October 5, 2019

 Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

 I’m Reese Rosemeyer!

And I’m Abbi Heying! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

 Today is Algona Band Day. The past six decades Garrigan has been part of the band day competition, and again this year we’re competing in both the parade and field competitions. Director Katherine Wiemers has been preparing a field show based on the music of Shrek. The performance includes “All Star”, “Accidentally in Love”, “Funkytown” and “I’m a Believer”. Garrigan will march in the parade, and they’ll perform in the field competition tonight at 6:00. The junior high band will also compete in the parade competition.

 Jordan Hansen and Amanda Miller serve as drum majors for the Solid Gold Marching Band this year. Other seniors out for band this year include Colby Graves, Ashley Franklin, Jenna Heinen, Carolyn Hough, and Maddie Meister. They’re part of a thirty-one member band that has a big sound for a small school band. Good luck in the band day competition to the Solid Gold Marchng Band!

 One of the largest activity groups at Garrigan is Christian Leadership in Action. Christian Leadership provides many different opportunities for students to put their faith into action. Students do a variety of service projects at school and in their parishes and community. They’ve helped out at the Mary’s Place mission in Minneapolis, and they’ve also made mission trips to Mississippi. . Rob Meister and Deacon Dave Penton coordinate the Christian Leadership program at Garrigan.

Last week we told you about some special activities in Garrigan classes. Another memorable project happens in Mr. Burrow’s Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry class. Each year students go outdoors and use trigonometry and measurement skills to figure out the size of things that can’t be measured directly. This year they have new digital angle measures and a laser sight to help out with the project. Those were gifts from the “Pick Your Passion” list at last year’s Gala, and they’ll help students get real world use out of their math skills.

 This past Thursday seven Garrigan art students went on a special field trip. They headed up to Minneapolis to visit the Minnesota Institute of Art. Seniors Emma Hamilton, Emma Lichter, Ashley Franklin, Andrea Pacheco, Tabi Kollasch, Angelyna Gant, and Sam McIntire made the trip to one of the Midwest’s top art museums.

 There’s a new activity available for Garrigan students. Starting this winter the Royal Arrow Archery Club will involve students from both Garrigan and Algona High. The club is sponsored by Metzger’s Outdoors. They held organizational meetings last week, and they’ll begin practices in November. The season continues through February. About half a dozen Garrigan students have signed up for archery club, and we wish them good luck all season long.

 Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Colby Graves. Here to tell you about him is Moly Bormann.

 Colby Graves is probably best known for his accomplishments on the football field. He’s a very competitive player who has overcome injuries to be one of the Golden Bears biggest assets. Colby also excels in baseball and track. Colby is less well known for his accomplishments in fine arts, Colby has also done well in band, choir, and speech. Colby is also in Christian Leadership, and he volunteers with lots of service projects. We wish Colby all the best this year and in the future.

 Thanks, Molly. On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, Algona Band Day is today. The parade starts at 1`pm, and the Garrigan band will compete at 6pm in the field show at Algona High.

 Tomorrow at 12pm Garrigan sophomores will have their confirmation mass at St. Cecelia’s. Then Monday the volleyball team plays at Webster City and there’s JV football with the Bears hosting West Hancock.

 Tuesday will be Senior Night for the Golden Bear volleyball team, with the Bears hosting West Hancock. The cross-country team runs at Eagle Grove Tuesday ngiht. Then on Wednesday the choir will travel to Carroll for the Catholic Choral Festival, which was postponed from last week.

 There’s a student mass Wednesday morning, and we’ll dismiss early that afternoon for a teacher inservice. Then on Thursday there’s more volleyball, with the Bears hosting Newell—Fonda for their pink-out game.

 Next Friday the football team hosts North Union. The danz squad will serve a meal before the game. Finally next Saturday will be the state marching band competition in Ft. Dodge.

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