March 20, 2021

Good morning! I’m Mya Kemna!

 I’m Marguerite Fakler!

 And I’m Ella Muller! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the radio show where each week we bring you the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday Garrigan participated in the state individual speech contest. Because of the pandemic, each school participated differently this year. At Garrigan we recorded our entries ahead of time, and the judges watched them through private YouTube links. While it wasn’t the normal speech contest, Garrigan’s entries ended up doing extremely well. The Bears earned thirteen Division I or “excellent” ratings, plus three Division II or “good” ratings.

In Radio News Announcing Eva Snyder, Meredith Tigges, and Jack Snyder all received I’s; while Marguerite Fakler, Riley Rosenmeyer, and Ava Eisenbarth all earned I’s in Prose. Joey Trainer and Savannah Waechter both were judged Excellent in Storytelling, Eva Snyder got a “I” rating in Literary Program, and Abbi Heying received a “I” in Reviewing. Meredith Illg got a top rating in Poetry, Ava Eisenbarth was tops in Acting, and Sam Plathe got his “I” in Spontaneous Speaking.

The students who were judged “good” include Marguerite Fakler in Musical Theatre and Sam Plathe and Noah Bronk in Improvisation. Because of the unique nature of contest, outstanding performances won’t be announced until next week, but we’re crossing our fingers that there might be some all-staters, too. Congratulations to all the individual speech students and also to their coaches, David Burrow and Ashley Meyer.

Tonight and tomorrow the curtain opens on the BGHS spring play. This year the drama department is presenting a stage version of the radio play It’s a Wonderful Life. The show tells how important it is for people to be there for one another, especially when times get tough. Showtime is tonight at 7:00 and tomorrow at 3:00. Be sure to come out to Friedmann Auditorium for It’s a Wonderful Life.

Last Wednesday we had our annual Academic Awards Evening. This year 78 Garrigan students were honored for having a 3.5 grade point average or higher, and other special awards were also announced. The seniors had the most honorees, with the juniors and sophomores close behind.

A big change is coming at Garrigan and Seton, and it’s a sign that the COVID restrictions are finally coming to an end. All through this school year we’ve had strictly limited attendance at our school masses. Only two or three grades have attended at any one time, and the rest of us watched mass on a livestream in our classrooms. After Easter we’ll finally go back to normal masses, with the whole school all together in church. We’re really looking forward to that.

Next Monday and Tuesday the Garrigan seniors will go to Okoboji for their class retreat. While social distancing measures will still be in place, the fact that they can have the retreat at all is another sign that progress is being made in fighting the pandemic. The purpose of the retreat is to help seniors find out more about their faith before they head off to college.

Last Thursday each of the classes in the junior high and high school listened to a special presentation called Picket Fences. The theme of this year’s program was domestic violence among teens. That’s not something we want to think about, but it’s good to know what it is and how to prevent it.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Adyn Rowlet and Emily Lappe. Here to tell you about them is Maryanne Capesius.

With spring on its way, Adyn Rowlet is thinking about golf. That’s by far his biggest activity, though he was also part of the big pickleball tournament at school a week ago. Adyn is a Bancroft native who is a big supporter of other school activities. He’s looking forward to going off to college in the future.

Emily Lappe comes to Garrigan from the Wesley area. She’s been part of the speech team all through high school, and in the past she was also in cheer and dance. Next year she plans to go to Kirkwood, where she’ll be majoring in nursing. Good luck to both Emily and Adyn.

Thanks, Martanne. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, tonight is opening night for It’s a Wonderful Life. Showtime is 7pm, and the second performance will be tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.

The fourth quarter begins on Monday. The seniors leave on their retreat Monday afternoon. They’ll spend the night at Okoboji and come back on Tuesday afternoon.

We’ll have mass Wednesday morning, and that night the elementary kids from Seton will have their spring concerts. Then next Friday there’s an out of uniform day to help raise money for prom.

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