Good morning! I’m Ava Eisenbarth!

I’m Marguerite Fakler!

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

A week ago the little kids at Garrigan celebrated the 100th day of school. This is something that happens every year, but it was a little more important during the pandemic. While some schools in Iowa are just now getting around to starting classes in person, school has been open at Garrigan since last August. We’ve had both students and teachers who have had to quarantine from time to time, but we’ve managed to keep things going.

In addition to classes, we’ve done the most we can with activities this year. Some were done virtually and some allowed limited numbers of fans. We’ve kept things going, though, and our teams have had a lot of success. We’re now more than halfway through one of the school year, and while it’s one of the strangest years ever, we’re proud of how well everything’s gone.

Tonight we’ll have an event that at the start of the year many people though wouldn’t happen. It’s the winter formal dance. There will be a number of special restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID, but the event is still going on. We hope everyone who participates in the winter formal has a good time.

Another event that was affected by COVID is Gala. The 2021 Gala will be a virtual event, the second straight year the school’s biggest fundraiser has been held online. The development office is working hard to make this an enjoyable event, even if it does have to be held at a distance. This year’s Gala will be held the week after Easter, April 10th. Be sure to mark your calendar and be part of the virtual celebration.

Parent-teacher conferences are also being held virtually this year, as a requirement of the Diocese of Sioux City. Parents can go online and sign up for times to meet with each teacher over Zoom. The conferences will be held next Tuesday starting at 3:45 and Wednesday beginning at 3:15pm.

This week hundreds of people in Kossuth County are receiving the vaccine to prevent COVID-19. If you called to schedule a vaccination appointment, it was likely that Garrigan students took your call. Members of our school’s campus ministry group volunteered to staff the hotline to make vaccination reservations. We’re always glad to help out the community.

Next Wednesday the quiz bowl team will be back in action. They’ll be competing in an online event called the Knowledge Master, where the whole team will work together and pool their knowledge to answer questions. The Knowledge Master starts at 1:30 next Wednesday afternoon. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Today is the scheduled date for the state large group speech contest. Just like district this will be a virtual event. Garrigan’s six state entries were recorded and are being judged today by three judges who are working from home. We’ll have a readers’ theatre, a choral reading, an ensemble acting scene, a group improvisation, and two musical theatre selections. Best wishes to everyone involved in large group speech.

The Golden Bear girls basketball team continues to dominate the competition. They’ve been ranked #1 in Class 1A since before Christmas, and they continue to rack up accomplishments like beating Lake Mills by a 56-point margin last Tuesday. They followed that up by winning their second straight conference championship after beating Forest City Tuesday night.

The girls will finish off their regular season by taking on West Des Moines Valley, the #10 team in Class 5-A. That game is scheduled for next Thursday, when other 1-A schools are beginning regional play. The girls should have a bye in the first round of regionals, and we’re hoping their success will take them back to the state tournament. Good luck in that game and all through playoffs to the Golden Bear girls!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kyle Schaaf. Here to tell you about him is Riley Rosenmeyer.

Kyle Schaaf was out with a wrist injury for much of basketball season, but he’s back and ready to help the team as they close out the regular season and get ready for districts. In addition to basketball, Kyle is a state qualifier in golf, and he also keeps busy with DECA. He plans to attend Morningside College next year, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Riley. On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, the state large group speech entries will be judged today. Then tonight at 7:00 there’s the winter formal dance.

Monday night the JV and varsity basketball teams will host a quad versus North Iowa. Tuesday there’s parent/teacher conferences, and that night the JJV basketball team will be hosting Forest City.

We’ll have mass next Wednesday morning. There’s an early dismissal that afternoon, and the quiz bowl team will compete in the Knowledge Master. After that there’s more parent/teacher conferences.

Next Thursday we’ll have an out of uniform day. That night the girls basketball team will be taking on West Des Moines Valley, and the boys will play at Hampton/Dumont.

There’s no school next Friday. That night the boys basketball district tournament begins, and we wish the Bears good luck.

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