The Bear Facts
January 23, 2016

Good morning! I’m James Qunlin!

I’m Zac Kibby!

And I’m Devin Degen! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 It’s speech time again. Twenty-five Garrigan students are in Fort Dodge today for the Iowa High School Speech Association district large group contest. Former all-state performer Jake Rosenmeyer is the head speech coach this year, and he’s assisted by long-time speech director David Burrow. The Bears’ first entry at contest today is performing right now. It’s a Radio Broadcasting selection that features Kylie Fox, Mariah Bronk, Levi Capesius, and Joseph Espinosa.

Later this morning Garrigan will be performing the Choral Reading selection “You’re Only Old Once” by Dr. Seuss. That group includes Sam Trainer, John Zeimet, Gigi Byrkeland, Megan Wadle, Lexi Berte, Kat Willie, Jenna Boelter, Emory Miller, Isabelle Davis, and Alisa Altman. Shortly after that the JV speech group—Laurel Degen, Emma Thul, Lauren Kenyon, Carolyn Bradley, and Megan Bronk—will perform a Readers’ Theatre called “The Committee Meeting”.

The Bears’ final performance today will happen at 2:40 this afternoon. Levi Capesius, Joseph Espinosa, Caitlin Thilges, Tommy Kollasch, Sam Harrington, Noah Buscher, Carolyn Baxter, Rebecca Bonstetter, and Precious Robeson will be performing a Readers’ Theatre comedy called “The Great Pandemonium”. Best wishes to all the speech entries. Break a leg, everyone!
AAAAA: Last Saturday the Golden Bear math team competed in a Great Plains Math League competition at Iowa Falls—Alden High School. While there were fewer participants than Coach Daryl Kohlhaas was hoping for, the Bears still ended up in second place overall. Ben Degen finished in first place among sophomores in the Sprint round and took second place in the Target Round. Gabe Trainer also had a good day, finishing in third place among freshmen in the Sprint Round.

Next Wednesday and Thursday Garrigan’s seniors will be gone on their annual retreat. They’ll be spending two days at the North American Martyrs Retreat Center near Cedar Falls. Former Garrigan staff member Fr. Tim Johnson is coordinating the event, and religion teachers Rob Meister and Jake Rosenmeyer are assisting. 

Intramural basketball is here again. Once again student council is coordinating the games, which will take place Sunday nights at 6:00. This week’s game features the defending champions captained by Andrew Lallier. While they lost two of their key players—Cameron Langerman and Landen Studer—to varsity ball, this is still the team to beat. Good luck to them and to everyone playing intramurals.

Today Garrigan’s two wrestlers, Donovan Berte and Zach Muller, will be competing for the Algona Bulldogs in the North Central Conference meet at Hampton. Zach and Don have gotten a lot of action this season, scoring points in both varsity and JV meets. We wish them the best today and throughout the rest of the season.

Tonight the Golden Bear danz squad is sponsoring their second annual Sadie Hawkins Dance. Girls are supposed to be asking the guys out to this event, and there was even a contest to see who could find the most creative way to get a date. The dance runs from 8:00 – 10:30 tonight, and we know it will be a fun time for everyone.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Mariah Bronk. Here to tell you about her is Andrew Lallier.

Mariah Bronk lives between Algona and Whittemore, but right now she’s a long ways away. She’s one of two Garrigan students who are in Haiti on a mission trip to St. Cecelia’s sister parish, St. Jeanne de Chantal. At school Mariah is active in music, speech, drama, Christian Leadership, National Honor Society, a sports manager, and an announcer here on the “Bear Facts”. She’ll be off to college next fall, and we wish Mariah all the best in the future.

Thanks, Andrew! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s district large group speech today at Fort Dodge, and the wrestlers are competing in Hampton. Tonight there’s the Sadie Hawkins dance at Garrgian.

Tomorrow intramural basketball begins. Then on Monday there’s JJV basketball, with the Bears hosting Garner Hayfield. Also that day there’s wrestling in Emmetsburg.

Tuesday the JV and varsity basketball teams have a quad at Garner. Then Wednesday and Thursday there’s the senior retreat in Cedar Falls.

There’s a school mass on Wednesday and early dismissal that afternoon. Then on Thursday there’s JJV basketball, with the Bears playing North Union at Armstrong.

Next Friday the basketball Bears host North Union. Then on Saturday there’s the re-scheduled quiz bowl tournament at Algona High.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for listening, and be sure to join us next Saturday for a special show where we’ll be previewing Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.