OCTOBER 10, 2020

Good morning! I’m Joseph Trainer!

I’m Meredith Tigges!

And I’m Jack Snyder! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we bring you all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Did you know that Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on television? … Or that Marie Curie discovered two elements—both radium and polonium? … Or that one of the protesters who was killed in Kenosha this summer tried to defend himself with a skateboard? Those are all examples of the kind of trivia that comes up in quiz bowl.

2020 marks the thirtieth anniversary for Bishop Garrigan’s annual quiz bowl tournament, though with the pandemic things will be a little different this year. Instead of a live event at the school, this year’s tournament will be held online, with teams competing on the Google Meet platform. Twenty teams from all over northwest Iowa are entered, with half competing today and the other half next Saturday.

Having schools compete at different times means more questions are necessary to keep the competition fair, and quiz bowl coach David Burrow has been busy since last April assembling sixteen rounds of questions that will be used in this year’s tournament. That’s more than 1500 total questions that will be asked, and hopefully most of them will be answered.

Garrigan will have three teams competing, with two of them playing their games today. One team is made up of national quiz bowl veterans including seniors Aric Laubenthal, Joseph Trainer, and Abbi Heying, and junior Meredith Tigges. The other team features freshmen who did very well in junior high quiz bowl last year: Sam Plathe, Ben Greteman, Benjy Trainer, Brendan Plathe, and Nick Laubenthal. Good luck, quiz bowl!

Last week we said goodbye to someone who has been part of the Golden Bear family for a very long time. Colleen Conway—Schiltz was a 1987 Garrigan graduate. She served for years as the Garrigan dance coach, and more recently she worked as a resource assistant. She and her husband are retiring to the Des Moines area to be closer to their children and grandchildren. We’ll really miss having Mrs. Schiltz here at Garrigan.

If you can’t be at Garrigan for school events like volleyball games or concerts, you can catch those events livestreamed on YouTube. These events are livestreamed and then archived on the BGS Media channel, which is linked from the student website. You can also watch livestreams of our weekly student masses on the Five Saints YouTube channel.

The Golden Bear cross-country team has been having a pretty good season, in spite of a few stumbles due to injuries and the coronavirus. Junior Quinn Swift and senior Joseph Meis have medaled at multiple meets this fall, and juniors Hollis Bode and Saban Meraz and sophomore Gavin Swift have also contributed to the boys’ success.

On the girls side freshman Lauren Swift has also earned medals for her efforts. Also earning points for the girls have been seniors Ava Bartolo, Amanda Thilges, and Kelle Baade, and freshman Abbie Capesius. The cross-country team runs at Forest City next Monday, and Thursday they’ll have the Top of Iowa Conference meet at Eagle Grove.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Anna Berke. Here to tell you about her is DDDDD.

DDDDD: Anna Berke is an Algona native who is active in just about every activity there is at Garrigan. She was part of the state basketball team last spring, and she was also on the state championship golf team as a sophomore. Anna plays volleyball, she’s been in plays and musicals, and she’s won awards in speech and DECA. You may have even seen Anna on TV, since she was interviewed by CNN about life as a high schooler during the pandemic. Anna plans to attend the University of Iowa next year, and we wish her all the best after high school.

Thanks, DDDDD. On our Golden Bear calendar, today is the first half of the Bishop Garrigan quiz bowl tournament, which is being held online this year. Then tomorrow is the second round of “socially distanced” confirmation masses.

Monday morning the seniors will have their class photo taken. That night the volleyball team plays at North Iowa, in a game postponed from September. Also on Monday night there’s cross-country at Forest City.

Tuesday there’s more volleyball, with the Bears hosting Humboldt. We’ll have mass on Wednesday, with high school students attending live for a change. Also that morning many juniors will be taking the PSAT.

Thursday there’s the conference cross-country meet at Eagle Grove. Next Friday is the first round of football playoffs, and next Saturday we’ll have the rest of the online BGHS quiz bowl tournament.

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