October 29, 2022

Good morning! I’m Violet Bode!

I’m Ella Schaaf!

And I’m Abbie Capesius! You’re listening to the “Bear Facts”, the weekly radio show from Bishop Garrigan High School.

Last weekend the Iowa High School Music Association held auditions for the 2022 All-State Choir. We’re proud to say that three Garrigan students were selected for all-state: senior Nathaniel Bronk, junior Benjamin Trainer, and sophomore Isabella Waechter. Nate and Benjy are tenors, while Izzy is a soprano. All were among the best who tried out at the LeMars audition site, and Garrigan’s three all-state selections is more than any other school in our area. Congratulations, all-staters!

The 76th annual All-State Music Festival will be held November 17 – 19 at Iowa State Center in Ames. The all-state festival concert will be at 7:30 on Saturday, November 19 in Hilton Coliseum. Tickets to watch the concert live are available on Ticketmaster, and it will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television starting on Thanksgiving night.

Also last Saturday Garrigan’s DECA group went down to Gilbert for the district DECA competition. Thirteen Garrigan students placed in the contest. The top finish was the Entrepreneurship Team, where Ella Schaaf and Violet Bode took first place overall.

Many Golden Bears took second place at district DECA. Aubrey Meyer was second in Human Resource Management, Zach Warren was second in Restaurant and Food Service Management, and Brooke Ludwig was second in Hotel and Lodging Management. In Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Molly Peterson finished second and Hailee Reutzel was third.

Sacha Alesch finished second in Principles of Business Marketing, while Zoe Montag was third. In the Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making competition, the team of Reece Kemna and Emmi Bartolo was second, and Daniel Meis and Ava Hough took third place. Congratulations to the whole Garrigan DECA team!

Again this year the Bishop Garrigan calendar drive was a big success, raising thousands of dollars for the school’s transportation budget. Thanks to the calendar drive we were able to update several of our buses just this past year. The top sellers in the calendar drive were announced this past week, and senior Maggie Vaske took top honors—selling 55 calendars.

Maggie edged out Marshall Bormann, who took second place with 54 calendars sold. The Rosenmeyer family—Wyatt, Weston, and Walker—finished third, and the Kupers—Ethan, Addison, and Adrienne—were fourth. Others among the top sellers were Charlotte Patten, Kayden and Jared Graves, Ben, Sam, and Henry Greteman, Matt and Ava Besch, Nick, Nate, and Chris Leerar, and Joey, Spencer, and Riley Doerning. Congratulations to the top sellers, and thanks to everyone who bought a Garrigan calendar.

Several Garrigan students took some time off yesterday to head down to Ft. Dodge for the state cross-country meet. Senior Gavin Swift qualified for state by finishing in eighth place at the district meet a week earlier. Gavin has improved his time all season long, and his district time was a personal best—covering the five-kilometer course in just 17 minutes, 27.9 seconds. Congratulations to Gavin for running at state!

The Bishop Garrigan musical, The Wizard of Oz, is next Friday and Saturday. Choir and drama students have been rehearsing all through the fall, and they’re hoping for a couple of great performances. Savannah Waechter stars as Dorothy, Sam Plathe plays the Scarecrow, Nate Bronk is the Tin Man, and Benjy Trainer is the Cowardly Lion. Eva Snyder will play the Wicked Witch of the West, and Joey Doerning is Glinda, the Good Witch.

Maggie Vaske is playing Auntie Em, while Brendan Plathe is Uncle Henry. Drew Casey will be the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Others with named roles include Violet Bode, Carter McGregor, Ethan Marso, Griffin Geving, Alyssa Haugland, Izzy Waechter, and Kayden Graves; plus Spencer Doerning, Amaury Thomas, Nathaniel Darling, Brooke Ludwig, Elena Salinas, Lauren Swift, and Ali Lallier. The whole choir is also part of the cast. Showtime is 7pm next Friday and Saturday in Friedmann Auditorium.

This week’s Senior Spotlight shines on Gavin Swift. Here to tell you about him is Brendan Plathe.

We already told you that Gavin ran at state cross-country yesterday. He’s been in both track and cross-country all through high school. Gavin is an Emmetsburg native who is also in quiz bowl and band. He’s active in his local church, and he plays piano and distributes communion at school masses. He keeps busy at school challenging himself with the most advanced math and science classes. After graduation Gavin is looking at entering the seminary, and we wish him all the best in the future.

Thank-you, Brendan. It’s a fairly light week on our Golden Bear calendar. Monday is Halloween, and Tuesday we’ll have mass for All Saints Day.

We’ll dismiss early both Tuesday and Thursday. Parent—teacher conferences will be those nights, and on Thursday the School Improvement Advisory Committee will meet.

There’s no school next Friday, but that night the curtain opens on The Wizard of Oz. Finally next Saturday there’s swimming regionals, and Garrigan will be hosting the Top of Iowa Conference quiz bowl tournament.

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