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Assumption High School Newsletter

March 30, 2016

Dear Fellow Knights,

Our mission at Assumption is to provide an extraordinary Catholic education to all who seek it. One way we are able to fulfill this mission is through April Knight, our annual celebration of the tremendous Assumption family. This wonderful evening has been a cornerstone of the Assumption experience for 30 years, and we would not be able to do what we do without the historically successful event.

There are several ways to support this worthwhile cause. The first is to attend this year’s April Knight, which will be held on Friday, April 29. Dedicated volunteers spend countless hours making April Knight a great time to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and strengthen the Assumption family ties. Reservations can be made by calling Susie Foster at 326-5313 x 281, emailing her at or by clicking the link in the article below.

The second way to show your support is by purchasing or selling April Knight raffle tickets. Historically, current parents and students have done an amazing job taking the lead on raffle ticket sales. If you haven’t seized the opportunity to sell any tickets yet, please do your best to sell two or three…and if you’ve already sold several, then be an overachiever and sell a couple more!

The Early Bird drawing is April 6, but we will happily accept Grand Prize tickets up through the evening of April Knight, or until 1,500 tickets are sold, whichever comes first. Please lend a hand - purchase a ticket using an e-check here, download a ticket to be mailed in with your payment here, and please feel free to contact Susie Foster with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support and for remembering why we are here: to provide a solid Catholic education for every student who walks through our doors. I hope to see all of you on April 29!

God Bless,
Andrew D. Craig '95

Assumption Celebrates CSW 2016

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) 2016 was held January 30 – February 5. Students and parents kicked off the week with the annual Spaghetti Supper and by speaking at local parish Masses about the benefits of a Catholic school education.

During Catholic Schools Week, Assumption took part in a combined Scott County K-12 Catholic Schools project, Dodgeball for Diapers, which benefited Bethany Home for Children and Families, Humility of Mary Shelter and Women's Choice Center.

On Monday afternoon, students participated in a dodgeball tournament, with all entry fees going to purchase diapers, and on Wednesday, students donated $3 to the project to spend the school day in their "best-dressed" attire instead of school uniforms.

The Scott County K-12 Catholic Schools (Assumption, All Saints Catholic School, John F. Kennedy Catholic School, Lourdes Catholic School, and St. Paul the Apostle) collected 18,330 diapers and 37,600 wipes that were then donated to the aforementioned charities.

“The Scott County Catholic Schools are blessed to have this opportunity to partner with outstanding community service organizations in this effort," Principal Bridget Murphy '97 told the Rock Island Dispatch-Argus. "Promoting the responsibility that we have to give back to our community is a core vale of what we teach our students and families, and we sincerely appreciate the collective effort of this project.”

The annual All Schools Mass was held Thursday, February 4, in the AHS gymnasium. Students, faculty, and staff from the grade schools joined the Assumption community for the celebration. Monsignor James Parizek of Our Lady of Victory celebrated the Mass and Fr. Jason Crossen, Fr. Robert Harness, Fr. Thom Hennen, and Fr. Tony Herold concelebrated.

Watch the Why We Love Catholic Schools video here.

Dance Marathon Sets New Mark!

The Assumption Student Council held its third annual Dance Marathon on Saturday, Feb. 27, with nearly 100 students participating to benefit youth cancer victims and their families. Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their community.

Student organizers from the St. Ambrose University Dance Marathon helped mentor the AHS Dance Marathon, which nearly doubled last year's total by raising over $7,000. The three-year total for the event is now over $14,000.

Sip the Knight Away on April 29!

The 30th Annual April Knight Gala and Auction will be held Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Assumption High School Gym. This year’s theme is “Sip the Knight Away – A Knight of Beer, Wine & Food Tasting.”

Knowledgeable Wine & Beer Stewards will be available for your questions and guidance through the many options on hand – 30+ wine & 20+ beer choices! - and our feasting menu was chosen to enhance your liquid tasting adventures! Three distinct food stations will be available, as well as full bar service.

In honor of our “Cheers to Thirty Years” celebration, we are reverting to a paper bid system, no mobile bidding. Bid early, bid often – this is a FUNdraiser!

Reservations may be made by downloading and returning the Reply Card located here. Invitations for the event may be viewed here.

Raffle tickets are currently on sale for both the Early Bird Drawing (April 6) and Grand Prize Drawing (April 29) and may be purchased by downloading the form located here and sending in your payment along with a completed form. You may also purchase raffle tickets by using an e-check here.

Please contact April Knight Coordinator, Susie Foster, ( for more information.

1980 Alums Keep Paddles in the Water

We recently caught up with Tim Lawler of the Class of 1980, who shared the story of how he and his classmates reunite each summer on the Iowa River. Read the full text here.

