The Bear Facts

January 19, 2019

Good morning! I’m Jordan Hansen!

I’m Reese Rosenmeyer!

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

Last week eight Garrigan students went down to Ft. Dodge to take part in the regional DECA competition. Mya Kemna, Riley Rosenmeyer, Anna Berke, Reese Rosenmeyer, Gracie Elsbecker, Joseph Meis, Cade Winkel, and John Meis all represented the Bears. They competed in events that tested their skills in accounting, entrepreneurship, business management, law, ethics, marketing, and financial literacy.

Garrigan did extremely well in the competition. Every Garrigan entry earned at least an honorable mention, and most placed in the top three at regionals. That was true even though DECA is a completely out of school activity at Garrigan, while many other schools use class time to prepare for the event. Congratulations to everyone who competed at regional DECA.

Today the district large group speech contest is scheduled to take place at Manson. Garrigan’s first entry today will be a choral reading called “The World of Animals”. We’ll also be performing the one-act play “The Girl in the Mirror”, a readers theatre called “What Are We Going to Do With Mama?”, an improvisation, and two ensemble acting selections—“Flag Girls” and “Communication”.

Seniors in speech include Emma Thul, Caroline Bradley, Eric Thul, Sam Vaske, Laurel Degen, Aidan Koob, Logan Heying, Ashlyn Harrington, Madison Illg, Lauren Kenyon, and Megan Bronk. The juniors are Jordan Hansen, Amanda Miller, Jenna Heinen, Bailey Kollasch, Maddie Meister, and Katie Noonan. There’s also lots of younger students—including Molly Bormann, Jack Snyder, Isabel Casey, MaryAnne Capesius, Katelyn Cink, and Lillee Deike.

Also in speech are Marguerite Fakler, Lexi Galligan, Emma Grandgenett, Meredith Illg, Ella Muller, Riley Rosenmeyer, Meredith Tigges, and Emily Lappe. Rounding out the group are Amanda Thilges, Joey Trainer, Kelle Bormann, Abbi Heying, Reese Rosenmeyer, Gracie Elsbecker, Anna Berke, Bailey Meister, Ava Eisenbarth, Noah Bronk, and Mya Kemna. Best wishes to directors Jake Rosenmeyer and David Burrow and the whole speech team. Break a leg, everybody!

Next Wednesday six Garrigan students will be traveling to Storm Lake for the Sioux City Diocesan Band Festival. Participating in this honor band are Jordan Hansen, Meredith Illg, Riley Rosenmeyer, Xander Darling, Marguerite Fakler, and Meredith Tigges. Congratulations to everyone selected for the diocesan band festival.

The Golden Bear basketball teams are right in the heart of their season. On the girls side sophomore Katie Noonan has been the top scorer. The core of the team is juniors, though—with Madison Meister, Emma Fogarty, Amanda Miller, and Mackenzie Meister, and Katie Noonan all working hard. Junior Emma Lichter has also helped out the team, as have sophomores Kelly Baade, Gracie Elsbecker, Reece Rosenmeyer, Tara Kron, Bailey Meister, Grace Rosenmeyer, Anna Berke, and Kiana Book. Good luck in the rest of the season, Golden Bear girls!

On the boys side, senior T.J. Schnurr and sophomore Angelo Winkel have alternated as leading scorers. Seniors Brad Capesius, Tristan Furgeson, and John Capesius have all had good playing time; as have juniors Cade Winkel, John Joyce, Marcus Plathe, Cameron Baade, Andrew Arndorfer, and Kurt Condoleon. Sophomores Kyle Schaaf, Kyphus Goche, Lazarus, Elbert, Joseph Meis, Kellen Murphy, and Isaiah Plathe have also had a good season on the hardwood. Good luck, boys basketball!

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Luke Bormann. Here to tell you about him is Amanda Miller.

Luke Bormann is probably best known for his accomplishments in baseball. He’s the regular catcher on the Golden Bear team. He’s also been successful at pitching, and his size has helped him to have one of the highest on-base percentages in the conference. Next year Luke plans to study to become an electrical lineman. We wish him all the best in his career.

Thanks, Amanda. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s district large group speech today at Manson Northwest Webster. Then on Monday there’s JJV basketball, with the boys playing at Garner and the girls hosting Clear Lake.

There’s a show choir contest next Tuesday at Iowa Lakes in Emmetsburg. That night the JV and varsity basketball teams have a quad at Garner Hayfield Ventura.

Wednesday there’s the diocesan band festival at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. We’ll have a student mass Wednesday morning. Then next Thursday the JJV basketball teams host North Union.

There’s a basketball quad at North Union Friday night. Finally next Saturday the Bears will be hosting North Iowa in a home quad.

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