The Bear Facts
March 18, 2017

Good morning! I’m Caitlin Thilges!

I’m Megan Wadle!

And I’m Sam Trainer! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear speech team competed at state contest in Sioux City, and they had a very successful day. Two Golden Bears were named Outstanding Performers and will be honored at the All-State Speech Festival in Cedar Falls on March 27. That’s more all-state nominations than any other school in our area. Junior Caitlin Thilges was judged outstanding for her Literary Program “Images of Women” which contrasts a cute “girly-girl” with Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman”, and sophomore Bryce Capesius will be going to all-state with his humorous prose selection “Girls”.

The all-staters weren’t the only ones who did well at state contest. Every Garrigan entry received a division one rating from at least one of the three judges, and five earned straight I’s. In addition to the outstanding performers, senior Levi Capeisus earned straight I’s in two categories: Acting and Musical Theatre. Junior Sam Trainer also took home straight I’s with his Storytelling entry. Congratulations to the speech students and to coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

The Bishop Garrigan math team is back in action today. They’re competing in a home tournament for the Great Plains Math League. Students will take a variety of tests, both as individuals and working in teams. In addition to the math league competitions, Garrigan math students continue to compete in the nationwide Perennial Math contests. Garrigan students recently discovered an error in the March test. They were the first school in the country to find it. Congratulations to seniors Josh Hamilton and Logan Capesius who discovered the error, and good luck today to the math team and to coach David Burrow.

We finally received the results from the AMC-12 math competition that top students took last month. The test is only given to the top math students in the country, and while scores can theoretically range up to 100, the nationwide average is 50. Sam Trainer had the top score at Garrigan, with 64.5. Ben Degen was second with 60, and Josh Hamilton was third with 55.5. The top sophomores were Caden Berte, Laurel Degen, and Billy Erpelding, who had 54 points each. Congratulations, math students!

Track season is here. This year’s Golden Bear boys team has seven seniors: Gibson Behr, Joel Vaske, Max Patkins, Ryan Kenyon, Andrew Meister, Ben Fogarty, and Levi Capesius. Juniors in boys track include Sam Trainer, Jackson Rosenmeyer, Drake Buscherfeld, Myles Koob, Zach Muller, Ben Degen, John Zeimet, and Drew Bacha. Sophomores out for track are Brad Capesius, Eric Thul, Aidan Koob, Preston Kohlhaas, Tristan Furguson, Billy Erpelding, John Meis, Gabe Trainer, T.J. Schnurr, John Capesius, and Sam Vaske. Rounding out the team are freshmen Cameron Baade, Colby Graves, Lucas Hough, and Marcus Plathe.

On the girls side, the track team features seniors Gracie Behr, Miranda Book, Sam Bormann, and Danielle Plathe. Others at the core of the team are juniors Emory Miller, Caitlin Thilges, Livia Miller, Megan Wadle, Alisa Altman, Gigi Byrkeland, Isabelle Davis, Olivia Hall, Aubrey McEnroe, and Emerald Shipler. Sophomore Laurel Degen is also in track, as are freshmen Emma Fogarty, Julia Berte, Ashley Franklin, Jordan Hansen, Carolyn Hough, Mackenzie Meister, Katie Noonan, Emma Hamilton, Emma Lichter, Maddie Meister, Bailey Kollasch, Jenna Heinen, and Amanda Miller.

Last Tuesday we held our annual academic banquet at Garrigan. About fifty students were honored for having cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Some other awards were also presented. Logan Capesius received the Bausch and Lomb Science Award, and both he and Josh Hamilton were honored as Top of Iowa Conference Scholars. Congratulations to all the academic honorees.

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Matt Thul. Here to tell you about him is Ben Degen.

Matt Thul mostly grew up in the Whittemore area. This time of year he keeps busy with trap shooting, and he was also part of the state runner-up Golden Bear football team. He enjoys science and social studies classes, and over the years his activities have also included track. Matt will be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Ben. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s a Great Plains Math League competition at Garrigan today. Then tomorrow is the third Sunday of Lent.

The fourth quarter begins on Monday. Wednesday we’ll have an out of uniform day to celebrate World Water Day. There’s also a student mass that morning.

We’ll have Stations of the Cross next Friday, and that night is the first performance of the three shows that combine to make our 2017 spring play. Finally next Saturday the quiz bowl team competes at the Iowa History Bowl in Waukee.

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