The Bear Facts
May 6, 2017

Good morning! I’m Ashlyn Harrington!

I’m Gabe Trainer!

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

Last Tuesday we had the spring induction ceremony for the new Bishop Garrigan Honor Society. This organization honors students who excel not only in academics, but also in service, youth ministries, and activities. The inductees lit candles and enjoyed a reception with their parents and friends.

Fourteen juniors were selected as initial members of the group. They include Alisa Altman, Megan Wadle, Sam Trainer, Caitlin Thilges, Lexi Berte, Sarah Brown, and Ben Degen; as well as Grace McGuire, Jenna Boelter, Tommy Kollasch, Aubrey McEnroe, Olivia Hall, Olivia Hart, and Whitney Hovey. Congratulations to all the new honor society members!

With the school year rapidly winding down, we held elections for next year’s student council this past week. There were four pairs of candidates running for student council co-presidents: Jenna Boelter and Lexi Berte, Ben Degen and Drake Buscherfeld, Johnny Zeimet and Tommy Kollasch, and Zach Muller and Caitlin Thilges. There was some pretty active campaigning, with some candidates even taking lessons from the national politicians and producing negative ads. When the votes were all counted, the new student council co-presidents will be Drake Buscherfeld and Ben Degen. Congratulations to them.

We also elected our class presidents. There was actually a tie in the junior class, but after the run-off the Johnny Zeimet and Tommy Kollasch won by a narrow margin. It was also very close in the sophomore class, where the winners were Bryce Garman and John Meis. The freshman class co-presidents were unopposed. They are Grayson Rowlet and Grant Bormann. Congratulations!

Next Friday will be the Top of Iowa Conference Art Show, and Garrigan has fourteen artists entered in the event. Seniors Taylor Becker, Sarah Skilling, Gracie Behr, and Courtney Noonan will be displaying their creations; as will juniors Parker Schiltz, Emory Miller, Trevor Darling, Nolan Greene, and Emerald Shipler. Others headed to the art show include sophomores Bryce Garman, Sami Darling, and Bryce Capesius and freshmen Carlie Langerman and Emma Hamilton. Congratulations to art teacher Sheena Pease and the art students!

At the state solo and small ensemble music contest last month Garrigan senior Levi Capesius was named an outstanding performer. He’ll be presenting his solos at the Outstanding Performer Showcase at Iowa State University next Tuesday. Levi also wrote an original choral composition that our vocal jazz ensemble sang at the spring concert last Wednesday. Congratulations, Levi!

Next Tuesday awards will be presented to many of the non-sports activities here at Garrigan. Among the groups presenting awards is quiz bowl. Thirty-four Golden Bears participated in quiz bowl this year, and nine of them will be earning varsity letters. Students lettering in quiz bowl include Levi Capesius, Ben Degen, Sam Trainer, Logan Heying, and Gabe Trainer—all of whom are headed to nationals this summer—as well as Logan Capesius, Andrew Thilges, Trevor Darling, and Bryce Capesius. Ben Degen will be named the team MVP, while Levi Capesius will receive the Coach’s Appreciation Award.

The BGHS math team is also distributing awards next week. Senior Josh Hamilton is the math team MVP. Others earning letters include Logan Capesius, Ben Fogarty, Andrew Thilges, Sam Trainer, and Gabe Trainer. Other letters and awards will be presented next Tuesday to students in band, choir, speech, drama, art, and the “Bear Facts” radio show.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Grant Arndorfer and Taylor Becker. Here to tell you about them is Jenna Boelter.

Grant Arndorfer was one of the Golden Bears who played in the UNI-Dome last fall when the BGHS football team made it to the state championship game. He played fullback and tight end throughout the season. Grant also enjoys trapshooting, and his past activities include track. After high school Grant plans to study construction management at Iowa State.

Taylor Becker is also a trapshooter. She has also been a basketball manager, and she’s worked at a nursing home. Next year she plans to go to Indian Hills Community College, where she’ll be learning to be a radiology technician. We wish both Taylor and Grant all the best in the future.

Thanks, Jenna. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the softball team is hosting a camp for elementary and junior high students today. Also this weekend is the start of this year’s graduation receptions.

Monday will be the Top of Iowa conference golf meets. The girls meet is at Britt, and the boys conference meet will be in Belmond.

The fine arts awards banquet is Tuesday night. Then Wednesday night we’ll have baccalaureate for the Class of 2017. Many academic and athletic awards will be presented after mass that night.

Next Thursday is the district track meet. The Bears will be running at Manson, and we hope lots of them qualify for state. Friday is the seniors’ last day. There’s sectional golf that day, as well as the conference art show.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week, when we’ll say goodbye to the Class of 2017 here at Bishop Garrigan High School.