The Bear Facts
May 14, 2016

Good morning! I’m Landen Studer!

I’m Alex McGuire!

And I’m Zach Boelter! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, where we’ve got our next-to-last broadcast of the year from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The bell has rung for the last time for the Class of 2016. The seniors finished up their final exams yesterday, and tomorrow thirty-five seniors will walk across the stage in Friedmann Auditorium for Garrigan’s fifty-seventh annual commencement ceremony. Graduation begins at 2pm, and if you can’t be there in person, you can listen to the event right here on KLGA.

The Class of 2016 is a group that surpassed almost everyone’s expectations to achieve in a wide variety of fields. One of the biggest examples of that is football. Garrigan never does bad in football, but no one was expecting this to be one of their best years ever. Thanks to outstanding senior leadership, though, the Bears were undefeated in the regular season and advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals.

Seniors were also among those responsible for Garrigan winning their first ever CYO baseball championship, they helped the school bring home two more state championships in dance, and they won Top of Iowa Conference championships in quiz bowl and golf. Garrigan seniors also had outstanding showings in volleyball, basketball, track, trap shooting, music, and drama.

Several seniors were honored last Tuesday when the fine arts programs presented their awards. The biggest winner was Mariah Bronk. She received the Outstanding Speech and Drama Award, the Iowa Choral Directors Medal, and the Outstanding Marching Band Award. James Quinlin received the choir award for Service Above Self, Logan Besch earned the Director’s Award in Band, and Johanna Vaske received the prestigious John Phillip Sousa Trophy. Congratulations, fine arts honorees!

The year is nearly over for all the younger students at Garrigan, too. Marking the change in seasons morning practices have begun for baseball and softball. There are four returning seniors on this year’s Golden Bear softball team: Johanna Vaske, Kelsey Hovey, Nicole Zeimet, and Avriel Miller. Juniors Sam Bomann and Megan Brown will also be playing hard this summer.

There’s a big group of sophomores in softball: Whitney Hovey, Megan Wadle, Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, Caitlin Thilges, Livia Miller, and Gigi Byrkeland. Freshman Carolyn Bradley and eighth graders Madison Meister, Mackenzie Meister, Amanda Miller, Jordan Hansen, Aubree Altman, Emma Fogarty, Katie Noonan, Jenna Heinen, and Emma Hamilton round out the team.

In baseball seniors Zach Boelter, Zac Kibby, Alex McGuire, Devin Degen, and Will Kellner will be at the core of the Golden Bear team. They’re joined by juniors Andrew Meister, Grant Buscherfeld, Joel Vaske, and Chase Hatten. Sophomores in baseball are Drake Buscherfeld, Drew Bacha, Sam Trainer, and John Zeimet.

The biggest class in baseball is the freshmen, who include Alec Studer, Luke Bormann, T.J. Schnurr, John Meis, Brad Capesius, Drew Merron, Gabe Trainer, and Logan Heying. Rounding out the group are three eighth graders: Andrew Arndorfer, Colby Graves, and Marcus Plathe. Good luck all summer long to the baseball and softball teams!

Last Saturday Bishop Garrigan hosted the Iowa High School Music Association state large group contest for small schools in our area. The BGHS choir wrapped up what has been a sensational year by earning a Division One rating at large group contest. The band also played well, but they just missed getting a One by a rule technicality. Congratulations, musicians!

Our last senior spotlight of the year shines on Kassidy Schiltz. Going back even before she was in high school, Kassidy Schiltz’s biggest activity has been dance. In addition to helping lead the danz squad to state and national championships, Kassidy has earned Division One ratings for her solo dance routines. Outside of school, Kassidy also enjoys horses. Like most of her classmates, she’ll be off to college next fall. We wish Kassidy and all the Class of 2016 the very best of luck in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar today there are graduation receptions for about half of Garrigan’s seniors. Tomorrow is the Feast of Pentecost, and we’ll have graduation at 2:00 in the afternoon. The ceremony will be broadcast on KLGA.

Monday is girls regional golf. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we’ll have semester tests for the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. There’s a special schedule at the high school during exams, with open campus when students aren’t testing.

Wednesday the eighth graders will have their celebration mass. State track begins next Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, and there’s also boys district golf that day in Spencer.

Friday is the last day of school for all the younger kids at Garrigan and Seton. State track continues Friday and Saturday, and we hope we have a lot of events competing.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. We’ll be back next Saturday to wrap up the year and look forward to summer here at Bishop Garrigan High School.