The Bear Facts
March 19, 2016

Good morning! I’m Zach Boelter!

I’m Landen Studer!

And I’m Chase Winkel! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, where we’re getting ready for the Easter holiday here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Golden Bear speech team competed at state contest at Woodbury Central in Moville, and they made an extremely good showing. Three different students earned Outstanding Performance awards, the highest honor in Speech. Caitlin Thilges and Sam Trainer were named Outstanding Performers in Prose, while Levi Capesius earned his award in Acting. All three will now perform at the All-State Speech Festival, which will be held Monday, April 4, at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

The outstanding performers were among eight Garrigan entries that received Division One or Excellent ratings at state. In addition to those already mentioned, Noah Buscher and Gabe Trainer earned Ones in Literary Program, and top ratings also went to Tommy Kollasch in Prose, Levi Capesius in Solo Musical Theatre, and Sam Trainer in Storytelling. Congratulations to those students, and to coaches Mary McCall and David Burrow.

There’s one more chance to see the BGHS spring play. Director Carol Eischeid and the cast have been working hard to prepare Anne Frank and Me, a drama about a 21st Century American high school girl who finds herself transported to Europe during World War II, where she learns about life during the Holocaust.
    Seniors Carolyn Baxter, Johanna Vaske, Mariah Bronk, and James Quinlin are at the core of the cast. Others to watch include juniors Levi Capesius, Sam Harrington, Rebecca Bonstetter, and Precious Robeson; sophomores Caitlin Thilges, Isabelle Davis, Tommy Kollasch, Jenna Boelter, Emory Miller, John Zeimer, and Sam Trainer; and freshmen Emma Thul, Aidan Koob, Caroline Bradley, Sam Vaske, Laurel Degen, Ashlyn Harrington, Eric Thul, Laurel Degen, Megan Bronk, and Gabe Trainer. Showtime is 7:00 tonight, so be sure to see Anne Frank and Me.

Next Tuesday will be a special day at Garrigan. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors will all be taking field trips. The seniors will be looking exploring houses of worship for other faiths—seeing things like a Hindu temple and a Jewish synagogue. The juniors will look at history and government-related sites like the state capitol and the Iowa Supreme Court, and the sophomores will visit a fish hatchery and a wind power facility. Meanwhile the freshmen will stay at school for an all-day retreat to learn more about their faith.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and it’s the day Parish Families Against Hunger will be packaging food for needy people in Haiti. Garrigan is an important part of that project. In the morning members of the Golden Bear danz squad will be packaging food, and in the afternoon a team of Garrigan staff members will be helping out. It’s one of the many service projects we do at Garrigan throughout the year.

After Easter thirty-nine band and choir students will be heading to New York City for the 2016 music trip. The choir students will be performing at the United Nations, while the band will give a public performance in Thomas Paine Park near the New York City Hall. In addition to performing, the students will tour Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the 9/11 Memorial Site.

The musicians will leave on their trip Tuesday morning, March 29. They’ll be on the bus all day and all night and arrive in New York at 7:00 Wednesday morning, just in time to be part of the crowd outside the Today show studio. They’ll finish their trip by watching a performance of The Lion King Friday night, and then they’ll head back to Iowa, arriving back in Algona around 10:30 Saturday night.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Mackenzie Keith and Sebrina Meraz. Here to tell you about them is Zach Boelter.

Mackenzie Keith is an Algona native whose biggest interest is probably in art. She has also been a cheerleader, and she’s challenged herself with some college-credit classes. Away from school you might see her working at Emeralds. 
Sebrina Meraz is also from Algona. She’s an honor student who has a big interest in government and politics. Away from school you might see her working at Party Party in downtown Algona. Both Kenzie and Sebrina plan to go to college next fall, and we wish them all the best in the future.

Because of the Easter holiday, we’re going to look at the next two weeks on our Golden Bear calendar. The spring play Anne Frank and Me finishes up tonight. Then tomorrow is packaging day for Parish Families Against Hunger.

We’ll have conferences and registration Monday and Tuesday nights, and there’s tryouts for next year’s danz squad Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Tuesday we’ll have the freshman retreat, and the sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be taking field trips.

The juniors will have an overnight retreat on Tuesday night. Wednesday we’ll have several religious activities as we prepare for Easter. School dismisses at 2:15 Wednesday afternoon.

There’s no school next Thursday and no school activities between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Practices resume on Monday the 28th, and on Tuesday the 29th the music students leave for New York.

The CYO track meet is Wednesday the 30th. Then on Friday, April 1st there’s track at Forest City.

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