The Bear Facts
February 20, 2016

Good morning! I’m Devin Degen!

I’m Zach Boelter!

And I’m Landen Studer! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday some members of the Golden Bear quiz bowl team went down to Waukee to compete in the “Lightning in Winter” tournament. There was some really good competition, and the Bears didn’t do as well as they hoped they would. Even so, there was some good news to report. They kept individual stats at the tournament, and sophomore Noah Buscher ended up #8 out of 51 students competing, with an average of 231/3 points per game.

Senior Joseph Espinosa and freshman Logan Heying also answered questions for the Bears. Bishop Garrigan ended up beating teams from Ankeny and Sioux City Heelan. They also had mostly narrow losses to Oskaloosa, Urbandale, Ankeny Centennial, Ames High, and Creighton Prep of Omaha. Congratulations to the Bears on working hard in a tough competition.

We want to remind you that the quiz bowl team’s sixth annual Community Quiz Bowl is right around the corner. The event will be Friday, March 11, and students in quiz bowl have been busy writing the questions and organizing the tournament. It costs just $20 per team to enter, and the proceeds help to pay the cost of the teams trip to nationals in Chicago next summer. For more information, go to or contact Devin Degen at 515-200-9347.

Last Tuesday the Golden Bear girls basketball team finished their season. The Bears fell in the regional quarterfinals to Rockford, a team that had been ranked #1 earlier this year. The Bears finished the year with a 16 – 7 record, just missing the conference championship. They’ll be saying goodbye to seniors Johanna Vaske, Maddie Sullivan, Avriel Miller, Olivia Vaske, and Kelsey Hovey. There’s a strong group of younger players, though—including starters Gracie Behr and Jenna Boelter. Congrats on a great season, girls!

Some people have been asking how the snow days we’ve had the last few weeks have affected the end of the school year. We began the year with extra time built into the calendar, and so far we’re still on track to finish as originally scheduled. The seniors will be graduating Sunday, May 15, and unless there’s more snow the rest of the school will be finishing up Friday, May 20. Garrigan will finish the year earlier than Algona because there were several days this year when we had school but the public school didn’t.

Gala 2016 is coming soon. The big day will be April 9, 2016, and this year’s Gala theme is “Rio Revealed”. This is the twenty-seventh year for the school’s biggest fundraiser, which in recent years has taken in more than $300,000 each year. For more information or to make your reservations for Gala, call the Garrigan development office at 295-3525.

The biggest change at Garrigan this year has been the addition of a new gym and additional classroom and office space. The addition cost about $2.5 million, but the good news is that it’s more than paid for. While a few donations are trickling in, the excess over the cost of construction will go to help support staff salaries. Thanks to everyone who helped out with the project for “continuing the tradition—expanding the vision”.

The idea for the new gym was first brought up at a community planning meeting. We’ll be holding another of these annual meetings next Monday at 7:00 in Friedmann Auditorium. Parents, staff, and students are invited to attend, as are alumni and members of the community who are interested in the school. 

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Emily Baumann. Here to tell you about her is Michael Condoleon.

Emily Baumann comes to Algona from the Whittemore area. She’s probably best known for her success on the volleyball team, and over the years she’s also been active in basketball and softball. Emily has also been part of a number of service projects in her time at Garrigan. She plans to attend Kirkwood next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Mikes. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, tomorrow is the second Sunday in Lent. We’ll have two intramural games tomorrow night—one that was originally scheduled and another postponed by snow from last weekend.

Monday we’ll have the annual planning meeting to get input from parents and community members about the future of our school. Then Tuesday night we’ll be hosting the third round of boys district basketball here at Garrigan.

Wednesday we’ll celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We’ll also dismiss early that afternoon for teacher inservice. There’s Stations of the Cross on Friday, and then next Saturday the speech team will travel to Okoboji for individual districts.

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.