The Bear Facts
April 15, 2017

 Good morning! I’m Andrew Thilges!

 I’m Donovan Berte!

And I’m Logan Capesius! You’re tuned in to the “Bear Facts”. Happy Easter from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday Garrigan hosted the state solo and small ensemble music contest for Class 1-A schools in our area. The BGHS music department had a very good day at the contest. Music contestants are rated on a 1 – 5 scale, and Garrigan band students earned five Division “I” or “superior” ratings and three Division “II” or “excellent” marks.

Groups receiving ones were the percussion choir with Andrew Meister, Gigi Byrkeland, Jordan Hansen, Emma Thul, Amanda Miller, Isabelle Davis, Colby Graves, and Gabe Trainer; and the saxophone quartet featuring Ryan Kenyon, Caitlin Thilges, MacKenzie Meister, and Sam Trainer. Samantha Darling, Logan Heying, and Layah DeLange earned ones for their solos on French horn, tuba, and flute. The band students receiving twos were Josh Hamilton and Sam trainer on alto saxophone and Jordan Hansen on clarinet.

The Garrigan choir earned eight “superior” and three “excellent” ratings. Groups receiving ones were the chamber choir with “The Gift to Be Simple” and “Let Me Fly”, the madrigal group with “Shepherds Rejoice” and “April Is in My Mistress’ Face”, a women’s ensemble with “And Nature Smiled”, and a duet of Brahms’ “We Two Shall Wander”.

Members of the division one groups include bass singers Levi Capesus, Eric Thul, Andrew Thilges, John Zeimet, Sam Vaske, and Aidan Koob; tenors Andrew Meister, Sam Trainer, Skyland Meraz, Bryce Capesius, Gabe Trainer, and Tommy Kollasch; altos Caitlin Thilges, Layah DeLange, Emma Thul, Chloe Garman, Madison Illg, and Lauren Kenyon; and sopranos Isabelle Davis, Ashlyn Harrington, Megan Bronk, Amanda Miller, Jordan Hansen, and Carolyn Hough. There were also three solo Division ones in choir: Levi Capesius, Sam Trainer, and Isabelle Davis.

Choir students earning division two or “excellent” ratings were a duet of “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, a women’s ensemble with “For the Beauty of the Earth”, a men’s ensemble with “Prayer for the Children”. Students receiving twos include Ashlyn Harrington, Megan Bronk, Isabelle Davis, Amanda Miller, Carolyn Hough, Jenna Heinen, Jordan Hansen, Julia Berte, and MacKenzie Meiste.

Also earning twos were Gabe Trainer, Bryce Capesius, Skyland Meraz, Sam Trainer, Andrew Meister, Tommy Kollasch, Levi Capesius, Eric Thul, John Zeimet, Sam Vaske, and Aidan Koob. Congratulations to all the band and choir competitors, as well as to directors Linda and Ken Ferjak!

We’ll have a long spring break following Easter. Part of the reason for that is that many Garrigan staff members are heading to St. Louis for the National Catholic Education Association convention. The group will leave very early Tuesday morning. The convention starts that night and continues through Thursday.

At that conference the Bishop Garrigan school board will be receiving a special honor called the “Learn, Lead, Acclaim Award”. They are the only board in the country being honored, and the award recognizes their hard work and forward-thinking action on projects like the capital campaign that led to our new gym and the new daycare project at Seton.

Members of the Bishop Garrigan School Board include Father Ed Girres and Father Peter Nguyen; and also laypeople like Renee Graves, Lisa Bradley, Stephanie Capesius, Doug Miller, Dave Rosenmeyer, Sheri Zeimet, and Levi Rosenmeyer. Sister Janet Goetz serves as board secretary, and administrators Lynn Miller, Christy Peterson, and Kristie Hough also work with the board. Congratulations to the school board on receiving the highest possible honor.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Samantha Harrington. Sam is one of a growing number of students who comes to Garrigan from the Humboldt area. She’s received several awards in speech, and she’s also active in drama, music, and quiz bowl. Sam is also a key member of the Golden Bear trapshooting team. She’ll be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Because of spring break, we’re going to go through two weeks of activities on our Golden Bear calendar. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and there’s no school at Garrigan until Thursday.

There are school activities, though. Tomorrow the boys golf team plays at Spencer, and Tuesday there’s a coed golf meet at North Union. Also on Tuesday there’s boys track at Belmond and girls track at Garner.

School starts up next Thursday, and the boys track team runs at North Iowa that night. The staff and school board will return from the national Catholic schools convention Thursday evening.

Friday the golf teams have a home meet. There’s boys track at Pocahontas that night, and the girls track team runs at Estherville. Then next Saturday is Prom 2017.

Monday the 24th there’s golf at Forest City. Tuesday the 25th there’s boys track in Emmetsburg and girls track at Forest City. Wednesday the 26th is the CYO golf meet in Ft. Dodge.

There’s a home golf meet on Thursday the 27th. Also that night there’s a coed track meet at North Union. Then Saturday the 29th the Golden Bear baseball team will host a camp for elementary and middle school students.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for Easter. We’ll be off next week because of the short week with spring break, but be sure to join us again two weeks from today when we’ll return with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.