The Bear Facts
January 30, 2016

Good morning!  I’m Zac Kibby!

I’m Miranda Book!

And I’m Zach Boelter!  Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday Garrigan went down to Ft. Dodge to compete in the Iowa High School Speech Association district large-group speech contest.  It turned out to be a great day, with the Bears earning a perfect sweep with Division One ratings in every one of their events.  Among those receiving top ratings was the radio broadcasting group with Levi Capesius, Mariah Bronk, Kylie Fox, and Joseph Espinosa.

In Readers’ Theatre the presentation “The Great Pandemonium” received an “Excellent” rating.  Cast members included Levi Capesius, Joseph Espinosa, Caitlin Thilges, Tommy Kollasch, Sam Harrington, Noah Buscher, Carolyn Baxter, Rebecca Bonstetter, and Precious Robeson.  The freshman readers’ theatre “The Committee Meeting” also earned a One.  It featured Caroline Bradley, Laurel Degen, Emma Thul, Lauren Kenyon, and Megan Bronk.

The Bears’ final entry was in Choral Reading, and it also earned top marks.  “You’re Only Old Once” included Gigi Byrkeland, Megan Wadle, Lexi Berte, Sam Trainer, Kat Wille, Jenna Boelter, Emory Miller, Isabelle Davis, John Zeimet, and Alisa Altman.  All the entries now go on to the state contest February 6 at LeMars.  Congratulations to all the speech students and to directors Jake Rosenmeyer and David Burrow.
AAAAA:  Last Thursday three of Garrigan’s FFA students were down at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines for the Iowa Pork Congress.  Lexi Berte, Silas Goche, and Madelyn Cink were all involved in livestock judging at the event.  Garrigan students take agriculture courses through the Algona Community Schools, and they are part of the Algona FFA.

The quiz bowl team is back in action today.  The Algona High tournament that was originally scheduled right after Christmas was postponed until today.  Fourteen Garrigan students should be competing this morning.  They include seniors Devin Degen and Joseph Espinosa; juniors Levi Capesius, Andrew Thiles, Sam Harrington, and Logan Capesius; sophomores Noah Buscher, Ben Degen, and Sam Trainer; and freshmen Logan Heying, Aidan Koob, Gabe Trainer, Ashlyn Harrington, and Bryce Capesius.  Good luck, quiz bowl!

This coming week is Catholic Schools Week, when we celebrate “Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service”.  We’ll begin the week on Monday with a special mass at St. Cecelia’s.  Tuesday will be a black and gold day for everyone at Garigan and Seton, and we’ll also be doing special service projects that day.  Throughout the week high school students will be visiting area care centers to meet with older residents of the community.

Wednesday we’ll celebrate National School Choice Day, and it will also be Student Appreciation Day here at Garrigan.  We’ll have Staff Appreciation Day with a special breakfast for teachers and support staff on Thursday.  Things are likely to look kind of strange at the high school Thursday, too, because we’ll all be dressing up as our favorite Bible characters.  We’ll finish off Catholic Schools Week on Friday by watching the movie Courageous in support of our fellow student, Bryce Capesius.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Stephen McCall.  Here to tell you about him is Avriel Miller.

Steve McCall is an Algona native who is probably best described as fun-loving.  His biggest activity is probably choir, and he’s also been part of musicals and plays all throughout his years at Garrigan.  Steve also enjoys intramural basketball, and he’s been part of the Golden Bear quiz bowl team.  We wish Steve all the best in the future.

Thanks, Avriel!  On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, there’s quiz bowl today at Algona High and also the Meistersingers honor choir at Wartburg College in Waverly. 

This afternoon the Bears host Mason City Newman in a basketball quad.  The junior class will be serving a meal at the games.

Intramural basketball continues tomorrow night, with the freshman and senior teams playing.  We’ll kick off Catholic Schools Week on Modnay, and that night the girls basketball teams play at Humboldt.

Tuesday accelerated math students will take the AMC-12 test.  There’s a basketball quad at North Iowa that night.  Wednesday we’ll have the annual Blessing of Throats for the Feast of St. Blaise, and that night there’s Speech Night in the cafeteria, with all the large group events performing.

Thursday night the JJV basketball team travels to Forest City.  The JV and varsity teams host Forest City on Friday.  At the game that night we’ll have a black-out to support the American Heart Association.

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