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Assumption High School

Assumption High School Newsletter

September 15, 2016

Assumption Welcomes Class of 2020!

Assumption welcomed 127 new Knights this fall, including 111 ninth graders, keeping enrollment solid at 450 total students. This year's student body includes 9th through 12th graders from all of the local parishes, and international students from Brazil, China, Taiwan and South Korea. Diversity is strong at Assumption, with 23 percent of students self-identifying as minorities.

St. Vincent Athletic Complex Dedication Sept. 30

Phase One of the newly constructed St. Vincent Athletic Complex will be dedicated during a ceremony on Friday, September 30. Starting at 6:15 p.m., Most Reverend Bishop Martin Amos will bless the complex, followed by remarks from St. Ambrose University President Joan Lescinksi, and Assumption High School President Andy Craig. The ceremony will take place during Homecoming Week at both Assumption and SAU.

Assumption Students Score High Marks on ACT

Though academic excellence at Assumption has long been an area of which to be proud, we are happy to report that recent data from ACT confirms AHS measures of college readiness are continuing to grow. While ACT scores and core subject proficiency rates across the state have held steady, ACT scores of Assumption students are steadily increasing.

Over the last four years, the average composite ACT score of the Assumption Senior Class has shown steady increase – now surpassing a solid score of 24 with 100% of students tested (an unusual phenomenon!) ACT reports annually on the percentage of students earning scores that predict college success in all four core subject areas (English, Math, Science, and Social Sciences). Assumption has shown outstanding growth in this area – increasing from 6% above the state percentage in 2011 to 23% above the state percentage at its most recent report.

We are extremely proud of our students and faculty. The quest for excellence in the classroom is a constant opportunity for growth, and in true Assumption fashion the Assumption Family is stepping up to the challenge.

Homecoming 2016 Just a Few Weeks Away

Assumption will celebrate Homecoming 2016 during the week of September 26. As always, the week will include several dress-up days and plenty of Knight Spirit at the Homecoming Pep Rally, Bonfire, and Dancing with the Studs competition to be held Wednesday evening, September 28, starting at 6 p.m.

An all-school Homecoming Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 28, at 9:55 a.m. in Sunderbruch Auditorium, and the Knights will host Maquoketa at Brady Street Stadium on Thursday, September 29, at approximately 7:15 p.m. The theme for the annual Homecoming Dance, set for Saturday, October 1, is "Disney, the Most Wonderful Place in the World".

Assumption Sends 3 to Hawkeye Boys State

Seniors Luke Castro, Jared Grubbs, and Peter Laubenthal, were chosen and sponsored by Davenport American Legion Post 26 to attend Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, this past summer.

Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is a week-long "hands-on" experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Through the Boys State experience, Assumption's delegates learned about city, county and state government.

Fine Arts News

Band Director Mahr Elected to ASBDA

Erin Mahr, band director at AHS, was nominated by peers, and later selected from a field of candidates, to membership in the American School Band Directors' Association (ASBDA). Mahr, who began teaching band at Assumption in 2013, was formally elected during a ceremony in July in Lexington, KY.

Under Mahr's direction, the band marched in its first parade in many years this past May, and will perform for the third straight year at the Rock Island Festival of Bands on Oct. 3.

"I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful organization full of knowledgeable, experienced, and acclaimed band directors," said Mahr. "I look forward to future opportunities with ASBDA.”

The association is a national organization comprised of professionally trained directors and teachers of band whose purpose is to advance and improve music education. There were 55 band directors selected for membership this year.

Knight Players Preparing for Two Fall Shows

The Assumption Knight Players will stage two performances this fall: the Children's Play, James and the Giant Peach, and Fall Play, Twelve Angry Jurors

Performances of Twelve Angry Jurors will be held October 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Twelve Angry Jurors is the story of 12 jurors picked to decide the fate of a young man accused of his father's murder. It looks like an open-and-shut case, until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. Each juror reveals his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is reenacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated and the jurors become 12 angry people.

James and the Giant Peach, set for 2 p.m. on both Dec. 10 and 11, is an inventive adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale that follows the adventures of James, an orphaned young British boy, forced to live with his cruel aunts, who finds a way out of his bleak existence when he discovers an enormous enchanted peach.

