February 8, 2020

Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

And I’m Jack Snyder! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today about thirty-five Garrigan students are making the long trip to LeMars for the Iowa High School Speech Association state large group contest. Four of our speech events received division one or “excellent” ratings at the district contest two weeks ago, and they earned the right to advance to state. The first performers will be Ava Eisenbarth, Marguerite Fakler, Joey Trainer, Noah Bronk, and Mya Kemna in Group Improvisation. They will perform at 10:20 this morning.

Shortly after 11am the curtain will open on our one-act play, A Mad Breakfast, which features Jack Snyder as a man who is investigating people he thinks are mentally ill, but who aren’t actually insane. The patients are played by Jordan Hansen, Kelle Bormann, Joey Trainer, Maggie Vaske, Noah Bronk, Garrett Heying, Riley Rosenmeyer, Eva Snyder, and Amanda Miller.

Then this afternoon at 2:30 Reese Rosenmeyer, Gracie Elsbecker, Anna Berke, Bailey Meister, and Riley Rosenmeyer will star in the Ensemble Acting selection “The Committee Meeting”. That show tells of a group of women trying to plan a big event who spend all their time trying to keep from doing anything themselves.

The final entry is the Readers’ Theatre “A Guide to the Teenage Zone”, which will perform at 3:10 this afternoon. In that show Meredith Tigges and Maddie Meister lead viewers through the strange world that is a teenage girl’s everyday life. The cast also includes Jenna Heinen, Katie Noonan, Abbi Heyng, and Katie McIntire; as well as Ella Nelson, Ava Bartolo, Tara Kron, Lillee Deike, Amanda Thilges, Ava Eisenbarth, Emily Lappe, Katelyn Cink, and Marguerite Fakler. Best wishes to all the state speech entries!

Next Monday will be a big day for sixteen Garrigan musicians—four from each of the vocal ranges. They’ll be over in Spencer for the state jazz choir contest. The group includes Marguerite Fakler, Isabel Casey, Derrick Kirsch, Xander Darling, Kelle Bormann, Meredith Tigges, Joey Trainer, and Austin Von Bank. Other jazz choir members are Jack Snyder, Aric Laubenthal, Ava Bartolo, Amanda Miller, Noah Bronk, Drew Casey, Ella Muller, and Bailey Kollasch.

The jazz choir has been rehearsing since before Christmas. Monday they’ll be performing “All or Nothing at All”, “A Day in the Life”, and How High the Moon”. Best wishes to director Antonia Rupert and all the Garrigan jazz choir.

The girls regional basketball tournament begins next week. Pairings came out last Wednesday, and the Golden Bear girls drew the top seed in Region 2. They have a bye in the first round, and on Tuesday, February 18, they’ll host the winner of Northwood—Kensett and Mason City Newman. Good luck to the girls as they fight toward another state appearance.

Pairings aren’t out yet for boys basketball, but we do know the district where the Bears are assigned. The Bishop Garrigan boys should also be the top seed in their district. The biggest competition they’ll face in District 2 will likely be from Newell—Fonda. Both the Golden Bear boys and girls continue to be ranked in the top five in various statewide polls, and we wish them all the best as they head into the post-season.

Next week we’ll have parent—teacher conferences at Garrigan. Originally next Friday had been scheduled as a day off, as “comp time” for the teachers working at conferences. That has changed, though, and now we’ll be using next Friday to make up time we missed with snow days earlier this winter.

With basketball playoffs about to start, our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Marcus Plathe. While he sometimes is overshadowed by his flashier teammates, Marcus is one of the toughest and most consistent players on the Garrigan team. He’s one of the Bears’ top rebounders, and he’s also scored in double digits in many games. Marcus was the football team’s quarterback last fall, he’s run at state in track, and he’s also one of the Bears’ top baseball players. We wish Marcus all the best when he heads off to college next year.

On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, several Garrigan students are taking the ACT this morning. All day long there’s state speech contest over in LeMars.

Tomorrow is the K.C. free throw contest. Monday the jazz choir will compete at state in Spencer, and that night the Golden Bear basketball teams travel to North Iowa.

Tuesday and Wednesday nights we’ll have parent—teacher conferences at Garrigan. There’s an early dismissal for teacher in-service on Wednesday. Finally next Friday the boys basketball team wraps up their regular season by hosting Hampton—Dumont.

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