THE BEAR FACTS
November 18, 2017



Good morning! I’m Caroline Bradley!

I’m I’m Gabe Trainer!

And I’m Nolan Greene! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bishop Garrigan High School.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Golden Bear quiz bowl team has a lot to be thankful for. On the first two weekends of November Garrigan won two different quiz bowl championships. Last weekend the Bears hosted the Top of Iowa Conference Quiz Bowl, and they did just about as well as they could do. The team of Ben Degen, Sam Trainer, Tommy Kollasch, and Logan Heying took first place, winning the Bears’ third straight Top of Iowa championship.

A second Garrigan team also made playoffs. Will Eggers, Bryce Capesius, Gabe Trainer, and Alex Mammen were seeded sixth after preliminary games. They had a good run in playoffs, though. They ended up taking fourth place, and they missed third by just ten points. Congratulations to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

There’s more quiz bowl action today. As this show airs, eight Golden Bears are down in Waukee for the Iowa Quiz Bowl League fall classic. Tommy Kollasch, Trevor Darling, Logan Heying, Abbi Heying, Will Eggers, Alex Mammen, Grant Bormann, and Nolan Greene will be competing today for the Bears. They’ll have a tough schedule, facing mostly 4-A schools from the Des Moines area, but we wish them good luck in the tournament.


For the past two days four Garrigan choir students have been down in Ames preparing for the All-State Festival concert. The all-state choir includes the top 600 singers from high schools of all sizes from all over the state. While Garrigan is one of the smallest schools in Iowa, we’re proud to have four singers at all-state—more than any other school in the area. Bryce Capesius, Sam Vaske, Megan Bronk, and Joey Trainer will all selected at auditions last month.

Senior Sam Trainer was named a first alternate for all-state. The concert will be tonight at Hilton Coliseum. As always Iowa Public Television will be broadcasting highlights from the all-state concert. The concert will be on TV Thanksgiving night starting at 7pm, and it will be re-broadcast in the overnight hours Friday and Saturday morning. Congratulations to the all-state choir honorees!

We have a long tradition at Garrigan of remembering our departed alumni each year in our Thanksgiving mass. This year’s alumni memorial will be held next Tuesday, November 22, at 9am in Friedmann Auditorium. Families of those we are honoring will be on hand, and part of the mass will be a PowerPoint with pictures of all the Garrigan alumni who have died. The public is welcome at all of our masses, but we especially encourage people to come to join us for this special time of remembrance next Tuesday.

Earlier this year we noted that seed money had been donated for two special improvement projects we’ll be working on at school. Most of the money has already been raised to install a new all-weather track at the school athletic complex. Drainage was installed for that project this past week, and we’re on schedule to install the track so it can be used this spring.

The other big project is a new school chapel, which will incorporate windows and furnishings from the recently closed church at St. Benedict. Architectural plans and computer generated drawings of the new chapel were recently released, and it will definitely be a beautiful and important addition to the school. The chapel will cost about $500,000. A large part of those funds have already been donated, but more is needed. Information on the project is available on the school websites. We encourage you to check it out and give what you can to support this project.

Our Senior Spotlight for Thanksgiving shines on Nolan Greene. Here to tell you about him is Ashlyn Harrington.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard Nolan Greene announcing here on the “Bear Facts”. He has one of the longest commutes of all Garrigan students, since he comes from the Ruthven area. He came to Garrigan as a junior, transferring from Emmetsburg. Nolan’s biggest activity is probably choir. He also did the puppetry that brought the evil plant to life in last week’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Nolan is in quiz bowl and wrestling, and he also served as a manager for the cross-country team. He’ll be off to college next year, and we wish him all the best.

Thanks, Ashlyn. On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s quiz bowl today down in Waukee. Then tonight there’s the All-State Music Festival concert in Ames.

Tomorrow there’s a confirmation retreat for freshmen. Monday we’ll have a Moonlight Madness event to kick off basketball season. 

Tuesday is the Feast of the Presentation, when we honor the sisters who have served the area schools for more than a century. That morning we’ll have our memorial mass to honor deceased alumni.

We’ll dismiss early on Tuesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and there’s no school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Saturday the girls basketball team will play Van Buren at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Monday the 27th there’s a basketball quad, with the Bears playing at Humboldt. There’s more basketball on Tuesday the 28th, when Garrigan travels to Belmond. Wednesday the 29th we’ll have mass and dismiss early for teacher inservice.

Thursday the 30th there’s state dance in Des Moines. Then Saturday, December 2 there’s quiz bowl at Spirit Lake and basketball at Mason City Newman.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for Thanksgiving week. We’ll be off next Saturday because of the holiday, but be sure to join us again two weeks from today for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.