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Assumption High School Newsletter

June 5, 2014

Dear Assumption Community,

Welcome to another installment of the Assumption High School e-newsletter. In this latest newsletter, please enjoy reading about graduation, fine arts, athletics, and alumni updates along with a recap of April Knight. It was great seeing so many of you at this year's event. We thank you for your support of Assumption.

Please continue to send your news, feedback, and ideas. As always, we look forward to and want to hear from you!

One in the Spirit,

Jordan Gizzarelli '99
Director of Alumni Relations

Class of 2014 Graduates

The Class of 2014 took their turn walking across the graduation stage on Sunday, May 18. Assumption's 56th graduating class consisted of 114 students, including Valedictorians Addy Huber and Carolina Roa.

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

Watch the 2014 Graduation Ceremony on High School Cube here:

April Knight 2014 Among the Biggest

Over 400 spirited attendees enjoyed Friday Knight Lights, Assumption's 28th annual April Knight gala and fundraiser on April 25. Early numbers indicate a net profit of approximately $126,000.

1,124 Raffle Ticket were sold this year, while the Fund-a-Need campaign raised $5,700 which will be used for tuition assistance.

Save-the-Date: April Knight 2015 | April 17, 2015

Laake Honored for 40 Years of Service

Gary Laake, a 1968 Assumption graduate, was recently honored for serving as teacher at Assumption for 40 years with an inscribed antique golf club that reads, "Old Duffer Gary Laake 40 years teaching and coaching AHS students."

Laake began his teaching career at Assumption in 1974, following graduation from St. Ambrose University. Over the years, he has taught physical education, marketing, and accounting, and has coached both boys and girls golf, girls basketball and baseball. He was also the first coach of the AHS softball team. Laake will begin his 41st teaching at AHS this coming August.

Auditorium Seats to be Upgraded

Plans are currently underway to replace the nearly 40-year old seats in Sunderbruch Auditorium.

Interested in learning more about this project and helping to complete it? Please click here.

You may also contact Andy Craig at for more information.

Ripslinger First 4-Time Gatorade POY

Assumption High School senior soccer standout Rose Ripslinger was recently named the Gatorade Iowa Girls Soccer Player of the Year for a record fourth consecutive year. Ripslinger, also a three-time Class 1A First Team All-State soccer selection, became the first player in the award's 29-year history to win the award four times in any sport.

Ripslinger's honors include two-time captain of the Iowa Class 1A Girls Soccer All-Tournament Team and All-American status at the U.S. Youth Soccer Championships in Kansas City where she was named an Elite Eleven All-Tournament Team selection in the summer of 2013.

Her career stats include 110 goals and 53 assists, and she surpassed the 100 career goals mark when she scored 3 goals in Assumption's 3-0 win over Solon on May 5. A University of Iowa commit for soccer and the 2012 Quad-City Times Female Athlete of the Year, she also is a decorated track athlete with multiple State track and Drake Relays titles to her name.

Fine Arts News

Art Class Donates Cross Sculpture

Art students in Mrs. Holly Secker-Brosman’s ceramic arts classes recently created and donated two unique and colorful cross sculptures made from repurposed materials including cardboard tubes from coat hangers and donated yarns and ribbon.

The cross pictured above is a gift for the Ridgecrest Nursing Home in Davenport. The idea was conceived when Mr. Bob Morrison, director of Ridgecrest, approached AHS president Mr. Andy Craig with the idea of displaying student artwork for the facility’s entryway.

The cross, measuring 4’ x 5’, features a ceramic sculpture tile created by each student in Mrs. Secker-Brosman’s three ceramic arts classes. Mr. Eric Leuth, AHS Maintenance Director, cut the cross frames and junior Lauren Dunahugh added ombre patterns.

“I had a vision in my head of how I thought this project would be created, however, my students’ work exceeded all my expectations,” Secker-Brosman said.

The Ridgecrest cross project was so popular with students that they decided to create an additional Assumption-themed cross that will be hung at a yet to be determined location in the school.

Debate Team Reaches Final Four

Sophomores Gabe Elias and Julia Field were the only debate team from Iowa to reach the semifinal round at The Great Midwestern Novice and JV Debate Championships held at Iowa City West High School on April 4-6. Elias and Field faced teams from Florida, California, the District of Columbia, and five other Midwest states en route to reaching the competition's Final Four round.

In addition, freshman Luke Castro was voted 7th speaker out of 52 in Public Forum Debate. The Great Midwestern Novice and JV Debate Championships is the biggest tournament in the Midwest for first-year debaters and includes First-Year Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and First/Second-Year Policy Debate.

Art Club Pastel Works on Display

The Art Club, under the direction of Mrs. Holly Secker-Brosman, recently completed a piece for the Bucktown Center for the Arts annual sidewalk competition. On Saturday, May 24, students had just 5 hours to complete an 8' x 8' pastel sidewalk mural (pictured above) with no assistance allowed from Mrs. Secker-Brosman. The students chose to create a mural depicting the four seasons along Davenport's scenic Centennial bridge.

Students who participated in the pastel competition included: Sarah Gorzney, Clare Laubenthal, Mary Kate Hines, Cindy Chavez, April Huang, Carolyn Pham, Tammy Truong, Elizabeth Hartsuch, Taylor MacBeth and Rachel Thomas.

