The Bear Facts
April 28, 2018

Good morning! I’m John Meis!

I’m Caroline Bradley!

And I’m Sami Darling! Thanks for tuning in to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago we had a blizzard warning, and one week ago the ground was still covered with snow. Spring is finally here, and we’re glad to see green grass and buds popping out on the tree branches. The late winter storms will extend the end of the school year at Garrigan and Seton, but we’ll still be out well before Memorial Day. The last day of school will now be Tuesday, May 22nd.

Last Saturday four Garrigan freshmen got up very early to journey down to Iowa City. Joey Trainer, Jack Snyder, Aric Laubenthal, and Amanda Thilges all competed in the Great Plains Math League state mathematics finals at West High School. Bishop Garrigan was in the “small school” class, but that class includes schools ten times our size. What’s more the small school division actually had higher scores overall than the large school class.

While the Bears were by far the smallest school competing at state, they still managed to bring home some hardware. Aric Laubenthal finished second among freshmen in the Target Round, which is a series of eight complicated word problems. Congratulations to Aric and to all the math team.

Nine Garrigan students were recently honored by having their work displayed in the Stinson Prairie Art Show at the Algona Library. The show was postponed by snow earlier this spring, but it was re-scheduled for this past Wednesday. Parker Schiltz, Emerald Shipler, Gigi Byrkeland, Sami Darling, Cacy Steinman, Ashley Franklin, Olivia Kajewski, Kelle Bormann, and Kaylyn Meyers all represented Garrigan at the show. Congratulations, artists!

Also last Wednesday fourteen students from Bishop Garrigan headed up to the Twin Cities to help out at the Caring and Sharing Hands Mission. The mission, which is often called “Mary’s Place” is located across from Target Field at the west edge of downtown Minneapolis. They provide food and shelter for hundreds of people who are down on their luck.

Garrigan Christian Leadership students helped prepare and serve a meal and also toured the facilities at the mission. Making the trip were seniors Kat Wille, John Zeimet, Olivia Hart, Alisa Altman, Gigi Byrkeland, Sam Trainer, and Skyland Meraz; as well as juniors Eric Thul, Ashlyn Harrington, Layah DeLange, Emma Thul, Laurel Degen, Logan Heying, and Gabe Trainer. This is the second trip this year that Garrigan has made to the mission.

Yesterday Garrigan’s junior class took a trip down to Ames. They saw the Iowa State theatre department present the classic play Our Town. The juniors have been reading the play in English class in preparation for their trip. Accompanying the group was Garrigan math teacher David Burrow, who starred in the show decades ago when he was in high school. The juniors had a fun time at the show, and they learned a lot as well.

While the main part of competition is over for the year, the Golden Bear quiz bowl team is looking forward to the summer. This June the team will be making their 19th trip to the National Academic Championship. After past trips to Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, New York, Washington, and Chicago, in 2018 for the first time ever they’ll be headed to Orlando for nationals.

The trip will take place June 14 – 20. Ben Degen will be captaining the team at nationals, and he’ll be traveling with fellow seniors Trevor Darling, Tommy Kollasch, and Sam Trainer, and also juniors Gabe Trainer and Logan Heying. We’ll tell you more about the trip as the summer approaches.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Sarah Brown. Here to tell you about her is Sami Darling.

Sarah Brown comes to Garrigan from the West Bend area. All through high school she’s helped out behind the scenes on the stage crew for plays and musicals. Her other activities over the years have included volleyball, softball, and the basketball cheer squad. Next year Sarah plans to go to Iowa Lakes, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Sami! On this week’s Golden Bear calendar, today the baseball team is hosting their annual camp for elementary students. Baseball practice begins on Monday.

Monday night there’s coed track at Algona High, and the Bears will host a coed golf meet with West Hancock and Belmond Klemme. Then on Tuesday there’s honor society induction.

There’s golf at Belmond on Tuesday. Wednesday is Community Clean-Up Day. We’ll have Eucharistic adoration in the morning on Wednesday. That night there’s the spring music concert and art show.

Next Thursday the track teams will run in the Top of Iowa Conference meet at Lake Mills. Friday is Grandparents Day, and that night is the state large-group music contest at Rockford.

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