Bear Facts
March 9, 2024

Good morning! I’m Violet Bode!

I’m Alaina Bormann!

And I’m Abbie Capesius! Welcome to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend Bishop Garrigan students were among those competing for the Algona Wahoos at the state YMCA swim meet in Marshalltown. They ended up placing in the top ten in11 different events. Dalton Klenz and Matt Besch finished 10th in the freestyle relay and 8th in the medley relay. In addition Matt was 3rd in the 100-meter breaststroke, 5th in the 100-meter freestyle, and 9th in the 100-meter butterfly.

Brooke Ludwig finished in 4th place in the 100-meter backstroke, 5th in the 400-meter freestyle, 7th in the 50-meter backstroke, and 8th in the 200-meter backstroke. Junior high student Ali Elbert also competed at state. She ended up 3rd in the 25-meter freestyle and 5th in the 25-meter butterfly. Congratulations, swimmers!

Today is the Iowa High School Speech Association state individual contest. The competition is being held at Kuemper High School in Carroll, and Bishop Garrigan has nine entries at state. The day begins in just a few minutes, when Violet Bode will present her solo musical theatre “What’s Wrong with Me”. Then around 10:00 Brooke Ludwig and Sam Plathe will compete in spontaneous speaking.

At 10:30 Molly Peterson will present a review of a musical composition for oboe. Then at 11:00 Brooke Ludwig has an expository address on infant CPR. Right before lunch Ava Hough will read the prose selection “Chatty Cathy with a Kiss”. In the afternoon there’s more prose: Brendan Plathe with “The Man who Invented the Calendar” and Violet Bode with “Rapunzel”. Finally around 2:15pm Benjy Trainer will compete in Improvisation. Best wishes to everyone at state speech!

After state basketball wrapped up last week, there was some additional good news for a couple of Golden Bears. Team captain Abbie Capesius was selected by the basketball coaches association as a first team all-stater, while freshman Gracelyn Eastman won third team all-state honors. Congratulations, all-staters!

There were two awards this week for former Golden Bear Audi Crooks. Last Saturday the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union presented Audi with the Jack North Award. That honor goes to the top scorer from the previous year’s tournament, and last year Audi broke the all-time state tournament scoring record. Then on Tuesday the Big 12 Conference announced its season awards, and Audi was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection in recognition of the outstanding freshman season she’s had at Iowa State. Congratulations, Audi!

Last weekend Coach Marty Wadle was honored by the Iowa Football Coaches Association at their spring meeting. Mr. Wadle was named 8-Man Coach of the Year, in recognition of his leading the Bears to their first championship in 39 years. Congratulations, Coach Wadle!

Earlier this week law enforcement officers were at Garrigan to go through ALICE training with the students. This teaches us how to react if an awful event like a school shooting were to happen. We learned things like how to secure doors, how to break windows to escape, and what the rally points were where we should meet up to make sure everyone is safe. Hopefully we won’t ever need to use those skills, but it’s good to be prepared for the worst.

Bishop Garrigan’s Viva Voce jazz choir learned this past week that they had been accepted to compete at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships, which will be held on March 26 in Waukee. This event is by invitation only, and only six 1-A schools made the cut. Congratulations, jazz choir!

Practices are finishing up for the BGHS spring play. You can see the comedy Don’t Drink the Water next Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Admission is just $7 for floor seats and $5 for bleachers. Garrigan students have free admission, and so do members of the DARTS support group for fine arts. Be sure to see Don’t Drink the Water this coming Friday and Saturday.

Gala 2024 is just around the corner. The theme for Garrigan’s 35th Gala is “A Winning Tradition”, and the decorations are themed around the Kentucky Derby. Gala is the school’s biggest fundraiser each year, with last year’s event bringing in $430,000. Gala 35 will be Saturday, April 13. If you didn’t get an invitation, you can contact the Bishop Garrigan development office for more information.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Gavin Menke. Here to tell you about him is Brendan Plathe.

Gavin Menke’s favorite classes are probably art. He also likes Ecology and Modern American History. Over the years Gavin’s activities have includes things like football and publications. After he graduates, Gavin would like to join the military. We wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Brendan. On our Golden Bear calendar, there’s state individual speech contest today at Carroll Kuemper. Tomorrow is the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Golf practice begins on Monday. We’ll have reconciliation for Garrigan students next Tuesday. Then Wednesday there’s no school because of teacher inservice.

Several students will be taking a trip to the police academy on Wednesday. Thursday afternoon the school board meets. Then next Friday and Saturday is the spring play, Don’t Drink the Water.

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