Assumption senior Sarah Daus was elected by the 75 representatives at Girls State in Frankfort to represent Kentucky as one of two senators at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. last July. Girls State and Girls Nation are mock legislative programs sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. While in our nation's capital, she was appointed head associate justice of the Supreme Court and attended President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress. She also co-sponsored a mock resolution to have the electoral college abolished. After hearing her presentation which stated her reasons for dissolving the electoral college, the Girls Nation congress voted on it, and passed the resolution with strong support. Way to go, Sarah! We're proud of your leadership!
Assumption senior Lauryn Grady has earned a perfect 36 on her ACT. Of the over two million high school students who took the benchmark standardized college admission test in 2017 only 0.136% received a perfect score. In addition to achieving such a remarkable academic feat, Lauryn is in Assumption's McAuley Scholars program, a member of Assumption's chapter of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Mu Alpha Theta math honor society; and runs on the cross country and track teams. We are very proud to honor Lauryn's outstanding accomplishment on the ACT and celebrate the many well-rounded opportunities she has seized at Assumption.
Assumption seniors Melanie Duckworth and Lauryn Grady have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as National Merit Semi-finalists. Melanie and Lauryn were in the top 1% of the 1.6 million students who took the PSAT in 2017. In addition, seniors Alia Ahmadi, Kara Bruns, Sarah Michels and Correna Tate have been named National Merit Commended students for their excellent scores on the PSAT finishing in the top 5% of all students in the United States.
After 5 semesters of research, meetings, and reviews, eight seniors will showcase their Scholars Thesis work at the sixth annual Scholar Fest this Friday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Assumption theater. Each of the Scholar’s Thesis candidates will present the findings of her independent research project she has developed since sophomore year. These Assumption McAuley Scholars worked with faculty advisors and community mentors to complete research on a self-directed topic of interest. Each student was required to choose a topic that went beyond her standard course content and publish a high school thesis in addition to her presentation at the symposium. Since 2012, forty-nine students have completed the Scholar’s Thesis Project.
Selected by the Scholars Thesis students, the 2017 symposium’s theme is “The Responsibility of Choice.” This year’s students topics are: “Literature in Modern Adolescent Classrooms: A Choice to be Made,” Caitlin Hogue; “Factory Farming: Getting to the Meat of the Issue,” Erin Spencer; “The Mark Left Behind: An Analysis of the Physical Impacts of Traumatic Stress,” Maria Nash; “Changing the Narrative: The Case for Democratic Schooling,” Sarah Daus; “Childhood Reading's Effect on Emotional Intelligence,” Natalie Claypool; “Moral as Monkeys: How Our Sense of Conscience Came to Be,” Melanie Duckworth; “Generation Y: Why Is This Generation So Criticized?” Correna Tate; and “American Voting: Did You Vote?” Bella Beilman.
Last Monday, August 21, Assumption photography student Ally Mattingly traveled to capture the Great American solar eclipse at the epicenter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Her interest in this rare phenomenon was inspired by her discussions with noted astronomer Bob Summerfield while participating in the Governor's Scholar Program at Northern Kentucky University over the summer. She saw eclipse photos that Mr. Summerfield had taken and thought “I can do that.” After consulting with Mr. Summerfield about how to photograph the eclipse, she discussed logistics with a host of other educators including Western Kentucky University astronomy professor, Rico Tyler; Assumption photography instructor, Gina Beirne; and AHS science teacher, Greg Smith. “As August 21 came closer I grew more passionate about photographing the eclipse. It became a focal point for my start of the school year,“ Ally shared. “I was getting the chance to witness and study something that was greatly feared not so long ago.”
Ally describes her total solar eclipse experience as emotional. “As I watched the light fading around us and the moon's circle become distinct, I felt completely fulfilled to take part in something so extraordinary and natural, but altogether unusual,” expressed Ally.
After graduation, Ally plans to attend the University of Kentucky and double major in anatomy and another field related to physical therapy. Her love of photography won't be neglected though as she also plans to pursue a minor in photography.
Kathleen Connelly ’17 and Shelby Wuest ’17 have been selected for the All-Academic team and the All-American team respectively by US Lacrosse. Only five, female, high school athletes in Kentucky are selected for each national award which are considered US Lacrosse's highest honors. Shelby will continue her lacrosse career at the collegiate level for Transylvania University. Kathleen has been accepted into the ULEAD program at the University of Louisville – a program which offers early admission to exceptional high school seniors who pursue a career in dentistry. Congratulations to our recent Assumption graduates for these outstanding awards!
The University of Louisville announced that Assumption grad Lindsey Smith ’17 has been selected to receive the prestigious Grawemeyer Scholarship. She is one of only two from Louisville, and one of ten from Kentucky to receive this award. The scholarship will provide Lindsey full in-state tuition for four years and $8,000 per year to cover other academic expenses. According to a press release from the university, “It is one of the university’s most valuable and competitive scholarships. It is awarded to undergraduates who plan to conduct research as part of their studies.” Students must have a minimum score of 31 on the ACT, 1420 on the SAT, and a grade point average of 3.75 or better to be considered for the award.
