The Bear Facts

February 2, 2019

Good morning! I’m Jordan Hansen!

I’m Amanda Miller!

And I’m Reese Rosenmeyer! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

This past week was Catholic Schools Week, and we celebrated by having no school most of the week. Well, it seemed like that, anyway. Of course we were actually dealing with near record that came with the polar vortex. Nearly every school in the state was closed this week, including those in our area. We all managed to keep warm, but we’re glad days are getting longer and spring will be here before long.

We did manage to get in a lot of our Catholic Schools Week activities at the end of the week. The mass that was supposed to be on Monday got postponed until Thursday afternoon, and yesterday we participated in fun activities like roller-skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and movies. The little kids also enjoyed activities like ice skating and inflatables.

There’s still a couple of events left that have been re-scheduled from Catholic Schools Week. We’ll have a black and gold day next Monday and an out-of-uniform day on Tuesday. Tuesday is also when we’ll have our all-school rosary. The Seton kids will be joining us at Garrigan that morning, and parents and grandparents can also join in. The event will also be shared on Facebook live.

Today the state large-group speech contest is being held in Spencer. The one-act, “The Girl in the Mirror” earned “excellent” ratings at district, and received good comments from the judges there. Unfortunately because of a family death and limited rehearsal time because of the weather, they will not be able to perform today. We congratulate the one-act on the great job they did, though.

Two other events will be representing Garrigan at state. In Ensemble Acting, the comedy “Flag Girls” stars Reese Rosenmeyer, Bailey Meister, Anna Berke, and Gracie Elsbecker. We have a more dramatic piece entered in Readers Theatre. “What Are We Going to Do with Mama” features Amanda Miller, Tara Kron, Kelle Bormann, Bailey Kollasch, Maddie Meister, Abbi Heying, Katie Noonan, and Jenna Heinen. Best wishes at state, large group speech!

The cast for the BGHS spring play has been announced. The show is scheduled for March 22 and 23, and the cast will feature Jenna Heinen, Gabe Trainer, Aidan Koob, Jordan Hansen, and Layah De Lange; as well as Ava Bartolo, Joey Trainer, Eric Thul, Billy Erpelding, Sam Vaske, and Emma Thul.

Others in the spring play include Bailey Kollasch, Madison Illg, Reese Rosenmeyer, Meredith Tigges, Jack Snyder, and Amanda Miller. Rounding out the group are Bryce Capesius, Cade Winkel, Caroline Bradley, LogN Heying, Lauren Kenyon, Abbi Heying, Marguerite Fakler, Anna Berke, Meredith Illg, Megan Bronk, and Gracie Elsbecker. Be sure to mark your calendar for March 22 and 23 and the Bishop Garrigan spring play.

We’re a couple weeks into the second semester now, and in spite of the weather, things are settling in pretty well. There’s always a variety of offerings on the Garrigan class schedule. This semester college credit courses are available in Statistics, Psychology, and Composition, and a number of students are taking online college classes as well. Other interesting courses on the schedule are History Through Movies and Religion and Pop Culture. Garrigan also offers such diverse courses as Athletic Training, Business Law, and Web Page Design.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Ashlyn Harrington. Here to tell you about her is Emma Fogarty.

Ashlyn Harrington comes to Garrigan from the sunny South—Humboldt, Iowa. She went to grade school at St. Mary’s and then joined Garrigan’s Class of 2019. Ashlyn is a cheerleader, and she also keeps busy with music, speech, drama, and Christian Leadership in Action. She also serves as a Eucharistic minister, and in the past you may have heard her here on the “Bear Facts”. Ashlyn will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Emma. On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s state speech today in Spencer. Monday we’ll have a black and gold day for Catholic Schools Week, and that night there’s an early childhood open house at Seton.

Tuesday at 9:15 we’ll have an all-school rosary, with the little kids from Seton joining us here at Garrigan. Parents and grandparents are also welcome, and you can see the rosary on Garrigan’s Facebook page.

Tuesday night the basketball teams will play in the Top of Iowa Conerence cross-over game. Then on Wednesday several students will leave on a Mission Trip to Mississippi.

Next Thursday girls regional basketball starts. The Bears will be hosting Northwood—Kensett that night.

That’s our first “Bear Facts” for February. We hope the warmer weather sticks around, and we also hope you’ll tune in next week for more news from Bishop Garrigan High School.