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Assumption High School Newsletter

January 20, 2016

Dear Assumption Community,

Happy New Year to all! Welcome to the latest installment of the Assumption High School e-newsletter.

This edition takes a look at the new Athletic Complex starting to take shape, Catholic Schools Week 2016, Spaghetti Supper, Robotics, All-American cheerleaders, Fine Arts and Athletic achievements of our very talented student body, plus lots of alumni notes.

Please continue to send your news, feedback, and ideas. As always, we look forward to hearing from you!

One in the Spirit,

Jordan Gizzarelli '99
Director of Alumni Relations

Looking Toward Catholic Schools Week

Assumption will celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2016 during the week of Jan 31 to Feb. 6. As always, the week will include several out-of-uniform days benefiting various groups and causes, plus plenty of fun activities, including a dodgeball fundraiser on Sunday night to kick off the festivities.

All-Schools Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 4, at 9:30 a.m. in Main Gym. Current and past parents, along with alumni, friends, and supporters are all welcome to attend.

Senior Class to Host Spaghetti Supper

The Class of 2016 will host Assumption's annual Spaghetti Supper on Sunday, Jan. 31, starting at 4 p.m. in the Cafeteria. The annual senior service project has been a tradition at Assumption for more than 50 years; it was started in December of 1959 by Father Louis Colonnese and the Class of 1960.

"The goal of the event is to provide a good meal, friendly service, and an opportunity for the extended Assumption community to return home," said Principal Bridget Murphy '97.

All meals will be free of charge, however, donations will be accepted at the door to be put toward a senior class gift to be given back to AHS at the time of graduation.

Athletic Complex Taking Shape

Work on the new Assumption Athletic Complex to be located on the former St. Vincent Center property at 780 West Central Park Ave. continued into late December. After completing grading and underground utility work, crews installed lights and bleachers on both the north field and new softball field, and also laid field turf on the north field.

Construction of Phase I of the Athletic Complex, which includes two multipurpose turf practice fields, along with a new shared softball facility for both Assumption and St. Ambrose, is scheduled to be completed in the spring. Assumption's boys and girls soccer teams will play their 2016 home games at the new complex starting in April.

Catholic Messenger article
Quad-City Times photo gallery

Four Cheerleaders Tabbed All-Americans

Four Assumption Cheerleaders were selected as All American Cheerleaders this past summer at UCA Camp and earned the privilege of representing Iowa at the Varsity Spirit Spectacular in Orlando in December. (From left to right above), juniors Gabrielle Simpson, Emily Lemons, and Sophia O'Brien, along with senior Bailey Abbott, joined over 800 cheerleaders from all over the United States at this special event.

O'Brien was also selected as one of only 30 All-State cheerleaders in Iowa, and will perform with the All-State Squad at halftime during the State championship boys' basketball games at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on March 11-12.

Students Prepare for Robotics Challenge

A team of seven students are busy preparing for Assumption's entry into the upcoming 2015-16 First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition. FTC helps students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, as they design, build, and program robots to complete a set of tasks in a specified amount of time, against a team of peers, in a head-to-head format.

Led by Mr. David Simpson, the team meets Tuesdays after school to develop their robot to complete two types of tasks within the 12-feet by 12-feet obstacle course: autonomous and driver-controlled. Teams earn points by completing tasks within the time allowance. At the end of the competition, the team with the most points is the winner.

Assumption's team will take part in the WildCard Tournament, on Feb. 27 at Iowa City High School; the event is considered a "League Championship" competition, with the winner advancing to the Iowa FTC Championship in March.

"Students learn about working in a team environment, effective communication skills, being able to fail and succeed at the same time, and competing fairly while being supportive of their competition," states the FTC website. "Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments."

For more information about the First Tech Challenge, watch the following video or visit

Alumni Q&A with Tim O'Brien '11

We recently caught up with 2011 graduate Tim O'Brien, a Community Support Specialist with Anchor Behavioral Health - Catholic Charities of Washington, DC.

Mr. O'Brien graciously shared with us his experiences at Assumption and his recent opportunity to welcome Pope Francis to the United States. Read the full text here.

