April 6, 2019

Good morning! I’m Carolyn Hough!

I’m Halle Menke!

And I’m Aric Laubenthal! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, where every week we keep you up-to-date on all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The big event today is Gala 2019. This year, as Garrigan is celebrating our 60th anniversary, Gala marks thirty years as the biggest fundraising event in Kossuth County. The very first Gala back in 1990 brought in $85,000 to help support the school. Income has grown and grown, and over the past thirty years the event has raised more than six and a half million dollars.

This year’s Gala theme is “Vintage”, and artist Mindy Lichter has designed decorations that bring back memories of the past while celebrating Garrigan’s wonderful present. Parents Aaron and Tricia Greteman, Tony and Laura Meyer, and Rich and Diane Capesius headed up the group that planned this year’s Gala, working together with the development staff Mindy Laubenthal, Allison Rosenmeyer, and Adrienne Magill.

Food is at the center of Gala every year. This year’s guests will enjoy appetizers such as shrimp and chorizo bites, bacon wrapped asiago-stuffed dates, and focaccia with caramelized onions, toasted nuts, and bleu cheese. The main meal will start with wild mushroom and port wine soup, followed by vintage Elaine salad with mixed greens, blueberries, strawberries, candied pecans, vinaigrette, and bleu cheese crumbles on the side.

The entrée for this year’s Gala is basil and spinach stuffed tenderloin of pork with roasted red pepper sauce, red jacket potatoes, and sautéed green beans. That’s followed by decadent chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse, raspberry coulis, and edible pearls. Guests will also enjoy dinner rolls and a wide variety of drinks.

This year’s silent auction has gone virtual, with items displayed and bids taken through a smartphone app. The live auction is the same as always, with more than seventy items ranging in value from $500 to $5,000. There’s also Pick Your Passion, Heads or Tails, Chest of Chance, Car, Recreation, and Dream Raffles, and First Chance and Last Chance games. We know guests will have fun, and we’re hoping Gala 30 raises more big bucks.

Today Garrigan band and choir students are displaying their skills at the state solo and ensemble music contest. Individuals and groups of 2 to 12 musicians will compete throughout the day, performing selections of up to six minutes in length. Good luck to directors Katherine Wiemers and David Fog and the Garrigan band and choir!

Monday seven Garrigan students will be down at Jester Park in the Des Moines area for the state Envirothon competition. This is an environmental science competition that combines knowledge of biology and geology with research and communication skills. Garrigan qualified for state with a strong finish in the regional Envirothon last month. Aidan Koob, Eric Thul, Bryce Capesius, Lucas Hough, and Grant Bormann will represent Garrigan at state, with Billy Erpelding and John Capesius serving as alternates. Good luck to science teacher Beany Bode and the Envirothon team!

Last Monday seven members of the Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl team competed in 3—2—1, a nationwide online contest. Sami Darling and Logan Heying captained the Golden Bear team, with Gabe Trainer, Abbi Heying, Noah Bronk, Aric Laubenthal, and Xander Darling joining in the competition. We should find out in the coming week how the team did compared to other schools around the country.

We learned this past week that one of our teachers will be leaving Garrigan—though not for the reasons you might expect. Religion teacher Jake Rosenmeyer will be leaving the school after this spring, but he isn’t retiring or getting a higher-paying job. Mr. Rosenmeyer has decided to enter the seminary and begin the process of becoming a priest. Our prayers will be with him in the coming years, and we wish him all the best in his new career.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Isabella Capesius. Here to tell you about her is Kenzie Meister.

Isabella Capesius is probably best known for her accomplishments in golf and dance. She’s been to state as a golfer, and she’s been part of the award-winning Golden Bear danz squad all through high school. Bella likes art classes, and she’s also active in publications, where she enjoys taking pictures for the yearbook. After graduation, she’s looking forward to a career in cosmetology. We wish her the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Kenzie. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s state solo and ensemble music contest today. Then tonight is Gala 2019. The event will start with mass for workers at 4pm, and the meal and auction begin at 7:00.

Monday is the first home golf meet of the season, with the Bears hosting a coed triangular with Garner—Hayfield and North Iowa. There’s also boys track Monday at Ft. Dodge.

Tuesday the girls track team runs at Algona High. Wednesday we’ll have mass in the morning, and that night the faculty will have a faith-building event. There’s CYO golf on Wednesday at Kennedy Park in Ft. Dodge.

Tryouts for next year’s football cheer squad are on Thursday. That night the boys track team runs at Lake Mills. There’s a golf triangular on Friday in Armstrong, with the Bears facing Lake Mills and North Union.

The boys track team runs at Estherville on Friday, and the girls will be hosting the BGHS Relays at Algona High. Also throughout the weekend there will be food packaging for Parish Families Against Hunger.

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