The Bear Facts
April 16, 2016

Good morning! I’m Landon Studer!

I’m Zach Boelter!

And I’m Alex McGuire! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We had our twenty-seventh annual Gala last weekend, and it turned out to be a big success. When all the money was counted, we brought in $314,000. That’s the second highest total ever, and the fifth time in the last six years that we’ve been over the $300,000 mark. The big winner of a car was Vera Erpelding, and other top prizes went to John Bilstein, Pete Von Ruden, Brian and Maria Capesius, Jeff Knapp, Tyler Trenary, Paul Heinen, and Jason Bradley.

There are always some special awards given out at Gala to people who have made a lasting impact on our school. This year Monte Pearson won the Father Friedmann Award. He split that honor with the late Gene Meister. The special Elbert—Meister Award was given to Mick and Mark Behr. Congratulations to the award-winners, and thanks to everyone who helped make Gala a huge success!

It’s time once again for our annual student council elections. This year two pairs of candidates are running to be student body co-presidents. Miranda Book and Sam Bormann served as the junior class presidents this year, and they’re hoping to lead the whole school next year. Challenging them are Levi Capesius and Ben Fogarty.

We’ll be voting for student council presidents next Wednesday. Once that is decided each class will have its own elections. Running to be class officers in the Class of 2017 are Taylor Becker, Alex Lichter, and Chloe Garman. For next year’s sophomores the candidates are Lexi Berte, Jenna Boelter, Emory Miller, Caitlin Thilges, John Zeimet, Ben Degen, and Megan Wadle. 

In the Class of 2019 the candidates are unopposed. Bryce Capesius and Laurel Degen will be next years sophomore co-presidents, and the class representatives will be Aidan Koob and Emma Thul. Congratulations to them, and good luck to everyone else running for the BGHS student council.

This is a busy time of year for the Golden Bear trapshooting team. They had a meet last Wednesday versus Humboldt, and they’re over in Cylinder competing against Emmetsburg today. Next Wednesday they’ll have their second home meet of the year. Garrigan’s coed trapshooting program is sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, and nineteen different students participate.

Today Garrigan is hosting the state solo and small ensemble music contest for small schools in the area. Both band and choir students have been busy learning difficult pieces, and they’ll be competing alone and in groups from two to twelve. Judges will evaluate tone, intonation, rhythm, balance, technique, interpretation, and musical effect, and they’ll give participants ratings from one to five. Good luck to music directors Ken and Linda Ferjak and to everyone competing at solo and ensemble contest.

The state mathematics championships are also being held today down in Iowa City. Because of conflicts Garrigan won’t have anyone making that trip, but we did have two competitors who qualified for state based on their scores at regional meets earlier this year. Junior Logan Capesius and sophomore Sam Trainer had state-qualifying scores. Congratulations to them and to math team coach Daryl Kohlhaas.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Lee Ann Eischen. Here to tell you about her is logan Rosenmeyer.

Lee Ann Eischen’s biggest activity is probably trapshooting. She’s been involved in the shooting program for as long as it’s been offered at Garrigan. In the past she was also a cheerleader, and she’s participated in a number of service projects over the years. Lee Ann will be off to college in the fall, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Logan. On our Golden Bear calendar today the trapshooting team is in Cylinder, and there’s a junior high quiz bowl tournament at North Union. Then Monday the Bears will host a coed golf meet with Forest City and Belmond Klemme.

The girls track team will be at Garner on Tuesday, while the boys are running at Belmond. Then on Wednesday we’ll have the election for next year’s student council co-presidents.

The school board meets on Thursday. Also that day there’s a coed golf meet in Belmond, and the boys track team runs at Buffalo Center. Then Friday the juniors will travel to a special exhibit on 9/11 at the casino in Emmetsburg.

Also next Friday Garrigan hosts its junior high boys track meet at Algona High. The high school boys run at Pocahontas that night, and the girls have a meet in Estherville. Finally next Saturday is Prom night 2016.

That’s the
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for another week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.