Fine Arts News

Three talented senior musicians recently received All-State recognition. Clarinetist Tyler Zeimet was named to the 2015 Iowa All State Band and performed at Iowa State University in November. Trumpet player Maddy Kroeger was picked as an alternate for the trumpet section.

Abigail Fer was selected to sing in the Iowa State Honor Choir and will perform with the 100-member mixed choir at Iowa State on February 14 and 15. She was chosen from a pool of more than 600 auditioners.

Knight Players Present Spring Musical Annie

The Assumption Knight players invite you to mark your calendars for their spring musical production of Annie! With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Annie is the perfect family friendly musical that fans of all ages have grown to know and love.

Performances will be held on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Reserved seating ($10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors) will be available online at from Feb. 1 through March 4, and general admission tickets can be purchased at the door.

Watch the Marching Knights Perform Starry Night

The Marching Knights, under the direction of Mrs. Erin Mahr and senior drum major Thomas Resnick, performed their 2015 show “Starry Knight" at the Rock Island Showcase of Bands in October.

Click the video above to watch and hear the Marching Knights renditions of Star Wars, Counting Stars, Space Jam, and Jupiter.

Athletic News

2015 Fall Sports Recap

Assumption's Girls Cross Country team made history on October 31 when it captured the first state championship in the program's history. Led by Iowa Class 3A state champion Julia Schumacher, the Knights bested the competition by a comfortable margin at Lakeside Golf Course in Ft. Dodge.

After finishing third at the state meet for the past three years, the Knights captured the elusive state title behind Schumacher, just a sophomore and also a state champion in track, who posted a winning time of 19:01.80 — nearly 18 seconds better than the runner-up. Schumacher, named All-Iowa following the season, was joined by strong performances from junior Joy Ripslinger and senior Mallory King.

The Boys Golf Team had a season to remember after earning the program's first trip to the State Meet since 2006. Behind junior Max Gogel's 6th place finish, the Knights were 8th in the team standings at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids.

The season was filled with highlights, including four invitational titles and a record-setting performance in a dual vs. Davenport North on Sept. 10 at Davenport's Duck Creek Golf Course. Against North, the Knights shot a nine-hole school record of 142, with Ben Hanser, Bud Klein and Matt Cain each posting 35 and Thomas Resnick a 37. Coach Gary Laake's team took second at the MAC Meet and qualified for state with a third-place district finish.

The Assumption Football Team enjoyed a return to prominence with a District title and a run to the State Quarterfinals. Head Coach Wade King's squad posted 9 straight wins (9-3 overall) before falling to two-time defending state champion Pella in an exciting contest that saw the host Knights lead the top-rated Dutch 21-20 at halftime.

After close early season losses to Bettendorf and Xavier, the Knights reeled off nine consecutive wins, including a perfect 6-0 mark against district foes, en route to winning the program's first district championship in just the second year of statewide district play.

First Team All-State defensive back Joe Argo led both a stingy defensive unit and a resurgent Knights offense. The defense posted 3 shutouts, while the offense eclipsed the 40-point mark on 6 occasions.

First Team All-State wide receiver Will Ontiveros caught 13 TD passes from Argo, and added 3 punt return TDs. Defensive lineman Daniel Tjaden was also named First Team All-State after tallying team highs of 9 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

The Volleyball Team had another successful campaign that saw the Knights finish 23-13 overall, and in third place in the MAC with a 7-2 league record. Second Team All-State pick senior Mary Rolf and a youthful squad of Lady Knights swept their way past Camanche and Northeast before falling in the substate final. Rolf, along with seniors Emma Nagle and Synclaire Lunardi, were named Academic All-State following the season.

Four Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

Four senior student-athletes inked National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level on Nov. 11 in the Figge Library. Connor Lindaman, a 2015 First Team All-State third baseman for the Knights, signed with the University of Iowa’s baseball program, while Mallory King, a runner-up in the 2015 Iowa Class 3A 400 M Run, will join the Hawkeyes women’s track and field program.

Mary Rolf, a standout middle hitter for the Lady Knights’ volleyball team, will take her talents to Division II Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, while Katelyn Andresen a 2015 Second Team All-Conference third baseman for the Lady Knights softball squad, committed to Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.

