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Assumption High School Newsletter

June 29, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

The Class of 2016 took their turn walking across the graduation stage on Sunday, May 29. Assumption's 58th graduating class of 110 students all have plans to attend two or four year colleges and universities.

Student Council President Julia Field '16 and National Honor Society President Emma Nagle '16 shared their reflections on four great years at Assumption, while Dr. Lee Morrison, Superintendent of Schools for the Davenport Diocese, conferred academic honors and diplomas to the graduates.

Prior to the graduation ceremony at Assumption, graduates participated in the annual Baccalaureate Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Students Join in Hand-in-Hand Prom Fun

More than 30 students spent one special Saturday night at Hand-in-Hand's 5th annual prom at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. The event was an opportunity for high school students and young adults with special needs or disabilities to enjoy an evening of dancing and fun.

"It's a fun way for our participants of all abilities to come out and enjoy a prom that they might traditionally not be able to do," said Stephanie Dorton, Assistant Director of Hand-in-Hand. "It's definitely their prom and that's the way we want it to feel. We want them to feel like this is their night."

Organized by the Assumption Key Club, Assumption students comprised the majority of the volunteers at the event, with both boys and girls in all four grade levels represented. There were even middle schoolers (Future Knights) helping at the event! Everyone had a great time dancing the night away and left with a full heart.

“There were so many AHS students at the prom, Hand-in-Hand played the Assumption Fight Song as the last song of the evening,” said senior Julia Field, student council president.

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Prayer Books Begin a New Tradition

Assumption's outgoing seniors, as well as all faculty and staff, received personalized prayer books as part of a new end-of-the-year tradition. Containing a collection of traditional Catholic prayers and scriptures for life's more difficult times, the books will be presented to the graduating class at the conclusion of each school year.

“Our Catholic identity, which is firmly rooted in prayer, is an essential piece of the Catholic identity of Assumption High School,” said Bridget Murphy '97, principal of Assumption High School. “We are extremely hopeful and encouraged that this effort will only perpetuate both that commitment and focus.”

Ripslinger Competes for Team USA in Cuba

Assumption Track & Field junior standout Joy Ripslinger competed for Team USA in the 2016 Caribbean Scholastic Invitational held May 27-28 in Havana, Cuba. Ripslinger was one of just 16 females from across the US to be chosen by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) to compete in the international meet, and was one of only three females hailing from the Midwest.

While in Cuba, Ripslinger won the 1,500 and ran a leg on the victorious 1,600 relay. She followed up her trip to Cuba with an appearance at the 2016 USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, CA, where she took 11th place in the 800 as one of the youngest runners in the field.

Mock Trial Takes Home 8th Place

Assumption's Mock Trial Team finished in 8th place among 132 schools from across the state of Iowa at the 2016 Iowa High School Mock Trial State Tournament. Assumption Team Black was one of just 34 schools to advance to the State Tournament in Des Moines, and one of only 12 schools that placed.

Junior Caitlin Steimle was named an Outstanding Witness for the tournament, while Honorable Mentions for Outstanding Witness or Attorney went to juniors Luke Castro, Jared Grubbs and Sarah Huber.

Fine Arts News

Summer Band Camp a Hit with Middle Schoolers

The Assumption music department held a four-day summer Band Camp in June for students entering grades 6-8. With current Assumption Band members on hand, the middle school students were taught fundamentals of music, music appreciation, and a few pieces, including the Assumption Fight Song!

Nearly 40 middle school-aged students from all four Catholic grade schools took part in the fun and music, which culminated in a concert for family and friends in Assumption's Sunderbruch Auditorium.

Music Department Presents Awards to Seniors

The band, under the direction of Mrs. Erin Mahr, held its final concert of the year on April 28 and awards were presented to three seniors. The John Philip Sousa Award was presented to Sofia Bouffard, while the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award was given to Maddy Kroeger, and the Semper Fidelis Award went to Lauren Frank.

The choir, led by Mr. Trevor Loes, held its final concert on May 17 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bettendorf. The concert featured pieces learned throughout the year and awards were also presented to four seniors. Maria Frazer was awarded the U.S. Navy Choral Award, while Keeghan Hutchinson and Abigail Fer were presented the Iowa Choral Directors Association Award. David Gorzney and Madeline Fer were bestowed with the National Choral Award.

Athletic News

Girls Track Enjoys Un-4-gettable State Meet!

The Assumption Girls Track & Field program enjoyed a record-setting performance on its way to the program's fourth consecutive Iowa Class 3A State Girls Track & Field Championship. The Lady Knights joined Iowa girls track and field lore, becoming only the fourth program in the 55 year history of the state meet to claim four straight championships. Powered by seven victories and five runner-up finishes, Assumption set a new state record with 126 points.

Junior Joy Ripslinger broke her own Class 3A record in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 7.51 seconds — third all-time in Iowa and among the top 10 in the country this year. Freshman Carly King won the 100 in 12.26 seconds, was second in the 200 in 25.00 and anchored the winning 400 Relay.

The 2016 Drake Relays saw the Lady Knights claim yet another coveted white flag, as Ripslinger and junior Julia Schumacher teamed with seniors Mallory King and Sarah Adams to win the 3,200 Relay in a new school record time of 9:20.49. Assumption also became the Drake Relays' first-ever HyVee Cup Champions, earning the distinction of the top high school girls track program in Iowa, with top performances in the 400, 1,600, 3,200 and Sprint Medley relays.

At the 2016 New Balance Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, NC, Mallory King, Rachel Jennings, Carly King and Joy Ripslinger clocked a time of 3 minutes, 58.46 seconds in the 1600 meter medley, setting a new all-time Iowa best. Assumption's time was the fourth fastest time in the country this season, earning the quartet All-American honors.

