January 18, 2020

Good morning! I’m Meredith Tigges!

I'm Abbi Heying!

And I'm Reese Rosenmeyer! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts” and joining us to hear the latest news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We just began the second semester at Garrigan, and that means new classes for both students and teachers. Every semester we offer several dual credit courses through an arrangement with Iowa Lakes Community College. These allow Garrigan students to earn college credit while they’re still in high school—at a big savings to their families. Mr. Burrow, Mr. Byrkeland, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Meyer all teach college courses during the school day.

This semester there are two college credit math courses on the schedule: Calculus and Statistics. Students are also enrolled in three different psychology classes: Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Social Psychology. There are also a number of English courses offered for dual credit during the year. In addition to these, many students earn college credit by taking courses online. More than half of Garrigan students receive at least some college credit before they graduate from high school.

This past Tuesday we held a new drill at Garrigan, which supplements events we’re used to like fire and tornado drills. This was a non-emergency evacuation drill, which is a new requirement by the state of Iowa. This practices procedures that would be used when the building needs to be cleared as quickly as possible, but when no one is in imminent danger.

As an example of when the evacuation we were practicing might be used, Principal Christy Peterson recalled a time when she was an elementary teacher and there was a sewer break that sent an unpleasant smell throughout the building. A downed electric line near the building or a minor chemical spill might also cause an evacuation like this, and of course similar procedures could also be used in the event of a true emergency.

Last week we told you about the success of our varsity basketball teams, but the JV and JJV teams have also been doing well. On the girls side the younger players are coached by Mick Elbert and Joe Bartolo. Players include juniors Kelly Baade, Anna Berke, Gracie Elsbecker, and Reese Rosenmeyer; sophomores Maryanne Capesius, Ava Eisenbarth, Vernonica Capesus, Emma Grandgenett, Mya Kemna, Ella Muller, and Meredith Tigges; and freshmen Ashlyn Hovey, Maggie Vaske, and Grace Winkelman.

Jared Montag and Tyler Tiffany are the boys JV coaches. The lower-level boys players include juniors Kyphus Goche, Joseph Meis, Kellen Murphy, and Isaiah Plathe; sophomores Hollis Bode, Grant Haugland, Jacob Leerar, and Joe Schumacher; and freshmen Cal Birkey, Nate Bronk, Aidan Hovey, Matt Kollasch, Nathan Merron, Drew Fogarty, Ryan Noonan, and Jack Grandgenett. Good luck throughout the season to JV and JJV basketball!

You can always find the latest news from Garrigan as well as pictures of every activity by checking out the student website at This semester Andrew Arndorfer, Grant Bormann, John Joyce, Lucas Hough, and Angelo Winkel are working at maintaining the website. 2020 is the twenty-fifth year Garrigan has been online, and the student website has been updated almost daily throughout that time. Check out the Bears in cyberspace at

Progress is continuing on the new Garrigan chapel, which is located northwest of the school. The structure is finished, and interior work is progressing through the winter. The old windows from St. Benedict parish have been installed, and we recently moved an altar, statues, and other religious objects into the new chapel. The facility should be dedicated early this spring.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Andrea Pacheco. Andrea has been active in a lot of activities over the years—including speech, drama, and music. She has also been a Golden Bear cheerleader, she enjoys art, and she’s even announced here on the “Bear Facts”. Andrea will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

On our Golden Bear calendar there’s an honor band today at Ft. Dodge St. Edmond. Then tomorrow there’s the K.C. free throw contest.

Monday the JV and varsity girls basketball teams will be in action at Humboldt. These games were postponed by weather back in early December. Meanwhile the JJV girls will be hosting Clear Lake and the JJV boys will host Lake Mills.

Tuesday there’s a basketball quad, with the JV and varsity boys and girls traveling to Lake Mills. Wednesday we’ll have mass in the morning, and some musicians will be gone that day for the Sioux City Diocese Honor Band in Storm Lake.

Next Thursday the JJV boys play at Garner. Then next Friday there’s a basketball quad, with the Bears hosting Eagle Grove. We’ll be honoring the Garrigan and Seton staff members at a special halftime ceremony.

Next Saturday is the district large group speech contest. Garrigan will be traveling to Ft. Dodge Senior High for district, with our first entry performing at 8am.

That’s the “Bear Facts” for this week. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next Saturday when we’ll be telling you all about Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.