Alumni Notes


• Erica Grubbs ‘12, a current Northwestern University Cross Country team member (double major of history and international relations) was named Academic All-Big 10 for the second year in a row, as well as being named a 2015 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

• John Imming ‘67 recently retired from AAA The Auto Club Group after 47 years of service. He and his wife, Linell, live in the Tampa, FL, area and are enjoying traveling the USA in their motor home.

• Patrick Smith ‘12, was initiated into the Iowa State Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in May 2015. Patrick was one of 27 juniors on the Iowa State campus inducted. He is currently a senior majoring in biology and served on a Global Health team with International Service Learning to Costa Rica in May 2014. Patrick has accepted a seat at Des Moines University where he will begin his studies for a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in June.

• Tim Kilfoy ‘12, a senior strong safety for the University of Northern Iowa, was named First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference.

• Rose Ripslinger ‘14, a redshirt freshman forward for the University of Iowa Women’s Soccer team, earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition.

• Sydney Lunardi ‘13, a junior goalkeeper for Central College, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women’s NCAA Division III All-North Region third team. She was also named an all-Iowa Conference second-team selection this season, and was named conference defensive player of the week twice. Her 27 career wins in goal are tied for the most in program history.

• Haley Resnick '14, a sophomore women's tennis player at Coe College, was named Iowa Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. She swept the league's singles and doubles titles, and is currently ranked 22nd in the first ITA Central Region Women's Tennis poll of the year.

• Derek Fulton ‘12, a senior quarterback at Grand View University in Des Moines, earned NAIA Football All-America Scholar-Athletes recognition, in addition to being named 2015 Heart of America Athletic Conference North Offensive Player of the Year and Northern Division First Team Offense.

• Karl Noonan ‘62, a standout receiver for the Knights, as well as an All-American and captain at the University of Iowa, played 7 seasons in the AFL and NFL for the Miami Dolphins. He also played in Super Bowl 6 for the Miami Dolphins and is a member of the famed 1972 undefeated Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins. The National Football League presented Assumption with a "Golden Football" in recognition of Mr. Noonan’s participation in Super Bowl 6, as the NFL celebrates 50 years of the Super Bowl.

Marriages & Engagements

• Elizabeth Halligan ‘98 and Nicholas Fernandez were married August 21, 2015, at St. Anthony Catholic Church Davenport.

• Andrew Frandsen ‘04 and Mica Ricketts were united in marriage on September 19, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

• Dr. Hillary Horan ‘02 is engaged to Sean Knowles. The couple will be married April 23, at the Cloister, Sea Island, GA.

• Nicholette Daniel ‘10 is engaged to Jacob Schulte. The couple will wed in June.

In Memory

• Gary Trees ’93 passed away September 25, 2015.

• James L. Cawiezell ‘59 passed away September 26, 2015.

• James Arthur "Yogi" Pollitz ‘71 passed September 29, 2015.

• John L. Kellenberger ‘71 passed away September 29, 2015.

• Carol Stahler ‘62 McLean passed away October 1, 2015.

• Reverend Maynard J. Brothersen, longtime chaplain and fan extraordinaire of Assumption, passed away October 3, 2015.

• Roberta C. Van Camp ‘59 Kealey passed away October 10, 2015.

• Daniel J. Ruiz ‘78 passed away October 11, 2015.

• Robert Lee Mayes II ‘94 passed away October 26, 2015.

• Kevin M. Perry ‘76 passed away November 3, 2015.

• Stanley J. Reinhold ‘61 passed away November 7, 2015.

• Terese Collins ‘69 Simmering passed away November 8, 2015.

• Joseph R. Schloemer ‘36 passed away November 18, 2015.

• Eleanor “Ellie” Bach ‘44 O’Connor passed away November 29, 2015.

• Reverend Thomas H. Mohr, a 1950 graduate of St. Ambrose Academy and former faculty member at Assumption, passed away December 3, 2015.

• Thomas Houghton '60 passed away December 24, 2015.

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Upcoming 2016 Reunions

Class of 2006: TBA
Contact: Ryan Hintze

Class of 1976: July 1-2
Contact: Sharon McNamara

Class of 1971: August 27
Contact: Rick Schloemer

Class of 1966: August 12-13
Contact: Barb Reiland

If you are interested in planning your class reunion, or know of someone who might be, please contact Jordan Gizzarelli at 563-326-5313 x 242 for more information.

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