The Bear Facts

January 25, 2020

Good morning! I’m Molly Bormann!

I’m Maryanne Capesius!

And I’m Veronica Capesius! This is the “Bear Facts”, where we’re getting ready for Catholic Schools Week here at Bishop Garrigan High School.

Catholic Schools Week is a sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association and recognizes the importance, value, and contributions of Catholic education to the church and the world. The theme for Catholic schools week is “Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.” Some of the things we’re celebrating this week are that Catholic schools have a higher graduation rate, higher college attendance, a higher church attendance among students than public schools do.

We began our Catholic Schools Week celebration last night with special recognition of Garrigan and Seton staff members at the basketball games. This weekend we’ll be wearing our black and gold with pride at the area parish masses. We’ll begin the week on Monday with a special all-school mass for Catholic Schools Week. Tuesday will be Student Appreciation Day, and that afternoon many Garrigan students will be reading to classes at Seton.

Wednesday we’ll have a special service project, and we’ll also be celebrating the rosary together with the little kids from Seton. That night the school will have our annual community meeting, where parents and parish members can have input into what goes on in our school. Thursday we’ll be celebrating vocations, and Friday we’ll have special fun activities like ice skating, bowling, and movies.

Today is the Iowa High School Speech Association district large group contest. Lots of Garrigan students got up early this morning to head down to Ft. Dodge for the competition. The Bears have five groups competing today. The first group, the choral reading “Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose” already did their performance at 8:00 this morning. This show tells the story of someone who just can’t say no to helping people out.

About an hour from now the one-act play “A Mad Breakfast” will take the stage. This is a comedy set in a boarding house that seems like an insane asylum. At 10:30 the readers’ theatre “A Guide to the Teenage Zone” will perform. This follows all the strange things that go on in the lives of teenage girls. At 11:45 there’s a performance in ensemble acting called “The Committee Meeting”, where five old ladies work hard to avoid doing real work. Finally at 1:20 an improvisation group will perform.

David Burrow has worked with speech at Garrigan for the past thirty-six years, and this year he’s our head speech coach. Renetta Seiler is the assistant coach. Because of all the time we’ve lost with snow and cold, there have been fewer rehearsals than we’d like, but we’re crossing our fingers that things come together just right today. Break a leg, speech!

A lot of the same people who are in speech have also been busy preparing for the spring play. Runaways will be on the stage at Garrigan March 12th and 13th. There are twenty actors in the cast, including seniors Bailey Kollasch, Jordan Hansen, Amanda Miller, and Jenna Heinen. The cast also includes Joey Trainer, Jack Snyder, Noah Bronk, Ava Bartolo, Derrick Kirsch, Kelle Bormann, and Reese Rosenmeyer.

Younger cast members in Runaways are Riley Rosenmeyer, Savannah Waechter, Ava Eisenbarth, Meredith Tigges, and Drew Casey; plus Isabel Casey, Nate Bronk, Mya Kemna, and Marguerite Fakler. Carol Eischeid is the drama director at Garrigan. Be sure to mark your calendar for March 12th and 13th to see Runaways.

Our Senior Spotlight for Catholic Schools Week shines on Bailey Kollasch. Here to tell you about her is Isabel Casey.

Bailey is probably best known for her accomplishments in choir, and she’s also been active in drama throughout her high school years. Bailey runs both cross-country and track, and she’s also been a Golden Bear cheerleader. We wish her all the best when she heads off to college next year.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s district speech contest today at Ft. Dodge Senior High. Monday we’ll have our Catholic Schools Week mass at 1:30pm, and that night the JJV boys basketball team hosts Garner—Hayfield.

There’s a jazz choir clinic at Iowa Lakes on Tuesday. That night the JV and varsity Bears will play at Garner. Wednesday we’ll have an early dismissal for staff development, and at 6:30 that night there’s the annual community meeting.

Thursday there’s JJV boys and girls basketball at North Union. There’s also JV and varsity boys games at Pocahontas that were postponed by snow earlier this month.

Next Friday the Bears host a basketball quad vs. North Union. We’ll be honoring area law enforcement officers at the games. Finally next Saturday we’ll have the big winter formal.

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