Fennelly and Resnick Dominate State Doubles

The spring season brought more success for the Knights as senior Thomas Resnick and junior Luke Fennelly teamed up to win the 2016 Iowa Class 1A Boys Tennis State Tournament Doubles title.

After winning the District Championship in convincing fashion, Resnick and Fennelly earned the top seed in the doubles draw. They lived up to their top billing by not dropping a set on their way to claiming Assumption's fourth state doubles title.

The duo began the two-day tournament at Byrnes Park in Waterloo with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Waverly-Shell Rock. An easy 6-0, 6-2 victory over Glenwood capped off the first day of competition.

In the semifinals, Resnick and Fennelly defeated Fairfield Maharishi 6-2, 6-5, before crushing Dubuque Wahlert in the championship match 6-2, 6-1. Following the season, Resnick was named to the Des Moines Register's first-ever All-Iowa boys' tennis Team.

Girls Soccer Wins 5th Title in Last 6 Years

The Assumption Girls' Soccer Team reclaimed the top spot in Iowa with its fifth Iowa Class 1A State Championship in the last six years. A 1-0 win over Iowa City Regina on June 11 at the James W. Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines marked the seventh time the Lady Knights have won it all.

Making their 10th straight appearance at the State Tournament, the Knights downed Nevada 2-0 in the semifinals after overpowering Tri-Center 7-0 in the quarterfinals.

Sophomores Annie Argo and Molly Gervase, along with freshman Carly King and senior goalkeeper Clare Gervase were named to the Class 1A All-Tournament Team. The Lady Knights finished the year 17-2-1 overall under first-year head coach Elizabeth Maus '03.

Watch the 1A State Championship Game on YouTube

Alumni Notes


• Haley Resnick ‘14 was named Coe College’s Female Athlete of the Year (Individual Sport – Tennis). Resnick was also given an Emerging Leader Award at the 2016 Coe College Leadership Convocation. The award is given to students who have demonstrated initiative, motivation, and potential for continued student leadership within the college during their first or second year.

• Ryan Langford ’11 signed a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Houston Texans that will keep him on the roster throughout the offseason.

• Tim Kilfoy ’12 signed a free-agent contract with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans following the 2016 NFL Draft.

• Matt Woodley, a former all-state baseball, basketball, and football player at AHS, was named head coach of the Iowa Energy, the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

• The St. Ambrose Dance Team, under the direction of Danelle Stanger ’00 Langeneckert won the 2016 NAIA Competitive Cheer & Dance National Invitational Championship, the program’s second consecutive national championship, and third in the last five years under Langeneckert.

• Sister Ann Therese Collins, former teacher at Assumption, was recently recognized for 75 years of service to the ministry by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. She taught Latin for many years at Assumption and was the first woman in the Davenport Diocese to hold the position of Superintendent of Schools, from 1968-70.

• Ryan McGuire '93 was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts at Iowa State University.

• Bradley Grothus '12 graduated summa cum laude from St. Ambrose University.

• Mitchell Frieden '06 earned his master's degree from St. Ambrose University.

• Kennedy King '14 was named to the President's List at Grand View University.

• Matthew Tjaden '15 participated in the Vermeer International Leadership Program at Iowa State University.

• Colleen Day '10 earned her master of business administration from the University of Dubuque.

Marriages & Engagements

• Cameron Heathman ‘10 is engaged to Alyssa Erhard. The couple will be married in June 2017 in West Des Moines.

• Carolyn Bennie ‘09 was married to Sergeant Eric Geesaman on April 18, 2015. The couple currently resides in Green Bay, WI.

• Stephanie Quinn ‘09 and Grant De Roo were married on June 6, 2015. The couple currently resides in Iowa City.

In Memory

• Alfred J. Rashid II ’62 passed away April 3, 2016.

• Margaret (Meg) Ann Halligan ‘83 Wildharber, mother of Keeghan ‘16, Kevin ‘16, and Catherine '18 Hutchinson, passed away April 5, 2016.

• Joseph B. Maher Sr., former English and Speech teacher, husband of Jacqueline '56, and father of Kelly, Marianne ’82, Joseph ’85, and Colleen (Casey) '88, passed away April 27, 2016.

• Richard Peavey ‘64 passed away April 28, 2016.

• David P. Thompson ‘82 passed away May 17, 2016.

• Davenport Fire Department Lt. Mark P. Kakert ’78 passed away May 18, 2016.

• Mark A. Schebler ’76 passed away on June 4, 2016.

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Upcoming 2016 Reunions

Class of 2011: July 30, 2016
Contact: Samantha Johannsen

Class of 2006: July 30, 2016
Contact: Ryan Hintze

Class of 2001: November 26, 2016
Contact: Bridget Reyhons Steele

Class of 1996: August 13, 2016
Contact: Buffy O'Neill

Class of 1991: July 30, 2016
Contact: Suzanne O'Hare

Class of 1986: July 30, 2016
Contact: Teri Glover

Class of 1981: July 29-30, 2016
Contact: Jim McCabe

Class of 1976: July 1-2, 2016
Contact: Sharon Spriet McNamara

Class of 1971: August 27, 2016
Contact: Rick Schloemer

Class of 1966: August 12-13, 2016
Contact: Barb Reiland

Class of 1961: Sept. 16-17, 2016
Contact: Mike Shinners

St. Ambrose Academy: July 3, 2016
32nd Annual
All Class Reunion
St. Ambrose University
Rogalski Center
12:30-4:30 p.m.

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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