Knight Players Treat Audiences to Annie

Leaping lizards! The Assumption Knight Players treated audiences to their spring musical Annie with shows on March 11, 12, and 13, in Sunderbruch Auditorium.

Annie warmed the hearts of audiences with her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City, and her determination to find her parents, who left her at the orphanage run by the evil Miss Hannigan.

"Annie was a great experience for everyone involved! From the cast, crew, and pit orchestra to the parents and supporters, everyone deserves recognition for making Annie a success!" Drama Director Liz King '00 Powers said. "A special thank you to this year’s seniors – they are a very special group, and will be missed dearly next year!”

YouTube the Winter Band Concert

The Assumption Band recently performed their Winter Concert in Sunderbruch Auditorium. Below are links to watch the concert on YouTube. Enjoy!

Mambo Jambo by Chris Sharp
Angel Eyes arranged by Allan Horney
All of Me arranged by Roger Holmes
Armed Forces Salute by Bob Lowden
River of the Ancients by Michael Sweeney

IHSMA District Festival Returning

For the second year in a row, the Assumption Music Department has been selected to host the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) District Solo-Small Ensemble Festival. This year's event will take place on Saturday, April 2.

Nearly 300 students and teachers from area 3A schools will be performing musical selections, both vocal and instrumental, for adjudication in categories including percussion, piano, vocals, winds and strings.

If you're interested in volunteering for the event click here, or contact Mrs. Erin Mahr, Band Director at

Wrestlers Set State Duals Mark

Head Coach Pete Bush '79 and the Knights' wrestling program made history on Feb. 17 when it clinched the 2016 Iowa Class 2A State Dual Championship with a 36-27 win over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The win captured Assumption's ninth State Dual title, achieving the honor of most dual championships of any school in the history of the great state of Iowa. It marked Assumption’s fifth duals state title in the past six years and it was the program’s seventh straight appearance in the finals. Bush's Knights won four titles in a row from 2011-14.

During the regular season, the Knights compiled an impressive 17-1 dual meet record, and also went undefeated during the Mississippi Athletic Conference regular season. Assumption won six tournament titles, including the MAC Tournament, where four Knights were crowned champions after eight reached the finals.

Senior Randone Goes Out on Top

Senior Matt Randone's thrilling run to a state title in the 106-pound weight class highlighted Assumption's stable of eight state qualifying wrestlers.

In just his first season as a Varsity wrestler, Randone knocked off both the No. 1 and No. 2-seeded wrestlers, on his way to winning the 2016 Iowa Class 2A State Championship.

"This is something I've been working for ever since I was a kid," Randone said after winning the title. "It's a dream come true!"

“You don’t see a lot of seniors at 106 who are first-time starters, but he’s not your usual senior," Bush told the Quad-City Times. “He is one of the best technicians we have ever had in our program."

Alumni Notes


• Jennifer Janeczko '89 Jacobs, The Des Moines Register’s chief politics reporter for the 2012 and 2016 Iowa caucus cycles, was hired by Bloomberg Politics as a political reporter. Jacobs will be a member of the Bloomberg Politics team covering the presidential race.

• Willie Argo ‘08 will play the 2016 baseball season with the St. Paul (MN) Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

• Danielle Moore ’13, a junior midfielder for the Iowa State Women’s Soccer program, received the Big 12 Conference’s Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. Moore is majoring in Biological Systems Engineering.

• Matt Vonderhaar ’13, a junior guard for the Coe College men’s basketball team, was selected to the All-Iowa Conference First Team.

• Kyle Springer ’13, a redshirt sophomore wrestler at Eastern Michigan, was selected to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team. Springer defeated two ranked opponents throughout the season, and racked up a team-high 41 dual points. He also led the team with five major decisions, while maintaining a 3.72 GPA as an exercise science major.

Marriages & Engagements

• Andrea Millea ’07 is engaged to Christopher Nauser. The couple will be married in June 2016 in Omaha, NE.

• Michaela Byrne '07 and Brett Ebert '08 were married November 21, 2015, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Assumption grads Dan Froeschle '08, Ryan Byrne '10, Jennifer Blaser '07 Svendsen, and Chelsea Ebert '11 were all in the wedding party.

In Memory

• William “Bill” Helmel ‘63 passed away on March 3, 2016.

• Chuck A. Cawiezell ’61 passed away on March 3, 2016.

• Julie Evans ’77 Detmer passed away on March 19, 2016.

If there is news that you would like to see appear in the next newsletter, please email us at:

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

Class of 1961: Sept. 16-17
Contact: Mike Shinners

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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