The Bear Facts

November 7, 2020

Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

I’m Abbi Heying!

And I’m Reese Rosenmeyer! You’re listening to the1 “Bear Facts”, where every week we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

It’s finally here! This weekend is your chance to see Garrigan’s presentation of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The play was Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s first hit show. It’s based on the book of Genesis and uses a wide variety of music to tell the story of Joseph and his adventures after being sold into slavery in Egypt.

Joey Trainer stars as Joseph, while Marguerite Fakler, Meredith Tigges, and Ava Bartolo are the musical narrators. Aric Laubenthal is Jacob, Jack Snyder is Pharaoh, Noah Bronk is Potiphar, and Meredith Illg is his wife. Joseph’s family, who became the twelve tribes of Israel, are played by Maggie Vaske, Avery Lichter, Eva Snyder, Benjy Trainer, Austin Von Bank, and Isabel Casey; as well as Nate Bronk, Drew Casey, Savannah Waechter, Anna Berke, and Reese Rosenmeyer.

The cast also includes Kelle Bormann, Lexi Galligan, Xander Darling, Hollis Bode, Brendan Plathe, and Violet Bode; plus Madelyn Bronk, Alaina Casey, Ava Hough, and Allie Lallier. Many other students are part of the crew and instrumental ensemble. The shows will be tonight at 7:00 and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00. Masks are required, and crowd size is limited due to COVID, so be sure to go online and make your reservation to see the fall musical.

The Bishop Garrigan student council has partnered with an organization called Pay It Forward Always. They are assembling 300 Christmas care packages to send to recently deployed National Guard members. They are collecting snacks and personal supplies that the troops can use, and they’ll also be writing personal letters to send with the care packages. We hope they’ll make the holidays happier for our troops.

We’ll be honoring veterans next Wednesday, too. Our weekly school mass happens to fall right on Veterans Day next week, and—as we’ve done for the past several years—we’ll be welcoming area veterans to mass. The seniors and first graders will be attending the mass in person and greeting the veterans who are there, with the rest of the school watching on a livestream.

Last Saturday Garrigan junior Quinn Swift ran in the state cross-country meet. Quinn finished in the middle of the pack—in 64th place out of 152 runners. He ended up finishing the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 16 seconds. Congratulations to Quinn on a good race at state and a great cross-country season.

The Golden Bear quiz bowl team is back in action today. This time they’re competing in the Iowa Quiz Bowl League Fall Classic, which in 2020 is an online event. The Bears are competing in the small-school division. That includes other area teams like North Union and Mason City Newman, as well as teams from as far away as Dubuque, Sioux City, and Chariton.

Senior Joey Trainer is the quiz bowl captain today. His teammates include junior Meredith Tigges, sophomore Jacob Ward, and freshmen Ben Greteman and Nathaniel Darling. They will play four games in a progressive-style tournament, with the results of one game creating the schedule for the next. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Many Garrigan students are part of the Algona FFA, including some who are officers in the group. FFA is holding their annual fruit and cheese sale at the moment. You can help out by either finding a future farmer you know or by going online to, and selecting the Algona FFA. The proceeds help both Garrigan and Algona High students who are looking at agriculture-related careers.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Kale Kramer. Here to tell you about him is Jack Synder.

Kale Kramer is probably best known as a lineman on the Golden Bear football team. He’s also been a thrower in track, and he holds the school squat record, having lifted 540 pounds. Away from school you might see him working at Schumacher Well Drilling. Kale plans to study diesel mechanics in college, and we wish him all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s quiz bowl today with the Bears playing online from Garrigan. Tonight the curtain opens on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The final performance of the musical is tomorrow afternoon. Also tomorrow is St. Cecelia’s annual roast beef dinner, with drive-through pick-up available.

The girls basketball team begins practices on Monday. Tuesday we’ll have an out of uniform day to help with the Pay It Forward project to aid our troops. Then on Wednesday we’ll have the Veterans Day mass.

There’s an early dismissal Wednesday for teacher inservice. Then next weekend there’s a confirmation retreat.

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