“I am extremely honored to be chosen as a Grawemeyer Scholar at the University of Louisville. I am looking forward to the academic and research opportunities this program offers,” expressed Lindsey. At Assumption, Lindsey was in the McAuley Scholar Advanced Program and was also a past Kentucky Governor’s Scholar.
Rising sophomore Ella Springer ’20, rising junior Katy Cimbalo ’19, and recent grad Kailyn Deitz ’17 left June 23 for an adventure of a lifetime. They participated in 12-day trek along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico with the Venture Crew of Boy Scout Troop 477 from St. Aloysius Catholic Parish. They departed from Philmont Scout Ranch — a rugged, mountainous ranch covering 140,177 acres of wilderness located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico — and hiked 65 miles, including a climb to the summit of Mount Baldy at an altitued of 12,441 feet. In addition to nearly two weeks of camping, they had the opportunity to repel down a mountain, shoot a black powder muzzleloader, learn the skills of a blacksmith, and horseback ride.
On July 5, Katy Cimbalo separated from Troop 477 to join the St. George Trek. She is one of two students, and the only female, selected from the Archdiocese of Louisville to participate. The Saint George Trek is a program sponsored by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® to develop Catholic leadership skills. According the the NCCS website, “the program brings Catholic high school youth together from around the country with selected priests, religious, and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.” The program is “designed to encourage the integration of morality, values, spirituality, faith, scripture, and vocation”.
By Molly Meinhart '17
It's 3 a.m. on May 12th and I can't sleep. I left the place I call "home" today. I left the place where I belong. I'm sad and scared not because I don't think I'll ever love a school again or find people who are like my family, but because it's sad to admit that letting go is the right thing to do. We all know it and yet we all still drove home wiping our tears today because it hurts. But it is the right thing. We have had our fours years to experience what Assumption can be. We have had our four years to make mistakes and be forgiven for them. We have had our four years to make relationships that will last a lifetime. We have had our time, and now it is their time.
We must trust enough in the lessons we have taught to our underclasswomen to know that they can now lead. We must trust enough in the women we have become that we have made them stronger women as well. But we cannot expect perfection from them. We don't know if they know exactly how to care for our dear Assumption. But did we know that when we walked through her doors the first time? We learned over four years what it means to love our Assumption. And she is just that, ours.
We must now let them find their Assumption because love for Assumption is one thing that can never be compared with others. No one can debate who loves her more because we each love her differently. So if the class of 2018 does not lead the exact same way we did, that's okay. If the class of 2021 does not feel the same way we did, that's okay. Even though I fully believe in my heart that no class has loved Assumption the way my class has, does, and forever will, I know that she was shaping beautiful young women far before I ever spoke her name. And we must trust in her strength to continue doing so long after we no longer can. Assumption High School has changed each of us in one way or another. And now we owe it to the school that has given us everything, to change the world by being the women she has made us.
By Lizzie Hamilton ’17
Four years can feel like four minutes at Assumption High School, but despite how quickly time seems to pass, Assumption students make the most of it. At the end of each school day, when the bell rings at 2:50, students and teachers are not rushing to get home, for most of them consider Assumption their home away from home. There is a special presence that flows throughout the walls at Assumption and into the relationships between students and faculty. The teachers specifically look to develop strong, individual mentorships and friendships with students on an academic and personal level. The sisterhood between students is also one that cannot be broken. This strong sense of community creates the perfect environment to shape the young women that attend Assumption. The greatest lesson that is instilled in each student is one of confidence and empowerment. This shines through in the curriculum, special activities, and faculty and staff members. The faculty of Assumption set high expectations for their students, but it is because they believe in and envision their opportunity for success. They also provide their students with relentless encouragement and provide the support necessary for achievement. Furthermore, Assumption students hold one another to high standards of integrity, faith, and responsibility. This in turn leads each student to challenge herself in every circumstance, especially academically.
After an eighty-five-minute class, students are not rushing to leave and move on with the rest of their days. Teachers at Assumption can transform one class period into an enjoyable experience for students to comprehend complex subject material. Through the passion and enthusiasm teachers incorporate into academics, students develop a genuine fascination for learning. Assumption truly allows each student to explore learning on her own with many opportunities to delve into topics of personal choice through the variety of electives offered. Within the classroom, teachers inspire their students to think critically about issues and give them the environment to be able to speak up about them. In a community where students are surrounded by strong women — their peers, their teachers, the staff, and the alumnae — they in turn grow strong and expand their resilience.
At the end of four years, seniors are not rushing to graduate. Senior year brings a newly found gratitude for Assumption when they realize their time at Assumption is truly coming to a close. By senior year, the students have each grown monumentally, and this truly illustrates what an Assumption education is about. This growth can be attributed to many sources, but foremost to Assumption High School and the empowerment it provides its students. Each young woman who is one of the lucky few to experience an Assumption education will stand apart from others because she has a strong foundation of confidence and determination to lead others with integrity and compassion.