The Bear Facts
September 19, 2020

Good morning! I’m Ava Eisenbarth!

I’m Ella Muller!

I’m Maryanne Capesius!

And I’m Isabel Casey! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, where we’ve been celebrating Homecoming here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

All week long we’ve been celebrating Homecoming 2020 here at BGHS, and even though things have been a little bit different because of COVID-19, we’ve still managed to keep up most of the traditions and have a really good time. We even managed to include some of our quarantined high school students in the all-school game day last Wednesday.

The Homecoming theme this year was “Road Trip”, and the dress-up days took us to a wide range of places. Monday we went “To the Beach”, Tuesday we headed “To the Stadium”, Wednesday we went “To the Battle”, and Thursday we wandered “Into the Wild”. Friday we came back to Garrigan and dressed in the traditional black and gold.

The seniors nominated this year’s Homecoming royalty clear back on the first day of school. The king candidates for 2020 were Mitch Buscherfeld, Kale Kramer, Joe Merron, Kellan Murphy, and Joey Trainer. The candidates for Homecoming queen were Ava Bartolo, Anna Berke, Kiana Book, Gracie Elsbecker, and Gracie Rosenmeyer. The results were announced at a special coronation ceremony yesterday. We’ll tell you the winners on next week’s show.

One of the biggest parts of Homecoming each year is the Battle of the Classes. For the past quarter century we’ve had a mini-Olympics each year on Wednesday of Homecoming week, pitting the classes against each other. This year all four classes have some wins to brag about. Senior Kale Kramer took his fourth straight title in hot dog eating, and the seniors also won the pie eating contest. Seniors were the victors in both boys and girls tug-of-war as well, but the sophomores were the surprise winners in dodgeball, and the freshmen were the kickball champions.

The class competition includes a lot of other things as well. Each class created a banner for the parade and a spirit square portraying the theme of Homecoming. There was a coin collection for the library, and we had a food drive to help out the Kossuth County Food Pantry. The donations especially made a big difference in the overall scores.

A relatively new part of Homecoming is the Mr. Garrigan pageant, where boys from all four classes compete to show off their sense of fashion and their talent. The winner of Mr. Garrigan this year was Gavin Swift. We had to record this week’s show before the overall class competition results were announced, so we’ll have to wait until next week to tell you the winners.

Around this time each year music students all over Iowa are busy preparing to audition for the All-State Music Festival. The coronavirus has changed that a bit this year. There won’t actually be an all-state festival, but all-state honors will still be announced. The auditions will be done virtually, with students submitting recordings showing their talent.

This year seven Garrigan students are preparing for all-state auditions. Among them is Joey Trainer, who is hoping to earn his fourth straight all-state medal. Others preparing for all-state are Kelle Bormann, Meredith Illg, Jack Snyder, Avery Lichter, Meredith Tigges, and Benjy Trainer. Good luck to choir director Antonia Rupert and all the all-state auditioners!

The new Bishop Garrigan chape was officially blessed a week ago. The construction was finished last winter, and the Bishop was supposed to bless it then. Unfortunately the blessing was first postponed by state basketball, and then the pandemic hit. Eventually we received special permission to have the local priests bless the chapel so we can use it as the focus of our religious life.

The new chapel combines clean modern architecture with beautiful decorative features that came from the historic St. Benedict Church. We use it for things like masses for sports teams and also weekly adoration and prayers. Hundreds of donations—large and small—helped pay for the chapel, and we thank everyone who made it possible.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Gracie Elsbecker. Here to tell you about her is Riley Rosenmeyer.

Gracie Elsbecker is an Algona native who is probably best known for her accomplishments in sports. She’s been to state in both basketball and softball, and she’s also been very successful in volleyball and track. Gracie is involved in lots of non-sports activities, too. She’s won awards in speech and DECA, and she also keeps busy with drama, choir, and Christian Leadership. Gracie will be off to college next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Riley. On our Golden Bear calendar today, there’s a JV volleyball tournament over at Algona High. Tomorrow the varsity Bears have their big CYO tournament at LeMars Gehlen.

Monday the cross-country team runs at Humboldt. Also that night the JV football team is scheduled to host Clarion—Goldfield.

Tuesday is the final turn-in day for the Garrigan calendar drive, so be sure to contact a Golden Bear to get yours.

There’s a student mass on Wednesday morning. The junior high will attend in person at St. Cecelia’s, and the rest of us will watch on a live stream.

Friday the football team will host North Union for their final home game of the season. Then next Saturday the volleyball team will hold their home tournament.

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