Drama Director, Elizabeth (Liz) King '00 Powers, would like to invite everyone to experience the talent of Assumption’s Drama Department. “We have a wonderful group of gifted actors and actresses this year. If you haven’t been to a Knight Players’ production recently, come back and see what you’ve been missing!”

Athletic News

Softball Team Makes School History in 2016

The 2016 Assumption Softball team compiled the best season in school-history as it reached the Iowa Class 3A State Tournament final and set a new school-record for wins in the process. The Lady Knights reeled off 41 wins (41-5 overall) before falling to Benton Community in the state title game. It was Assumption's first appearance in a state final game.

After finishing as State Runner-up in the program's first trip to the State Tournament since 2012, Assumption finished the season ranked second in the Class 3A poll (behind Benton) and saw five players earn postseason all-state recognition.

Senior Nicole Timmons and junior Hannah Kelly were named Class 3A First Team All-State by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association, while seniors Sophie VanSeveren and Emma Valainis were voted Second Team All-State, and freshman Carlie Sammon was a Third Team All-State honoree. VanSeveren was also named to the Class 3A All-Iowa Team by the Des Moines Register.

Tremendous Baseball Season Comes to Early End

The Assumption Baseball Team enjoyed a tremendous 2016 campaign that saw the Knights finish the season ranked #1 in the final Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Class 3A Poll. Behind ace Trenton Wallace, the Knights compiled a record of 31-8 overall, and went 16-2 in the MAC on their way to the league title. Assumption advanced to the Substate Final, but had its season cut short once again by Central DeWitt.

Wallace, a returning senior and University of Iowa commit for baseball, was named to the 2016 IHSBCA Super Team, and was also voted First Team All-State by the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and the Des Moines Register. He was also tabbed Mississippi Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as well as Quad-City Times All-Metro Captain.

2016 graduates Connor Lindaman (Second Team) and Joe Argo (Third Team) also earned All-State recognition from the INA.

Spirit Cheer Takes Top Honors at NCA Camp

The Assumption Spirit Cheerleading squad took home First Place Varsity Performance Cheer honors at the 2016 NCA Cheer Camp, held in the Wisconsin Dells, July 11-14. The Spirit squad was also presented the NCA Team Spirit Award, and the prestigious Spirit Stick.

Four senior cheerleaders, Sophia O'Brien, Abbey Heinrichs, Maris Behan and Emily Lemons were named All Americans, while Lemons was named Top All-American!

Alumni Notes


• Mary Nolan '00, Executive Chef of Bon Appétit, was interviewed in The Relish. Read the interview here.

• Ed Conroy ‘84 was named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Minnesota.

• Joe Conklin ‘05 was named Athletic Director at Alleman High School in Rock Island.

• Haley Resnick ’14, a two-time singles State Champion at Assumption and junior women’s tennis player at Coe College, teamed with Brady Anderson, a member of the Coe men’s team, to win the mixed doubles open division at the 2016 Iowa Open.

• Brian Tritt ‘01 was named Head Girls Basketball Coach at Bettendorf High School.

• Hailey Schneden ‘13, a junior women's basketball player at the University of Iowa, received the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award.

• Riley Behan ‘15, a sophomore women’s soccer player at Iowa State, was named to the 2015-16 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team.

Marriages & Engagements

• Zack Kaczmarek '07 married Alecia Eggers on July 23, 2016. The couple resides in West Des Moines.

• Matthew Purl ’10 married Jessie Curry on July 16, 2016 in Muscatine. The couple resides in Rochester, Minnesota and is employed at Mayo Clinic where Jessie is a Hematology Nurse and Matthew works in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

In Memory

• Patrick R. Rossmiller ‘61 passed away June 15, 2016.

• Marge Walatka ‘65 (Margaret Elizabeth Neve-Koreny) passed away unexpectedly July 5, 2016.

• Jack J. Georgen Jr. ’64 passed away July 6, 2016.

• Susan Spelletich ’70 passed away July 21, 2016.

• Janet Callahan Theall ’68 passed away August 7, 2016.

• Gerald Ketelaar ’62 passed away August 31, 2016.

• Former teacher Alvin B. Clevenger passed away September 3, 2016.

• Claudia Allen '61 Ven Horst passed away September 7, 2016.

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Upcoming 2016 Reunions

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

Class of 1961: Sept. 16-17, 2016
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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