At a ceremony at the Galt House Friday evening October 21, Assumption senior Holly Zoeller received the 2016 WLKY Bell Award Youth Service Honor. Holly earned the award as a founder of Assumption's chapter of Operation Smile, an international non-profit organization which raises funds for surgeries to correct cleft palates on children in developing nations. In addition, Holly attended a ten day mission trip to Madagascar with Operation Smile where she helped children who were preparing to have the cleft palate surgery. Holly also participated in Assumption's Mercy Ambassador Exchange Program to Argentina where she did volunteer service work with children in Bella Vista, Argentina while attending school at Colegio Santa Ethnea. She has been a volunteer mentor through Catholic Charities and serves on the We Day Youth Board.
Mayor Greg Fischer also presented Muhammad Ali posthumously with the Mayor’s Spirit of Louisville Award for his lifetime of humanitarian efforts. Lonnie Ali received the award in his honor.
The American Geographical Society has selected Assumption AP Human Geography teacher Becca Joaquin ’97 as a 2016 Human Geography Teacher Fellow! One of only 50 teachers chosen nationwide, Mrs. Joaquin “represents the best there is in terms of teachers across the United States who study and teach geography.” She will attend a symposium at Columbia University in New York City in November and will work on a specialized project to provide high-quality mapping data for parts of the world which need information quickly. Congratulations to Mrs. Joaquin on this prestigious selection and opportunity! Excellent teachers like Mrs. Joaquin are part of what makes Assumption students prepared for college and career.
The Rose Award is a $5,000 grant endowed by an anonymous donor to recognize an Assumption employee who has been a positive influence. Alums, students, current and past parents are invited to nominate a current administrator, faculty, or staff member that has made a significant difference in their lives.
Past winners are: Cindi Baughman, Kelly Kirwan, Kathy Fleischer, Mary Pat Sexton, Dawn Deweese, Angela Lincoln, Rebecca Pate, Barry Hayworth, Jackie Metry, Beth Hicks, Doug Sumey, Sally Craven, and Mary Margaret Ralph. These individuals cannot win again.
Please submit your nomination by Friday, October 28. Nominations must include a detailed description (three paragraph minimum) supporting your nomination. The award will be presented at the Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Tuesday, November 22. If chosen, your nomination submission may be read at the prayer service. Please click “Read More” below to submit your nomination! Thank you!
With the theme “Sugar Rush,” a little rain didn't dampen the spirits of our students who dressed as candy characters in their class colors for the 34th annual Walk for Assumption! For the first time ever, the Walk united with the Rocket Raffle to raise an unprecedented $82,750 for financial assistance! Over 3,300 Rocket Raffle tickets were sold at $25 each surpassing our goal of 3,000 and earning the student body the opportunity to wear costumes to school on Halloween! Way to go, Rockets!
The fifth annual Scholar Fest is Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, in the Assumption theater from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The symposium’s theme is “Our Human Influence: Mind, Body, and World”. A record fourteen senior Scholar’s Thesis candidates will present their findings of independent research projects they have been working on since sophomore year. As part of our McAuley Scholars program, these self-directed students voluntarily commit to work with a faculty advisor and a community mentor to complete research on a topic of interest.
The students and their topics include: Claire Babey, “The Impact of Technology: A Positive or Negative Effect on Social Constructs?”; Colleen Begley, “The Truth Behind Happiness: Do We Make It or Does It Make Us?”; Kailyn Deitz, “Crime: How the Media Exacerbates and Benefits From It”; Abbey Glover, “Social Media and Its Effects on Adolescent Development”; Lizzie Hamilton, “The Gender Gap in the United States Workforce: What’s Still Holding Women Back?”; Sydney LaRue, “Cinema: A Lack of Female Presence”; Sarah Metzger, “Human Evil: What is it, Where is it, and How Can It Be Understood?”; Emma Nunn, “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery”; Alli Revers, “Introversion and Extroversion: The Science Behind the Personalities”; Alexis Simon, “The Effects of Caffeine on the Mind and Body”; Lindsey Smith, “Social Circus: Improving the Lives of Youth”; Jenn Stein, “Cultural Influences on American Music in the 20th Century: How Our History is Reflected in the Music of the Times”; Ashley Will, “Food Chemicals and the Human Body: An Exploration of Chemicals Present in Today’s Food Industry and Their Effects on the People Who Eat Them”; and Holly Zoeller, “The Truth Behind the Diet: Explaining Vegetarianism”.
The 2017 National Merit Scholar Program has named Assumption senior Maddie Harrington a Commended Student for her performance on the 2015 PSAT National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test! As a Commended Student, Maddie has placed in the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the scholarship competition. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, ” commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Assumption seniors Mary Grace Stachnik and Molly Meinhart have been selected as 2017 National Merit semifinalists! This honor places them in the top one percent of the Class of 2017 in the United States. Mary Grace and Mollly are eligible to apply to become finalists, who will be announced early next year. National Merit semifinalists selection is based on the student's eleventh-grade PSAT scores. Congratulations to Mary Grace and Molly!
Friday, September 16, business woman, philanthropist, and wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, Cindy Hensley McCain spoke at an all-school assembly on human trafficking. Mrs. McCain was in Louisville to receive the 2016 Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award. Please click “Read more” to see the full article in The Courier-Journal Newspaper.
Annika Geiser ’18 was selected as a 2016 ANNpower leadership fellow sponsored by ANN Inc. and Vital Voices. In June, she attended a weeklong women’s leadership conference in New York City and was one of 50 young women out of 3,500 national applicants chosen for this prestigious opportunity. “It is an incredible feeling and a great honor!” shared Annika. Her leadership goal is to help end the stigma of mental illness and would like to create a mental health website to help inform and connect people. “I left New York City with forty-nine new friends, several mentors, and the confidence that I can change the world!”
Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy® recognized Assumption business teacher Sandy Maxted with the Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award on August 22. Sandy earned this award for “exceptional commitment to teaching finance literacy topics” and is the only business teacher in Kentucky to receive this award twice. “Mrs. Maxted is a wonderful teacher. She does a great job of keeping us engaged and giving us work that is appropriately challenging,” shared her former student and recent AHS grad Katie Schircliff ’16.