Assumption High School Newsletter
January 13, 2015
Dear Assumption Community,
Happy New Year to all and welcome to the latest installment of the Assumption High School e-newsletter.
This edition takes a look back at a few of the many highlights from the fall semester, including the Student Hunger Drive, as well as the Fine Arts and Athletic achievements of our very talented student body.
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
Assumption Helps Stamp Out Hunger
Assumption students collected nearly 26,000 pounds of non-perishable food items this past fall to help stock local food pantries. This staggering number equates to an average of 57.48 pounds per student! Following tradition, Assumption’s participation in the Student Hunger Drive was led by the AHS Student Council, and marked the third straight year that students have surpassed the 25,000 pound mark!
Students and faculty also participated in several fundraisers benefiting the Student Hunger Drive including a bake sale, out of dress day, penny wars, and a canned food drive contest. Area eateries Happy Joe's, Maggie Moo's, and Chipotle also held fundraisers with a portion of sales going directly to AHS's cause.
The 28th Annual Student Hunger Drive enjoyed participation from 17 area schools and collected a combined total of 652,496 pounds - more than 326 tons - of non-perishable food. That massive total surpassed last year's figure by more than 65 tons! With this year's total, the Student Hunger Drive has raised 16,353,462 pounds of food since it began in 1986.
New Sign Marks Main Entrance
Those visiting Assumption will notice a new sign welcoming them! New signage that spells out "Assumption High School" is at the right flank of a refinished "Flying A" logo that greets alumni, students, parents and guests alike as they enter the Assumption driveway.
In addition, new signage was added to the facade of Sunderbruch Auditorium, and a new sign was installed at the entrance to the gymnasium. Capital improvement funds and private donations were used for these most recent upgrades.
Students Aid Challenger Little League
Assumption students aided a fantastic cause on September 20 when they helped stage the Great River Challenge between teams from the Challenger Leagues of the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities.
Assumption baseball and softball players served as on-field "buddies" for players from the Challenger Little League which provides mentally and physically challenged children a chance to play organized baseball. The Challenger Leagues rely on volunteers to coach and manage the teams, as well as having volunteers who act as “buddies” to help the Challenger players on the field and at bat.
The Great River Challenge was held at Davenport's scenic Modern Woodmen Park and featured five games between area Challenger teams.
Spaghetti Supper Moved to February
Among Assumption's many great traditions is the annual Spaghetti Supper hosted by the Senior Class. Typically held the second Sunday of November, this year's Spaghetti Supper will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the Cafeteria. Also new this year - all meals are free - with donations being taken at the door going toward the Class of 2015's senior class gift to Assumption.
"Service is one of the pillars that we strive to teach at Assumption," said Natalie Pohlmann '04 Imborek, Campus Minister/Religion and Psychology teacher. "This is a great opportunity for our seniors to give back to the community that continually supports them."
Alumni Q&A with Celeste Bremer '71
We recently caught up with the Honorable Celeste J. Bremer, a 1971 Assumption graduate and Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa.
Judge Bremer graciously shared her experiences at Assumption and in the judicial system with us. Read the full text here.
Fine Arts News
Knight Players Planning for Spring Musical
The Assumption Knight Players are busy rehearsing for this year’s spring musical, Cinderella, the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.
Performances will be held on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Reserved seating ($10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors) will be available online at www.assumptionhigh.org from Feb. 1 through March 4, and may also be purchased at the door.
2014 Fall Sports Recap
The 2014 fall sports season was another successful one for the Knights on the court, on the turf, and on the cross country course.
The Girls Cross Country Team ran their way to a third place finish at the 2014 Iowa Class 3A State Championships in Fort Dodge behind a third-place finish by sophomore Joy Ripslinger. Freshman Julia Schumacher crossed the finish line in 10th place, while junior Mallory King came in 30th overall.
On the diving board, senior Hannah Guy qualified for her fourth consecutive Iowa Girls State Diving Meet. Representing Davenport North (AHS does not offer swimming and diving), Guy finished 12th overall with a 1-meter, 11-dive score of 421.40.
The volleyball team finished with an overall mark of 18-13 and defeated Davenport North 3-0 in the first round of the state playoffs, before falling to Marion in the second round. Junior Mary Rolf earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Metro recognition, while senior Madi Smith was tabbed Second Team All-Conference. Smith, along with Honorable Mention All-Conference selections Liz Fennelly and Julia Huiskamp (both sophomores) earned Honorable Mention All-Metro status.
The football team had another successful campaign by finishing third in Iowa Class 3A District 5 and once again reaching the State Football Playoffs. Junior offensive lineman Connor Lindaman was named Class 3A Second Team All-State by the Iowa Newspaper Association, First Team All-Metro by the Quad-City Times, and All-District.
