The Bear Facts
January 7, 2017
Good morning! I’m Lexi Berte!
I’m Megan Wadle!
I’m Miranda Book! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”.
Happy New Year from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.
Golden Bear math team will be competing today. This tournament
was re-scheduled from the weekend before Christmas, when a snowstorm
got in the way. Competing for the bears today are seniors Josh
Hamilton, Danielle Plathe, Logan Capesius, Ben Fogarty, and Andrew
Thilges; junior Caitlin Thilges; sophomores Gabe Trainer and John
Meis; and freshmen Aubree Altman and Emma Fogarty. Good luck to
Coach David Burrow and the math team!
This is also honor band
season. Today two Garrigan sophomores are down in Fort Dodge for
the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association honor band. Logan
Heying is being honored for his skills on the tuba, and Sami Darling
was selected to the honor band on the French horn.
Congratulations to them, and to band director Ken Ferjak.
season is here. This year directors Jake Rosenmeyer and David
Burrow are busy working with five large group events. In Choral
Reading the Bears will be presenting an arrangement of Dr. Seuss’ “How
the Grinch Stole Christmas”, with Alisa Altman, Kat Willie, Gigi
Byrkeland, John Zeimet, Megan Wadle, Johanna Becker, and Jenna Boelter
in the cast—as well as John Meis, Madison Illg, Bryce Capesius, Layah
DeLange, Emma Thul, and Emory Miller.
Another speech event is
Readers Theatre, where Bishop Garrigan is presenting “The Brothers
Grimm: Out of Order”. Cast members include Sam Trainer,
Ashlyn Harrington, Sam Vaske, Gabe Trainer, Gigi Byrkeland, Bryce,
Capesius, and Lauren Degen; plus Lauren Kenyon, Caroline Bradley, Sam
Harrington, Jordan Hansen, John Zeimet, Megan Bronk, Logan Heying, and
In Musical Theatre we’ll be presenting a medley
from “Beauty and the Beast” featuring Isabelle Davis, Levi Capesiius,
Caitlin Thilges, Sam Vaske, Gabe Trainer, Aidan Koob, and Sam
Trainer. Levi Capesius and Caitlin Thilges are starring in an
Ensemble Acting Selection called “In the Principal’s Office”, and Layah
DeLange, Emma Thul, and Megan Bronk plan to compete in Radio
Broadcasting. District contest is two weeks from today, January
21, in Manson.
Last month the Golden Bear danz squad won
two state championships for their pom and kick routines, the fourth
straight year they’ve taken first place in both events. Coach
Colleen Conway-Schiltz announced that the team will be making another
trip to nationals. They’ll be heading down to Orlando in March
for the NDA national championships. We’ll have more information
when the event gets closer.
Intramural basketball begins
tomorrow. This year four large teams will be playing a double
round-robin that will last from now until March. The team that’s
probably the favorite this year is captained by Ben Fogarty and
features eight senior boys. Besides Ben they include Donovan
Berte, Logan Capesius, Nick Mergen, Mark Mather, Gibson Behr, Brandon
Berte, and Andrew Thilges.
Another team is made up of sophomores
and juniors and includes Ben Degen, Zach Muller, Billy Erpelding, Eric
Thul, Frank Reding, Will Fox, John Zeimet, Myles Koob, and Aidan
Koob. The other intramural captains are Courtney Kirsch and
Caroline Bradley. We’ll feature their teams on an upcoming
show. Intramural games are played Sunday nights in Friedmann
Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Alex Lichter. Here to tell you about him is Caitlin Thilges.
Lichter is a laid back guy who serves as one of the student council
representatives for the BGHS Class of 2017. Among the classes he
enjoys are various art, science, and technology classes. Besides
student council, his activities have included trap shooting, and he’s
also helped out with maintaining the student website. We wish
Alex all the best after high school.
Thanks, Caitlin. On
our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s a math competition this
morning at Garrigan and also honor band in Ft. Dodge, and the Garrigan
students who wrestle for Algona High have a meet in Forest City.
intramural basketball begins. Monday night there’s basketball,
with the Bears hosting Humboldt. Then on Tuesday the basketball
teams travel to Belmond, and wrestling at Okoboji.
tests will be next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There’s a
special schedule those days, and we’ll have open campus when we don’t
There’s more basketball on Thursday, with the Bears
taking on North Union. Finally next Saturday there’s another
honor band, as well as wrestling at Ankeny.
That’s our very
first “Bear Facts” for 2017. Thanks for joining us, and be sure
to check back again next week when we’ll have more news from Bishop
Garrigan High School.