"The students did a fantastic job! It is difficult to create a project when you are under pressure to start and finish in a limited amount of time," Secker-Brosman said. "It takes a lot of teamwork to create such a large piece. I couldn’t be happier with the results."

A gallery open house will be held at the Bucktown Center for the Arts on Friday, June 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Awards and prizes will be presented at that time.

Athletic News

Girls T & F Dominates On Way to 2nd Straight State Title

The Assumption Girls Track and Field Team won its second consecutive state title on May 24 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

The Knights, under the direction of alum Tim O'Neill '96, secured Assumption's 40th state team title by scoring 107 points, a new Iowa Class 3A meet record. Along the way to hoisting gold once again, the Lady Knights captured one relay and three individual state championships, and set three meet records as well.

Senior Rose Ripslinger repeated as State Champion in the 100M Dash with a new 3A meet record time of 12.20. She quickly added another State title to her incredible list of accomplishments with a victory in the 200M Dash in a new 3A meet record time of 24.85. For Ripslinger, her win in the 200M Dash marked her third career individual state title.

Fellow senior Kennedy King ran a spectacular race en route to claiming the 3A title in the 800M Run with a winning time of 2:16.69. She will continue her career next year at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Freshman Joy Ripslinger finished runner-up in both the 3000M Run and 800M Run, and also was 6th in the 1500M Run. Rose Ripslinger also finished second in the 400M Dash, while Kennedy King came in fourth.

The group of Emma Bassier, Claire Bird, Mallory King, and Joy Ripslinger were victorious in the Girls Distance Medley Relay, while Bassier, Rose Ripslinger, Markel Mommsen, and Maddie Irmen set a new 3A meet record in the 4 x 100M Relay during prelims.

Other highlights included second place finishes in the 4 x 800 M Relay (Kennedy King, Molly Gilchrist, Clare Carroll, and Mallory King) and 4 x 400 M Relay (Kennedy King, Clare Carroll, Christine Rohlf, and Mallory King).

In addition to winning the State championship, Assumption also had an incredible showing at the 2014 Drake Relays, where the Lady Knights captured four relay titles, and the senior quartet of Bassier, Mommsen, Irmen and Rose Ripslinger were honored as the Gerry Cooley Award recipients for the high school girls division Most Outstanding Performers.

Girls Soccer Ranked Fifth Heading Into State Tournament

The Assumption Girls' Soccer Team is currently the fifth-ranked team in Iowa Class 1A as of the latest IGHSAU rankings released May 30.

The three-time defending State Champion Lady Knights own a record of 13-4 overall heading into Friday's Regional semifinal against Columbus Community (4-8 overall).

Assumption will host the Class 1A Region 8 final on June 9, before the Iowa Class 1A State Tournament begins on June 12 at the James W. Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.

Alumni Notes


• Willie Argo ’08 was assigned to the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He ranks third in the Southern League and leads the club in stolen bases with 19, while ranking second on the team in runs scored (27) and fourth in RBIs (24).

• Karl Noonan ‘62 was inducted into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame.

• Mike Hagen '97, Athletic Director and Head Golf Coach at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa has been elected to the National Junior College Athletic Association Golf Hall of Fame.

• Topher Carton '12, wrestling at 63 kilograms (138 lbs.), finished second at the FILA Junior National Championships in Las Vegas in April.

• Thomas Reyhons '11 was named the Most Valuable Performer for the 2013-14 Augustana wrestling team.

• J. Golden ‘09, a senior at St. Ambrose University, was named Midwest Collegiate Conference Baseball Player of the Year.

• Tommy Argo ’11, a junior left-hander at SAU, was named first-team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference.

• Jake McAllister '09, a junior DH/catcher at SAU was also named first-team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Marriages & Engagements

• Ryan Kester ’04 was married to Carolyn Siskoff on April 27, 2013, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

• Brian Tritt ‘01 is engaged to Jenna Washko. The couple plans to wed in July 2014.

• Chris Kolar ‘07 is engaged to Hayley Brooks. The wedding is planned for September 2014.

• Joe Conklin '05 is engaged to Allison McLaughlin. The couple plans to wed in August 2014.

In Memory

• Natlie K. Wylie '75 Wilkerson passed away May 3, 2013.

• Rita Lonergan Kelly ‘53 passed away February 21, 2014.

• Carrie E. Olson ’03 was brought home to her family on April 8, 2014.

• Judith L. Tarchinski '57 Sunderbruch passed away April 11, 2014.

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

Upcoming 2014 Reunions

Class of 2009: June 14
Contact: Jordan Verdi - 563-650-3231

Class of 2004: July 26
Contact: Brendan Bush - 563-940-3379

Class of 1999: Sept. 19-21
Contact: Angie Pelton

Class of 1994: July 18-20
Contact: Tom Kellenberger

Class of 1989: August 9
Contact: Kerry Condon - 563-570-3995

Class of 1984: August 29-30
Contact: Julie Fitzpatrick

Class of 1979: July 25-26
Contacts: Laura Reyhons - 563-349-7767
                 Pat Doyle - 309-429-1759

Class of 1974: August 2
Contact: Dave Bush

Class of 1969: August 8-9
Contacts: Patty (Klee) Schmitt
                 Mark Johnson (

Class of 1964: September 25-27
Contact: Judy McNamara-Petkunas

If you are interested in planning for 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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