January 26, 2019

Good morning! I’m Abbi Heying!

I’m Gabe Trainer!

And I’m Laurel Degen! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, your weekly update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend a large group of Garrigan students braved the weather and made the journey down to Manson for the district large group speech contest. After some last-minute changes, Garrigan had five events entered in the contest, and we’re pleased to say that three of those earned Division One or “excellent” ratings at district. They now advance to the state contest next week in Spencer.

One of the groups receiving top marks was the one-act play “The Girl in the Mirror”, a very dramatic piece that explores what goes on in the mind of a girl who has tried to commit suicide. The show stars Caroline Bradley, Emma Thul, Laurel Degen, Sam Vaske, Ashlyn Harrington, Jordan Hansen, Logan Heying, Aidan Koob, Madison Illg, Joey Trainer, and Eric Thul.

Another dramatic piece is “What Are We Going to Do with Mama”, a readers theatre that stars Amanda Miller, Kelle Bormann, Abbi Heying, Jenna Heinen, Katie Noonan, Maddie Meister, Bailey Kollasch, and Tara Kron. It explores the struggles of a family that has to deal with an older relative who is struggling with senility.

The third Division One rating went to a comedy called “Flag Girls”, which was entered in Ensemble Acting. Reese Rosenmeyer, Anna Berke, Gracie Elsbecker, and Bailey Meister looked at all that could go wrong at an old-time Memorial Day celebration. In addition to the three groups that are going on to state, Garrigan’s choral reading and group improvisation entries earned Division Two or “good” ratings. Congratulations, large group speech!

Last Wednesday a group of Garrigan musicians went over to Estherville for a vocal jazz contest. This is the first time Garrigan has competed in this area, and they received very good comments. In fact the judge said he was surprised to hear that they hadn’t competed before. Congratulations to choir director David Fog and the vocal jazz ensemble.

This coming week three Garrigan students will be leaving for a week-long service trip to Haiti. Bryce Capesius, Layah DeLange, and Gabe Trainer will be part of a mission group from St. Cecelia’s that will be visiting the twin parish at St. Jeanne de Chantal. They’ll be helping out at a medical clinic, helping with construction work around the village, and presenting our gifts of goats to the people in Haiti.

This coming week is Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is “Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed”. The festivities will start with special recognition at the parish masses this weekend. Then Monday afternoon we’ll invite alumni back for an all-school mass with Fr. Paul Eisele from the first graduating class presiding.

Other highlights during the week include a schoolwide rosary on Wednesday and our annual community meeting with special presentations by the speech team. There’s also a wide range of fun activities on Friday. Finally Friday night there will be a special staff recognition at the basketball games versus West Hancock.

Catholic Schools Week marks the start of our 60th anniversary celebration. Garrigan opened its doors in the 1959—60 school year, so the Class of 2019 will be the 60th class to graduate from our school. Our big 60th anniversary celebration will be this summer, on the weekend of June 28 and 29. Activities will include social gatherings, school tours, alumni baseball, softball, and quiz bowl competitions, a barbecue, and a big mass on the new track. Be sure to mark your calendar for the last weekend in June and Garrigan’s diamond anniversary.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Bryce Garman. Here to tell you about him is Meredith Tigges.

Bryce Garman is an Algona native who is probably best known for his accomplishments in FFA. He is an officer in that organization and has been to nationwide conventions. Bryce is a big fan of almost every Golden Bear activity, and you’ll always see him near the front of the student section cheering on the Bears. Bryce will be off to college next fall, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thanks, Meredith. On our Golden Bear calendar this week, the Bears will be hosting a basketball quad with North Iowa this afternoon. Then tomorrow Catholic Schools Week begins.\We’ll have an all-school mass Monday at 1:30pm, and alumni are invited to attend as well. That night the JJV basketball team will host Forest City.

There’s a basketball quad at Forest City on Tuesday. Wednesday we’ll have an early dismissal for teacher inservice. That night there’s a social event, followed by our annual community meeting and speech performances.

Thursday there’s a basketball quad at Eagle Grove. Also that night the JJV teams play at Humboldt. Then Friday we’ll begin the day with the Blessing of the Throats for the Feast of St. Blaise.

We’ll have a range of fun activities on Friday. That night there’s a basketball quad with the Bears hosting West Hancock. There will be a staff recognition at the game, and the honor society will serve a soup supper from 5 – 7pm.

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