April 14, 2018

Good morning! I’m Megan Wadle!

I’m Catlin Thilges!

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

 Last Saturday we held Gala 2018, the twenty-ninth big fundraiser for Garrigan and Seton. We couldn’t have asked for a more successful event. This year’s “Big Apple” gala shattered every record. When all the different games and auctions were totaled, we ended up taking in more than $400,000.

In addition to the money that goes to the general budget and to endowment, there were a lot of specific things this year that will directly benefit Garrigan students. For the second straight year, teachers came up with a list of 100 specific requests for their classrooms and activities, which were listed on a “Pick Your Passion” tree, and every single item found a sponsor at Gala. There was also more than $20,000 donated in the Class for Classrooms push, which will help with technology—including a new Chromebook lab and a new server for the school.

 After everything else had been bid on, there was one more huge round of donations. This time people donated from $100 to $1,000 to help buy new playground equipment for the elementary wing at Garrigan. More than $30,000 was raised, which will buy a new swing set and jungle gym and should make a start on additional equipment. A big thanks to everyone who donated to the playground and to everything else at Gala 2018.

We’re crossing our fingers for decent weather today, because Garrigan is planning to host the Iowa High School Music Association’s state solo and ensemble contest for small schools in our area. There will be six centers featuring both vocal and instrumental music. Garrigan has more than thirty entries in the contest, and music directors Katherine Simpson and David Fog have been working hard to prepare. The public is welcome to watch the events, and admission is just $3 for adults and $1 for students.

Last Saturday the Golden Bear quiz bowl team competed in the Iowa Quiz Bowl League state finals in Waukee. The Bears ended up in the middle of the pack. There was especially good news, though, for senior Ben Degen. Based on his performance throughout the year, Ben was one of just seven students statewide to be win all-state honors in quiz bowl. Congratulations, Ben.

There was more quiz bowl action on Wednesday, when the Bears competed in the semi-annual 
3—2—1 contest. This is an online competition that features questions with audio and visual clues. The spring contest is always especially tough, with lots of questions from calculus and classical music. The Bears ended up with a score of 259. While that’s down slightly from last year’s score, we suspect it will still be among the highest in the Midwest. We’ll let you know on a future show how Garrigan compared with other schools.

Last Wednesday Garrigan students took special field trips to a variety of interesting places. The seniors visited the Central Iowa Hindu Temple, a Jewish synagogue in Des Moines, and a mosque in Ames. Juniors toured the state capitol and also visited the Iowa Supreme Court. The sophomores went to Mason City, where they saw a conservation center and the MacNider Art Museum. Almost everyone enjoyed the day and learned a lot.

One group of students made a special field trip separate from their classmates. They were members of the new law enforcement club at Garrigan. They spent field trip day visiting the Iowa Police Academy in Johnston. Many Bishop Garrigan alumni have gone into careers in law enforcement, and a lot of current students are also interested in becoming officers. Visiting the academy helped them learn what it takes to be successful.

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Trevor Darling. Here to tell you about him is Johnny Zeimet .

Trevor Darling is a Wesley native who you’ll see in a lot of advanced classes at Garrigan. He’s active in quiz bowl and will be representing the school at nationals this summer in Orlando. Trevor has also been in band all through school. His biggest interest, though, is probably in art and architecture. He plans to major in art next year at Iowa Central, and we wish Trevor all the best of luck in the future.

Thanks, Lexi! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s state solo and ensemble contest today at Garrigan. There’s also boys golf scheduled for Spencer today.

Tomorrow at 2pm there’s a benefit concert for Haiti. In the afternoon the Garrigan danz squad will hold their annual clinic, and at 5pm they’ll hold their spring show.

Monday we’ll be holding a blood drive at Garrigan. That night there’s girls track on the calendar, and we’re hoping the weather will be good enough that they can finally get in a meet.

Tuesday’s schedule includes coed golf at West Hancock, girls track at Garner, and boys track at Belmond. Wednesday morning the high school will go to mass in West Bend, and that night is the Stinson Prairie Art Show.

The school board meets next Thursday. That night there’s boys track at North Iowa, girls track at Estherville, and boys golf at Spencer.

Next Friday there’s coed golf at Garner and boys track at Pocahontas. Finally next Saturday there’s the state math finals in Iowa City, and then it’s time for Prom night 2018.

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