The Bear Facts
September 9, 2017

Good morning! I’m Ben Degen!

I’m Megan Wadle!

And I’m Sam Trainer! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Homecoming 2017 is just around the corner. This year we’ll be celebrating a “Blast from the Past” between September 17 – 23. Last week the seniors nominated this year’s Homecoming royal court. The queen candidates this year are Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, Whitney Hovey, Aubrey McEnroe, and Emory Miller; while the king candidates are Drake Buscherfeld, Ben Degen, Tommy Kollasch, Zach Muller, and Frank Reding. We’ll have more information on Homecoming on next week’s show.

The Garrigan music and drama departments have started preparing this year’s fall musical, Little Shop of Horrors. The show is a strange combination of comedy, music, suspense, and gruesomeness. It’s the story of a broke flower shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. You may recognize famous songs from the show like “Suddenly Seymour”, “You’ll Be a Dentist”, and “Somewhere That’s Green”. 

The cast for Little Shop of Horrors was announced last week. Sam Trainer will star as Seymour; while Emma Thul, Eric Thul, and Nolan Green play Audrey and the plant at various stages. Other key cast members include Aidan Koob, Sam Vaske, Tommy Kollasch, Gabe Trainer, Logan Heying, and John Zeimet.

Also important to the play are the Sh-Bop Girls, who set the scene and make transitions. They include Isabelle Davis, Ashlyn Harrington, Bailey Kollasch, Cairlin Thilges, Amanda Miller, Jordan Hansen, Layah DeLange, Megan Bronk, Lauren Kenyon, and Madison Illg. The full choir will also be part of the show. Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 11 and 12, when Garrigan will present Little Shop of Horrors.

There are several new faces in the Garrigan building this year, including many new faces on the staff. One of the new teachers is choir director David Fog. Mr. Fog lives in Emmetsburg, and in the past he taught there and at North Union. In addition to working with choir, Mr. Fog is also an assistant football coach.

Other new faces on the staff include Christina Newton, who will be teaching art and working with publications. She worked at a museum in Mason City last year. Also new to the staff are Stephany Plathe (who is teaching high school science) and Emma Bruns (who is teaching fourth grade).

Also on the staff this year are several new employees from Exceptional Opportunities who are working as after-school custodians. Among them is Garrigan graduate Sean Dyson. We’re glad to have these hard-working people helping out at the school, and we’re pleased to welcome them along with all the new teachers.

One of our long-time teachers learned this week that he will be receiving a big honor. Math teacher David Burrow will be honored by the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics with their “Friend of Math” Award, the highest honor given to math teachers in Iowa. Mr. Burrow has been on the Garrigan staff since 1983, and he’s served on the state math teachers’ board for twenty-five years. He’ll be receiving his award at the state math convention in October.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Sam Trainer. Here to tell you about him is Trevor Darling.

We mentioned earlier that Sam Trainer will be playing the lead in Little Shop of Horrors later this fall. He is probably best known for his accomplishments in the performing arts, having been to all-state in both choir and speech. You’ve probably also heard Sam announcing here on the “Bear Facts”. He’s been to nationals in quiz bowl, he plays football and runs track, he’s active in band, and his past activities include baseball. Sam is looking at a medical career in the future, and we wish him all the best after high school.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the cross-country team is running today in the CYO meet at Holstein. Also this morning the JV volleyball team has a tournament at Emmetsburg.

Monday there’s more cross-country action, with the Bears running at Emmetsburg. The JV football team hosts Mason City Newman that night, and there’s also JV volleyball at Lake Mills.

On Tuesday the volleyball team travels to North Union. Wednesday will be the third turn-in goal for the calendar drive. There’s mass that day, and we’ll have an early dismissal for teacher inservice.

Next Friday the Golden Bear football team plays at North Union. Then on Saturday there’s a JJV volleyball tournament at North Union, and the JV team has a tournament at Algona.

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