October 26, 2019

Good morning! I’m Maryanne Capesius!

I’m Ava Eisenbarth!

And I’m Veronica Capesius! Welcome once again to the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last Saturday Garrigan hosted our twenty-ninth annual quiz bowl tournament, and it turned out to be a very good day for the Bears. Out of 36 teams from 19 schools who competed, Garrigan ended up in first place overall. The team of Alex Mammen, Grant Bormann, Lucas Hough, Aric Laubenthal, and Joey Trainer finished with a record of 12 wins and no losses. They beat Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Hartley Melvin Sanborn, Newman Catholic, North Iowa, South Hamilton, and Sioux Central in their preliminary games, averaging more than 300 points a game.

In the playoffs Garrigan defeated teams from Spirit Lake, Mason City Newman, and Algona High to advance to the championship match.  That was their closest game by far, but they ended up beating Ankeny by a score of 250 – 240 to finish in first place overall. A second Garrigan team with Reese Rosenmeyer, Abbi Heying, Meredith Tigges, and Garrett Heying also made playoffs and ended up in 11th place overall.

Winning a large tournament qualifies the Bears to make another trip to the National Academic Championship. Things are still in the planning stage, but most likely the quiz bowl team will be heading to nationals in Atlanta next June. Congratulations to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

Today four Garrigan musicians are trying out for the All-State Music Festival. Joey Trainer has already been selected for the all-state choir two times, and he’s hoping to make a third appearance this year. Kelle Bormann, Noah Bronk, and Xander Darling are also auditioning for the all-state choir, and Savannah Waechter is trying out for all-state band.

The students auditioning for all-state have spent lots of time in both the summer and fall learning complex musical selections. The band performers have been working on various etudes, while the this year’s all-state choir pieces include “Regina Coeli”, “Heaven’s Flock”, “Os Justi”, “Afternoon on a Hill”, and “Unclouded Day”. Today they’ll audition in small groups, and the singers the judges find most talented will be called back for solo auditions. We wish good luck to everyone trying out for all-state.

There’s already two other all-staters from Garrigan. Last weekend there were try-outs for the All-Iowa Cheer Squad. Hundreds of talented cheerleaders, mostly from large schools, tried out, and only 36 were selected. We’re pleased that two of those were Halle Menke and Julia Berte from Garrigan. They’ll perform this winter at the state basketball tournament. Congratulations to Halle and Julia and to their coach, Erin Miller.

Last week twelve Garrigan students were commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They will be distributing communion both at our school masses and in their local parishes. Students who were commissioned include Aubree Altman, Emma Fogarty, Carolyn Hough, Mackenzie Meister, Amanda Miller, Katie Noonan, Marcus Plathe, and Skye Waters from St. Cecelia’s; Bailey Kollasch, Jordan Hansen, and Colby Graves from St. Michael’s in Whittemore; and Grayson Rowlet from St. John’s in Bancroft. Congratulations to all the new Eucharistic ministers!

The Golden Bear volleyball team began playoffs this past Tuesday. They took on West Bend Mallard in the first round of regionals. The Bears ended up winning in three straight sets by scores of
25 – 14, 25 -16, ad 25 – 23. Gracie Elsbecker had 12 kills in the match, Maddie Meister had 14 digs, and Mackenzie Meister racked up 20 assists. The Bears now advance to host North Iowa next Monday. A win there would mean they’d most likely play Gladbrook—Reinbeck in the regional semi-finals on Halloween night. Good luck in the rest of playoffs to the volleyball team!

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Grant Bormann. Grant was part of the winning quiz bowl team last weekend. He’s a quiz bowl veteran who went to nationals in Chicago last summer. He’s also active in student council, and he was a Homecoming king candidate earlier this year. Away from Garrigan you might see Grant working at the concession stand at the State 5 Theaters. Grant would like to be a history teacher in the future, and we wish him all the best of luck.

On our Golden Bear calendar this week, there’s all state music auditions today in Storm Lake. Also today Garrigan is one of the host sites for the Algona Autumn Craft Show.

Tomorrow the Golden Bear spirit squad will be in Ft. Dodge for the Triton Cheer Competition at Iowa Central Community College. Then Monday night the volleyball team will host North Iowa in the regional quarter-finals.

We’ll have parent—teacher conferences Tuesday and Wednesday nights. There’s a school mass on Wednesday, with the faculty leading the music and responses.

Next Thursday is Halloween. We hope the volleyball team will be playing in the regional semi-finals that night. The match will be in Webster City, starting at 7pm.

There’s no school at Garrigan or Seton next Friday. Saturday there’s the state cross-country meet in Ft. Dodge, plus the state solo dance competition in Newton and the state team cheer championships at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

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