The Bear Facts
April 13, 2019

Good morning! I’m Jordan Hansen!

I’m Amanda Miller!

And I’m Emma Fogarty! Thanks for joining us for the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio broadcast from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday we celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of Gala, the annual festival and fundraiser that generates thousands of dollars in income for Garrigan and Seton. This year’s Gala brought in $370,000, the third highest total on record. Thanks to everyone who planned an organized the event, to all those who donated gifts, to all the people who worked on Saturday night, and to everyone who attended and bid on the items. It takes hundreds of people to make Gala successful, and we really are grateful to everyone.

Several big awards are announced at Gala each year. This year the Excellence in Catholic Education Award, which is named after long-time Garrigan administrator Father Cecil Friedmann, went to Colleen Conway—Schiltz. For more than twenty years Mrs. Schiltz has been a familiar face around Garrigan. She works to help students succeed—particularly those who have a little bit of trouble, but who haven’t been formally diagnosed as needing resource help. Colleen also works as a substitute teacher, but she’s probably best known for building our danz squad into the powerhouse success it is today. Congratulations on this big honor, Colleen Conway—Schiltz!

Yesterday and today people from around the area have been busy doing food packaging for Parish Families Against Hunger. The food goes to assist people from St. Cecelia’s twin parish at Sainte Jeanne de Chantal in Haiti. Many Garrgan students are among those doing the packaging, and earlier this year Bryce Capesius, Gabe Trainer, and Layah DeLange joined some older St. Cecelia’s parishioners on a mission trip to Haiti. Garrigan also had a special project at school to package meals for needy people in Mississippi.

Spring sports season is here. Leading the boys golf team is state veteran Andrew Arndorfer. The team also includes junior Grayson Rowlet, sophomores Kyle Schaaf and Adyn Rowlet, and freshmen Jacob Leerar and Joey Schumacher. On the girls side seniors Bella Capesius and Madison Illg return for the Bears. Also out is Kelly Baade, who has already medalled once for the Bears. Other golfers include Ava Eisenbarth, Olivia Arndorfer, Riley Rosenmeyer, Anna Berke, Amanda Thilges, Ella Muller, Molly Bormann, and Lexi Galligan. Good luck to Coach Jared Montag and the golfers!

The boys track team has grown from its initial numbers. Seniors John Meis, John Capesus, Tristan Furgeson, Brad Capesius, Sam Vaske, and T.J. Schnurr will be at the core of the team for the Bears this year. Others to watch include Alex Mammen, Derrick Kirsch, Jack Snyder, Colby Graves, Marcus Plathe, Kellen Murphy, Joseph Meis, Austin Von Bank, and Quinn Swift. The team also fetures Hollis Bode, Collin Casey, Joseph Bonstetter, Saban Meraz, Aric Laubenthal, Joey Trainer, Sean Davis, Isaiah Plathe, Kale Kramer, Mitch Buscherfeld, and Grant Haugland. Good luck to Coach Marty Wadle and the boys track team!

At the core of the girls track team are seniors Madelyn Cink, Laurel Degen, and Emma Thul. Juniors on the squad include Aubree Altman, Julia Berte, Emma Fogarty, Jordan Hansen, Jenna Heinen, Maddie Meister, and Katie Noonan. There’s a big group of sophomores, including Reese Rosenmeyer, Ava Bartolo, Kiana Book, Gracie Rosenmeyer, Bailey Meister, Ella Nelson, Gracie Elsbecker, Halle Menke, and Tara Kron.
AAAAA: The track team also features lots of freshmen. They include Isabelle Casey, Marguerite Fakler, Shaylee Waters, Meredith Tigges, Maryanne Capesius, Mya Kemna, Katelyn Cink, Veronica Capesius, Lillee Deike, and Emma Grandgenett. Good luck to Coach Brent DeGroote and the girls track team!

Last Saturday Garrigan’s musicians went over to Britt to compete in the state solo and small ensemble music festival. Band students took home a wide range of ratings, including two superior and two excellent awards. Senior Sami Darling earned a Division One for her French horn solo, and Jordan Hansen earned a one for a clarinet solo. The Division Two ratings went to Logan Heying and the percussion choir. Congratulations, band!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Caden Berte. Caden Berte comes to Garrigan from the Bancroft area. His biggest activity at school is probably trapshooting, and he’s also involved in a lot of service projects. Caden went out for football as a senior, but then promptly broke his leg. Away from school Caden enjoys farming and the rural lifestyle. He’ll be attending Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon next fall, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Because of the Easter holiday we’ve got two weeks of activities on our Golden Bear calendar. There’s packaging for Parish Families Against Hunger today. Then tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.

There’s dance tryouts on Monday, and at 7pm there’s a kindergarten through 2nd grade concert. Then on Tuesday the Bears will be hosting a coed golf meet against Ft. Dodge St. Edmond.

The girls track team is at Garner on Tuesday, and there’s boys track at Belmond. We’ll have mass on Wednesday. There’s cheer tryouts that afternoon, and Wednesday night the junior class will have an overnight retreat.

Thursday is our all-school retreat in anticipation of Easter. There’s a movie that afternoon, and we’ll dismiss early Thursday for Easter vacation.

There’s no activities on Good Friday or Holy Saturday, and next Sunday is Easter. On Monday the 22nd the Bears will host a coed golf triangular with West Hancock and Forest City.

Tuesday the 23rd there’s golf in Buffalo Center versus North Union and North Iowa. The girls track team runs at Forest City, and there’s boys track in Emmetsburg. We’ll have mass on the 24th, and there’s a special senior luncheon that day.

The Stinson Prairie Art Show is on Thursday the 25th. The school board meets that day, and the boys and girls track teams will be at North Union that night. Finally there’s golf at Belmond on Friday the 26th.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for another week. We’ll be off next Saturday because of Easter break, but be sure to catch the show again April 27th when we’ll be getting ready for Prom here at Bishop Garrigan High School.