September 28, 2019

Good morning! I’m Jack Snyder!

 I’m Aric Laubenthal!

And I’m Joey Trainer! Thanks for joining us once again for the “Bear Facts”, your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

We’ve been told by sme regular listeners that the “Bear Facts” wasn’t on the radio last week, nd honestly we do’t know why that would be. We were off two weeks ago when our faculty sponsor was in the hospital, but we recorded a show lat week and took the CD to radio station. We’re not sure what might have happened to it after that. However, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you ever miss our show on the radio, you can listen at any time by going to the student website at Both scripts and audio files of all our shows are archived there.

Yesterday large group of Garrigan students made a trip up to the Twin Cities. All the freshmen and several older art students went to the Minnesota Renaissance Fair. They saw crafts, ate food, and watched shows that brought back the spirit of Europe from 500 years ago. It was a long day, but a fun one for everyone involved.

This coming week is a big one for the BGHS choir. This coming Wednesday will be the annual Catholic Choral Festival. Each year choirs from all over the Sioux City Diocese spend a day working with a professional director and then put on a joint concert. This year’s Catholic Choral Festival is at Carroll Kuemper, and next Wednesday all the Garrian singers will head down there for the event. The BGHS choir has a new director this year, Miss Antonia Rupert.

Four of Garrigan’s choir members are working extra hard this fall. Kelle Bormann, Joey Trainer, Noah Bronk, and Xander Darling are pereparing to audition for the All-State Music Festival. Auditions will be held October 24, and the festival will be in Ames this November. Onlty the top 400 singers from all over the state are accepted, and we’re hoping some of those spots will go to students from Garrigan.

Garrigan’s Solid Gold Marchin Band has also been busy, and the next to weeks will be their time to shine This year’s show features the music of Shrek, The band has been performing at halftime of games throughout the year. Next weekend they’ll be part of both the parade and field competitions at Algona Band Day, and the following week they’ll compete in the state marchin band contest in Ft. Dodge. Good luck to director Katherine Wiemers and the band!

Earlier this month six members of the Golden Bear danz squad were selected to be part of the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team. Each school is allowed to have six students audition for that honor, and this year all six Garrigan entries were accepted. The dancers honored include Jordan Hansen, Meredith Illg, Riley Rosenmeyer, Grace DeLange, Lillee Deike, and Cora Ricke. Congratyulations to all these dancers and to their coach, Ashley Meyer!

The BGHS fall musical is just over a month away. This year the Garrigan drama and music departments will be presenting a musical version of Little Women. At the center of the cast are seniors Amanda Miller, Bailey Kollasch, and Jordan Hansen. Others to watch include Joey Trainer, Austin Von Bank, Ava Bartolo, Meredith Tigges, Noah Bronk, Marguerite Fakler, Aric Laubenthal, and Reese Rosemeyer. The whole Garrigan choir will also be involved. The sow will be Novemer 9 and 10, so mark your calendar now for Little Women.

Another activity that’s getting ready is quiz bowl. Nineteen students are signed up to be part of this year’s quiz bowl team. They include last year’s MVP Alex Mammen, as well as well as returning national veterans Grant Bormann, Abbi Heying, and Aric Laubenthal. Garrigan will host the first quiz bowl tournament of the season on October 19, and there’s seve other tournaments later in the fall. Good luck to Coach David Burrow and the quiz bowl team!

There’s always some interesting activities going on in different classes at Garrigan. For instance, last Thursday Mr. Bode’s Ecology class spent the morning planting trees in Veterans Park. Also Mrs. Meyer’s sophomore English classes staged a formal legal trial based on the short story “Fortitude” by Kurt Vonnegut. They argued for and against euthanasia, which is a central theme of that story. Teachers served as the jury, and the students worked hard and learned a lot in the process.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Jordan Hansen. Here to tell you about her is Isaiah Plthe.

Jordan Hansen was one of the dancers selected for All-Iowa this year. She’s also a cheerleader, and she serves as a field commander for the marching band. She was part of the state-bound softball team last summer, and she’s also active in drama, track, and honor society. Away from Garrigan you might see her working as a nurse’s aide in West Bend. Jordan is looking at going to DMACC next year, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Thanks, Oz. On our Golden Bear calendar today the Golden Bear volleyball team is hosting their big home tournament. Tomorrow the sophomores have a retreat for confirmation.

Monday the cross-cou8ntry team runs in the Algona Invitational. Thyen on Tuesday the volleyball team hosts St. Ed’s, and there’s JV football at Forest City.

Wednesday is the Catholic Choral Festival in Carroll. Next Friday the Golden Bear football team plays at Belmond—Klemme. Finally next Saturday is Algona Band Day.

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