The Bear Facts

September 30, 2017

Good morning! I’m Gabe Trainer!

I’m Ashlyn Harrington!

And I’m Laurel Degen! You’re listening to the 999th weekly episode of the “Bear Facts”, the show where we bring you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today is Algona Band Day, and it’s a busy day for Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band. The band will be among the first high school entries in the parade, which begins at 1:00 this afternoon. They’ll also be competing on the Algona High field tonight at 5:30. Katherine Simpson is now the main director of the Bishop Garrigan band, with assistance by Ken Ferjak. This year’s competition show is called “Thrills and Chills”. It includes “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Psycho Prelude”, “Thriller”, and “Time Warp”.

There are five seniors in this year’s band: drum majors Caitlin Thilges and Gianna Byrkeland, and also Trevor Darling, Sam Trainer, and Isabelle Davis. Other band veterans include juniors Sami Darling, Gabe Trainer, Logan Heying, Lauren Kenyon, Ashlyn Harrington, Megan Bronk, Megan Besch, Emma Thul, Dylan Berte, Layah DeLange, and Brooklyn Monahan.

Two of the band students have also been busy preparing for the All-State Music Festival. Sami Darling will be auditioning for all-state on the French horn, while Jordan Hansen will be competing in clarinet. Try-outs for all-state are October 21st. Good luck to the all-state auditioners and to everyone in band as they compete today on Band Day.

This coming week will also be the Catholic Choral Festival. Garrigan’s choir will join musicians from all over the diocese as they travel to Sioux City for the event. They’ll practice all day and then present a concert in the evening. It’s a long day, but the choir does get to perform in a different setting from what they’re normally used to.

The choir is also getting ready for all-state auditions. This year seventeen Garrigan singers are auditioning for the all-state choir. They include seniors Caitlin Thilges, Sam Trainer, Nolan Greene, and John Zeimet; juniors Megan Bronk, Layah DeLange, Ashlyn Harrington, Emma Thul, Bryce Capesius, Logan Heying, Gabe Trainer, and Sam Vaske; sophomore Amanda Miller; and freshmen Abbi Heying, Noah Bronk, Joey Trainer, and Austin Von Bank.

There’s a new addition to the main hallway at Garrigan. This past Monday we installed a new drinking fountain that is designed to fill water bottles. The fountain is the class gift from this year’s senior class, and it’s already gotten a lot of use. It makes it way more convenient—particularly for our athletes who need to stay well hydrated.

When we recorded last week’s show we didn’t have all the results from the Homecoming class competition. This year’s was closer than usual, but the seniors ended up pulling ahead to win things overall. It was game day on Thursday that made all the difference. The seniors won both sections of trivia, both boys and girls home run derby, bean bag toss, girls Gatorade chug, the distance egg toss competition, and the first section of volleyball.

The juniors and seniors tied in the second volleyball section. The juniors won Twister, both sections of Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, boys Gatorade chug, and boys tug-of-war. The sophomore class won girls tug-of-war, kickball, and pie eating; and the freshmen took first place in hot dog eating and egg relay. When everything was added up, the seniors were the overall winners for Homecoming 2017.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jenna Boelter. Here to tell you about her is John Meis.

Jenna Boelter is a year-round athlete who has won all-conference honors in basketball and softball and competed at state in track. She’s also a starter on the Golden Bear volleyball team. Jenna has been to state in speech, and she’s also active in drama, Christian Leadership, student council, and the “Bear Facts”. Jenna is looking at pursuing a career in healthcare, and next year she’d like to attend either Iowa State or Minnesota State. We wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Mouse. On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, today is Algona Band Day. Several students will compete in the Tornado Alley Run, and the band will perform in both this afternoon’s parade and tonight’s field competition.

Tomorrow is the Bishop’s Dinner for Education in Sioux City. Monday the volleyball team travels to Webster City, and there’s also JV football, with the Bears welcoming Britt West Hancock.

Tuesday we’ll have the awards assembly from the calendar drive. The volleyball team hosts West Hancock that night, and the cross-country team runs at Eagle Grove. Then on Wednesday there’s the Catholic Choral Festival in Sioux City.

Thursday there’s even more volleyball, with the Bears hosting Newell—Fonda. Finally next Friday the Golden Bear football team will host Ridge View of Holstein.That’s the “Bear Facts” for September. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us next week for our 1000th show from Bishop Garrigan High School.