The Bear Facts
September 24, 2016

Good morning! I’m Emerald Shipler!

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

 We’re a month into the school year now, and things are going along fairly smoothly. There’s a lot of changes at Garrigan this year—most of which started when longtime math teachers Daryl and Kathy Kohlhaas resigned last spring. David Burrow is now head of the BGHS math department, and he’s teaching all the advanced math classes. Renetta Seiler moved up from sixth grade to teach junior high math, Algebra I, and Applied Math. That created a vacancy in the middle school, and Deanna Alaya is the new sixth grade teacher.

The Golden Bear fall spirit squad held their annual cheer clinic as part of our Homecoming festivities last week. They welcomed girls from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade at Seton and Garrigan. This year’s cheer coaches are Erin Miller and Jake Rosenmeyer. The seniors in cheerleading include Sam Bormann, Chloe Garman, Danielle Plathe, and Courtney Noonan, Gracie Behr, and Sarah Skilling.

Other cheerleaders include juniors Olivia Hall, Isabelle Davis, and Grace Menke; sophomores Megan Besch, Laurel Degen, Madison Illg, and Cacy Steinman; and freshmen Andrea Pacheco, Carlie Langerman, Bailey Kollasch, Carolyn Hough, Jade Garman, Julia Berte, and Jaden Becker. Thanks to the cheerleaders for all their hard work!

Next Friday the Bishop Garrigan freshman class will be taking a trip northward. They’re headed up to Shakopee, Minnesota for the annual Renaissance Fair. This trip has become an annual tradition sponsored by the art and English departments. The students will spend the day up in Minnesota, returning just in time for the football game that night.

Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band has been busy getting ready for their competition season. This year’s show is entitled “Then and Now”, and it features a mixture of old school and new marching styles. The show includes the selections “Iowa Band Law”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “It’s the Small Things”, and “Good Time”. Ken Ferjak and Katherine Simpson direct the band at Garrigan.

Courtney Kirsch is this year’s drum major. The band’s first competition performance will be next Saturday at Algona Band Day. They’ll then compete at the state marching contest October 8 in Ft. Dodge. When you see the band this fall, you easily notice their new uniforms, which—thanks to a major donation—replace outfits the band had worn for decades.

 Another group of musicians that’s been very busy this fall are the students who will be auditioning for the All-State Music Festival. Senior Levi Capesius hopes to perform at all-state for the fourth straight year, and he’s joined by thirteen other all-state hopefuls. They include Sam Trainer, Eric Thul, Amada Miller, Bailey Kollasch, Megan Bronk, Ellayah DeLange, Ashlyn Harrington, Gabriel Trainer, Sam Vaske, Caitlin Thilges, Bryce Capesius, and Isabelle Davis. All-state auditions are coming up on Saturday, October 22.

One of the biggest activities at Garrigan is Christian Leadership in Action. About two-thirds of the high school students participate in Christian Leadership. The group plans religious events, and they help out with a wide range of service projects—like visiting residents at care centers, participating in the CROP Walk to fight world hunger, or cleaning up after football and volleyball games.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Joel Vaske. Here to tell you about him is Ashlyn Harrington.

Joel Vaske is a Bancroft native who is a year-round athlete. In fall he plays wide receiver and safety on the Golden Bear football team. He’s also medaled at the state track meet, and he’s won all-conference honors on the baseball team, and he’s lettered in basketball. Joel takes a wide range of classes, and he’s one of the students who helps maintain the BGHS student website. He plans to major in business at college, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Ashlyn. On our Golden Bear calendar, today the volleyball team is hosting their home tournament. The action starts at 9:00 in both the gym and Friedmann Auditorium.

Tonight is the Bishop’s Dinner for Education, and first grade teacher Karen McGregor will be receiving the Excellence in Education Award from the Sioux City Diocese. Then tomorrow there’s the diocesan youth rally in Spencer.

Monday the cross-country team runs in the Algona High meet at River Road. The JV football team play’s St. Ed’s that night at Dodger Stadium in Ft. Dodge. Then on Tuesday there’s volleyball at Forest City.

We’ll have an early dismissal for teacher inservice on Wednesday, and Thursday there’s a flu shot clinic at Garrigan. Friday the freshmen go to the Renaissance Fair, and that night the football team hosts South O’Brien.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for September. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in again next week, when we’ll be back with more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.