October 9, 2021

Good morning! I’m Annie Burns!

I’m Katelyn Cink!

And I’m Emma Grandgenett! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Today Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marching Band is competing in the Iowa State Marching Competition. The contest for our area is being held at Dodger Stadium down in Ft. Dodge. The Bears will be competing at 9:00, the first band of the day to perform. The music will continue until 3pm, when awards will be presented to bands in four different classes. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students.

The band’s field show this year is called “Keep It Moving”. You’ll hear popular songs like “Life Is a Highway”, “Dancing Queen”, “Vehicle”, and “Fly Like an Eagle”. The band will be judged on the execution and general effect of their music, marching, and maneuvering and also the expression and blend of their percussion. Garrigan is the only class 1-A band without a color guard, so that category is not part of their judging. Good luck to the Solid Gold Marching band as they compete at state today!

We told you most of the results of Homecoming on last week’s show, but there are a few other details to wrap up. We held a collection of canned and boxed goods, and set a new record with more than 1,600 items donated. There was also a collection called “Nickels for Novels” to buy new books for the library. That also set a record, with more than $1,100 donated. The seniors had the most contributions in both events.

Each class also created a banner for last week’s Homecoming parade and a spirt square that was displayed before the Homecoming game. The seniors won both of those events as well. Finally last Friday we held the annual “Mr. Garrigan” pageant. The competitors demonstrated a wide range of talents—from magic to solving Rubik’s cubes. In the end, though, the winner was senior Quinn Swift, who composed and performed an original rap. That was the cherry on top of the seniors’ overall Homecoming win.

There’s less than a month until the big fall musical at BGHS. This year the Garrigan music and drama departments are combining to produce The Pirates of Penzance. Thirty-one students are part of the cast. Among those featured are Drew Casey. who plays the Pirate King, and Benjy Trainer, the Major General. Others with named roles are Nate Bronk, Meredith Tigges, Marguerite Fakler, Xander Darling, Lexi Galligan, Isabel Casey, Meredith Illg, Savannah Waechter, and Eva Snyder.

A huge ensemble of pirates, daughters, and police also make up the cast. Drama director Carol Eischeid and choir director Antonia Rupert are cooperating on the production. The show will be Saturday, November 6 at 7pm, and also Sunday, November 7, at 2pm. Be sure to mark your calendar so you can see Garrigan’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.

All the fall activities held their Senior Nights this past week. Seniors honored in volleyball include Ella Muller, Meredith Tigges, Emma Grandgenett, Mya Kemna, Maryanne Capesius, and Isabel Casey. The three football seniors are Jacob Leerar, Grant Haugland, and Collin Casey. In cross-country Quinn Swift, Saban Meraz, Xander Darling, Hollis Bode, Veronica Capesius, and Lillee Deike are all running for the Bears.

Seniors were also honored in marching band and spirit squad. The senior cheerleaders are Riley Rosenmeyer, Katelyn Cink, Lillee Deike, Meredith Illg, Ava Eisenbarth, and Marguerite Fakler. In band the senior honorees were Xander Darling, Marguerite Fakler, Lexi Galligan, Hollis Bode, Meredith Tigges, Quinn Swift, and Riley Rosenmeyer. Congratulations to the seniors in all these activities!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on our Homecoming queen, Veronica Capesius. Here to tell you about her is Garrett Heying.

Veronica Capesius is second-generation royalty, since her dad was a Garrigan Homecoming king. She’s the core of the girls cross-country team for Garrigan, and she’s also been active in track, volleyball, and basketball. Veronica enjoys speech and announcing here on the “Bear Facts”. She also works the stage crew for plays and musicals. She wants to major in communications or journalism at college, and we wish Veronica all the best in the future.

Thanks, Garrett. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s the state marching band festival in Ft. Dodge today. Next Monday the cross-country team runs at Forest City, the JV football team will host St. Ed’s, and there’s a swim meet in Spencer.

Tuesday the sophomores will have their Field Day at Wild Haven, and there’s also an 8th grade retreat that day. We’ll have mass Tuesday morning, and that night the volleyball team closes their regular season with a match at Humboldt.

Next Thursday will be the Top of Iowa Conference cross-country meet. They’ll be running at NIACC in Mason City. Friday the football team closes their regular season at Northwood Kensett, and next Saturday is the big Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl tournament.

Finally this week, we have congratulations for two of our seniors. Congratulations to Collin Casey for being selected from players throughout the Midwest to be this weeks Beck’s Player with Heart. Congratulations also to Quinn Swift, who won the championship at Tuesday’s Dick Bell Invitational Cross-Country Meet in Eagle Grove, the first outright win we’ve had in boys cross-country in decades.

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