The Bear Facts
May 11, 2024

Good morning! I’m Daniel Meis!

I’m Trayton Cink!

I’m Thadd Kollasch!

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

School is over for the Class of 2024. The seniors finished up semester tests last Wednesday and had their baccalaureate mass that night. Tomorrow at 2pm will be the graduation ceremony. Violet Bode will deliver the commencement address, and thirty-one seniors will be receiving their diplomas. Graduation will be broadcast here on KLGA, and you can also watch the livestream on the Bishop Garrigan Media YouTube channel.

At baccalaureate several awards were presented. Probably the biggest honor went to Logan Nemmers. He received the Ed Thomas Faith, Family, and Football Award from the Iowa Football Coaches Association. Drew Lappe also received a special honor, the first ever scholarship granted by the McAninch Construction Company of Des Moines.

The department honorees in the senior class were Violet Bode in math, Reagan Murphy in art, Ben Greteman in business, Avery Lichter in English, and Benjy Trainer in science. Elena Salinas won the vocational award, Brendan Plathe was honored in foreign language, Justin Bauer received the technical skills award, Zach Warren won social studies honors, Sam Plathe was honored in speech, and Ava Hough in music. The theology department honored Benjy Trainer for excellence in religious studies and Ethan Kuper for service above self.

Since 1997 seniors at Bishop Garrigan have received pins honoring their participation and achievement in a wide range of activities. This year Justin Bauer and Elena Salinas received bronze pins; while Kyra Deike, Ben Greteman, and Reagan Murphy were awarded silver pins. Gold pins—the highest activity honor there is—went to Benjy Trainer, Violet Bode, Madelyn Bronk, Lauren Swift, Ella Schaaf, Caelyn Capesius, Abbie Capesius, Sam Plathe, Brendan Plathe, Logan Nemmers, Nathaniel Darling, Ava Hough, Ethan Kuper, and Avery Lichter. Congratulations to them and to all the Class of 2024!

Last Wednesday eight Garrigan art students had their work entered in the Top of Iowa Conference Art Show at Waldorf College in Forest City. Four of them were among the top artists in the conference. Hannah Merron took first place in printmaking, Alyssa Haugland and Brooke Ludwig finished second and third in paper arts, and Reagan Murphy received third in mixed media. Other artists in the show were Eva Kohlhaas, Ella Schaaf, Alice Casey, and Spencer Doerning. Congratulations!

Also on Wednesday the boys golf team competed at sectionals. The Golden Bears took first place at the sectional meet, and Ben Greteman and Ethan Kuper took home medals for finishing in third and fourth place. Also golfing for the sectional champs were Drew Muller, Sam Greteman, Nick Thul, and Isaac DeLange. The win advanced the team to the district meet in LeMars.

The golf teams also competed in the Top of Iowa Conference golf tournament last Tuesday. The girls team finished second in the conference, and the boys ended up fourth. Avery Lichter was the conference runner-up, and Hanna Merron finished in 9th place for the girls. On the boys side, Ben Greteman earned all-conference honors for his tenth place finish.

The track teams have also been doing well. Last Monday the Golden Bear boys won the Spencer Relays, their first team win of the season. Justin Bauer took first place in the 400-meter dash, while Brady Galligan won the 800-meter run and Amaury Thomas was the discus champion.

Four relays also took first place—the 4 by 400, the shuttle hurdle, and the 800-meter and 1600-meter medley relays. Bears who ran those relays include Sam Plathe, Owen Murphy, Trayton Cink, Andrew Lichter, Lucas Behounek, Benjy Trainer, Nick Leerar, Ethan Marso, Amaury Thomas, Thadd Kollasch, Kyle Bormann, and Tate Foertsch.

Meanwhile the girls took second by just one point at the E-Hawk Relays in Emmetsburg. Reagan Murphy was first in the 100-meter hurdles, and Abbie Capesius won the 400-meter dash. The 800-meter medley and shuttle hurdle relays also took first place—with relay runners Emmi Bartolo, Zoe Montag, Abbie Capesius, Reagan Murphy, Gracelyn Eastman, and Shiloh Trainer. We had to record this week’s show before the district meet, but on our final show of the year next week we’ll let you know who’s advancing to state.

The Golden Bear football team is now holding their twenty-ninth annual salt sale. The team is taking orders for water softener salt, and they will deliver the salt to you. Orders are due by May 22nd, and delivery will take place on the 29th. Contact any Bishop Garrigan football player to place your salt order and help support the state champions.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, this morning the freshmen have the sacrament of confirmation at St. Peter and Paul in West Bend. Then tomorrow at 2pm is graduation for the Class of 2024.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we’ll have semester tests. There’s a special schedule those days, with open campus when we don’t have exams. Also on Monday there’s district boys golf in LeMars.

Tuesday the eighth graders will have their celebration mass and reception. Wednesday is the last day of school. We’ll have parish busing that day, because there’s an early dismissal at Garrigan and Seton.

Also on Wednesday the baseball team will start their season by facing Pleasantville at Rippey. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday there’s the state track meet in Des Moines, and Friday night the baseball team hosts Algona High.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. We’ll be back one last time next week to close out the year and salute all the summer activities here at Bishop Garrigan High School.