March 13, 2021

Good morning! I’m Jack Snyder!

I’m Aric Laubenthal!

And I’m Joseph Trainer! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the show where each week we keep you in touch with all the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend, for the second straight year, the Golden Bear girls made it all the way to the championship game in the state girls basketball tournament. They played two games since we recorded last week’s show. The state semi-final vs. Exira—Elk Horn—Kimballton last Friday was one of the best games of the season. Every player on the team got into the game, and the Bears ended up winning by a score of 57 – 35.

The Bears advanced to the championship game Saturday night. They faced Newell—Fonda, a team the Bears had beaten by more than twenty points back before Christmas. Things didn’t go Garrigan’s way last Saturday, though, and while it was close until the middle of the fourth quarter, the girls ended up losing 66 – 52. They’re still arguably the best Garrigan basketball team ever, though, and we’re proud of the awesome season the girls have had! Congratulations to the state runners-up!

A couple weeks ago Garrigan’s DECA chapter competed virtually in the state DECA competition. The team had a great day, winning five big awards. Two of those were first place honors. Riley Rosenmeyer took first place in Human Resource Management, while Reese Rosenmeyer was first in Apparel and Accessory Management. Mya Kemna took second place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

Bishop Garrigan also took three honorable mentions at state DECA. The team of Joe Meis and Kellen Murphy received an honorable mention for their Travel and Tourism team. Ella Schaaf and Violet Bode were honored for their Marketing Management team, and Avery Licter earned an honorable mention for Principles of Marketing. Congratulations on these outstanding state achievements, DECA!

Today Garrigan’s individual speech entries will be judged in the virtual state contest. The Bears advanced sixteen entries to state. Ava Eisenbarth will be performing a comedy routine about the 55 mile per hour speed limit in Acting, and she’s also reading a prose piece called “I Fall in Love”. Eva Snyder will present a Literary Program called “Love and Generosity”, and she’s also entered in Radio News Announcing; and Sam Plathe is competing in both Improvisation and Spontaneous Speaking.

Marguerite Fakler is singing a song from Finding Neverland for Solo Musical Theatre, and she’ll present a Prose piece called “Waiting”. Jack Snyder and Meredith Tigges are both entered in Radio News Announcing. Joey Trainer is telling the story “Clever Gretel”, while Savannah Waechter is presenting “The Three Brothers” for Storytelling.

Meredith Illg will present a humorous Poetry version of “The Three Little Pigs”, Riley Rosenmeyer is presenting a Prose piece called “Guys”, Abby Heying is presenting a review of the play and movie Hamilton, and Noah Bronk is entered in Improvisation. Best wishes to all the speech entries and to directors David Burrow and Ashley Meyer. Break a leg, everybody!

Next weekend the Garrigan drama department will present a stage version of the radio play It’s a Wonderful Life. There are twenty-six members of the cast—including seniors Emily Lappe, Joey Trainer, Kelle Bormann, Derrick Kirsch, Jack Snyder, and Noah Bronk. There will be two performances—next Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 3pm. Be sure to make your plans to see It’s a Wonderful Life.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Lazarus Elbert and Sean Davis. Here to tell you about them is Derrick Kirsch.

You may have seen Lazarus Elbert if you stopped by McDonalds, where he spends a lot of his time working. He enjoys playing video games, and he’s also one of the students responsible for updating the student website.

Sean Davis also helps out with the website, and he was one of the top players on the Garrigan football team last fall. Away from school Sean enjoys lifting weights. After graduation he’ll be joining the Marines, and we wish both Sean and Lazarus all the best in the future.

Thanks, Derrick. On our Golden Bear calendar today, the state individual speech entries are being judged. Then on Monday golf practice begins.

Next Tuesday we’ll have our annual academic honors ceremony. Because of COVID, it won’t be an actual banquet this year, but hors d’ouevres will be served and honors will be announced.

We’ll have reconciliation next Wednesday. Then Thursday each class will have a special assembly to learn about dealing with violence in relationships.

The school board will meet on Thursday afternoon, and next Friday the third quarter ends on Friday. And next Saturday is when the curtain opens on the spring play, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Finally, we have to note that it was exactly one year ago this weekend when almost everything in America shut down because of COVID-19. Garrigan was one of the few schools in America that held full-credit online classes last spring, and this fall we’ve had classes in person since the start of school this fall. We’ve also managed to continue almost every activity. While a lot of modifications had to be made, it really has been a good year, and we’re glad that as more and more people get vaccinated, things really are getting back to normal.

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.