at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Then next Tuesday the basketball teams wrap up their regular season with games at Britt.

Lent begins next Wednesday. We’ll have a special service of word and ashes first thing Wednesday morning. There’s an early dismissal that afternoon for teacher inservice, and that evening we’ll have activities for Strong Catholic Families Night.

Thursday Garrigan will be hosting the first round of girls regional basketball. The Bears will host West Bend—Mallard at 7:00 that night. Finally next Saturday there’s the district wrestling tournament at Webster City.

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