October 1, 2022

Good morning! I’m Gavin Swift!

I’m Joey Doerning!

And I’m Thadd Kollasch! This is the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Much of our news this week revolves around music. Today is Algona Band Day, and again this year Bishop Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band will be part of the festivities. Both the junior high and high school bands will be near the front of the parade, which begins at 1:00 this afternoon. Then at 5pm Bishop Garrigan will be the first band featured in the field competition.

This year’s marching band show is called “Rockin’ with Attitude”, and the performance includes rock favorites like “Go Your Own Way”, “Proud Mary”, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, and “So What”. Mrs. Katherine Wiemers directs the band and choreographed the show, and this year’s drum majors are seniors Audi Crooks, Joey Doerning, and Savannah Waechter. Good luck at band day to Garrigan’s Solid Gold Band!

Next Wednesday the members of Garrigan’s choir will be getting up early in the morning to head over to Sioux City for the annual Catholic Choral Festival. Bishop Heelan is hosting this year’s festival, which also includes choirs from Ft. Dodge St. Edmond, LeMars Gehlen, and Carroll Kuemper. The festival concert will be at 7:00 Wednesday night.

Garrigan students will be singing the song “Witness”, and they’ll join students from throughout the diocese for “Tuba”, “Cover Me with the Night”, “Ave Verum Corpus”, and “Prepare”. Then all the high school students will join the choir from Morningside University to sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Best wishes at the choral festival to director Antonia Rupert and the Garrigan choir.

Last Monday morning Garrigan and Seton students got some time off from class for a special concert. The artist performing was Steve Angrisano, who has written many well-known Christian songs like “Go Make a Difference”. Not only did he sing, but he shared some stories from his faith journey. He got everyone there—from first graders through adults—singing, dancing, laughing, and praying.

Next Tuesday at 10am Garrigan’s SAFE team will have a special presentation called “Think Fast”. It’s an interactive game show about safe driving. “SAFE” stands for “Seat Belts Are For Everyone”, with a goal of getting 100% of students and adults to wear seat belts at all times. The SAFE committee members are Cal Birkey, Garrett Heying, Benjy Trainer, Abbie Capesius, Keaton Helleseth, Blaire Becker, Amaury Thomas, Haley Nemmers, Madden Miller, and Shiloh Trainer. Coach Marty Wadle is in charge of the SAFE team at Bishop Garrigan.

We mentioned a lot of the events from Homecoming on last week’s show, but we didn’t have the final results of the class competition. It turned out to be one of the closest races ever. In addition to game day, there were several other events where the classes battled each other. The seniors and sophomores had the most participation on dress-up days, the freshmen had the top parade banner, the juniors had the most donations for the food pantry, and junior Logan Nemmers won the Mr. Garrigan pageant.

The class competition all came down to the Nickels for Novels donations. The seniors brought in the most change for the library, and they edged out the juniors in the overall competition by less than one point—out of nearly 200 possible. Congratulations to the Class of 2023, the winners of the Homecoming battle of the classes.

Two Garrigan coaches were recently honored as CYO Coaches of the Year by the Diocese of Sioux City. Brandon Schwab was named Basketball Coach of the Year and Victor Berte was named Golf Coach of the Year. Both awards recognized Garrigan’s state championships last year. Coach Berte also received the Monsigneur Tolan Award as Outstanding CYO Coach in All Sports. Congratulations to Coaches Berte and Schwab.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our Homecoming queen, Maggie Vaske. Maggie is a Bancroft native who is one of the top players on the Golden Bear volleyball team. She was proud when the Bears went undefeated and won their home tournament last Saturday. Maggie also keeps busy with band, choir, drama, and honor society. After school she helps out with the Bear Care program at Seton. Next year she plans to major in accounting at Buena Vista University. Congratulations and best wishes in the future to our Homecoming Queen, Maggie Vaske!

On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, today is Algona Band Day. The parade starts at 1pm, and both the high school and junior high bands will be toward the front. Garrigan is the first band in the field competition at 5pm over at Algona High.

Tomorrow the sophomores from St. John’s in Bancroft will celebrate the sacrament of confirmation. Monday night there’s a JV football game, with the Bears hosting North Iowa.

We’ll have mass Tuesday morning. At 10am there’s the “Think Fast” game show presented by the SAFE team. Cross-country runs at Eagle Grove on Tuesday, and also that night the volleyball team plays West Hancock in Britt.

Choir students will be up early on Wednesday to head to Sioux City. The Catholic Choral Festival concert will be at 7:00 Wednesday night at Bishop Heelan High School. Thursday there’s volleyball at Newell—Fonda and swimming in Mason City.

Next Friday there’s a special “Walk and Pray” walk-a-thon fundraiser. Friday night the football team plays GTRA at Ruthven. Then on Saturday there’s the state marching band contest in Ft. Dodge.

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