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Assumption High School Newsletter

January 25, 2017

AHS Named STEM BEST® Partner

In early November, Assumption was named one of 10 2016 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) Partners by the Iowa Governor’s Advisory Council. Assumption was awarded $25,000, to purchase equipment and provide teacher training for a virtual reality learning project. The award is made possible through a combination of state and private funds.

Assumption is partnering with Victory Enterprises, based in Davenport, who will develop the various "environments” for the virtual reality project. Initially, seven environments for this project will be created to provide grade appropriate content for each environment based on Iowa Core Standards.

According to Assumption’s bid for funding, “each environment would teach about high-tech careers (transporting students 'virtually' across the globe to see what it is like to work in a high-tech field), access short talks from subject matter experts, view video clips, and more. Students will drive what they see in each environment based on what interests them as they go through the experience.”

Grads Keep Chain Gang Tradition Alive

Assumption alums Frank Solis '62, Frank Peeters '72, Mike Panther '62 and John Panther '64, along with past parent Bob De Meyer, have been manning the chains at home football games for the past 26 years. Watch the story from KWQC by clicking the link.

Looking Ahead to CSW 2017

Assumption will celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2017 during the week of Jan 29 to Feb. 4. 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 Monday to kick off the festivities.

All-Schools Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Gym. Current and past parents, along with alumni, friends, and supporters are all welcome to attend.

Class of 2017 Hosting Spaghetti Supper

The Class of 2017 will host Assumption's annual Spaghetti Supper on Sunday, Jan. 29, 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.

Fine Arts News

Sophomore Named to State Thespian Board

Sophomore Melanie Comer was one of seven students from across the state named to the Iowa Student Thespian Board at the Iowa Thespian Festival in November. She will serve a one-year term on the board, promoting the work of the International Thespian Society and Iowa Thespians.

Activities include attending monthly Iowa Thespian Chapter Board meetings, planning the International Thespian Festival, and planning and conducting workshops at the annual Leadership Day in August.

Knight Players to Present The Sound of Music

The Assumption Knight players invite you to mark your calendars for their Spring musical production of The Sound of Music. This tuneful, heartwarming show is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers—one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Maria, postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess to seven children of a widowed naval captain, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

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

Athletic News

2016 Fall Sports Recap

The Assumption's Girls' Cross Country team was well represented at the 2016 Iowa Class 3A state meet in Ft. Dodge. Defending state champion Julia Schumacher finished third, and teammate Joy Ripslinger finished just one tenth of a second behind her in fourth place.

Ripslinger, named All-Iowa along with Schumacher following the season, closed her prep Cross Country career with four top-10 finishes at the state meet, a rare feat! She was also the 2016 MAC Cross Country Champion, becoming the first Assumption female runner to win the individual conference title. On the boys side, freshman Chris Guise qualified for the Iowa Class 3A state meet where he finished 59th overall.

The Boys Golf Team had a season to remember after earning a return trip to the State Meet, where junior Griffin Steer finished in a tie for 24th. The Knights made Assumption's fifth appearance at the state meet after winning six tournament titles on the season. Assumption won the Macomb, North Scott, Assumption, Clinton and Davenport City invitationals, along with the 2016 Mississippi Athletic Conference Tournament. Senior Max Gogel became Assumption's first MAC medalist since Scott Gillam in 1992, and the Knights also captured the team title for the first time since 1992.

The Assumption Football Team enjoyed another successful campaign with yet another State Playoff appearance and the program's second District title in as many years. Head Coach Wade King's squad posted 6 straight regular season wins (7-3 overall) before falling to state semifinalist Cedar Rapids Xavier.

After early season losses to Bettendorf and West Delaware, the Knights reeled off six consecutive wins, and finished with a 5-1 mark against district foes, en route to winning the program's second district championship in just the third year of statewide district play.

Following the season, offensive lineman Justin Wright was named First Team All-State Class 3A by the Iowa Newspaper association, while running back Justus Burke earned Second Team honors.

The Volleyball Team made its first trip to the State Tournament since 2013, marking Assumption's third appearance all-time at the state competition. The Lady Knights were 28-9 overall, and finished in third place in the MAC with a 7-2 league record. All-Iowa selection and 2016 MAC Player of the Year, Julia Huiskamp, along with a talented squad of Lady Knights, swept their way past West Liberty and Northeast, before edging out Dyersville Beckman 3-2 in the substate final to advance to the state tournament, where they fell to Carroll Kuemper in the opening round.

Cheer, KKD Take Home State Honors

For the 21st consecutive year, Assumption's Knight Kompany Dance team brought home state championship hardware from the Iowa High School Dance & Drill Team Association's state team competition. Under the direction of Natalie Rogalski '11, the Knight Kompany Dancers took first place in the Class IX Pom category, and also received Division I Ratings in both Jazz and Lyrical dance.

Meanwhile, three Assumption cheerleaders were named to the Iowa Cheerleading Coaches' Association 2016-17 All-State Squad—Sophia O’Brien made the team for the second year in a row, and she is joined by teammates Maris Behan and Janell Nguyen on the 30-member squad that will perform at the 2017 Iowa Boys State Basketball Tournament held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Nine Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

Nine senior student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the NCAA Division I or II collegiate level on Nov. 14. Trenton Wallace, an all-state pitcher for the Knights, signed with the University of Iowa’s baseball program, while Joy Ripslinger, a multiple-time state champion and Drake Relays winner, will join the prestigious women’s track and field program at the University of Arkansas.

