The Bear Facts
September 23, 2017

Good morning! I’m Emerald Shipler!

I’m Isabelle Davis!

And I’m Kat Willie! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”. Happy Homecoming from everyone here at Bishop Garrigan High School. 

This past week was Homecoming. Our theme this year was “Blast from the Past”, and we had fun celebrating almost six decades of Garrigan history. A lot of people had fun with the dress-up days—especially Hippie Day on Monday and ‘80s and ‘90s Day on Wednesday. We also celebrated Garrigan Throwback Day on Tuesday—with old school and sports uniforms and old, T-shirts honoring fifty-eight years of Golden Bear success.

Part of Homecoming each year is our big class competition. Things were still too close to call when we recorded this week’s show, but all the classes had fun with Homecoming. The junior class took top honors for their psychedelic hoop, while the sophomores and seniors tied for first place with their parade banners. We’ll fill you in on all the other winners on next week’s show.

As we do every year, we elected Homecoming royalty. This year’s queen candidates were Alisa Altman, Jenna Boelter, Whitney Hovey, Aubrey McEnroe, and Emory Miller, while the king candidates were Drake Buscherfeld, Ben Degen, Tommy Kollasch, Zach Muller, and Frank Reding. When the votes were all counted, the winners were Queen Alisa Altman and King Frank Reding. Congratulations to our king and queen!

Another big Homecoming tradition is a special mass that always takes place Friday morning of Homecoming week. This year Father Steve Brodersen was the chief celebrant at mass. It’s been a long time since he was at St. Cecelia’s, but many of our parents remember him as the priest who baptized a lot of us. We’re glad Father Brodersen came up from Carroll to celebrate with us, and we’re also glad lots of area clergy could be on hand as well.

Last night at the Homecoming game, the Solid Gold Marching Band did their first full performance of the 2017 competition show. They’ll be performing the show at band day next week and then at state competition on October 8. This year’s show is called “Thrills and Chills”, and it includes “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Psycho Prelude”, “Thriller”, and “Time Warp”.

Longtime assistant Katherine Simpson has taken over as head band director this year, and she designed the marching routine herself. This year’s field commanders are Gigi Byrkeland and Cailtin Thilges. Garrigan is one of the few small schools that still maintains a full marching band, and we’re proud to keep up that tradition.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our Homecoming king and queen, Alisa Altman and Frank Reding. Here to tell you about them is Johnny Zeimet.

Alisa Altman has been to state in cross-country and track, and she’s also competed in basketball and softball throughout high school. She’s in speech, and she works in the sound booth during drama productions. She’s in Christian Leadership and has done a wind range of service projects. She’s looking at attending UNI next year and would like a career in physical therapy.

Frank Reding comes to Garrigan from the Cylinder area. Over the years his biggest activities have been FFA and 4-H. He won the Greenhand Award in FFA and placed second in the electrical contest for the Associated Builders and Contractors. Away from school he works at Kajewski Farms and is active at St. Michael’s parish. He plans to attend Iowa Lakes next year. Congratulations to both Frank and Alisa, the 2017 Homecoming king and queen!

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the volleyball team is hosting their home tournament today, with teams from all around the Top of Iowa Conference on hand. The tournament begins at 9am and will run throughout the day.

There’s a confirmation retreat tomorrow. Then on Monday there’s no school at Garrigan because of the Diocesan Ministries Conference in Ft. Dodge. 

Monday night the cross-country team runs in their closest to home meet, the Algona Invitational at River Road Golf Club. Also on Monday there’s JV football, with the Bears playing at St. Edmond.

Tuesday the volleyball team plays at Forest City. There’s mass on Wednesday, and we’ll dismiss early that afternoon for a teacher inservice. 

Next Friday the whole freshmen class and a number of art students will be traveling to Shakopee, Minnesota to visit the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. That night the Golden Bear football team will play South O’Brien at Paullina.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for Homecoming week. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to catch the show again next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.