Bear Facts

December 10, 2016

Good morning!  I’m Emerald Shipler!

I’m John Meis!

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

This has been a busy week for the Golden Bear quiz bowl team.  Last Saturday the team was up in Spirit Lake for one of the biggest tournaments of the year.  Garrigan won the JV championship at Spirit Lake, finishing with a perfect 6 – 0 record.  Members of the championship team were junior Ben Degen, Logan Heying, Tommy Kollasch, and Ashlyn Harrington.  Congratulations to the quiz bowl team on bringing home another first place trophy.

There was more quiz bowl action on Wednesday, when the Bears competed in the online 3—2—1  competition.  This nationwide event requires teams to answer 240 extremely advanced questions.  Levi Capesius, Logan Capesius, Bryce Capesius, Andrew Thilges, Logan Heying, Trevor Darling, and Grant Bormann competed for the Bears.  We’ll let you know on a future show just where that places them among schools around the country.

The quiz bowl team is also busy today.  This time they’re over in Paullina for the South O’Brien Invitational.  Garrigan will have one team competing today in the varsity division.  The team includes senior Levi Capesius, juniors Ben Degen and Tommy Kollasch, and sophomores Logan Heying and Gabe Trainer.  They’ll be competing against teams from throughout western Iowa.  Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

At the Top of Iowa Conference Speech Tournament last Saturday Garrigan made a clean sweep.  Three different events competed two times each, and the Bears ended up bringing home six Division One or “excellent” ratings.  Levi Capesius earned perfect marks for his Musical Theatre and Acting performances, and Sam Trainer won top honors in Storytelling.  Congratulations on a perfect day, speech!

We don’t normally talk much about the Algona Bulldogs on the “Bear Facts”.  It’s wrestling season now, though, and three Golden Bear athletes are lending their talents to the Bulldog wrestling team.  Senior Donovan Berte and junior Zach Muller are now in their second year of wrestling, while junior Ben Degen is wrestling for the first time.  There’s a varsity wrestling meet today at Algona High, and the JV wrestlers will be at Clarion on Monday.  We wish good luck all season long to the Garrigan students who are wrestling for Algona.

Last Thursday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and next Monday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  At Garrigan we sort of combined those feasts by celebrating a mass in Spanish for Immaculate Conception.  Mrs. Twila Wichtendahl’s Advanced Spanish classes were in charge of the mass, and they helped read and lead music.  The change mixed things up for some variety and also made us feel more connected to our fellow Catholics around the world.

Yesterday Garrigan students from grades 4 – 12 participated in one of the biggest service projects of the year.  We packaged thousands of pasta meals.  This is an offshoot of the Parish Families Against Hunger program, but instead of going to Haiti, these meals will help needy families here in the United States.  In particular they’ll go to families where the children receive free meals on school days, but have no food on weekends or school breaks.  Garrigan has partnered with a Franciscan organization to provide the meals to needy families in Mississippi   We hope our efforts help a lot of people down South.

The Golden Bear volleyball team recently announced their post-season awards.  This year’s offensive MVPs were Caitlin Thilges, Gracie McGuire, and Whitney Hovey, while Aubrey McEnroe, Gracie McGuire, and Maddie Meister split defensive MVP honors.  Emma Fogarty, Jenna Boelter, Maddie Meister, and Whitney Hovey won the Hustle Award; Ciera Hall, Courtney Kirsch, and Megan Brown split the Team Spirit Award; and Amanda Miller, Courtney Kirsh, and Aubrey McEnroe were the most improved players.

The Deacon Bob Larsen "Fire In Your Belly" Award went to Courtney Kirsch, while Megan Brown won the Coach’s Award.  Whitney Hovey and Jenna Boelter received All-Conference honors; and All-Area awards went to Caitlin Thilges, Jenna Boelter, Whitney Hovey, and Courtney Kirsch.  Congratulations, volleyball award-winners!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Precious Robeson.  While most Garrigan students have been at our school their whole lives, Precious Robeson joined us in high school.  Precious is an Algona native whose activities at Garrigan have focused on speech, drama, and music.  When she’s not at school, you might see her working at McDonalds in Algona.  We’re glad to have Precious with us here at Garrigan, and we wish her all the best after high school.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s quiz bowl today at South O’Brien in Paullina.  Tonight the staff will have their annual Christmas party.

Monday we’ll have a prayer service for the third week of Advent.  There’s a Strong Catholic Families activity that night.  Then on Tuesday there’s a basketball quad at Garner.

We’ll have a reconciliation service on Wednesday.  There’s early dismissal that afternoon for teacher inservice, and Wednesday night at 7:00 there’s a band concert for the middle school and high school.

The school board meets on Thursday.  There’s JJV basketball that night, with the Bears at North Union.    Then next Friday the JV and varsity teams will host North Union, and the junior class will serve a meal at the game.

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