The Bear Facts
May 4, 2019

Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

I’m Gabe Traimer!

And I’m Laurel Degen! Welcome to the “Bear Facts”, where each week you can hear all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Garrigan art students have been very busy lately. Last week thirteen artists participated in the Stinson Prairie Art Show. Kelle Bormann, Sami Darling, Jaden Becker, Isaiah Byrkeland, Kelly Baade, Andrea Pacheco, Bella Capesius, Cacy Steinman, Emma Hamilton, Ashley Franklin, Cora Ricke, Ava Eisenbarth, and Ella Muller all represented Garrigan at the art show. Cacy Steinman’s work won first place honors, while Sami Darling earned an honorable mention.

Garrigan’s artists displayed their work in a school art show this past week. Cacy Steinman’s “A Forever Bloom” took first place, while Sami Darling’s “Wire Collection” was second. Emma Hamilton won third place honors with “Flowers”. Honorable mentions went to Kelle Bormann with “Rose”, Katie McIntire for “Sunflower Girl”, and Grant Haugland’s “Okoboji”. The Best of Show prize went to Cacy Steinman, and Ella Muller narrowly won the People’s Choice Award.

Last month at the state solo and ensemble music contest, 25 of Garrigan’s 32 entries earned Division I or “superior” ratings, more than double the amount given to most other schools. One group did especially well. The boys double quartet—which features Logan Heying, Sam Vaske, Noah Bronk, Eric Thul, Aric Laubenthal, Gabe Trainer, Joey Trainer, and Bryce Capesius—was named “outstanding”, the best performance all day in their center. Congratulations, choir!

Garrigan freshman Riley Rosenmeyer spent this past week in Orlando. She was there to compete in the International Career Development Competition for DECA, a business and leadership organization. Both Riley and junior Cade Winkel qualified for this contest with high scores at the state DECA conference last winter. Cade was unable to attend, but Riley did head to Orlando for the contest. More than 28,000 students are part of DECA, so it’s a big honor to make it to the international contest. Congratulations, Riley!

Some more Garrigan students are also getting ready for national competition. Next month the Golden Bear quiz bowl team will be heading to Chicago for the school’s twentieth trip to the National Academic Championships. This year seniors Gabe Trainer, Logan Heying, Sami Darling, and Bryce Capesius will be the core of the team. Backing them up are junior Grant Bormann; and sophomores Joey Trainer, Aric Laubenthal, and Abbi Heying.

The quiz bowl team will compete at nationals on June 8th and 9th. They’ll also be checking out some sights of the Windy City. Some will be going to a ballgame at Wrigley Field, and others plan to see the show Hamilton. They’ll also check out the famous museums and landmarks around Chicago. We’ll tell you more about the trip before the end of the school year.

As we near the end of the year, we’ll be saying goodbye to four teachers who have been on the Garrigan staff for quite a while. Barb Kramer, who has been a fixture at Seton and more recently Garrigan, will be retiring from her work in the library and on the playground. Choir director David Fog is also retiring, and religion teacher Jake Rosenmeyer will be heading to the seminary to become a priest. Finally fourth grade teacher John Jones will be taking a new job at North Butler, which is near where he grew up. We’ll miss all these staff members, and we wish them well in the future.

One of the jobs will be taken by a face we’ve gotten to know at Garrigan this spring. Jared Montag has been doing student teaching in Mr. Patterson’s social studies classes this spring, and next fall he’ll be taking over Mr. Rosenmeyer’s religion classes. Mr. Montag also coaches golf at Garrigan, and he’ll be doing some additional coaching next year.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Drew Merron. Here to tell you about him is Preston Kohlhaas.

Drew Merron comes to Garrigan from the Bancroft area. He grew up on a farm and enjoys working with pigs. Drew’s school activities include football and baseball, and he also went out for trapshooting this year. Drew plans to join his friends at college in Sheldon next fall, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Preston. On our Golden Bear calendar, the graduation receptions begin this weekend for the Class of 2019. Tonight is also first communion at St. Joseph—Wesley.

Monday there’s the Top of Iowa Golf Tournament at North Union. Garrigan will be hosting its junior high relays that night at Algona High. Also on Monday the football cheerleaders will be doing a fundraising call-a-thon.

Tuesday we’ll have National Honor Society induction. Then on Wednesday the boys double quartet will perform at the Outstanding Performer Showcase in Ames.

There’s an early dismissal Wednesday for professional development, and that night we’ll have baccalaureate mass for the graduating seniors.

The seniors will be taking their semester tests on Thursday and Friday. Thursday is the track state qualifying meet at Armstrong, and Friday is boys sectional golf.

Also on Friday fine arts students will have a special award breakfast. Finally next Saturday the softball team will have their elementary camp.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next week, when we’ll have a special show celebrating all the accomplishments of the Class of 2019 at Bishop Garrigan High School.