The Bear Facts

January 16, 2016

Good morning! I’m Levi Capesius!

I’m Joseph Espinosa!

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

Back before Christmas we had a special project at Garrigan where we packaged food for needy people. We learned this week that the food had reached its destinations in the towns of Okolona and Morton, Mississippi. In those towns 100% of the school students receive free school lunches. That’s great on school days, but it’s a problem when school isn’t in session. The meals we packaged at Garrigan will help feed the kids in those towns on weekends and during spring break.

Officials in the towns sent their thanks, including a lengthy expression of gratitude for the hard work the Garrigan students had done. We really didn’t think it was that big of a deal, and we enjoyed getting out of class for part of a day. We’re glad we can help some people out, though. It’s good to know the macaroni and cheese we packed is going to good use.

This morning Coach Daryl Kohlhaas is with several of the math team members who are on their way to a competition in Iowa Falls. While the exact numbers vary from tournament to tournament, there are fifteen students who are part of the Golden Bear math team. At the core are veteran seniors Devin Degen, James Quinlin, and Kylie Fox.

The math team also features Levi Capesius, Ben Fogarty, Josh Hamilton, Logan Capesius, and Danielle Plathe; as well as Ben Degen, Noah Buscher, Cattlin Thilges, and Sam Trainer. The team also includes freshmen Logan Heying, John Meis, and Gabe Trainer. Good luck, math team!

For many years now Miss Mary McCall has been in charge of the publications program at Garrigan—which includes the Garrigold yearbook and the high school articles that appear in the Algona newspaper. This year four students are helping out with publications: senior Zac Kibby and juniors Precious Robeson, Courtney Kirsch, and Chloe Garman. They’re working hard to capture what’s going on at school in both pictures and words.

Another group that works hard to document what goes on at school is the Specialized Technology Topics class that manages the student website. Garrigan has been online for twenty years now, and continues to mostly feature content created by students. This semester Mr. David Burrow will work with eight students who ae maintaining the site: veterans Alex McGuire, Chase Winkel, Drake Buscherfeld, Alex Lichter, and Will Eggers; and newcomers Landen Studer, Zach Boelter, and Alec Studer.

This spring some of the web page students will also be working to update Garrigan’s electronic presence at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines. They’ll replace old pictures and videos and create new interactive games that make Garrigan known to visitors at the Hall of Pride.

This coming week two Garrigan students will be joining adults from around the area on a trip to St. Cecelia’s twin parish at St. Jeanne de Chantal, Haiti. They’ll be packing medical supplies tomorrow and leaving for Haiti on Thursday the 21st. Seniors James Quinlin and Mariah Bronk will be joining the medical mission to Haiti. We wish them safe travel, and we know their trip will really make a difference for the people in St. Jeanne de Chantal.

Our Senior Spotlight shines on one of those who is going to Haiti, James Quinlin. James spent most of his life in Algona, but this year he’s living with friends of the family in the St. Joe area after his parents moved to Iowa Falls. He’s one of the top math and science students in the Class of 2016, and he’s the only member of the class who’s studied French. James keeps busy with a wide variety of activities—ranging from football and track to choir and drama to math team and Christian Leadership. He’ll be off to college next fall, and we wish him the very best of luck.

On our Golden Bear calendar, the math team is in action at Iowa Falls, and there’s also wrestling at Ankeny. Tomorrow the Haiti delegation will be packaging medical supplies for their mission trip.

Second semester begins on Monday. We’ll have parish busing because Garrigan and Seton are in session that day, but the Algona public schools are off.

The JJV basketball team hosts Lake Mills Monday night. There’s JV and varsity basketball at Lake Mills on Tuesday, and the wrestlers will be in Britt. Then on Wednesday we’ll have our weekly school mass.

The school board meets Thursday afternoon. Next Friday the basketball Bears host Eagle Grove. There’s district speech at Ft. Dodge on Saturday, and that night the danz squad is hosting a Sadie Hawkins dance.

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