2016 MAC Volleyball Player of the Year Julia Huiskamp was one of three Knights who signed with Drake. Pitcher Nicole Timmons will play softball for the Missouri Valley Conference program and Olivia Masterson joins the rowing program.

Among the others to sign were Ben Beutel (Bowling Green, baseball), Emma Valainis (Northern Iowa, softball), Sophie VanSeveren (Holy Cross, volleyball) and Jasmine Harris (Sioux Falls, basketball). Watch WQAD video here.

Alumni Notes


• Former all-state soccer player Sydney Lunardi '13, a senior goalkeeper at Central College in Pella, was named the Iowa Conference’s defensive player of the week (Oct. 24-30) after recording her fifth shutout of the season and a school record 18th in her career against Nebraska Wesleyan in the Iowa Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Following the season, she was voted Honorable Mention all-conference.

• Former two-time state singles champion Haley Resnick '14, a junior at Coe College, was voted to the 2016 All-Iowa Conference Women's Tennis Team for the third straight year. Resnick was honored in both singles and doubles.

• Former all-state soccer player Danielle Moore ’13, a senior midfielder at Iowa State, was named First Team Academic All-Big 12. She was also one of four Cyclone student-athletes honored as October Student-Athletes of the Month.

• Former all-state volleyball player Danielle Cabel ‘14, a junior at Connecticut, was named the American Athletic Conference's offensive player of the week for the week of Oct. 3-9. The outside hitter had a career-high 16 kills in matches against Southern Methodist and Tulsa. She posted a .574 hitting efficiency in the two matches with only five hitting errors.


• Former all-state soccer player Riley Behan ’15, a sophomore midfielder at Iowa State, was named First Team Academic All-Big 12 and led the Cyclones with a 4.00 GPA.

• Kyle Springer '13 was named Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week for the period ending Nov. 22, after capturing the 141 lbs. crown at the Keystone Classic hosted by Penn University in Philadelphia. Springer went 4-0 in the tournament, including an upset of the top seed, on his way to the title.

• Former all-state athlete Jake Gervase '14, a sophomore defensive back for the University of Iowa, was awarded a full athletic scholarship. He was named Academic All-Big Ten and received the Team Hustle Award following the season.

• Hannah Zinger '12 was recently profiled for her work with Dance Marathon and her work in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Read the story here.


• Former All-American soccer player Rose Ripslinger '14, a redshirt sophomore forward for the University of Iowa, was named Academic All-Big Ten.

• Edward “Ted” Rogalski ’88 was elected to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s 2017 Board of Trustees.

• Ben Jones ’09 is traveling to Haiti with members of the St. Paul's parish and ServeHaiti.

• Former all-state athlete Willie Argo ’05 will attend Spring Training with the Seattle Mariners. He most recently played for the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association.

Marriages & Engagements

• Kari Junginger ’02 was married to John Seidl at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Iowa City, on November 19, 2016.

• Hillary Horan '02 and Sean Knowles were married April 23, 2016 at The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia. The couple resides in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

• Collin Horan ’06 and Amanda Calvo are engaged to be married October 14, 2017, at Saint Clement Church in Chicago.

• Andrea Millea ’07 and Christopher Nauser were married June 3, 2016, at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

In Memory

• Monsignor Marvin A. Mottet, faculty at St. Ambrose Academy from 1956-58, and Assumption from 1958-67, passed away September 16, 2016.

• Mary Ellen Hughes ‘68 Smith passed away October 11, 2016.

• Robert C. Coryn ’48, father of Mike '73, Tom '74, and Ann '77, passed away October 15, 2016. Mr. Coryn was a long term supporter of AHS, and a founding member of the Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization, which is helping 655 local students attend Scott County K-12 Catholic schools this year.

• Arthur Perry, Jr. ’48, a former priest in the Diocese of Davenport and teacher at Assumption, passed away November 4, 2016.

• Robert L. Evans, former president of the Assumption School Board, passed away November 8, 2016.

• Kenneth “Ken” R. Beckmann ’71 passed away November 17, 2016.

• Reverend Monsignor Michael Joseph Morrissey ’57 passed away November 29, 2016.

• Reverend Brian J. Shepley, former chaplain at AHS, passed away December 6, 2016.

• Nancy J. Kelley Wardlow ’59 Hackett passed away December 18, 2016.

• Gary A.Werthmann Sr.’75 passed away December 20, 2016.

• Duane “Dewey” Messmer ’64 passed away December 22, 2016.

• Michael J. Lyngholm '68 passed away January 6, 2017.

• Philip L. Pash '64 passed away January 12, 2017.

• Karen L. O’Shea '64 passed away January 18, 2017.

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Upcoming 2017 Reunions

Class of 1987: July 21-22, 2017
Contact: Angie Bormann Paulson

Class of 1977: July 1, 2017
Contact: Carol Mooney Hagen

Class of 1967: Oct. 6-8, 2017
Contact: Sue Vasen Coffin

Class of 1962: Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2017
Contact: Bill Tiedje

Class of 1957: July 1, 2017
Contact: Mike Hart

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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