The Bear Facts
May 21, 2016

Good morning! I’m Levi Capesius!

I’m Miranda Book!

Welcome to our final Bear Facts of the school year, where we’re wrapping things up here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Friday art teacher Sheena Pease took a large group of Garrigan students over to Waldorf College in Forest City for the Top of Iowa Conference Art Show. Garrigan did extremely well at the event, taking home ten different awards. Courtney Kirsch, Emerald Shipler, and Cady Steinman all earned Honorable Mentions; Sarah Skilling and Kenzie Keith won third place medals; and Emory Miller, Olivia Vaske, and Courtney Noonan each took home second place medals.

Two students did just about as well as they could do. Freshman Sami Darling took first place in her division for a painting she’d created. The biggest winner, though, was sophomore Parker Schiltz, who created a three-dimensional sculpture from gears and glass that functions as a table. Parkers work was named Best in Show for the conference. Congratulations to all the conference art show honorees!

The state track meet is currently going on down at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. While a lot of the track meets were cancelled by weather this spring, the Bears came through when it mattered—qualifying sixteen events for state. The Golden Bear boys qualified four individuals and three relays for state. Gibson Behr made state in the 100-meter dash, Will Kellner qualified in the 800-meter run, Zac Kibby competed at state in the long jump, and Cameron Langerman threw the shot at state. The 4 by 200, 4 by 800, and shuttle hurdles also qualified—with Zac Kibby, Chase Hatten, Joel Vaske, Gibson Behr, Will Kellner, Ryan Kenyon, John Meis, Logan Rosenmeyer, and Devin Degen all running at state.

On the girls side, six running events and three field events made it to state. Johanna Vaske broke the school record in the long jump, and the shuttle hurdle relay with Livia Miller, Avriel Miller, Olivia Hall, and Johanna Vaske also set a new school record. Caitlin Thilges is returning to state in both the discus and the shot put. Alisa Altman qualified in the 200-meter dash, and the 4 by 200, 4 by 400, sprint medley, and distance medley relays also qualified. The relays feature runners Livia Miller, Alisa Altman, Johanna Vaske, Jenna Boelter, Emma Thul, Sam Bormann, and Gracie Behr. Congratulations, state track qualifiers!

The boys golf team has also been advancing through playoffs. They’re goal all season has been a three-peat as state champions. The top slot on the golf team has varied this season—with seniors Andrew Lallier and Zach Boelter and juniors Logan Capesius and James Burns all claiming medalist honors. The state golf meet is next Friday and Saturday in Marshalltown, and we wish good luck to the Bears!

The quiz bowl team has finalized plans for their seventeenth trip to the National Academic Championships. They’ll leave June 10 and spend four nights in the Chicago area. In addition to competition they’ll be visiting the Art institute, touring Wrigley Field, and seeing the sights from the top of Willis Tower. Students heading for nationals are senior Joseph Espinosa, junior Levi Capesius, sophomores Noah Buscher, Ben Degen, and Sam Trainer, and freshmen Logan Heying and Gabe Trainer. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Garrigan’s fifty-seventh graduating class marched across the stage last Sunday. Each year at graduation pins are presented to students who show excellence in a wide variety of school activities. This year Logan Besch and Zach Boelter received bronze pins; Mariah Bronk, Devin Degen, Kelsey Hovey, Zac Kibby, Avriel Miller, James Quinlin, and Olivia Vaske all earned silver pins; and Carolyn Baxter and Johanna Vaske received the top honor—a gold pin. Congratulations, activity award-winners!

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards were announced at graduation. Among the more prestigious honors—Kelsey Hovey won the Rotary’s “Service Above Self” Award, Joseph Espinosa won the Iowa Bar Association’s American Citizenship Award, and Mackenzie Keith received a Citizenship and Service Award from the Kiwanis Club. Kenzie also received an award in memory of art teacher Steve Brosnan, while Zac Kibby received an award in memory of superintendent and baseball coach Gene Meister.

Two scholarships to Garrigan were also presented to current juniors in memory of former staff members. Chase Winkel earned the Deacon Bob Larsen Scholarship, while Grant Buscherfeld received a scholarship in memory of Diane Elbert. Congratulations to all the scholarship and award-winners!

On our Golden Bear calendar, the state track meet continues today. Baseball and softball start Monday—with the Bears traveling to Belmond.

The softball team is home on Tuesday vs. Pocahontas, while the first home baseball game will be Thursday against Hampton—Dumont. A highlight of the summer will be the CYO tournament June 4th and 5th.

State golf is next Friday and Saturday in Marshalltown, and the band will play for the Memorial Day festivities in Whittemore on Monday the 30th. Then on June 4 Garrigan hosts the Al-Glo-Na 5-K run.

The quiz bowl team leaves for nationals June 10, and on July 23 Cameron Langerman will compete in the Shrine Bowl. Then, before we know it, August 24 will be here, and it will be time for school to start again.

That’s our last “Bear Facts” for 2015-2016. We want to thank our faculty producer David Burrow and all the people who helped out with the show this year. Thanks to our sponsors and to KLGA for airing the show for the past twenty-four years.

We also thank all of you for listening. It’s time for summer vacation now, but we hope to be back in late August bringing you more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.