Chase Hager, an Academic All-State selection, joined fellow seniors Tim Doyle and Jake Poster, and juniors Joe Argo, Will Ontiveros, and Daniel Tjaden, in being voted to the All-District Team. The six aforementioned players, along with senior Roman Youngblut, were All-Metro selections by the Quad-City Times.
The boys golf team captured two tournament titles by winning the Assumption Invitational and the Davenport City Meet. Senior D.J. Bell made First Team All-Conference, while junior Ben Hanser and sophomore Max Gogel earned Second Team honors.
Finally, the Knight Kompany Dancers captured another state title by winning the Pom category at the 2015 ISDTA State Championships held Dec. 4-5 in Des Moines. Senior Katie Cabel finished in 8th place at the State Solo contest.
King to be Inducted into IHSAA Hall of Fame
The Iowa High School Athletic Association recently announced that Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Wade King will be inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame for his accomplishments during his time as the Knights' Head Wrestling Coach. He will be honored on Feb. 21 during Championship Saturday of the 2015 Iowa State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
King led Assumption to its first Iowa Class 2A State Dual Wrestling and Traditional titles in 1995, and his 1996 squad repeated as State Dual champions. King mentored five individual State Champions during his tenure, while his 1998 and 1999 teams also swept both the Dual and Traditional state titles.
Assumption Named Top Moment of 2014 by WQAD's The Score
The Score, a locally-produced television show dedicated to covering Quad-City area high school athletics, named Assumption its "Top Moment" of 2014. The Knights claimed five state titles in 2014, more than any other area school, on their way to winning the Des Moines Register's All-Sports Award for the third straight year, and sixth time overall. Click here or the player above to launch the video by local ABC affiliate WQAD.
• Celeste J. Bremer ’71 received the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice, recognizing her advocacy for a gender-balanced bench in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read our Q&A with Judge Bremer here.
• Haley Resnick ’14 was named the Iowa Conference Women’s Tennis player of the Year after winning the Flight A singles title and taking second in Flight A doubles at the 2014 Iowa Conference Women's Tennis Tournament in Pella. She posted a 14-2 singles record during the fall season, going 9-1 at No. 1 singles. She also was 12-3 in doubles.
• Danielle Moore ’13, a sophomore midfielder at Iowa State University, was awarded a full athletic scholarship by the Iowa State University Women’s Soccer program. She also earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors.
• J.T. Vonderhaar ’11, a senior forward at Coe College, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. Read more here.
• Adam Bengfort ’11, a senior defender and four-year letterman at Augustana College [IL] was named All-CCIW Second Team in soccer. He was also named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week of October 13. The senior back was instrumental in the Vikings' 1-0 overtime win over Carthage on October 18.
• Sydney Lunardi ’13, a sophomore goalkeeper for Central College, was named First Team All Iowa Conference after posting 95 saves and 12 shutouts.
• Emma Ambrose ’11, a senior majoring in psychology, was nominated to the 2014 Coe College Homecoming Court.
• Derek Fulton '12, a junior quarterback at Grand View University, was named 2014 Midwest League Offensive Player of the Year, 2nd Team AFCA-NIAA All-American, and NAIA Football All-America Scholar-Athlete.
• Lexi Flynn ’14, a freshman defensive specialist at Coastal Carolina University, started 26 of 32 matches and helped lead the Chanticleers to the 2014 Big South Tournament Championship and a berth in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the program’s first since 2009.
• Deborah J. Raftery ’76 Feddersen passed away on July 6, 2014.
• Michael P. Kelly passed away on Sept. 14, 2014.
• Ann McCarthy Weber ’71 passed away on Sept. 15, 2014.
• Liza Magee, former volleyball coach and associate athletic director, passed away on October 5, 2014.
• Alexander Bradley Cluff ’13 passed away Oct. 7, 2014.
• Jean M. Jurgens Dengler ’60, passed away on Nov. 3, 2014.
• Richard L. “Rick” Hines ’76 passed away on Nov. 12, 2014.
• Georgia Chanez ’56 Howard, longtime Math teacher at Assumption, passed away on Nov. 20, 2014.
• Margaret S. “Mimi” Feeney ‘54 Fredrickson passed away on Nov. 23, 2014.
• Kathryn A. Gilhooly ‘72 Bina passed away on Nov. 29, 2014.
• Charles A. “Chuck” Ruhl ‘45 passed away on Dec. 8, 2014.
• Susan J. Beckwith ’75 Schaecher passed away on Dec. 17, 2014.
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Upcoming 2015 Reunions
Class of 1980: TBA
Contact: Meg Molyneaux Courter
Class of 1975: August 21-22
Contact: Tim Berchtold
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.