The Bear Facts February 11, 2017

Caitlin: Good morning! I’m Caitlin Thilges!

Miranda: I’m Miranda Book!

Lexi: And I’m Lexi Berte! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”. Thanks for joining us to hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Caitlin: The cast was recently announced for the 2017 BGHS spring play. This year instead of one long play, the drama department will be producing three short shows. “The Storm” features Eric Thul, Emma Thul, Sam Vaske, Emory Miller, and Jenna Boelter. “Rest Assured” includes Levi Capesius, Caitlin Thilges, Ashlyn Harrington, Jordan Hansen, Isabelle Davis, Aidan Koob, Samuel Trainer, Laurel Degen, and Gabriel Trainer.

Miranda: Others is “Rest Assured” are Caroline Bradley, Thomas Kollasch, John Zeimet, Bryce Capesius, Samantha Harrington, and Layah DeLange. The final group is called the “Vignette” group. It includes Rebecca Bonstetter, Madison Illg, Bailey Kollasch, Jenna Heinen, Megan Bronk, and Lauren Kenyon. Mark your calendar for March 24 and 25, when we’ll present the BGHS spring play.

Lexi: Last weekend Garrigan competed at the Iowa High School Speech Association state large-group contest in Spencer, and three of our four entries earned Division One or “Excellent” ratings. The Bears took home top honors in Readers Theatre, Ensemble Acting, and Musical Theatre. Students earning Ones include Sam Trainer, Gigi Byrkeland, Ashlyn Harrington, Sam Vaske, Gabe Trainer, and Bryce Capesius.

Caitlin: Others taking home ones from state were Laurel Degen, Lauren Kenyon, Caroline Bradley, Sam Harrington, Jordan Hansen, Johnny Zeimet, Logan Heying, Tommy Kollasch, Isabelle Davis, Levi Capesius, Caitlin Thilges, and Aidan Koob. Congratulations to all the speech performers and to coaches Jake Rosenmeyer and David Burrow!

Miranda: With group speech over, practices are starting for individual speech. Garrigan will be hosting the district individual contest two weeks from today, and we’ll have ten entries competing. Bryce Capesius and Layah DeLange will compete in Prose; while Caitlin Thilges is entered in Literary Program. Levi Capesius is in Acting and Solo Musical Theatre; Sam and Gabe Trainer are both in Storytelling; and Sam is also entered in Improvisation. The final entries are from Logan Heying, who is competing in both Radio News Announcing and After-Dinner Speaking.

Lexi: Today the Golden Bear math team is down in Ames to compete in the Iowa State Invitational. Seniors Josh Hamilton, Logan Capesius, and Andrew Thilges will lead the Garrigan team today. Also competing are juniors Sam Trainer and Ben Degen and sophomore Gabe Trainer. Good luck to coach David Burrow and the math team!

Caitlin: Basketball playoffs are here. Both the boys and girls will be hosting playoff games next week. The girls earned a bye in the first round of regionals. They’ll host the winner of West Bend Mallard and Grattenger—Terril/Ruthven—Ayrshire next Tuesday. If they win their next game will be Saturday at Newell. The boys open district play on Thursday, when they’ll host Payton Churdan. If they win, they’ll play at Britt on Tuesday the 21st.

Miranda: Next Wednesday six Garrigan student council members will be heading down to Des Moines to meet with state legislator Ted Gassmann about issues facing Catholic schools. Levi Capesius, Miranda Book, Ben Degen, Megan Wadle, Lexi Berte, and Aidan Koob will all be making the trip.

Lexi: Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Donovan Berte and Andrew Meister. Here to tell you about them is Megan Wadle.

Megan: Wrestling season just finished up, so it’s appropriate to spotlight Donovan Berte. Donovan comes to Garrigan from the Livermore area, and he’s one of the Golden Bears who have helped out the Algona Bulldog wrestling team. Donnie’s biggest activity is golf, where he also enjoys intramural basketball. In the past he was also part of the Golden Bear football team.

Andrew Meister is a year-round athlete. He’s a key player off the bench in basketball, and he also helps referee intramurals. Andrew plays first base in baseball, he’s a lineman in football, and he also throws weights in track. Andrew is also active in music, and he’s been part of drama productions at Garrigan. Both Andrew and Donovan will be college men next year, and we wish both of them all the best in the future.

Caitlin: On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the math team is down in Ames today for a Great Plains Math League tournament. Then tomorrow intramural basketball continues.

Miranda: There’s no school on Monday at Garrigan. Tuesday the girls basketball team begins their playoff run, and Wednesday night we’ll have parent—teacher conferences.

Lexi: There’s boys district basketball on Thursday. Then on Friday the danz squad will host a clinic.

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