The Bear Facts
December 12, 2015


Good morning! I’m Devin Degen!

I’m Carolyn Baxter

And I’m Kylie Fox! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday teams from twenty-two different schools competed in the Spirit Lake Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament. It turned out to be an especially good day for Bishop Garrigan, with the Bears taking home the championship trophies in both the varsity and JV divisions. This is the third consecutive quiz bowl tournament the Bears have won this fall.

The varsity team included Devin Degen, Andrew Thilges, Logan Capesius, Ben Degen, and Noah Buscher. They had a 3 – 1 record after preliminary rounds and were seeded fourth going into playoffs. They beat the top-seeded team from Clay Central Everly in the semi-finals and then took down Bishop Heelan from Sioux City to take the overall championship.

The JV team finished the day undefeated. They beat Unity Christian from Orange City in the championship game to take home the winners’ trophy. Members of that team were senior Joseph Espinosa, junior Samantha Harrington, sophomore Sam Trainer, and freshmen Logan Heying and Gabe Trainer. Congratulations, quiz bowl!

There’s more quiz bowl action today. Andrew Thilges, Sam Harrignton, Drew Bacha, Ashlyn Harrington, and Aidan Koob are over in Paullina today for the South O’Brien quiz bowl. The Bears will take on teams from throughout western Iowa, and we wish them the very best of luck in competition.

Also today Garrigan will be hosting a regional meet for the Great Plains Math League. According to Coach Daryl Kohlhaas teams from as far away as Waverly—Shell Rock will be on hand to compete. Garrigan has thirteen players entered in the competition: seniors Devin Degen and Kylie Fox; juniors Logan Capesius, Ben Fogarty, and Levi Capesius, and Danielle Plathe; sophomores Noah Buscher, Caitlin Thilges, Ben Degen, and Sam Trainer; and freshmen Gabriel Trainer, John Meis, and Logan Heying.

In math team students take tests and solve problems, both individually and in teams. There are several parts to a math competition—including the sprint round, the team round, and the relay round. Garrigan has a long history of success in the Great Plains Math League, and we wish them good luck today.

Last Saturday Garrigan junior Levi Capesius competed in the first ever Top of Iowa Conference Speech Festival. Levi performed his acting selection “How to Be the Popular Guy in High School”. Levi performed twice, and he received Division One or Excellent ratings on both of his performances. Congratulations, Levi!

Our school mass this week was a little different than usual. For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we celebrated mass in Spanish. Students in Mrs. Wichtendahl’s Advanced Spanish classes read the Bible readings and the prayer intentions in Spanish, and Fr. Jeremy Wind said the parts of the mass in Spanish. It was a change from the routine, and it also helped remind us of our brothers and sisters around the world.

Last week we told you that the Golden Bear danz squad had once again won the state championship in both the pom and kick categories. We also found out they’d won two other awards at state as well. The team won the Distinguished Academic Excellence Award for having a combined team grade point average higher than 3.5, and they also won the statewide community service award. Congratulations, danz squad!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jedd Magill. Here to tell you about him is Andrew Lallier.

Jedd Magill joined the National Guard last spring. He was at camp last summer, and he trains with the guard many weekends throughout the year. Jedd has been in football for three years, he was one of the key players in this fall’s madrigal, and he’s been in choir, track, and intramurals all through high school. Jedd is also one of the people who helps maintain the school website. He’ll be continuing in the Guard and studying in college after he graduates, and we wish Jedd all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar there’s a Great Plains Math League competition at Garrigan today and the quiz bowl team is in action at South O’Brien in Paullina. Tonight the faculty has their Christmas party.

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent. We’ll have Advent prayer on Monday, and that night the JJV basketball team will play Garner—Hayfield—Ventura.

Tuesday the JV and varsity Bears host Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. There will be a meal at the game to benefit the school’s technology program. 

Throughout next week we’ll be having a fundraiser to provide chickens to needy families in Haiti. Wednesday night there’s the Christmas choir concert in Friedmann Auditorium, and Thursday there’s JJV basketball with the Bears hosting North Union.

Next Friday we’ll dismiss early for the Christmas holiday. There will be parish busing in the afternoon on Friday. Finally that night the Bears will travel to Armstrong for a basketball quad with North Union.

That’s this week’s “Bear Facts”. We’ll be back next Saturday with a special holiday show, so be sure to join us then for all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.