December 7, 2019

Good morning! I’m Ava Eisenbarth.

BBBBB: I’m Maryanne Capesius!

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

The Golden Bear danz squad has been down in Des Moines the past two days for the state dance and drill team championships. Garrigan has a long tradition of success in dance, and they worked hard to continue that tradition in 2019. The girls had two-a-day practices before and after school in the weeks leading up to state to make sure everything was right with their routines. They performed a pom routine with a variety of modern music and a kick routine based on “A Spoonful of Sugar” from Mary Poppins.

This year’s danz squad includes Cora Ricke and Lillee Deike, both of whom places in solo dance earlier this year. Other dancers include Jordan Hansen, Grace DeLange, Halle Menke, Ella Nelson, and Emily Lappe; plus Riley Rosenmeyer, Meredith Illg, Katelyn Cink, Emma Bacha, Savannah Waechter, Avery Berte, Eva Snyder, Jordan Blocker, Ava Kemna, and Ellie Rosenmeyer. You can see the dance routines at basketball halftimes throughout the winter.

We held a pep rally last week where the dancers showed their routines, and we also honored the Golden Bear basketball players. Several other teams were recognized, too. Among them was DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Twelve Garrigan students are involved in DECA this year. They include seniors Cade Winkel and Grayson Rowlet, juniors Joseph Meis, Noah Bronk, Gracie Elsbecker, Aric Laubenthal, Kellen Murphy, Reese Rosenmeyer, Kyle Schaaf, and Jack Snyder; and sophomores Riley Rosenmeyer and Mya Kemna. This is just the second year for DECA at Garrigan, and we’re one of the smallest schools to have a DECA team. Even so, our team brought home lots of awards from the regional contest last month. Congratulations, DECA!

Another big activity in the winter is intramural basketball. This year there are four teams competing in intramurals, which were selected through a formal draft process. Players in intramurals include seniors Lucas Hough, Colby Graves, Grant Bormann, Alex Mammen, Grayson Rowlet, and Ethan Uthof; plus juniors Noah Bronk, Aric Laubenthal, Mitch Buscherfeld, Derrick Kirsch, Lazarus Elbert, Sean Davis, Austin Von Bank, Joey Trainer, and Jack Snyder.

Younger intramural players include Devan Becker, Hollis Bode, Quinn Swift, Collin Casey, and Matt Kollasch; plus Nathan Merron, Jack Grandgenett, Aidan Hovey, Garrett Heying, Drew Casey, Drew Fogarty, Nate Bronk, and Cal Birkey. Good luck throughout the season to all the intramural basketball teams!

The Christmas season is always a time to help out our neighbors, and we’ve got a lot of holiday service projects going on at Garrigan. Before Thanksgiving we had a basketball scrimmage to benefit Toys for Tots, and we had a cash collection for that group this past week. Student Council will be working with other conference schools to sort out toys for the Salvation Army in Mason City, and then next week we’ll have a big mal packaging project to help out the missions we support in Mississippi. We hope all the people who benefit from our projects have a very Merry Christmas!

Last Wednesday Garrigan and Seton students had the day off while our teachers spent the day in a special full-day inservice meeting. They became certified in youth mental health first aid. Nationwide statistics show that nearly a fourth of junior high and high school students have mental health issues, and the goal of this program is to provide help for those students who need it.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Etha Uthof. At school Ethan says his favorite class is probably Professional Writing. We mentioned earlier today that he’s in intramural basketball, and you may see in the crowd at Garrigan games as well. Ethan spends a lot of time outside of school working. Next year he plans to attend either Iowa Lakes or DMACC, and we wish him all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week the quiz bowl team has a tournament in Spirit Lake today. Then this afternoon there’s a basketball quad at Mason City Newman. The JJV boys will also be playing at Newman today.

Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent, and it’s also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Garrigan and Seton staff will have their annual Christmas party tomorrow night.

Monday the girls basketball team will be playing at Humboldt, and there’s also JJV boys basketball at Lake Mills. Then Tuesday the Bears will host Lake Mills for a basketball quad. The danz squad will serve a meal at the games.

Wednesday night the junior high and high school bands will hold their Christmas concert. Then on Thursday we’ll have a site visit from the Diocese of Sioux City Office of Education.

Friday we’ll be packaging meals for needy people in Mississippi. Friday night the basketball teams travel to Eagle Grove. Finally next Saturday is the big cross-town basketball battle, with the Bears hosting Algona High.

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