The Bear Facts
October 15, 2016

Jordan: Good morning! I’m Jordan Hansen!

Meredith: I’m Meredith Tigges!

Grace: And I’m Grace Menke! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Jordan: Did you know that Harley—Davidson tried to trademark the sound its motorcycles make? … Or that the constructed international language Esperanto takes its name from the word for “hope” in Spanish and French? … Or that the musical Miss Saigon was based on the opera Madame Butterfly? If facts like that are on the tip of your tongue, then you should be in quiz bowl. Today forty-eight teams from all over northern Iowa will be coming to Garrigan for a big academic competition.

Meredith: 2016 marks the twenty-sixth year for the Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl tournament, which continues to be the largest tournament of its kind in the Midwest. The teams represent twenty-three different schools that come from as far away as Sioux City and Ankeny. From the immediate area Algona High, North Union, North Iowa, West Bend Mallard, and West Hancock will all be competing today.

Grace: The Bears have twenty-eight students competing today—divided up into seven different teams. The team captains are Levi Capesius, Ben Fogarty, Caitlin Thilges, Miranda Book, Ashlyn Harrington, Drew Bacha, and Aidan Koob. Others to watch include national veterans Ben Degen and Logan Heying.
AAAAA: Also competing at the tournament are seniors Mark Mather, Samantha Harrington, Logan Capesius, Andrew Thilges, Ciera Hall, Courtney Noonan, and Josh Hamilton. Rounding out the group are Sam Trainer, Tommy Kollasch, Trevor Darling, Laurel Degen, Emma Fogarty, Jenna Heinen, Drake Buscherfeld, T.J. Schnurr, Brad Capesius, Gabe Trainer, Bryce Capesius, and Eric Thul. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Meredith: The quiz bowl tournament is one of the biggest events Garrigan hosts every year, and it takes a lot of people to pull it off. Twenty-one students and teachers volunteered to work today. They’ll be serving as readers, judges, and clerical workers while more than two hundred students compete. The competition starts at 10:00 this morning, and the championship will be mid-afternoon.

Grace: The Golden Bear volleyball team wrapped up their regular season last week, and they’ll be starting regional play next Tuesday. That night they travel to Buffalo Center to take on North Iowa. If they win that night, they’ll play at West Bend on Monday the 24th. The regional semi-final game would be at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond on Thursday the 27th. Good luck in playoffs, Bishop Garrigan volleyball!

Jordan: It’s also time for district and regional cross-country. The team will be running next Thursday in the state qualifying meet, which again this year will be in Holstein. While this has been a rebuilding year for the cross-country team, they’ve matched up fairly well against schools their own size. We know all the runners will be doing their best next Thursday as they run for the chance to go to state.

Meredith: Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Ciera Hall. Here to tell you about her is Kat Willie.

Kat: Ciera Hall is a volleyball captain, who has also been a four-year member of the girls basketball team. She enjoys quiz bowl and Christian Leadership, and you may also have heard her announcing here on the “Bear Facts”. After high school, Ciera wants to major in nursing, and she’s looking at studying at either Allen Hospital or the University of Northern Iowa. Good luck, Ciera!

Grace: Thanks, Kat. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s the big quiz bowl tournament at Garrigan today. Also this morning several choir students are in Waverly for the “Real Men Sing” event at Wartburg College.

Jordan: Monday the JV football team wraps up their season by hosting Sioux Central. The seniors have a special meeting about graduation that day. Then on Tuesday there’s regional volleyball, with the Bears traveling to North Iowa.

Meredith: Wednesday we’ll have a special student mass at St. Benedict. Parent—teacher conferences begin that night, running from 4:00 – 6:30pm.

Grace: We’ll have a special assembly about vocations next Thursday. That afternoon the cross-country team runs in the state qualifying team in Holstein.

Jordan: Next Friday we’ll have a rosary, and that night the Golden Bear football team wraps up their regular season with a game at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. 

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