April 23, 2016

Happy Saturday! I’m Devin Degen!

I’m Andrew Lallier!

And I’m James Quinlin! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the show where each week we bring you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Tonight is prom night 2016. Dozens of students will be dancing the night away as they take part in the most elegant and romantic night of the year. The junior class has been busy this week transforming the gym into a ballroom. This year’s prom theme is “Under the Sea”, and the decorations are all in blue, green, and white. Everyone is invited to attend the Grand March at 8pm, where you can see the couples walk down the runway dressed up in the finest attire.

Many couples will begin the night by going to mass together. There’s a formal prom meal at Spring Valley, and then it’s time for the big event. The dance will run until midnight. Then there’s after-prom—with fun, games, and prizes that continue all night long. We know prom night will be a fun time for everyone.

Last Wednesday we held out annual election for student council president. The race was nearly as close as the Iowa caucuses, with just five votes separating the winners and the also-rans. When all the ballots were counted, the new student council co-presidents will be Ben Fogarty and Levi Capesius. Congratulations to them! We’ll be electing class officers next week.

Last Saturday Bishop Garrigan hosted the Iowa High School Music Association state solo and ensemble contest for small schools in our area. You don’t usually think of a “home field advantage” in music, but that’s the way things turned out for the Bears. Garrigan had a perfect day. Every single Garrigan earned a division one or “superior” rating—twelve one’s in choir and four in band.

Students who earned ones in choir include Carolyn Baxter, Mariah Bronk, Levi Capesus, Isabelle Davis, Aidan Koob, Sam Trainer, Megan Bronk, Lauren Kenyon, Madison Illg, Andrew Thilges, and Ashlyn Harrington, as well as Caitlin Thilges, Emma Thul, Olivia Hart, Chloe Garman, Layah DeLange, Stephen McCall, Andrew Meister, Eric Thul, James Quinlin, Gabe Trainer, and Sam Vaske. 

In band thirteen students earned division one ratings at solo and ensemble contest: Layah DeLange, Logan Heying, Mariah Bronk, Isabelle Davis, Johanna Vaske, Sam Trainer, Josh Hamilton, Caitlin Thilges, Andrew Meister, Gigi Byrkeland, Courtney Kirsch, Trevor Darling, and Gabe Trainer. Congratulations to all the Division One winners and to directors Ken and Linda Ferjak.

At state contest each judge is allowed to name one Outstanding Performer from among all the entries they hear during the day. We’re pleased that Bishop Garrigan won the Outstanding Performer awards in both band and choir. On the vocal side Levi Capesius was named outstanding for his performance of “Alma del Corre”, while the saxophone quartet of Josh Hamilton, Caitlin Thilges, Sam Trainer, and Johanna Vaske won the top band honors for their performance of “Pizza Party”.

Levi, Josh, Caitlin, Sam, and Johanna have all been invited to perform at the Iowa High School Music Association’s Outstanding Performer Recital. This special showcase will be held Wednesday, May 11 at the Music Hall of Iowa State University in Ames. Congratulations to all these outstanding musicians!

Garrigan also made a clean sweep in the high school division of the Kossuth Garden of Poets 2016 poetry contest. Levi Cepesius won the high school division, with Chloe Garman second and Brandon Berte third. Honorable mentions went to Grant Arndorfer, Ben Fogarty, Danielle Plathe, and Samantha Bormann. Congratulations, poets!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Nicole Zeimet. This time of year Nicole is busy getting ready for softball season. She was also one of the stand-outs on the Golden Bear volleyball team, and she’s part of Christian Leadership in Action. Away from school you might see her working at Emerald’s. She plans to major in education in college, and we wish Nicole all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar the big event this weekend is prom. The grand march will be at 8:00. Admission is just $1, and everyone is invited to attend.

Monday there’s a co-ed golf meet at West Hancock. Then Tuesday the girls track team runs at Forest City, and the boys will be at Estherville. 

Wednesday we’ll have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament instead of our usual mass. There’s also early dismissal that day for teacher in-service. Also on Wednesday there’s CYO golf at Ft. Dodge.

Thursday there’s a co-ed track meet at North Union. The golf team hosts a co-ed meet that night with North Union and North Iowa. Then on Friday it’s Grandparents Day.

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